The Papyrus chain of gift stores is going out of business at the end of this month, so if you are in need of fancy greeting cards and such for 50% off (or more) of what are generally pretty steep prices, get thee to their closest location before they close their doors forever on February 29th, 2020! There happens to be a small store located in Grand Central Station, and that is where I spotted these Aladdin Sane-Inspired Gift Bags! With the discount, I believe the price was about $4, so once I have the occasion to use it, the bag will definitely be part of the gift!
Ziggy played guitar
Jamming good with Weird and Gilly,
And the spiders from Mars . . .
Hey Bitches, check out this beer I found at the new Trader Joe’s that just opened two blocks from the Chickpad! Weird & Gilly (named for two members of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust-era band, The Spiders from Mars) is a single cut, double dry hopped IPA whose flavor is described as “soft, doughy and slightly tangy malt, [with] bright citrus, pine resin hops, and tropical fruit.”
I was told that it “tastes pretty good.” A four-pack of 16-ounce cans sells for $14.99! We’ll excuse the fact hat the label font is actually modeled after of the lightning bolt across Bowie’s face from the cover of Aladdin Sane, because nobody seems to get that right.
Nothing says ‘Have a Glam Holiday” like a couple of David Bowie ornaments on the tree. I spotted these beauties last summer at the NY Now gift show and have been holding onto them since then, just waiting for the seasonally appropriate time to share! The ornament above depicts Bowie in his “Life On Mars” Suit. Designed by Freddie Burretti, Bowie’s go-to fashion designer (as well as lover and protege) between 1970 and 1974, this turquoise “ice-blue” suit was featured in the music video for “Life On Mars” from the album Heroes in May, 1973. You can watch the video here. It’s a bit lame that the ornament’s designer has added the facial lightning bolt from Aladdin Sane to this piece, but I guess they were going for maximum icon appeal.
On the far left in the photo above, you’ll see another ornament that’s a bust-only attempt at a likeness of Bowie where he’s probably meant to be wearing the “Space Oddity” space suit, with its flared shoulder pads. Bowie wore that suit in the early days of the 1972–73 Ziggy Stardust tour. Once again, they added the lightning bolt adornment to Bowie’s face, which is historically inaccurate, but kind of necessary for identification purposes, since the face looks nothing like Bowie at all. These ornaments are available from Cody Foster & Co on Amazon Dot Com for $24.99 each.
A definite “Oh, Wow!” moment at the recent BDNY show — (boutique design for the hospitality industry) at Javits Center — occurred when I walked into the booth for Century Industries. Because: David Bowie Chair.
This gorgeous side chair, upholstered in vinyl imprinted with images of David Bowie from the Aladdin Sane era, is a show-stopper for sure. The chair was designed by Century designer Lenny Levine in collaboration with Heloise Godin, another talented designer in the firm’s Connecticut office. Lenny was happy to fill me in on the chair’s origin story.
“Heloise and I tried a few different mock-ups before deciding on the model you saw at BDNY,” Lenny told me. “Only two chairs of the Bowie print have been made so far. There’s another, slightly different version in our Connecticut showroom, with a black frame instead of chrome, where the artwork has darker tones, and there are no images of Bowie around the sides of the cushions. We have made this style of chair with different prints and metal finishes for shows such as HD (Hospitality Design) Expo in Las Vegas and HCD (Healthcare Design Conference & Expo) in New Orleans, which were both earlier this year. These design shows are all part of the launchpad for introducing the printed chair line.
Lenny enthusiastically admits to being a Bowie fan. “The image of David Bowie as Aladdin Sane was chosen because Bowie is synonymous with great art and high fashion. He is a seminal artist and his body of work is timeless; his sense of style beyond influential. David Bowie took risks, he pushed art and life to its fullest and, although he was British, he certainly invaded New York.”
Lenny explained that the chair was given a ‘Warhol‘ vibe, which then inspired Century to go with a Pop Art / Deco style for its booth at BDNY. “The lightening bolt on the face was over sized and colored a deep red and blue, giving it a bit of that Superhero feel. Although the vinyl appears to be distressed, that is a printing effect, making the faux leather appear to have texture.”
“The additional images used are from the same contact sheets from the original album and promotional photo shoot, but they have been treated graphically to evoke motion. The steel frame of the chair was also fabricated on our Montreal factory and finished in a smoked chrome. This finish and the chair’s unique filigree backing gives it an automotive spirit!”
This David Bowie chair is fit for a Rock Star, but priced at just $2500 (a steal), and Century will produce it on-demand for designers, hospitality, restaurants, etc. “We’re also getting requests from retailers to showcase the chair, based on our launch at BDNY,” Lenny added. Exciting! Visit Century on the web to inquire about the Bowie Chair at This Link!
Do you like to Rock? I sure do, and you know who else likes to Rock? Joe Elliott of Def Leppard. I love that band, but did you know that Joe brings The Rock with another band as well? That group is called Down ‘n’ Outz, and they are responsible for this week’s anthemic Video Clip, “This Is How We Roll. A little background: Elliott formed Down ‘n’ Outz in 2009 as a Mott the Hoople cover band of sorts, and he is joined by members of The Quireboys — including Paul Guerin, Guy Griffin, Keith Weir and Phil Martini. If you suspect that these guys rock hard enough to a crack skull, your suspicions would be correct
“This Is How We Roll” is an animated lyric video that follows the band’s tour bus down the highway enroute to a gig. Lyric videos are not generally my thing, but when you’re feelin’ it, who gives a shit? This song is like oxygen in a vacuum, and will remind you of the days when you used to stay home on Saturday nights to watch the original Headbangers Ball on MTV. Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about. Watch out for the David Bowie Bobblehead on the bus’ dashboard, plus a couple additional nods to the Thin White Duke, because Joe is a fan! “This Is How We Roll” is from the title track from the band’s third studio album, which is out now on UMe. Enjoy!
For many New Yorkers, the fist sign of Fall might be the changing of the leaves, or a noticeable dip in temperatures; but for me, it’s the arrival of the Affordable Art Fair, which is the first big art event of the season. Whether you’re shopping for art, looking for inspiration, or just enjoy the social aspect of the fair, the AAFNYC offers something to satisfy every artistic palette. My tastes tend to run to pop and very contemporary art, so I’m going to show you a lot pieces that fit into those categories. Let’s get to it, shall we?
I love how this lady’s dress matches the colors of the art around her!
The Affordable Art Fair takes place across five days — Wednesday evening through Sunday afternoon — but you’ll always find me there during opening night’s Private View evening, when most of the press attend, and when there’s an open bar! This season’s bar was co-sponsored by Schoffenhofer Grapefruit Beer, which is my favorite drink in the entire universe. It. Is. So. Delicious.
This portly little guy is called Niemand, and he is the creation of Slovakian artist Viktor Freso. Niemand is a reoccurring character in Freso’s oeuvre, and I recommend you Google him and check out his previous incarnations for a fun time! Price: $8,500.
PF1 (Painter’s Fate #1) by Martin C. Herbst is an oil painting on mirrored aluminum. Price: $4,400.
Zapatos Personalizados by Veronica ‘Vero’ Nobile are custom-painted ceramic shoe sculptures. This one features a fun likeness of Wonder Woman! Found at ArtBA Gallery of NYC and Buenos Aires. Price: $400.
The late David Bowie continues to be a favorite subject for artistic interpretation. This acrylic on canvas portrait of Bowie by David Hollier features the lyrical text from his song “Heroes.” Very moving! Found at Mayson Gallery of NYC. Price: $8,000.
This decontextualization of a 1963 press photo of The Beatles, by Walter Knabe, features a sparkling finish of diamond dust. At Evan Lurie Gallery of Carmel, Indiana. Price: $8,700.
Do you like Disneyland? I sure do. Artist Jeff Gillette created these post-apocalyptic scenarios featuring foreboding takes on the iconic Disneyland Sign, which I find wildly compelling. Found at Bert Green Fine Art of Chicago. Price: $1,500 each.
I seriously never met a Skull I didn’t like. The Importance of Being Ernest (Crowned) by Ernesto Romano is a digital print on perspex that would go with any decor! At online gallery Degreeart.com. Price: $3,130.
Another colorful work from Degree Art is Guggenheim (Pink) by Michael Wallner, which is a print on brushed aluminum, in an edition of 25 pieces. Gorgeous! Price: $1,190.
Assorted Sweet Art / Candy Heart message art by Dean Zeus, over at TAG Fine Arts of London UK, is priced at just $300 per square! Affordable, indeed!
Debra Franses Bean’s POP Artbag sculptures are cast resin embedded with various colorful toys and other items, creating a one-of-a-kind piece to treasure forever. This ‘bag’ features limited-edition, fashion-themed Coca Cola bottles and cans. Found at TAG Fine Arts, it is a unique piece priced at $10,000.
Bean also created Glitterati 3 (Pink Flock), a collection of fashion handbags comprised of vacuum-formed polyurethane with hand-colored, optical high-definition glitter. Breathtaking. Price: $4,800.
And while were on the subject of handbags, check out It’s a Birkin! by Nelson De La Nuez, which is obviously very heavily influenced by the art of Roy Lichtenstein. At Bruce Lurie Gallery selling for $6,500.
Here’s a timely piece, Interstate Now by Scott Froschauer. In an edition of 6 pieces at Artspace Warehouse. Price: $382.
Lip Service by Jeremy Biggers is an oil painting on a custom-cut, shaped wood panel that stands away from the wall like a sculpture. What a great conversation starter this would be! Found at Decorazon Gallery of London. Price: $6,500.
Do you love Money? Then you might feel drawn to A Dollar Is What I Need; a fiberglass and epoxy resin sculpture by Nemo Jantzen. Found at Artered Gallery selling for $5,200.
Street Art influences are evident in Flash’s Car by Teachr, which is spray-paint and acrylic on a metal street sign. Found at LA-based Bruce Lurie Gallery for $3,000.
Also on display in the booth for Bruce Lurie Gallery were many pop art, ‘stacked block’ sculptures by Todd Gray, who is a hot item right now. The Beatles‘ totem pole-like tower seen above has images and lyrics from the Fab Four’s songbook that any fan will recognize. It’s a very cool and fun piece, for sure.
Gray makes smaller, table top pieces as well. The sculptures above and below are priced at $5,000, each. This artist is ‘going places,’ as they say, so his work is a good investment!
I love this one. Refraction by Nat Bowen gets its glossy sheen from Bowen’s use of pigmented resin on acrylic sheet, with gold mirror acrylic edges. At Kahn Gallery for $9,900.
This excited little gal is lots of fun: Le Petite Folle (The Girl) by Xavi Carbonell. Priced at $5,000 from Art Angler, NY.
Gregos is a French street artist best known for the plaster casts of his face that he installs on the streets of cities across the globe! He has now moved into the gallery (Xin Art Galerie, in France, to be exact) where his Faces sell for $650, each!
That’s how you do it!
Everyone loves a little touch of neon: Palm Mirage #1 by Tom Adair, tucked away at Axiom Contemporary, and priced at $9,250.
Pool Party in a Giant Coffee Cup? Sure, why not! Cup IV by Pablo Dona might be a challenge to photograph, but it’s the kind of artwork that you can examine and enjoy for hours. The golfers on the tiny macarons are a nice touch as well!
I understand why they had to put a piece like this inside a vitrine, but I don’t have to like it.
I love this, but I would not want to have to dust it. Found at Evan Lurie Gallery. Price: $5,500.
Its probably because I take so many photos of wild flowers that I was very attracted to Thistle III by Elena Cohen. Priced at $3,000, at Artmix in Brooklyn.
Nina Bentley uses vintage manual typewriters as the basis for her sculptures, of which she also sells photographic prints in limited series’. This one, found at Elisa Contemporary Art, is entitled He Looked Good On Paper. Price unavailable.
Take a closer look at the keys.
America, Lets Play Over The Rainbow by Valerie Carmet takes the concept of the American Flag and replaces the red and white stripes with shelves holding a rainbow assortment of the tiny heads of famous cartoon characters, as seen atop Pez Candy Dispensers! Novel! This one-of-a-kind piece is $6,950 at Azart Gallery.
And . . .That’s All, Folks! The Affordable Art Fair may be over until next year, but you can still visit the websites of these galleries and purchase many of these pieces online, so start shopping! See you in the Spring!
This abstract street art ‘portrait’ with the words “Rebel” at the top — which is an obvious nod to David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album cover — is painted at end of the trash bin corral adjacent to Alternative Apparel clothing store at 281 Lafayette Street. It’s just a short stroll down the block from Bowie’s former residence at 285 Lafayette Street, where his widow, Iman, and daughter Lexi still reside. Daniel Winchester is the artist. A friend who used be the family’s dog nanny told me that this piece actually went up a week after David died. I can’t believe I just noticed it, and how great it stills looks. David Bowie Forever.
This year’s Five Points Festival is a few weeks behind us now, and trust me when I say that the full-on photo recap of this truly mind-blowing event is on the way. But in the meantime, I’d like to satiate your craving for art toy news with a little teaser, featuring my favorite purchase from the show: these adorable Mini Lego Figures of David Bowie as two of his most famous personas, Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane!
These figures were designed by artist Ron Reeves of Spandex Studios (SPandEX), and the attention to detail makes them instantly recognizable. For example, the toy above is rocking the Asymmetrical Knit Bodysuit designed by Kansai Yamamoto in 1973 for the Ziggy Stardust tour. Mini Lego Ziggy also comes with a Mic, so he can drop it.
And despite the fact that it says “Ziggy Stardust” on the packaging, this figure is clearly Bowie from the Aladdin Sane-era — distinguish by the iconic lighting bolt across its face. The card art includes an image of Bowie from the D.A. Pennebaker live concert film, Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars (1973). Perhaps a bit more attention to detail could have been employed here, but whatever. It is still pretty cool.
Visit Spandex Studios on the Web at This Link!
The only real bummer about David Bowie Is, the Brooklyn Museum’s immersive and wildly fascinating career retrospective on the late, great rock superstar is the fact that photography is not allowed inside the galleries. Huge Bummer! Once you enter the exhibit, the rule makes sense, because crowding: but still. Fortunately, photography is fully permitted in the museum gift shop, and thank god, because that is where I found these (unofficial) David Bowie Paper Dolls! Squee!
If you’ve ever wanted to know what the Thin White Duke looked like in his underwear alone, wonder no longer!
From Ziggy Stardust to Halloween Jack, Major Tom, and many other characters, David Bowie continuously reinvented himself. The stage outfits recreated in Mel’s Music Icons’ Ziggy Paperboy book highlight a selections of Bowie ’s numerous identities and are as much a tribute to Bowie as is his music! Here are just a few of the fun outfits you can dress him up in!
The book also includes a few differently-styled versions of David, to accommodate all of his ch-ch-ch-changes!
Here is the famous Ice Blue Suit that David wore for the Mick Rock-directed video for “Life On Mars.” Iconic!
OMG so much Fun!
David Bowie Is Runs Through July 15th, 2018 at the Brooklyn Museum.
This quote by the late great David Bowie — “Tomorrow Belongs to Those Who Can Hear it Coming” — gets a vibrant new life when printed on the spines of horizontally stacked book that have been wrapped in pink paper or vinyl. According to this source, “Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming” was the slogan David Bowie coined to promote Heroes, the second installment of his great Berlin album trilogy. It neatly captures one of his most important talents: to intuit the future and draw it forward into the popular culture of the present. Sometimes he would simply grasp the importance of a trend, as when he understood that the arrival of the internet would transform the economics of the music industry and the relationship between artists and audiences. But more often it was his artistry in self-reinvention that opened up new modes of cultural expression or brought shooting up to the surface deeper social trends. When he famously threw his arms round Mick Ronson’s shoulders on Top of the Pops, he was doing more than advertising his bisexuality. He was helping catalyze the liberation in the politics of sexual identity that would unfold in the 1970s.
Photographed at the New York Now Home Show at Javits Center in February of 2018.