Report From Rockport By Stuart Davis (All Photos By Gail)
Although he passed away when I was only three years old, Stuart Davis is an American painter whose works I’ve completely fallen in love with through seeing them in the permanent collections of The Met, MOMA and The Whitney – the latter of which is currently hosting a career retrospective of Davis’ paintings entitled In Full Swing, which is just mind blowing.
If you are a Davis fan, this exhibit is a must-see. If you’re not yet familiar with his work, now is the time to get yourself an education.
Stuart Davis (1892–1964) was one of the preeminent figures of American modernism. With a long career that stretched from the early twentieth century well into the postwar era, he brought a distinctively American accent to international modernism.
When I first moved to New York City about 20 years ago, I didn’t know many people, and so I spent a lot of time by myself, exploring my East Village neighborhood, and just people watching. On Sunday afternoons, I used to enjoy sitting at a window table at the late, great 7A Restaurant, having a cheap, boozy brunch while watching the parade of tattooed rockers and rock star wannabes that would pass me by on their way to their mid-afternoon adventures. It’s true what they say that some of the best forms of entertainment are totally free.
Kirkis (I Love his Pants and Shoes!)
If you love people watching and also enjoy tattoos, as well as hearing the stories behind those tattoos, then you will enjoy checking out this new book called Tattoo Street Style, by photographer Nicholas Brulez. Once the mark of an underground subculture, tattoos have truly stepped out of the shadows and into the streets. In his entertaining new book, Brulez, the creator of the Tattoorialist website, searches the streets of Paris, Berlin, America and beyond for the most innovative and stylish tattoos in the world.
Above and below, a selection of Kirkis’s really fun tattoos!
Gengar, a Pokemon Ghost
Showcasing over 300 photographs of diverse people and their unique tattoo designs — from nautical themes to Video Game style and everything in between — this is an inspirational anthology of modern tattoo culture. The book features brief interviews with many of the 100 people photographed, as well as key information including the name of that tattoo studios responsible for each tattoo.
Camille’s Bow Tattoo
The tattoo facts say it all: the number of tattoo parlors in the UK has tripled in the last decade, and one in five Americans now has a tattoo — up from 14% in 2008. While tattoos may have become almost ubiquitous, there is still a lot of room for individual creativity and style, and you’re certainly going to see designs in these pages that you haven’t seen on anyone’s skin previously.
Above and below, more of Vincent’s tattoos!
I really enjoyed seeing all of these great photographs of people all over the world, not only out on the street, but in their own homes, just doing what they do.
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Matisse painted this oil sketch in the summer of 1904, while working alongside fellow artist Paul Signac on the French Riviera, and he completed the final painting (now at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris) the following winter.
Both Signac and Matisse were influenced by the elder painter Paul Cézanne, whose discrete strokes of color emphasized the materiality of the painted surface over naturalistic illusion. But Matisse went further, using a palette of pure, high-pitched colors (blue, green, yellow, and orange) to render the landscape, and outlining the figures in blue. The painting takes its title from a line by the nineteenth-century poet Charles Baudelaire and shares the poems subject of an escape to an imaginary, tranquil refuge.
Study for Luxe, Calme et Volupté (Luxury, Calm and Pleasure) is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.
All Photos By Gail. Click on Any Image to Enlarge.
If you live in any urban area such as New York City, you’ve seen trucks lie these parked on the streets, covered in graffiti and looking rather derelict. There’s no denying that they are part of the landscape for a city dweller. I like them.
One of the current exhibits at Jonathan LeVine Gallery is Kevin Cyr’s Right Place, Right Time, which includes a larege collections of new oil paintings on panels that range in of sizes from about 8 x 10 Inches to several fee across. These realist paintings depict vehicles seen by Cyr on the streets of Berlin, Brussels and Paris. The Right Place, Right Time series acts as a counterpart to In Praise of Rust, Cyr’s 2012 exhibition, in which he documented old vehicles seen on the streets of New York City — primarily vans and commercial delivery trucks covered in graffiti, rust, dents and other imperfections.
According to the exhibit’s Press Release, “Transportation, travel and exploration — ongoing themes throughout Cyr’s body of work — are particularly prevalent here, as the artist traveled abroad to explore the streets of foreign cities in his research for new subjects to capture. Cyr’s fascination with these vans and trucks is based around the idea that they symbolize a place and an ethos. He finds himself discovering the character of each city he visits through its vehicles.”
Taped Up Side Window Detail from Painting Above! Authentic!
Funnily enough, when we left the opening reception this past Saturday, a truck not unlike the ones immortalized in Cyr’s paintings was parked right outside on 20th Street. Art Imitates Life.
Kevin Cyr’s Right Place, Right Time will be on Exhibit through March 22, 2014 at Jonathan Levine Gallery, Located at 529 W 20th Street, 9th Floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District.
For me, a work of art is most effective when it creates a portal to an alternate reality into which the viewer can then immerse himself. A current exhibit which achieves this objective exquisitely is Andrépolis, the first major solo show by Portuguese artist André Saraiva – primarily known as the graffiti artist André – which opened at The Hole Gallery on Bowery this past Thursday.
André Graffiti Tag Rendered In Neon
As the title suggests, Saraiva has created a simply fantastic miniature Metropolis with this unique installation that is not only enchanting to behold visually, but is also lots of fun to experience as an environment. For this installation, Saraiva built fifteen whimsical sky scraper-like structures (each standing approximately 6 feet tall), fashioned from wood, painted in bright hues (pink being one of his signature colors) and fully accented with exterior neon signage, flashing bulbs and, in some cases interior lights, transforming The Hole’s rear gallery into a hallucinatory nighttime vision of New York city nightclubs and restaurants. Wow!
Fans Explore Andrépolis at Thursday’s Opening Reception
Andrépolis was challenging to photograph. Since the gallery is dark, shooting without a flash looses much of the work’s fine detail, while using the flash washes out the highly desirable moody, surreal and assuredly dreamlike atmosphere created by the many bulbs and neon lights. You can see what I mean by the examples below.
Annabelle Sky Scarper Shot with Flash Versus No Flash
What I love so much about Andrépolis is how the environment is extremely childlike, yet the subject matter, celebrating the world of nightclubbing and sex shops, exists purely in the adult realm. In a review of the exhibit, Purple Magazine offered that, “These sculptures of nightclubs also link to [the artist’s] activity as a creator of clubs. Each of these sculptures is an altar to the passions in his life: partying, the night, and the irresistible attraction of the lights in the bars and the clubs of the city he is exploring.” I couldn’t have said it better. Andrépolis is very highly recommended.
André Saraiva’s Andrépolis will be on Exhibit Through August 10, 2012 at The Hole Gallery, Located at 312 Bowery New York, NY 10012. Phone (212) 466-1100.
Christina Ricci and Robert Pattinson Star in Bel Ami (Images Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)
If you loved Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon – the epic period drama about a beguiling rogue who manipulates (read: boinks) his way to the top of 18th century European society – but would prefer to skip all of those gory battle scenes and have the run time cut down from three hours to an economical 100 minutes, you might enjoy a new film called Bel Ami.
Based on the 1885 French eponymous novel by Guy de Maupassant (with a screenplay by Rachel Bennette) Bel Ami is directed by the team of Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod. Robert Pattinson (best known for his roles as vampire Edward Cullen from the Twilight film franchise) stars as Georges Duroy, a young, impoverished former soldier who moves to Paris in the 1890s to, literally, seek his fortune. Living in squalor and unemployed, Georges has a chance reunion with Charles Forestier (Philip Glenister), an acquaintance from his time in the military, and sufficiently charms his way not only into a job as a journalist but also into Forestier’s inner social /political circle. Forestier’s beautiful and well-educated wife, Madeleine (Uma Thurman), introduces Georges to her good friends Clotilde (Christina Ricci) and Virginie (Kristin Scott Thomas), both married, but ripe for distraction. Georges wastes no time in taking full advantage of Clotilde’s obvious attraction to him. The two embark on a a smoldering affair, which is the Georges’ first major seduction – his preferred method for bringing about the cooperation/ruination of anyone who would stand in the way of his quest for fame, riches and glory.
Robert Pattinson and Uma Thurman in Bel Ami
As the strong willed but appropriately vulnerable Madeleine (who eventually becomes Georges’ first wife), Uma Thurman steals every scene she is in. Her character’s insistence on maintaining her social and financial equality with the duplicitous Georges (who is unlikeable in almost every way and looks like he needs a bath in nearly every scene) also makes her the film’s most admirable / sympathetic character. What I found so engaging about Bel Ami was observing the manner in which Georges’ single-minded ambition becomes increasingly ruthless while remaining largely surreptitious.
To give up much more of the plot here would mean revealing “spoilers,” and this film is one that needs to unfold for the viewer on its own. Costumes, art direction and the original classical soundtrack (composed by Rachel Portman) are all first-rate and add authenticity to the film’s setting. The acting is excellent by all female leads and while the jury is still out on R Patz, he successfully portrays Georges as a vacuous but hard-hearted individual who is able to successfully use people as his means to an end because they are so easily able to project their emotions and desires onto his conscienceless, blank canvas of a persona. If I said I’d never met an individual like Georges in my own life, I’d be lying.
Bel Ami (Rated R for Sex and Nudity) opens Friday, June 8th 2012 at Sunshine Cinema 5, located at 143 East Houston Street, New York, NY.