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Stuart Davis, In Full Swing at The Whitney Museum

Report From Rockport
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 America 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.

Installation View

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.

Super Table
Super Table

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.

Odol 1924
Odol, 1924

Faced with the choice between realism and pure abstraction early in his career, Davis invented a vocabulary that harnessed the grammar of abstraction to the speed and simultaneity of modern America. By merging the bold, hard-edged style of advertising with the conventions of European avant-garde painting, he created an art endowed with the vitality and dynamic rhythms that he saw as uniquely modern and American. In the process, he achieved a rare synthesis: an art that is resolutely abstract, yet at the same time exudes the spirit of popular culture.

Place Pasdeloup
Place Pasdeloup

The exhibition is unusual in its focus on Davis’ mature career and on his working method of using preexisting motifs as springboards for new compositions. From 1939 on, he rarely painted a work that did not make reference, however hidden, to one or more of his earlier compositions. Such “appropriation” is a distinctive aspect of his mature art.

Installation View

This presentation is the first major exhibition to consistently hang Davis‘ later works side by side with the earlier ones that inspired them. With approximately one hundred works, from his paintings of consumer products in the early 1920s to the work left on his easel at his death in 1964, the exhibition highlights Davis’ unique ability to transform the chaos of everyday life into a structured yet spontaneous order that communicates the wonder and joy that can be derived from the color and spatial relationships of everyday things.

Rue Lipp
Rue Lipp

In Full Swing is divided into five sections covering various periods of Davis‘ career: Product Still Lifes 1921–25, Egg Beaters 1927–28, Paris, New York and Gloucester, The 1930s, The 1940s, The 1950s, and Late Work. The beginning of each section includes engaging biographical information detailing what was going on with Davis at that time, so you will learn a lot about him as a man as well as an artist, and you will be drawn deeply into his unique world.

Installation View

After the Frank Stella retrospective from 2015, this is my favorite exhibit at The Whitney’s new location so far.

Landscape with Clay Pipe
Landscape with Clay Pipe

New York Mural
New York Mural

For Internal Use Only
For Internal Use Only

Something on the 8 Ball
Something on the 8 Ball

The Paris Bit
The Paris Bit

Fin 1962 - 64
Fin, 1962 – 64

Stuart Davis suffered from heart problems and high blood pressure for decades. On June 23, 1964, after watching a French film on television that ended with word “Fin”– which means “The End” — he added the word to the painting on his easel before going to bed. That night, he had a stroke and died in the ambulance on the way to New York’s Roosevelt Hospital. He was 71 years old.

Package Deal
Package Deal

Stuart Davis In Full Swing will Be on Exhibit Through September 25th, 2016 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Located 99 Gansevoort Street in Manhattans Meatpacking District. Get More Information on the Exhibit By Visiting This Link!

Stuart Davis Signage

Book Review: Tattoo Street Style By Nicolas Brulez

Tattoo Street Style Book Cover

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
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.

Kirkis Tattoos 1

Above and below, a selection of Kirkis’s really fun tattoos!

Kirkis Tattoos 2
Gengar, a Pokemon Ghost

Camille
Camille

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
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.

Vincent Brun
Vincent Brun

Vincent Tattoos 1

Above and below, more of Vincent’s tattoos!

Vincent Tattoos 2

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.

Cedric
Cedric

Cedric's Tattoos
Cedric’s Tattoos

Tattoo Street Style is a very fun book, and with the Holiday Season coming up fast, it would make a great gift for the tattoo aficionado in your life. With a cover price of $20.00, this high quality paperback book is available from Amazon.com for just $14.58! Click This Link to purchase now!

Tattoo Street Style Back Cover

Modern Art Monday Presents: Henri Matisse, Study for Luxe, Calme et Volupté

Study for Luxe, Calme et Volupte
Photo By Gail

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.

Right Place, Right Time by Kevin Cyr

Kevin Cyr Coca Cola Delivery Truck
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.

Kevin Cyr Bonks Delivery Van

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.

Kevin Cyr 4 Trucks

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.”

Kevin Cyr Orange Truck

Kevin Cyr Toro Van

Kevin Cyr Toro Truck Detail
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.

Kevin Cyr 4 Paintings

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Eiffel Tower!

Pink Eiffel Tower
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C’est Si Bon!

André Saraiva’s Andrépolis at The Hole

Andrepolis Full Room
Welcome to Andrépolis (All Photos By Gail)!

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.

Andre Graffiti in Neon
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!

The Hole Neon Signage

The Hole's Andrepolis Gallery Shot
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 Scraper Shot with FlashAnnabelle Sky Scraper No Flash
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.

Sex Shop from Andrepolis

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.

Robert Pattinson Goes from Undead to Unwashed for Bel Ami

Christina Ricci and Robert Pattinson in Bel Ami
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
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.

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Ghost Installation

In June of 2009, Périphériques Architectes of Paris, France participated in the second edition of the Contemporary Art Exposition Saint-Germain-des-Près with an installation on Place Furstemberg. The Pink Ghost installation was a sculptural transformation of the center of the square with a preservation stance. Made of pink epoxy, the installation enveloped four trees and a streetlight to a height of 2.5 meters, and covered the entire surface of the small central square.

While the covering work was in progress, the architects cleverly added approximately twenty chairs and five coffee tables under the resin, to turn this exterior urban space into an ‘interior’ lounge/salon situated outside. The project was meant to raise questions about the status of public space in the city. After its removal from the square, Pink Ghost was rebuilt in the French pavilion at the Biennale of Architecture in Venice, as a memory of the plaza and its new use.

Remembering Stiv Bators

Stiv Bators
“Let’s Dance, Little Stranger…”

Here at The Worley Gig, we have been reminiscing about our punk rock roots just lately, and so would like to pay a bit of tribute today to the late Stiv Bators (Dead Boys, Lords of The New Church) who was born on this day, October 22nd in 1949. Stiv (born Steven John Bator) died of an untreated concussion on June 4th in 1990 at the age of 40, after being hit by a taxi cab in Paris, France, where he was living at the time. Let us remember Stiv today with the playing of some of his very fine music that he left behind.