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Video Clip Of The Week: Raquel Welch, “Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In”

Ladies and Gentlemen: It’s finally Summer!  So, consider this clip starring legendary actress and sex-goddess Raquel Welch performing the classic medley from Hair, “Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In” to be my official launch of what I hope will be a Summer of kick ass videos, as well as a salute to this being Pride Day here in NYC! Certainly there has never been a more appropriate time to open ourselves up to this song’s lyrical prophecy of “Harmony and understanding, Sympathy and trust abounding” etc etc. I’m sure you will agree.

But just where the Hell did this video come from, you may ask; and understandably so. A little bit of digging around on the Google reveals that this performance was originally filmed to endorse the 1968 Olympics in Mexico, believe it or not; though its very ‘70s variety-show-feel makes sense when you know that it eventually became part of Raquel! — a multimillion-dollar, made-for-TV song and dance extravaganza, starring Welch and many other uber-hot celebrities of that era.  Raquel!  was filmed in various exotic locations around the world, and aired on CBS in April of 1970. It’s all been immortalized on DVD somewhere, if you can find a copy.  Just in case you’re curious, the Signs of the Zodiac costumes were designed by Bob Mackie.

As a location for what could be called Raquel Goes to Burning Man, Teotihuacan never looked better, nor is there  a more appropriate setting for Raquel and company’s  obscure mystical rite (see if you can identify the solar and lunar pyramids)! Ah, the Seventies; creativity was so unrestrained in those days. It’s all pretty silly, but when you’re feeling it, who gives a shit?

Here’s another fun fact, though Raquel was occasional known to sing, here it’s actress and singer Tina Cole (My Three SonsThe King Family Show) who is actually singing most of the song, while Raquel expertly lip-syncs. Nevertheless, there is no denying that Raquel has the moves. Happy Gay Pride Everyone! Enjoy!

Video Clip of The Week: Wray, “Hypatia”



This week, making their encore appearance in the much-coveted Video Clip of The Week slot is Birmingham, Alabama-based space-rock trio, Wray. Do they still sound very much like Wire Train? Yes, yes they do! Does it matter if you’ve never even heard of Wire Train before this minute? No, it does not matter! All that matters is that this free-from video for the awesome tune “Hypatia” has everything: Egyptology, Mythology, Pyramids, Lesbianism, Fire, a Cute Dog that looks like This Little Guy, Cool Visual Effects, Swirly, Atmospheric Guitars and a Badass Beat that just won’t quit. Absolutely perfect for the Sunday that tops off what I hope has been an amazing four-day weekend for you.

“Hypatia” is the title-track off the band’s upcoming album, due for release in early 2016 — not that far off! Enjoy!

Hypatia Video Still

Roy Lichtenstein’s Greene Street Mural at Gagosian Gallery

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A Section of the Greene Street Mural at Gagosian Gallery (All Photos By Gail)

In December 1983, Roy Lichtenstein created Greene Street Mural, an unprecedented, site-specific and temporary wall painting measuring 18′ × 96 1/2′ at Leo Castelli Gallery, located at 142 Greene Street. In accordance with Lichtenstein’s intention, the work was destroyed after the six-week show.

Greene Street Mural 2

More than thirty years later, Gagosian Gallery presents to a new generation of viewers a full-scale painted replica of the original work, based on documentation from Lichtenstein’s studio and produced by sign painters under the supervision of his former studio assistant.

Greene Street Mural 3

Pyramids 2

In conjunction with the showing of the Mural, Gagosian has also collected an impressive selection of Lichtenstein’s distinctive, primary color paintings, along with a set of pyramid sculptures which I’ve never seen before.

Pyramids 1

When I attended the opening reception a couple of weeks back, there were fairly strict guidelines in place as to which works in which rooms on which walls could be photographed, and which could not. So much so that I lost track and just decided to snap as many photos as possible until somebody tried to stop me.

Art Nazi Approaches
Art Nazi Approaches

Because, seriously, it’s not like anyone at Gagosian is going to even see this post, let alone suddenly become an avid reader of this blog. So, who gives a shit.

Here are some of my favorite paintings from the show!

Cheese Head

Two Canvases

Aren’t these amazing? He was so talented.

Brancusi Head

The reclining head in the foreground reminds me of This. I doubt that is an accident.

Girl Face

Jar

Leaves and Vase

Don’t Miss this Exhibit!

Roy Lichtenstein: Greene Street Mural is on view at Gagosian Gallery, Located at 555 West 24th Street, New York, through October 17th, 2015.

Roy in front of Mural
Roy in Front of the Original Mural