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In Memorium: Ten Photos of Daisy Berkowitz Wearing a Kilt

Scott and Skeleton Ts
Scott Putesky (aka Daisy Berkowitz): April 28, 1968 – October 22, 2017 (All Photos By Gail)

I believe that it is possible to live an entire lifetime in one day. I met Scott Putesky (sometimes better known as Daisy Berkowitz, founding member and original guitarist for the band called Marilyn Manson) in 2015 at mutual friend Mark Kostabi’s semi-annual Jazz Art Brunch. Mark, an accomplished musician himself, knows a ton of other musicians, and people always get up and jam with the band. At one point Scott played keyboards and sang a couple of cover songs. After he finished his set, I introduced myself, since I had written extensively about his band back in the day and I knew we had a few other mutual friends. Scott turned out to be very down-to-earth guy, and a terrific conversationalist, so we drank and laughed, talked about art and exchanged cards for a possible future meet up.

Mark Scott Gail Frieze 2015
Mark Kostabi with Scott and Me at Frieze 2015

I already new from hearing it in the media that Scott had been diagnosed stage 4 colon cancer, and in one of our first conversations he told me how he was undergoing chemotherapy sessions every other week to keep it in check. He wasn’t shy about discussing his treatment because he wanted people to understand that he was fighting as hard as he could, and that he was also determined to live his life to the fullest. At this point, his prognosis did not include the probability of a cure and recovery. He was just trying to buy as much time as possible.

Scott FB Profile Pic
Scott did not want to pose with this relief sculpture of two sunflowers, but I made him do it. He loved the resulting photo so much he used it as his FaceBook Profile Photo for nearly a year.

Scott was not only a musician, he was also a fine artist who had a voracious curiosity about art history. The annual Frieze Art Fair (which takes place on New York’s Randall’s Island) was coming up and Scott had never been, so we made plans to attend together. I thought it was hilarious when he asked me what he should wear. “You’re a Rock Star,” I reminded him. “You don’t  need me to tell you how to dress.” Scott showed up to the dock wearing a bespoke kilt made from Clan Scott Tartan along with the complete traditional accessories. It should not surprise anyone that once we arrived at Frieze, everyone asked “the guy wearing the kilt” to pose for photos. I took a few myself and will now share them with you, because I think they show a fun-loving side of Scott, and he would appreciate being remembered in this way.

Scott and Red McCracken

One of the works that Scott most wanted to see at Frieze is this Red Plank by minimalist pioneer John McCracken.

Scott With John McCracken
Scott With John McCracken Sculpture Vibes

Scott and Mood Machine
Scott Considers a Sculpture Called the Mood Machine

Mirror Selfie
No Art Fair Experience is Complete Without at Least One Commemorative Mirror Selfie

Scott and Gail Dots Background
Photo By Mark Kostabi

Scott Vampire

Sadly, I have neither any knowledge of the title of this work, nor the artist’s name.

Scott and Linder

This work is entitled It’s the Buzz, Cock by artist Linder Sterling. The image was famously used as the sleeve artwork for the Buzzcocks1977 45 RPM single release, Orgasm Addict.

Scott Serious

This piece is by an artist whose work I know, and whose name I should remember, but I just can’t recall it right now. Scott’s expression is hilarious to me.

Scott and I wore ourselves out at Frieze and took the ferry back into Manhattan around 5:00 pm to attend another hyped-up-the-ass exhibit opening, which turned out to be a bust. Not to be deterred from continuing our Art Safari into the night, we moved on to another exhibit just up the block, and then took the party to a place that was once the home of Manhattan’s longest bar for snacks and drinks, and more conversation. Later, we walked in a light rain from Houston to Union Square, stopping in at the occasional curiosity shop like this place (where Scott purchased a large bag of assorted Gummy Candies) before I finally dropped him off at the subway on 14th Street and then continued on to my home.

We had an entire lifetime in one day.

Even above all of the times I saw him onstage with Marilyn Manson, my favorite memories of Scott are of the day we spent at Frieze and then prowling downtown Manhattan like two friends who just loved art and NYC. Now, you have those memories as well. RIP Scott. You are very much missed.

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Favorite Art from Frieze 2015

Stacked Blue Cookies
All Photos By Gail

When you set out to peruse large volumes of Contemporary Art, it is always a good idea to have an open-minded partner in crime along for the ride. Geoffrey was in LA last weekend, so I attended Frieze 2015 with a new friend, Scott, who, back in the mid-to-late-90s played guitar in one of the most notorious American Rock bands to find commercial success since the seventies, when the band called Alice Cooper staged mock-executions as part of its live show. But that story is, perhaps, for another time, because today I want to share photos with you of select pieces of art that Scott and I enjoyed at the Frieze Art Fair, which took place on Randall’s Island from May 14th to 17th.

Paola PIVI It's Not Fair
Paola PIVI’s It’s Not Fair: Bear Covered with Blue Feathers

Hannah Starkey Untitled
Hannah Starkey, Untitled

While we traveled from booth to booth, one of the topics Scott and I discussed is how much we dislike it when an artist labels a work “Untitled” instead of giving it a proper name. WTF is up with that? It makes it seem like you don’t care. It’s lazy. It’s like not naming one of your children. And it needs to stop.

Red Draped Coat 2

We both really liked the above sculpture, the title of which I could not locate, but I am pretty sure it is not called Untitled. It reminds me of a Jawa, the hooded characters in Star Wars, but if you look closely you can see it is a sculpture of a Red Coat as it would hang if draped on a hook, but without the hook. Clever and compelling.

Loredana Sperini
Pink Neon Raindrop Sculpture by Loredana Sperini

Art By Tomas Saraceno
BR2237-0607/M+1 By Tomas Saraceno

A few years ago, Geoffrey and I saw a crazy great sculpture called Cloud City by Argentinian-born artist Tomás Saraceno, which was on the roof of The Met in the summer of 2012. The piece above echoes the modular shapes that are a signature characteristic of Saraceno’s work.

Satoshi Ohno Prism Dark Night
Satoshi Ohno, Prism Dark Night.

I remember gasping audibly when I saw these two works by Japanese artist Satoshi Ohno, which are unbelievably gorgeous. Ohno is also a Japanese Idol, actor, radio host, and singer — being the lead vocalist and leader of Japanese boy band Arashi. Talk about a Renaissance man!

Satoshi Ohno Prism Sunset
Satoshi Ohno, Prism Sunset

Josiah McElheney Blue Prism Painting III
Josiah McElheney, Blue Prism Painting III

Even though the above piece by Josiah McElheny is called a painting, it is really a sculpture.

Berta Fischer

Neon Lucite Sculpture by Berta Fischer. I love her work.

John Giorno It's Not What Happens It's How You Handle It
John Giorno, It’s Not What Happens It’s How You Handle It

We love the text-based paintings of artist and poet John Giorno. It is always cool and fun to see one of his new pieces.

Matthew Darbyshire CAPTCHA No. 31 Sitting Lion
Matthew Darbyshire, CAPTCHA No. 31 – Sitting Lion

This Lion is made from stacked hollow tubes.

John McCracken Rythym
John McCracken Rythym

There was a fantastic selection of plank works by the late John McCracken in the David Zwirner booth.

It's The Buzz Cock By Linder
It’s The Buzz, Cock By Linder

Buzzcocks fans might recognize the above work by artist and radical feminist icon Linder (AKA Linder Sterling) from the picture sleeve of that band’s 1977 single “Orgasm Addict.” It certainly was impossible to miss, even from across the room.

Daniel Rich
Art By Daniel Rich

Carlos Garaicoa Dudas Sober el Paraiso Terrenal
Carlos Garaicoa, Dudas Sobre el Paraiso Terrenal

The above title translates to “Doubts about the earthly paradise.” See a detail shot of this work just below.

Dudas Sobre el Paraiso Terrenal

He Won't Hurt You
He Won’t Hurt You

Monir Farmanfarmaian

Above, you see selected Mirror Mosaic works by legendary Iranian artist Monir Farmanfarmaian. We just saw her exhibit, Infinite Possibility at the Guggenheim, and it was beyond amazing!

Lips That Look Like a Flame

Lips That Look Like a Flame? We love it.

Andy Coolquitt Found Deodorant Bottles
Andy Coolquitt, Neo-Deo: Found Deodorant Bottles Displayed in a Glass Vitrine

Marie Angeletti Catwoman
Marie Angeletti, Catwoman: Digital Print on Polished Steel

I hope you enjoyed your free peek at this year’s Frieze Art Fair! See you next year!

Photos from Mark Kostabi’s Jazz Art Brunch!

Two Kostabi Paintings
Two Works by Mark Kostabi (All Photos By Gail)

If I could name only one person whom I’ve most enjoyed meeting and getting to know since I started writing about the New York City contemporary art scene, it would be Mark Kostabi. Mark is not only an extraordinarily talented artist and musician, but he’s also one of the nicest and most generous people I can name. On a day that is currently also memorable for being the day after the warmest day of the year so far, Mark hosted a wildly fun Jazz Art Brunch at the Dillon Gallery in Chelsea, where everybody listened to awesome live music, shared their art, ate, drank and had a great time! It was an ideal opportunity to meet up and hang out with friends that you normally only get to see on FaceBook!

Paul with Art
Mark’s Brother, Musician and Artist Paul Kostabi Poses with his Signature Creation, “Sparkl”

Dillon Gallery Room Shot
Paul and Mark Kostabi Prep for the Show

Part of the inspiration for the event was to give Mark and his band the chance to warm up in front of a live audience prior to their upcoming set at the release party for their CD, Kostabeat, held at the Cutting Room a few days later. Here are a few of our favorite photos from the day!

Brunch Buffet

Check out this delicious Brunch Buffet (courtesy of Sullivan Street Bakery) featuring all of my favorite carbs!

Maven Cocktails Red

At the brunch we were also introduced to a tasty beverage, Maven Cocktails, which is a blend of premium wine infused with top shelf vodka – my two favorite beverages of choice! Maven tastes amazing and comes in a lovely resealable glass bottle – classy! I was very partial to the Pinot Noir blend but white wine fans can also enjoy a Chardonnay variety! Maven Cocktails, FTW!

Mark and Paul Art
Art By Mark Kostabi and Paul Kostabi

Kostabeat Band
L to R Paul Kostabi, Keith LeBlanc, Paul Nowinski, Mollie Israel, Tony Esposito, Mark Kostabi

In this photo, the band performs the sublime “Spoleto Dream” from Kostabeat, which is an excellent album.

Band with Paul Nowinski

Paul Nowinski also plays with Keith Richards and he is a phenomenal bass player!

Mollie Israel

Here’s better photo of Mollie, a lovely and talented lady!

Tony Esposito

The multi-talented Tony Esposito is an accomplished percussionist, arranger, composer and producer who is Mark’s creative partner in the Kostabeat experience.

Mark Kostabi

Always the gracious host, Mark invited several guest musicians to sit in with the band or perform solo.

Scott Putesky

Multi-instrumentalist Scott Putesky performed a compelling ballad arrangement of The Pixes’ “Wave Of Mutilation,” which is one of my favorites. Scott is perhaps best known in Pop Culture Legend as Daisy Berkowitz, former guitarist for the classic, Portrait of an American Family-era of Marilyn Manson — a band that was certainly a force to be reckoned with in its prime.

Art by Scott Putesky

Scott is also a fine artist who creates intriguing modern abstracts, such as the work above. Fascinating.

Paul Kostabi and Drummer

I’m not sure who this drummer is, but he was just adorable, and a serious badass on the kit!

Thanks again to Mark Kostabi and his super cool assistant, Heidi Follin, for making it a great day for everyone!