Sunday, March 31, 2013

Unseen Works Of Art By Jean-Michel Basquiat

Book News: New Book To Feature Unseen Works Of Art By Jean-Michel Basquiat
NPR (blog)
The former girlfriend of the late, iconoclastic artist Jean-Michel Basquiat is reportedly planning to write a book that will include previously unseen works of art — including murals he painted on the walls of her apartment when they lived together in the 1970s. Basquiat began his career as a graffiti artist before falling in with Andy Warhol and then becoming briefly famous before his death of a heroin overdose in 1988. Now Basquiat's paintings sell for tens of millions of dollars....

A Sotheby's employee walks past a work by Jean-Michel Basquiat titled "Untitled (Pecho/Oreja)" at the auction house. - NPR (blog)

Friday, March 15, 2013

art, night life, music and fashion

Entangling threads of art, night life, music and fashion, the Hole, a contemporary art gallery in Lower Manhattan, has emerged as a successor to the departed Deitch Projects on the downtown social circuit.

Art? Oh, Yeah. But We’re Here to Party.(NYTimes)
" . . . Those not invited might have mistaken the day-after photos for a sub rosa lounge in the meatpacking district. But the raucous party took place at the Hole, a contemporary art gallery in Lower Manhattan that represents such of-the-moment artists as Kembra Pfahler,Lola Montes Schnabel and Matthew Stone. Part streetwise gallery, part art-scene romper room, the Hole has emerged over the last two years as a cool-kid clubhouse on the downtown social circuit. Its rowdy openings lure a mélange of graffiti kids, art-world scions and notables like Salman Rushdie and Courtney Love. Memorable events have included an “X-rated zombie extravaganza” by the Canadian artist and independent film director Bruce LaBruce. And whenever fashion week or a big art fair rumbles into town — like last week’s Armory Show — party chasers can look forward to some happening there, whether it’s a conceptual pop-up restaurant or a giant group show billed as a “transcontinental survey of figurative painting.” “There hasn’t been a gallery like this since Deitch,” said Mike Malbon, the founder of the culture magazine Frank151. “It’s got a good buzz and a cool, creative vibe. Other art shows, to me, are just stuffy. . .” (read full article at link above)

NYTimes: Art & Design