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Image above: Vik Muniz
A Bar at the Folies-Bergère after Édouard Manet, from the Pictures of Magazines 2 series, 2012.
Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life. Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, painted in 1882, explores the treachery of nineteenth-century Parisian nightlife through the depiction of a bartender attending to a male patron reflected in the mirror behind her. Muniz plays on Manet’s style, replacing Manet’s visible brushstrokes with the frayed edges of torn paper and lending the work immense visual interest.
“Thank you for DogStarNYC, in general. The site speaks to so many kinds of interests; it discerns which qualities will appeal to many different tastes in a tremendous number of activities. I love how it encourages young people to pay attention to the unusual.
In New York we let so many teens walk around the periphery, mildly shell-shocked by life, while the information that they need to make sense of their world sits in the center of the room. DogStarNYC welcomes them into the middle of the room; the blog tells them how to walk there. ” - Stacy L.
DOG STAR is the creation of a high school English teacher in New York City. This blog began in 2008 as an online community for a journalism class and has since evolved into a curated site on the creative arts, arts-related news and a guide to free and low-cost events for teens. Our mission is to offer teens real-life options for enjoying all the creative arts in New York City. May wisdom guide you and hope sustain you. The more you like art, the more art you like!
Sunday, February 28, 2010
DOG STAR recently posted two Sharon Olds poems for Valentine's Day: "Sex Without Love," and "True Love." Sharon will read with two other poets on Thursday, March 4th, 7:00pm
This reading is sponsored by New York University's Creative Writing Program.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
DOG STAR has been a fan of Joseph Cornell for a long time, Although there is no local exhibit coming up soon, we want to share this artist with you!
Cornell grew up in Queens and lived his whole life in his family's home on Utopia Parkway. In the house's basement he kept a tidy and extremely well-organized private world: his art studio and all the tiny pieces in labeled bins and boxes that went into making his boxes.
Cornell created elaborate, small boxes containing images of constellations, movie stars, ballerinas and found text from brochures, advertisements and magazines. He made the small wooden boxes and hand-painted them before placing all the elements together.
He mostly made them for himself and also made small games for his disabled brother.
The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts created an interactive website when the held a show last year.
Cornell's work is especially wonderful for those interested in pre-digital, hand-made art!
Here for interactive website on Joseph Cornell
Friday, February 26, 2010
DOG STAR obsessively reads many, many other blogs and finds gems to share with DOG STAR readers. (Although recent surveys announced blogging dead among teens who have migrated to Twitter and Facebook, many adults run clean, non-sexual blogs that have great appeal for teens!)
One of our favorites is SOUNDTRACK TO MY DAY run by a guy named Howard out of Delaware. He features music he likes and posts videos, music news and comments on favorite songs and bands.
Here for SOUNDTRACK TO MY DAY
It was on Howard's blog that we found his photos of a recent trip to New York City - where DOG STAR offices are located, of course - Howard's photos are above at the top of this post. We especially like the fire escape and the early morning bread delivery!
Howard posted his pics in response to another blog in the U.K. called "The State of the Nation UK." Stephen Chapman runs the blog and he has an informal and monthly photo contest to submit pictures called "5 on the Fifith."
Welcome to "5 on the fifth", a monthly posting that benefits from audience
participation. You take 5 photographs on the 5th of the month
(or the days leading up to the 5th) - post a comment here with your name,
location and link to the site containing your photos and I will update the
blog entry with your information. Remember to mention my blog on your
own blog, so that your visitors get to see the other contributions. You can
take 5 random pictures or follow my suggested theme, which this month is: City life
Here for The STATE OF THE NATION UK
Thursday, February 25, 2010
FREE! Open now! Keith Haring show to commemorate 20th anniversary of his death at Tony Shafrazi in Chelsea
DOG STAR knows there are many, many artists who have been lost to the AIDS epidemic. One of the most-loved and oft-missed is Keith Haring, who died on February 16, 1990 at the age of 31.
Now, Tony Shafrazi Gallery with the Keith Haring Foundation presents a show to honor and remember Keith and his fresh, original voice in American art and culture.
The show at Tony Shafrazi will be open until April 3! EASY TO REACH: Any train to West 23rd Street then walk to 544 West 26th Street (heading west toward toward the Hudson River, the gallery is one the left-hand side). Open Tuesday through Saturday 10am-6pm.
Keith Haring was one of the first to make the leap from "street artist" to bona fide (legitimate) "gallery artist" along with Jean-Michel Basquiat. What this meant was that a gallery agreed to represent Keith, show his work, and, most importantly, organize shows and sell to collectors. Keith was spending his days and nights doing chalk line graffiti in the NYC subways.
The Keith Haring Foundation website is the best source for bio, images, interviews and their own online store called Pop Shop.
Below we've included the trailer for the documentary "The Universe of Keith Haring" which we highly recommend for new and older fans of his work!
Here for Tony Shafrazi Gallery in Chelsea
Here for Keith Haring Foundation
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Here for Wave Hill website
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Click on any photo below to see it larger and check out Jonah's website for more "Pleasantville" and the NOIR series.
Here for Jonah Samson
Monday, February 22, 2010
As for the tobacco companies, they have been censured and fined but they will still look for creative ways to sell their death sticks—if not for Americans, then to the rest of the world.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
DOG STAR watched an interview recently with Josh Brown and he described a project he's been working on since the start of the Iraq war in 2003.
Called "Life During Wartime," he draws a weekly one-panel comic as a running commentary on living in the United States during wartime. Published exclusively in the web, this weekly comic is a fascinating view into how an artist becomes politically engaged with what's happening around us.
Here for link to Life During Wartime
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Despite holding down a demanding day job, Cleveland Cavaliers center Shaquille O’Neal has published two memoirs, cut six records, acted in seven movies, starred in a reality show, served as a reserve police officer, and studied for a doctorate in “human resource development.” Now he’s curating “Size DOES Matter,” an exhibition opening February 19 at the Flag Art Foundation in Chelsea. Shaq made 66 selections for the show—which features works ranging from the ginormous (Andreas Gursky’s billboard-size photograph Madonna I) to the microscopic (a Shaq portrait by Willard Wigan)—out of over 200 images that founder Glenn Fuhrman and director Stephanie Roach showed him over dinner after a game.
How did you make your choices?
Art is a process of delivering or arranging elements that appeal to the emotions of a person looking at it. It’s what you feel. I picked those things because they were beautiful. The thing about size—if it’s big or small you have to look at it. Because I’m so big you have to look at me. I think of myself as a monument. But sometimes I like to feel small.
Do you ever get time to visit museums?
I used to go a lot with my kids. Donald Trump is a great friend, and he has four or five Picassos on his plane. And that’s where I would look at them. One time, I was at a museum and tried touching a Picasso. You break it, you buy it, they said. I was told it would cost $2 million.
Have you ever tried painting?
No, but I’ve met a lot of artists who wanted to paint me. LeRoy Neiman was one. He did it from a photograph. He made 20,000 copies, and we sold them all. Now I’m working with the greatest artist in the world, Peter Max.
Do you buy art?
I have six kids, and if they ripped something, I’d be devastated. Maybe when they grow up, I’ll buy. I’d like Ron Mueck [whose Untitled: Big Man appears in the show] to do a sculpture of me. I would like to make it twenty feet tall and put it in the middle of a residential neighborhood—make it two stories high and in the head I’d have my office.
You like people looking at you.
Yeah. When I go to New York I like to stand in the street and see what happens. When you look at a painting and try to figure it out—you look at me [the same way]. Everything in the world is art.
To me, it’s ballet, hip-hop, and kung fu. The ballet is grace, the hip-hop is cool, and the kung fu is kill the opponent.
Weighing 320 pounds and standing 7'1" atop his size 22 shoes, Shaq is one of the most dominant players ever to play in the NBA. Throughout his career, O'Neal has capitalized on his size and strength to overpower opponents for points and rebounds earning him nicknames such as Diesel and Superman. Now Shaq takes the opportunity to reflect on his size with an exhibition boasting works from microscopic to giant pieces that have the ability to dwarf and exaggerate everyone -- even Shaq himself.
Artists have readily utilized the element of size. Large and small objects require different approaches, elicit unique responses from their viewer, and reflect the varying purposes in which works of art were meant to serve. This dynamic exhibition will include a variety of mediums that play with scale as a key component in the composition of the artwork. Every work in the show was selected by Shaq himself or is being newly made at his request.
Here for more information
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
FREE! Opens today! The Jazz Loft Project by W. Eugene Smith at NYPL for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center / Don't miss this one!
The Jazz Loft Project
Monday, February 15, 2010
Already making money through gallery sales, this child prodigy has stunned his local community and the international art scene for his incredibly mature paintings.
The picture above just shows Kieron at an easel. Click on the link to the story in the Daily Mail newspaper online. Seriously. He is fantastic!
Here for Daily Mail article
DOG STAR knows Ron and this show of Andy Warhol pics will be fantastic - even for the casual fan of Warhol and his Factory days!
mySpace page (here) that presents excerpts from Warhol's diaries with annotations to explain references. Worth the peek for Warhol fans!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
In the middle of the night, when we get up
after making love, we look at each other in
complete friendship, we know so fully
what the other has been doing. Bound to each other
like mountaineers coming down from a mountain,
bound with the tie of the delivery room,
we wander down the hall to the bathroom, I can
hardly walk, I wobble through the granular
shadowless air, I know where you are
with my eyes closed, we are bound to each other
with huge invisible threads, our sexes
muted, exhausted, crushed, the whole
body a sex—surely this
is the most blessed time of my life,
our children asleep in their beds, each fate
like a vein of abiding mineral
not discovered yet. I sit
on the toilet in the night, you are somewhere in the room,
I open the window and snow has fallen in a
steep drift, against the pane, I
look up, into it,
a wall of cold crystals, silent
and glistening, I quietly call to you
and you come and hold my hand and I say
I cannot see beyond it. I cannot see beyond it.
Sex Without Love
How do they do it, the ones who make love
without love? Beautiful as dancers,
gliding over each other like ice-skaters
over the ice, fingers hooked
inside each other's bodies, faces
red as steak, wine, wet as the
children at birth whose mothers are going to
give them away. How do they come to the
come to the come to the God come to the
still waters, and not love
the one who came there with them, light
rising slowly as steam off their joined
skin? These are the true religious,
the purists, the pros, the ones who will not
accept a false Messiah, love the
priest instead of the God. They do not
mistake the lover for their own pleasure,
they are like great runners: they know they are alone
with the road surface, the cold, the wind,
the fit of their shoes, their over-all cardio-
vascular health--just factors, like the partner
in the bed, and not the truth, which is the
single body alone in the universe
against its own best time.
Timothy's new portraits of Supermodels at Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea.
Photo above is supermodel Carol Alt.
Supermodels of the 70s and 80s
Exhibition: January 28th- February 27th
The exhibition will feature ten large-format portraits of legendary Supermodels from the 1970s and 1980s taken in 2009 while Greenfield-Sanders was working on a project for Vanity Fair magazine. The 11 x 14" Ilfochrome limited edition prints are of Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs, Beverly Johnson, Carol Alt, Dayle Haddon, Esme, Karen Bjornson, Kim Alexis, Lisa Taylor and Nancy Donahue.
Timothy writes: "I have always been interested in how we deal with aging in our hopelessly youth oriented society. These beautiful and amazing women, now in their fifties, were once the reigning queens of American beauty, and the ultimate icons of world-wide marketing."
Here for Timothy's website
Here for Steven Kasher Gallery
Saturday, February 13, 2010
DOG STAR readers will recognize Romare Bearden from earlier posts. He is a wonderful artist and we get a rare chance to see his famous collage "The Block" now on view at the Metropolitan Museum. This piece and related art are not on permanent display so this is a rare chance to see it in the gallery!
Romar Bearden's "The Block" on view at the Metropolitan Museum until March!
The block is loosely based on a real Harlem block: Lenox Avenue between 132nd & 133rd Street.
As a group, they reveal the artist’s creative process whereby he literally and figuratively "collages" different images and experiences from reality and from his memory and imagination into a tableau that transcends the limitations of a fixed time and place, even as it pays homage to a specific street in Harlem, the New York City neighborhood that inspired so much of Bearden’s work.
A video biography of Romare Bearden
Here for Met Museum info on "The Block"
Here for FANTASTIC interactive Met Museum site for Romare Bearden
Here for Romare Bearden Foundation
Here for more on Romare Bearden on Wikipedia
Friday, February 12, 2010
FREE! Panel discussion & exhbition opening for Social Documentary photography at powerHouse Books in DUMBO
CLICK ON THE FLYER TO SEE IT LARGER
DOG STAR knows the critical importance of photography in documenting human misery and social injustice. Jacob Riis played an important role in pushing for social reforms with his photographs of the slums and gross poverty of immigrants on the Lower East Side.
Social documentary photography continues to be important - and more necessary than ever before - as global crisis continues to affect so many people.
A recent competition called for photographers whose work seeks to explore and expose social injustice. This panel discussion and exhibition features the winner, the publication and the photographs of a few of the participants.
Crisis & Opportunity: Documenting the Global Recession
Join SocialDocumentary.net, powerHouse Arena, and the Center for Economic and Social Rights for an exhibition, reception and panel discussion
Exhibition February 16-March 15, Gallery is free and open weekdays, 10am-7pm; weekend, 11am-7pm
Location: 37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718.666.3049
Here for powerHouse Arena website
Reception & Panel Discussion Tuesday, February 16, 6:30-9:30
ART IN THE STREETS major graffiti show to open in L.A. in April 2011 (Book to come out to accompany the show!)
this show and the catalogue (book). Although we have no
plans to go to L.A. to see the show, we will surely look for
the book. Written by Jeffrey Deitch, Roger Gastman and
Aaron Rose, “Art In The Streets” is the latest book to come
out of the famed Rizzoli publishing house. Set to release
alongside an exhibition with the same title, the book
surveys the global history of graffiti and associated street
arts. Focusing on the scenes in NYC, L.A. and San Francisco
a wide array of artists are discussed and showcased
including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Blu, Martha Cooper,
Shepard Fairey, Stelios Faitakis, Futura, Phil Frost,
Os Gemeos,Keith Haring, Todd James (REAS), Margaret
Kilgallen, Lady Pink, Barry McGee (Twist), Steve Powers
(ESPO), Lee Quinones, Retna, Kenny Scharf, Swoon,
and Ed Templeton, among many others. Look out for a
release in April 2011.
Here for the story in the L.A. Times
Thursday, February 11, 2010
December 11, 2009–June 27, 2010
George Gustav Heye Center, New York