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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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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!
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Photo above: Johnny Depp and Tim Burton at the DOG STAR offices a few months ago!
DOG STAR knows there are many, many Tim Burton fans out there who STILL HAVE NOT SEEN THE SHOW at Museum of Modern Art. Your last chance is here: the show closes April 26!
ALWAYS FREE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!
Here for the great and fun interactive website for the show: TIM BURTON
Katharine Brannan-Williams, a teen reviewer for High 5 wrote:
Getting off the escalators on the third floor of the Museum of Modern Art, the difference in mood of this exhibition compared to the permanent collection is quite evident. In front of you is a statue of a huge creature with its mouth open; to enter the Tim Burton exhibition, you walk through the jaws of this colorful monster. Here for more of this review
Here for Museum of Modern Art
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
FREE! Discover Surrealism in America: A fantastic new show at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery on West 57th Street!
DOG STAR knows most people think of Salvador Dali, Max Ernst and even De Chirico when they hear "surrealism." But the surreal approach to painting also has a deep history in modern American painting.
Fortunately, Michael Rosenfeld presents an opportunity to discover surrealism in America in this fantastic new show with a wide variety of surrealistic themes.
The four paintings at the top of this post are listed below - click on the painter's name for a link to a Wikipedia entry for more!
Pavel Tchelitchew Boys Fighting in Wheat, 1939-41
Willem de Kooning Untitled, c.1941
Federico Castellon Veronica's Veil, 1937
Jared French The Sea, 1946
Unconscious Unbound: Surrealism in America
March 13-May 29, 2010
As material by many of these artists becomes increasingly rare, having found its way into private and permanent museum collections, Unconscious Unbound: Surrealism in America offers a special opportunity to view the works of celebrated practitioners of American surrealism alongside those by artists not typically labeled surrealist, but whose beginnings are rooted in the movement.
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery is EASY TO REACH
24 West 57th Street
between 5th & 6th Avenue, 7th floor
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10-6pm
Here for Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
Monday, March 29, 2010
Go see multimedia video and performance "Diary of a Teenage Girl" at 3LD Tech Center in Lower Mnahattan
DOG STAR is raving about this spectacular show highly suitable for mature teens (no younger brothers or sisters, please!) who want to discover how video, original animation, graphic novels and actors come together to tell the true life story of a teen growing up in the 1970s.
High 5 Tickets (here) has a limited number of $5 tickets to select performances so try to get a group of friends together to see the show (High 5 offers 6 tickets for $25!). Regular tickets price is $25.00.
Adapted by Marielle Heller from Phoebe Gloeckner's graphic novel of the same name, The Diary of a Teenage Girl is a story about female sexuality and unabashed optimism.
Told from the point of view of fifteen-year old Minnie, Diary tells the story of her growing up in the chaos of the 1970s, in the haze that is San Francisco. Minnie is incredibly bright and self-reflective.
She is gut-wrenchingly honest, and curious about the world around her. And she has just begun an affair with her mother's boyfriend, Monroe. Ouch.
Please Note: This production is rated R for frank depictions of substance abuse and sexuality. We suggest that it may not be appropriate for teens under 16. Furthermore, this theater does not allow for late seating. Arrive at least ten minutes before curtain in order to claim your seats.
Here for the show website!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Here are the lyrics first:
They pulled in just behind the bridge
He lays her down, he frowns
"Gee my life's a funny thing, am I still too young?"
He kissed her then and there
She took his ring, took his babies
It took him minutes, took her nowhere
Heaven knows, she'd have taken anything, but
She wants the young American
Young American, young American, she wants the young American
She wants the young American
Scanning life through the picture window
She finds the slinky vagabond
He coughs as he passes her Ford Mustang, but
Heaven forbid, she'll take anything
But the freak, and his type, all for nothing
He misses a step and cuts his hand, but
Showing nothing, he swoops like a song
She cries "Where have all Papa's heroes gone?"
All the way from Washington
Her bread-winner begs off the bathroom floor
"We live for just these twenty years
Do we have to die for the fifty more?"
He wants the young American
Young American, young American, he wants the young American
He wants the young American
Do you remember, your President Nixon?
Do you remember, the bills you have to pay
Or even yesterday?
Have you have been an un-American?
Just you and your idol singing falsetto 'bout
Leather, leather everywhere, and
Not a myth left from the ghetto
Well, well, well, would you carry a razor
In case, just in case of depression?
Sit on your hands on a bus of survivors
Blushing at all the afro-Sheilas
Ain't that close to love?
Well, ain't that poster love?
Well, it ain't that Barbie doll
Her heart's been broken just like you have
You want the young American
Young American, young American, you want the young American
You want the young American
You ain't a pimp and you ain't a hustler
A pimp's got a Cadi and a lady got a Chrysler
Black's got respect, and white's got his soul train
Mama's got cramps, and look at your hands ache
(I heard the news today, oh boy)
I got a suite and you got defeat
Ain't there a man you can say no more?
And, ain't there a woman I can sock on the jaw?
And, ain't there a child I can hold without judging?
Ain't there a pen that will write before they die?
Ain't you proud that you've still got faces?
Ain't there one damn song that can make me
break down and cry?
CHORUS (I) (repeat 3 times)
I want the young American
Young American, young American, I want the young American
I want the young American
From 1974 on Dick Cavett Show in NYC:
Concert footage in 1983 "Serious Moonlight" Tour:
Here for David Bowie's website
Saturday, March 27, 2010
DOG STAR has always been a fan of Alexander Calder - especially after seeing his wire portraits at the Whitney Museum last year and around the city three years ago.
Alexander Calder, Berlin 1929 und 1967
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Friday, March 26, 2010
Well, some of the Met's museum guards are (surprise!) artists themselves. And they have published a magazine of their original artwork and will present a gallery show.
Here for NY1 video on SWIPE Magazine
Here for New York Times article "From Guards to Gauguins"
Here for SWIPE Magazine
Thursday, March 25, 2010
DOG STAR knows many of our readers have seen this already. One reader asked, "How do they afford to do such an expensive video and make any money?" We ask, "Did you miss all the OBVIOUS product placement?"
We recently posted on all the pop art references in Rihanna's video for "Rude Boy" and know there is even more to unpack in this "Telephone" video.
For starters, it is entirely "borrowing" from Russ Meyer films such as "Faster Pussycat, Kill Kill" as well as B-movie female prison films.
Meyer is known primarily for writing and directing a series of successful low-budget sexploitation films that featured campy humor, sly satire, and large-breasted actresses.
DOG STAR remembers an Otto Dix painting is research on the film "cabaret" which takes place in pre-WW II Germany. The scene, as in many of Dix's paintings, showed a party with shady characters and sexual tension.
Now, for DOG STAR readers looking for something completely fresh and still vampire free (sorry, Cassandra, Patrick and other Twilight fans!) will enjoy a visit to Planet Otto Dix!
OTTO DIX at Neue Galerie
Here for Neue Galerie
Here for more on Otto Dix on Wikipedia
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
This three-person group show on recycled materials (or "debris") is sure to appeal to both the D.I.Y. crowd and those looking for something fresh in a Chelsea gallery.
Here for PPOW Gallery
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Read the profile here!
So...Jeff has been pretty busy since New Museum engaged him to select works from a famous private art collection and curate a show in their spaces. This new show - called "Skin Fruit" after one of the works - is a wild mix of well-known contemporary artists (Matthew Barney, Jenny Holzer, Robert Gober) and unusual pieces by new names.
ALWAYS FREE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Here for Skin Fruit at New Museum
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Gagosian Gallery presents a limited show of David Smith's sculptures at their space on 555 West 24th Street.
Sometimes when I start a sculpture, I begin with only a realized part, the rest is travel to be unfolded much in the order of a dream. The conflict for realization is what makes art not its certainty, nor its technique or material.
Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of monumental sculptures by David Smith made between 1962-1964.
Sculpture and art fans looking to expand the eye and enrich your perspective will make this a must some Saturday afternoon or a quick trip after school (except on Mondays when they're closed!)
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Here for Gagosian Gallery
Here for more on David Smith at Wikipedia
Here for David Smith Estate website
Friday, March 19, 2010
DOG STAR noticed a few productions of Shakespeare's plays happening around NYC. Anybody who wants to explore for the first time or the tenth will enjoy checking out one of these shows. Shakespeare is ALWAYS best when the play is up on stage - merely reading it is often difficult and not a joy (sorry, Ms. Alcala!).
If any of these shows interest DOG STAR readers, ask for a student discount! Most will make a deal to see the show! Some of the theaters already offer student tickets!
Love is My Sin is based on Shakespeare's sonnets at the Duke Theater on 42nd Street (here). The Duke offers $10 student tickets for most of their shows with a special code (you'll find it on the website when you click on the link). This production is directed by Peter Brook - one of the most famous artists working in theater in the world.
As You Like It presented by Aquilla Theater (here) - One night only March 31st at Skirball Center at NYU
The Tempest at The Access Theater (here)
The Taming of the Shrew at The American Actors Theater (here) in Midtown
And, although not Shakespeare, this comedia de l'arte production The Servant of Two Masters is one Bard fans might enjoy. DOG STAR was in a production of it in high school, even! At The Access Theater (here)
Thursday, March 18, 2010
FREE! Open now! See R. Crumb's graphic interpretation of The Book of Genesis in Hundreds of Drawings
DOG STAR remembers R. Crumb's comic books and enjoyed a walk through the David Zwirner Gallery for an illustrated tour of The Book of Genesis.
Crumb's project is not a disrespectful take on the sacred Bible text. He is highly respectful and finds fresh ways to show various scenes and well-known stories from the Bible.
Comic and graphic novel fans will want to check it out for the HIGH QUALITY art and the curious will find it a rewarding hour at the gallery!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Dweck Center is a new performance space with plenty of seating in the ground floor of the central library of Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza.
Saturday, March 20, 4:00PM
Cosmopolis: Immigrant Writers in NYC: Andre Aciman
Egyptian-born Aciman reads from his new novel Eight White Nights, a story about the fears, longings and tensions that accompany new romance. Aciman is the author of the novel Call Me by Your Name, of the memoir Out of Egypt and of False Papers: Essays on Exile and Memory. He has co-authored and edited The Proust Project and Letters of Transit. WNYC's Leonard Lopate hosts.
Sunday, March 21, 1:30PM
Author Talk with Tayari Jones
Jones is the author of The Untelling, a novel about personal history and individual and familial myth-making, and Leaving Atlanta, a coming of age story set during the city's infamous child murders of 1979-81.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
DOG STAR finds William Kentridge to be unique today: he does old-fashion things like actually draw his work by hand and explores deeply personal and political issues in thoughtful ways. Nothing slick and no sugar filling here!
Museum of Modern Art presents "William Kentridge: Five Themes" until May 17, 2010.
ALWAYS FREE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Here for more on the show at MoMA
Watch a Kentridge animation called "Automatic Writing"
Monday, March 15, 2010
Bong’s follow up to the international sensation The Host starts as a comedic portrait of an insanely doting mother, but takes a sharp turn when the woman’s simple minded son is railroaded into prison for the murder of a schoolgirl. Convinced that he’s been falsely convicted, she throws herself body and soul into proving his innocence.
TimeOut London review:
"A thoughtful, challenging Hitchcockian thriller… Gorgeously photographed, flawlessly acted and structured like a steel trap, MOTHER is one of the year’s best."
IFC Film Center is EASY TO REACH: Trains to West 4th Street station in the Village, theater is above the station on Sixth Avenue
Here for IFC Film Center
Sunday, March 14, 2010
We wish James had included a bit more about what he identifies in the video - James is a long-time art dealer and gallery owner and his knowledge of art is light years ahead of little 'ol DOG STAR.
BEFORE you watch the video, here's a tip sheet from DOG STAR office mates:
Robert Rauschenberg (collage effects,
Andy Warhol (day-glo 80s colors, disembodied mouth)
Keith Haring (portion of video with white lines and graphic waves on the back wall and on Rihanna's body, animated characters and figures)
Roy Lichtenstein (comic book forms, graphic style and words like BOOM)
Stephen Sprouse (day-glo 80s colors)
Jasper Johns (general collage effects)
Jean-Michel Basquiat (African references; lion, crown, collage effects)
Saturday, March 13, 2010
OPENS Today! Make it a day trip to see great art! Botero, Dubuffet, Miro & Basquiat all at Nassau County Museum of Art - just 30 minutes on Long Island Railroad
Nassau County Museum of Art opens a wild show of work by Spanish artist Joan Miro, American (Puerto Rican / Haitian) Jean-Michel Basquiat and French artist Dubuffet.
Consider this day trip to Nassau County to see great art!
Here for Nassau County Museum of Art