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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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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!
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Photo by Alberto Vargas
DOG STAR is excited to share the news that more press is covering Alberto Vargas and his Clic Gallery debut.
Here is what Animal New York wrote: The 15-strong group show features shots by 18-year-old Alberto Vargas, Montauk surf legend Tony Caramanico’s mixed media, and Paul Solberg’s photos of CBGB skate punk run-off.
Wall Street Journal: “You can tell the difference just by the timing [between] the people who take photos who are skateboarders and the people who aren’t,” said Alberto Vargas, an 18-year-old New Yorker who belongs to the former group. We are sitting in Coleman Playground underneath the Manhattan Bridge, watching skaters attempt tricks in the midday heat. We yell back and forth over the subway roar overhead as Vargas talks about capturing tricks at the right moment.
Some of the press refers to him as a Queens high school student. Flavorpill wrote: And Alberto Vargas, a “crazy talented” 17-year-old was discovered by a gallerist while in high school in Queens.
We know he graduated from a Manhattan high school - Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers
Here for DNA Info website
Here for Time Out review
Here for Animal New York
Here for Wall Street Journal story
Here for Clic Gallery
DOG STAR says if you're not working - and you are not in summer school (LOL!) then make sure you get to downtown Brooklyn to see Mykal Rose for this incredible free concert!
This is for NEXT THURSDAY!
Mykal Rose of Black Uhuru
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Arrive by 6pm for these shows to get a seat and to avoid the crowds!
MONDAY, AUGUST 9
The Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series is celebrating its spectacular 28th season with a star-studded line-up of gospel, classic soul, contemporary, Caribbean and R&B artists. The free concerts are Monday nights at Wingate Field, entrances on Brooklyn Avenue (Rutland Road and Winthrop Street).
THURSDAY, AUGUST 12
The Seaside Summer Concert Series, now in its 32nd year, is the largest free outdoor music series in New York. Throughout the years, the Thursday-night series has attracted top-name classic rock, pop, oldies, contemporary and Latin performers to Asser Levy/Seaside Park, at West 5th Avenue and Surf Avenue in Coney Island/Brighton Beach.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
FREE! Discover Hipsters, Hustlers, and Handball Players: Leon Levinstein's New York Photographs, 1950–1980
One of the most exciting genres is street photography (we also love Sue Kwon, Helen Levitt and Elliott Erwitt!) and now the Met will show some of their collection of Leon Levinstein!
Metropolitan Museum - Fifth Avenue & 82nd Street
ALWAYS FREE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!
Hipsters, Hustlers, and Handball Players: Leon Levinstein's New York Photographs, 1950–1980
June 8, 2010–October 17, 2010
The Howard Gilman Gallery
Leon Levinstein (American, 1910–1988), an unheralded master of street photography, is best known for his candid and unsentimental black-and-white figure studies made in New York City neighborhoods from Times Square and the Lower East Side to Coney Island.
This exhibition, drawn exclusively from the Metropolitan's collection, will feature some forty photographs that reflect the artist's fearless approach to the medium. Levinstein's graphic virtuosity—seen in raw, expressive gestures and seemingly monumental bodies—is balanced by his unusual compassion for his offbeat subjects from the demimonde.
Here for Metropolitan Museum website!
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Dog Star Reader & Photographer ALBERTO VARGAS featured in today's Wall Street Journal for upcoming show at Clic Gallery
Art Exhibit Aims
to Capture Thrill
of Skating and Surfing
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
DOG STAR is excited about this show since it gives teens the chance to discover '80s culture through early celebrity portraits (Warhol had a cable show and interviewed celebs) as well a chance to see collabos with other artists.
The Swiss dealer Bruno Bischofberger commissioned a set of collaborationsfrom three leading artists of the 1980s, each from a different generation.
To begin, each artist was given a set of canvases, which were then circulated to the others so they could add their contributions. In this painting we see Warhol’s yellow, screenprinted flower in the center overpainted with Clemente’s faces, and finally a layer of Basquiat’s white screened designs, which give the painting its title.
Brooklyn Museum is EASY TO REACH and only costs $1 for teens (that's because it is a "suggested donation" and we suggest $1.00!):
2/3 train to Eastern Parkway station in Brooklyn - museum is right outside the station - it's easy!
Slideshow of images in THE LAST DECADE
Friday, July 23, 2010
We STRONGLY RECOMMEND arriving at the concert site by 6:30 to avoid crowds and get a good spot close to the stage.
The concert site is in a park on Surf Avenue on the street side of the boardwalk (as opposed to the ocean side).
Any train to Coney Island will get you there - but get off at West 8th and walk back to West 5th & Surf Avenue!
Here for John Legend website
Here for link to concert website!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
FREE! Check out summer group show at Mixed Greens in theme of "shelter" with cool installations for hot days!
|Artists: Zachary Buchner, Kevin Cyr, Matthew de Leon, Jonathan Durham, Jonathan Ehrenberg, Kate Gilmore, Angelina Gualdoni, Eric Heist, Nicholas Johnston, Dimitri Kozyrev, Fawn Krieger, Caitlin Masley, Jaclyn Mednicov, Ryan Sarah Murphy, Lisa Ross, Nicolas Rule, Suzanne Song|
Mixed Greens is excited to present the group exhibition Gimme Shelter. While shelter is traditionally defined as a structure that provides protection, these seventeen artists present a more complex, multifaceted understanding of the concept. More specifically, the works in this show investigate the delicate balance of perception: whether a space is inviting or uninhabitable, comforting or crumbling, being constructed or consumed.
DOG STAR knows that globalization has had a serious impact on the global economy, environment and human refugee populations.
While we witness corporate multinationals demolish the environment in both the Gulf of Mexico and in the Niger Delta (oil spills there have been happening for over 50 years!), this video is a fresh and provocative look at another corporate titan.
While the video is entirely fictional - the artists re-created a McDonalds in a studio - we thought of several references: Hurricane Katrina flooding, anti-corporate backlash and anti-capitalist revenge fantasy!
Here to watch video of Flooded McDonalds
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
April 27, 2010–October 31, 2010 (weather permitting)
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, Metropolitan Museum
American artists Mike and Doug Starn (born 1961) have been invited by The Metropolitan Museum of Art to create a site–specific installation for The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, opening to the public on April 27.
All visitors will be allowed on the main level of the roof, but walking the elevated pathways of “Big Bambú” is more complicated. For that you will need to know about:
TIMED TICKETS One per person, available only first come first served, with museum admission, in the Uris Center for Education, at the 81st Street entrance. Morning tour tickets are released at 9:30 a.m.; afternoon tours at noon. On Fridays and Saturdays, evening tours are available, and tickets will be released at 3:30 p.m. Bring a photo ID and be prepared to sign a waiver.
THE WEATHER Because the bamboo can be slippery, the installation may be closed because of rain (or even rain the night before). Call (212) 396-5300 on the day you plan to attend to check.
THE RULES Visitors have to wear closed, rubber-soled shoes and be able to walk unassisted. (No wheelchairs, walkers or canes, unless the canes have a wrist strap and are used to aid the visually impaired.) Children must be at least 10 and over four feet tall; adults must accompany those younger than 13. Also, no personal items (including handbags, cellphones and cameras) will be allowed; lockers will be provided.