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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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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, April 30, 2011
“In light of this slur, there is a real opportunity to build support for our community and educate fans of Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the NBA about the use of such words,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “The Los Angeles Lakers have taken a positive step and we look forward to working with them to create messages from players and coaches that combat bullying. We also suggested and will continue to advocate for zero tolerance policies for anti-gay slurs at home games, similar to what the New York Yankees adopted last year.” In addition to the LA Lakers, NBA executives have agreed to meet with GLAAD to discuss ways to send a message about the power of such words to the league’s audience, many of whom are young people, parents or educators.Lakers spokesman John Black: "We appreciate the input we've received from GLAAD the past two days and will look forward to working with them on ways to help educate ourselves and our fans, and to help keep language like this out of our game."
ANOTHER MOVIE? Take a date to Brooklyn Museum - Open until 10pm every Thursday & Friday (Pay just $1 for admission and enjoy great art!)
Friday, April 29, 2011
I've lived my life as if I were my wife
packing for a trip—I'll need this and that
and I can't possibly do without that!
But now I'm about
what can be done without.
I just need a thin valise.
There's no place on earth
where I can't unpack in a flash
down to a final spark of consciousness.
No place where I can't enter
the joyless rapture
of almost remembering
I'll need this and I'll need that,
hoping to weigh less than silence,
lighter than light.
JR Art- "Wrinkles in the City" in Downtown Los Angeles (Fantastic street art unfolds on the building!)
Thursday, April 28, 2011
New Weekly Web Series Features Latino Life in East Williamsburg Where Cultures Clash for Laughs! (Aren't they really in Bushwick, though? LMAO!)
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Dog Star Picks SIX CHELSEA GALLERY SHOWS YOU MUST NOT MISS! - All Gallery Shows are FREE so grab your friends and go to the shows! On Saturday, May 14 all exhibits are open and go to all SIX shows! (Note exhibit dates and gallery hours below!)
2. Louise Bourgeois at Cheim & Reid (here) - WHY? One of our favorite artists of all time and we are very excited to see this show! Louise created artwork in any media that she thinks matched the "truth" or impulse. This means the work may be in stone, a painting or broken doors. This show features her work in fabrics and it's not going to be a quilt show - look forward to wild patterns made from kitchen towels, scraps of fabric and pieces of clothing. WHERE / WHEN? Opens May 12-June 25, 547 West 25th Street, Tuesday-Saturday, 10-6pm, At right: Sample of work by Louise Bourgeois from the exhibit
3. Keith Haring at Gladstone (here) - WHY? Keith is always a pleasure to see in a gallery since reproductions (in calendars and cards) do not show off the colors, scale and terrific sense of humor of this imaginative artist. Sadly, Keith died of AIDS at age 31 in 1990 so any work you see is very valuable and memories of a vanished soul. WHERE / WHEN? Opens May 4-July 1, 530 West 21st Street, Tuesday-Saturday, 10-6pm, At right: Sample of work by Keith Haring
4. Pablo Picasso at Gagosian (here) - WHY? After last summer's Picasso show at the Met, we are excited to get MORE Picasso - and even better pictures. This show is very limited in subject: work created during his relationship with his young girlfriend, then wife, Marie-Therese - highly romantic, erotic and super special! WHERE / WHEN? Opens April 14-June 21, 522 West 21st Street, Monday-Saturday, 10-6pm, At right: Sample of work by Picasso from the exhibit
5. Souther Salazar at Jonathan LeVine (here) - WHY? This gallery can always be counted on to show what's smart and fresh from artists working today. Souther (like south-er) creates paintings, small sculptures and a very large (six feet high) creature that sits on one side of the room.
These are incredibly imaginative, hopeful and wonderful fairy tale worlds full of kindness and sincerity without being cynical or ironic. It's no surprise that nearly all the work is already listed as sold. It would be a joy to live with any of Souther's pictures in a home! WHERE / WHEN? Opens April 16-May 14, 529 West 20th Street, 9th floor, Tuesday-Saturday, 11-6pm, At right: Sample of work by Salazar from the exhibit
6. Kara Walker at SikkemaJenkins (here) - WHY? You just aren't ready for this show! She takes on all kinds of images of blackness and uses the N-word in all kinds of ways (literally and metaphorically). Most famous for her black paper cut outs of sexually-charged scenes of Antebellum South, Walker has moved on to animation, watercolors and portraits of all kinds. You will be amazed at how much intelligence, insight and creativity is packed into Walker's artwork. WHERE / WHEN? Opens April 22-June 11, 530 West 22nd Street, Tuesday-Saturday, 10-6pm
Dog Star Selects FESTIVAL OF IDEAS FOR THE NEW CITY on Manhattan's Bowery Features FREE Art Programs and Events Next Week!
"Art in the Streets" Show Brings Out Local Graffiti Artists in L.A. - Hope this doesn't make officials at Brooklyn Museum squeamish about bringing the show here next summer!
Admirers Call It Art, but the Police Call It a Problem
The New York Times - April 23, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Tsunami Warnings, Written in Stone: Ancient stone markers warn villagers about tsunamis in rural Japanese villages
Get wild about design! Go see "Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay" at the Cooper-Hewitt (Bring your friends!)
A century ago, Sonia Delaunay and her husband, Robert, were brash young innovators in the avant-garde art world of Paris, exploring the idea that contrasting colors could be used to create a sense of movement and rhythm in art.
Sonia, who was intent on merging art and everyday life, applied this principle of "simultaneity" (color suggesting motion) to clothing, which naturally moves and flows with the body. She says she realized the potential of fabric in 1911, when she made a patchwork quilt for her newborn son and saw that it evoked the abstract patterns of cubist art.
In the next decade, she began making dresses in bold, geometric patterns that expressed the artistic ideas her husband was working out in paint on canvas. Her unusual ability to merge fine art with fashion marked the beginning of a long career as a groundbreaking textile and fashion designer. In 1964, she became the first living female artist to have a retrospective at the Louvre.
Now more than 300 of her garments, textiles and designs are on view at the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in an exhibition that focuses on her work in the 1920s, when she had her own fashion house in Paris, and in the 1930s, when she was designing fabrics for the Amsterdam luxury goods department store Metz & Co.
What's amazing about Delaunay's designs is how contemporary they look nearly 100 years later. As Matilda McQuaid, head of the textiles department at the Cooper-Hewitt, explains in the catalog, in the '20s, Paris was the undisputed capital of the fashion world. Women demonstrated their independence through simplified styles, loose clothing and by tooling around in the new consumer plaything - the automobile.
Delaunay was the designer for the age. She designed costumes for Sergei Diaghilev's Ballet Russes, and combined text and fabric in "poem dresses" worn to Dadaist soirees. After her "Simultane" collections were featured at the 1925 International Exposition of Decorative Arts in Paris, she received commissions from celebrities and actresses, including film star Gloria Swanson.
But high-profile clients weren't enough to keep her fashion house afloat. After it closed in 1929, she continued designing textiles, finding an eager client in Metz & Co., which bought more than 200 of her designs. Although her later designs became slightly more commercial, they are still remarkable for their strong sense of color, originality and vitality.
Delaunay, who died at age 94 in 1979, was extraordinarily versatile. Besides her textiles and clothing, she illustrated books, painted ceramics, and designed costumes, interiors, tapestries and rugs. After World War II, she concentrated on her painting.
The timing of the Cooper-Hewitt show couldn't be better. Several of Robert Delaunay's cubist-inflected canvases can be seen in a survey of early 20th-century art at the Guggenheim Museum, two blocks away.
"Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay" opens March 18 and will close June 5. Cooper Hewitt (here) is EASY TO REACH at 91st Street & Fifth Avenue, open EVERY DAY until 5pm (6pm on Sat & Sun) admission is $10 for teens ($15 for everyone else).
Imaginary Dog Star Soundtrack: We're bumpin' to 1980s mega-hit band The Cure's IN BETWEEN DAYS - Go on / Go on / Your choice is made / Go on / Go on / And disappear
I felt like I could die
Yesterday I got so old
It made me want to cry
Go on go on
Just walk away
Go on go on
Your choice is made
Go on go on
Go on go on
Away from here
Monday, April 25, 2011
FREE! THIS SATURDAY! High 5 & STREB Present TEEN ACTION CLUB (Must call or email to reserve your space!)
FREE! THIS FRIDAY! PEN World Voices Sponsors a Program for Teens (Just send Stacy an email to let her know you're coming!)
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Dog Star Selects the Ultimate Pirate Ship Bedroom (Who wouldn't love this bedroom? We want to live, sleep and play in one now!)
GO THIS WEEKEND! Bronx Museum of the Arts Presents ORANGE TREE and other great art - Just $3 for teens! Bring your friends!
We also think of the ways unrealistic NBA dreams are often out-of-reach for many urban teens. We think of the old adage, "Money doesn't grown on trees." We think, too, of the mixed messages young people get about working hard and earning a degree to reach the top when so many others become "overnight" sensations.
Bronx Museum of the Arts (here) is EASY TO REACH - Take the D train to 167th Street, museum is at 165th & Grand Concourse. Admission for students is just $3 and free for everyone on Fridays when the museum is open until 8pm.
We like the Bronx blogger BRONX BOHEMIAN and want to spread the word about it (here)!