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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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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.
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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!
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
New doc shows 10,000 year-old cave drawings in South of France - CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS by Werner Herzog
Monday, May 30, 2011
FREE! THIS SUNDAY! World Science Festival Fair in Washington Square Park (Great for families with kids!)
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
NB574.com | Meggs | Part 01 from NB 574 on Vimeo.
NB574.com | Meggs | Part 2 from NB 574 on Vimeo.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
FREE! OPEN NOW! Go see Miss Van's Fresh & Wild Ballerinas at Jonathan LeVine Gallery In Chelsea (Bring your friends!)
Dog Star Selects Artist Scott Campbell's “Noblesse Oblige” Exhibition (Some weird ways to use U.S. currency, huh?)
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Dog Star Selects the Marriage of Art & Sports: It's Always a Pleasant Surprise When Art Embraces Life in All Its Variety! Pedro Martinez's Image Now Hangs in the National Portrait Gallery!
Friday, May 27, 2011
DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW! Nilaja Sun in "No Child" at Barrow Street Theater Shows One Woman's Efforts to Bring Theater to a NYC Classroom
No Child... is a tour-de-force exploration of the New York City public school system, in which Sun fearlessly transforms with rapid-fire precision into the teachers, students, parents administrators, janitors and security guards who inhabit our schools and shape the future of America, making this play one of the most acclaimed theatrical events in recent years.
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Thursday, May 26, 2011
Dog Star Picks FIVE CHELSEA GALLERY SHOWS YOU MUST NOT MISS! - All Gallery Shows are FREE so grab your friends and then go to the elevated park nearby called The High Line!
2. 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? On view until July 1, 530 West 21st Street, Tuesday-Saturday, 10-6pm, At right: Sample of work by Keith Haring
3. 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
4. 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? On view until June 11, 530 West 22nd Street, Tuesday-Saturday, 10-6pm
5. Jacob Lawrence at D.C. Moore (here) WHY? Jacob Lawrence (here) is most famous for his Migration series which represents scenes of African-American life related to the Great Migration from southern states to northern cities. While gallery owner Edith Halpert tried to get Abby Rockefeller (who founded the Museum of Modern Art) to buy all the paintings, they ended being purchased by two museums (and the series of 32 or so panels was split up), MoMA and the Phillips Collection in D.C. MoMA currently has their half of the paintings on view in the contemporary art gallery (we saw them this past week, here). Lawrence is the first African-American artist to be included in the museum's permanent collection. Now, we also get the chance to see Lawrence's beautiful and imaginative "Builders" series depicting various tradesmen at work (carpenters, bricklayers and so on). WHERE / WHEN? D.C. Moore is EASY TO REACH at 535 West 22nd Street (between 10th & 11th Avenues), 2nd floor, open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm. Jacob Lawrence is on view until June 4!
Discover Frank Gehry's New Apartment Tower on the NYC Skyline - Move over Empire State Building, you have a tough new rival for best looking in the city!
DOG STAR has featured Frank Gehry's new tower before and now that it's finished with apartments for rent we are curious about the inside. We see this building every day and frequently stand right next to it and look UP for the crazy perspective (more photos and building website here). This promotional video places the Gehry building in the same league as the Chrysler and Empire State buildings as being an icon of the New York City skyline. We agree. It's one of the most exciting buildings to be built in our city ion the last 20 years.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
In this post is a painting by Greg Simkins (more here)
HAVE YOU SEEN IT YET? Dog Star Selects GLENN LIGON: AMERICA at the Whitney Museum (Bring your friends!)
Imaginary Dog Star Soundtrack: We're bumpin' to Kanye West's "Diamonds from Sierra Leone" (Watch for Charles Bridge in Prague with statues of saints on both sides - pedestrian only!)
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
1. Glorifies gun violence including a wheelchair with spinning rims. Typically these rims are seen on SUVs but if you happened to get shot from gun violence by, perhaps a rival gang member, then certainly this would be the way to rep your colors, so to speak. New Orleans slang for guns, Rick Ross repeats "I got a chopper in the car," and has nothing else to do in the video. Oh, he does sit in the wheelchair which might be an unfortunate predictive move on his part!
2. Targets women with misogynistic lyrics (But if she get greedy, I’ma starve her to death). Although Wayne doesn't give up much air time to his female dancers, he has the obligatory "hip hop music video ho" as pointed out in Byron Hurt's documentary on misogyny in hip hop (here).
3. Exaggerates narcissistic self-importance (If I die today, remember me like John Lennon) - this one is especially insidious because so many young men walk around, and sit in classrooms, needlessly defiant and oppositional towards anyone. We say "needlessly" because it isn't as if these defiant black males have their civil rights taken from them in school! Lil Wayne's conduct glorifies and encourages this kind of "kill 'em and keep movin" attitude.