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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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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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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!

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

FREE! Go See Bob Rauschenberg's North African Collage Work @ Craig Starr Gallery

Dog Star is a HUGE Rauschenberg fan and when we saw this review in the New York Times we RAN to Craig Starr Gallery on the Upper East Side.  The gallery - happily - welcomes quiet, respectful and serious teen visitors.  The gallery is open 11-5pm Monday through Friday.  Craig F. Starr 5 East 73rd Street, Manhattan through Aug. 10.  You should go see this fantastic exhibition of small collages by a master of assembling images and found objects.  He makes ordinary things and slips of paper found on the street look magical and take on new impressions.

Dog Star re-posts this review from the NY Times:
Robert Rauschenberg: ‘North African Collages and Scatole Personali, c. 1952’

By HOLLAND COTTER  
 From the fall of 1952 to the spring of 1953 Robert Rauschenberg was on the road, traveling in Europe and North Africa with his fellow artist and partner Cy Twombly. Rauschenberg had reason to feel good. Still in his 20s, he had had a solo show with Betty Parsons. And his large monochromatic paintings, some all black, others all white, had caused a stir in New York.

Once abroad, though, he left all that behind. He could only do work on a scale he could comfortably carry, and he soon started making collages using strips of cardboard saved from laundered shirts as a ground. From his stay in Morocco, 38 collages survive, and 31 of them, most on loan from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and the Sonnabend Collection, make up an exquisite show at Craig F. Starr. 

Rauschenberg was a hunter-gatherer artist, and there’s evidence in these collages of time spent browsing antiquarian bookstalls while keeping an eye on what lay underfoot on the street. He was also, however, as vigorous an editor as he was a collector. And the first striking feature of the collages is how spare they are. Some consist of a single small pictorial element, cut from an anatomy or zoology book, and little or nothing more. In such cases, exactitude is the rule.

Also striking is the degree to which the collages anticipate future work, notably the “Combines” of the mid-1950s. It’s as if collage put Rauschenberg in training for assemblage. Several collages incorporate cloth, an important element in the “Combines,” while cut-and-paste printed images of animals and insects prefigure the taxidermy specimens in the later work.

A few collages could even be taken as previews of things to come. In a narrow vertical piece called “Unititled (Checkerboard),” probably done in 1952, you can already see the basic elements of the famous 1955 “Bed” but without the material buildup, the formal messiness or the suggestion of raunchy violence.

Those elements, along with many others, would enter the picture once Rauschenberg returned to New York and began the greatest phase of his career. In this show he’s not there yet.

He’s a traveler. Travel is a dream state, and the collages are dream documents, light, uneven in impact, but rich with prognosticative information.

"Beasts" is a Must-See Movie this Summer!


Dog Star re-posts from the Wall Street Journal:

By Joe Morgentsern

In this season of serial letdowns, so many movies provoke the same sense of sour bemusement. Why did they ever get made? Didn't anyone know how bad they were from the start? Then there is "Beasts of the Southern Wild," which provokes wonderment pure and simple. How did it ever get made? Did the people who financed and created it know how magical and piercingly beautiful it would be? They couldn't have known at the outset. Benh Zeitlin's debut feature evokes life in a surpassingly strange corner of Louisiana through the ecstatic spirit of a 6-year-old black girl named Hushpuppy. There's no trace of calculation, only artistic ambitions and hopes that have come to fruition in the year's finest film thus far.

Most of the action takes place in the Bathtub, a tiny community of impoverished locals—black and white, some descended from Cajun or Indian fishermen—in South Louisiana's bayou country. Because the Bathtub lies outside the levee system, it will overflow in an impending hurricane, and Hushpuppy knows as well as everyone else that ramshackle homes and precious possessions will be swept away. "Any day now the fabric of the universe is comin' unraveled," she declares. Hushpuppy's mind is all aswirl with animist signs and ominous portents—consuming fire; another "Iced Age"; the mythical beasts of the title, derived from the extinct aurochs, that threaten rampant destruction. She speaks in quasipoetic phrases that might seem impossibly pretentious if they weren't so rich and original, and if the child speaking them—a nonprofessional named Quvenzhané Wallis—weren't so madly enchanting. (Hushpuppy's father, a passionate, violent and grievously ill man named Wink, is played by another astonishingly eloquent nonprofessional, Dwight Henry. In fact, the entire cast is nonprofessional.)

Language is key to the enchantment of the film as a whole. Not just the words, which the director and Lucy Alibar adapted from Ms. Alibar's stage play "Juicy and Delicious," but the stylized cinematic language of Ben Richardson's images, as edited by Crockett Doob and Affonso Gonçalves. This is a low-budget production that looks like a million dollars greatly multiplied. Fireworks flash and sparkle. Hands thrust into a stream come up with thrashing catfish. (Wink has built a boat for himself from an asthmatic outboard, a truck body and 55-gallon drums lashed into service as pontoons.) In a floating crab shack and whorehouse called Elysian Fields, dancers drift through a humid haze to the strains of Fats Waller's "Until the Real Thing Comes Along." And when the hurricane comes along, it's the visual equivalent of what Noah, in "The Green Pastures," calls "a complete storm," a deluge that tests the community's attachment to its precarious place and endangered way of life.

"Get in here," a good-natured waitress at Elysian Fields tells Hushpuppy who, in the midst of everything else, has been searching for her dead mother. "Lemme show you a magic trick." The whole movie is a magic trick, and part of the magic is that it can be seen in various ways. The setting provides a metaphorical divide between rich and poor: "Ain't that ugly over there?" Hushpuppy says of the industrial landscape on the other side of the levee. "We got the prettiest place on earth." (The divide is undermined when wily residents of the flood-beset Bathtub figure out a way to drain it more quickly than Mother Nature might have planned.) The film can equally be seen as an ethnographic project guided mainly by two white Americans, Mr. Zeitlin and Ms. Alibar, with an unquenchable interest in how people of a remote region live, think, speak and sing. The sound track is a treasure. Even the kitchen implements have an exotic allure.

But the best way to see "Beasts of the Southern Wild" is to sit back, let its pleasures wash over you and forget, at least for the duration of the experience, about making distinctions between what's real—and shockingly harsh—in Hushpuppy's life, and what's boiling in her imagination. Scenes stay vivid long after the experience has ended: Wink raging against the storm by shooting at it with his rifle; Hushpuppy tracing a record of her being like a cave girl scratching pictograms ("Once there was a Hushpuppy, and she lived with her daddy in the Bathtub"); a boozy neighbor, bottle to lips, stepping out of his front door into deep water; those aurochses on the march; Hushpuppy's shrill trills of joy, and the slow burn of her comprehension as she sees her father where he'd feared to be, in a hospital bed, plugged into the wall.

At its core, Mr. Zeitlin's film is a tale of daughter and father struggling to survive. Wink is not the father that Hushpuppy's vanished mother would have wanted him to be. He drinks, and gives his little girl ample tastes too. He feeds her slops—"Share wit' the dog!" he barks—and knocks her around in the course of loving and trying to protect her. There are no boundaries between rage and love in their life, and one of the production's many mysteries is how a man with no dramatic training—Mr. Henry runs a bakery in the town where the movie was shot—could have delivered such a magnificent performance.

For Wink's daughter—the angel-faced, fiercely focused girl that Quvenzhané Wallis plays with uncanny grace—he is the source of all wisdom, as well as love. A psychologist might say that he holds her in his thrall by keeping her off balance with wildly unpredictable behavior, but Hushpuppy knows only that she adores him, and believes in him, and will survive thanks to the lessons she has learned from him. Hers is an unconditional love, and it's not so far removed from what you may feel for this stirring and ultimately thrilling movie.

Go See Monet's Garden at the New York Botanical Garden - Bring your family!



Dog Star is excited about Monet's Garden at the New York Botanical Garden (more here).  When Claude Monet (more on his life here) earned enough money from selling paintings in Paris he moved to the countryside village of Giverny (about an hour away).  On this property he built a large house for his large family (children, wife, mistress, servants) and began a 40-year project to landscape his fantasy garden.  He designed the ponds, the pathways, and introduced the specific plants that would bring out different colors at different times of year.  It all became the source for some of his most famous paintings.  In the Bronx - at the Botanical Garden - they're doing quite a few things to bring Monet's garden to us:  inside the large conservatory they've recreated the "impression" of the cottage house with a small pond and footbridge.  They have also planted seasonal flowers that mimic what you would see in Giverny.  They also have artifacts on view as well as two of Monet's paintings of the garden.  


We strongly recommend taking the Metro North "Getaways" package from Grand Central Station - unless your family lives in the Bronx and owns a car.  The train stop is BOTANICAL GARDEN and the price of the ticket includes the train and the admission to ALL of the garden.  Watch the video below for easy directions on how to take Metro North from Grand Central to the Botanical Garden. Monet's home in Giverny was the center of the French and American Impressionist painter colony - read more about it here.  For more information on Metro North Getaways go here.


A reader asks: Why do you sometimes post the same thing several times? Dog Star responds: Once it's posted readers may or may not get the chance to go see or do something. We want to re-post to remind everyone of a terrific exhibition or activity!

Congratulations Graduates!


Dog Star Selects Patrick Hughes - Reverse Perspective Paintings

Living His Passion for Hip-Hop

Dog Star re-posts this article from The New York Times (here):
By DAVID GONZALEZ
A paint-flecked floor is Nelson Seda’s stage. When the weather is too cold or wet, he clears the chairs from his bedroom, turns up the music and dances, his arms and legs a blur of impossibly graceful angles. An hour later, he may pick up his markers and draw – on canvases, old posters, shoeboxes, anything. And for good measure, he might end the day freestyle rapping. Nelson is a young man possessed – in every sense – of a singular idea. For him, the various aspects of hip-hop have become touchstones, inspiring him to push himself and share his art with others at workshops, after-school centers and parks. Only 20 years old, he’s always being told that he was born 25 years too late for the culture’s heyday. But he’s catching up.  “I have to find my own way,” said Nelson, who goes by the name Chief 69. “It’s something I can’t ignore. We have to find that expression. We all seek that voice. We all look somewhere to be accepted.” Nelson was born in Brooklyn. His family moved a lot – to Florida, Harlem, and the Lower East Side, before he settled near West Farms in the South Bronx. It wasn’t until he was in New York in the third grade that he heard his first rappers. By the time he reached high school, graffiti writers and dancers entranced him. The world made perfect sense. “I ended up meeting people dancing in the hallway and I said ‘Yeah!’” he recalled. “I was never a dancer before. I mean, I danced if my grandparents gave me a dollar to dance salsa with my little sister. I had to be bribed.” By the time he graduated from high school in 2009, he was intent on making his mark in hip-hop. He went out and promoted his paintings, taking every chance to exhibit them. He became a familiar face at summer park jams in Harlem and the South Bronx, often being the first to arrive and the last to leave. Jorge Pabon, known as “Popmaster Fabel” and a legendary old-school B-boy and vice president of the Rock Steady Crew, took note.  “He’s an ambitious young puppy who started out a little awkward trying to get into the groove of all this,” he said. “But he’s passionate about the dancing. He’s got the right spirit. He’s using his intellect. He’s really a philosopher of sorts.” Inside his bedroom, where the hiss of the radiator blended with the blare of music from a neighbor’s apartment, he smiled modestly at the compliment. He admits to spending a lot of time thinking about what it means to follow this path, which others would dismiss as childish or trivial. Even some young people on his block – which is down the street from a youth center that hosted storied rap battles in the 1970s – have little idea of the culture he has embraced. That’s why he has been busy hosting workshops and panel discussions about hip-hop. And when he has an exhibit, he’ll often just give away his work. He thinks having a piece made by someone you know from the block is worth more than anything bought in a variety store. He once wanted to be famous. Now he just wants to make art accessible. He hopes to land a job at an after-school center. That would make him happy. “It’s always good to assure yourself that you have some impact,” he said. “We have to. That’s why when we walk out our doors every day, we decide to put a smile on someone else’s face. Sometimes when I dance, it’s not for me.” The weather was too cold this week to go outside to the park. His radio was busted – the battery had melted. Undaunted, he followed the example of an earlier generation of Bronx B-boys and improvised. He turned on a small television and tuned it to a cable channel that played ’70s disco and funk. He smiled as he heard the chugging guitar of “Shame, Shame, Shame” by Shirley & Company.

Can’t stop me now. Hear what I say.
My feet want to move, so get out my way.

In a tiny room where the walls are covered with his art, Nelson Seda, Chief 69 and founder of the Floor Royalty Crew, spun and popped, dipped and darted, gloriously and happily. For now, he danced for no one but himself. And there was no shame.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Video Shows History Of NYC In One Minute

Dog Star re-posts this from Gothamist: This video starts with Giovanni da Verrazzano first entering the New York Harbour in 1524, and gives a very brief history of New York through the present day. The video is well-done aesthetically, but, confusingly, it's not in chronological order. The street grid gets created, then the Twin Towers go up, only to be immediately replaced by the Tribute in Light, and then Central Park and the subway system come along.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Camouflage is a game we all like to play, but our secrets are as surely revealed by what we want to seem to be as by what we want to conceal." - Russell Lynes

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Summer Arts from the NY Times

Summer Arts
We asked 20 arts critics for The Times to share the one thing on, or inspired by, the cultural calendar that they most looked forward to. Let the critics' help you find out where to set your summer afire: from New York City to Nevada to Los Angeles. Also, visit nytimes.com/arts to find a wealth of summer festivals for lovers of theater, classical music and opera, dance and pop and jazz. It's a guide to summer you just can't get anywhere else.

The Skateboard House

Painting Sacré-Coeur from the Ancient Rue Norvins in Montmartre, Paris, 1946

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Beasts Of The Southern Wild Trailer

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.
George Eliot (1819-1880)

Cool Modern House in Long Island (Makes you think of summer!)

Dog Star is dreaming of this house right now - the sunny lawn, the open windows, the trees casting shadows on the lawn and house...ah, it must be Summer....in Winter!  Pryor Residence was designed by Bates Masi Architects and is located in Montauk, New York.  According to the architects, the house detaches itself from common residential planning and “is entered through multiple areas for different guests and occasions. Large glass doors slide open to the living, dining and kitchen area for a large gathering; a smaller scaled swing door for an occasional guest opens to the center hall with a view of the ocean. A sequence of auxiliary spaces – beach equipment area, outdoor shower, sand and mudroom – creates a seamless ritual from the daily activities for the family and friends. In all living areas and bedrooms, glass doors and insect screens slide in and out from pocket walls, transforming rooms to screened porches or spaces completely open to the landscape. The house is environmentally friendly in its overall construction and planning with such specifics as geo-thermal heating & cooling, shading & venting systems, solar panels, organic finishes and materials“. The residence was especially designed for a couple and their two children and is said to evoke the parents’ love for the outdoors driven by their experiences of camping.  Via Freshome












Tuesday, June 26, 2012

St. John's Night for Summer Solstice in Poland (Candle & Paper Lanterns)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower." -Hans Christian Andersen

Dog Star Selects Zoolander (Center For Kids Who Can't Read Good)

Dog Star thinks devoted readers will really laugh at the 2001 Ben Stiller film "Zoolander." If you have never watched it, definitely rent it or stream it online. Ben Stiller plays a male supermodel who gets caught up in a murder mystery. The whole film is a spoof of the modelling industry, fashion designers and plays up the stereotype that male models are really stupid. In this clip the fashion designer Mugatu will attempt to convince the supermodel Zoolander to come out of retirement and walk the runway for him. In his bid to coax Zoolander to join him, he appeals to the supermodel's desire to do good works for children.

Discover Youth Court Programs

 Dog Star's former student Joshua participated in Youth Court (more here) when he was in high school.  He always spoke positively about it and described it as a meaningful experience for him.  This national organization organizes alternative court hearings for juvenile offenders with other teens in charge of all functions of the court.  Some teens serve as representatives, hearing officers, case managers and community outreach workers and develop youth leadership.  Check out the website and tell your teachers about it maybe there is a way for you to get involved, too!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Wisdom for the Recent Graduate


A scene from the new documentary 'A Week To Kill' starring Hannibal Buress

Know My City: Discover great subway art (Al Loving’s Brooklyn, New Morning)

This is an occasional post on Dog Star featuring major works of art in the NYC subway system.
Re-posted from the New York Observer (here):  Any self-respecting art lover in New York is sure to visit the Met, but may overlook the M.T.A. “There are many people throughout the world who would be amazed; curators who take the subway are blown away,” said Sandra Bloodworth, who has directed the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Arts for Transit program since 1996, adding murals and mosaics by Museum of Modern Art stalwarts like Roy Lichtenstein, Elizabeth Murray and Sol LeWitt to subterranean walls. “You can see all of this work [by artists] in these museums-on the way to those museums.”  Since the Arts for Transit program began 25 years ago, it has installed more than 200 permanent pieces of artwork in subway stations all over the city (A complete guide is available here). Beyond the works by famous names, they include murals by public-school children and works by emerging artists who later became better known. Where does the money come from? In 1982, New York passed the “Percent for Art” law which requires that 1 percent of the budget for eligible city-funded construction projects be spent on artwork for city facilities.  The art is carefully selected to match the station. Ms. Bloodworth said, “It’s about what will resonate with the riders.” So here’s a look at some of what’s available for the cost of a MetroCard. 


Al Loving’s Brooklyn, New Morning
Broadway/East New York (Broadway Junction) Station: J, Z, L, A and C trains
Blue-, yellow-, green- and red-tinted sunlight forms patterns on the faces of passengers walking through Brooklyn’s Broadway Junction Station. In 2001, Al Loving installed 70 stained-glass windows and a bright mosaic wall to make Brooklyn, New Morning. The richly colored panes sport geometric patterns and loops. Loving, who died in 2005, was a well-known abstract artist whose work is in permanent collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Hey Yeah!

"Froey Joey" for IT GETS BETTER

World’s Largest Underground High-Speed Rail Station - A real futuristic design!

Dog Star re-posts this from Freshome (more here):  Meant to connect Hong Kong to Beijing, the Express Rail Link West Kowloon Terminus is said to become the largest underground high-speed rail station in the world. This stunning modern concept was designed by Andrew Bromberg of international architecture studio Aedas and its completion is programmed for 2015. In three years time, the huge 4,628,481 square feet (430,000 square meters) contemporary terminal in central Hong Kong will be prepared with 15 tracks for high-speed trains reaching maximum speeds of 124 mph. Helping travelers get from one city to the other in 48 minutes opposed to the current 100 minutes train ride, the dazzling terminal is also an example of how far technology and architecture have come together. Starting with the first impression, this undulating building will change the city’s face – promising to proudly display Hong Kong’s bold and vanguard character. Rising 148 feet high above the surroundings, the structure’s roof line acts as dynamic-shaped pedestrian trails alongside green spaces. This park/terminal hybrid fabricates a promised view of the future – we can’t wait to see it finished and on-line.









FREE! Go See LUNCH HOUR NYC @ Main Library on 42nd St & 5th Ave - Bring your friends!

Dog Star says this great exhibition feature not art but artifacts, menus, dioriamas, (dsiplays) and recreations of restaurants in NYC's past.  Devoted teen readers will get to this free exhibition at the main library on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street to see the wonderful world of how lunch hour evolved in our busy city.  It's not corny at all and is amazingly a lot of fun to discover how earlier new Yorkers coped with lunch hour.




“Every thing is done differently in New York from anywhere else—but in eating the difference is more striking than in any other branch of human economy.” —George Foster, New York in Slices, 1849

The clamor and chaos of lunch hour in New York has been a defining feature of the city for some 150 years. Visitors, newly arrived immigrants, and even longtime New Yorkers are struck by the crowds, the rush, and the dizzying range of foods on offer.

Of the three meals that mark the American day, lunch is the one that acquired its modern identity here on the streets of New York. Colonial American mealtimes were originally based on English rural life, with a main meal known as “dinner” in the middle of the day. The word “lunch” referred to a snack that might be eaten at any time of the day or night, even on the run. But during the 19th century, under the pressures of industrialization, this meal pattern began to change. 

Nowhere was the change more dramatic than in New York, the burgeoning center for trade, manufacturing, and finance. Employees were given a fixed time for their midday meal, often a half hour or less. So, dinner was pushed to the end of the day, and lunch settled into a scheduled place on the clock between the hours of twelve and two.

Lunch Hour NYC looks back at more than a century of New York lunches, when the city’s early power brokers invented what was yet to be called “power lunch,” local charities established a 3-cent school lunch, and visitors with guidebooks thronged Times Square to eat lunch at the Automat. 

Drawing on materials from throughout the Library, the exhibition explores the ways in which New York City—work-obsessed, time-obsessed, and in love with ingenious new ways to make money—reinvented lunch in its own image.

Friday, June 22, 2012

FREE! Fulton Art Fair - Bring your friends!


LGBT History - Alan Turing, Early Computer Engineer


Go See FREE Chelsea Gallery Shows - Bring your friends!


Dog Star says grab a few friends and head over to Chelsea for FREE art inspiration and then head upstairs to the famous High Line Park (more here).  Most galleries are closed on Sundays and Mondays.  Be sure to check gallery websites before you plan your visit. 


Richard Avedon  - Gagosian Gallery
Why:  Go to see the work of legendary American photographer Richard Avedon's portraits and large-scale mural portraits from the 1960s and 1970s.  He created these giant portraits of groups of people - poet Allen Ginsberg and his family, Andy Warhol and his crew from the Factory studio and many others.  A rare chance to see up close and in person the work of a great photographer.  The subjects will be interesting to you, too.  Trivia:  Richard was classmate and friend of writer James Baldwin at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx.  (Sample above.)
Where:  522 West 21st Street
When:  On view from May 4-July 6 - Open Monday-Saturday 10-6pm

Imaginary Dog Star Landscapes


Dog Star Selects Rashid Johnson

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Dying Breed: The Photography of Russell Frederick - Go see his pics this weekend @ Photoville! FREE!

Dog Star read a story in the Daily news this morning about a unique photo exhibition called Photoville (more here) happening this weekend through next week.  One of the photographers is Russell Frederick (go here for more) and his website is filled with beautiful back/white creative images of simple elegance, intelligence and grace.  While we found these images on Russell's website - we think they will be included in the Photoville show on the Brooklyn waterfront. Here is how Russell's exhibition is described on the Photoville website:  Brooklyn-based photographer Russell Frederick will present work from "Dying Breed: Photos of Bedford Stuyvesant " documenting a culturally diverse community at risk. The work raises important questions on the evolution and potential breakdown of traditional neighborhoods.






Cupid Catching a Butterfly

Dog Star finds this to be a strange and beautiful sculpture in MARBLE by Antoine-Denis Chaudet (1763-1810) Cupid Catching a Butterfly, Paris, 1817, Musée du Louvre.  Chaudet (pronounced show-day) sweetly and clearly expresses both the fascination with the mythological (Cupid from Ovid's Metamorphosis) and the joy of the ordinary natural world we so often skip in our very busy lives.


Art | Graffiti | Lee Quinones

"Graffiti is art and if art is a crime, please God, forgive me" - Lee Quinones 
DOG STAR wants to remind devoted readers that Lee is one of the original '80s subway car bombers and his tags could be seen all over New York City.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Words to Live By (Are you the most adaptable to change?)


Discover the "Morgue" @ The New York Times

LAST DAYS! CLOSES JULY8! Keith Haring: Discover '80s Street Art King New Exhibition @ Brooklyn Museum - Bring your friends!

Dog Star knows this is a MUST SEE exhibition.  Devoted readers and teen artists will run to the Brooklyn Museum (more here) for an inspirational and uplifting art experience.  Keith Haring: 1978–1982 is the first large-scale exhibition to explore the early career of one of the best-known American artists of the twentieth century. Tracing the development of Haring’s extraordinary visual vocabulary, the exhibition includes 155 works on paper, numerous experimental videos, and over 150 archival objects, including rarely seen sketchbooks, journals, exhibition flyers, posters, subway drawings, and documentary photographs.  The exhibition chronicles the period in Haring’s career from his arrival in New York City through the years when he started his studio practice and began making public and political art on the city streets. Immersing himself in New York’s downtown culture, he quickly became a fixture on the artistic scene, befriending other artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat (here) and Kenny Scharf (here), as well as many of the most innovative cultural figures of the period. On view from March 16–July 8, 2012. Brooklyn Museum is EASY TO REACH - take the 2 or 3 train to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum - the museum is right upstairs outside the subway station.  Teens can pay just $1 ("suggested donation" and Dog Star suggests paying $1 - really!) - Open late on Thursday nights until 10pm - great for dates with friends!