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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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Late August by Margaret Atwood


This is the plum season, the nights
blue and distended, the moon
hazed, this is the season of peaches


with their lush lobed bulbs
that glow in the dusk, apples
that drop and rot


sweetly, their brown skins veined as glands

No more the shrill voices
that cried Need Need


from the cold pond, bladed and urgent as new grass

Now it is the crickets
that say Ripe Ripe


slurred in the darkness, while the plums

dripping on the lawn outside
our window, burst


with a sound like thick syrup
muffled and slow

The air is still

warm, flesh moves over
flesh, there is no

hurry.

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Imaginary Dog Star Soundtrack: Robin Thicke - Give It 2 U

Friday, August 29, 2014

Dog Star's Fall 2014 Chelsea Gallery Tour (FULL LIST-NEARLY EVERYTHING)



This is Dog Star's list to use if you have three hours on a Saturday morning/afternoon and want to start at 18th Street and walk up and down the blocks until you reach 36th Street (last gallery on the list.)  Most galleries are closed on Sundays and Mondays.  Most are open Tuesday-Saturday 10-6.  Best to check websites (not linked in this list) before going to be sure the exhibition is open.  See the post DOG STAR PICK THE BEST OF CHELSEA'S GALLERY SHOWS for a smaller, more selective list of a dozen exhibitions to see in 90 minutes.

Group Show
Restoration Hardware Gallery - 437 West 16th Street
9/19-12/6



Mona Hatoum

Alexander and Bonin - 132 Tenth Avenue (between 18th & 19th)

9/13-10/18



Allan McCollum

Petzel Gallery - 456 West 18th Street

9/4-10/4



Monika Sosnowska

Hauser & Wirth - 511 West 18th Street

9/5-10/25




David Zwirner - 519 West 19th Street

9/10 - 10/25



Ai Weiwei

Chambers Fine Art - 522 West 19th Street

9/11-11/1



Marcel Dzama

David Zwirner - 525 & 533 West 19th Street

9/9-10/25



Nick Cave

Jack Shainman Gallery - 513 West 20th Street

9/4-10/11



Nicholas Krushenick

Garth Greenan - 529 West 20th Street, 10th floor

9/4-10/11



Brian Calvin

Anton Kern Gallery - 532 West 20th Street

9/4-104



Jason Rhoades

David Zwirner - 537 West 20th Street

9/11-10/18




David Zwirner - 537 West 20th Street

9/6 - 10/25



Charles Long and Agnieszka Kurant

Tanya Bokador Gallery - 521 West 21st Street

9/11-10/18



Picasso & The Camera

Gagosian Gallery - 522 West 21st Street

10/28-1/3/15



Jonathan Monk

Casey Kaplan - 525 West 21st Street

9/11-10/18



Mark DiSuvero

Paula Cooper Gallery - 534 West 21st Street

9/5-10/25



Mike Kelley

Skarstedt - 550 West 21st Street

9/11-10/25



Paul Siestema

Matthew Marks Gallery - 502 / 522 West 22nd Street

9/13-10/25



Laura Letinsky

Yancey Richardson - 525 West 22nd Street

9/4-10/18



Group Show (Antony, Kara Walker, others)

Sikkema Jenkins - 530 West 22nd Street

9/2-10/4



Claire Sherman

DC Moore - 535 West 22nd Street

9/4-10/4



Orit Raff

Julie Saul Gallery - 535 West 22nd Street, 6th fl.

9/4-10/25



David Benjamin Sherry

Danziger Gallery - 521 West 23rd Street

9/11-10/25



DALeast

Jonathan LeVine Gallery - 557C West 23rd Street

9/4-10/4



Stephen Shore

303 Gallery - 507 West 24th Street

9/11-11/1



Jose Parla

Bryce Wolkowitz - 505 West 24th Street

9/12-10/18



Roxy Paine

Marianne Boesky Gallery - 509 West 24th Street

9/4-10/18



Allora & Calzadilla

Gladstone Gallery - 515 West 24th Street

9/13-10/11



Jim Shaw

Metro Pictures - 519 West 24th Street

9/12-10/25






Matthew Ritchie

Andrea Rosen Gallery - 525 West 24th Street

9/12-10/22



Roger Hiorns

Luhring Augustine - 531 West 24th Street

9/6-1/18



Eileen Neff

Bruce Silverstein - 535 West 24th Street

9/12-10/25



Kwang Young Chun

Hasted Kraeutler - 537 West 24th Street

9/4-11/1



Dan Colen

Gagosian Gallery - 555 West 24th Street

9/2-10/18



Marco Breuer

Yossi Milo gallery - 245 Tenth Avenue (between 24th & 25th)

9/4-10/25



David Hockney

Pace Gallery - 508 West 25th Street

9/5-11/1



Paul Graham

Pace Gallery - 510 West 25th Street

9/5-10/4



Mark Beard

CLAMPArt - 521-531 West 25th Street

9/11-10/11



Fred Wilson

Pace - 534 West 25th Street

9/12-10/18



Jenny Holzer

Cheim & Read - 547 West 25th Street

9/11-10/25



Dean Graham

Greene Naftali - 508 West 26th Street

9/9-10/4



Richard Nonas

Fergus McCaffrey - 514 West 26th Street

9/10-10/25



Paul Kooiker

Steven Kasher - 515 West 26th Street

9/11-10/25



Peter Sacks:  Aftermath

Robert Miller Gallery - 524 West 26th Street

9/12-11/1



Kate Shepherd

Galerie Leong - 528 West 26th Street

9/12-10/18



Helene Appel

James Cohan Gallery - 533 West 26th Street

9/4-10/4



Justine Kurland

Mitchell-Innes - 534 West 26th Street

9/4-10/11



Do Ho Suh

Lehman Maupin - 540 West 26th Street

9/11-10/25



James Nares

Paul Kasmin - 293 Tenth Avenue (27th Street)

Opens 9/10



Nir Hod

Paul Kasmin - 515 West 27th Street

Open 9/11



Robert Ryman/Rudolf Staffel

David Nolan - 527 West 29th Street

9/10-10/25





Sean Kelly Gallery - 475 Tenth Avenue (36th St)

9/13-10/18


FREE! Go See Great Dance in Central Park!

New York City Center's
Fall for Dance Festival starts in the park!
Delacorte Theater in Central Park
Sep 12 - 13, 2014
All tickets are free


Free tickets for the two performances at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, on September 12–13 (rain date, September 14) will be distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte Theater on the day of the show, and via the Virtual Ticketing lottery.

The free performances at The Public’s Delacorte Theater will feature: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Lil Buck, and New York City Ballet, each performing both nights.  Here's how it works:  On Friday and Saturday - people will begin to get in line by 7am for tickets that will be distributed at 12pm.  The only way to see this FREE performance is to stand on line for tickets.  Enter at 81st St & Central Park West or 79th Street & Fifth Avenue - The Delacorte Theater is in the center of the park.  Ask people for directions.  Once you have taken your place on the line you may not leave it - so go with a friend.  You'll need to leave your spot to use the bathroom or to buy snacks at a nearby deli.  EACH person on the line is given TWO tickets (so if two of you wait in line you will get 4 tickets).  Then return to the theater by 7:30pm for the 8pm performance.  Your tickets will be for a specific seat number.  It is not general admission seating.

Something to Declare - Your Passport to Global Culture: Fantastic Coffins from Africa

Dog Star once saw an entire exhibition of these wildly outrageous and fascinating life-sized object-coffins from Africa at the Brooklyn Museum.  There was even a giant wood-carved Nike sneaker - as a coffin!  (The dead man having been a sneakerhead, apparently!)

from Amazon's description of the book titled
GOING INTO DARKNESS:  FANTASTIC COFFINS FROM AFRICA

A giant wooden sardine is carried above the heads of a jostling throng. Realistically carved and highly painted, it is both symbolic and functional, for this is the coffin of the chief sardine fisherman of Teshi. 

Funerary art has many expressions, but seldom as surprising as among the Ga, the dominant people of the Ghanaian capital Accra and its region. 

Here, a remarkable contemporary folk art of coffin-building has developed, combining remembrance, respect, humour and celebration. The coffin may take almost any form - onion, cow, fishing boat, car, eagle - reflecting the occupation, status or particular attribute of the deceased. 

This is a record of a variety of these sculptures. It shows the making of the coffins, the funeral rites, the burial, and explains the history and background of the subject. The main protagonists are introduced: the artist-craftsmen, the mourners, and the central characters whose souls are being sent off in style.













Thursday, August 28, 2014

Transgender Teens


PHOTO ABOVE:  At fourteen, Skylar, born a girl, adopted a boy’s name; at sixteen, he started taking testosterone and had a mastectomy. Not concerned with being a “macho bro,” he plans to date boys. Photograph by Pari Dukovic.


Transgender surgery at 16. 

I don't know how I feel about this - I don't think anybody should be blocked from getting the surgery. Life is filled with choices and we embrace the consequences of these choices. Age 16 does seem like such an early age to begin such dramatic changes to one's body!

My own experience with a "trans man" - (a biological female transitioning to a male) is that he suffered psychologically and emotionally for so many years before he could FULLY transition (yes, that) to a man in his late 30s. Maybe he would have been happier in life if he could have transitioned sooner. 

So I am torn. And yet...am I fully trying to be compassionate and understanding?

When WE ALL SAY say, "Hey, this freaks me out a LOT but I will read this article" then we are really starting to confront our personal biases, fears and sexual insecurities. I think this really tests a person's level of TRUE tolerance, acceptance and open-ness.  Do you make room for all kinds of people in the world?

When we intentionally STOP thinking of transgender folks as freaks and embrace everyone's humanity then we are another step toward peace and harmony in the world.

The New Yorker had this article LIMITED to subscribers only. Margaret Talbot’s piece on transgender surgery and teens is now unlocked. Read it. 

BTW there is a very famous celebrity couple with an openly TRANS son (F.T.M. - female-to-male) referenced in the article. Some may already know this - for others it will be a surprise. 

About a Boy

Transgender surgery at sixteen.

by Margaret Talbot

Skylar is a boy, but he was born a girl, and lived as one until the age of fourteen. Skylar would put it differently: he believes that, despite biological appearances, he was a boy all along. He’d just been burdened with a body that required medical and surgical adjustments so that it could reflect the gender he knew himself to be. At sixteen, he started getting testosterone injections every other week; just before he turned seventeen, he had a double mastectomy.

GO HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE FOR FREE AT THE NEW YORKER MAGAZINE SITE

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Jon Stewart Takes on Media for Ferguson Coverage

Jon Stewart is back after the Daily Show's annual summer hiatus, and it seems he missed a few things, like the police killing of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. So, better late than never, we finally get Stewart's take on Ferguson—specifically, his outrage at the way the shooting and subsequent protests have been covered by Fox News.

Stewart takes Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, and other Fox commentators to task for trying to downplay the role of race in the Ferguson situation, and failing to acknowledge that the experience of living in America while black might be a wee bit different from their own experiences as rich white people.

"You really do have no fucking idea, do you?" Stewart asks, after playing a clip of Hannity lecturing about how to handle being stopped by the police.

"Race is there, and it is a constant. You're tired of hearing about it? Imagine how fucking exhausting it is living it."


Untranslatable words illustrated











Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Trailer

Mary Lambert - She Keeps Me Warm

Mary Lambert sings a portion of her song on Mackelmore's Same Love: 

"Two years ago, I [searched] YouTube for a main-stream music video that depicted a lesbian relationship. I was disappointed, shocked and a little hurt that I couldn't find a single one. Sure, there were hot girls rolling around in lingerie, girls briefly holding hands, or something involving a man. Lesbians used as shock value. 

This video came to fruition with an all queer, female crew, who shared my vision. It was an incredible experience. 

Everyone has had the butterflies of love: the giddiness, the quick heartbeats, the sweaty palms. It's important to remember that love is universal... no matter what gender you're attracted to. 

Additionally, it's important to acknowledge the fact that I, a plus-size femme, co-starred in the video. So often curvy women's bodies are a novelty. They provide a comical relief to a romantic scene. Our bodies are not allowed to be sexy in media, and it's part of the reason there's an epidemic of poor body image in our society. 

 I don't think that's okay. 

I think that's screwed up. I'm sexy and romantic, and I deserve to feel that way. Every woman does."