You probably haven’t heard the one about the artist and the Russian millionaire sitting at a bar, right? No, you probably haven’t. If you happen to be in New York City please kindly check your wallet – any recent single dollar bills you might have received as change might be a collectable piece of artwork worth up to $2,000. Artist Skye Nicolas’ curious new series, featuring a small heart with the words “Buy Some Love” stamped on a U.S. dollar bill, is currently circulating through Manhattan. These specially marked dollar bills are being collected and swooped up by the likes of art collectors and notable fashion personalities. So, the one about the artist and the Russian – an allegory on Nicolas’ website describes a little more about the series: “An artist and a wealthy Russian art collector were having drinks at a hotel bar after having attended an art auction earlier that evening. Upon paying for their beverages, an unusual [SEE MORE....]
In December 2010, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington made headlines when it responded to protests from the Catholic League by voluntarily censoring an excerpt of David Wojnarowicz’s A Fire in My Belly from its show on American portraiture. Why a work of art could stir such emotions is at the heart of Cynthia Carr’s Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz, the first biography of a beleaguered art-world figure who became one of the most important voices of his generation. Wojnarowicz emerged from a Dickensian childhood that included orphanages, abusive and absent parents, and a life of hustling on the street. He first found acclaim in New York’s East Village, a neighborhood noted in the 1970s and ’80s for its abandoned buildings, junkies, and burgeoning art scene. Along with Keith Haring, Nan Goldin, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Wojnarowicz helped redefine art for the times. As uptown art collectors looked downtown for the next big thing, this community of cultural outsiders was suddenly thrust into the national spotlight. The ensuing culture war, the neighborhood’s gentrification, and the AIDS crisis then devastated the East Village scene. Wojnarowicz died of AIDS in 1992 at the age of thirty-seven. Carr’s brilliant biography traces the untold story of a controversial and seminal figure at a pivotal moment in American culture. Available now.
L’Enfant terrible Australian artist Adam Cullen is dead at 46. He had stated that he had painted to the music of punk bands such as the Meat Puppets, Black Flag and the Butthole Surfers. Cullen painted such things as dead cats, ‘bloodied’ kangaroos, headless women and punk men, many of which represent what he termed “Loserville”.
Detail from New York based artist Julia Randall’s new series of paintings of chewed bubblegum called Blown.
Exhibition view of Mark Flood’s The Hateful Years @ Luxembourg & Dayan, the first survey ever devoted to Flood’s seminal work of the 1980s, on view until September 12, 2012.
Throughout his creative life, Lawrence Ferlinghetti (b. 1919) has drawn inspiration from themes that have inspired artists for centuries. This exhibition will focus on some of the major areas of inspiration in Ferlinghetti’s work, reflected in writings, paintings, and graphic works. The four themes include: 1) Her-Woman, the Sea, Liberation/Pacifism and Art and Literature. With assistance from City Lights publishers, poems and text will accompany the visual art. Cross Pollination: The Art of Lawrence Ferlinghetti will be on view until September 23, 2012 at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway, Sonoma, California
Neck Face’s exhibition Simply The Worst is on view for one more day at New Image Art Gallery in Los Angeles.
Yvon Lambert gallery presents The Status of the Shooter, the third solo exhibition of the american artist Jill Magid. The exhibition will take place at the Yvon Lambert Gallery until the 28th of July 2012. The Status of the Shooter is the search for a body amid the moral panic and institutional response to a school shooting. Galerie Yvon Lambert, 108 rue Vieille du Temple, Paris
Haunch of Venison presents Claxons, a group show curated by art critic Walter Robinson. The show will feature works by ceramic artist Elisabeth Kley, glass artist John Drury, painter Robert Goldman and Robinson. The exhibition aims to present underrepresented artists with an idiosyncratic sensibility. The title of the show Claxons (or loud horns) refers to the idea that artists create dissonance and cacophony. “It’s about letting oneself be carried along by events rather than trying to steer a clear path,” explained Robinson. “Each artist’s work is disturbed, either through subject matter that focuses on outcasts or through execution of materiality.” Claxons will be on view until August 17 at Haunch of Venison, Chelsea, 550 West 21st Street