An art show featuring new works by David Murcko (above), Derek Skorupski, Grace Lumpkin and Philip DiWilliams will be on view October 25 aboard the historic lightship “Frying Pan,” an old US Coast Guard ship built in 1929, abandoned for ten years and sunk in the Chesapeake Bay for 3 years and brought back to NYC in 1989. The Frying Pan is at Pier 66, West 26th Street and Hudson River (near Chelsea Piers).
“New York is the only place where a girl can graduate from the Scarlett O’Hara School of Business and build an art empire held together with Aqua-Net,” Patti Astor told New York Magazine in 1983, at the height of her reign as “Queen of the Downtown Scene” and co-founder of the legendary FUN Gallery. Astor, who René Ricard famously called “the first natural blonde in town since Edie Sedwick,” has succeeded in doing just that. The Manhattan it-girl, underground film star, and groundbreaking curator tells all in her memoir, FUN Gallery… The True Story. (See more photos and interview after the jump) [CLICK HERE...]
James Fuentes gallery presents an exhibition of photographs by Jonas Mekas. Images out of Darkness recounts the years that Jonas Mekas and his brother Adolfas lived in Wiesbaden, Germany , in a displa ced persons camp. In 1944, a rrested by the Nazi’s a s they fled Lithuania, the brothers were placed in a forced labor camp where they worked in a machine factory.The brothers escaped and were detained near the Danish border where they hid on a farm for two months until the end of the war. After the war, they lived in displaced persons camps first in Wiesbaden and then in Kassel/Mattenberg. Between 1946-48 Mekas studied philosophy at the University of Mainz, the brothers immigrated to New York City in 1949 with assistance from the UN. Two weeks a fter his arrival in New York Jonas borrowed money to buy his first Bolex camera and began to record brief moments of his life. Mekas is considered a pioneer of diaristic cinema and a “god father to American avant-garde cinemat, his commitment to life as subject continues to this day and he has had exhibitions in major cultural institutions across the world. Images out of Darkness marks Jonas Mekas’ first visual essay. Jonas Mekas: Images Out Of Darkness, Images of A Displaced Person, Post War Germany 1945 to 1949 will be on view until October 28 at James Fuente Gallery, 55 Delancey Street, New York
Artist Yoko Ono presents the Lennon Ono Grant for Peace to Pyotr Verzilov and 4-year old Gera, husband and daughter of Nadia Tolokonnikova, one of the three imprisoned Pussy Riot members in New York. Pussy Riot is one the recipients of the 2012 Lennon Ono Grant For Peace, that also includes Lady Gaga and the late Christopher Hitchens. The awards will be given in Reykjavik, Iceland on Oct 9th 2012 – the birthday of John Lennon.
Marky Ramone of The Ramones DJing at the Tower Bar in San Diego. photograph by Oliver Maxwell Kupper
Hiding behind a logo and name with the word corporation in it, Bernadette Van-Huy, John Kelsey and Antek Walczak, who make up the quasi-subversive art collection Bernadette Corporation have since the mid-90s been running an underground fashion label, creating films, and publishing a magazine. In the summer of 2001, the collective temporarily merged with Le Parti Imaginaire, a faction of post-Situationist militants and intellectuals with links to the burgeoning antiglobalization movement to participate in the riots of the g8 summit. “We call ourselves a corporation because corporations are everywhere, and it impresses people … pretending we are businesspeople while we sleep all day like cats,” says the collective. On view this month at the Artist Space in New York, Bernadette Corporation is having its first major retrospective. Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years will on view from September 9 to December 16, 2012, at Artist Space, 38 Greene Street, New York
Filmmaker/guitarist Jim Jarmusch and composer Van Wissem released the album, Concerning The Entrance Into Eternity, this past February and they’ve now they have announced their second album of the year entitled The Mystery of Heaven, due out on November 13 via Sacred Bones. After the jump see the music video for the track The Sun of the Natural World is Pure Fire directed by Diego Barrera that references references mythology, the elements, and symbolism. [CLICK HERE...]
Summer at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles doing a handstand where two amazing exhibitions covering the works of Herb Ritts and Gutav Klimt are on view until September. photograph by Oliver Maxwell Kupper
Oliver Maxwell Kupper in front of Yayoi Kusama’s installation at Louis Vuitton as part of their current collaboration. Pick up a copy of our current issue to read our exclusive interview and story with Yayoi Kusama – easily Japan’s most famous artist. photograph by Summer Bowie