Friday, July 31, 2009

Sussan Deyhim blew the roof off!

of the Chelsea Art Museum, so to speak. It was a breathtaking performance by one of the world's foremost vocal artists. Of course she's done much more than that, but you would have had to be there to see it.
Will Calhoun and Johnny B of Electric Black also performed with her on some improvised sets.

The Happening Happened! At Collective Hardware

If you weren't there, you missed an experience in the art of creativity. Don't miss the next one!
Seth Carnes brought a bunch of good people together, artists, patrons, sponsors. The works.
There was definitely a Factory feel to the whole thing with random people walking in and out, some people participating, some just drinking, chatting and standing around. Nothing too hardcore though, so it's not that much of a Factory.

Hollywood Murder! A Film by Derrick Harden

This is the name of Derrick Harden's film about NYC and the music industry. It's very Andy Warhol, and that's a good thing!

Los Grumildos!

This is a fun art project that is worth every penny of the paltry sum being asked for entrance $7. The level of artistry is so high, and the originality so great, well...there's not much like it out there, in other words. Go!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Happening 002 This Wednesday at Collective Hardware

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HAPPENING 002 : Wednesday, July 29th

Place: Collective Hardware, 169 Bowery @ Delancey
Date: Wednesday, July 29th
Time: 7pm-12am

Happening 002 is a nod to instant creation and ephemerality, featuring the illustrating talents of Alessandra Olanow, Fernanda Cohen + Marcos Chin, Cassady Benson and friends.

Sketches are created of any mise-en-scène framed by the artist, portraiture or otherwise. These sketches are made by anyone, whether the event’s stated “artists”, their friends, or anybody in attendance at the Happening.

Upon the decision that the drawing is “complete”, the sketches are then given away, traded for something, sold for currency, or simply pinned to the wall.

The visual artmaking of the night will be accompanied by a sketch drum sonics set by Mikkel Hess of Hess is More (Nublu Records).

At the end of the night, all remaining sketches will be destroyed in a ritual of closure and finality.

Curated by Seth Carnes
Produced by Nicollette Ramirez

Monday, July 27, 2009

Andrew's BIrthday at Half King

Andrew brought out some of the monumental works he made regarding wrestling; really labor intensive drawings on paper that I can see in a show of their own.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Sussan Deyhim and DJ Spooky Free Download

Click here for the free download. Sussan will perform July 30, 9pm, at the Chelsea Art Museum. Click the title for more info.

Holland Cotter Reviews Iran Inside Out for the New York Times

Art in Review
Published: July 23, 2009


In a group exhibition with 56 participants of different ages working in all kinds of mediums, coherence isn’t the first thing to look for, and you don’t find it in “Iran Inside Out.” What you do find is a high ratio of vigorous work by contemporary Iranian artists who live in their homeland or elsewhere. You get a sense of the cultural forces that have shaped those lives and continue to in this 30th-anniversary year of the Iranian revolution...

To read the rest, just click on the title of this post and you'll get to the NYTimes online.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Eva Zanardi's Making Music!

If you click the link you'll get to her myspace page. Listen, and if you like it, like flavorpill says, spread it!

Tonight! Andrew Smith at the Half King 'Cause Cafe Select Bailed on Us at the Last Minute

Hope you can make it 8-10.30 pm this eve.
505 West 23rd Street (just west of 10th Ave.)
We'll have the option of a private room with the art, or to hang with the rest of the publings outdoors.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Yahoo article about the Full Solar Eclipse

Thousands throng to village in India for eclipse
By INDRAJIT KUMAR SINGH, Associated Press Writer

Image courtesy of

Ben Davis's Artnet Article about Iran Inside Out

by Ben Davis

"Iran Inside Out," June 26-Sept. 5, 2009, at the Chelsea Art Museum, 556 West 22nd Street, New York, N.Y. 10011

"Iran Inside Out" certainly wasn’t planned to coincide with the outbreak of a protest movement in Iran. But it is impossible to look at the artworks in this sprawling, jumbled, two-floor exhibition at the Chelsea Art Museum -- featuring 34 artists who currently work in Iran (mainly in Tehran) and another 22 who are Iran-born but work outside -- without thinking about what is going on right now in the streets.

Whatever the outcome of the present demonstrations, one of their side effects is that they have torn the lid off of Western, particularly American, stereotypes about Iran. Heretofore, it was all too easy for the media and politicians to paint the giant Persian nation with a single brush. If ordinary Iranian people were mentioned at all, it was in some condescending way, as backward types we had to enlighten or liberate. The combative street protests forcefully shoved another image of Iran onto the world stage -- the image of a country bursting at the seams with lively civil society movements which have turned a dispute between two wings of the Iranian ruling class into an uprising with much wider significance (it’s a bit as if, when Bush stole the election in 2000, people revolted, taking up issues of minority voter disenfranchisement and corporate influence in government)....

More Art from Andrew Smith at Cafe Select This Thursday

Hope you can make it!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Bastille Day a la New York City

Kurt from Wallse opened a new bar called the Upholstery Store, basically the original name of the space. Florian from the gallery South First, literally made the bar with his own hands; a true labor of love and work of art. Everyone turned out to celebrate, including Salman Rushdie.

Later, at the Jane Hotel, a sort of cabaret style performance tried to get us all in that French mood. Oh well, they get a B for effort, but it's no Box.