Friday, July 27, 2007

Four Current Faves for Friday

1. My current favorite exhibition up in Chelsea (yes, yes, I know: shameless, unbridled favortism) ends today actually. Here's what Roberta Smith writes about it in The New York Times:

SARAH PETERS In an impressive first show, this artist revisits several pictorial conventions of colonial America — the portrait, the mourning picture and the landscape — with antic results. Her weapon of choice is black ballpoint pen backed by pencil, deployed in a fidgety yet gossamer cross-hatch style whose precedents include Edward Gorey and the early work of Jim Nutt and Sue Williams. Winkleman Gallery, 637 West 27th Street, Chelsea, (212) 643-3152,, closes today. (Smith)
What can I say? It's a great show.

2. My current favorite YouTube video was a tough call. The John Edwards
"Hair" video came close, but in the end I have to go with "Thriller":

See my thoughts about this in the comment threads (don't want to spoil anything here).

3. My current favorite comment on this blog...hell, it's got to be among my favorite comments on any blog anywhere, is this combination poignant commentary and brilliant parody of artspeak by
Henry on yesterday's thread:

The whole artworld is violently anything-goes. Why should anyone be surprised or bothered when anything went? The conservative press is still trying to put Andy Warhol back in the bottle. Nobody takes them seriously. The liberal press isn't going to bite the hand that pours them drinks.

All the Korean lady needs to do is reject the notion that artificial qualifications can be conferred on an individual by the patrimonial industrial-education complex of the Hegemon, and take a stand for her individualism and unique creative and feminist vision as an authentic multicultural alternate to the restrictive orientalism of the west, blah blah. All the Documenta people have to do is say they were exploring issues engendered by the collapse of faith among the people in the wake of the controversies at Enron and the World Bank, yada yada.

Get out of jail free. Everyone in the Greek Chorus will say "oooooh ... exploring issues ... nice ... I'll try a martini next ... I mean ... explore the issues raised by the juxtaposition of gin and vermouth, which are two commodities created for self-medication by the oppressed working classes of pre-industrial London in previous centuries but have recently been elevated into the realm of the elite by the framing techniques of various pouring and imbibing rituals, and the inclusion of sophisticated vegetation like the olive, which normally represents world peace, but when pickled in such volatile spirits, takes on many of the aggressive connotations of the shark Hirst created in the latter stages of the twentieth century, dramatically summarizing an era of genocide and despotism during which the American hegemon asserted itself on the international stage...".
4. My current favorite visual joke. Thanks to Ondine for forwarding this gem. Since Texas has been having so much rain, a designer has created new shoe styles for the fashionable ladies undaunted by global warming:

Have a great weekend all!

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Blogger Edward_ said...

I was charmed watching the Thriller video up until the end, which struck me as an unfortunate choice given the context, but hey...anything that gets that many inmates to consider they might be something other than criminals is a good thing in my mind.

7/27/2007 08:06:00 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Great shoes!! Tinted goggles to go with?

7/27/2007 08:45:00 AM  
Blogger A Reason to Paint said...

The shoes are divine, a definite must have!

7/27/2007 09:13:00 AM  
Anonymous sherie' said...

Henry-artspeak should do a one-man show off-bdwy

7/27/2007 09:16:00 AM  
Anonymous -j. said...

Did anyone watch the other "related videos?" The algorithm march is a real winner. Who is this prison run by? Vanessa Beecroft?!

7/27/2007 09:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

henry nailed it. shut, one would hope. I'm not holding my breath.


7/27/2007 09:54:00 AM  
Anonymous bambino said...

Great show, great work, great review. Totally agree with you. Congratsss again to you and Sarah.

Amazing video, loved it.

Must have shoes, I want some

7/27/2007 10:11:00 AM  
Blogger Oly said...

The video is mesmerizing.
Makes me almost... ALMOST... want to go to prison there.

7/27/2007 10:19:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

those shoes are da bomb! I need to put a pair in my survival kit along with the duct tape....

7/27/2007 11:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarah Peters is great, yes. Reminds me of a Joshua Mosley video I saw at the Venice Biennale. With a punch of William Blake. Same profound, i-can't--help-but-admire-the-days-of-naivete sentimentality. Which is a good thing.

7/27/2007 11:53:00 AM  
Blogger Henry said...

Ha! I guess waking up on the wrong side of the bed has its benefits, some days. :-)

7/27/2007 12:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

take a bow, henry. i'd like to buy you a drink.


7/27/2007 12:38:00 PM  
Blogger prettylady said...

Henry, I am Thoroughly Humbled.

Edward, what a fun Friday post! Congratulations to you and Sarah for the great review!

7/27/2007 01:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most of the people in New York in the summer have to work all week. If they had more money they'd be gone to swankville with a pool or an ocean. Why do galleries close on the weekends? How are regular people supposed to see shows? What gives?

7/27/2007 04:20:00 PM  
Blogger Sunil said...

It has been a while - lots to catch up here. Before I go ahead and read the others, I must say that I enjoyed the Sarah Peters show very much. Too bad I do not have the money to acquire one of her pieces...
I cannot seem to watch YouTube videos at work ;-( - looks like they have blocked off access to YouTube from here. No worries, I will catch it at home.
The shoes are a definite blast. You sure do get someinteresting links...

7/27/2007 09:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Bob said...

Tell it like it is Henry.

7/28/2007 09:28:00 PM  
Anonymous pp said...

Mm... I must see her work first

7/30/2007 02:09:00 AM  
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