A Closing, An Opening, a Political Poser, and Another Chance to Take Action
In her Easter Island–meets–Disney–de Kooning–and–Warhol portraits of Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, and others, Pensato combines the gesturalism of action painting, the painterliness of Abstract Expressionism, the blatancy of Pop, and the wild style of graffiti. Warhol gave us Double Elvis; Pensato paints a diabolical Double Mickey. De Kooning destroyed the female form to make his Woman paintings; Pensato destroys preconceptions of cuteness and innocence. An older woman is using Expressionistic male angst to make these buggy subjects while pointing out a disturbing racism inherent in many of our most loved cartoon characters.What are you waiting for? Go see this show!
If you're in Boston, however, don't miss "Traveling without Moving," the exhibition of fabulous new paintings by my dear friend Amanda Church, opening tonight at the newly launched Julie Chae gallery.
450 Harrison AvenueIn this new series of what Ken Johnson, then writing for the Boston Globe, recently termed "vibrant Pop-style abstractions," Miss Amanda takes her uber-cool palette of psycho-sexual canvases to locales muy tropical like Miami, Puerto Rico and (OK, so it's nice in the summer) Eastern Long Island. Again, Run, don't walk, to go drink in this gorgeous show!
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I had a nice chat at the opening of a fellow gallerist's space last night about what to expect should the GOP retain the White House or a Democrat win in November. His take was that either Hillary or Obama winning would send shivers down the spines of collectors. Fearing that their disposable income would be taking a tax hit, they'd pull back on art buying. If McCain wins (none of the others is even remotely acceptable, so let's limit our speculation to one possibility here, shall we?), he may not extend Bush's tax cuts without deep cuts in spending, but he'll be inclined to support the notion that it's better to let the wealthy keep as much of their money as possible. My colleague pointed out, however, that Hillary or Obama are more likely to support Federal funding of the arts, and that while this may not be great for the market, it might be good for Art itself. So it depends on your priorities. I, of course, want the best of both (more arts funding, at least for nonprofit spaces that take chances on under-represented artists) AND a strong confidence among collectors that they can keep supporting the arts on a personal level. I'll be pulling the lever for a Democrat come Tuesday, but I'm still not sure which one. I'm leaning toward Obama, but, being strongly of the opinion that people should mostly vote their own self-interests, I'm willing to listen to others' opinions on who's best for art's future.
Finally, the deadline for you to take action in protecting Spiral Jetty has been extended. Tyler explains:
Don't almost do something here! Take Action Today! Here, I'll make it easier for you [from Tyler]:
This just in from the Utah governor's office: The comment period about the Spiral Jetty-impacting energy development has been extended to Feb. 13. For more information from the state of Utah, click here. For more information on how to comment, click here.
UPDATE: The Seattle P-I's Regina Hackett says that the state of Utah has already received 1,000 comments, and that those comments have alerted them to the importance of the Jetty. "I think they were impressed to be taking calls from Europe and Japan about an artwork in Utah," the acting director of the Salt Lake City Art Center, Leslie Peterson, told Hackett.
If you want to send a letter of protest to save the beautiful, natural Utah environment around the Spiral Jetty from oil drilling, the emails or calls of protest go to Jonathan Jemming 801-537-9023 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please refer to Application # 8853. Every letter makes a big difference, they do take a lot of notice and know that publicity may follow. Since the Spiral Jetty has global significance, emails from foreign countries would be of special value.