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“For What It’s Worth:” Mining for Copper with Dillon Marsh

Nababeep South Mine, NababeepDillon Marsh is a Cape Town photographer who captures the landscapes: dusty and well-trodden paths, humble windowless homes in their many colors, strange native baobab trees that look like tribal monster faces. And now, he’s placing copper spheres in arid mining landscapes using GCI. The copper sphere represents an exact scale model of the mass that was extracted from the mine.

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Los Angeles Neighborhoods by Typography

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Designer Vanessa Hernandez sure loves Los Angeles, and is celebrating its many and varied neighborhoods through typographic scenes that are relevant to the neighborhood. Sandy Malibu beaches, the glitter and sequins of West Hollywood pride, the petals of the beautiful Pasadena botanical gardens, the glamorous lipstick of old Hollywood, and the ubiquitous Venice Beach reefer. I want her to do this for New York! What would that look like? Soup dumplings that spell out Chinatown, money clips and silk neckties for Tribeca, and hand painted typography inside a museum-quality frame for the Upper East Side? Suggestions welcome!

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Wish I May, Wish I Might: Jeff Koons’ Gazing Ball Paintings

IMG_5599That Jeff Koons is at it again. A new series of paintings, Gazing Ball, is being exhibited at Gagosian Gallery through December 23. In this series, Koons has painted replicas of some of the world’s most famous paintings. Oh look! The Mona Lisa! No. Not really.

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Copying the Cover Story: Fernando Bryce

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Fernando Bryce, currently on display at Alexander and Bonin in Chelsea through December 19, created a process called mimetic analysis, and from what I can tell he pretty flawlessly reconstructs historical news pieces with ink and paper. He copied three prominent international art magazines that were published in the 1940s and 1950s, and the domestic publication ARTnews. The post-WWII art world on 57th Street at the time was showing the abstract art of Calder and Miro, and nearby were Kandinsky (my favorite), Bearden, and Motherwell. “The constellation of ads from ARTnews reveal the universe of images that could be seen in New York between 1944 and 1947.”

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Picasso Sculpture Exhibit at MoMA

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Oh, hello, largest Picasso sculpture exhibit in this country since 1967! Begging and borrowing from private owners and museums around the world led to this treat, Picasso Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. A bird’s eye view of the circuitous exhibit would look like a sculpture unto itself – 11 rooms, filled with 140 sculptures of varying heights and materials. Colorful glaze on a charming ceramic series called “Glass of Absinthe,” bronze casts of voluminous hills of hair in “Head of a Woman,” and flimsy pieces of wood and paper that make up his “Still Life with Guitar.”

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Rubin Museum: Steve McCurry

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Tonight, I write this blog post after experiencing one of those “only in New York City” type of experiences. One of those, where you find yourself sitting in an Asian art museum, listening to the President of National Geographic Society alongside one of the most iconic photographers in the world talk about photography, art, and the landscape of both in the fast-shifting world.  Continue Reading

Jared Madere at The Whitney

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Installation artist Jared Madere has his very first solo show in the United States, and he’s doing it in style at The Whitney. Untitled, 2015 is a contraption made from scarves, twine, candles, burlap, and a large broken chandelier. The scarves blow outwards and flap towards you from a fan hidden in its interior, a trickling waterfall pools into a dark little container, and LED lights twinkle. What’s it about? I don’t know. But that’s okay because neither does Jared. According to Forbes:

New York-based artist Jared Madere is happy to admit that his work doesn’t necessarily “go anywhere. I don’t have a specific idea that I’m trying to inject into the viewer,” says Madere. “It can be a springboard.”

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Grin and Bear It: Kathy Clark at Reykjavik Art Museum

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKathy Clark is a Reykjavik-based artist who studied at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her exhibit at the Reykjavik Art Museum is called bears; truths and it is both creepy and enchanting. Created entirely from discarded teddy bears, Clark hung them from the ceiling, stuffed them with glowsticks, flattened them and coated them in wax. She created a little teddy bear graveyard with little sad dead teddy bear sounds.

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Jackson Pollock’s Art Studio

Jackson Pollock FloorIn East Hampton, before the town was popular and yuppie and expensive, Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner built a home and art studio. It was wild country back then in 1945 – a town made up of fishermen and a very small group of fellow artists. Krasner moved her husband here to get him sober and away from the influences of his partying art world friends in New York City; she also wanted him to simply concentrate on his work. Now, in the summer months only, you can visit the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center to walk across his paint-splattered studio floors and wander the rooms of his small home.

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Frieze 2015

FriezeLast week, I shared with you one of the major highlights of the Frieze art fair – husband/wife matching free capes. Today we’ll explore the rest. I barely made a dent with my clutch VIP host Michael but we did recognize a couple trends (other than capes) – vibrant colors and art as experience.

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