After a chance encounter in 2002, Muzi Quawson spent four years photographing Amanda Jo Williams, a rangy down-and-out rocker and mother living upstate in Woodstock. The twelve photographs displayed in “Pull Back the Shade”—Quawson’s first solo show in the States—are gritty and luminous, spare portraits of an artist working far outside the glamour and cash nexus of the art world. — Katie Charles (NYMAG) Thru 29/03 at Yossi Milo 525 W. 25th ST Near 10th Ave NYC
To celebrate the Museum of Arts & Design’s second half-century, and in anticipation of the festivities that will surround our opening at Two Columbus Circle (Fall 2008), MAD is assembling a unique “destination” collection of celebratory goblets in all mediums—glass, metal, clay, fiber, wood, mixed media. While the MAD Goblet Archive will be displayed prominently in our new building as part of our grand opening, visitors will have a “sneak preview” of the collection this fall at our present home on 53rd Street in a special exhibition: Cheers! A MAD Collection of Goblets. Thru 27 APRIL at MAD for details: www.madmuseum .org
Wack! Art and the Feminist Revolution
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center 22-25 Jackson Ave Long Island City NY Thru 5/12
Kirsten Justesen , Sculpture II, 1968, painted cardboard box, photograph. 19 11/16 x 23 5/8 inches. Courtesy of Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen ed.3/7 . Courtesy of the artist ed. 7/7 . (c) Artists Right Society (ARS), New York / COPY-DAN, Copenhagen.
Museum of Art and Design 40 West 53rd street NYC
Pricked:Extreme Embroidery Exbit Thru 27 april 2008
Samplers, table cloths, tea towels, and party dresses often spring to mind when the word “embroidery” is invoked, but the forty-eight international artists highlighted in Pricked: Extreme Embroidery tell a very different story. Pricked is the Museum of Arts & Design’s latest exploration into how centuries-old handcraft traditions are rejuvenated in the mainstream of contemporary art and design. The artists are both men and women from 17 countries as diverse as Romania, Egypt, Wales, Mexico and the Netherlands, as well as the U.S. (For a complete list of artists in the exhibition go to:http://www.madmuseum.org)
BENEFIT AUCTION :
(RED) was created by Bono and Bobby Shriver, Chairman of DATA to raise awareness and money for The Global Fund by teaming up with the world's most iconic brands to produce (PRODUCT)RED branded products. A percentage of each (PRODUCT)RED product sold is given to The Global Fund. The money helps women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa.
Start Today at Sotheby's NYC info: http://joinred.com
Dennis Cooper (born 1953) is a novelist, poet, critic, editor, and performance artist. He is most noted for transforming the visual/verbal aesthetic of punk into its written counterpart. www.denniscooper.net
Philippe Garrel’s three-hour tribute to the revolutionary spirit of 1968 Paris stars his son, Louis, as a poet with intense, inchoate feelings for the student movement and for a long-limbed sculptor named Lilie (Clotilde Hesme). Their hopeful coming together and eventual disillusioned parting is a metaphor for the waxing and waning of the movement itself—depicted in scenes of looting, burning, and opium-filled nights—and believe it or not, it’s not terribly corny. Rapturously shot in gorgeous black-and-white by William Lubtchansky, the film is a multifaceted, poignant statement about the perils of personal and political idealism. — Tayt Harlin ( New York Mag) TODAY At MOMA Museum of Modern Art 2PM last show
BEST ON FASHION WEEK:
Prada Trembled Blossom
Trembled Blossom" is the title of the original animated short film (4 minutes), introduced by Miuccia Prada seen during the New York fashion week,at the Epicentro Prada in Broadway, with a private event.
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Seher Shah : Jihad Pop at Bose Pacia Gallery 508 West 26 St 11 floor NYC Thru 23 feb 08
Established in 1994, Bose Pacia was the first gallery in the West specializing in contemporary art from South Asia. During the past decade Bose Pacia has held over 30 exhibitions and is internationally regarded for promoting the South Asian avant-garde. Visual artists from South Asia work within a wholly unique space – one that is informed by a multitude of cultures, languages and religions and shaped by a complex past and dynamic present. Bose Pacia fosters an active discourse between these artists and the international art community by featuring exhibitions that contextualize contemporary art from this geographic region within its rich artistic traditions and current social tension. www.bosepacia.com
Last call for Hope Gangloff at Susan Inglett Gallery until tomorrow 9 february 522 W.24 St. nr 10th Ave NYC
Hope Gangloff’s pulpy, 'zine-esque drawings and illustrations like the above Ladies Man stay true to life by culling most of the tableaux from casual snapshots. Notice here the Lavalife ad (seasonably inappropriate, overly idealized, and completely unrealistic as no one who actually rides the subway would ever wear heels that stupidly high) juxtaposed with cold and kvetching New Yorkers. Props to you Gangloff — we’ve all been there. — Rachel Wolff (New York Mag)
Today at 3 PM on the Catwalk ZERO by the lovely MARIA CORNEJO*****
Physical Attraction between Gucci and Madonna
The hottest fashion week invite is the Febuary 6 fundraiser co-hosted by Gucci and Madonna on the North Lawn of the United Nations (an unusual choice of venue, but who's going to argue with Her Madgesty?). The party is expected to be as star-studded as they come, with Demi, Ashton, Gwyneth, and Sting on the guest list and Alicia Keys, Timbaland, and Rihanna scheduled to perform. Tickets start at $350 and go up to $100,000, and proceeds from the night will benefit Unicef and Raising Malawi. This isn't the first time that Gucci and Madonna have joined philanthropic forces. The Material Girl has served as honorary co-chair of the brand's AIDS Project fundraiser in Los Angeles. Madonna's involvement also stems from more personal motivations..
Opening exhibition today at MET Thru May 4, 2008
The exhibition examines the use of the color gray by the American artist Jasper Johns (b. 1930) between the mid-1950s and the present. It brings together more than 120 paintings, reliefs, drawings, prints, and sculptures from American and international collections. Johns has worked in gray, at times to evoke a mood, at other times to evoke an intellectual rigor that results from his purging most color from his works. This exhibition is the first to focus on this important thematic and formal thread in Johns's career and includes some of the artist's best-known works, such as Canvas, Gray Target, Jubilee, 0 through 9, No, Diver, and The Dutch Wives, as well as works from the artist's Catenary series and new paintings never before exhibited
Preview of the Project Red Art at Gagosian Gallery Thru 13 February 522 west 21st
Proceeds of this sale will go to the United Nations Foundation to support HIV/AIDS relief programs in Africa conducted by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria.WWW.GAGOSIAN.COM
Popular New Zealand designer, Karen Walker is set to open a pop-up store in New York just in time for New York Fashion Week where she is due to show her fall 2008/09 collection. Fans of her quirky cool, vintage feel pieces will be able to go through racks of her pieces at Den,330 East 11th Street, 212-475-007