"The Art of Climbing Mountains"
303 Gallery presents "The Art of Climbing Mountains," a group exhibition inspired by an excerpt of René Daumal's " Mount Analogue" published in 1952. The works in this exhibition investigate a variety of positions and possibilities addressing the challenges of life and the way in which one addresses these challenges - surreal, metaphorical and otherwise. Daumal, the French Surrealist writer, was known for his allegorical novels and translations of sacred Buddhist texts.
Lou Reed at Strand Bookstore
Hear the rock icon read from and discuss his Edgar Allan Poe–inspired book of lyrics The Raven, which includes paintings by Italian cartoonist Lorenzo Mattotti.
The book isn’t Reed’s first project devoted to the mysterious poet: His 2003 concept album, with contributions by David Bowie, Laurie Anderson, Steve Buscemi, and Willem Dafoe, is based on the poet’s work. NYMAG
FV Events and Josh Wood Productions bring Australia's most infamous beach stateside for a huge pride blowout on Governors Island Saturday June 25th. Australian legend and icon Olivia Newton-John performs.
Known for her unique portraiture, the photographer presents surreal images of female athletes and dancers underwater, inspired by a commercial assignment she received that involved Olympic athletes wearing stilettos. NYMAG
@ Clamp Art NYC Thru 8/19
Brand-building (in art as in fashion) clearly seems to preoccupy this artist, emerging on his own at the age of 31. The show’s largest component was a freestanding booth with walls painted monochrome red, green and blue to recall the kitschy high-end caravans in the Comme des Garçons London flagship-cum-shrine, Dover Street Market. Inside played the video Thre Stryppis Quhite Upon ane Blak Field, a composite of blue, green and red projections, offering superimposed documentaries about Kelly, Kawakubo and the history of tartan. The soundtracks clash and compete in occidental/oriental registers. The tricolor projection mimics the layering technique often used to print color photographs, but without the sharpness and clarity favored by publishers. Nevertheless, we manage to glean from the simultaneous films that each “product” (from clan-based tartan to Kelly exhibition to Kawakubo accessory) is created by a large team under the auspices of an auteur—a method not unlike artistic practice in earlier times. Since Relph himself shares this approach, it will be exciting to see how his practice develops.
Public Assembly LOFT
70 North 6th Street
Pardon the interruption, but we wanted to make sure everyone got the correct address for the Xanadude party tonight (it's above, in case you missed it.) It's gonna a be a great night. Come say hi!
And on Sunday, come have brunch with us at the Hotel Griffou. I'm gonna be spinning tracks all afternoon. Check one, check two.
Again thanks to Gilt MAN for supporting us over the last few weeks. You guys. Check out this week's sale, they've got some good ones.
In case you missed our 100th letter (some people said it went to spam) HERE IT IS!
Saturday: Xanadude Bounce Loft Party
Sunday: Communion Brunch at Hotel Griffou