Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Moving to LA
Check out Metro Times story on 5 Detroit artists who move to LA.
My favorite quote:
"As for Los Angeles gallery scene, he shows his Detroit colors by not mincing words: "The work I've seen is so horrible. I can't even look at it. It makes me sick." He says the art ranges from superficial to intellectual and conceptual, whereas Detroit's is personal and emotional "it has a lot of soul."
Here's the proof!
Here is the evidence!....a farwell letter Revolution mailed to it's visitors and clients.
It states, "We envisioned the gallery continuing for many, many years. Life, however, presents changes. It is time for Revolution to close." They go on to thank the many artists, curators, writers/editors to review exhibitions, dealers, assistants, interns, and staff. A very somber letter of gratefulness to the Detroit community.
Revolution will host it's farwell exhibition "Cheers" Sept. 10 - Oct. 1. "Cheers" will include the work of many artists, several whom Revolution has represented over the years. Please be sure to attend the opening reception Friday, Sept. 9, 6-9pm. The letter also notes that now is the time to acquire a work of art from Revolution. They still have many pieces in inventory and also selected books and catalogs on sale.
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Art 21: Season 3
Good news...PBS will be running season 3 of the Art 21 series - Art in the Twenty-First Century. This unique four-hour documentary series premieres across four Friday nights Fall 2005: September 16, 23, 30, and October 7 at 10 PM (EST)check local listings. Artists for Season Three are Laylah Ali, Ida Applebroog, Cai Guo-Qiang, Ellen Gallagher, Arturo Herrera, Oliver Herring, Roni Horn, Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler, Mike Kelley, Josiah McElheny, Matthew Ritchie, Susan Rothenberg, Jessica Stockholder, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Richard Tuttle, Fred Wilson, and Krzysztof Wodiczko.
Seattle art scene
As written in the current Art In America Magazine, Seattle's art scene is growing by the day! If you are at all interested in Seattle the spead is quite extensive. I liked this image of Seattle based artist Alden Mason.
I especially like it because of the title: Waltzing Elephant Blues. I tried to find the elephants but had no luck. Maybe it is like one of those "magic eye" paintings?
"Washington Boulevard and Michigan Avenue, once the city's grandest hotel, hulks like a wounded Goliath. Most dramatic is the former Michigan Central Depot...its 18 blown-out floors looming against the sky, its railroad station interior looking like an abandoned Roman settlement."
They also go on to say, "Photos by urban spelunkers can be seen at www.detroityes.com and www.forgottendetroit.com." hahhaha "spelunkers"! And to sum up: Detroit is great for music and watering holes!
Monday, August 29, 2005
Don't quit your day job
Oh, work! For most artists you have to have a day job to support yourself. Although I still think there is something scary and wonderful to committing full-time to art making. Day jobs make art making hard but not impossible.
Be sure to read this article posted on artnet. If gives some good assurance that working a day job isn't so bad...just remember for you artists...don't let it take over (which is easier said than done)!
For many artists, a day job is not just a way of keeping body and soul together-it also feeds and sustains their creative work By Barbara Pollack
Sunday, August 28, 2005
another magazine's art coverage
Radar, another magazine maybe you wouldn't normally pick up ( my source seems to get a lot of free magazines that I flip through) has a big feature article on art collecting and the current art market. The headline reads: Scenes from a Mall - At overheated art fairs in Basel, NY, and Miami, collectors are shelling out millions for works that range from odd to obscene. But how long can the party go on? by: anthony haden-guest.
It is funny because this article seems to contradict everything that is going on in Detroit. I sums up to say that art in NY is selling like hot cakes and art fairs are basically selling out of art. Contemporary galleries in SoHo alone have increase from 80 to now almost 300 in the last twenty-five years! And if you think it is all old master's work like Picasso or Pollock you are wrong. That art is already almost non-existent to get a hold of and it is new emerging artists that are being snatched up. Why aren't we all in NY then?? Let me quote this line:
"A global boom in museum building has meant that the world's supply of available masterpieces is dwindling....So most speculative energies are focused on younger artists, and sizable sums are bing put up....These days the targeted artists are getting younger and younger. This increasingly means that the work of budding artists is up at auction just a few years after it has left the studios."
So in conclusion...umm....any ideas for Detroit? Anybody? How can we get art to sell of the walls here? How about this advertising:
DETROIT: THE NEW NEW YORK...?
Saturday, August 27, 2005
4470 Second Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
DETROIT (August 27, 2005) The 101up Gallery presents 'The Sixth Show" featuring the drawings of Erin Somerville, Rachelle Guenther, Elizabeth L.Isakson, Kylie Lockwood, Ryan Csaszar, and Carl Oxley. The opening reception is Saturday, August 27, 2005 from 6:00 p.m. until midnight, and the show runs until September 23. Entertainment provided by Rob Young on violin and mandolin. Located at 4470 Second Avenue in Midtown Detroit, the 101up Gallery has been up and running since February 2005.
What makes a 'drawing?" Is it pencil, pen, or pastel? Or is it the age-old line? 'The Sixth Show" presents answers in the form of six artists' work. Erin Somerville uses charcoal on huge plaster slabs to depict everyday objects in rough, white space. Rachelle Guenther's stylus is her glaze laid down on ceramic tiles to make a line nonetheless drawn. Elizabeth L. Isakson uses pastel on paper to create dark, sun-setting cityscapes with very little line. Kylie Lockwood uses paint on paper to capture the images of baby bird and cat ghosts. Ryan Csaszar uses brushed ink on paper to create romantic and gestural figures live. Carl Oxley uses paint marker on canvas to make simple, fun, line-driven characters. Owners Greg Frederick and Mark Sengbusch havesome drawings to show off as well.
To my surprise in the recent issue of Best Life Magazine, probably not a typical magazine that one might pick up and expect art coverage, is an article called: 10 Artists Every Man Should Know (Find out who among today's art-world superstars are built to last. Plus, how to become a collector. By James Frey). You don't have to be a dude to read this spread though. I actually thought that the art knowledge was pretty acurate to be in a men's magazine...sometimes art info is watered down to the basics but this author knows his contemporary art. One of the artists featured is Cecily Brown. I fist saw her work at the Whitney Biennale a little over a year ago. She is a great abstract-figurative expressionist painter. Be sure to check out her work.
Thursday, August 25, 2005
FUTURE OF DAM AND DETROIT ART?
Are you ready for the juicy details of the DAM panel discussion that took place today?
As I sat down in the basement level of the
Points of concern were the questionable uniqueness of DAM's mission, and the quality of exhibitions, staff and special events and educational programs. Others in attendance included Sergio DiGuisti, John Cynar, and other established artists and teachers of
Again this brings me back to the sad point: if there is no money how do galleries turn things around? Well, it seems that it doesn't necessarily take money to put a show on but it takes a group of devoted individuals to do so. I found the meeting very beneficial because it shows that the
Oh, no...not Revolution!
Just when I was starting to think that the art scene in Detroit was starting to come alive, my spirits have been crushed!! Revolution Gallery will be CLOSING it's doors sometime late this fall. No joke, Revolution hasn't been able to keep afloat in this brutal economy. With DAM now contemplating staying alive too....I wonder what is to come for the Detroit art community? Where will artists show? This isn't good. Anybody got any ideas besides moving to NY or LA?
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
DAM! the cover of Metro Times!
This is really a great story of the history and current debate of the future of DAM. Great job to Rebecca Mazzei arts writer at Metro Times! Everyone make sure to read this! I will also be attending the discussion meeting and can hopefully fill everyone in about what is to come for DAM.
i love america
Picasso on Costco!!!! what?
The wholesale retailer is selling an original drawing by Pablo Picasso for $129,999.99
The story from CNN goes on to say-
(NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Along with household appliances and hardware, Costco is making a name for itself in the world of fine art. The largest wholesale club operator in the U.S. is currently selling an original crayon on paper drawing by Pablo Picasso for $129,999.99 on its Web site......)
What is happening to America? Will we one day do all our shopping at stores like CostCo and Walmart - including art buying? Will all our goods be made in China? Well, if you are in the mood for art shopping here is the site to buy yourself a Picasso, Miro, or Chagall. I know I am being a bit sarcastic but really this is quite depressing knowing where the art market could be going. So not only should you support small American businesses but also your local galleries and local artists. I think I just heard the national anthem playing- hahaha!
Artist's work removed because of stinky sausage
Now there's a headline you don't normally hear! Read the story here.
I want your feedback...
So now I ask you - to add comments on what needs to happen to DAM. That way I can bring them up with the forum tomorrow morning! Thank you!
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
What's new at CAID
It is almost that time. The leaves start to fall and the temperature drops along with our cheery summer spirit that is crushed by the long, gray winter. On a brighter note, galleries will be up and running showing their best art in the fall. One place to keep your eyes on is CAID. They are having a two part biennial featuring almost every detroit artist. The only parameters to the show is that the pieces are limited to 8 1/2 x 11 size. Also, CAID is launching a part of their website that features images/bio/resumes of detroit artists. A nice link to have if you are a detroit artist to direct people to view your work. Keep up the good work Aaron!
2005 Actual Size Biennial, Vol. 1
Sept 10 - Oct 23, 2005
2005 Actual Size Biennial, Vol. 2
Nov 5 - Dec 18, 2005
A biennial exhibition featuring works in all media from over 100 Detroit based artists. Curator, Aaron Timlin
Art in Interior Design
Pick up a the new issue of Interior Design Magazine if you haven't yet. This issue is packed with fine art related stories and really cool design ideas that look more like installations than bedrooms and living spaces. There is a great article on artist Andrea Zittle who recently was in the "Whitney Biennial" and is making a name for herself in New York. The magazine is worth flipping through to look at an article on a PR launch for Volkswagen's Fox that involved 21 international illustrators, graphic designers, and urban artists that transformed a hotel in Copenhagen into an artistic installation. Wouldn't it be amazing if Detroit could involve the new development downtown with local artists?? It would be great exposure for Detroit artists and also a inexpensive way to get cutting edge art/design in a new buildings. Hey, it is just an idea.
Saturday, August 20, 2005
fall clothing shopping starts...
T. Kelly Mason at 1301PE gallery in CA
Thursday, August 18, 2005
fine art of car graphics
Best car name ever! Welcome to the dream cruise week....get ready to inhale the fumes!
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
A partnership between the
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2005
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Jefferson East Business Association partners w/ Summer In The City and The 101up Gallery
and Mural" Community Garden
Mural unveiling: Friday August 19, 2005 12:30 PM -
The effort has brought together hundreds of volunteers from
The mural will be unveiled at a community barbeque at , this Friday, August 19.
Summer in the City was founded in 2002 to improve and expand the volunteer experience in metro
Monday, August 15, 2005
Private sewage systems means more waterfront property, but critics see increased urban sprawl.
-- New home buyers will soon have more opportunities to live near lakes, streams and nature preserves, but some community leaders say the court case that makes it easier for developers to build in rural areas weakens their control over urban sprawl.
Very interesting...so this may prove my point that everyone will be living even farther north in Michigan and Detroit will turn into prairie again.
In the news....
Shrinking Detroit has 12,000 abandoned homes is the headline in the yahoo news! Someone else also agrees with my idea to turn Detroit into farmland! It is the natural cycle of the city: Detroit reaches it's height and becomes one of the biggest cities in the country, deteriorates and crumbles into the earth, where then it turns back into open field where it began. People continue to move north and bulldoze fields while a new kind of urban countryside is growing downtown. Maybe one of these days I will settle down, get a ranch with some horses in Detroit...it has always been a dream of mine!
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Master of Graffiti
NYtimes reports on a Williamsburg artist Ellen Harvey who creates her own masterpiece style of "graffiti art".
NYtimes....Between the summer of 1999 and the spring of 2001 Ms. Harvey embarked on a little folly. Mixing the goals of city beautification advocates and outlaw graffiti artists, she planted 40 small oval paintings of trees, mountains and streams, evoking 18th- and 19th-century painters like Albert Bierstadt and Caspar David Friedrich, on the 20th-century New York landscape. She put them on places that were already marked by graffiti artists: "I wondered what it would be like - at a time when everyone was expressing themselves in a codified aesthetic that people see as being aggressive - to make something incredibly small and very pretty."
another cardboard artist
These cardboard creations remind me when I had to use recycled, bio-degradable products to make something old, new again. Although, this may be on a different level than my cardboard detergent box bird feeder from the 5th grade?
I think I may know a few scooter fans who would love this!
Shannon Goff at Susanne Hilberry. I will yell at you one last time urging you to go to the show if you haven't made it yet!
Bestsey Johnson obviously stole the show as the last models skipped down the runway in these fun, poofy, party dresses!
Also to my suprise, Miss Johnson herself showed up to bow in the end!
Some models were more daring than others! I must say that the models for the most part the last night were professional while earlier shows offered a variety of body types and experience.
Yes, umm..bathing suites too. Why do designers make teeny tiny bottoms that reveal everything? These models were not bashful at all!