Friday, June 30, 2006
Motor City and Majestic
Rachel Timlin at Motor City: Generic Brand Ties
dry erase ties...for all those forgetful men...now you have no excuses!
Davin Brainard at Majestic Cafe: a production designer from the upcoming film "My Blueberry Nights" bought one of his paintings to use in the film! Pretty cool,huh?
Thursday, June 29, 2006
A brief history of detroit arts
You all have probably heard by now that art critic for the News Joy Colby has stepped down and is moving to St Louis. She writes a farewell story for Metro Times and gives detroit youngsters a history of detroit arts! Check out her story...it is a great read! There will be a tribute for Joy at Lola's Tuesday July 11, 6-8pm comments at 7pm. Contact 313.962.0483 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
RICHRICHRICH: round 3
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
klimt in the news
The value of art is a funny thing. I am sure everyone hasn't missed this Klimt in the news. It sold for a record breaking $135 million dollars! It seems like what bits of art information that make it to the "real" news are always something about some ridiculous artist, a new museum or of coarse...have to do with money. I was watching the "Daily Show" and even Jon Stewart had something to make fun (bottom clip second to right, watch it it is really funny!) of about the piece going for such a high price. If you stop and think about it....what really makes this worth anything? Check out this story in the LA Times. Do old men, wealthy men only buy paintings as investments?
detroit cranbrook designer in the news...
The image above is a picture I took at Cranbrook of Scott Klinker's (head of the graduate 3d design major) new furniture prototypes. The below image is from a current article in Newsweek! Klinker has joined forces with Bryce Moore, owner of Context - a furniture company in Royal Oak to sell Klinker's pieces. I first saw his furniture featured in the last issue of Interior Design Mag....which means these team has been receiving a lot of good press! Go Detroit!
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Monday, June 26, 2006
alex katz - litho
charles pompilius - (detroit) above and below. Charles was at the show and I had the pleasure of chatting with him about his painting. I have high respect for his works that take such a long time to complete.
robert wilbert - this piece sold! I normally am not drawn to more traditional still life painting but I do admire wilbert's works.
katz - original painting - a nice piece to have if you are looking to start a collection but I really enjoy katz's large scale figurative/landscape works.
kristin beaver - these two beauties were snatched up at her solo meadow brook show by david klein. I think these pieces are great to see at the gallery mixed among other great figurative painters like Fischl, Freud, Pearlstein...and many others. They give vitality to an otherwise reserved show and balance a show of famous national talent and local talent. This is one of those shows that really highlights the detroit artists in the show...don't forget charles pompilius a detroit painter too!
dj hall - this piece was not a favorite...it's not that I don't appreciate realism but I don't like seeing a painted photograph. I like being able to read into a work and live with it for a while. Painting that leaves no question doesn't hold my attention.
pearlstein - I really love the way in which pearlstein uses the body as another object or pattern within his busy, well planned compositions. The figures always appear like mannequins - flat and devoid of life but intertwine between rugs, chairs, and other strange objects. All objects are in the same high focus and compete for attention as your eyes circle the canvas.
alyssa monks - ny painter. Again another piece that I am not able to fairly judge. I will say again, I can appreciate it but it feels like a sad, sensual art school self portrait ... but excellently done.
Saturday, June 24, 2006
gallery project: first anniversary
andrew thompson- a month of uniforms. a month-long process of constructing a new set of clothes everyday before going to work.
mike richison - this back room was a favorite for me!
bobby campbell and jim cogswell
For anyone who really knows me, knows that I am food obsessed...and especially when in ann arbor I like to see how many places I can eat. I started out with a super hot dog because I have been craving a good dog for probably over a year now! So I ate at Red Hot Lovers - ann arbor's famous hot dog place, and then ended up getting a chili dog and some fries after eating the first one. Then I went to Jerusalem Garden where I had the best lentil soup around! After the opening I got some yummy raspberry sorbet and looked at the menus of the fancier restaurants as my mouth watered for more!