Ah, Spring. It brings bursts of color to the go-to blackness of New York, and forms shapes from the bundled layers. I say this both about the work in XSTRACTION and the crowd that gathered at The Hole. Holton Rower’s new paintings are deceptively great as well, drawing the viewer’s focus to the out-of-focus. Christos Katsiaouni was on autofocus to photograph it all.
Basquiat: The Show Must Go On by Glenn O’Brien
I met Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1979 when he was 19 years old. I had been curious about SAMO©, whose rude and amusing graffiti had recently popped up around downtown Manhattan. People who made graffiti were then referred to as writers, but SAMO© was the first one who actually wrote more than a name. He was a poet and a provocateur, writing cryptic messages marking himself as a sort of a metacritical institution. Kilroy was here…and then there was Samo. If this was graffiti at all, it was something quite different. Graffiti had been almost a sport, a way for young urbanites to publicize their existence in a world of corporate logos by marking out territory, a practice so primal that a dog would understand.
A new hand-drawn animation by Jake Fried using ink, gouache, white-out and coffee.
Directed by Maripol
This was a good party with nice art, drinks and babes, and the Whitney raised over $450,000 towards their independent study program. Win-win.
Photos by Christos Katsiaouni.
Under the art direction of his father Skip Class, six-year-old Yung Lenox makes portraits of rappers and popular characters from online culture. This Saturday, the lil’ man makes his debut in the group show Magic Kingdom at the Old School in New York.
“He is me and I am him.
He is my son. I am his dad. If I watch cartoons then he watches cartoons. If I eat pizza then he eats pizza. If I listen to obscure 90′s Memphis rap tapes then he listens to…..you get the idea.”
Complex gets a quote out of Barbara Kruger in regards to Supreme’s lawsuit against Married To The Mob. Can’t wait for Richard Prince to make a t-shirt out of that.
The legend that was Malcolm McClaren.
Tonight, Mark Ryden has a book signing at the Paul Kasmin Shop for his latest Rizzoli title The Gay ’90s, as well as his retrospective book Pinxit. We caught a few moments of the artist’s time to ask some questions as he made his way to NYC.
illustration by Mr. Kiji
Talking Portraits by James Gurney
“In 1981, artist James Gurney brought his sketchbook and tape recorder to the pier in Santa Monica, California. He did a pencil portrait of two guys there and then asked them to describe themselves to the tape recorder. For the first time, their faces and voices are brought together in a talking portrait.”
Travis Jensen, Andrea Sonnenberg, and Ted Pushinsky at Guerrero Gallery. On view through May 4th.
It’s really worth subscribing to THE THING, especially since the upcoming artists in this subscription cycle are Tauba Auerbach, Ben Marcus, and John Baldessari.
This is the last week to view Jim Houser’s latest show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery.
Open through May 4th