Fascinating talk. Jeffrey Deitch tells his story of his budding relationship with contemporary, street and folk artists, Barry McGee. He also shares his thoughts on street art. I especially love this quote, "I've worked with hundreds of artists. Some of the great artists, but I don't have any hesitation in saying of all the artists I've worked with, it's Barry who's my favorite. And... because it's not just working with the art, working with the ideas. It's Barry's humanity. It's the phenomenal circle of other artists, musicians, other creative people who he brings with him. So... Barry changed my life. I think a lot of people who follow Barry's work can say the same thing."
Watch BAM/PFA Director Lawrence Rinder and MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch
as they talk about Barry McGee's work in the context of international
street art. Deitch presented groundbreaking installations by McGee at
his Deitch Projects gallery in New York. Rinder is co-curator of Barry
McGee, a major midcareer retrospective of the San Francisco-based
artist, on view at BAM/PFA from August 24 to December 9, 2102.
My pal, Joey's film, A LOVE LETTER FOR YOU launches today! Starring the talented and funny as fuck street artist Stephen ESPO Powers, the documentary chronicles Powersʼ Love Letter Project for the Mural Arts Program in West Philadelphia. I've seen project pictures online for years. Now, I am so excited to download and watch the film. I hope you are too!
The Brooklyn Academy of Music is pleased to announce the unveiling of José Parlá's Gesture Performing Dance, Dance Performing Gesture. It is the first commissioned public artwork for BAM's new Richard B. Fisher building and Parlá’s first commission in Brooklyn. The unveiling is accompanied by a small show of Parlá’s paper based Mono-Transfers, which were used in the creation of this work and act as a mirror-like element towards documenting the painting process.
The painting, which measures 37 x 7 feet, expands on Parlá's process of building a painterly history through layers of calligraphic and gestural marks.
His paintings are composed from several distinct types of source material: the purely abstract (painterly) dabbing, gesture and layering of paint; collaged materials and detritus from the streets of the world (and that may include type or other writing and images); writing, which is easily the dominant material of these works, filling and often obscuring its contents in successive layers.
Language, writing and seeing are linked at several levels in Parlá’s semiotically inflected paintings—both modes are often overlapping and present in the same painting. This glimpse makes us aware that we are not mere passive bystanders, but active participants in the world we see, that our senses produce for us moment-to-moment.
Parlá's recent projects include a collaboration with French artist JR for the 11th Havana Biennale entitled: Wrinkles of the City: Havana, Cuba; a new book on this project will be published by Damiani and Standard Press along with a screening clip of their documentary of the same title during Art Basel Miami Beach at The Standard Hotel; the exhibition Performing Painting with Wendy White at the Savannah College of Art and Design, currently on view through November 3rd. José, alongside his brother Rey, will participate in an exhibition entitled: Parlá Frères: U.T.O.P.I.A., opening September 3rd at the renowned collete in Paris.
Additionally, Parlá will participate in the upcoming Water Tank Project curated by Mary Jordan and Pippa Cohen in the spring of 2013. An international roster of artists will create unique works on rooftop water towers across New York City in order to raise awareness of the precariousness of water as a natural resource.
Upcoming exhibitions include Haunch of Venison 2013 and Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery 2014.
This work by José Parlá was made possible through the support of the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust.
Richard B. Fisher 321 Ashland Place Brooklyn, NY 11217 BAM.org
colette is pleased to present the Parlá Brothers and their new collaborative exhibition in Paris entitled: U.T.O.P.I.A. The Brooklyn-based brothers have had an on-going collaboration since childhood starting early in 1983. José drawing and painting, and Rey taking photographs of his brother and mutual friends out in the city. Respectively, José became known for his calligraphic and palimpsestic coded paintings while his brother Rey is best known for his experimental films and camera-less non-photo works he calls Scratch | Graphs. José having studied painting and Rey filmmaking the Picasso and Braque like duo are a Ying and Yang that create enigmatic works of art that are unique in their conversations.
The Parlá Brothers' work has been exhibited at the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in NYC, OHWOW Gallery in Miami, Paris Photo, and The Miami International Film Festival: The Avant-Garde Returns. A limited edition book will accompany the brothers' colette show.
La galerie colette est heureuse de vous présenter les Parlá Frères et leur nouvelle exposition commune, intitulée: U.T.O.P.I.A. Les deux frères, basés à Brooklyn, n'ont cessé de collaborer depuis leur enfance, en 1983. José dessine et peint tandis que Rey prend des photos de son frère et de leurs amis dans la ville.José est devenu connu pour son travail calligraphique et ses peintures aux codes palimpseste alors que son frère est réputé pour son travail de films expérimentaux qu'il nomme "Scratch I Graphs". José a étudié la peinture et Rey la réalisation et ils conversent tel le duo Picasso et Braque, un Ying & Yang qui crée un travail énigmatique et unique.
Le travail des Frères Parlá a été exposé à la galerie Bryce Wolkowitz de NYC, à la galerie OHWOW de Miami, Paris Photo et au Festival International du Film de Miami: Le Retour del'avant-garde. Un livre en édition limitée sera proposé chez colette lors de l'exposition.
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Another fun video of two creative people shooting the shit about art. More about the collab:
In this first episode of the NYAD x Rooster Artist Series with Gavin McInnes, Gavin and Kostas Seremetis meet up for a few beers and talk art, money and love.
Kostas Seremetis: Simulation Story a multi-media installation by artist Kostas Seremetis is on view now until Sunday August 5th at The Hole Shop. The exhibit introduces the third and latest installement (wave3) of The Covers print edition series; the first NYC screening of Trilogy, a groundbreaking remastering of the 3 original Star Wars classic movies; and the release of Kostas Seremetis Simulation Story, a 32-page volume published by New York Art Department available at The Hole shop and here. Read all about the exhibit here.
1. Bring us something special that you’re willing to trade.
2. Fill out a tag (we will have them out near the Tortoise) with your name, location, and as much info about your trade as possible (leave the number blank).
3. Sit down and trade with us! Tell us about your object you brought: where did you find it? did you make it? what’s the story behind it? We will present a few different options for you to choose from. We will do our best to connect you with something we think you might appreciate. (If you decide you would rather keep the item you brought, that is always totally OK too)
4. Track your trade online. We will assign a number to your item that will allow you to see where it eventually finds its new home.
What is OK to trade:
Anything that you think is special and carries some story or meaning along with it. It could be a found object, a childhood possession, a handmade creation, a story, a drawing, etc.
What is not OK:
Anything living Anything perishable Anything extremely fragile without a container Anything extremely large or bulky (shoebox size or smaller is preferable, our storage space is limited!) Garbage from the bottom of your purse or backpack.
We can only accommodate up to 50 trades per stop, so come early! You are welcome to bring more items to barter with others, but please only 1 trade per person with the Trading Tortoise.
Wall Writers: Graffiti in its Innocence, 1967-1972. When art became a democracy and self-promotion became an art.
I never set out to make this documentary. I was doing research for a book I put out last year “The History of American Graffiti” and I became fascinated with the true beginnings of modern graffiti. So many graffiti writers my co-author and I talked to claimed they were the first to do it. That they did “this in 1969” or what ever year. If you did the math to how old they were the year they were claiming it just wasn't true. I set out to find the truth.
Once I started digging up these early graffiti writers in New York City and Philadelphia, many who had not been talked to or had thought about graffiti in over 30 years I figured I better film them! Who knows if they will disappear again or not want to talk about graffiti again! The more people I interviewed and filmed the more I started to realize we had something special. A true “moment in time” that told the history of modern graffiti, something that has become the worlds fastest growing art movement.
Over 20 people were interviewed to make the film, some of them include: TAKI183, COCO144, SNAKE1, PHIL T GREEK, SJK 171, MIKE 171, WICKED GARY, ROCKY 184, HENRY 161, COWBOY, UNDERTAKER ASH, CORNBREAD, KOOL KLEPTO KID, JOE 182, THE JOKER, LAZAR, BAMA and more.
We turned over every rock we could. Looked through every archive you could think of and we dug up some amazing photos and archive footage to help tell the story. FREEDOM aka Chris Pape helped produce and write the film, Ikey Owens (The Mars Volta is one of the many bands he has been a part of) came on and did the score. One of my art icons and amazing filmmaker John Waters did the voice over!
We have a 58 minute near finished film that I personally think is awesome and so do the people that have seen it. I have invested countless time and more money then I would care to admit into this project. Now I ask for assistance in getting it out there to the world. I need to acquire the rights too much of the archival footage and cover the costs of post production. Also I would like to do a weekend showing of the film in NY and LA before Wall Writers goes out for general distribution.
If you are a fan of graffiti, street art or subculture in general this is an educational film you must see. Please help make it a reality. It’s so close!
Everyone's got Batman fever these days. I've always liked Robin more.
Check out Thank You X's newest print, "Boy Wonder". It's a hand screened, spray painted print on gallery paper and limited to an edition of 40. Each print is hand signed and numbered and no two prints are alike.