Friday, March 13, 2009

DIY WPA Opening 3/15 at Envoy Enterprises

Joe Sheftel is proud to present DIY WPA at Envoy Gallery. This show looks at art production since the fall of Lehman Brothers on September 15th. While other groups may obtain bailouts or credit-lines, artists will apparently not be getting a new deal. Together the art community can promote and show new work, regardless of market conditions. This show includes the work of emerging artists Kenny Corbett, Gregg Evans, Paul Kopkau, Alex Kwartler, Chris Moukarbel, Yuri Shibuya and Rachel Warriner. There is a special performance by Del Marquis and Embryoroom at 7:30. After party and tunes at Home Sweet Home with the amazing DJ Christy Love. Please join, look at art and dance. The Show runs from March 15 -March 22 in the Front Gallery.

The opening is from 6-8, this Sunday. Come by and say hello!

Awful Madoff Paintings

"No one was willing to buy what was quite likely the most inflammatory piece of art at this year’s Armory Show — a 60-inch-by-90-inch watercolor of Bernard L. Madoff — but plenty of people had interesting ideas on what to do with the painting, and its infamous subject, who stands accused of operating a $50 billion worldwide Ponzi scheme.

“They should charge a buck a dart to toss at that thing,” said Brian Tepper, 39, an artist and art therapist, as he stared at Mr. Madoff’s outsized visage, which gazed back with a faint smile and almost wistful eyes. The portrait, rendered in gray, black and white by the Chinese-born artist Yan Pei-Ming, was priced at $100,000.

Mr. Tepper was with two artist friends, Chris Cozel, 52, who remarked that she would like to see Mr. Madoff “crucified,” and Virginia Dutton, also 52, who proposed doing a portrait of Mr. Madoff, in one of her favorite mediums: blood. "

Taken from "A Painting Called Good, but Only as a Dart Board" By Cara Buckley, New York Times, March 8, 2009.

Art fairs always manage to bring out the best in new ideas for bad art.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Free Williamsburg Feature

My friend Lisa over at just featured some images from "I Could Walk Away Now And You Wouldn't Care." in the first edition of her new Artist Statement series on Freewilliamsburg. Go check it out when you get the chance.