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Photographs at MoMA

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2009 at 9:25 am

I went to MoMA (it’s really hard to get tired of this place) this weekend to see the new photography exhibit on the American West. I thought it was an excellent show with a great combination of well known contemporary artists (like Richard Prince and Cindy Sherman) and super old school daguerrotypes from the 1850s. It was very comprehensive, covering a wide variety of subjects, time periods and themes. I highly recommend people seeing it if you’re got an afternoon to spend at the museum.

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MutualArt.com and Beyond

In Uncategorized on March 20, 2009 at 10:16 am

I’ve just found an answer to all our questions (which perhaps speaks to the eventual and inevitable doom of my blog). I’ve found a website that predicts, organizes, and refers all different sort of art world events, organizations, shows, exhibitions (basically everything you could ever think of) to people. It’s awesome! Like amazing! 

Here’s the site: MutualArt.com. and I highly suggest that anyone who cares anything about the museum world – not only in New York but across the world – check this out. I put in a few preferences and it told me all these crazy cool exhibitions to see. And if you sign up right now its freeeeee! They have a trial version thing going on because they’re just launching the site right now. Get in early. 

So with my newfound knowledge of the art world at my fingertips, I’ve discovered this way cool exhibition at Sotheby’s in their 20th Century Design division as a part of the upcoming auction! it was so cool – but then again I’m sort of a furniture junkie. 

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

In Far Off Places on March 12, 2009 at 10:28 am

I’m here in Santa Fe this week and haven’t a really wonderful time. I made some time yesterday to see the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. It really is a must-see. The space is really small, the selection of works excellently curated and showing the variety of O’Keeffe’s style and works. They even have this lovely video on view about O’Keeffe’s life and love. I never knew that the sexualization of her work really stems from this Steiglitz exhibition of photographs of Georgia looking pretty “sensual.” And it was after that point that she stopped working in the abstract and starting working with flowers, etc. New Mexico really is a more colorful place after having seen how this landscape influenced one of America’s greatest painters. 

So go on, and visit this great museum if you’re in the area. And if you don’t find yourself in NM, then take a trip on down here. It is well worth it and quite an extraordinary place.

Auction Houses

In Manhattan, Uncategorized on March 6, 2009 at 5:27 pm

In addition to gallery shows, auction houses normally have some really fantastic shows of the collection they are going to sell. I’ve seen some incredible art (completely museum quality) at these sort of shows and all for free. And this out-does a gallery show because the quality truly is museum quality – and may in fact be bought by a museum or another high quality institution. 

To check out these shows, check the websites of the major auction houses for details. If you hear of a good auction coming up – the contemporary and modern evening auctions come to mind – it’s likely that they’ll have a really excellent preview of these for-sale pieces. 

Check it out. The best art is often found in the most unexpected places.

Galleries

In Brooklyn, Manhattan on March 2, 2009 at 11:12 am

Just as I am beginning to run out of constructive things to say – at least until I get myself to some more museums and see some more great art – I had a brilliant ideas. People are stuck on Museums being the arbiters of great art – they are a bastion of art history, of talent, of genius. Well – how to artists become museum-artists? Of course they come by way of galleries. 

Some galleries (the really professional and big-money ones at least) have museum quality shows. Only the catch: they’re free! That’s right, if you want to see some Damien Hirst or Cecily Brown head over to Gagosian and you’ll see newer work, in great depth, than you ever will in a museum. You certainly don’t have to buy to go to the galleries shows. And if you’re really smart you’ll start hitting up the openings – where you’re likely to meet some likeminded souls and maybe score some free wine. Check the New York Times for openings and keep an eye out for the Gagosian GalleriesPaula Cooper GalleryMary Boone Gallery and the other big names. 

Enjoy.