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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Close, Kurland, McGinness @ Danziger

Danziger Projects is currently showing three of my favorites in one group show: Chuck Close, Justine Kurland and Ryan McGinness. The show will be on view through April 5, 2008 at Danzinger Projects in New York. The press release states that the work is not necessarily thematically curated, though nature is a focus in all works. It's an interesting approach to group shows, that I think is not used often enough. Instead of exploring one issue only (which can produce outstanding exhibits) this group show captures the general Zeitgeist of contemporary visual art(ist)s by grouping together three currently relevant creatives.

Massimo Vitali @ Bonni Benrubi

Through March 29, 2008 the work of Massimo Vitali will be exhibited at Bonni Berubi Gallery in New York. I love Mr. Vitali's beach scenes, which are as complex as any of Andreas Gurksy's observations, but with a gentler color palette.

Friday, March 14, 2008

International Asian Art Fair

Tomorrow is the beginning of the International Asian Art Fair. If you are there make sure to take the opportunity to see the fantastic work of Alexander Gorlizki (& Riyaz Uddin)

An Invitation To See © Alexander Gorlizki

The International Asian Art Fair
March 15th - 19th 2008

583 Park Avenue
at 63rd Street
New York, NY 10065

Saturday 15 March 11am - 7.30pm
Sunday 16 March 1.30pm - 7pm
Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 March 11am - 7.30pm
Wednesday 19 March 11am - 4pm

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Cleaning Green

My sister brought me an article,written by Meredith Autry for www.LivingGreenMag.com about using & making 'greener' products for cleaning. Read "Cleaning Green: Make Your Own Natural Cleaning Products".

Simply Green © Nina Buesing

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Studios & Inspirations

The other day I visited with the lovely Ida Pearle. Not only is Ida a cherished long time friend, but she is also an extraordinary artist and being in her studio was inspiring. Artist spaces are always great and for me as interesting as the work (I have written before about the process and also how I really like to hear from other artists about how they go about creating). Richard Avedon's book "Evidence 1944-1994" is a companion piece to his monogram "Autobiography" -- "Evidence" reveals much about the life of the artist and like Annie Leibovitz's "A Photographic Life 1990-2005" it has endeared the artist to me more. Because of course for an artist work is not just work but it is also a lifestyle -- and unlike other professions (politics come to mind, client No. 9 anyone?) an artist does not have to separate the personal from the professional. Even though some do.

Film Still at Ida's

But back to Ida and her studio. It brought a smile to my face when I saw that Ida had tacked to a beam a picture from "The Darjeeling Limited" published in the Times. Because of course I love the work of Wes Anderson -- someone whose work is criticized as too devoid of emotion and/or perhaps 'the personal' by some.
During a visit to my in-laws, I discovered on a shelf a book by Jean-Jacques Cousteau titled "The Ocean World of Cousteau" and with one look I knew that my feelings about Wes Anderson , were right: He reveals much of his inspiration & personal in his work. Here is a picture of the book I found:

Capitain Zisous, c'est vous? ;)

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

(Exotic) Postcards

What kind of carbon footprint does a postcard have?! © Nina Buesing

Postcards are fun. I always enjoy postcards, especially from places I love or have never been. I like the idea that a postcard is a physical thing that traveled to me. My friends and family still do send me postcards -- particularly my mom and Andrea always remember. Andrea travels to some pretty unusual places and sometimes it takes months but her postcards always arrive --pretty amazing. I also like monies from different countries or little natural things like shells or sand.

old & new Afghani monies - thanks Andrea :)

Thus it is no surprise that I much enjoyed "Exotic Postcards -The Lure of Distant Lands" a tremendous collection of vintage postcard published by Thames & Hudson. It's beautifully printed and available new & used - both at a reasonable prices.