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June 02, 2007

Artist Joe Fig.. makes the Cover of Dans Papers!! Art Image of the Week 2007 #1

Joe Fig... Artist image of the week!

Joe_fig_jackson_pollaock_2001_2 For the summer, since most of the art world is already going on summer break.. I know.. It's only June 2nd, but, Yes, Times are too good in the NYC art world.. and every semi self important dealer and artist are already sunning their money bloated buns on the beach. It was so crowded even Dr. Quiz and MAO had to actually WAIT a few minutes for our regular table at The ab-fab Bridgehampton Almond last night! God.. will the madness ever end ?

Since there was nothing interesting going on in NYC galleries last summer.. we did a few months of art image of the week.. Just to see what all our devoted MAO readers thought about some works of art which caught the MAO collector's eye.

So we start the 2007 Art Image Of The Week, with this photo by Joe Fig. We believe it's a photo of a miniature sculpture of the Jackson Pollock Studio Barn in East Hampton (and close by the MAO/Dr.Quiz family collection east) .  Joe does a painstaking job of recreating every detail... and has even linked some of his sculptures with Artist audio interviews.. it's just amazing to see these.  We think this re-creation is based on this series of photos by Hans Namuth.

For those lucky enough to already be on the beach.. You may have seen it already.. since this image is this weeks ENTIRE cover of Dan's Hamptons Paper (a free must read paper in the Hamptons). FYI.. just incase you haven't been reading the many hamptons rags newpapers, Joe Fig, has a new show opening up at the South Hampton Parrish Art Museum. The show runs until the end of August.

We first saw Joe's work, thanks to the ever thoughtful Blogger and Gallery Owner Edward Winkleman... Oh, and by the way, Eddie is now a Big CNBC Power Lunch sell out celeb.  You go Girl Go Eddie Go! A big MAO congrats to both Joe and Ed!! We love you both!

So you can see more of Joe Figs work here.. and here.. And if we can sober up for a few hours, Dr. Quiz and MAO hope to get our lazy money bloated collector butts over to South Hampton from East Hampton this weekend to see the new Joe Fig show!

But please.. let us know what do you think of this image? All comments & thoughts welcome...

  • Original space as portraiture or just another inappropriate appropriation?
  • Mostly model meltdown or some cool new art action Jackson?
  • One big Fig Newton.. or an amazing image eye candy?
  • Art Obsessive nuance non-sense or maybe.. a refreshing tangible take on studio as art form?

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I think that the creative arrangement, lighting and fantastic composition of this work redeem it from being tagged as an appropriation.

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Ed Winkleman Rocks...

Don't you have to get paid to be a "sell out"???

Edward loves MAO and Dr. Quiz! Grazie Mille for the post!!

Ha-Ha! You had to wait for a table at the Almond. HA-HA! Bridgehampton is so 2005. It's all about the Shore now!

How great, I'm looking forward to his Parrish show. Ought to be an interesting summer..

Oh, and it's "Southampton", dear.

I wouldn't mind seeing his show ...but I keep thinking... are dioramas really art? Are these Toys for the rich?

I guess it could be art? And it's akin to what Thomas Demand does and what some early Gregory Crewdsons did (among others) with manufacturing a phony reality. But I've actually never really enjoyed Demand or Crewdsons early work. Might be a personal thing. I like Fig's work more than those examples though. But still have a hard time taking it too seriously. Just me?

I don't think imitation/appropriation has much to do with it. By creating artworks of artists and their studios, Fig is really making a series of brilliant little comments on the constructed nature of the artistic persona. In essence, I think he's saying that The Artist and The Studio are fabricated works--art--in themselves.

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