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July 26, 2007

There's only one thing better than Photography Auctions...

There's only one thing MAO likes better than Photography Auctions.. and that would be Photography Auction House Gossip!! Oh.. no.. she.. didn't...!! Ooooh Yes...she did!

Lee_friedlander_revolving_doorOK..my little MAO-Gossip-ettes..
We have it on very reliable sources....
That both Phillips de Pury & Company super bright Photography Art Auction Experts,  Rick Wester and Lisa Newlin Galeano have  left the auction house.

We know this since we've recently called to talk to them.. and no one was there.. plus their names have been removed from the Phillips de Pury % Co Photography Department website..

It would seem.. Charlie Scheips who? is now their Worldwide Director and recent hire (ex..Charles Cowles Gallery Photo Dept manager) Joseph Kraeutler has been now promoted to the Director in New York.

The Phillips de Pury photography department has been truly one of MAO's auction favorites in NYC.. they have always been helpful, abnormally friendly, and clearly a force to be reckoned with. (photo by Lee Friedlander, Revolving Door)

We haven't heard where either Rick or Lisa maybe going.. but their departure from Phillips will be surely missed.   We at MAO wish both Rick and Lisa all the best in their next endeavor.  Let's hope the new directors at Phillips can continue the high quality photo auction program we have grown to know and love.

July 19, 2007

Oh.. NO!!! Summer of Love at the Whitney is Totally Loveless!!

So... we went to see the Summer of Love show at The Whitney last night..

Summer of Love revisits the unprecedented explosion of contemporary art and popular culture brought about by the civil unrest and pervasive social change of the 1960s and early 70s, when a new psychedelic aesthetic emerged in art, music, film, architecture, graphic design, and fashion.

Well.. the nicest thing we can say about this new artistic road kill Whitney show... is... the 5 or 6 Lavender Mist Cocktails we had at the charity event, tasted OK...

Wow.. what were these clueless curators thinking??  The show lacked energy, any excitement, and totally missed the entire spirit of the psychedelic era of the 1960's. We've never before seen so many psychedelics look so dull. Flat, sterile, antiseptic, are the words best fit to describe the exhibit. Displaying these 1960's posters under plexi on a neon orange painted wall.. didn't add a damn thing.  Even the docent... other than saying.. "it's colorful..." couldn't think of an intelligent utterance about many of these works in the show.

OK.. maybe we're being a bit harsh... don't believe MAO.. but here's what Jerry Saltz (of NY magazine)  .. and Holland Cotter (NY Times) had to say...

So.. in lieu of some terrible Summer of Love pics.. here's a few more photo's from our trip to Storm King!!!

Menashe_kadishman_suspended_2This first photo includes the work Suspended,1977 by Menashe Kadishman...

and in white in the background set high on the hill is the majestic sculpture by Alice Aycock, Titles Three-Fold Manifestation II, 1987.

On the left in red was a large steel work by Alexander Liberman, titled Adam, 1970.

Mark_disuvero_mother_peaceIn the center of the Mark diSuvero field.. was our (photo #2) sentimental favorite sculpture in the Storm King park...
Mark di Suvero,
Mother Peace 1969 -70.

Now that's a great 1960's work of Summer of Love Art!!

July 17, 2007

Storm King - Outdoor Art at it's best...

Since most attitude filled Chelsea galleries are now closed on the weekends, yes times in the Art world are just THAT Good.. and since the NYC museums are completely overrun with tourists... It's time for a fun art road trip.

Disuvero_field_storm_kingWe took the editorial staff of MAO this Saturtday up to Mountainville, New York..
aka.. the Art World Hinterlands.. about a 90 minute drive from Midtown.

Where we spent an entire day at The Storm King Arts Center.

It is possibly the most impressive collection of outdoor art in the NYC area..
There is over 100 sculptures all situated on 500 meticulously landscaped acres.

Absolutely a slice of Abstract Expressionist heaven.

Here's just one of the amazing vistas...

The Mark di Suvero Field.
(Photo #2 Mark Di Suvero  sculptures.. Mahatma, 1978-79, in foreground, and Pyramidian, 1987/1998)

Additionally to their existing impressive collection, there's a temporary Louise Bourgeois retrospective.
Here's  our 2 favorite Louise Bourgeois works

Louise_bourgeois_spider_storm_king

We didn't catch the exact name or details of the huge Spider...  but here's a brief snip-it we found about her spiders..

In the XXIII Bienal Internacional de São Paulo, Louise Bourgeois showed a series of works in which she debates femininity. Unlike her father's business of mending tapestries, a spider weaves its web. The huge Spider signifies labor, giving, protection and foresight. The potency of the web is in either welcoming or entangling us as if we were prey.

All we can say.. it's big.. it's scary and
actually quite a bit mysterious. (Photo #2, Louise Bourgeois, Spider 1996, Bronze)

Also.. we loved these :
2 sets of huge Black Zimbabwe Granite Eye Benches (yes you can sit on them). But these eyes just seemed to follow you while you walk around...(Photo #3 Louise Bourgeois, Eye Benches II, 1996-1997, Black Zimbabwe Granite.. with a Calder Stabile in the back being restored)Eyebenches_louisebourgeois

Anyway.. it was an great day..
The park is filled with work from Alexander Calder,  Andy Goldsworthy, Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson, George Rickey, Richard Serra,  and a super impressive collection of David Smith sculptures..

One more amazing then the next..

So don't worry.. there will be more Storm King day trip to follow!!

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