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March 04, 2009

A few things NOT to miss during NYC Art Fair Mania this Week

A few things not to miss during NYC Art Fair Mania Week.

Jeremy_Kost_collage Yes.. it's going to be a crazy few days of Art Mania.. with tons of art events fighting for your every dollar VIP time.


But there were a few "MAO Must" things to see this week among all the millions of Art events. And FYI... these are extra special, cause these are all FREE!

1. Matthew Pillsbury's show at The French Institute Alliance Francaise.
The show is called "An American in the City of Light" at 22 East 60th street.
MAO got a sneak peak yesterday, and it's possibly Matthews best work to date.
There are about 15 new wondrous photo works in the show, you've never seen Paris like this before.
Check it out.. The show is up until April 18th.

2. Jeremy Kost at the Dactyl Foundation in Soho. 64 Grand Street, just east of West Broadway.
This latest Kost project is curated by Tim Goossens (PS1), "After the Party".

So, we were at the jammed wild happening preview party last night.. the work is impressive and provocative. Jeremy continues his intense exploration of hot male objectification with his usual flair. (Photo #1, Male Collage by Jeremy Kost, 16" x 10", 6 Unique Polaroids)
The show is impressive in scale with several hundred male hustler model Polaroid photos all taken in the course of a few nights days, but still the show manages to have a light jovial feeling. Jeremy has once again succeeded in capturing that fleeting feeling of male youth and beauty like no one else.
The show is only up for a week, so see it before it comes down on March 21th.

Vanessa_Beecroft_VB64 3.VANESSA BEECROFT | VB64 PERFORMANCE/SCULPTURE, Friday March 6th, 7 to 10pm.

We've never before seen a live Vanessa Beecroft performance in the flesh.. but we will this Friday night !
VANESSA BEECROFT
VB64 PERFORMANCE/SCULPTURE

MARCH 6 - 29, 2009
PERFORMANCE FRIDAY MARCH 6, 7 - 10 PM

FILMING PRODUCED WITH KANYE WEST

DEITCH STUDIOS
4-40 44TH DRIVE (ON THE EAST RIVER)
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The Armory - Do the dealers really get it yet? The few artists I was interested in purchasing. Prices were as high or higher than at the peak. There's just no rush to buy anything at that point unless it's one of the best pieces that artist has to offer. And still too high to even bother haggling.

One painter I had a passing interest in who graduated from columbia about 6 months ago and who has only a single group show to his name as far as serious shows go and still not officially represented was being sold (or going unsold) for 12k for a small to medium canvas by hot ny dealer. Did I get caught in a time warp back to 2007? Uh, no thanks. Maybe in a couple years if his career progresses well.

I am especially interested in the Jeremy Kost show that you mentioned, because of his use of polaroids. It's a shame that the film is not longer made. Work like this shows that the film isn't obsolete and that it can be used in an artistic way nonetheless. It would be interesting to see what his accumulation of male models and polaroids comes out as! Maybe he and Vanessa Beecroft could do a type of collaboration. Her performance and his polaroids.

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