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5 posts from June 2007

June 29, 2007

Ryan McGinley and PUMA... Not Exactly ready for Prime Time TV.

OK.. I know.. We Apologize.. it's been weeks since we at MAO have drooled on and on about the great work of photographer Ryan McGinley.

  So to make it up to all of you.. we bring you something very special... a little McGinley Summer Fantasy Frolic. SWEET!!

Here's Ryan's latest work...

Click Here to Watch Ryan's Short Film Will his genius ever end.. God we hope not!


It's  A short film created for PUMA...Yet another artist selling out?

Does anyone actually collect Video or short films?? Can't we just rent/or buy them at Blockbuster Video??

FYI.. It's brought to us by a our blogging friends at  V-Magazine.

June 26, 2007

Evan Mirapaul and Bert Teunissen Blogging at The Aperture Foundation

We've not seen much in terms of NYC art shows worth dishing mentioning the last few weeks..so blogging has been lite. We're planning a summer road trip up to Storm King Arts Center this weekend. If any readers have suggestions for MAO worthy art related pit stops on our trek up to artistic no-mansland Mountainville, NY please let us know.

Bert_teunissen_social_landscapes_be While your waiting for further art collecting enlightenment from MAO.. we've found this new art collector blog from Evan Mirapaul. Evan, who like MAO, is a very active art photo obsessed collector, has been traveling around Europe's numerous big art events the last few weeks, and has some great/candid insights.

Also.. We're not sure how we missed it.. but Dutch Photographer Bert Teunissen has also been blogging for a while. You may know Bert (website) from his brilliant new book, Social Landscapes published by Aperture. (Photo by Bert Teunissen, Belin Beliet #3, 1997, France)

So while most of the art world is on summer vacation both blogs.. are well worth checking out!

FYI.. Aperture has a 30% sale going on many of their new titles, including the huge MAO Must have.. Gilbert & George : The Complete Pictures, 1971 - 2005

June 15, 2007

MAO FAN Mail.. Printers Proofs... ??? Good, Bad, or Ugly?

We received the following MAO Blogger Fan mail this morning .. so thought we'd share with the class...


To My Beloved MAO:
      I’ve been following your blog for a while now. Congrats on the great job...I wish some other collectors would share as much as MAO.

     The reason I’m emailing is primarily to ask you a collecting-related question (I can’t consider myself quite the collector yet, but I’d like to try).  I was at the AAF yesterday and saw a decent print at what I think is a decent price. However, the print is a printer’s proof and I was wondering if you can tell me what the implications of that might be. I imagine it may not be as valuable as the numbered series? I like the print, which I think is the more important consideration, but was wondering if you might have an opinion on PP’s.

Thanks much.

Best Regards,

President.. The MAO Fan Club


Hi Mr. President...
      Thanks for reading the MAO blog, and the Email.. I didn't get to go to Art Basel with all the real important collectors either was at the AAF last night too. Nice Fair..too crowded.. I remember when these Collectors Previews events were actually comfortable exclusive!  And since when did $10,000 per artwork become affordable? Geeeze.. My times have changed. Look out below!! Bubble.. what Bubble ?
      I've asked that question before as well.. I believe most Printers Proof are generally 100% authorized prints by the artist, and of equal value to a print from the regular edition.
      Typically many photographers give (or trade) a print to their printing lab as a form of payment for their services. So they tend to be just as valuable. Some collectors only want works from the regular edition, but some collectors also think since the actual Printer is getting it.. they may take extra care to insure the PP is of the best quality. So there's no clear difference in value. Just make sure you love the image, and it's signed by the artist.
     I hope this helps.
And good luck on the collecting, it's very addicting!!
Forever yours,

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June 07, 2007

Alec Soth's New Photo Book - Dog Days Bogota

New Photo Book coming from photographer/Blogger extraordinaire Alec Soth.

For all those Alec Sothamaniacs out there, you'll be happy to know there's a new book coming out soon published by Steidl this fall.

Alec has already posted many of the photos from this project on his website.

Since this book is clearly a MAO-Must.. Here's the link to pre-order your copy, and here's the publishes link.

Alec_soth_dog_days_bogota_044_27_10 These 2 photo's from the project, were immediately on the MAO hit list...

Dog Days Bogota.
Photographs by Alec Soth.
Steidl, Gottingen, 2007. 96 pp., 65 color illustrations, 9x9"

Publisher's Description

After completing the work for his first book, Sleeping by the Mississippi, in 2002, Alec Soth traveled with his wife to Bogotá, Colombia, to adopt a baby girl. The baby's birth mother had given the new parents a book filled with letters, pictures and poems for their daughter. 'I hope that the hardness of the world will not hurt your sensitivity,' she wrote. 'When I think about you I hope that your life is full of beautiful things.' While the courts processed the adoption paperwork, and with these words as a mission statement, Soth set about making his own book for Alec_soth_dog_days_bogota his daughter. Soth writes, 'In photographing the city of her birth, I hope I've described some of the beauty in this hard place.' This beauty makes itself apparent through ramshackle architecture, the companionship of animals and the perseverance of the human spirit. But Soth's photographs also transcend the simple description of beauty, roaming through a cast of strays, tough souls and small hints of hope.

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?