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March 20, 2009

It's not too late to get your VIP Tickets to the AIPAD preview next week!

It's not too late to get your VIP MoMA Tickets to the AIPAD preview next week!

For those MAO readers who've not had enough of art fairs..next week starts the 29th Annual AIPAD Fair.

2009_AIPAD_FAIRFor those who don't know.. AIPAD is the foremost exhibition and longest running Art Fair dedicated to fine art photography in the USA. It takes place at the Uptown (67th street) Park Avenue Armory.

This year promises to be a particularly challenging an interesting photography fair.  As expected, in this terrible economy, they've had a difficult time filling all the expensive booths in the up town Armory..

So AXA Art Insurance, three high quality Photography Bookshops, and several non-AIPAD (think young and innovative) photo dealers will be presenting at this years AIPAD fair.   

Even The George Eastman House, from Rochester, NY will have a booth!

The show opens with their VIP MoMA Benefit Preview night on Wednesday March 25th, and will run until Sunday March 29th.

Sponsor Ticket:$500. Includes one ticket, an AIPAD catalog, preview hours from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., cocktail buffet and desserts, and one run-of-show pass.

Friend Ticket:$100. Includes one ticket, an AIPAD catalog, preview hours from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., desserts, and one run-of-show pass

March 12, 2009

Armory Art Fair Week - The MAO Standouts from the Volta Art Fair 2009

Armory Art Fair Week - The MAO Standouts from the Volta Art Fair 2009

So many of our MAO Art scouts said the Volta fair was not as good this year.
We actually liked it. We love Art Fairs with solo shows..it's one of the best ways to get to know the work on a new artist in our not so humble opinion.

We only got to Volta on Sunday morning (the last possible day), and it didn't look like much was sold out at the fair. Every booth, even the best ones had work left. But we guess it's just a sign of the times.

_a Well.. here were the MAO high points...

And, so sorry for the delay...in getting this post recap up.. but. it's been a busy few weeks for MAO.

There will be more to come over the next few days.. we did manage to get to all the Major Art Fairs, and there are several artists we still wanted to point out to readers.

1. Taro Nasu Gallery from Japan, showing paintings by Futo Akiyoshi.
These were small, almost mono-chrome gold paintings. Gold on gold.. but sometimes simple also sings. These little jems were great.

They had depth, texture and drama. Sometimes it's impressive what a real painter can do with just a little gold and canvas.

(Photo #1, by Futo Akiyoshi, 12" x 10", Oil on canvas)

2. The Loock Galerie from Berlin showing photography work by Charlie White.
The show was called "Girl Studies." Some totally witty brilliant photography, and hysterical video. Plus, we just loved his bright pink walled booth. Also Charlie White has a new book out, Charlie White : American Minor...well worth checking out.

(photo #2, by Charlie White, 2 color c-prints)

3. T20 Gallery from Spain showing a video work by Kaoru Katayama.
This simple video short had us totally entertained.

It was just 2 traditionally dressed women dancing in their traditional style to some modern hypnotic trance club music.. but it completely worked.. We laughed, we cried..

4. Walter Maciel Gallery of Colver City CA, showing several sculptures by Margarita CabreraCharlie_white_Girl_Studies.
These were a series of ornately decorated farming equipment turned into adobe clay sculptures.

(photo #3, Margarita Cabrera, "Saw" 2008, Ceramic, and Slip Paint)

Margarita_cabrera_clay_saw5. Thierry Goldberg Projects from NYC showing paintings by Hayv Kahraman.
At times these paintings all look a bit like John Currin doing his best imitation of Asian art.

But these paintings somehow work. The more time we looked at them, the more their magic emerged.

(Photo #4, Hayv Kahraman, Oil on Canvas).

So.. my little MAO-ettes, more to come of NYC Art Fair MANIA tomorrow..


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 !

MARCH 6 - 29, 2009



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