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November 19, 2014

Dan Colen and Kalup Linzy sharing a public kiss, naked.. Is this Art or just bad Taste?

Dan Colen and Kalup Linzy sharing, an oh too public kiss, naked..on a Billboard size image?   Is this Art or just bad taste? Really for a straight Gagosian Artist, this is the best you can do, "Sweet Liberty"?

Well.. Maybe MAO is just a total prude being honest. But, am I the only person who thinks, some artists, should probably learn to paint better keep their clothes on if they want attention by the art world ?

There's almost nothing original about doing this,  it's been done more tastefully so many times before. Like here, here and here, just to name a few.

In this Post-Gay world.. does anyone even care? If a Gay Tree Falls in the disco, no one even hears it. As an art gay mao-self, I'm a bit sadened by this PDA,  aka.. Public Display for Attention!

 And... Please... Dan Colen and Kalup Linzy try going to a gym puting some clothes on for your next exhibition!

Well, anyway,  just click here to see the story and the pathetic photos. 

Dan-Colen-Kalup-Linzy-kissTwo Artists Kiss in the Buff on London Bridge



Artists Dan Colen and Kalup Linzy shake up the narrative of romance

November 5 is a national holiday in the UK, commemorating Guy Fawks' failed attack on the Parliament House, in London. But today, the British capital became the stage of a different kind of celebration.

Displayed as a billboard-size image, the picture of Brooklyn-based artists Dan Colen and Kalup Linzy sharing a kiss, naked, in front of the Statue of Liberty, was unveiled on the city's London Bridge. "We feel it is our birthright to love without oppression or racism, things that have historically separated us," commented the two artists. "I think Kalup and I had a synchronised, inspired moment," Colen added. 

The work, entitled "Sweet Liberty", hopes to disrupt familiar issues of identity politics and instead represent romance in its rawest, most rudimentary form.

November 18, 2014

Gallery Closings... it's sad to hear Galerie Stefan Röpke is closing.

After 21 years of gallery business, Galerie Stefan Röpke,Köln, Germany  presents its final exhibition.  We guess this is just part of the natural gallery evolution, that you Darwin.  So, no business lasts forever, but these folks had some really gay nice, important shows, and they have champoined some great artists. We'll miss them at the art fairs, and we wish them all the best  in the future! Congrats on a great run.

Here's their press release for their last show.

Falling Into Darkness...
Galerie Stefan Röpke is pleased to present Falling Into Darkness... curated by Sabrina Tesch, on view November 28 - December 19, 2014.  (image: MARTINA THOMS ohne Titel, 2013
oil on paper on canvas 11,8 x 15,8 inches / 30 x 40 cm)

MartinaThoms_ropakAfter 21 years of business, Galerie Stefan Röpke presents its final exhibition. As old doors close, we hope new ones open, and in this spirit we have invited Sabrina Tesch, the gallery director, to curate her first group show. By combining works by artists that she has had the opportunity to work with during her almost 6 years at the gallery with others she has discovered by venturing out on her own, as well as works from private collections, Tesch is able to bring together her varied experiences in the art world, presenting a perspective uniquely her own. 

We hope you will come to help us celebrate the 21 wonderful years we've enjoyed in Cologne and to see the intriguing exhibition that Sabrina Tesch has put together for all of us. 

November 17, 2014

Art Maimi 2014.. is off to its expected start!

Well.. it's been hard to attend Art Maimi the last few years... We tried in 2013..and only lasted an hour at their VIP Preview. So, for 2014,  it looks like this year is already starting out like yet another total disaster typical year for this satelite art fair!


We saw this ad in ArtForum this month for Art Miami. And all we can say is, Are they kidding ?  Have they totally lost their mind, WOW, that's an impressive huge bronze cock chicken!

With this as their advance ad to attact important collectors.. I'm sure the fair will be packed!

November 14, 2014

Artist Keltie Ferris... Painting Breaks the $100,000 Mark!

So for all those fans of amazing women contemporary painters.. you had good reason to celebrate last night.  At the Christies Afternoon sale yesterday, one of the US young women painters crossed a major hurdle. The $100,000 mark for a secondary market painting! WOW.. and it couldn't happen to a nicer more talented gal.

Congrats to Keltie Ferris.. he paintings have been an impressive few years of powerful color expressions. She's had some strong success in the gallery and museum world, but yesterday who entered an eleite club of young living artists selling for over $100,000. It's a group generally reserved for only hot young ego maniacs guy painters.. so it's refreshing to see Keltie's success!

This are the lot details at Christies:

Lot Description

Keltie Ferris (b. 1977)
oil, acrylic, oil pastel and spray paint on canvas
80 x 80 in. (203.2 x 203.2 cm.)
Executed in 2011.


Horton Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2011


London, Saatchi Gallery, Abstract America Today, May-September 2014.



She was born in Louisville, KY, 1977, so not even 40 yet! 
She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY 

More details about Keltie can be found here..


and at her NYC gallery... Mitchell-Innes Nash.. http://www.miandn.com/artists/keltie-ferris/works/1/

A Big MAO Congrats to Keltie Ferris! We can't wait to see more of your paintings!

Getting Ready for Art Basel Miami Beach 2014?

Well Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 is near, the MAO email box is filled with invites to oh  so many Miami events already, and it's only November 13th.  

But is anybody, who really collects Contemporary Art, going to Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 there to buy art? or are they just going to be seen or is that, scene?


Our reporters have spoken to several long term art collectors, many say they are not going this year to ABMB because it's become such a circus of art tourists, and there are now just too many better art fairs around the globe. Is this true? Has ABMB become a victum of it's own art fair success?

A true story, we had one rich and  stupid totally Non-Art knowlegable friend tell us this summer.. "I am going to The Basel.."

So we said.. "you're going to Switzerland?"

They said," It's in Switzerland? No, I thought it was in Florida..."


Well To quote.. the brillient Yogi Berra on why he no longer went to Ruggeri’s, a St. Louis restaurant: “Nobody goes there anymore because it’s too crowded.”

 Hmm.. something to think about!