Monday, November 30, 2009

I love this artist

I can buy his art for $30. I can read his explanations of what is art. And I can listen to him read to me on his Radio Philistine.

I love Paul Chan!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Medieval Art

I have to post this quickly. I am in Ohio with family.

Before leaving NY, I had the great fortune of viewing a rare exhibition titled Medieval Art and the Contemporary Spirit. After running into Roberta Smith she also told me to go see the Bruce Davidson exhibition at Howard Greenberg. The show is a recreation of a 1970 Museum of Modern Art exhibit titled East 100th Street. Both shows are must sees. Now to see to the dishes.

Monday, November 23, 2009

My needle is stuck on Robert Frank and I skip to Marina Rosenfeld

Above is a picture of a speaking chair from last night's performance of Marina Rosenfeld's "P.A.," part of Performa. “P.A.” used the massive airspace and complex social function of the Armory drill hall as both a reflecting and distorting structure (that sentence is from the press materials).

I can listen to more Rosenfeld on my favorite listening portal Last.FM. Her latest album is available for purchase. While my ears open and mind fills, I can feast my eyes on current obsession Robert Frank.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Images from the Art Stumble

Images from the ISCP Art Stumble:

the curator Elissa Levy

Image above of of Rena Leinberger


Maggie talking to BJÖRN

Stuart's books

Kevin Regan reading.
Stumbling in Alisa Baremboym's studio.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Art Stumble for ISCP

Please join me this Sunday, Nov. 15th @ 3:00 pm at the ISCP for an
Art Stumble tour and talk of the studi
os and the exhibition of NEVERandagain - curated Elissa Levy

(meet inside, first floor exhibition)

image: Balam Bartolomé, "Eureka/Concrete Mind, cement with the exact weight of my head" 2009


Studio visits to:

Alisa Baremboym
Balam Bartolomé
Sidi El-Karchi
Rena Leinberger
Stuart Ringholt

Readings on psychedelic drug ingestion by: Kevin Regan

Refreshments served.

ISCP: 1040 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

L to Grand Street, go East on Grand St towards Olive St., left on Morgan Ave., right onto Metropolitan Ave.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Going the Distance

Contemporary Art is about going the distance required to find something powerful, mind-bending (boggling) and transformative. Last Friday, I travelled to the studios Mira Schor and Loren Munk. Below are images from both, thanks for looking and traveling with me.

Some of Mira's Books. Schor is the author of Wet: On Painting, Feminism, and Art Culture and co-editor of M/E/A/N/I/N/G: An Anthology of Artists’ Writings, Theory, and Criticism (both from Duke University Press). She has contributed to the Brooklyn Rail.

Schor has two new books, The Extreme of the Middle: Writings of Jack Tworkov, which she has edited, from Yale University Press, and a new collection of her own writings on art and culture, A Decade of Negative Thinking: Essays on Art, Politics, and Daily Life, to be published by Duke University Press.

Next stop: Loren Munk. Loren also writes for the Brooklyn Rail and is well know for his video dispatches from the artworld. He paints under the name Loren Munk and writes under the name James Kalm. He's a complete package of viewing.

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Application Deadline: Sunday, November 15

Postmarked by Nov. 14th or
Drop off by 6:00pm Nov. 15th
(No exceptions)
Studio 614


Membership is available to artists through an application and selection process. Members are offered the use of studio space for a period of up to two years. Membership renewal after two years is subject to review by EFA Studios. Members who demonstrate serious financial need will receive subsidized membership rates.

EFA Studios are located in Midtown Manhattan at 323 West 39th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Description and Cost
Studios range in size from 200 to 430 square feet. Ceilings are 11' high. Membership fees vary according to location, size and shape of the studio assigned to the artist, as well as the artist's demonstrated financial need. Subsidized membership fees range from $350 to $1,160 per month. Membership fees for artists who have not demonstrated serious financial need average approximately 30% higher. The studios are served by passenger and freight elevators, and provide shared restroom facilities, wash sinks, and common areas equipped with coffee maker, sink, refrigerator and microwave oven. All studios have phone lines, several electric outlets, and individual ventilation and air conditioning. The building is heated by steam-radiators. Normal usage of heat, air-conditioning, electricity and common areas are included in the membership dues. Current dues for membership are $80 per month. Access to the studios is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Visual artists working in all forms of media are eligible. The program is designed for mid-career artists with a developed studio practice and career experience. Applicants cannot be in a college or university degree-granting program. Certain types of work cannot be accommodated for practical reasons. These include large or heavy sculptures, some types of metal work, and work involving high noise levels or fire risk. EFA does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation or marital status. Artists must be citizens of the United States, or must be legal U.S residents during their tenure.

Selection Process
A panel of arts professionals will review applications and select artists. Artists will be selected based on the quality of their work and their potential for making the greatest use of studio space. Selected Applicants will be notified by January 31, 2010. All applicants will be notified by mail. Please do not call the office for selection results.

To download the 2010 Membership Application or for more information, please

Unique Opportunity to Rent Short-Term Artist Studios in EFA Building:

The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studios Program currently has a few studios available for short term rental.

EFA STUDIOS, located in Midtown Manhattan, is close to Time Square & all subway lines, with 24-hour access and security on premises. All studios are private with individual climate control. A range of sizes and configurations are available from 350 to 410 square feet. Studios are affordable, ranging from $1040-$1370 per month and are for workspace only (not to be used as living space). Lease terms are month to month. Short-term rental is separate and independent from the EFA STUDIOS Membership program.

Please email: for an application and more information or visit

Founded in 1998 as a program of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, The EFA Studios Program was created to provide affordable studio space within a community of artists, facilitate career development, and promote public and critical exposure for our members. The EFA Studios Program is housed in eight floors of the EFA building located in Midtown Manhattan's Fashion District. The Studios Program maintains 80 artists studios of various size and shape for up to 80 member-artists. Members are selected by a jury of respected arts professionals through a competitive application process. One of three programs at EFA, the members of the EFA Studios program are part of a community that includes EFA Project Space and the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. The Studio Program provides artists the rare opportunity to work in a professional arts community inside Manhattan and in close proximity to the city's primary gallery districts. Unique among studio programs in New York City, EFA is one of the few remaining arts organizations still providing long-term workspace in Manhattan.

One Every Day
A Printeresting Curatorial Project
November 5 - December 19, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, Nov 7, 6-9pm

Related programs:
Wednesday, November 18
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Join participating artists and guests to talk about the lure of printed matter and its powerful properties as a form of expression.

Friday, December 11
6:00 - 9:30 pm
DIY craft print and multiple swap: sign up to participate in an event that celebrates the gift economy and the art of exchange.

For more information on both of these events and other programs,

Confronting the Zero Hour:
New Approaches to Fundraising and Community Building
Tuesday, November 10, 6:30 PM
At EFA Project Space
$5 Suggested donation

EFA Project Space is pleased to announce the second of two programs in partnership with the CUE Art Foundation, an interactive panel discussion titled, Confronting the Zero Hour: New Approaches to Fundraising and Community Building
Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 6:30pm - 8pm

Click here for more information.
Seating is limited, please RSVP by emailing


Open House
November 7, 2-6pm
RBPMW, 2nd Floor

International Juried Exhibition
November 3 - December 5, 2009
Opening Reception: November 7, 6-8pm
20/20 Gallery, 5th Floor

Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
323 W. 39th Street
New York, NY 10018

Visit for more information.

323 W. 39th Street
New York, NY 10018
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F. 212-563-1875

Also at EFA:

EFA Project Space
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F. 212-563-1875

Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop
T. 212-563-5855 x243
F. 212-563-1875

EFA Studios
A Program of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
323 W 39th Street, New York, NY 10018
EFA | 323 West 39th Street | New York | NY | 10018

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


VendorBar @ Editions | Artists’ Books Fair, X-Initiative, Nov. 5th - 8th, 2009


Kirby Gookin and Robin Kahn announce VendorBar, our newest curatorial endeavor hosted by the Editions | Artists’ Books Fair 2009 Nov. 5th - 8th, 2009.

VendorBar presents artists who will directly engage the public by presenting actions, exchanges and services that result in the production and distribution of artists editions made specifically for the event. As part of this year’s “E|AB’09 Special Events” series, VendorBar offers a unique site where interaction supersedes transaction.

ARTifariti - Western Sahara Collective, Andrea Beeman & Ken Montgomery, Mike Bidlo, Alan Bowman & Alison Knowles, Gaye Chan & Nandita Sharma, Geoffrey Hendricks, Nancy Hwang & Elaine Tin Nyo, Amanda Keeley, Cary Leibowitz, Larry Miller, Peter Nadin, Yoko Ono, Tom Otterness, Sal Randolph, Showpaper, Robert Watts

VendorBar poster design by Tom Otterness [click for pop-up]


THURSDAY 5th (Opening Night Preview to benefit PS1)

7:00 pm Alison Knowles & Alan Bowman, Lentil Etching for Charles Curtis
7:00 pm Mike Bidlo, Not Marcel Duchamp

11:00 am Peter Nadin, Noses & Old Field Farm Collective
2:00 pm Showpaper, Party Lab (made-to-order cassettes), Flipswitch video
program, Blissed Out + Graffiti Monsters collaboration, (3:00 pm)
4:00 pm Geoffrey Hendricks, Headstands for Peace and introducing a new
special edition “Tooth & Nail”
5:00 pm Nancy Hwang & Elaine Tin Nyo, Happy Hour: Big Ball Bar

12:00 pm Sal Randolph, Free Money Actions
1:00 pm ARTifariti-Western Sahara Collective, Sahara Libre Wear Fashion Show
2:00 pm Tom Otterness, VendorBar Poster Signing
3:00 pm Larry Miller, Meme, Even
5:00 pm Nancy Hwang & Elaine Tin Nyo, Happy Hour: Big Ball Bar
5:00 pm Andrea Beeman & Ken Montgomery: Lamination Ritual Featuring Ken, the Minister of Lamination and Amanda, the Enchantress of Bioluminosity.


12:00 pm Amanda Keeley, Love/Hate
1:00 pm Cary Leibowitz, bumper stickers – pass it on
2:00 pm Showpaper, Party Lab (made-to-order cassettes), Flipswitch video program, Eskalators perform, (3:30 pm)
3:00 pm ARTifariti- Western Sahara Collective: IPCNY Discussion

ONGOING (Thursday thru Sunday)
Gaye Chan & Nandita Sharma, Eating in Public
Yoko Ono, Add Color: Imagine Peace -Stenciling Action
Robert Watts, Fluxpost


E|AB’09 Fair at the X-Initiative ( formerly DIA )
548 W. 22nd Street New York, NY (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues)

E|AB’09 is free and open to the public Friday to Sunday.

reposted from the amazing Newsgrist (Joy Garnett):

NEWSgrist - where spin is art

founded in 2000

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Opening at ISCP: NEVERandagain - Friday, Nov. 6th @ 7:00pm

Exhibition Opening at ISCP: NEVERandagain - Fri., Nov. 6th @ 7pm

bringing together international residents of ISCP and artists from the Brooklyn community to explore the effect of images (from newspapers, magazines, books, films, and the Internet) on the art-making process - curated Elissa Levy

in conjunction with ISCP open studios - till 9pm

AT image
image: Austin Thomas, "Red Carpet Arrival" 2007 10 1/2 x 5 3/4 Pen, marker and pencil on NYT cover photo (newsprint)

ISCP: 1040 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

L to Grand Street, go East on Grand St towards Olive St., left on Morgan Ave., right onto Metropolitan Ave.

Closing Event: Sunday November 15, 2009 at 3pm - Austin Thomas will lead an art stumble tour of the exhibition and selected studios, followed by refreshments and a reading from Kevin Regan.