Friday, March 30, 2012

A Quick Step Out to Michele Aruajo's show

Featuring Michele's paintings with Lisa Sigal and Elana Herzog.  This show is a beauty!

My girl Judith Braun (always introducing visiting artists around.)

And my man Ben, helping out behind the bar!

Michele's paintings above and below:

Elana's sculpture above.

Michele with Mary Carlson, I think that is her...

Final crowd shot, beautiful space and show!
Thanks Larry!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Pocket Utopia


The Queen and I
a one night exhibition of royal photographs
by playwright
Donald Steele

March 28th

 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m
191 Henry Street, between Clinton and Jefferson on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

By subway, F train to East Broadway.

Monday, March 26, 2012

A quick walk in Washington

A quick walk around the block:

petals aplenty!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Come to Norte Maar's Benefit with me!

Come to Norte Maar's Benefit with me!

On Monday, April 2nd, Bushwick's non-profit art organization is holding a fundraising cocktail party at Mitchell-Innes & Nash.
If you've already bought a ticket, thank you! 

If you can buy another ticket, an artist or friend from the neighborhood who might not be able to afford a ticket can go, just let me know and I will coordinate it!

On most days Norte Maar is nurturing artists young and old, exhibiting our work and in the summer of 2010 Norte Maar collaborated with me to bring us Camp Pocket U!

But, next Monday evening, Norte Maar will be doing something a little different, they will be honoring Julie Martin who works with E.A.T. (Engineers, Art and Technology).  Ms. Martin filmed the legendary 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering - a series of theater, dance, music and performances at the New York 69th Regiment Armory in 1966 by: Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, David Tudor, Yvonne Rainer, Deborah Hay, Robert Whitman, Steve Paxton, Alex Hay, Lucinda Childs and Öyvind Axel Christian Fahlström,
In addition, on Monday evening there will be a sound and dance performance!

Here's a link: for buying tickets

And lastly Thank YOU!!

event location:
Mitchell-Innes & Nash
534 West 26th Street

norte maar
Artist Hermine Ford teaching drawing at the Bushwick Library, part of Norte Maar's Artists and Writers program,

Friday, March 23, 2012

Love Note....

In the "new" demolished Pocket Utopia space with Benay, me and Donald discussing the installation of the "Queen and I."

I met Donald Steele in Hudson, New York while co-organizing a show called Pop-up Gallery Portraits  with Scot Cohen.  Donald is a playwright.  He sent me one of his photographs of the Queen.

Donald Steele, 2012 "The Queen and I"

I liked it and sent it to Hrag Vartanian.  Hrag also liked the images of the Queen.  

Donald's Queens from Hrag's tumblr.

 Donald is a swimmer and so am I.  I ran into him (I did not swam into him) in the slow lane 4 days a week. I saw a few of his plays.  I met Roger, below:
Roger, me and Benay planning out next week's one night grand reopening of Pocket Utopoia.  There's a little bit of John Kenny on the left-hand side.

We all talked about art; Weegee, the current Paul Graham show at Pace, and the Renaissance Portraiture show at the Met.  More Queens came into my inbox.  I decided to reopen Pocket Utopia although some argue it never closed.  We decided to have a show, "The Queen and I," which opens next week, Wednesday, March 28, from 6pm to 8 pm!!  God save the Queen!

Roger's mock-up by for the window.
More planning pics below, which were beautifully shot by Cat Kenny!  Thanks Cat!!

  As Donald says, we're having "fun with Her Highness."

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Pocket Utopia is Reopening!

Pocket Utopia is reopening this time to deepen the dialogue and in collaboration with C.G. Boerner, located at 191 Henry Street, between Clinton and Jefferson on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

By subway, F train to East Broadway.

Gallery Hours: Wed. - Sun. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, March 28th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., there will be a one night exhibition, before the space in renovated, of royal photographs by playwright Donald Steele: “The Queen and I."

Donald Steele “The Queen and I,” 2011 - digital c-print

Pocket Utopia will officially reopen on April 29th with the exhibition, in collaboration with C. G. Boerner, Portraits of Artists: 18th Century French Engravings.

For further information please contact Austin Thomas, 917-400-3869

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Junk Draw

I have several junk drawers, which I clean out every 6 months or so, and so here is another type of "junk drawer."  I'm cleaning up and then I'll get ready to fill it up again.

new sketchbook, shot by Jeffrey Sturges

Goya at C.G. Boerner

a detail of an etching at C. G. Boerner

Baselitz, Goya and French etchings at C.G. Boerner



Another one of my sketchbooks at Norte Maar

Jason and I looking up.

Pink Clouds.

Viola Frey "lean-to"

Ai Weiwei's portait of Duchamp.

Flamenco dress at the Armory.

Astro-turf on the sidewalk in Bushwick.

Jason and Ida.

Kevin Curran on the Floor at Norte Maar.

More Kevin Curran, hammer sculpture.

Kevin Curran's Rothko blanket

Kevin wrapped up in Rothko.

Kevin Curran.

Last day of my show at Heiner Contemporary.

A small Richter.


my filing system.

Norte Maar from outside.

Rafael Barrios on the way to C.G. Boerner

Rembrandt's Three Crosses at C.G. Boerner

more Tworkov.

The next Pocket Utopia...coming soon!!

Holding the keys to 191 Henry Street!