Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Gallery openings on Thursday November 13

From zingrecsNY:


Sara Blokland opens at LMAK, 139 Eldridge, btw Broome and Delancey, 6-9pm

Jason Cantoro opens at Glowlab, 30 Grand St, btw Thompson and 6th Ave, 6-8pm

Objects of Affection opens at Fresh Art, 548 Broadway, 3rd Fl, btw Spring and Prince, 6-8pm

Xanda McCagg opens at Art Gotham, 192 6th Ave, btw Spring and Prince, 6-8pm

Richard Mosse opens at Jack Shainman, 513 W 20th St, btw 10th and 11th, 6-8pm

Lisa Breslow opens at Kathryn Markel, 529 W 20th St, #6W, btw 10th and 11th, 6-8pm

Djordje Ozbolt opens at 303, 525 W 22nd St, btw 10th and 11th, 6-8pm

Chelsea Art Museum 6th Anniversary Celebration, 556 W 22nd St at 11th Ave, 6-9pm, Free admission

Barnaby Furnas opens at Marianne Boesky, 509 W 24th St, btw 10th and 11th, 6-8pm

Group show at Bodhi, 535 W 24th St, btw 10th and 11th, 6-8pm

Aaron Young opens at Bortolami, 510 W 25th St, btw 10th and 11th, 6pm

Mark Shetabi opens at Jeff Bailey, 511 W 25th St, btw 10th and 11th, 6-8pm

Francesca Gabbiani opens at Sara Meltzer, 525-531 W 26th St, btw 10th and 11th, 6-8pm

Richard Humann opens at Elga Wimmer, 526 W 26th St, btw 10th and 11th, 6-8pm

Yemenwed opens at Fake Estate, 526 W 26th St, #502A, btw 10th and 11th, 6-8pm

Carol Salmanson opens at Mixed Greens, 531 W 26th St, btw 10th and 11th, 6-8pm

Leah Montalto opens at Priska Juschka, 547 W 27th St, 2nd Fl, btw 10th and 11th, 6-9pm

Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev open at Winkleman, 637 W 27th St, btw 10th and 11th, 6-8pm

Frederick Glasier opens at UBS Art Gallery, 1285 6th Ave, btw 51st and 52nd St, 6-8pm

Kit Rank opens at McKee, 745 5th Ave, btw 57th and 58th, 6-8pm

Max Weber: Paintings from the 1930s opens at Gerald Peters, 24 E 78th St, btw Madison and 5th, 6-8pm

A Celebration of the Critical Works of David Foster Wallace at Honey Space, 148 11th Ave, btw 21st and 22nd, 6-9pm

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Things Are Strange Group Show

The opening of the group show Things are Strange, curated by Jon Feinstein, is tomorrow. The exhibit features images work from some very talented artists, including: Cara Phillips, Amy Stein, Eric Percher, Matthew Porter, William Lambson, and Hannah Whitaker to name a few.

New Century Artists
530 West 25th Street, Suite 406

Tuesday, November 4 – Saturday, November 15, 2008

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, November 6, 2008 6PM – 9PM

There will be an informal after party starting at 9:30:

Black Door
127 W. 26th St.

November 4, 2008

What a historic night.

Camera Club of NY Auction

The Camera Club of New York's Annual Silent Photo Benefit Auction will take place next Monday, Nov. 10th, 6:30-8:30pm at Calumet Photographic, 22 W. 22nd St. $10 admission. This auction puts an emphasis on work by exciting emerging photographers at very affordable prices (but also includes some vintage works and works by established photographers.) Preview the auction here.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Nutopia Members Show

From Andrew Hetherington's blog, I learned about the Nutopia's Members show. To read about his experience with the Nutopia Forum, click here.

The Nutopia Forum is holding a one night only members show and all comers are welcome:

Thursday November 6

7.30pm - 10.00pm

K&M Studios

385 Broadway Third Floor

Bet Walker & White


Sarah Palin Gets Punk'd

From Jezebel.com, "Oh, dear. Looks like Vice Presidential hopeful Sarah Palin totally got punked by a Canadian comedy duo known as The Masked Avengers, who somehow got a hold of the Governor and tricked her into believing that she was actually speaking with French President Nicolas Sarkozy. "You know, I see you as a President someday," the fake Sarkozy says, to which Palin replies, "Oh, I don't know, maybe in 8 years." Palin comes across as a super excited Sarkozy fan girl, and as the phone call goes on, the fake Sarkozy gets more and more obnoxious, ridiculous, and exaggerated, leading one to wonder how in the world Palin could have possibly fallen for such an obvious joke. It's not until the end of the call, when the Masked Avengers reveal the prank, that Palin realizes that been fooled, and the call ends quite quickly after that. Whoops! Update: The Palin campaign has confirmed the call and issued a response."

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

College for Fundamentalists?

During the past few weeks I've had the opportunity of assisting Amy Arbus (daughter of photographer Diane Arbus) who is teaching a course at ICP called The Narrative Portrait.

Last week guest speaker Jona Frank presented her work from Right: Portraits from the Evangelical Ivy League. It was a fascinating examination of Patrick Henry College that Amazon.com describes as "...the higher education institution of choice among politically far-right young people aspiring to enter the conservative power elite. The explicit mission of PHC is to cultivate leaders to take American politics and culture back to God through careers in politics and entertainment. Acclaimed photographer Jona Frank presents an honest intimate and eye-opening portrait of the school and its students. Frank's photos eschew cultural politicking of the left or the right allowing readers to draw their own conclusions about a school and a youth movement with the potential to produce many of tomorrow's leaders."

's review states, " The ferociously conservative Christian right may be an unfashionable bunch this political season, but when it comes to the notion of a need for change, there are no truer or more fervently motivated believers. In fact, the recently founded Patrick Henry College is churning out these family-values crusaders in force.

Inspired by journalist Hanna Rosin's 2005 New Yorker article about Purcellville, Va.'s so-called "Harvard For Homeschoolers" (subsequently expanded in the book God's Harvard), photographer Jona Frank put aside her own lefty leanings and set out — with Right: Portraits from the Evangelical Ivy League — to find the shared heartbeat of Patrick Henry College's student body, a group of kids for whom the Abercrombie & Fitch catalog is the work of sinners and a game of sloppy beer pong immoral.

It would have been easy for Frank to frame her young subjects — many of them acne-riddled, most of them attired in bad suits or ankle-length skirts, all of them painfully clean-cut — as proselytizing geeks and rabid, would-be game-changers. Indeed, the school's founder, Michael Farris, has aspirations for his Christian charges that go way beyond living right and influence-peddling. He greets each class of freshmen with a dream: One day, he tells them, "an Academy Award winner will walk down the aisle. He'll get a cell phone call congratulating him. It happens to be the president of the United States — his old roommate from Patrick Henry College."

Photographer Frank's intentionally neutral approach carries much less of a chill and allows unflinching expressions, erect postures, small sartorial details and the students' own words to tell a story. Jeremiah, a recent PHC grad who lists Harriet Tubman and disgraced evangelical pastor Ted Haggard among his heroes, is photographed like a young Sam Waterston on the set of Law & Order, his preternatural sense of empowerment eerily convincing. James, 19, in a midnight black blazer, looks burningly at the horizon and recalls with fondness "being treated to pizza and ice-cream sundaes at John Ashcroft's house" on one of his class's quite unique school trips. In a section titled "Interns," Rebekah, 23, kicks back on the set of Fox News, while Craig, 24, looks positively snappish in the office of Republican Congressman Donald Manzullo, both students the beneficiaries of PHC's aggressive placement programs.

Be afraid, be very afraid.

Bond Street Gallery closes its doors

I'm sad to report that on Saturday November 1st, Bond Street Gallery will close its doors. Amani Olu, the founder of Humble Arts Foundation, did a great job as curator and director to support new art photography.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Take That Red States

Wise, wise words from Lady Bunny. I can't help but post the whole thing.


We've decided we're leaving. We intend to form our own country, and we're taking the other Blue States with us. In case you aren't aware, that includes California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and all the Northeast. We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation, and especially to the people of the new country of New California.

To sum up briefly: You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states. We get stem cell research and the best beaches. We get the Statue of Liberty. You get Dollywood. We get Intel and Microsoft. You get WorldCom. We get Harvard. You get Ole' Miss. We get 85 percent of America's venture capital and entrepreneurs. You get Alabama. We get two-thirds of the tax revenue, you get to make the red states pay their fair share.

Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than the Christian Coalition's, we get a bunch of happy families. You get a bunch of single moms. Please be aware that Nuevo California will be pro-choice and anti-war, and we're going to want all our citizens back from Iraq at once. If you need people to fight, ask your evangelicals. They have kids they're apparently willing to send to their deaths for no purpose, and they don't care if you don't show pictures of their children's caskets coming home. We do wish you success in Iraq , and hope that the WMDs turn up, but we're not willing to spend our resources in Bush's Quagmire.

With the Blue States in hand, we will have firm control of 80 percent of the country's fresh water, more than 90 percent of the pineapple and lettuce, 92 percent of the nation's fresh fruit, 95 percent of America's quality wines, 90 percent of all cheese, 90 percent of the high tech industry, most of the U.S. low-sulfur coal, all living redwoods, sequoias and condors, all the Ivy and Seven Sister schools plus Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT. With the Red States, on the other hand, you will have to cope with 88 percent of all obese Americans (and their projected health care costs), 92 percent of all U.S. mosquitoes, nearly 100 percent of the tornadoes, 90 percent of the hurricanes, 99 percent of all Southern Baptists, virtually 100 percent of all
televangelists, Rush Limbaugh, Bob Jones University, Clemson and the University of Georgia. We get Hollywood and Yosemite, thank you.

Additionally, 38 percent of those in the Red states believe Jonah was actually swallowed by a whale, 62 percent believe life is sacredunless we're discussing the war, the death penalty or gun laws, 44 percent say that evolution is only a theory, 53 percent that Saddam was involved in 9/11 and 61 percent of you crazy bastards believe you are people with higher morals then we lefties.

Finally, we're taking the good pot, too. You can have that dirt weed they grow in Mexico.

Peace out,
Blue States"

PDN Photoplus Expo Oct 23-25

The PDN Photoplus Expo begins tomorrow. Touted as The Most Important Event in Photography: October 23-25, 2008. Located at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City the show boasts a huge expo floor, hundreds of exhibitors, thousands of new products and a conference with over 100 seminars.

Here's the schedule:

Thursday, October 23
9am - 10am
Preview for Gold Expo Pass/Conference
Attendee Badge Holders only
10am - 5 pm
Exhibit Hall Open

Friday, October 24
9am - 10am
Preview for Gold Expo Pass/Conference
Attendee Badge Holders only
10am - 5pm
Exhibit Hall Open

Saturday, October 25
10am - 4pm
Exhibit Hall Open

Hope to see you all there!