Consider an arthouse, darker, noir version of Men in Black
with secretive alien refugees trapped in Manhattan, tentacle sex and concept art by H. R. Giger
. Clair Noto's The Tourist
could have been transformed into a great movie in the right hands. Instead, it has languished in permanent development hell
since the 1980's. Some call it "the greatest scifi screenplay never produced" (Article, part 1
.) Decide for yourself and read Noto's original screenplay
. [more inside]
George Lawler always knew his father was a criminal — his mug shot had been on New York City’s most wanted list in 1962. What he did not know was that his father had been a muse, of sorts, for Andy Warhol.
13 Most Wanted Men
was installed by April 15, 1964 at The World's Fair site in Queens, NY. Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller had the work painted over before the Fair opened to the public.
All the Buildings in New York.
James Gulliver Hancock, an Australian illustrator living in Astoria, draws buildings in New York City. Lots and lots of buildings
. (NYTimes interview
-- more press
) [more inside]
The Morbid Anatomy Museum
, a treasure trove of pathological and funereal curiosities, antique medical models, and anatomical art pledged to "exploring the intersections of death, beauty, and that which falls between the cracks," has opened its doors to the public
in Gowanus, Brooklyn. [more inside]
Ten years ago, photographers James and Karla Murray
released the book "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York."
In it, they documented the facades of the rapidly disappearing mom-and-pop businesses of New York City. Now they've revisited some of the same spots.
The New York Public Library has released more than 20,000 high resolution cartographic works (maps!) for free
, to view and download. "We believe these maps have no known US copyright restrictions." All can be viewed through the New York Public Library’s Digital Collections page
and downloaded through their Map Warper
. (Via) [more inside]
"Liquid Sky is one of the most visually ambitious films ever made about fashion, heroin, New Wave clubs, UFO saucers, ordering Chinese food and having them put it on your tab, the Empire State Building, androgyny, neon and tin foil. The 1982 cult classic may be the perfect embodiment of camp. "
The Awl talks to the director of the film about his plans for a sequel.
, darling of the 1980s East Village art scene, made glamorous and grotesque dolls
that reflected her struggles with anorexia and drug addiction as well as her fascination with sexuality and gender in all their mutable permutations
. She died of an overdose only a month after completing her final masterpiece
, a recreation of her Chicago apartment inside Pittsburgh's Mattress Factory
. [more inside]
Opening Day of The Guggenheim Museum
, 3:34 of color film shot on October 21, 1959 in NYC.
“Buildings & Crowd” captures the their excitement as lines formed down Fifth Avenue. The end of the film highlights the inaugural exhibition within the rotunda. With works by Jean Arp, Constantin Brancusi, Marc Chagall, Stuart David, Max Ernst, Paul Klee, and Vasily Kandinsky.
What does 39$ Million get you in Manhattan real estate these days? How about a UES townhouse
with its very own 22-foor waterfall?
From The Atlantic
, a series of photography that documents America in the 1970s: the Pacific Northwest
| New York City
| the Southwest
| Chicago's African-American community
| Texas [more inside]
Darryl Kelly was hired to clean out Harry Shunk's New York City apartment. Things worked out well
Photographer Arne Svenson
a bit of controversy
with his recent show "The Neighbors
," about which he says, "I turned to the residents of a glass-walled apartment building across the street from my NYC studio. The Neighbors don’t know they are being photographed; I carefully shoot from the shadows of my home into theirs. I am not unlike the birder, quietly waiting for hours, watching for the flutter of a hand or the movement of a curtain as an indication that there is life within." [more inside]
new exhibition 'Street' is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
, in NYC. It is an HD video of pedestrians in Manhattan, slowed way, way down. Watch 2:17 of the 61 minute piece here
, and another 2:01 clip here
. Villlage Voice
, New York Times
, and an interview with Nares in Interview
. [more inside]
Does anyone here speak art and tech
? "Indeed, for a certain sort of hoodie-wearing entrepreneur more keen on trips to Tahoe than the Tate, the rules of the art world can seem especially opaque." No, they are two different cultures
. "The traditional art world appears to be recognizing that it is going to need to collect some of this money to continue operating in the manner it has grown accustomed to. What it doesn’t seem to recognize is that it may be selling the wrong thing, a brand of social status that the technology culture is not interested in buying."
Saving Basquiat: Seeing the Art Through the Myth-Making at Gagosian
The show is overwhelming and difficult to write about, partly because there doesn’t seem to be any idea behind it at all; the works are hung neither by chronology nor by theme. They are merely a spectacularly impressive collection of largish Basquiats from a number of private collections. In this way, the show replicates the tragedy of this artist’s short and chaotic life, where the feverish buzz of celebrity came to overpower any assessment of the works as individual objects.
Follow Tom Cruise
as he navigates his way around Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut
Greenwich Village set [more inside]
Deep in the belly of New York’s subway system,
a beautiful untouched station resides that has been forgotten for years with only a limited few knowing of its existence. But if you know what to do, you can see it for yourself
Bonus: The Underbelly Project, a secret underground art exhibition
. [more inside]
In the 1990's, Michael Doret was tasked with creating a new logo for the New York Knicks. Here is the story of how his ideas were scaled back to create the logo the team uses to this day.
Mister nice guy
- As a cartoonist, Tim Kreider seemed to loathe almost everybody. His essays tell a different story.
Ephemeral New York
'chronicles an ever-changing, constantly reinvented city through photos, newspaper archives, and other scraps and artifacts that have been edged into New York’s collective remainder bin.' [more inside]
Urban miniaturist Alan Wolfson (previously)
unveils his latest masterpiece: Katz's Delicatessen (related) [more inside]
One man's trash is another man's treasure — we've all heard the old adage, but Nelson Molina, a longtime sanitation worker in Manhattan, takes the saying to an entirely new level: a self-curated, full-fledged art gallery — from other people's trash.
The New York Times toured Mr. Molina's gallery recently, getting a rare peek into the collection that contains everything from a Masters of Business Administration diploma (from Harvard!) to a portrait of Winston Churchill. Via
On May 15, 1981, at The Ritz in New York City, Public Image Ltd.
performed as a last-minute replacement for Bow Wow Wow. It didn't end well
. (previously) [more inside]
In December 1974, there was a memorial service at St. James Episcopal Church on Madison Avenue for Louise Fitzhugh, author and illustrator of Harriet the Spy, the groundbreaking children's novel that has sold 2.5 million copies since its publication in 1964. [more inside]
Stanley Kubrick's New York
For decades Dawn Powell was always just on the verge of ceasing to be a cult and becoming a major religion. But despite the work of such dedicated cultists as Edmund Wilson and Matthew Josephson, John Dos Passos and Ernest Hemingway, Dawn Powell never became the popular writer that she ought to have been. In those days, with a bit of luck, a good writer eventually attracted voluntary readers and became popular. Today, of course, "popular" means bad writing that is widely read while good writing is that which is taught to involuntary readers. Powell failed on both counts. She needs no interpretation and in her lifetime she should have been as widely read as, say, Hemingway or the early Fitzgerald or the mid O'Hara or even the late, far too late, Katherine Anne Porter. But Powell was that unthinkable monster, a witty woman who felt no obligation to make a single, much less a final, down payment on Love or The Family; she saw life with a bright Petronian neutrality, and every host at life's feast was a potential Trimalchio to be sent up.
- Gore Vidal
"Broken Angel isn’t architecture - it’s outsider art."
A profile of Arthur Wood, whose lack of formal training did not prevent him from adding six stories of wild additions
to the two-story Brooklyn tenement building he bought for $2,000 in 1971. [more inside]
It’s about time people started rendering unto Liquid Sky. Its long lipstick trace is smudged through much of indie cinema. [more inside]
Suffering from emotional distress caused by receiving a parking ticket? Not to worry -- members of NYC's Parking Ticket Emotional Reclamation Project
places a therapeutic hand-written note with art into the ticket envelope in hopes to "restore emotional balance to New York, The World, The Universe."
The Responsive Eye.
Brian De Palma's 1966 film (25 mins) of the opening night of New York MOMA's 'The Responsive Eye' exhibition on op art.
Dan Tague is an artist who takes pictures of dollar bills
after folding them to spell out political messages and social commentary. Additional galleries linked on the left of his page. Some of his work is in NYC this week
as part of the VOLTA Art Fair.
is a public installation artist, designer, urban planner and 2011 TED Senior Fellow
based in New Orleans. Her Civic Center
creates projects that try to "make cities more comfortable", and encourage residents to envision alternate urban realities: "I Wish This Was....
/ The NYC Street Vendor Guide
/ "Before I Die... In NOLA
" / The Restroom Map Notepad
/ The Sexy Trees of the Marigny 2011 Calendar
/ The Neighbor Doorknob-Hanger
/ A Nice Place for a Tree
and Post-It Notes for Neighbors
). [more inside]
The Coolest Locksmith Shop in New York City
"From a distance, it looks like a bunch of golden squiggles and spirals have been added, snaking whimsically across the facade. But get a little closer and you’ll find the real magic… The new design is made up entirely of keys, literally thousands, and thousands, and thousands of keys, twisting into wonderful assortment of swoops and twirls."
Where can you find the Sun, the Moon, nine giraffes, a lion and lamb lying together, the Archangel Michael holding a sword in one hand and the severed head of Satan in the other, all atop a giant crab which is itself standing on a double helix? Well, there is this one statue
. [more inside]
At 9am on Monday the 21st June, 60 pianos will be distributed and then unveiled across New York City by Sing for Hope. Located in public parks, streets and plazas the pianos will be available until 5th July for any member of the public to play and engage with.
“Play Me, I’m Yours
” is an artwork by British artist Luke Jerram. [Previously] You can get piano locations as well as upload videos, photos and stories of you and your friends tickling the public ivories on the official site. The project will be concurrently mounted in London.
is meant to encourage viewers to 'reassess their environment and their position in it,' as [Antony] Gormley puts it, due to the sculptures' interruption of their usual surroundings—London
in its first installation in 2007, and now New York
'There's very little art in these things,' said Gormley of his figures, which he also refers to as 'three-dimensional shadows' and 'indexes.' The sculptures are but copies of his body at a particular time
in various poses. Where the 'art' is, then, is in what happens when viewers engage with the figures. 'When you then insert these still industrial fossils into the stream of daily life and real context5
they can begin to be active in the same way that a chemical catalyst ... causes a transformation,' Gormley said. 'I would like to think that's what happening here.'6 [more inside]
Rock band reunions normally involve, at minimum, a little live music. But as The Velvet Underground are not your typical rock band, maybe none of us should have been surprised that the reunion of The Velvets at LIVE from the NYPL on Tuesday December 8th had none.
A Loft Filled with Dirt, the Man Who's Cared for it for 19 Years
is a short film about Bill Dilworth, who has maintained Walter De Maria's
installation, The New York Earth Room
for the past 19 years. One of three "Earth Room" pieces De Maria made in the 1960's and 70's, the NY project is the only one still in existence.
Making the Sculpture.
Tom Otterness, the guy behind those sculptures
that make riding the A almost bearable (aka Life Underground
), explains how bronze casting is done in a way even an idjit like me can understand.