Culture: September 2004 Archives

Zach from LFL mentioned a culture blog I hadn't heard of at the Echo Eggebrecht opening tonight: Scather. Add it to your list.

Current favorites:

Dan Rushton untitled 10 (2004) 40" × 30" gouache on panel

James has more info.

I've written about Eric Doeringer several times, and even appeared on a radio show talking about him.

Here is his latest project:

I'm seeking submissions of artwork, music, video, fiction, poetry, and games inspired by Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle for inclusion on a new web-based project. Please send jpegs, mp3s, text files, etc. to

Go send him some stuff if you've got it.

We have found ourselves in Williamsburg several times over the last month. My current picks for favorite shows there:

  • Beth Bridea & Tucker Nichols at SOUTHFIRST - Tucker is also in the current show at The Drawing Center
  • Janice Caswell at Schroeder Romero - beautiful use of pins, wall painting, and other media. I had seen her works on paper before, but they hadn't made me realize what she is capable of in a whole room installation.
  • No Return at Momenta - a number of good works that come together as a brilliant group show.

I am expecting some images from Schroeder Romero of a young artist who has a solo show coming up. I will write about that later.

Thanks to reBlog, I found an interview from November 2003 with brilliant geek artist John F. Simon, Jr. We have one of his pen plotter drawings, titled Bug, hanging in our entrance hallway.

I hadn't realized he sold works called Souvenirs for $50 and under from his website.

Florentine "arts and crafts" in lower Manhattan. Before that phrase sends you running away, I'll point out that it includes an exhibit of Medici portraits from the Uffizi at the Federal Hall National Monument.

Here are a Newsday article and the official web site.

ellie-covan-nytimes.jpg Ellie Covan, founder of Dixon Place at her apartment (which is also the home of Dixon Place)

Dixon Place is a great example of why so many of us moved to New York. It is "an artistic laboratory with an audience," a place where performing artists of all kinds try out work in progress before an audience. From the very beginning, Dixon Place has also made a commitment to pay the performers who appear there. For a space in NYC that hosts works in progress, that's pretty rare.

It is all the creation of Ellie Covan, one of the saints of the art world. I have been going to Dixon Place since it moved to the current (and past) loft on the Bowery. James has been going since it was in Ellie's apartment in the East Village. During that time, people were told to start singing Happy Birthday if the police arrived, as it was a rather irregular situation.

The New York Times Real Estate section has an article in its Habitats section on Ellie and Dixon Place. It also talks about Dixon Place's new space on Chrystie Street, which is currently being constructed. They are still raising money for it, and I can think of few organizations more worthy of your money, if you have any to spare. None of you who go out and buy $10 drinks every weekend can plead complete poverty!

[photo by Diane Bondareff for The New York Times]


Collage, Chicago, 1957
gelatin silver print
signed in stylus (in the margin); signed and annotated 'same as one' in ink (on the verso)
7 5/8 × 9 5/8in. (19.3 × 24.4cm.)

We have one photograph by Harry Callahan (of trees). I was browsing Christie's web site to see if they had any works similar to ours when I came across this beautiful collage photograph. There's not much text, but I suspect it was made of cut-up film.

Feel free to buy it for me. It is one of the lots from Elton John's art collection being auctioned by them. He has some good stuff.

[Image from Christie's web site.]

If you're not looking at Wooster Collective : A Celebration of Street Art daily, you're missing out.

I already put this on the arts calendar, but I wanted to put it here too to make sure people don't miss it.

New Museum will have space in the Chelsea Art Museum on West 22nd Street (west of Dia) while their new building is being constructed on The Bowery. There will be an open house on Saturday, September 18, from 12-6 PM with free admission. I see one of the things on view is a video by the Turkish artist Fikret Atay that I mentioned before when we saw it at Apex.


Yeah! A new show from The Civilians at P.S.122, titled Nobody's Lunch. I've written about them many times before, as this Google search will show.

Obie-winning theater company The Civilians premiere their latest project Nobody's Lunch. Delving into the politics of information, the company conducted extensive interviews to look at the problematic subject of how we gain knowledge and form beliefs in the current climate. With interviewees ranging from the Head of Policy at Homeland Security to every Jessica Lynch in the phone book (who was willing to talk), Nobody's Lunch is a dark and eccentric ride through the landscape of American public culture.

We saw some excerpts from it at their fundraiser earlier this year. I can't wait.

Via Crain's New York:

Broadway was hit hard last week when the Republican National Convention was in town.

Attendance for the week ending Sept. 5 dropped 18% to 163,977 compared with the same week last year. Box-office grosses plummeted 20%, to $10.9 million, despite the League of American Theatres and Producers' "Unconventional Wisdom" discount ticket program. That promotion sold $215,000 worth of tickets.

An image of Dewitt Godfrey's installation at Black and White Gallery, from the gallery web site:


The ones you see in the back are in the gallery's outdoor patio space.


U.S. Route 66, Tucumcari, New Mexico, June, 2000
Copyright © 2000 Robert L. Jones.

While googling for something else, I stumbled across Robert Jones's gallery of sign photographs. Check it out.


If I were in Berlin, I would not miss this show by Stefan Saffer at müllerdechiara. We saw his work at the Whitney ISP and loved it. The work in the above photo is made of cut paper. They look like they might be metal, but they are incredibly delicate.

Hurrah! An art post!

This looks like an interesting show from M.Y. Art Prospects:


The Secret Forest of Princess Knight:
Fantastic Landscapes from Japan

September 9 - October 16, 2004
Reception: Thursday, Sept. 9, 6-8pm

Our exciting fall exhibition, curated by Taro Chiezo - the Tokyo & New York-based artist whose "neo-pop" work shaped Japan's 1990's art scene along with Takashi Murakami and Yoshitomo Nara, sheds new light on Japanese landscape art. The exhibition will present works by six individual artists and two collaborative groups. International stars and up-and-coming artists, they all share a sensitivity influenced by the manga/animation subculture widely known as "Japanimation."

The exhibition's title "The Secret Forest of Princess Knight" originated from the popular manga series "Ribon no Kishi (Princess Knight)" by Tezuka Osamu (1928-1989). His work, like Walt Disney's, has made a profound impact on pop culture and contemporary art even outside Japan.

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