Shameless is an overused word. Why do “plugs” always have to be described that way?? How about “unabashed?” Or “sincere?” “Useful?” “Worthwhile.” Let’s go with worthwhile.
Because this here is a worthwhile plug for my friend Mike Sorgatz, painter. He has a solo show opening Friday September 14, 6-9 p.m. at Figureworks, a gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn “dedicated to bringing you contemporary fine art that explores the human form.”
As Figureworks puts it “Michael’s paintings are immediately captivating by their vibrancy and playful abstraction. They keep one’s interest by discovering that they hold a whole world within them which is familiar to those living or walking throughout the New York City landscape.”
Also, they’re powerful and compelling and full of sound and movement. They explode from the center of the canvas, with light and shadow as thick as frosting. Check ‘em out, and say hey to Mike for me. Because I’ll be out of town…
Finished yesterday in about 12.5 months less time than it took to build the original, which still stands proud at 34th and Fifth Avenue. The Pride of the City. The Big Monkey. The ESB.
It will be for sale, too. I’m setting up a website called “Postcards from NY,” where I’ll either auction it off or sell it at a set price. More on that later. For now, ladies and gentleman, I give you…
THE BIG MONKEY!
(crowd cheers, flashbulbs pop, chains break, crowd gasps, etc….)
- “The Big Monkey” J. Tebeau © 2011
"talking_#47" by Mark Roth
154 tornadoes, all hitting Tribeca at the exact same time. What are the odds? Pretty good, actually. See this rare occurrence on June 15 from 7-11 pm.
Tuesday night, come to a one night Pop-Up Event at hip-hop mogul Damon Dash’s new space, The Dash Gallery. You’ll see all of the new Tornado Series – 154 paintings in a process assemblage – and hear a “3-headed genre-defying [vibe] monster bred in NYC’s lower east side,” Cubic Zirconia – LIVE.
They’re celebrating the release of Cubic Zirconia’s new single Black and Blue – for which Mark Roth provided cover design: Tornadoes, of course.
Roth's Tornado Assemblage
Also on view: Joan of Arc Riding My Little Pony
Tuesday, June 15 7-11pm
The Dash Gallery
172 Duane St., Tribeca
Door: $10 – drink, snack, music, art, video
"Joan of Arc Riding My Little Pony" by Mark Roth
"Lady Liberty, why won't you be my wife?"
Time Out New York magazine puts it thusly: “If you’re going to haul out to Red Hook on a Saturday, you should see everything at once.”
The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition show “Nailed!” comes down on June 13, so check it out this weekend… and the other 11 things Time Out recommends here. After all, until they build a trolley line out there (HAH!), when will you get to historic, breezy Red Hook again?
The Red Hook Line! Ready to roll by August of 2525!
So big you can see it from SPACE.
Inside the NAC
Till Sunday March 14 you have a chance to see a dandy little art exhibit in as fine a location as you could hope for: the National Arts Club on Gramercy Park.
Dutch Art Now is a modestly sized show featuring the work of several artists from the Netherlands. Their output ranges from old-masters style hyper realism to pop to subway photography. And the setting is reminiscent of a British gentleman’s club, complete with rich, luminous wood-paneled walls, a sumptuous bar room and paintings throughout the stairways featuring work of and by past members.
It’s an excellent place to take a break after the Armory Week or Whitney Biennial madness. Come for the art; stay for the plush. You won’t regret it.
"Astrophysically Modifid Real Estate" by Rob't Williams
A heathen on the hallowed grounds of real American Art? Robert Williams, former disciple of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, he of Rat Fink fame, is exhibiting in the Whitney Biennial. (thanks, Whitney!)
A truly fine cartoon artist breaks the barrier into one of the most prestigious shows in the art world. I’ve written a bit about this on my new blog Fine Cartoon Art.
Again, a big thanks to the Whitney for the addition of Robert Williams in this year’s biennial.
Artist/blogger (not to mention my art studio-mate) Mike Sorgatz of ArtinBrooklyn.com was just named one of the “100 people, places and things that make Park Slope Park Slope” by OnlytheBlogKnowsBrooklyn.
Michael Sorgatz because your site ”Art in Brooklyn” promotes the work of local artists, and that’s a positive and generous thing to do (especially in these times). You are also a talented artist in your own right and a really great guy.
Mike and Eleanor on their wedding day in November, on the Lowah
Not all art is just capital-a Art. Sometimes it’s how your see the world around you. Sometimes it must means looking. This is especially true in New York. There’s no way you can remember it all, either. The lesson is: carry a camera.
Here are a few things that caught my eye on the streets (and occasionally parks) of NYC. I snapped these pix to remember. The art is contained in the subjects of these pictures, not my technique/vision/etc. (See Kamau Ware’s site for what it means to really have a good eye.)
Some of these shots will undoubtedly be made into paintings. See any you think would look good on canvas?
Two of our all-time favorite New Yorkers and their best known piece of political performance art: the 4oth anniversary of the Bed-In for Peace, covered by NPR here.
(original in the Grabel Collection of New York)
"La Paix et L'Amour" (John and Yoko)