Category: Silkscreen

What I’m Reading: PRISM Index.


Get This Now: PRISM Index, Issue #1.

I have been seriously remiss for not writing about this sooner: PRISM Index, a lovingly crafted, hand-made art and culture magazine straight outta Columbus, Oh. Not only does it feature an original silkscreen cover by artist and founder Jeffrey Bowers, it comes bursting with goodies: drawings, stories, photography, excerpts of graphic novels and a funny, stand-alone mini-comic called Horror of the Hodag! Oh, and did I mention the multimedia components? A CD and DVD chock full of music and video compilations — the latter of which contains Jay Rosenblatt‘s must-see I Just Wanted to Be Somebody. I’m still going through all of the pieces (this is the sort of publication you chew on in bits), but if I had to pick one reason to pick up this wonderful magazine, it’s for Trent Harris’s moving essay on his friendship with artist Bruce Conner. It left me gasping.

Find the first issue via the magazine’s website, along with a short list of bookstores and galleries that also carry it. It is worth every penny of its $22 cover price.

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Photos: Andy Warhol, The Last Decade, at the Brooklyn Museum.

I spent a better part of Saturday afternoon wandering around Andy Warhol: The Last Decade at the Brooklyn Museum. I’ve long felt ambivalent about Warhol as an artist. I love the ways in which he innovated the use of commercial imagery, but get worn out by the relentless rich-people portraits cranked out factory-style. I like the way he could play the media, but the hijinks can grow tiresome. Some pieces are clever, others too self-aware. But the gathering of silkscreens and paintings at the Brooklyn Museum, all produced during the last ten years of the artist’s life, contained a number of works that genuinely moved me — from the whoa-nelly-this-shit-is massive Last Supper (the middle shot above) to the maligned collaborations with Jean-Michel Basquiat (there’s a hopefulness and a darkness to Sin More that I find really compelling). I was totally absorbed — primarily by the works on the fifth floor portion of the exhibit.

But above all, I learned one important lesson: It might occasionally behoove me to clean the lens on my camera.

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The Digest. 05.26.10.


Andy Warhol’s self-portrait silkscreen on wallpaper. Part of an installation for the upcoming exhibit, Andy Warhol: The Last Decade, at the Brooklyn Museum, opening in three weeks. (Image courtesy of Marcus Romero and the Brooklyn Museum.)

  • Looking for the most beautiful Tweet ever written. (The Book Bench.)
  • Journalist Charles Bowden says that women in Juárez are killed at the same rate as in the rest of Mexico. The problem, he says, isn’t specifically violence against women, it’s the violence generated by extreme poverty and a failed state.
  • The World Touristiness Map. (Coudal.)
  • A jaw-droppingly wonderful choreography containing crutches, braces and boobies. Has to be seen to be believed.
  • A performance artist on re-performing Abramovic.
  • Where oh where is Carmen San Diego? Er, I mean, where oh where is Eli Broad planning on building his museum? For now, the conjecture points to downtown L.A. More here.
  • The Art Industrial Average is Down: Lay-offs at the Art Institute of Chicago. (Arts Journal.)
  • The Art Industrial Average Is Up: Whitney Museum board okays construction — and a move to — downtown Manhattan space. Boy, was I seriously wrong in thinking it was all conjecture.
  • Well done: An artistic photo essay that takes its cues from the disaster in the Gulf. (The Jonathan Monk piece, #11, is an excellent use of a car hood.)
  • Man Bartlett on what it was like to repeat people’s Tweets for 24 hours, as part of his work, #24Echo. I think this is the first time in my life I’ve been referred to as inspirational. From now on, call me Oprah.
  • Fragments of stolen art come together to form another artwork by Eva and Franco Mattes.
  • Do curators have too much power?
  • Painted typewriters by Tauba Auerbach. (Coudal.)
  • Zombie meat.
  • A digital graffiti wall. (@GOOD.)
  • Today’s Street Art: Lucho and quillo’s wrecked car in Santiago, Chile.
  • Artist Molly Dilworth to turn Times Square into a river.
  • In Paris: A door that leads to nowhere.
  • Not even remotely related: The Champs Elysées is turned into a giant garden. (Cool Green Science.)
  • Best. News Lede. Ever. (@russelltrombone.)
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Hydra Workshop: Where art parties and errant donkeys collide.


While the dead sleep, the crowd parties hearty outside. (Photos by Sebastian Puig.)

It must be summer, because the artsy jet-set and their Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses have materialized in abundance on the Greek Isle of Hydra, like the wild capers that grow from the cracks all over the island’s stone stairways. This past week’s super-event was the summer show at the Hydra Workshop, a waterfront art space that puts together an annual exhibit inspired by the collection of London-based art patron Pauline Karpidas, who flew in le tout New York (and demi-Dallas) for this year’s event. Co-curated by mega-gallerist Sadie Coles, the young artist featured this year was “bad boy” New York artiste Nate Lowman, who was in attendance with non other than petite amie Mary-Kate Olsen. (Coles’ hubby, fashion photographer Juergen Teller was also there — with nary a Marc Jacobs model in sight.)

The art this year was all about being self-referential: silk-screened portraits à-la-Warhol featured all the friends-of-Lowman crowding the Hydra waterfront (and saving everyone the trouble of having to look in the mirror). Many of the images were based on photographs snapped by John Shand-kydd (cousin-by-marriage to Diana Spencer), who, to keep things really meta, was also there, snapping away at the proceedings.

For more on this little fiesta, check out Rachel Chandler’s (self-referential) report at The Moment.

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Photos: ‘Warhol’s Jews’ at the Jewish Museum, NYC.

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Warhol’s portraits of Gertrude Stein and Franz Kafka. (Photo by C-M.)

Back in 1980, the Jewish Museum in New York put on a show of Andy Warhol’s 10 Portraits of Jews of the 20th Century. The exhibit, to put it mildly, was not well received. People publicly wondered what could possibly inspire an artist to make a series of portraits devoted to a single ethnic group. (Update: An oversight on my part: Warhol was commissioned to do this project. Though people still wondered what inspired him to take it on. See the comments section below for more info.) Hilton Kramer, in the New York Times, offered this terrifically melodramatic evaluation:

To the many afflictions suffered by the Jewish people in the course of their long history, the new Andy Warhol show at the Jewish Museum cannot be said to make a significant addition. True, the show is vulgar. It reeks of commercialism, and its contribution to art is nil. The way it exploits its Jewish subjects without showing the slightest grasp of their significance is offensive - or would be, anyway, if the artist had not already treated so many non-Jewish subjects in the same tawdry manner. No, the Jews will survive this caper unscathed. So, very likely, will everyone else. But what it may do to the reputation of the Jewish Museum, is, as they say, something else.

Whoa. Who says art critics aren’t occasionally a histrionic bunch?

Twenty-eight years later, the museum has once again gathered the paintings under one roof in Warhol’s Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered, opening Saturday. The exhibit includes all ten original silkscreen canvases (definitely worth checking out), as well as images of the photographs that Warhol worked from, tracings and original prints. There’s even a clip of Kramer’s review.

On the third floor, there is also an adjacent exhibition Art, Image, and Warhol Connections, that shows pieces by a number of Jewish artists that display Warholian influences. (Check out Devorah Sperber‘s piece, After Warhol, a reproduction of a Campbell’s soup can made out of spools of thread.) Whatever you do, don’t miss the five-minute video of Warhol at the show’s original premiere in Miami, which includes interviews with Miami Beach grandmas wondering who the heck this Andy Warback is. Also included: spectacular footage of Warhol’s likeness carved in chocolate. Too bad the museum didn’t reproduce that piece for this show. It would have had great gift shop potential.

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The Digest. 11.20.07.

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Locust Tank by Nicolas Lampert. Image courtesy of Justseeds Visual Resistance.

  • The NY Times leaves neo-Goth behind for a little straight-up Modernism, Renzo Piano style. And Nicolai Ourossoff digs it (mostly). All I know is that if I was a bird and saw those stacks of ceramic rods, I would think one thing, and one thing only: Nest.
  • Jeff Koons’s bunny to fly at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Via Art Observed.)
  • Artworld Smackdown: Art to Go versus Critics of Dealer-Funded Museum Shows.
  • The racing form for the 2008 Whitney Biennial. (Via Art Observed.)
  • Charles Saatchi gets a makeover. My favorite: Cowboy Chuck.
  • More on the Dark Lord Foster’s canopy at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
  • Soon to be on the cover of New American Paintings: Marci Washington.
  • Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood: Kookier than ever.
  • Reason #4,567 why television news sucks.
  • In Vegas (yes, that Vegas): Las Vegas Diaspora at the Las Vegas Museum of Art.
  • In NYC: Senso Unico at P.S. 1. and Ashley Hope + Mahomi Kunikata at the Tilton Gallery.
  • In Oakland: Anatomy of Folkore at the Johansson Projects.
  • In S.F.: Ten more days to see the Date Farmers at Fifty24SF.
  • In Sète, France: Graffiti Stories at the Musée International des Arts Modestes.
  • Who the hell needs Habeas corpus? Bilal Hussein, that’s who. He is an AP photographer who has been detained by the U.S. authorities in Baghdad for 19 months without being charged. They may soon get around to charging him. For what? No one seems to know.
  • The day in graffiti crocodiles: Andrew Council’s Custard Factory in Birmingham. (Via Our Art Site.)
  • Time lapse video of the construction of Manhattan’s New Museum. (Via The Guardian.)
  • Is a copy of a copy of a copy as good as the original copy? Ask Warhol.
  • Hello, Pot? This is Kettle.
  • Prepare to celebrate: Buy Nothing Day.
  • Photo Essay: Permafrost. Here today, gone tomorrow. Or at least sometime in the coming decades.
  • Your moment of magical realism: when sports reporters lose it.
Posted by C-Monster.

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