Thursday, January 28, 2010

rosson crow

It’s hard not to be nostalgic for when 315 Bowery was the home of underground rock and not upscale menswear. Now the neighborhood that used to house the monumental CBGB’s is home to John Varvatos, Blue and Cream, and a Daniel Boulud restaurant. The Bowery has lost some of its dangerous edge, but there is delicate irony in the small way it is preserved; its fashion. The skinny black jeans and leather jackets that used to be seen as red flags of the misfits of society are now mass produced and sold in the windows of stores like Blue and Cream and John Varvatos.

‘Bowery Boys,’ an exhibition of paintings by Rosson Crow, explores the way that culture and art have been influenced by these groundbreaking ‘bad boys’ of days past. One painting pairs trendy nightclub Boom Boom Room with a gritty sex club of old NYC, Plato’s Retreat. The juxtaposition is off-putting, but in the same way that the old Bowery and the new Bowery would look if they were superimposed into one singular picture. Rosson, interested in the manifestation of masculinity, focuses on the iconic and alluring ‘bad boys’ – those who were written off as dangers to society and yet were still celebrated by their cult followings and who are remembered even today. Rosson’s paintings explore the lawless and exciting NYC that was thoroughly laced with rebellion. By paying homage to those who paved an unthinkable way, Rosson’s exhibit provides inspiration for current artists and a fascinating look back into our city’s often-misremembered punk culture.

Rosson Crow
Bowery Boys
March 04 — March 27, 2010
Deitch Projects
18 Wooster Street, New York

Crow's previous work:

Rosson Crow, in the flesh

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Today is the last chance to see Hausu at the IFC Center in NYC. Don't worry if you miss it, Criterion Collection has picked it up for a remastered DVD release in the fall.

Tuesday January 26th

1:15 5:35 7:10 10:15pm

IFC Center
323 Avenue of the Americas

New York City

(212) 924-7771

How to describe Nobuhiko Obayahshi's indescribable 1977 movie "House"? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of "Scooby Doo" as directed by Dario Argento? Any of the above will do for more »this hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt's creaky country home, only to come face to face with evil spirits, bloodthirsty pianos, and a demonic housecat. Too absurd to be genuinely terrifying, yet too nightmarish to be merely comic, "House" seems like it was beamed to Earth from another planet. Or perhaps the mind of a child: the director fashioned the script after the eccentric musings of his eleven-year-old daughter, then employed all the tricks in his analog arsenal (mattes, animation, and collage) to make them a visually astonishing, raucous reality. Never before released in the United States, and a bona fide cult classic in the making, "House" is one of the most exciting genre discoveries in years.
~via ifc

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Monday, January 18, 2010

east side stories

Kicken Berlin starts off its 2010 program with a look at the past, presenting a series of photographs under the title “East Side Stories: German Photographs 1950s-1980s.” Sourcing images from a selection of photographers who were prolific during the time of the GDR (many of whom are now represented by Ostkreuz), this exhibition presents a more personal glimpse at a past life, with each photographer lending a more personal, humanistic touch to the images, steering away from an idealistic representation of society that was more commonly accepted under GDR rule.

Among the photographers on show are Ursula Arnold, Sibylle Bergemann, Arno Fischer, Ute und Werner Mahler, Roger Melis, Helga Paris, Evelyn Richter and Gundula Schulze Eldowy.

A separate exhibition space highlights the work of noted ‘50s fashion photographer F.C. Grundlach.

Now through April 17th, 2010
Tue-Sat, 2-6 pm

Kicken Berlin
Linienstr. 155, 10115 Berlin

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Monday, January 11, 2010

pictures and words

Paste Up
Barbara Kruger

“An artist who works with pictures and words”

Untitled (We decorate your life), Collage, 7 x 7 inches

Last chance to check out collage artist Barbara Kruger’s early work at Sprüth Magers London, closing January 23. After holding graphic designer and art director positions at publications like Mademoiselle and Aperture, Kruger siezed the simple imagery and texts of advertising for her own paste ups. Ironic slogans, invented or clipped directly from the media, in Futura font stand out boldly and turn close shots of faces and objects into incisive critiques of authority, capitalism, consumerism and social identity. Kruger’s paste ups seem part of our daily imagery: DIY flyers, notebooks, book and DVD covers, post cards all resemble Kruger’s art, but her paste ups use the communicability of this style to its fullest potential. Her early small-scale, monochrome pieces, infused with poignant and political messages are on view now.

Untitled (You are a very special person), Collage (color), 5.4 x 7.5 inches

Untitled (Are we having fun yet?), Collage (color), 8.3 x 5.7 inches

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

pete does kate

Kate Moss by Peter Doherty at Scream Gallery in London running through January 19.

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