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Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Bright Lyons Grand Opening

I’m in Miami for all the Basel madness and am sad to be missing this back home. If you are in NY tonight, stop by the grand opening of Bright Lyons, a new store in Brooklyn mixing modern furniture and design with a contemporary art gallery. The shop is run by our Paul Bright, who’s previous endeavors included an old favorite of ours, Community Outreach/Paul Bright Gallery in Toronto and Hamilton, Cananda

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Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Kiki Smith Comes to Brooklyn Museum

Kiki Smith – Singer (detail), 2008. (Image © Kiki Smith. Courtesy the artist and PaceWildenstein. Photography by Volker Dohne/Courtesy PaceWildenstein, New York)

Kiki Smith – Soujourn opens Feb. 12 at The Brooklyn Museum (NY). The site specific installation loosely follows the life cycle of a female artist, reaching beyond the autobiographical, drawing on a variety of universal experiences, such as birth and death, religion, mythology, spirituality, and inspiration.

The show is a bit of a departure for Smith, who is widely know for her sculptural work. In an interview with NY1, she reflected, “Primarily, this is a drawing show, which is really an exciting opportunity for me, because I rarely have that chance to just show graphic work. And it’s sort of punctuated a little bit by sculpture but the sculpture is to just ground the room or something like that and the pieces are more like in some other realm or something like that…you make works and they’re all autonomous works, but they all also have the opportunity to be dynamic and play with one another and be in relationship to one another. And so each time you install something, it’s like making theatre in a way and so each part become, has its own, maybe like agency or something like that. Each part becomes active and alive, but the story as a whole then emerges out of that.”

Kiki Smith – Sojourn
Feb. 12 – Sept. 12 2010
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238

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Monday, October 19th, 2009

Swoon Returns to Brooklyn

(All Images © Luna Park via Robots Will Kill)

Here’s a new street piece by Swoon, who has recently returned home to Brooklyn, NY after participating in several projects overseas.



Monday, August 24th, 2009

Farewell, Josh.


Today, a friend lost his life in a scooter accident while driving across the Williamsburg Bridge, here in NYC. Word came in shortly after reading the day’s blog posts about the new Judith Supine piece on top of the bridge. Though not its intent, I can’t help but feel it’s an appropriate memorial to one of the nicest guys I can think of.  Goodnight Josh Link– rest in peace and dreams. Our prayers are with your family.

Image: Wooster Collective/S. Duncan

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Friday, August 7th, 2009

Ad Hoc Bids Farewell

Video: Brooklyn Street Art

Tonight, Ad Hoc Art opens its last exhibition, appropriately one of their strongest to date, with a joint show from Armsrock and Chris Stain. While Ad Hoc and its Peripheral Media Projects print shop are not disappearing altogether, they will be trimming much of their 49 Bogart St. Brooklyn space and scaling back operations as a formal gallery to focus on the more sustainable aspects of their business. So, while the gallery that showed early support to young, emerging artists like Swoon, Judith Supine and Bast will cease to exist, the individuals and spirit behind the organization will continue on through alternative projects and collaborations requiring less of a financial burden. Co-founder and Owner, Garrison Buxton sent out a lengthy and heartfelt letter, explaining the current state and future vision for Ad Hoc, which we excerpt after the jump:

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Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Cinders Benefit Auction w/ Thomas Campbell, AJ Fosik, Brendan Monroe, Richard Colman + more


Cinders celebrates its five year anniversary Sunday June 28, with Love is Like Magic, a special one day, silent auction party to help support the gallery.  If you’re in the Brooklyn area, come down for a sidewalk BBQ, special guest DJs and a chance to pick up some great art for a good cause. If that’s not enough to convince you,  gallery owners Kelie and Sto have sent along the above  photo to further entice your philanthropic tendencies.

Participating artists: Richard Colman, Brendan Monroe, Thomas Campbell, A.J. Fosik, Matthew Feyld, Allyson Mellberg, Jeremy Taylor, Ali Aschman, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Diane Barcelowsky, Maya Hayuk, Josh Slater, Jessie Rose Vala, Noel Friebert, Mel Kadel, Kelie Bowman, Sto, Nick Kuszyk, Mindy Abovitz, Ryan Jacob smith, Suzanne Sattler, Sam McPheeters, Molly Colleen O Connell, and lots more!

Love is Like Magic – Silent Auction Fundraiser and Party
June 28, 3-9pm
Cinders Gallery
103 Havemeyer St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Employee Steals $600K+ from Brooklyn Museum


The NY Times reports that a former payroll manager for the Brooklyn Museum stole over $620,000 from the already strapped institution by creating fake payroll profiles with the names “Brooklyn Museum” and “Brooklyn,” which he then issued paychecks to and syphened into his personal bank account. The former employee, Dwight Newton, 40, is out on bond and faces up to 20 years if convicted for wire fraud.

As if the crime wasn’t shameful enough, it was just two months ago that the Times reported the museum was cutting salaries and raising admission fees to avoid layoffs and make up for a drastically depleted endowment, which, in addition to a 32% cut in city funding , has shrunk nearly 70% since last year, from 93.1 million to 65 million.

Feeling philanthropic? – Make a tax-deductible donation to the museum’s fund here

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Saturday, May 16th, 2009

Must See :: Hernan Bas in New York

Mystery Bouf (or the kingdom after the flood)

The young, Miami-based artist, Hernan Bas, is currently exhibiting at two notable New York venues, with a solo gallery show at Lehmann Maupin (on view through July 10) and a more substantial survey spanning the last decade, at The Brooklyn Museum (closes May 24). Together, the two exhibits reflect a stylistic and referential shift for Bas, from his earlier focus on figures and literary references that hark back to the decadent lifestyle embodied by the dandies of the 18th century, to his most recent and grander scale landscapes, still rich in historical symbolism, yet more overtly political. 

Read through for the rest of our photo recap of Bas’ Lehmann Maupin show and click images for larger views.

Detail – Ubu Roi (the war march) 

Hernan Bas – The Dance of The Machine Gun + Other Forms of Unpopular Expression
On view till July 10
Lehmann Maupin
201 Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002 

Hernan Bas – Works from the Rubell Family Collection
On view till May 24
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238

A conversation with Hernan Bas and Brooklyn Museum Deputy Director for Art, Charles Desmarais, at the Brooklyn Museum, February 26, 2009. Via: Brooklyn Museum

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Thursday, May 14th, 2009

FAILE Strikes Again


FAILE are at it again. The duo have installed yet another public totem on the streets of Brooklyn, despite the quick theft of the first piece last month. Chances are this one won’t last much longer…and is that a newspaper box knocked over to make room?


Thanks to The World’s Best Ever for the tip and Luna Park for the first images. 

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Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Crash+Daze Together Again

Crash, 2009.

NYC graffiti pioneers CRASH and DAZE open a joint exhibit this Friday, May 15, at Ad Hoc Art in Brooklyn. The show is a welcome break from the gallery’s usual roster of younger up and coming artists, this time focusing on two prolific figures who have navigated the divide between graffiti and fine art culture. During the early 80s, the artists often joined forces, hitting New York’s subway lines and producing some of the most accomplished whole car designs. Read on for a glimpse of the new work or see the rest here

Early Crash and Daze subway car. Image: Chris Pape

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