a tale of a few cities

DWR: Whose bad IKEA was that anyway?

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From 1966 to 1972, Cy Twombly created a number of canvases that resembled blackboards, with light-colored loops and scrawls flowing across grey backgrounds. These works, blurring the line between drawing and painting, were made with white wax crayon loops on gray painted grounds. An abstraction of cursive script that the artist called “pseudo-writing.”
A Fisher-Price-like homage to action painting appears on page 11 of The Bedroom Sale – February 9-21 printed flyer for Design Within Reach. A moonlighting IKEA stylist/stager/Cy Twombly aficionado must have thought to him or herself, “I can do that.”
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DWR Vice President of Creative and Marketing, caught snöring.
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Dietch Projects SF, New Art In The Streets

Up until yesterday I was having a lot of fun being friends with Jeffrey Dietch on Facebook. I was a little slow to cotton-on to the joke, but when I did, I thought it brilliant. There appeared on his Facebook wall, a photo of a fellow sitting looking very smart in a cavernous, modern, all white interior above the heading, ‘Getting the space ready for San Francisco opening.‘ ‘LMAO!‘, was my response and contribution to the comment thread. After clicking the notification that Jeffrey Dietch liked my comment, I was returned to this page. The Facebook profile had been shut down. All sorts of artists had friended Dietch and posted on his wall, thinking him to be Jeffrey Deitch of the eponymous SoHo gallery, Deitch Projects. (Owner Jeffrey Deitch closed his gallery to the public in June 2010 as a result of being appointed  director of L.A.’s MoCA).

I thought the whole Dietch Projects SF to be a wonderful guerrilla stunt. Some didn’t, as evinced by a writer at New York based Blog Mixed Greens. The writer at Mixed Greens mentions Dietch Projects SF logo being ‘ripped off‘ from the original.  Wtf? – how can you ‘rip-off‘ a logo that’s already been ripped off? The writer suggested that Fake Deitch was responsible. I thought that a lame scapegoat but figured I’d pursue @FakeDeitch to prove Mixed Green’s wayward hunch wrong.

I love Dietch Projects SF’s promotional photo (top), snatched from Chicks With Steve Buscemeyes.

Heading out to Gallery Heist tomorrow evening anyway, I’ll probably mosey over to 441 O’Farrell to check things out. 

Dietch Projects SF
New Art In The Streets
Dec 8 – Jan 6
441 O’Farrell Street,
San Francisco 94102
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UPDATE Dec 9: Went down to 441 O’Farrell last night, turned out that was the Ever Gold address. Next door sat large construction hoarding plastered with ‘UNDER CONSTRUCTION SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE & the Dietz Projects logo (with an address change of 445 O’Farrell). It was pretty funny, the hoarding, about 10ft high stuck out roughly 15ft to the curb and I’d say it was about 20ft wide in front of a low rent hotel. Pedestrians jostled dutifully between the protruding structure and the curb. A friend and I spotted a fellow being admitted into the hotel so we slipped in behind him and ventured into the main lobby area to catch a glimpse through the front window (backside of the hoarding). It was simply a false front completely void of any construction. A total stunt. Staff at the grotty Hotel whose frontage was completely obscured seemed oblivious to the fact. Especially hilarious was a clerk yelling at us from a far away front desk in the dimly lit cavernous lobby of what must have been a grand-ish hotel in it’s time, asking us what we were doing there. We were taking pictures. He looked bemused – stunt – what stunt? It was as if he were utterly incognizant of the hotel’s current frontage. Even so, the artwork lived up to its namesake, ‘New Art In The Streets’. I figure Ever Gold artist Jeremiah Jenkins was responsible for the Guerilla installation. I could be wrong.


Last Address

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Last Address is an elegiac film made up of exterior images of the last residential addresses of a group of New York City artists who died of AIDS.

For more information about the artists featured in the film — including biographies, interviews, performance videos, audio recordings and essays — visit Last Address.

A film by Ira Sachs
Produced by Lucas Joaquin
Shot by Michael Simmonds
Edited by Brian A. Kates
Sound by Damian Volpe
Additional assistance by Jonathan Boyd and Andrei Alupului

He Xiangyu, Der Tod des Marat

Posted in All is not as it seems., Art, artists, China, Exhibitions, Homage, paris, portraits, RIP, Sculpture, surrealism by petercombe on November 3, 2011

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In an edition of three, “Der Tod des Marat” (“The Death of Marat”) consists of a life-size version of ’s body laying face down on the floor, dressed in a suit. He Xiangyu, an artist represented by Beijing’s White Space Gallery and Galerie LOFT in Paris, reportedly hand-knotted actual human hair onto the plastic and fiberglass effigy to create a representation of the artist plausible enough to shock and offend unsuspecting locals. The sculpture was on view at the Künstlerhaus’s Laden No. 5 exhibition space until November 1. According to Xiangyu, the sculpture was the exhibit was intended to praise Ai’s defiant actions despite the Chinese government’s constant threats of imprisonment. Ai, who helped lead the design at the Bird’s Nest Stadium, remains one of Beijing’s most vocal and outspoken critics.

Passersby are mistaking it for a human corpse, and, not surprisingly, have already alerted local authorities. “Several people had already called within days of the exhibition going up,” said Peter Steger, a spokesman for the police in Bad Ems. A local resident also filed charges for disturbing the peace of the dead, thinking the corpse was real.

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Christo, Wrapped Snoopy House

Posted in Art, Homage, humour, lithograph by petercombe on September 23, 2010
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Christo, Wrapped Snoopy House
2004
lithograph, collage
24 1/8″ x 21 5/8″
edition of 250
$6,500

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Charles Schulz was not so much an instant advocate of the Running Fence project in Sonoma County as he was puzzled by the heated “chicken little” rhetoric opposing the idea. Christo’s Running Fence became the subject of a Peanuts comic strip on November 20, 1978. The circle was completed in October 2003, when Christo and Jeanne Claude unveiled a 3-D version of the last panel of the 1978 comic strip.

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International Mail Art Submission

My finished mail art submission (pseudo-lobby card, a tongue & cheek promotion of http://wp.me/pj2vp-31d), includes a custom USPS stamp.

International Mail Art Show:
In Honor and Memory of
Judith A. Hoffberg

Armory Center for the Arts
Caldwell Gallery
Pasadena, CA
June 27– August 22, 2010

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(The following was written some months after this post appeared)

Before the opening of the Twitter/Art+Social Media exhibition at the Diane Farris Gallery in Vancouver, BC, Canada, I was contacted by one of the directors to say that one of my pieces (Iran’s Ahmadinejad Prepares for Avatar Premier, 2010), had been sold and that the gallery owner, Ms Farris was upset, as her eyes had been on the artwork. I was asked if I would be interested in making an edition of the artwork. I agreed, then never heard anything back from the gallery. Feeling a little flimflammed and manipulated over the request, I set out to produce a little piece of 8½ inspired cinema in the form of a series of gif animations to post before the exhibit completed its run. The poster above promotes the filmic homage and borrows from the poster artwork of the Reed Cowan and Steven Greenstreet directed film, 8: The Mormon Proposition. In April, I also produced this little promotional item that borrows from Disney’s Toy Story 3. In the end, it so turned out, there was no original buyer for the artwork. Ms Farris also asked if I might consider payment in the form of a ‘payment plan’. Months went by with my not hearing from the gallery. It just so happened that I found myself visiting Vancouver via San Francisco. I visited the space and there before me on a counter in the very quiet gallery’s back room lay the most exquisite little paint brush next to an unfired ceramic cat food bowl. Noticing my gaze and not missing a beat, the gallery director informed me that the bowl (awaiting Ms Farris’ artistic touch) was for a local pet charity auction. After my enquiry I was told that Ms Farris was no longer interested in purchasing the artwork and would I consider leaving my Ahmadinejad artwork for the upcoming gallery anniversary exhibition. I said it would be fine, provided the gallery brokered the shipping back to San Francisco. I needn’t print the response, except to say that I was so embarrassed for the business that all I could do was collect my artworks and get out of there fast.

Maurizio Cattelan, W(tf?) Magazine and the Artist Matthieu Lavanchy

(Digital Collage, Peter Combe, 2010: Cattelan snooping around Lavancy’s work for inspiration)

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In February of this past year I wrote a post entitled omaggio? in which two very similar photographs were placed side by side. One photograph had no author attributed to it, the other photograph was featured in Maurizio Cattelan’s portfolio (Photographed by PierPaolo Ferrari, Styled by Camilla Nickerson, Curated by Dennis Freedmanin) for the November 2009 edition of W Magazine. The similarities of the two images were striking, so striking in fact, it lead me to believe that some serious poaching had gone on. A couple of weeks ago I discovered the beautiful work of Switzerland based artist Matthieu Lavanchy and was stunned to see that he was the artist responsible for the original.

Matthieu Lavanchy is a selected finalist in the Festival International de Mode et de Photographie, Hyères 2010. Mr. Schulmann or the Man in the High Castle (series) will be exhibited in Villa Noailles from April 30 to May 30, 2010. He lives and works in Switzerland.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Maurizio Cattelan’s work. Maurizio Cattelan is @MISTYGARDINER on Twitter.

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