a tale of a few cities

Cindy Sherman Retrospective at SFMOMA

July 14 – October 07, 2012

Cindy Sherman is recognized as one of the most important contemporary artists of the last 40 years and arguably the most influential artist working exclusively with photography. This retrospective traces the groundbreaking artist’s career from the mid-1970s to the present. Bringing together more than 170 key photographs from a variety of Sherman’s acclaimed bodies of work, the presentation constitutes the first overview of her career since 1997 in the United States. Sherman has served as her own model for more than 30 years, generating a range of guises and personas that are by turns amusing and disturbing, distasteful and affecting. The exhibition showcases the artist’s greatest achievements to date, from her early experiments as a student in Buffalo in the 1970s to her recent large-scale photographic murals.

Cindy Sherman, renowned American photographer and film director, is 58 today.

Visual AIDS, Postcards From the Edge, NYC

I am in such good company here – who doesn’t  recognize a Marilyn Minter when they see one?

Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over. Visual AIDS is the only contemporary arts organization fully committed to HIV prevention and AIDS awareness through producing and presenting visual art projects, while assisting artists living with HIV/AIDS.

Postcards From the Edge is a unique fundraiser where each of the 1,500+ postcard-sized artworks are uniformly priced at only $85.00. All works are displayed anonymously, with the artis’s identity revealed only after the work is purchased. Featuring artworks by Jeff Koons, Yoko Ono, John Waters, Donald Baechler, Marilyn Minter, Ed Ruscha, Polly Apfelbaum, Adam Fuss, Kiki Smith, John Baldessari, Louise Fishman, Ross Bleckner, Barry McGee, Kay Rosen, Marcel Dzama, Jonathan Lasker, Mary Heilmann, Louise Lawler, Bill Jensen, Jane Hammond, Ann Hamilton, Hans Haacke, William Wegman, Kate Shepherd, Zoe Leonard, Jack Pierson, Lawrence Weiner, Pat Steir, Thomas Woodruff and over 1450 others.

There will be a Preview Party Friday, January 6 from 6 – 8 p.m. The Benefit Sale of postcard-sized art begins on Saturday, January 7th from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and continues through Sunday, January 8th from Noon until 4 p.m.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit VisualAIDS.

Philippe Parreno, For Eleven Months of the Year it’s An Artwork and in December it’s Christmas

Posted in Art, artists, pictures, Post Modernism, Sculpture by petercombe on December 24, 2011
Philippe Parreno
For Eleven Months of the Year it’s An Artwork and in December it’s Christmas, 2009
Cast and painted aluminium, glitter & bronze, 130 x 130 cm


My Submission to Postcards from the Edge, NYC

Peter Combe, Damien Hirst at SFMOMA, 2011 

Above is my submission to Postcards from the Edge, NYC. When I saw Andy Bosselman’s photo of San Francisco based artist, Xiang Gao outside SFMOMA – I cracked up and knew I wanted to incorporate Damien Hirst‘s noggin.

Postcards from the Edge is an exhibit and benefit sale of over 1500 one-of-a-kind postcard-size works of art by established and emerging artists. All artworks at Postcards from the Edge benefit are exhibited anonymously. The works are signed on the back only and though viewers receive a list of all participating artists, they don’t know who created which piece until purchased.

Postcards from the Edge will be hosted at Cheim & Read from January 6-8, 2012

Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue and supporting HIV+ artists.



Posted in humour, illustration, Post Modernism by petercombe on June 20, 2011

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Portland & the Birth of Post Modernism

Posted in architecture, Post Modernism by petercombe on June 4, 2011
Michael Graves’ 29-year-old Portland Building, a government office building in downtown Portland, Oregon was hailed at the time of its construction by architectural theorist Charles Jencks as the birth of Post-Modernism. I owned a copy of Jenks’ The Language of Post-Modern Architecture, 4th Edition, 1984., the cover of which featured Graves’ building.
I just so happen to be in Portland at the moment. It seems my visit has proven to be of rather good timing as the building is currently at the center of a local & heated municipal political debate. On my arrival Thursday, the Portland Tribune featured an article Love it or hate it, the Portland Building has a date with history, that mentions the Portland Building’s design could earn it a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Before the Portland Building can be nominated to the national register, however, it must overcome a hurdle in criteria, which usually limits the honor to properties that have been around for more than 50 years. The nomination report says the relatively young building should still be considered for the honor because “it is exceptionally important as one of the first physical manifestations of a new architectural style coming on the heels of the Modern movement.” The article places the building in a national level of historical importance when really its level of importance figures at an international level.
The city should reward the building the title of Historic Place then proceed with a building overhaul. The exterior is looking rather faded, the ground level shops and businesses are nondescript. Much of the architect’s original plans for the building (see above), were vetoed pre-construction by city authorities, most notably the garlands that appear on two of  the building’s facades, and the cluster of public arcades and shops on the rooftop. Reincorporating those elements would cement The Portland Building’s position as an international architectural milestone.
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