a tale of a few cities

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.


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Help a poor girl out…

The artwork, entitled When It Starts Dripping From The Ceiling, consists of a trough under a wooden tower of slats. Photograph: Bernd Thissen/EPA

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An overzealous cleaner in Germany has ruined a piece of modern art worth over $1,000,000 after mistaking it for an eyesore that needed a good scrub.

The sculpture by the German artist Martin Kippenberger, widely regarded as one of the most talented artists of his generation until his death in 1997, had been on loan to the Ostwall Museum in Dortmund when it fell prey to the cleaner’s scouring pad.

The work, called When It Starts Dripping From the Ceiling (Wenn’s anfängt durch die Decke zu tropfen), comprised a rubber trough placed underneath a rickety wooden tower made from slats. Inside the trough, Kippenberger had spread a layer of paint representing dried rainwater. He thought it was art: the cleaner saw it as a challenge, and set about making the bucket look like new.

A spokeswoman for the museum told German media that the female cleaner “removed the patina from the four walls of the trough”.

“It is now impossible to return it to its original state,” she said, adding that it had been on loan to the museum from a private collector and was valued by insurers at €800,000 (1,103,400.00 USD).

She said that cleaning crews had been told to keep 20cm (8in) away from artworks, but it was unclear if the woman – who worked for a company to which cleaning had been outsourced – had received the memo. After reading the above in The Guardian, I was reminded of an article I’d read a couple of years ago about an ‘in demand’ contemporary art restorer.

The Ostwall Museum spokeswoman needn’t get her knickers in a knot, it just so happens that the 2nd sentence into The Art Doctor, an article that appeared in the May 11, 2009 issue of The New Yorker, there is mention of another damaged artwork by Martin Kippenberger and after further reading, its repair. Christian Scheidemann, a conservator of contemporary art who runs a company called Contemporary Conservation has repaired contemporary works by artist as diverse and challenging as Takashi Murakami, Rudolf Stingel, Wifredo Lam, and Paul McCarthy. A few years ago, Scheidemann had to trim a new piece of elephant dung to fill a gap in a Chris Ofili painting.

Dear overzealous (and no-less traumatized) outsourced cleaner, refer the museum to Christian Scheidemann at www.contemporaryconservation.com 

Readers, if you’ve time enough, give the lowly cleaning woman some slack and forward this post to mo@stadtdo.de with ‘Seien Sie gütig zur Dame der macht das Reinigen‘ in the subject line. 

@ Dior



Peter Combe, 2011

Top, Dire @ Dior

Center, John Galliano more

Bottom, DisMisseD

John Galliano Fired From Dior >

ig•nis mu•bar•ak•u•us

Posted in All is not as it seems., appropriation, Art, Cairo, Photography, Wordsworth, WTF? by petercombe on February 10, 2011

ig•nis mu•bar•ak•u•us |igˈnəs moōbärˈæk’ū-əs|

noun (plural igˈnəs moōbärˈæk·u·i /ˈigˈnəs moōbärˈæk’o͞oˌī/),

something deceptive or deluding (on a grand scale).

adjective,

used to describe the narcissistic & delusional dictator’s trait of (preoccupation with) chasing rainbows.

gut feeling,

also known as externating one’s inner disgust.

early 21st century: modern Latin, derived  from dictator Hosni Mubarak’s spotting of Cairo’s rainbow filled sky & his ‘WTF?’ Feb,  10,  2011 speech for Egypt.

see also: ignis fatuus (ig·nis fat·u·us)

meg•alomaniac out

Posted in altered subtitles, appropriation, Collage, Gif, Peter Combe Art, Peter Combe Gif, Wordsworth, WTF? by petercombe on November 2, 2010

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Being a Canadian in San Francisco, I can’t vote. I can have an opinion though.

In the style of Barbara Kruger.

UPDATE  – Rich Executives Bomb at the Ballot Box >

more meg >

meg•alomaniac

Posted in All is not as it seems., Wordsworth, WTF? by petercombe on September 18, 2010

meg•alomaniac |ˌmegəlōˈmənēˌak|

noun

a person who is obsessed with their own power.

….• a person who suffers delusions of their own power or importance.

another way of saying “über-bitch”.

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adjective

exhibiting megalomania.

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DERIVATIVES

meg•alomaniacal |-məˈnīəkəl|

• [ adj. ] used to refer to someone sharing an attribute with certain ‘Hun-like’ creatures, i.e. Meg Whitman.

….those inspired by ZEALOTS,

some of whom include:

Francisco Franco (Generalísimo)

Margaret Thatcher

Attila the Hun


Yabba Dabba Doozy / Work Of Art, Episode 6

Posted in Art, Conceptual Art, serious television, WTF? by petercombe on July 15, 2010

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At left, Neumaton & right, Scales

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Bravo’s Work Of Art judge and Senior Art Critic for New York Magazine Jerry Saltz, gallerist, art advisor, independent curator, collector, and tastemaker Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn and judge Yvonne Force Villareal, president and co-founder of the Art Production Fund had much to offer in their public art critiques on last night’s episode of Bravo TV’s ‘Work Of Art’. Waxing lyrical about the art’s poetic nature and comments regarding ‘Scales’ site specificity, lame references to 911 and ‘Neumaton’ being ‘too close to all the bad 60’s and 70’s minimalist works’, seemed way off the mark – episode six seemed to draw all of its inspiration from Hanna-Barbera’s Bedrock City.

UPDATE: Work Of Art contestant Nicole Nadeau, niece to Countess Luann de Lesseps (the star of Bravo TV’s ‘The Real Housewives Of New York City) and Illustrator of the Countess’s book, Class With The Countess:How To Live With Elegance And Flair , is episode 6’s selected winner. Not bad for a mediocre industrial designer (?)/girl about town.

Work Of Art >

Motorcycle Show in Moscow

Posted in Россия, WTF? by petercombe on June 28, 2010

High Jinks @ Newsweek

Posted in WTF? by petercombe on June 15, 2010

Follow the instructions above on your keyboard – for real.

UPDATE – Newsweek cottoned on to the hoax – read the story here – AOL

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