a tale of a few cities

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.

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.


Birth of Hirst

Posted in Art, art criticism, Birth of..., Sculpture by petercombe on November 27, 2011

Joseph Cornell (1903 – 1972), Pharmacy, 1943

Birth of Hirst

Posted in Art, art criticism, artists, Birth of..., Sculpture by petercombe on August 12, 2011

Paul Thek (1933-1988), Untitled (Meat Piece with Flies), 1965, from the series Technological Reliquaries

Damien Hirst’s Cover Artwork for the New Red Hot Chili Peppers Album “I’m With You”

Posted in Art, design, music, Photography by petercombe on July 1, 2011

The Last Fountain

Posted in Art by petercombe on June 28, 2010

MarcAntoine Léval, Last Fountain, 2010, 65 x 102 x 26 cm


Ben Lewis, The Great Contemporary Art Bubble (Documentary Trailer)

More on Cartrain’s Hirst Target

Posted in Art, cut & paste by petercombe on September 19, 2009


From The Guardian;

Damien Hirst‘s feud with teenage street artist Cartrain could yet become the most controversial story of Hirst’s career. It really is vile for a rich man to use his power to bully someone who, after all, is just trying to emulate him by making art with found materials.

Presumably, what irks Hirst is that Cartrain used Hirst’s diamond skull in a series of collaged portraits of the skull’s creator. Hirst successfully demanded that all the young artist’s works incorporating the diamond skull should be handed over, presumably to be destroyed.

But I can report that not every Cartrain collage featuring Hirst’s skull has been seized. One exists and is in the public domain. I am its proud owner, having been given it by the artist. Here is a portrait for our time.

It catches Hirst in middle age perfectly, does it not? I particularly like the NHS spectacles, a cruel reference to Hirst’s geeky specs. The Blue Peter badge is another hilarious touch.

Seriously – this is an excellent dadaist collage that makes a lot of “official” contemporary art look pretentious. I thought this when I chanced on a Hirst portrait that Cartrain infiltrated into the National Portrait Gallery last year, and I think it even more looking at this image. I wonder if the real reason for Hirst’s antagonism is that Cartrain has done the same as all great caricaturists down the ages: created a vicious but insidiously memorable image of his target.

Anyway, it exists, free and unfettered. Hirst’s lawyers cannot have this one.

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