Adventures of Hoogrrl!

A person who appears to be ambling aimlessly, but is secretly in search of adventure.

Browsing Posts published in July, 2008

Sotheby’s-AP (left); Bettman-Corbis

A short piece by Jerry Adler in Newsweek:

In their idle moments, historians occasionally speculate on how the world would be different if Adolf Hitler had passed the entrance exam to the Art Academy of Vienna, where he applied (twice) in the early years of the 20th century. Presumably, if he’d been allowed to pursue his dream, he would have inflicted on the world only a large number of mediocre watercolors, rather than World War II and the Holocaust. Contrariwise, the world is better off that a certain British statesman with a gift for inspiring rhetoric never allowed his love of painting to interfere with his career in politics. Otherwise Britain might have gained a trove of derivative post-impressionist landscapes to clutter the antiques shops of Portobello Road, and lost the war to Nazi Germany. One can’t help wishing that Hitler had been a better artist—and being grateful that Winston Churchill wasn’t.

You probably know by now how much I like Jeff Koons’ work. Jerry Saltz likes it too here in New York Magazine in which he writes about three humongous Koons pieces installed on the roof of New York’s Metropolitan Museum. I think Saltz may be touching on why people would pay outrageous prices for “fine” art on cruise ships (see this):

When money and hype recede from the art world, one thing I won’t miss will be what curator Francesco Bonami calls the “Eventocracy.” All this flashy “art-fair art” and those highly produced space-eating spectacles and installations wow you for a minute until you move on to the next adrenaline event. Giant heads made of pots and pans; tigers flying through museums; muscle cars buffed by bikini-clad girls; bronze Hello Kitty sculptures in courtyards; enough plywood, plastic, aluminum, and steel constructions to wall off Mexico from the U.S.—big isn’t necessarily bad, but it isn’t automatically beautiful, either. Some of these projects have been great. Olafur Eliasson’s fluorescent sun-disk, displayed in the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2003 and 2004, actually got English audiences to momentarily stop reveling in realism in lieu of abstraction. Ditto Doris Salcedo’s work. But most of these “events” are only empty-headed ways of spending money, seducing rubes, saying nothing, and elbowing aside anything smaller, quieter, or riskier. It’s like an Elton John concert. Future generations will see that we passed through a super-mannered period where razzmatazz became an end in itself.

Contemporary art is cool and trendy and filled with exciting events, and lots of folks want a piece of the glitz and glamor. Maybe sailing around on a cruise ship and participating in an art auction on-board makes people feel like they’re part of a “scene” if only for a few seafaring days. I love going to art fairs and art parties, but this kind of frenzied, thoughtless art-buying is not something I encourage.

“Do not buy art on cruise ships.” So says Mr. Modern Art Notes in response to this article in the New York Times last week about irate art buyers who were disappointed about art they bought at auction on cruise ships. It’s hard not to giggle when I think about buying art this way. To say the least, I’m suspicious of buying art aboard any kind of sea craft and from what I can tell from this article, probably would not find the kind of contemporary art I am interested in anyway. But for crying out loud, if you’re going to do it, at least do a tiny bit of research … BEFORE you buy the art. Unlike this guy:

It was only after Mr. Maldonado landed back in California that he did some research on his purchases. Including the buyer’s premium, he had paid $24,265 for a 1964 “Clown” print by Picasso. He found that Sotheby’s had sold the exact same print (also numbered 132 of 200) in London for about $6,150 in 2004.

Jeez. Hard to have sympathy for this Mr. Maldonado. I bet he would buy this picture of George Hamilton made with SPF 30 sunscreen. See here for more giggle-inducing art made from “suspect (questionable) and fugitive (non archival) materials.”

Muriel Hasbun
Barbara Liotta

Wednesday, July 23
7 – 9 pm
@ Katzen Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Thursday, July 24
Hip Hop Happy Hour
5 p.m.–6:45 pm
@ National Portrait Gallery
8th and F Streets, NW
Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard

Face-to-Face Portrait Talk with curator Jobyl Boone
6 p.m.–6:30 pm
Meet at F Street

Reel Portraits
Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky) and New York Is Now
7 p.m.; doors open 6:30 p.m.
Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium.
A conversation with Paul Miller follows.

To Say the Least
Sarada Conaway, Adam Davies, Patrick McDonough, Ding Ren, Matt Seymour, Imin Yeh
Curated by Faye Gleisser
July 24 – August 4

Opening Reception:
Thursday, July 24
6:30 – 9:30 pm
@ Boiler Gallery
1829 California Street, NW, #33

Barrelhouse Roller Derby Issue Launch Party
Brought to you by The Pink Line Project and Scion

Friday, July 25
6 – 10 pm
@ Hillyer Art Space
Behind the Phillips Collection
21st Street, NW, between Q and R

AAC Closing Party and Panel Discussion
SHE’S SO ARTICULATE: Black Women Artists Reclaim the Narrative

6 – 7 pm
Panel Discussion with Renee Stout, Nekisha Durrett, Torkwase Dyson, Maya Asante, and Stephanie Dinkins, curators Henry Thaggert and Jeffry Cudlin, and moderated by professor of contemporary art at the University of Illinois, Champaign, Terri Weissman.

Party with DJ follows!

Friday, July 25
@ The Arlington Arts Center
3550 Wilson Boulevard

Modern Love
Friday, July 25
@ National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue, NW

Friday, July 25
9 pm – 1 am

Presented by Civilian Art Projects and Planaria Recordings
@ 406 7th Street, NW, 3rd Floor

- ILYA MONOSOV (Planaria / Holy Mountain / Drag City / Language of Stone)
- DUANE PITRE (Important Records)
- PREE (May from Le Loup)
- SCOTT ALLISON (of Kohoutek)
and DJ sets from ED PORTER and SCOTT BAUER

Saturday, July 26th
@ Civilian Art Projects
406 7th Street, NW, 3rd Floor

Flik Movie Festival and Interactive Exhibit

Saturday, July 26
6 pm
@ Art Whino Gallery
173 Waterfront Street
National Harbor

Through August 20, 2008

Lobby James Hilleary, Paintings from the ’60s
Gallery Washington Color School

@ Osuna gallery
7200 Wisconsin Avenue

Port Towns Music History Mural
Sunday, July 27
3 pm
@ Mango Cafe

The Pink Line Project is helping Billy Colbert launch his line of Urban Pop mens and womens wear under the brand name Policy. Please come to the launch party!

Policy Brand Trunk Show & Launch Party
Thursday, July 31
6 – 8 pm
2125 14th Street, NW

Music by DJ Anish!

Thanks to our sponsors!
The Velvet Lounge
Busboys & Poets

Tyler Green wrote an interesting article about the National Gallery East Wing’s space problems.

In the coming months, the NGA will undertake efforts to address its major issues: the inconsistent quality of the 20th- and 21st-century collections, the awkward way they’re installed, and the NGA’s need for more space.

The East Building’s weaknesses are legendary: The atrium dominates, making the building feel like an atrium with a couple of art-display spaces attached. The galleries are awkward and incoherently spread through the building. They’re too big or too small. There are too few of them. Every gallery but one is cut off from natural light.

“The display of modern or contemporary art doesn’t live up to the architecture even though the architecture is now 30 years old,” says Michael Brand, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

Noche Crist loved the color pink. She was a very wise woman. See review by Michael O’Sullivan of her show at the Katzen here.

I love this line from a post that C-Monster linked to about Jocelyn Foye’s Roller Derby Project:

They’re still both wearing fishnet, which really transfers well to clay, …

More on the project here. I’m not really into these “sculptures,” but slamming into a wall of clay at high speed on roller skates looks like a lot of fun.

(Thanks yet again to C-Monster!)

First Ever Roller Derby Themed Barrelhouse Issue 6 Launch and Arm Wrestling Extravaganza!
Brought to you by Scion and The Pink Line Project

To celebrate Roller Derby, a protofeminist wave of bone crushing awesomeness, we bring you a night of amazing roller derby themed stories and poems and one gigantic Roller Derby mural by Cory Oberndorfer, food eating, beverage drinking, DJ dancing, and (damn well better!) Barrelhouse buying.

AND, you get to arm wrestle a Roller Derby Girl!! IF YOU DARE!

Friday, July 25
6 – 10 pm
@ Hillyer Art Space
Behind the Phillips Collection
(on 21st Street, between Q and R)

$10 at the door / Free food and drink!
Barrelhouse Issues available for $5!
And a chance to get your ass (or arm) personally kicked by a roller derby chick.