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A Portrait of Paul (an interview by Roger Adams, 2007)

September 28th, 2011 • Paul H-O
Directed and edited by former intern Roger Adams. He was the only intern still in high school I ever hired. He's the only one that ever applied. He made a very good film at 16, it's called "Slapboxing".

Odd Nerdum Thrown in Joint for Tax Jam

August 23rd, 2011 • Paul H-O
From Artinfodotcom via News from Norway August 19, 2011

Odd Nerdrum, the Norwegian artist sentenced to two years in jail for tax evasion, won’t be allowed to keep painting in prison. He’s appealing his sentence, but if it stands, the 67-year-old Nerdrum will have to leave his brushes and easels behind.

Newspaper Aftenposten reported that the Justice Ministry has stressed that convicted prisoners aren’t allowed to continue their business activities while held in custody. For someone like Nerdrum, who has lived off income from sales of his artwork, his passion for painting will thus conflict with regulations governing prison terms.

It’s different for other convicts, who have been allowed to paint, read or conduct approved hobbies as a means of passing the time in jail. Aftenposten noted that convicted robber Johnny Thendrup, for example, sentenced to 13 years in prison for the commando-style NOKAS heist in 2004, took up his old hobby of painting while his case was pending. He has since continued to paint while incarcerated at the Ila prison for high-risk criminals outside Oslo.  more »

The B.Wurtz Show is the Art of a Distant Future Past

August 18th, 2011 • Paul H-O
Charmaine Wheatley - Wurtz blubagbloview ruler
Location: Metro Pictures
Exihibiton: NYC June 22 to August 5, 2011

Prologue:  Charmaine Wheatley and I had a series of conversations about artist, B. Wurtz, because he was having a retrospective in Chelsea.  She said, "you told me about Wurtz like a year ago and I looked at his work online and was atypically into his "assemblage" sculpture so when I read in TimeOut he had a show up at Metro Pics I headed over. It was high on my list of priorities. Then I emailed you, "I went and loved it".  Then she wrote back to talk about it, but she started drawing the work she liked.  Ms.Wheatley rules in her own realm, deliberate cartooning with precise writing, attention to detail and subject that reminds me of monks quilling illustrated tomes.  She said maybe we should try to do something together about the Wurtz show. I saw the first drawings and thought, I'll try to use these black marks that come out of these buttons to keep Charmaine's pictures from touching, so people can see them better.  It's a work-in-progress and we will stick with Wurtz in the spirit of Wurtz; simply, working with material we bought at the wrong kind of store.  I can't work the layout code here worth a damn.  (Charmaine's images either shrink or explode)  Maybe some smart graphic artist will come in and fix it.  That was how it worked before, when I had a camera and it would drive people nuts, and someone took it out my hands.




Buttons, the kind we use for clothing, are one of Wurtz's earlier object elements. It's hard to avoid buttons, and for hundreds of years we've had them, and they're still here. He specializes in monuments to efficient, proven technology like tin cans, shoelaces, coat hangers. Common materials our society uses every day, every class, and taken for granted.

Wow, there is a lot of work in this show.  I thought Wurtz's work would be in one gallery room or two, but he's got the whole big box gallery. It's hot as hell in here too. I feel for the front desk people - giant walls of glass facing south, one could grow dope easy in here.  A-list galleries in Chelsea are sleek, white, gas guzzlers. Why not have ceiling fans?

Metro is a humongus fancy gallery, with a museum scale show by Feature Inc's very own B. Wurtz, International Artist of Mystery. Feature is a medium-sized gallery that has been a hothouse for talent. (talent often lured to greener pastures). Feature WAS in Chelsea but went back downtown, where vacant storefronts and mixed class neighborhoods still exist for about another 15 minutes.

B.Wurtz had an early rise along with Feature, and it's weird alien flavor, and was instantly recognized as an 'artist's' gallery.  Wurtz maintains his conceptual and material integrity to the humble degree that he's been professionally back-burnered in the fashion industry of art.  Word has it that some early work has been acquired by one of the major museums uptown.  Summer in Chelsea is not where the art market is, and rare, very good art like this, will go unseen and undersold.  We did wonder what was behind it, is he poised to become the veteran mine canary of our economic demise?

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The Dark Arts Edition: Anglo-Filing! Murdoch's News of the World Spins Out of Control Brings Down British PM and Hundreds More

July 7th, 2011 • Paul H-O
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Magnolia Treet - The Opinions Expressed Are Not Yours or His - a new column

First off, I would like to say welcome and thank you for reading my new column. GalleryBeat Media, as Mr. H-O likes to call it, has been quiet and rather dusty as he chases after documentary film subjects while letting this perfectly nice piece of real estate right here lay fallow. I told Mr. H-O that I would be happy to take care of his little estate in return for room, board and cultural opinion/enlightenment in his squalid little guest house.

I have been intrigued by the arrest of Dominique Straus-Kahn here in New York and what a mess it's become because it was about sex. We don't know what kind of sex took place but if the news reports are nominally factual it would seem that Mons. Straus-Kahn left his manly signature splashed about his posh hotel room. Even discounting the maid's contention of rape to say, half rape, it's still a mess and if you don't know who DSK is then you may have to search International Monetary Fund ex-chairman and likely-dashed-hope-future president of France. Now the accuser has brought suit against Rupert Murdoch's NY Post for calling her a prostitute on the front page.

What has this to do with Paris or London or art?

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1986: The One Time I Produced an Artist's Book

June 9th, 2011 • Paul H-O
 The Man Nobody Killed by David Hammons

David Hammons, The Man Nobody Killed screened spray paint on corrugated cardboard, 8.5"X11", 1986


By Paul H-O

How was I to know David Hammons would become huge? I did not. I never thought about it. I'd met Mr. Hammons at the Horseshoe Bar (or Vazacs) at 7th St. and Ave. B in 1984 or '85 through artist Cynthia Kuebel when she was living on Clinton St. near Delancey. I'd only moved to New York in September of '84 because I'd curated a traveling group multi-media exhibition I named SF/SF (San Francisco Science Fiction) and it was the the season opener at PS 1's Clocktower after being at the S.F. Arts Commission Gallery.   It was a post-art-punk installation of metal mechanical sculpture, some paintings, and some photographs my partner and 2nd co-curator Jo Babcock and I had driven in a rented U-Haul 24 foot truck. Once I got to NY after that trip from San Francisco, I had just enough personal belongings in that truck to live in New York.

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Concrete TV Sample 13

May 11th, 2011 • Paul H-O
Concrete TV is a NYC-based public access show by Ron Rocheleau that combines sex, violence and art. STARK RAVING MANIAC WORK OF BRILLIANCE.  For more information -www.concretetv.com Ron Rocheleau has also been firmly at work with GalleryBeat on and off since the 1990's when we were both Public Access producers. Ron's lurid hypervision of a digital schizophrenia began before this could be done on a computer, so he hasn't bothered to get one at all. I think that is the sign of the artist, at least the compulsory type that works more like a writer, and doesn't draw on everything that doesn't move. He talks a lot. He makes me nuts. He also makes moving pictures into deep streams of neurological wonder. The new box set will put you away for good. H-O

Warhol and Rauschenberg Foundations Call for the Release of Ai Weiwe

May 4th, 2011 • Paul H-O
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Most of the major museums of the US have signed petitions calling for the release of artist/dissident Ai WeiWei, believed to be incarcerated by the Chinese Government. Who knows? The Chinese have proven to be snowblind to any human rights other than to produce and purchase consumer materials - otherwise all bets are off. The Warhol Foundation is a bit late to the Free Ai Wei Wei groove in releasing their printed actions, but there it is. It's a bit of a no-brainer to take a stand on Wei Wei but it does serve of a reminder that yesterday's hot topics don't go away just because the mainstream media moves to the next thing - and I have to admit dispatching Bin Laden is a BIG DEAL. The following announcement is the unabridged press release from a friendly source at the Warhol Foundation. (H-O)
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation join the global arts community in calling for the release of artist Ai Weiwei. The detention  more »