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Sotheby's - Art Auction Action Against It's Art Handlers = STILL LOCKED OUT

October 30th, 2011 • Paul H-O

While many in the hoch-kunst elite and it's hopefuls would rather turn a blind eye (the other is tone deaf) to the union-busting attempts at the lower wage scale employees of Sotheby's - the online art zine HYPERALLERGIC seems pretty busy looking at the not pretty picture of big ticket art, and producing content on it's discontents. I'm liking it. I recommend it, even if one of it's sponsors is part of the problem.

GalleryBeat Live @ The Brooklyn Museum, Yo

September 28th, 2011 • Paul H-O
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Time: Thursday, October 6 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Brooklyn Museum in the Rubin Pavilion (the glass entrance that is fabulous)

200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/calendar/event/4728

With guests Ann Carr, Dr. Daryl Isaacs, Sanford Biggers, Spencer and Kristin Tunick, and Robin Cembalest. Hosted by Paul H-O and Lisa Levy. Music and entertainment will be provided by Pat Daughtery

Cooking with GalleryBeat is a live talk show mixing freeform conversation and performance from art to astrophysics. The taping is live and then slow-burned for broadcast on GalleryBeat.net to click start New York’s fall art season. The show is hosted by Paul H-O, creator of GalleryBeat TV, along with co-host Dr. Lisa Levy, the popular, self-proclaimed conceptual psychoanalyst. Produced by Paul, Lisa and Samantha Schlaifer.

This event is co-produced by BM’s Press Relations and Curatorial Departments with special thanks to Director Arnold Lehman.

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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Piece of Mind Cake

May 17th, 2011 • Paul H-O
Serendipity, cohesion, and conceptual width. Until May 28 at Elga Wimmer PCC 526 West 26th Street #310 New York, NY 10001   ARTISTS:  Gabriel Barcia-Colombo, Melanie Bonajo, T.R. Ericsson, Faith Holland, Yeji Jun, Lisa Levy, Sono Osato, Carrie Mae Rose, Jason Swift, Jil Weinstock http://www3.fitnyc.edu/artmarket/pieceofmind/pr.html What happens when a fresh faced group of twelve F.I.T. graduate student curators spend a year combing the New York art base  more »

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 »

The Guest of Cindy Sherman Monologue Part 1

April 11th, 2011 • Paul H-O
Part 1: Before the film had a shape or content I wrote a story script titled GUEST OF CINDY SHERMAN based on a real experience that in one night, changed my life, but not necessarily for the better. I then invited a group of of friends and filmmakers to the studio, threw out the script and delivered a monologue about living with Cindy and forgetting what I was doing. Then we made the film and it only took five years. Taped in front of a live audience at Filmlike Studio, Tribeca NY, in 2003. Paul H-O

Guest of Cindy Sherman - the RAW first monologue by Paul H-O (trailer)

March 31st, 2011 • Paul H-O
Before the film had a shape or content I wrote a story  script titled GUEST OF CINDY SHERMAN. I then invited a group of of friends and filmmakers to the studio, threw out the script and delivered a monologue about living with Cindy and forgetting what I was doing. Then we made the film and it only took five years. Taped in front of a live audience at Filmlike Studio, Tribeca NY, in 2003. The Feature Documentary GUEST OF CINDY SHERMAN on DVD and download - GalleryBeat.net and Amazon, iTunes, The Sundance Channel, Sky Arts Britain, Trela Media Distribtution