Anagnorisis Picks | More in February

Anagnorisis Picks  |  More in February

I recently came across four additional events that are more than worth attending. February is turning out to be an amazing month.  If you missed them, click to see the other Anagnorisis Picks here and here.

Not really art related, but I can’t resist posting this.  If you’re wondering what to do on Valentines Day, I very highly recommend going to Gemini and Scorpio‘s extra special event taking place in Brooklyn’s famous bath house.   Imagine a party that starts with a Russian banquet followed by an open vodka bar and performances by the Hungry March Band all while soaking in a glorious hot tub!  More details and tickets can be found on G&S’s website.

The Perfumed Handkerchief | Flux Factory

The Liar by Sarah Kipp

Thanks to my friend Lori for telling me about this exhibit which will focus on grotesque beauty.  Curator Alison Ward is a girl after my own heart!

I can’t resist posting the entire group show description here:

The Perfumed Handkerchief is themed on grotesque beauty, featuring over the top, overly ornate artwork. Laden with traditional beauty icons that verge on the extreme, the works are inspired by Rococo’s ornate symbolization of love and desire. Decorative arts, architecture, and dress worked in tandem to produce an immersive environment of florid ornament. The title The Perfumed Handkerchief refers to the way perfume was used during the eighteenth century. It was less often worn as something to attract or allure others; rather, it was worn for the sensation of the wearer, dabbed onto a handkerchief or glove and held to the nose. This not only blocked the putrid smells of the streets and gutters, but also provided an interior sensory world for the person wearing the scent. Like the veil or the handkerchief, the works gathered here create an internal universe. In its separation from reality, art becomes fantastic and beautiful, as well as grotesque and monstrous. Through performance, installation, video, and painting, The Perfumed Handkerchief creates a place in which the line between desire and repulsion is almost indiscernible.

The opening takes place on Sunday, February 13, 1 – 3pm, and is apparently also a brunch.  The closing party, book release and performances are taking place on February 26, 7 – 12am.  The entire exhibit will be up from February 13 – 27 (not very long!).  Open Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 12 – 6pm, and by appointment.  Flux Factory is located at 39-31 29th St Long Island City, NY 11101.  Click that link for a map.

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“All the Wrong Art”: Juxtapoz Magazine on Film |  Museum of Modern Art

Bloodbath. 2011. USA. Directed by Cecil B. Feeder

It’s extraordinarily nice to see that Lowbrow and Pop Surreal is starting to get the attention it deserves!  I wonder how long before the MoMA actually puts this work on their very walls?  Stop dipping your damned toes in the water and jump in already!!

This film series exhibit, organized by Ron Magliozzi, Assistant Curator of the MoMA’s Department of Film, will include screenings of Sweet Wishes (by Marion Peck and Mark Ryden), Bloodbath (about Elizabeth McGrath), A Rung Lower (by Chris Mars) and many others by and about our beloved artists. I wish I’d seen this sooner – the opening is taking place as I type this.  The evening features the guest of honor, Robert Williams, and the east coast premiere of Mary C Reese’s biographical documentary Robert Williams Mr. Bitchin’.

Juxtapoz magazine founder and self-described “conceptual realist” painter Robert Williams (b. 1943) is regarded as the godfather of the Southern California–based Lowbrow and Pop Surrealist art scenes. He began his career as a commercial artist for Kustom Kulture entrepreneur Ed “Big Daddy” Roth in the mid-1960s, and was later a member of the Zap Comixcollective that included R. Crumb, S. Clay Wilson, Spain Rodriguez, and Rick Griffin. In the late 1970s he helped organize the Art Boys, a loosely affiliated fraternity of L.A. artists that included Gary Panter, Mike Kelley, Matt Groening, and The Pizz. While he was already a towering figure in the underground comix and music scenes, his work reached a new audience when the painting Appetite for Destruction (1978) was used as the original cover image for the 1987 Guns N’ Roses album of the same name. This opening program in the exhibition “All the Wrong Art”: Juxtapoz Magazine on Filmfeatures the East Coast première of Mary C Reese’s biographical documentary Robert Williams Mr. Bitchin’.

The MoMA is located in midtown NYC at 11 West 53 Street. Click that last link for their map page.  These screenings will be showing from now until the 14th.

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Davide Balliano  |  Location 1

I’m not usually too enthusiastic about what Location 1 exhibits, but was intrigued by the image on the latest postcard I received from them announcing a solo exhibit by Italian artist Davide Balliano.  I was even more intrigued by the minimalist nature of the artist’s blog.  A performance, installation, and video artist, his work and photos of his performances are quite beautiful.  It could very well be that I’m simply dazzled by his altering of master works with a visceral and obsessive use of string.  I think the exhibit is worth a visit to find out.  The opening reception is on Wednesday, Feb 9, 6–8pm.  The exhibit will be on view from that night until March 19th, 2011.  Location 1 is located in the heart of SoHo at 26 Greene Street.