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The Delicate Lash: The Art of Carol Bove

Carol Bove: Driscoll Garden: Installation 105 X 197 X 81.5Carol Bove: Driscoll Garden: Installation 105 X 197 X 81.5

Carol Bove is one of my favorite multi-media artist for reasons both superficial and not so superficial. Because she is so delicate in her touch , it is easy to to get caught in the light sweep of her visuals but there is some serious bite in her references to the radical politics (sexual and otherwise) of the 60's and 70's. I'd give a left arm for one of her elegantly etched ink drawings but even more gripping are her installations.

Now here is where the superficial part comes in. I'm dreaming of a new pad as a counterpoint to my NY place (preferably in LA) and I'd love for it to look like a full on Carol Bove installation. It took five decades for the bourgeoisie to integrate abstract paintings into their everyday living rooms. I'm sure that in the future, every good orthodontist's wife will need a good conceptual "intervention" in the middle of the mid-cent mod split level. And Carol Bove's shelvings and hangings will be her text book.

Current Listening: Calvin Harris:Merrymaking At My Place

Calvin Harris: I Created Disco:Calvin Harris: I Created Disco:

Had a lunchtime meet with Scott Lipps at 1 Mgmt today. Scotty always knows what's new and now in music. I said "Name that one group/band/song/ that is ruling it right now". Scott knows I'm an ex-club kid and lifetime dancehead and recommended Calvin Harris "I Created Disco" . "Very you," he assured. "Merrymaking At My Place" is getting played a lot at places like The Rose Bar down at The Gramercy he assured. I Myspaced Calvin Harris and like the wiggle of his boogie. And I love his mythology. Nice Scottish boy from Dumfries becomes ill as a teen, locks himself in his room for two years and starts to make dream dance music on his ancient Amiga computer. He works at the local supermarket saving enough to move to London. London proves to be so expensive he works all the time and makes no dosh , so moves back (tail between legs) to Dumfries. He almost gives up, but gives the dream one more try, even warbling on his new tracks. He puts em up on Myspace in 2005. Next thing you know he draws a manager, Pete Tong starts banging "The Girls" in his sets, Columbia signs Calvin up and Kylie's people call up to write some tracks ("Into My Arms", "Heartbeat Rock") for the new album. Now the boy is a superstar producer with a band and everything. I find all this truly inspiring. If it is all a hustle its all the more genius for it!

The Image That Sells

Are you buying it? Kinee/NY Models as the apotheosis of chic. Marcus Hill/Major as the embodiment know.Are you buying it? Kinee/NY Models as the apotheosis of chic. Marcus Hill/Major as the embodiment know.


Katherine Bernhardt at Chanel on E 64thKatherine Bernhardt at Chanel on E 64th

The E. 64th Street Chanel store threw open its doors last Thursday to Katherine Bernhardt and her vivid paintings which filled the luxury emporium from door to column to wall. Katherine's fun circle was out in full force to celebrate including our art correspondent Ghurron Briscoe and fellow artist Jayson Keeling who nabbed these snaps with his mighty Leica. Despite the very strong drinks that night. To see more of this rising painter's work contact Canada, her NY gallery. After the Chanel stamp, Katherine's sure to be sizzling among the fashion industry art heads.

Melissa Levin of LMCC and  artist Jason Irwin at Katherine Bernhardt at Chanel on E 64th PartyMelissa Levin of LMCC and artist Jason Irwin at Katherine Bernhardt at Chanel on E 64th Party

Katherine Bernhardt at Chanel /E 64th PartyKatherine Bernhardt at Chanel /E 64th Party

Things unsaid. Things unread. The True IMG Men's story.

Clement: IMG's Men (soon to be P.I.W)Clement: IMG's Men (soon to be P.I.W)

In college they warned us that information was going to be THE hot currency of the 21st century. The man with the most information wins, was the thought... So here I sit at my desk awaiting a massive scoop for MDC. I'm staring, right this second at a breaking press release from the PR firm Onorato and Wixom regarding the purchase of the IMG Men's division by a group of private investors, in order to forge a new company as a partnership between former-CAA powerhouse Kevin Iwashina and the venerable (ex)IMG head Chris Forberg. I met earlier today with Chris and Kevin Apana and it is all system's go on the new property, Public Image Worldwide. I'm awaiting a phone call at 4.00pm from Mr Iwashina for a quick Q+A to go with the Of The Minute piece which we're drafting right now. We hope to be the first to break the details of this new partnership and we have to say, we're happy for all involved.TI can't wait to see the twin engines of this new shop fired up between NY+LA. The smart money says, book a first class ticket on this relationship now. Stay tuned!

Kara Walker's New Silhouette

A gorgeous wall of written text by Kara WalkerA gorgeous wall of written text by Kara Walker

Artist Jayson Keeling ventured to the opening of the new Kara Walker show last Saturday at Markerz Sikkema Jenkins and Company and came back with a bonanza of gorgeous images. The show runs from October 20-Nov 21 and is titled" Bureau of Refugees, Freeman and Abandoned Lands- Records "Miscellaneous Papers" National Archives M809, Roll 23. Search for ideas supporting the Black Man as a work of Modern Art/Contemporary Paintings: a death without end, and an appreciation of the creative spirit of Lynch Mobs; "

Kara Walker at Markerz, Sikkema,Jenkins & Co.Kara Walker at Markerz, Sikkema,Jenkins & Co.

Kara Walker at Markerz, Sikkema, Jenkins & Co.Kara Walker at Markerz, Sikkema, Jenkins & Co.

The Legend of Kristen McMenamy

Kristen McMenamy: Photo: Vanity Fair 90'sKristen McMenamy: Photo: Vanity Fair 90's

In Paris this season when Kristen McMenamy came bounding out at the Givenchy SS08 with her signature madwoman-on-the go walk, one newbie was heard to exclaim, "Who's that old lady". Oh if only she knew. That old lady is a living legend, not only for the face, walk or poses but because of the entertainment she brought to the trade. Kristen has morphed from glamazon to androgyne to Career Woman back to glamazon into her Grand Dame incarnation this October. Here are our Top 10 Legendary Kristen Moments. She's so Marquess ( By way of Philadelphia)!

Seth Price's Vacuum Sealed Chic

Untitled Vintage Bomber:2005:Vacuum formed high impact polystyrene 33X 48Untitled Vintage Bomber:2005:Vacuum formed high impact polystyrene 33X 48

I worked all through the weekend, which I usually hate doing. One of the gigs was a shoot where a rising photographer friend of mine said "I like your Imagist thing. It is well put together, but I'm totally confused by it." Truth be told I'm completely confused by it too. After years of a love-hate tension with the thing, I have finally conceded that I'm seriously in love with the idea of fashion. Same for art. Or at least the idea of art. The relationship between the two, art and fashion, is the seed of the confusion my friend was invoking . Artists like Seth Price perfectly solve this conflict for me. Not because Seth Price is fashionable (god forbid!) but because he has really influential ideas about industrial images : the value of those images and the disposable nature of those images. Lately when I look at fashion images it occurs to me that all of fashion is a high grade form of industrial waste. Which possibly makes me love it more.

New York magazine may have damned Seth with faint praise when they named him as one of their 10 Young Masters of the new art boom by leading his blurb with this sentence "It’s hard to know what Price is best known for—his plastic vacuum-formed sculptures of breasts or contributing the same press release as his “art” to multiple shows." A press release as "art". I love it!

Current Reading: Bob Richardson : Damiani editore

Bob Richardson: Damiani: 2007Bob Richardson: Damiani: 2007

"I want to go beyond cool. I'm bored with it."
Bob Richardson

Bob Richardson, the book, is as lavish and glossy as you would want it to be. Terry Richardson, son of, certified blue chip photographer of our day and the editor of this tome, certainly outdoes himself, along with the Creative Director Doug Lloyd and Art Director Gustaf Torling. They deliver a beautiful coffee table tribute that hits all the right, all the expected notes. The cover is that iconic image . Inside is the legendary shot of the model weeping on the beach and Terry has been vigilant in tracking down all those missing tears , chromes and prints from 60's and 70's issues of Harper's Bazaar, Nova, Italian, French and British Vogue necessary to complete the puzzle.

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