OUT Professionals and OP.Prime PRESENT: ARTFUL MIXER on the BOWERY, NYC

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SAVE THE DATE! On Wednesday evening, October 2, from 6:30 – 9:00 PM Out Professionals and OP.PRIME invite you to network and socialize at SoHo Contemporary Art. A NEW GALLERY located on the fabled Bowery, where SoHo meets the Lower East Side for a PRIVATE VIEWING of contemporary works by such notables as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Rauschenberg.

For over 30 years SoHo Contemporary Art has been a source of investment-quality art for galleries and private collectors. Their new, 2900-square-foot gallery is just up the block from the buzzed-about New Museum.

The event is for members and friends of Out Professionals and OP.PRIME, the network for up-and-coming LGBT professionals. Complimentary SKYY cocktails and beverage alternatives will be provided.

ADMISSION:
Nonmember, $25, evening-long open bar included. Dues-paying Members of OP and OP.PRIME, just $15. Order here. Pre-sale ends at noon on day of event; cash only at the door.

For MORE INFORMATION click HERE.

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XX, DP

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What is Art? GET INSPIRED.

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Often people ask me, WHAT IS ART? How do I explain? Art is art if the artist says so. Art is what you make of it. Art has to be given a chance. Art is a freedom of expression. Art is LIFE. And according to the theorist Hegel, “the fact that this is meaningless DOESN’T mean that it can’t be art.” So peeps – get with the program. Art is everywhere.

Here is an slide show I came across  with quotes from famous artists from different periods of art declaring what art is, to them. Art is…

Get inspired. Follow your HeART.

XX, DP

What Philadelphia Has to Offer – AMAZING ART, DUH

A couple weeks ago, upon my return to my native land, AMURICA, I went to Philadelphia to visit my grandmother for her birthday (shout out to PHYLLIS) who too is an art historian. She took me on several art adventures that made me realise the world of art in Philadelphia is rivalling that of which NYC has to offer. For example, the plethora of GREATNESS Philadelphia Museum of Art has to on view is INCREDIBLE. They have an amazing collection of Jasper JOHNS, Cy TWOMBLY, BRANCUSI, PICASSO and more! While some of you are thinking, NYC is just WAY BETTER, I dare you to go to Philly, check out the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and be BLOWN AWAY.

PICASSO:

Absinthe Glass

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Self Portrait

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JASPER JOHNS:

Flashlight and Lightbulb

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Single Flag

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CY TWOMBLY:

Fifty Days at Illiam

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DUCHAMP:

Bottle Rack

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The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even

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BRANCUSI:

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IS THIS NOT AMAZING?! WHAT A COLLECTION?! And it keeps on going:

MOTHERWELL:

Elegy to the Spanish Republic

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NAUMAN:

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Ellsworth Kelly:

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I think you get it by now… PHILLY’s art is SPECTACULAR… and this was just one museum. They have the Barnes Foundation, the Rodin Museum, and many more! Check it out peeps! Get Cultured!!!!

XX, DP

P.S. Did I mention the steps leading up to this museum are the steps ROCKY trained on?! Does the view look familiar? The only thing that irritates me about this, even though it is incredibly riveting, is that tourists come just for the steps, and not the art – what a shame!

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P. P. S…. Street Art originated between NYC and PHILLY. So keep your eyes open!

Kick Ass 2 – The Hirst Shark Reference

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While I must admit I have not seen Kick Ass (the original), the second is HYSTERICAL. And the best part – the DAMIEN HIRST reference – to that, ya know, RIDICULOUS SHARK TANK entitled the even more RIDICULOUS, “The Physical Impossibilities of Death in the Mind of Someone Living.”

Ok so not only does the not so superhero “Mother F*cker,” apparently previously known as “Red Mist” obtain a shark tank (above – image released from the director’s Twitter account), but this tank is not full of formaldehyde, rather it is full of water and a LIVE shark, that doesn’t move… Eventful, eh?

In the movie it makes a statement about money, the shock factor, power, and life – sound familiar? WELL DUH – that just sums up our dearest (NOT) YBA in a nutshell. Hirst specifically commissioned a fisherman to fish for a shark large enough that it looked like it could eat you alive. Does this shark, aka Hirst’s work (below) scream all of the above? Keep in mind it sold for 8 MILLION DOLLARS in 2004. The 8 milli would have ate me alive had I ever bought such a grotesque work… but wait till you see the size of the shark in Kick Ass… It is just too good to be true.

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How many better ways can we find to spend our money? How many better ways are there to show off you know what is going on in the Contemporary Art world – MANY, I would say… so why would they pick HIRST? They might as well have covered a superhero in DOTS. But actually…

XX, DP

MY BED – TRACEY EMIN INTERVIEWED – LOOKING AT THE PAST

My Bed. A Piece we spoke about earlier in the article “Terms You Should All Be Familiar With – IKB & YBA” has recently been revisited by the artist herself. The piece was recently part of an exhibition at SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE FRANKFURT (if you can read German go check out their website) entitled “PRIVACY.” Seriously, watch this.

No. She is not the drunk Tracey Emin we knew back in the day. Apparently she has gotten herself together.

Watch the exhibition film here: http://youtu.be/AyZpfuUCqUI

 Way to go girl!!

xx, DP

90s He(ART)throbs Got Sprayed

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Iron Pumping A.C Slater (Top). Womanizer Zack Morris (Middle). Geek (Chic?) Screech Powers (Bottom). In some kooky way or another, these he(ART)throbs were our versions of the ideal hottie. But now, we are not only watching re-runs on the Tele, but Miami has got its very own murals dedicated to the greatness of the 90s. As I was driving around the “outskirts” of Mi-ya-yo on a search for graffiti, I saw these three murals out of the corner of my eye. Was this for real? Am I really seeing this? Seriously though… Getting closer, my childhood flashed before my eyes. Mr. Belding. Lisa Turtle. Kelly Kapowski. Jessie Spano. OMG these murals were “Ill.” And by “ill” I mean sick. Sick as in good. Sick as in AMAZING. Just pure brilliance. Saved by the Bell has been revived on the streets – Saved by the Ill.

You know, sometimes it is good to look and and reflect. Turn your memories into art. Get inspired.

xx, DP