Modernism in Madrid

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El Museo de arte Thyssen-Bornemisza  in Madrid has quite an incredible collection from MEDIEVAL to MODERN Art MASTERS – but it is their Modern section that BLEW ME AWAY. From Rothko to Lichtenstein, to Mondrian (pictured above, New York City, 3 (unfinished), 1941,) and more, their Modern collection, is IMPRESSIVE, to say the least. Below are some pictures of my favourite works from the collection… If you are ever in Madrid, get out your camera, iPhone, or whatever (because YES, you CAN take pictures – but NO FLASH please) and CAPTURE these paintings, after taking them in.

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Left to Right: Morris Louis, Pillars of Hercules, 1960. Rothko, Untitled, 1961. Clyfford Still, Untitled, 1965.

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Lichtenstein, Woman in Bath, 1963.

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Rauschenberg, Express, 1963.

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Rosenquist, Smoked Glass, 1962.

These LARGER than life canvases will leave a lasting impression on you – guarantee it.

XX, DP

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James Turrell @ Guggenheim NYC

What do you think of when you hear the artist’s name James Turrell? Some of you may not have heard of him. Some of you folks may have heard of him in passing… since his newest solo show (since the 1980s) at the Guggenheim in NYC is beyond INCREDIBLE. But actually.

Turrell wants you to take in the environment in which you are positioned, and uses a light source to emulate a state that can eventually turn your experience  into one in which you reach a transcendental state of mind. He plays with your sight senses through having colours fade into one another in the infamous Guggenheim spiral entrance… you know, that space where the ODDBALL contemporary artist Matthew Barney once did his Cremaster series.

Here are pictures from my journey. I will never forget and forever cherish this experience, for when is the next time I will be able to witness such an event again? Remember, many of his works are found in outdoor remote locations -so if you’re in NYC vs. the outskirts of Utah you might as well take advantage of the situation.

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Lay on your back. Absorb the light. Let it play with your mind. See where it takes you. Don’t be scared, ET will not jump down from the ceiling, but you may think of light like you never have before…

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XX, DP

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANDY!

WARHOL. A LEGEND. THE KING OF POP ART. THIS POST IS DEDICATED TO YOUR FABULOUS LEGACY YOU LEFT ON THE ART WORLD. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AND MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.

Here are pictures I’ve taken of Warhol’s work from around the world. Bon Voyage!

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Once you POP, the fun don’t stop.

XX, DP

RAE BK – The Interview

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I first came across this piece in London (above – left), and I thought to myself, “HOLY **** THIS IS WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT.” Exciting, fresh, different, intriguing… the list goes on and on. And that is when I decided to try and find out who this artist is. Turns out he is not London based, rather he is is based in Brooklyn. I was on a mission to find out more… His name is RAE BK. Read the interview below to see what I learned (and you will too)! VERY COOL.

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1. Where are you based? While I found your work in London I see that a lof of your work is in NYC… are you an NYC native? Is this your home? I’m based in Brooklyn, NY.  Born and raised.  I have recently been out to London and will be back soon.

2. Your style is not typical street style – then again, what does typical street style mean? Your work exudes difference through its almost Picasso meets Basquiat figures… How would you describe your style? Do you prefer to work with spray paint, wheat pastes, or a brush (and wall or canvas)? I guess my work could be considered ‘Urban Folk Art’.  But in the end it’s simply about making what I like.  Sometimes it involves pounding metal other times it’s pasting up paper.  I tend to go off of the materials I’m presented.  Found paint or objects dictate what the next piece will be like.  I’m influenced by things that are made crudely and for practical use.

3. Which piece of yours is your favourite? Where was it done? Is it still around? A piece I call “Subway Skaters” might be my favorite.  Maybe because it was the most tricky to get up.  It’s still running in a NYC subway station.

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4. Were you trained in the arts or did you feel you had something to bring to the people and this was your means of communication – or both? When I was about 6 my mom’s record player broke.  Rather than throw it out she handed me a screw driver and said “go play”.  I spent hours taking everything apart creating mini-sculptures and developing a love for discarded things. As far as putting art outside on the streets— It’s one part about trying to get away with it and another part about getting a reaction from people noticing it. 

5. If you could collaborate with any other artist – of any form – who would it be and why?! Collaborations are tricky.  It’s like trying to get two pizza makers to make one pie.  One likes sweeter sauce the other salty.  One likes thin crust the other doughy. The end result might taste funny.  With that said, most of my art comes from unintended collaborations. Things I find made by others often get incorporated into my work. 

WELL FOLKS, THERE YA HAVE IT. If you are in Brooklyn, NYC, or even London, keep those eyes open. I PROMISE you will NOT be disappointed.

XX, DP

Street Art Adventures: NYC-Chelsea

Dearest Kiddies,

I have flown across ze pond and landed in the magical New York Citaaaay. And this has not stopped my passion for going on Street Art Adventures… and let me tell you I have found some good surprises:

1. Apparently, this is what the world needs… and I agree, don’t you?

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2. Andre the Giant (right) has now becomes “Andres the Giant,” I wonder what Shep (Fairey) has to say about this….

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3. Mr.Chat has left Paris and has come to Chelsea, NYC… What an INTERNATIONAL feline that pussy cat is…

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And lastly…

4. This pole wants you to eat it… ouch!

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That is all for now folks… I do not suggest eating cement poles, but I do recommend embracing LOVE, SWEET LOVE. And with that I bid you farewell.

XX,

DP

 

 

Jay-Z and Marina Abramović Join Forces @ Pace Gallery NYC for Jay-Z’s NEW MUSIC VIDEO “PICASSO BABY”

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History is in the making. Rap master/lyricist SENSATION Jay-Z aka HOV and performance GODDESS Marina Abramović have combined forces for Jay’s new video “Picasso Baby.” Yesterday, clips and images were released of HOV shooting his video with the goddess herself at Pace Gallery in New York City. Listen and watch the interaction in this video, it is  truly AMAZING seeing these two artistic power houses unite. This I would say is PERFORMANCE ART at its FINEST!

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Can life get any better right now? I think not!

XX, DP