Are Christmas Cards Fine Art?

They are now. Don Allcorn’s annual best Christmas Card ( should I have said, “holiday greeting?” Why is hard to be politically correct? Shouldn’t it be easier? – they need to make fairness easier than unfairness then I think it might have a chance.) has taken the printed posted greeting and raised it up to the level of fine art… all within one an easy to open envelope! Is he a magician? No silly, he’s an artist. He’s also an architect and my old college buddy and Susan’s brother! Duh! Don Allcorn people…remember that name. Anyway, when I easily opened the envelope the first thing I thought was, “That was so easy to open.” Next, I instantly recognized the contents as being fine art. ‘But how?” you are probably not asking yourself…Let me learn you now, a simple rule of identification should you one day wonder, “Is that art fine?”

If it’s in a frame, it’s fine art.

Very simple really. No frame? Not fine art….for the most part anyway…I mean there’s always Yoko Ono and making holes in the wind type of art stuff…but this little rule right here will keep what’s fine and what’s not pretty clear. BUT you must also remember that just because some art is not fine, that does not mean it is not good art….or bad art….or expensive as fuck art…or actually just garbage….that’s the rub.( no, Scott Covert’s paintings are the “rub”…riiiiiiight?????? – yuck yuck yuck) – NEVERMIND.

I like that textural fine art frame with that fine furniture in “Claridge Carbon” by Modernica seen in the photo above. That’s looking fine. I’m seeing a design rule here…

Fine is fine with Fine.

…honestly these marvelous ideas just come right out of my fingertips and onto the keys of this computer…they really do…they completely bypass my brain. Hmmm. Fascinating….yeah, I know! OK, here comes another one right now….

Art is a mystery. Don’t try to solve it. It’s not called Rubik’s Cubism, kids.

Take these wise words of easy to remember wisdom and use them! I give these things to you my twelve to fifteen readers.

Merry Christmas Happy Holidays to you all…I totally slept through the whole week this year. Ooops. Missed Christmas. So what.

I had pictures of holiday windows to post and funny gift ideas and all kinds of Xmas blogging to post….but I didn’t even download the pictures off my phone. Fuck it. Who cares.

Peter McGough’s Book is Out on Tuesday!

Book Launch: I've Seen The Future and I'm Not Going by Peter McGough in conversation with Christopher Bollen (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends Event)

Tuesday Sep 17, 2019
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway 
28 Adams Street (Corner of Adams & Water St. Facebook event found here.  A Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend event.

A memoir of New York in the 1980s and 1990s–a time of both enormous creativity and decadence–told by an artist who was at the center of it all, including the AIDS epidemic, and survived to tell the story.

Peter McGough–half of the team of McDermott & McGough, artists known for their painting, photography, sculpture, and film–writes about the trauma of growing up gay in 1950s suburbia; about the East Village art scene of the 1980s when he knew Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons and Julian Schnabel; and about his meeting David McDermott who would profoundly change his life by insisting they dress, live, and work like men in the Victorian era. From then on, wherever they lived–in New York City or in upstate New York–they lived without electricity or any other modern conveniences. Their art, called “Time Maps” was concerned with sexuality, bigotry, and AIDS, and their photography–using cyanotypes and platinum plates–had great success at major galleries and museums around the world. Eventually, however, McDermott’s incendiary temper and profligate spending would bankrupt them: McDermott would move to Dublin, and McGough, trying to work in New York, would discover that he had AIDS. I’ve Seen the Future and I’m Not Going is a poignant, often devastating, often humorous, entirely singular memoir.

peter mcgough

PETER McGOUGH is an artist who has collaborated with David McDermott since the 1980s. They are known for their work in painting, photography, sculpture, and film. He divides his time between Dublin and New York City.

A New Chelsea Gallery Is Having a Group Show

Just when you thought all the good galleries had crossed water to make room for Roasteries and even more luxury rental towers, a new Chelsea gallery has sprung up around the corner and is currently showing some nerw art by several artists who I suspect do not live in the area.

Keeping track of gallery hours can be a headache but this gallery has a unique approach to that because they are never open. They are always closed, padlocked in fact. No worries for the art lover though because all the art is easily viewed from the sidewalk right in front! A clever idea and a little perk for the line of commuters who line up daily in front of it, waiting for their bus to…um…actually I have no idea where that bus goes but there seem to be hell of a lot of people taking it everyday to “somewhere.”

Anyhoozle, as they never say in the art world, here are few highlights of the show…

Black/Pink – not the Korean pop group – from GHOST.

GRAFFITTI’S exploding purple bomb.

Werds, werds and more werds. You’ll write a rope of words and strangle this business! – sorry but sometimes ( like all the time ) I need to quote Norma Desmond. Nevermind.
It’s a very well lit and spacious gallery. I’m not sure who did the installation on the floor, but it’s GEEEEEENIUS.

Stop by and check it out of you are in the neighborhood. No address is posted ( on the chain link fence “piece” across the front – which is totally also geeeeenius – but you can find it right around the corner from the new KGB Museum on 14th St and diagonally across the intersection from the new Museum of Illusions and for any old time locals, it’s next door to the check cashing place on 8th an 15th. A note for visiting tourists; The gallery is Google Headquarters adjacent so after your selfie with the sign, turn around and have a look. Enjoy your visit to NEW YORK CITY – The artistless city of art!

#werds

#GHOST

#Graffiti’s

UPDATE: Pop up installation in front of the gallery tonight! Anybody know the artist of this piece?


Mel Odom – Gorgeous at Daniel Cooney Fine Art – Via Text by Christie Minstrel

Chrystie Minstrel/H:
File Transfer:

Chrystie Minstre/H:
Mel Odom opening tonight at Daniel Cooney
Billy Beyond:
Oh wow. Thank you. I didnt know.
Chrystie Minstre/H:
Think i may go at later end : 7 or 7:30
Billy Beyond:
Ok. I am meeting ⧓⧓⧓⧓ ⧓⧓⧓⧓⧓ for dinner. Maybe done by then

photo CHRISTY MINSTREL
photo CHRISTY MINSTREL

Christy Minstrel/H:
Crazy accidental Mel O. Remix 😳!
Billy Beyond:
Pure blog. A+
This will keep me busy tonight. Thank you.

photo – BILLY BEYOND

Billy Beyond:
And BTW –
Christy Minstrel/H:
For cheeks and chins?
Billy Beyond
No, top secret – For M. – haha
You remember Jesus’ mother as a sculpture
For chin and ears
Christy Minstrel/H:
M!
Billy Beyond
So stoops – bad timely reading
Ok – ttyl – typing time. I have 2 blog this

Billy Beyond:
Im back. Was my makeup a natural color tonight? I couldn’t see it.
Christy Minstrel/H:
Unspookable ™️
File Transfer:


The Blonde Ambition Tour
Billy Beyond:
TY. Its a new one.#notgettingover. #itswhatsunderneaththatswrong

wait…….LMAO
YAAAAASSSSS!!!!!!!!!!
CORRECT
RECLINING!!!!
“The camera captures a more relaxed Madame”
Back to typing.
Christie Minstrel/H:
File Transfer:


Billy Beyond:
Stop it!!!!!
Urgent 2 blog
Christie MinstrelH:
File Transfer:


Billy Beyond:
Im having a heart attack but i can still type on my phone!! (pain down left arm – still typing) Ma-dam-a? Modame – yes.
This chat is BLOG
Identities concealed
Christie Minstrel/H:
We have a lot to cover tonight
Billy Beyond:
I can schedule the posting. Write tonight. Sleep til Saturday
8:15am posts.
Christie Minstrel/H:
Is that optimal blog posting time?
Billy Beyond:
Says somebody. I was told the entire design floor at Ralph Lauren reads. Doubt it
I also do “my mornings” – noon to 2PM
And any evening before 2AM
Plus – not at all

Hot Shop Op

David Yarritu’s  Oh You Pretty Things!

December 20–23, 2018. Noon to 7PM daily.
22 East 17th St. Room 925
 
Jack Pierson’s Remnants: an installation and sale of ’90s test prints, boxes of slivers and more. $100-300 each.
Cash, Venmo, and PayPal only. No online sales. 

The artist will be present on Thursday, December 20th, 5PM-7PM, Friday, December 21st, 4PM-6PM, and Saturday, December 22nd, 4PM-6PM. 

David Yarritu’s Oh! You Pretty Things returns to Gordon Robichaux for a second year as an installation-happening-hang-out-last-minute-Christmas-bazaar-tag-sale-event. 
Cash, Venmo, and PayPal only.

Model Report

The art of fine art modeling is a fine modeling art. Recently a very important and renown American fine artist chose Shopping Anyone as a model to be included in one his very important and renown works of sculpture. Seen here, “Shopping” representing the Campus Cuties.

The artist? Kenny Scharf. Yes, that’s right…The Kenny Scharf. What an honor for this female figurine model. Click the picture above and really get into the glittering details of the glitter details.

Meanwhile – what about this?

Have you seen it at night? It lights up…

in Union Square nightly.

Magic Mirror opening tomorrow at Daniel Cooney Fine Art

Artcheck. 

Pic pondering tomorrow night , y’all…featuring the photo work of David Yarritu, Corey Tippen and a who’s whom of the fine art photography world. C’est moi sur l’invitation. Circa 198?




C u there. Dress:flashbulb

Van Hooples For Sale

For Immediate Release:

A collection of six original oils on masonite by Van Hoople circa mid-1950’s. Four are in original frames from the Hillside Gallery in Hollywood,CA. I put this group together over fifteen years of collecting. They represent the artist’s dry-brush period and believe me, it doesn’t get any drier than a mid-fifties Van Hoople oil on masonite. Even the frames are painted by the artist to match. 

You may recognize the hourglass painting from the Amy Sedaris Book,  I Like You in which it was featured.    

Interested in one or all if them? They are for immediate sale. 

Email me with inquiries – auntalice AT gmail DOT com