Dalek's Space Monkies

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Brooklyn-based artist DALEK’s (aka James Marshall) graffiti Space Monkey character has quickly transcended the genre into paintings, toys, silkscreens and housewares. Dalek assistants Takashi Murakami and has personal work has been shown in galleries across the United States and in Japan, England, Canada and France. In 2003, Gingo Press published DALEK – Nickel Plated Angels, written by Roger Gastman. Dalek has also been featured in numerous publications, including Tokion Magazine, NY Press, deviantART, Sacramento News and Review, Juxtapoz magazine, Art Week, Art Papers, Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, and NYArts Magazine.



King Tutankhamun

King Tutankhamun a.k.a. King Tut was found in the Valley of the Kings after dying from what is believed to be a skull trauma inflicted by his murderer, an official of significant importance. King Tut died in mid-January, 1343 B.C. becoming famous for the immaculate condition of his tomb.

Lord Carnarvon, a wealthy man who owned the right to dig in the Valley of the Kings, found King Tut’s mummy in 1922. with Howard Carter. Lord Carnarvon let Carter dig for a king named Tutankhamun who's name Carter had read on some stone walls. After searching for five years for the King’s mummy, Lord Carnarvon gave up and agreed to let Carter continue searching if he paid for the workers. Within a mere four days of work under Carter's pay the workers discovered steps leading to the entrance to the tomb. Lord Carnavon’s return form England took two weeks and upon return they began further excavation and uncovered Tutankhaman’s tomb nearly completely intact.

With over 3,000 years in passing the mystery of King Tut’s death has become a legendary story fascinating researchers. In 2005 evidence from a CT scan confirming that King Tut’s cranial damage was a procedural method of embalment. King Tut officially died from a leg injury causing gangrene at the young age of nineteen. He served as an Egyptian pharaoh reigned during the period known as the New Kingdom (1333 BC – 1324 BC). Tatankhaman translates as the "Living Image of Amun.”

“Tutankhaman and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” exhibition is featured at the Dallas Museum of Art.



Sicis All Up In The New Museum

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Have you ever wondered who designed the most amazing part of the New Museum off Bowery? Sicis is an Italian tile art factory based in Milan that has been creating unique mosaic decor since 1987. Their New York location (470 Broome Street at Greene Street, 10013) currently showcases a collection of pin-up girl designs until Friday. If you thought the New Museum toilet tile work was amazing you must see this!



"The Essential Art of African Texitles: Designs Without End"

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From Kuba raffia cloth appliqués, Adire cloth, embroideries of the Congo, small geometric "Kasai velvets" to seventeen foot long raffia dance skirts, African textile artistry has been a technology tradition indicative to Africa’s culture for over a century. Textile traditions are a significant part of Africa’s cultural landscape and history linking Africa to continental trading networks. Contemporary African artists’ works including textiles, painting, photography, sculpture and other medias are showcased at the New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition “The Essential Art of African Textiles: Designs Without End” through March 22, 2009.

The publication “Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End,” produced by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press, accompanies this exhibition. BUY IT!


Barkley L. Hendricks "The Birth of Cool"

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Harlem’s Studio Museum in Harlem will be showcasing the renowned African-American painter Barkley L. Hendricks’ works from 1964 to present (b. 1945). Hendricks is best known for his life-size portraits of people of color living in urban areas in the 1960s and 70s. Alongside his iconic portraits, Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool will features many of Hendricks’s lesser known, older works and his newest pieces. Don't forget to check out his self-portraits (not kid safe). The exhibition will travel from New York to the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and lastly the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.

November 12, 2008–March 15, 2009:
The Studio Museum in Harlem
144 West 125th Street, New York, New York 10027
tel 212.864.4500 fax 212.864.4800



Tom Murrin "Mostly Masks"

Tom Murrin otherwise known as the Alien Comic has been a member of the La Mama family since the mid-60’s performing plays at La Mama, E.T.C. off 2nd Avenue and La Mama’s East 4th Street home. During the mid-‘70’s Murrin performed with Para-Troupe in Seattle, Washington, with a group called Para-Troupe. He then traveled solo around the world, doing a different show each day using his homemade masks, found object props and non-stop talking.

Murrin returned to New York City in 1978 with the Razor Art Gallery in Soho, By the ‘80’s, he was performing as “Alien Comic”, at theaters such as La Mama and Theater for the New City, music clubs like CBGB and Pyramid. Alien Comic was “the holiday host” at La Mama introducing new acts to La Mama audiences, such as Blue Man Group, Ethyl Eichelberger, David and Amy Sedaris. Murrin has continued performing and leading workshops to this day and in 2008 was honored by P.S.122 at their annual Gala for his work as a performer/curator in the downtown performance art community since the mid-‘80’s.

About 50 masks, portraits, costumes and backdrops made by Murrin from cardboard/foam core and acrylic paints used for performances are on display at “Mostly Masks” at La Mama La Galleria until November 16, 2008.

La Galleria
6 E 1st Street, New York City, between Bowery & 2nd Avenue, (212) 505-2476
Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 1 - 6 pm


Elizabeth Peyton "Michelle Obama"

New Elizabeth Peyton unveiled at the New Museum off Bowery as of November 5th.

The painting features Michelle and Sasha Obama Listening to Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention in August of 2008.

Ray Nolan "Go Tell Mama"

The streets of America were echoing hope for change with the uplifting closure of the campaign. I, along with the largest voting population in The United States to date, moved to the polls, many for the fist time ever. With a small group of friends we sat anxiously in front of the tube with tears of joy pouring as shouts filled the streets. A great since of unity has overcome this nation.

Chicago artist Ray Noland assisted in the Obama stir as his mysterious posters have been found across American cities. Recovering from a serious bicycle accident, the idea for a poster campaign came to Noland in the summer of 2006. It was in hospital bed that Noland decided “I wanted to do something to make an impact. After the accident, I felt like,’Man, this is another chance at life. You better make it good,’” he said.

A longtime Obama admirer, Noland designed a digital portrait of the candidate that captured the excitement and promise of the campaign. Based from an old Time magazine cover, mastered four-colorportrait of Obama – gazing straight ahead, looking handsome and determined –over the words “THE DREAM.”

The word spread fast of as the imagery was strong. Using donations from the prints to pay for paint and other production costs, he printed 10 posters at first eventually as demand grew 1,000 posters were printed at a time. Noland’s posters began selling between $20-$50 across the country as profits were reinvested in the project. Noland later made six short animated campaign commercials.

Noland’s work will be on display and for sale at the Go Tell Mama”officially unofficial” art show, 2421 W. Madison St., Friday 6 to 9 p.m.,and Saturday and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.



"Rat" An Anagram for "Art"

Blek le Rat, born Xavier Prou in Boulogne-Billancourt,Paris in 1952, studied painting and architecture. His motivation being social consciousness and the desire to bring the art to the people, Blek le Rat began his artwork in Paris in 1981 greatly influencing today's graffiti and "guerilla art" movements.

Le Rat is known as the pioneer of stenciling, and often replicated by British graffiti artist Banksy. "Every time I think I’ve painted something slightly original, I find out that Blek Le Rat has done it as well, only twenty years earlier" Banksy, 2005.

Small rats sprayed the streets of Paris from 1981. It is legend when the human race will have disappeared and died out only rats will survive.




Elizabeth Peyton "Live Forever"

Only fitting Elizabeth Peyton’s Live Forever exhibition be featured off Bowery in the New Museum, until January 11, 2009. A Connecticut born painter from New York City’s School of Visual Arts, it has been said Peyton revived portrait painting at a time when it was considered dead, the early 1990s.

Works include friends, musical celebrities, and European monarchy across paintings, drawings, watercolors and prints. Elizabeth is characterized by slender elongated figures with androgynous features similar to fashion illustration saturated with color. In her earlier days, works were based off photographs until 2004 when subject began sitting in her Manhattan studio.

Noel and Liam Gallagher of the rock band Oasis, Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, Pete from The Libertines, Chloë Sevigny, Princes William and Harry of The House of Windsor, Abraham Lincoln, Graham Coxon, Keith Richards, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Eminem, Ludwig II of Bavaria, and members of The Kennedy Family are just a few familiar faces found in this two story showcase.

New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002