Tuesday, July 29, 2008

One Hell of a Hamptons Weekend Part 3!

Isn't the Hampton's Pretty?...Expensive

Photos by Ruben Natal-San Miguel

SCOPE Hamptons parties were a blast. Everybody left their money worries, bad attitude, got their bathing suits ready and went on into a party extravaganza all weekend...yes folks even into Sunday night.

Artmostfierce came into right into work Monday morning with flip flops, a rather salty look and a big smirk on the face.

All the Art dealers, artists , collectors, party crashers and ah...lets not forget the SCOPE party gang. Shayna McClelland in charge of public relations for SCOPE was a real doll and fun to party with.

It was also a pleasure meeting , partying , and discussing photography with the talented photographer Brian Ulrich

Thursday Night Opening Preview
Tasty drinks and food. Nice goodie bag from SCOPE.

Friday Night SCOPE Opening Party...At Salomon Contemporary...was a blast! .The Michael Bilsborough show at Salomon (great work) with its unique drawings was the perfect backdrop for the Opening party and a good party it was. The energy of the party goers and the art fused together for that night.

Photos on order from top to bottom:
Photo #1 & #2
Hamptons Scenery
Photo # 3 Magician and photographer Brian Ulrich

Photo # 4 -A Magician that can make your dreams come true
Photo # 5-The SCOPE Opening Party

Photo # 6-Shayna McClelland from SCOPE on party patrol mode

Photo # 7-Architect Jifat Windemer and SCOPE PR diva Shayna McClelland strike a pose!
Photo # 8The Magician showing tricks of the trade to photographer Brian Ulrich
Photo #9 & #10-Sunday Afternoon after having brunch and gallery hoping in Sag Harbor with MAO in his posse, we decided that we wanted to party some more so...we got invited to go to Betsy Johnson's unveiling of her new eye wear line sponsored by Gruen Optical. Tasty pink and black vodka drinks , candy canes, chocolate covered strawberries and the juiciest herself Betsy Johnson. Looking fabulous and fit...the girl knows how to weather time. Great personality and the eye wear is quite dashing and affordable.
Go Betsy!

Photo # 11-Loved the Pink and Black balloons by the chandelier!
Photo # 12-I loved this gas station in East Hampton at night. Desolated and bright...It looked like out of a movie shoot. I just had to get out Janet's car at 3:AM, a bit drunk and give it a try.
Photo #13-My party patrol and East Hampton's Hospitality Committee for the weekend Neil Wolfson and Janet Finkel.
Thanks for such a great time. Janet you sure know your way in the party circuit.
Thanks for your hospitality...love you!!!

Photo #14-# 19- SCOPE Closing Party at The Surf Lodge Inn
It is not over folks ...another party!
After a serious downpour, Neil, Janet and I decided to defy the weather and head out to Montauk!

We toured the town...I loved it and decided to have dinner at this fabulous townie restaurant called Shagwong Tavern and Seafood Restaurant. Great food ...3 course meal for only $21.95...so tasty we need to go back.

Since we were already in Montauk...we decided to party some more and hit the closing party for SCOPE at the Surf Lodge Inn. Very cool ...cool place. The very first thing you find at the lobby is a tree trunk table with Richard Misrach's The Beach book open for you to look at. I wonder if it survived that night. That will give you an idea of its coolness. A collectors book just laying there for you to browse.

Beautiful crowd ... meow! I would got in trouble if I did not have to get back to the city the next morning. Everybody was in serious party mode and most of the gallery crowd was still partying some more(they partied all weekend).

Great weekend folks. I highly recommend that next year do what you have to do and check out SCOPE Hamptons weekend extravaganza. So worth it...!

Monday, July 28, 2008

One Hell of a Hamptons Weekend Part 2 !

Ah..the Hamptons and all its Sustained Fabulousness...

SCOPE Hampton's was a very nice boutique style type of fair.The selection of works that the dealers put together for the booths were quite strong, well displayed and affordable. Great setting, nice atmosphere, very friendly and knowledgeable art dealers made you buy even if you had no intentions like me!

Please see below some highlights of my favorite ones.

David Kassman- ''Joy'' 2005
40'' x 60'' each edition of 3

Great photo!

Jeff Muhs
'Things that Steve Gave Me: The Book and the Bottle'
Concrete 19" x 11" x 9 "
this piece was actioned at the Watermill benefit.

Jeff Muhs
'Return of Chaos' Oil On Canvas 48 "x 57 "
Jeff paintings on canvas are an abstraction dream.

Darlene Charneco-Islands and Other Experiments 2008
$750.00 each
Islands and Other Experiments: a selection of new works by Darlene Charneco which explore concepts of privacy and community, isolation, interaction and simulation in our increasingly connected era.Resin-layered mappings inspired by virtual worlds, online communities , historic and contemporary gardens, suburbia, exurbia and the rapidly developing resort communities of Dubai are juxtaposed in a puzzle-like array of controversial paradises and growth patterns.

For info regarding any of the artist mentioned bove feel free to contact Beth :

Beth McNeill Muhs
McNeill Art Group
PO Box 461
Southampton, NY 11969


And my recommendation for the fair’s biggest bargain goes to Rusty Scruby’s deconstructed and woven photographs that warp in and out of two and three dimensions; they are available at Chris Worley’s Pan American Art Projects. Dots (2008), for example, is on offer for $1,800.

ARTmostfierce loved the work of Gerald Forster a bit too much!

For the voyeur in you, the Nocturnal series from Gerald Forster might do the trick. There is a rumor that somebody after seeing (salivating them) these series went into Newtown Lane in East Hampton later on and tried to replicate the photo scene nonetheless with a bi or confused married man...lol.
There is something about that street corner in East Hampton Village...
Talk about being inspired (or turned on!) by Art.

The Nocturnal series comes on three different sizes and you can get the small print 8 1/2 x 11 ...yeah inches with the book both signed and edition for a mere $300.00 edition of 300 .

Hurry and get yours. You have a choice of three different city nocturnal (sex scenes) . One is Miami , Los Angeles and of course New York. Artmostfierce preferred New York for obvious reasons...lol. Besides the Nocturnal series , Gerald's body of work and other photo series are worth looking at.

For more info please check out these web sites:

Sunday, July 27, 2008

One Hell of a Hamptons Weekend Part 1!

Photos-by Ruben Natal-San Miguel

Project Runway Austin Scarlett and Performer strike a pose.

Rufus Wainwright and Janet Finkel share a smooch!

Janet Finkel and artist Baba Anand

Austin Scarlett working it!

There is too much to tell and show folks so, I decided to do prepare several blog postings from the Hamptons weekend. Still recovering and stay tuned ...there is more coming.

The 15th Annual WATERMILL Summer Benefit
The Watermill Center, Watermill, NY
Saturday, July 26, 2008

This benefit party was the event of the season in the Hamptons!
Artmostfierce was present and enjoyed every minute of it. Kim Catrall, Rufus Wainwright, Howard Stern and who's who was there.
As we entered, we were greeted by a man wearing gigantic inflatable balls, head to toe black-and-white-patterned Lycra, and lipstick-red platform pumps. At the end of a tiki-torch-lit walkway, the entrance was flanked by two women in traditional Taiwanese opera costumes — white faces, red cheeks, long colorful robes — standing on what looked like twelve-foot-high stilts. But the real treat was a walk through the woods, which were populated by more than a dozen youths in white rags, either sitting against trees with cardboard boxes over their heads or tossing fitfully on mattresses.

The awesome Brooklyn noise rock band Japanther played nearby, while guests were encouraged to operate a huge dragon puppet. On the other side of the forest was a room made of red mesh containing people-size candles spelling out L-O-V-E, and an incredibly long table set for dinner, on which a woman would walk very slowly in high heels without ever looking down, or disturbing a glass. Performance artist Marina Abramovic was impressed, “It’s very difficult to create your own space around all these people and still be charismatic. She’s incredibly precise. It’s not easy.”

The entertainment at dinner was a live auction headed by the ever-entertaining Simon du Pury. Someone paid $16,000 to have her portrait painted by Rufus Wainwright, who’d shown up in a sequined suit Victor & Rolf had custom-made for his London Judy Garland show. Later, Du Pury paraded out a horse for auction. Wainwright had been waiting all night for this moment, he’d told us earlier. “I’m going to take the horse home after, give the horse one last fling, then off to the glue factory,” he explained. To the relief of everyone, the horse eventually went to PR scion Vanessa Von Bismarck for $30,000, which she said was a very good price for a horse these days.

There is a rumor that Tashakitty (ARTmostfierce Mafia Hit Girl) was the buyer of a fabulous Lisa Yuskavage Lithograph edition of 2, beating at auction professional collectors Beth Rudin de Woody and Artist Baby Jane Holzer. My Mafia Motorcade girls are trained right, they know how to snatch up a deal.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Kehinde Wiley @ Studio Museum of Harlem

ARTmostfierce recommends taking a trip uptown, keep it real and check out Kehinde Wiley first solo show at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Sundays is free sponsored by Target. Go and see it and on the way out of the Studio Museum you will be able to find the latest knockoffs in fashion, perfumes and DVD movies...one stop shopping!
If you haven't got his limited edition beach towel go and get one at the bookstore . They are still available for sale!

Also if you never been to Harlem or to The Studio Museum don't be afraid ...it is about time you do know what you are missing!

The World Stage: Africa, Lagos ~ Dakar is Kehinde Wiley’s (b. 1977) first solo exhibition at The Studio Museum in Harlem and features ten new paintings from his multinational “The World Stage” series. Wiley is known for his stylized paintings of young, urban African-American men in poses borrowed from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European figurative paintings, a practice he started in the early 2000s while an artist in residence at the Studio Museum. Over the last two years, Wiley has expanded his project by living and working abroad; he temporarily relocates to different countries and opens satellite studios to become familiar with local culture, history and art. His “The World Stage” series is the result of these travels.

Wiley’s first trip was to China, where he placed his models in poses based on Chinese propaganda art from the Cultural Revolution. The World Stage: Africa, Lagos ~ Dakar, organized by Christine Y. Kim, features paintings from Wiley’s next stops, Senegal and Nigeria. For this exhibition, Wiley’s models mimic historical public sculptures from Dakar, Senegal, and Lagos, Nigeria. Wiley received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1999 and an MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2001 before becoming an artist in residence at the Studio Museum. His work is represented in the collections of several museums, including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Brooklyn Museum; Denver Art Museum and Virginia Museum of Fine Art. Recently, his work has been featured in exhibitions in Belgium, Los Angeles, Chicago and Ohio.

The Studio Museum in Harlem
144 West 125th Street, New York, New York 10027
tel 212.864.4500 fax 212.864.4800

Sunday, July 20, 2008

SCOPE-Hamptons 2008

Artmostfierce will be looking at Art and frying in the sun during SCOPE Hamptons Art Fair, July 24-27, 2008.
With the current weather temperatures, it is a perfect opportunity to escape to SCOPE and look at what's new, leave money worries and a crowded city behind for a few days.

Looking forward the VIP preview and other festivities planned for the weekend. If don't have a place to stay, just take the Hamptons Jitney, rent a car or like in my case get invited to spend the weekend.

Who knows...they might be some bargains.
Photo above:
Carlos Betancourt
Re-Collections VI, 2008
print on canvas 45 x 45 in
giclee print, edition of 25 16 x 16 in

I am looking forward among many things seeing Carlos Betancourt's work that will be on display at Jack the Pelican Presents Gallery Booth.





Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Silvia Plachy Book Signing@ NYP Library sponsored by Aperture

ARTmostfierce recommends stopping by to the talk and book signing of legendary photographer Sylvia Plachy as part of the Photographer @ the Library lecture series, featuring her latest Aperture monograph ''Goings On About Town: Photographs for The New Yorker'' (co-published with The New Yorker, October 2007), and a chance to see never before published images from her illustrious forty-year career.

Monday July 14, 2008 at the NY Public Library. See more info below.
Don't miss it!

Photos by Sylvia Plachy, from Goings On About Town: Photographs for The New Yorker (co-published with The New Yorker, 2007)
1.Book Cover

2.Bambi the Mermaid, Coney Island, Brooklyn

3.Meryl Streep and a dummy in Laurie Simmons’s film The Music of Regret.

4.The New York International Auto Show, at the Javits Center

5.Star Wars fans line up outside Toys R Us in Times Square

For more info please contact Yseult Chehata
Communications Coordinator
Aperture Foundation
547 West 27th Street, Fl. 4
New York, NY 10001
T (212) 946-7108
F (212) 979-7759


Sunday, July 6, 2008

Drag-A- licious!!!!!

ARTmostfierce received a last minute invite to participate during the 4th of July festivities and stay at fellow blogger MAO's (Modern Art Obsession...you should know by now!) Estate, where MAO and his Mao-ettes family members were holding court. Being a rebel step child of the MAO family, I accepted.  Let me tell you folks it was...worth it!!!

I had a great time at the Fire Island MAO's Spa and Resort where the meals were quite delicious and lets not talk about the cocktails....

Special thanks to MAO , Dr Quiz and the whole MAO posse (Ari, Billy and Jimmy) for their hospitality and good times.

Camera in hand we went to the Invasion where I tried to get some pictures before the girls got drunk and messy. As you could see most of the girls worked really hard for their costumes. I hope everybody had a great holiday!

Pictures are better than words !

The winner of ARTmostfierce best ''Invasion Most Fierce Look'' is on the blog header!
Please let me know 
if you have a favorite one and why.

Photos by Ruben Natal-San Miguel