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Posted in Artist, Painting with tags , , , , , , on January 18, 2012 by michaelchernoff

A contemporary duo of painters named Guyton and Walker are two men who have combined their artist identity as a collaboration. If traditional pop art still lives on it’s in this work. Fruit is unwrapped and thrown in fields of deco pattern and geometric shapes. The paintings are big and bright and are very attractive to the eye. The duo has shown at the Whitney, Albright-Knox, and are in the MoMA collection but I’ve never heard of them until today. The work is fruitful and I hope it develops in other directions.

MOMA rates odd beauties

Posted in Art Industry, Photography with tags , , , on November 24, 2010 by michaelchernoff

For an art history paper due next week I’m going to research and write about Marina Abramovic. I’ve been struck lately by her great performances, ideas, and beauty…and beauty is what is coming into play here. Through a google search I found a tumblr page that documented some starers from Abramovic’s performance “The Artist is Present”. What made these visitors to the museum so notable is that they have been rated by the MoMA staff as attractive. Handsome or pretty, men and women. I agree that some of the faces are pleasing to the eye but for some reason the whether it’s the positioning of the head with the camera or the lighting some of the people just look strange.

The jawline and skull and of the pictured man above I found to be the strangest of the men. The photos were shot by a Marco Anelli an Italian who seems to have limited info about himself on the web. The photos themselves do have a powerful aura and compliment the crying shots of starers who broke into tears from Abramovic’s unceasing gaze. But why have a grouping of the pretty? Along with that bizzare complexions. Wide faces, pointy chins, almond shaped eyes, square heads, and cheek bones stand out the most to me.

I can’t tell if this tilting is a sign of vanity and self-definition of beauty in the performance among Anelli or MoMA. Maybe it just has to do with coupling Marina’s prettiness with her opposing companions in the artwork. It just seems strange to treat the event like a runway show for desirable faces instead of the face of some man who literally went everyday to the MoMA for Abramovic’s performance. The museum seems to get weirder to me all the time?

Visiting HOMU

Posted in Art Industry, performance, Politics with tags , , , , , , on November 14, 2010 by michaelchernoff

On my recent visit to New York City I came upon a educational/performance venue titled the The Homeless Museum of Art. I noticed the stand on West 20th St between 10th and 11th ave in Chelsea at noon…I returned at a quarter to 4. It’s is Director Filip Noterdaeme and his Public Relations Official was a stuffed coyote named Feliz. He was nice man but sometimes tongue and cheek with his analysis of me and the Panamanian woman who sat in the other small chair next to me. I enjoyed the his disertation of our lives and visit…it was like a tour guide telling us what we should know and feel for an art object.

The museum was exhibiting minuscule works such as Goya on Goya as tiny card picture of a Francisco Goya Painting submerged in Goya brand Olive Oil in a small jar. Filip and I had a pleasant exchange of our enthusiasm for Goya food and products. Another favoirte was “Eau d’Abramovic”  which is said to be comprised of a block of ice Marina Abramovic who was unknown to until yesterday. The museum showed who the seld described grandmother of performance art is. The bottle of the essence of her performance was titled as Filip Noterdaeme

The purpose of HOMU is a retaliation against the MoMA and institutions like it for high expenditures on facilities and raising prices for the public. The HOMU has been endeavouring against the institution since 2002-present. Despite its gawky street showings and not being near the MoMA I respected that this performance was not a joke and was not lending itself to be pitied or given money…instead self righteous with dark humor. In the website its prescribed a homeless person be given a donation of 5-150 dollars. The museum has gone so far as to also have crashed the opening reception of the new MoMA in 2004.

I went to the MoMA on friday and although I appreciate the collection of work and availability of it I do sense some evilness or self-satisfaction from the institute…even if Guerrilla Girls and O Superman were shown. Professor Kevin Wixted organized a meeting with one of staff of MoMA who also started as intern there so we could gather more info. Maybe I am bitter because I didn’t receive an internship with them last summer or that I realized I don’t want to work for a museum…but I could just sense shit from it when subjects like accepted elitism and corporate model were attached to MoMA. In my mind anything corporate doesn’t have much to do with making art only displaying and selling it. Therefore MoMA shouldn’t;t act like they have a real hand in making anything other than reception. Also certain secrets couldn’t be let out becasue jobs could be endangered. It was like we were meeting the Mafia of Art scene. I wonder if Steve Poleski meant them as well.

I’m a supporter of HOMU and I hope to see their actions on the street again another time I am in town. I’m not sure if the stand is always in the same place but since 2009 its made rounds and has everything a modern art museum should have minus a cafe and bookstore. Winter is coming and the stand may still be there, Filip was cold when I shook his hand to transfer heat.