Archive for January, 2011

Doug Dubois

January 27, 2011

Doug Dubois on his life, work, and editing process brought to you by Sunday & Wednesday.


Play Ball

January 27, 2011

Actual Size:
5.75 x 3.375 inches

Like A Ship (Without A Sail)

January 27, 2011

While traveling for the winter holidays, I was introduced to Pastor T.L. Barrett & The Youth For Christ Choir’s 1971 uplifting soul and gospel album Like A Ship (Without A Sail).

Whether you are a believer or not, this album is incredible and immediately likable.

Listen to the title track of the album here.

Bedtime For Bonzo

January 25, 2011

If you are in LA there is still time to catch Bedtime For Bonzo, a group exhibition at M+B curated by Matthew Porter.

From the Press Release:

Like a river that returns every year to its floodplain, our politics and entertainment can be expected to return to the preceding decades for material. In particular, much of the recent rhetoric from the mid-term elections echoed the eight years of Ronald Reagan’s presidency. Viewing Jimmy Carter’s famous 1979 “Malaise Speech” as a herald of the 80s, this show presents a selection of images that, when stripped of their original contexts, serve as both index and icon for a decade best defined by a sententious leader. They can also be seen, in the decade before the Internet, as a late-century analog swansong. This is the Eisenhower era in color, with a technological upgrade. The confection-coated green and silky whites of the suburbs look saccharine next to rust-belt towns in decay—evidence of the simultaneous achievement and dismantling of the American dream.

Bedtime for Bonzo is a 1951 film starring Ronald Reagan as a moralizing pedagogue intent on meliorating a chimpanzee’s understanding of right and wrong. If the images on the walls feel equally didactic, remember that this is a show about the 80s, when subtlety was traded for over-dramatic hyperbole.

Bedtime For Bonzo closes on January 29, 2011.

Woman with Cigarette

January 25, 2011

Actual Size:
2.125 x 3.25 inches

The Other Side of the Wind

January 25, 2011

Orson Welles, Peter Bogdanovich and Joseph McBride rehearsing The Other Side of the Wind in August 1970

The Other Side of the Wind, an unfinished film by Orson Welles seems close to finally seeing the light of day.

According to the Guardian:

The film portrays the last hours of an ageing film director. Welles is said to have told John Huston, who plays the lead role: “It’s about a bastard director… full of himself, who catches people and creates and destroys them. It’s about us, John.”


Disappearing Girl

January 19, 2011

Found this little gem at the Marché aux Puces de Montreuil in Paris a few weeks ago.

One has to hold it up to a powerful light to see the image but it’s a haunting beauty. Looks a bit like my sister-in-law if she was photographed in order to be painted by John Currin.

Actual Size:
3.375 x 3.50 inches

Destroyer – Kaputt

January 19, 2011

Destroyer’s new album Kaputt is currently streaming for free in advance of its release next week.

I have listened to the album a few times already and it’s surprisingly upbeat and uplifting. Not at all how I’ve thought of Dan Bejar’s music before.

Overall it’s more electric sounding and very jazzy in a cheesy sort of way but I like it.

Here is the video for the title track, Kaputt:

On View

January 18, 2011

Gordon Matta-Clark, Small Graffiti: Truck Fragment, 1973 at Zwirner

112 Greene Street: The Early Years (1970-1974) at David Zwirner through February 12, 2011.

Ara Dymond and Jason Nocito at Taxter & Spengemann through February 19, 2011.

Bryan Zanisnik: Brass Arms Upper Eyelid at Horton Gallery through February 19, 2011.

Christian Marclay: Clock at Paula Cooper Gallery through February 19, 2011.

Christopher Williams: For Example: Dix-Huit Leçons Sur La Société Industrielle (Revision 12) at David Zwirner through February 12, 2011.

David Allee: Dark Day at Morgan Lehman Gallery through February 19, 2011.

Ellen Gallagher: Greasy at Gagosian Gallery through February 26, 2011.

Garry Winogrand: Some Animals at PS1 through April 4, 2011.

Houdini: Art and Magic at The Jewish Museum through March 27, 2011.

John Stezaker at Friedrich Petzel Gallery through February 12, 2011

Leslie Thornton: Binocular at Winkleman Gallery through February 5, 2011.

McDermott & McGough: Of Beauty and Being at Cheim & Read through February 12, 2011.

Mika Tajima at Elizabeth Dee through February 19, 2011.

Normal Rockwell: Behind the Camera at The Brooklyn Museum through April 10, 2011.

Painted Pictures: Curated by Arthur Ou at Blackston Gallery through February 15, 2011.

R.H. Quaytman: Spine, Chapter 20 at Neuberger Museum of Art through March 20, 2011.

Robert Irwin: Way Out West at The Pace Gallery through January 29, 2011.

Sam Samore: The Dark Suspicion at D’Amelio Terras through February 19, 2011.

Sigmar Polke at McCaffrey Fine Art through February 19, 2011.

Stuart Hawkins: Broken Welcome at Zach Feuer through February 19, 2011.

Todd Hido: Fragmented Narratives at Bruce Silverstein through February 12, 2011.

Point Sublime – Andrew Phelps

January 18, 2011

Andrew Phelps has just released a new book and print combination using a set of photographs made by his father back in 1984.

From his website:

All proceeds go to the research of prostate cancer, which hit close to home last year. To celebrate its remission, I have put together this little book and print set of photographs made by my father at Point Sublime on the north rim of the Grand Canyon in 1984.

Point Sublime.

In the summer of 1984 my father drove his Ford F250 alone into Point Sublime, a remote overlook at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. His only objective was to photograph a sunset. A long, dangerous trip by any standard, these were the days before cell-phones and GPS and even he now admits it was fool-hardy. These photographs became stock-imagery for the river-rafting slide shows we produced over 30 years in the Grand Canyon. On a visit to Arizona last summer I began sorting through thousands of slides, deciding what to scan, what to archive and what to throw out. When I came upon a sheet titled “Sublime”, it wasn’t the sunsets that interested me, but the photographs he never showed me; his truck stuck in the mud, the lonely road, a spooked deer in the woods. I know he will say different, but if you have met my father, you will agree that below his rough outer-surface is a romantic renaissance man. An otherwise practical man, he was inspired to narrate his journey to watch the sun go down. I smile to think of him out there, cursing to no end, trudging away from his truck to compose that picture of his truck in the mud, capturing the spirit of the whole mess. The sunset simply being the excuse to go.

-Andrew Phelps, 2011.

To order a copy, send him an email.