Archive for March, 2011

Porthole with a View

March 31, 2011

Actual Size:
3.375 x 2.375



March 31, 2011

from Parallelograms

From the great minds (Leah Beeferman and Matthew Harvey) behind Tessellations, comes Parallelograms, another collaborative web project.

From the site:

“Parallelograms is an online publication and multi-artist project exploring the relationship between images and interpretation. Each week, we provide an artist, writer, designer, or collaborative team with an image found online. We then ask them to create a unique web project in response to this image. New projects are published at the beginning of the week and past projects are archived chronologically.”

Some past contributors include Pierre Le Hors and Lucas Blalock, among others.

This week brings a response from Yoonjai Choi and Ken Meier, the dynamic duo behind Common Name, who have also been instrumentally contributing to the design of my photographic book series.

Each week’s post of Parallelograms is dramatically different so make sure to look through the archives.

The Andy Monument

March 30, 2011

Rob Pruitt’s rendering for The Andy Monument

‘ You know the song “New York, New York,” and how for year after year people have come to New York to “make it.” One of the most important examples of that is Andy Warhol, who spawned a generation of people who think they can make it here in this city. Andy Warhol embodies the spirit of the city that still draws people. Every day a thousand more kids come to New York propelled by his legacy. And even if the decades pass and Warhol becomes a vaguer and vaguer character, there will still be something here that’s directly linked to him – this pilgrimage, or calling, coming here from the Midwest, Eastern Europe or South- East Asia, to make it big, to be an artist. I think there should be a destination in New York to mark all those journeys.

There are hundreds of monuments to politicians in the New York City, but I can’t think of any monuments to artists, and other figures who actually represent the lived experience of most of the people who live here. When I was a teenager, I visited Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris, where Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde are buried. I was struck by the throngs of people that came to visit the tombs of their idols. When Andy Warhol died, his family had his remains sent back to Pittsburgh, where he was born, and so no such marker for him exists in New York. So a public statue of Warhol has a sense of righting a wrong.

Andy, like so many other artists and performers and people who don’t fit in, moved to New York to be himself, fulfill his dreams and make it big. That’s why I moved here, and that’s what my Andy Monument is about. Of course it could be argued that someone could just go to the Modern and look at his Soup Cans, but I think there is something to being truly out in streets of New York, to have something you can visit at 4:20 in the morning with your friends.

I will be unveiling The Andy Monument at the North-West corner of Union Square on Wednesday, March 30 at 6:00PM. I hope you will be able to join me to celebrate one of our own. ‘

-Rob Pruitt, New York, March 2011

Sara VanDerBeek

March 28, 2011

Sara VanDerBeek, Blue Caryatid at Dusk, 2010

As part of the Parsons Lecture Series at Aperture Gallery, Sara VanDerBeek is giving a lecture about her work. It should be interesting to hear more about her ideas, process and influences.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
6:30 pm


Aperture Gallery
547 West 27th Street, 4th floor
New York, New York

Canal Zone Richard Prince YES RASTA: The Book

March 28, 2011

“It’s always bugged me when I read a news story about a legal case, or a scientific report, and there’s no link to the original source material. And since I’ve been quoting from them a lot lately, I have been fielding a lot of requests for copies of the court filings and transcripts in the Patrick Cariou vs. Richard Prince & Gagosian case.

It was yesterday afternoon, though, when I was sending my fourth email [or eighth, since the attachments are so big] that I realized Richard Prince’s deposition is not only the longest interview he’s ever given, it’s probably the longest interview he’ll ever give. [Go ahead, Hans Ulrich, you just try!]”

-Greg Allen

From comes the ultimate recap of the whole saga to date in a very convenient book format but with a focus, not on the case itself, but on Prince and his work culled from Prince’s 7 hour testimony in the case.

Canal Zone Richard Prince YES RASTA: Selected Court Documents, &c., &c. is available in hardcover or paperback as well as in an electronic edition.

Photographed at 1/100,000 Second!

March 26, 2011

Actual Size:
2.5 x 2.375 Inches

On Verso in Ink:
1939 July

Click the image for a larger file.


March 25, 2011

“Based on a groundbreaking book by the punk author Jon Savage, Teenage is an unconventional historical film about the invention of teenagers. Bringing to life fascinating youth from the early 20th century—from party-crazed Flappers and hipster Swing Kids to brainwashed Nazi Youth and frenzied Sub-Debs—the film reveals the pre-history of modern teenagers and the struggle between adults and adolescents to define youth.”

Jason Fulford – The Mushroom Collector

March 25, 2011

“For the second installment of The Mushroom Collection, Jason Fulford turns the underground space at 38 Ludlow Street into a one-day darkroom.

Bring a small object (less than 4 inches in any one dimension) to pass through a slot in the wall. Jason will alchemically convert your object into light, removing one dimension in the process. A photogram will be returned through the slot.”

Saturday, March 26, 2011
Noon to 6pm
at Dexter Sinister
38 Ludlow Street

Richard Prince and Fair Use

March 25, 2011

Richard Prince, Back to the Garden, 2008

Not sure who is following the recent decision announced in the lawsuit filed by Patrick Cariou against Richard Prince after Prince appropriated images from Cariou’s Yes Rasta book for his Canal Zone exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery, but there is a good recap over at A Photo Editor.

Overall it’s a pretty confusing situation and it seems far from over, but the main point seems to be that Prince’s use of Cariou’s photographs wasn’t considered transformative enough to be considered Fair Use.

More info and links to many other opinions can be found at The Art Law Blog.

The full judgement can be found here courtesy of A Photo Editor.

Also, read Cariou’s response to the results of the lawsuit over at Art Info.

Stefan Ruiz

March 25, 2011