Where Art and Pizza Live

1. Gagosian, you are one powerful network of galleries. Two Gagosian galleries were on the art agenda this weekend. The first was on West 21st Street and was showing the murals and portraits of Richard Avedon - what better way to start the day than with nude photographs of Allen Ginsberg?

The other Gagosian was on Madison Avenue and guess what was showing there? Oh just a humble little artist by the name of Pablo Picasso. The show was called Picasso and Françoise Gilot, you remember her from this post right? Sigh just two people in love - Pablo in his 60s... and Françoise in her early twenties.

2. Best. Macarons. Ever. Next time you're in New York City, go to Ladurée immediately. Like straight from the airport. Don't worry about your luggage, just take it with you.

3. So it turns out my part time, un-benefitted job at a museum actually has a perk! Well it has two perks - discounted light rail pass AND free admission to all of the major museums in New York City. That's kind of a big deal... hmm I wonder if I could write this off as a business trip. Ok we're approaching three perks here.

4. One of the main reasons I visited New York this weekend was to support the cutest, most talented little artist in the whole world, miss Allie Pohl. On Saturday, my bestie and I took one questionable cab ride (I swear we passed the Marcy Projects) to get to Bushwick where Allie was participating in Art Cart NYC, "a mobile exhibition space that motivates people to think imaginatively about exhibiting and experiencing art."

Allie's Art Cart project, titled Defaced, explores how social networking websites allow us to construct our ideal selves. The image above is of an interview being conducted inside the Art Cart... how do you really feel about social media? You can anonymously share everything over here. Come on, I know you secretly hate Facebook... and Google Plus? Don't get me started.

5. After a day of walking and art-viewing, there's nothing better than (multiple) glasses of wine... and dinner at this awesome place.

6. HolyWOW guys, these portraits cut from wire mesh by Seung Mo Park were absolutely incredible. I got to see some of his work in person at the Bushwick Open Studios. If any art could be described as amazeballs, it's this.

7. When you're confronted with the words "Make Your Mark" after walking through the Keith Haring exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, it kinda makes you want to do something BIG...

8. We took a long walk through Central Park on Sunday and all I could think about was every scene from Sex and the City that took place in Central Park... what is wrong with me?

9. If it were socially acceptable - and not extremely unhealthy - I would eat margherita pizzas from Roberta's EVERYDAY. Thanks to Jesse for recommending it!

Oh New York City, you are magical...

All images taken by artsocial.

What's Goin' Down

Oh hai, trip to New York. You're sure sneaking up quickly... What have I done to prepare? Umm... I bought a new dress. Yikes, I need to start researching a bit, eh? There's so much art to see and I'll only be there for a couple days... Reading this article about the 10 most inspiring young artists in NYC right now, made me just a tad excited to go check out the scene.

Here's part of my NY to-do wishlist. I doubt I'll get to do everything, but srsly it's ok. I'll be in NY. That's enough.

Brooklyn Museum: Keith Haring: 1978-1982

Can it get more New York than a Keith Haring show? I think not. Oh and in honor of this exhibition, the Keith Haring Foundation is posting Haring's journals to Tumblr. One page each day for the duration of the show. So. Awesome.


Gagosian Gallery: Richard Avedon

According to The New York Times, Richard Avedon's fashion and portrait photographs helped define America's image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century. Kind of a big deal? I'm gonna say yesss.


James Cohan Gallery: Everyday Abstract – Abstract Everyday

Who doesn't love abstract art? Ok actually a lot of people. It's usually weird, I get that. But that's kind of what I like about it. Hear me out... no matter how weird the work is, there's always a story behind it, a tangle of personal, societal, and/or political references that make even the most ridiculous pile of contemporary art relevant in the history of art. Ok enough arty talk.

image cred: pattern | nyc