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Chelsea-New York Luxury Art Rentals

A little about our beloved (semi-new-almost-cool) art district in Chelsea-New York; a few things worth seeing; and just where did all the trannies go?

So many of us “New Yorkers” have mixed feelings about our (semi-new-almost-cool) art district in Chelsea. We always wonder if the real stuff is happening on the LES, in DUMBO, or Williamsburg. That stuff can be o-so-trendy at times, but I honestly think a lot of us just ignore the Chelsea district all together. Back in 1996, there were approximately 12 galleries listed in Chelsea. As of 2008, that number has grown to over 300. We know a lot of our gay friends live in Chelsea, that they did away with most of the trannies, and that they are building a butt-load of condos (no pun intended)...but an art district??? Really??

Tranny gets to steppin!

Weekends in “the district” are overwhelmed by a rising tide of grandparents and families from New Jersey and Upstate, which certainly does not lend credibility to the area. When cruising the galleries you can't help noticing that one out of every two workers at the reception desks have glasses, ironic t-shirts and a mean haircut. As you enter the galleries, they feverishly ignore you while they Face-book and IM their hearts out, pretending to be busy. Not sure I would do anything different if I worked there, but figure, “hey why not take an easy shot at them!” I detect a clear “need for content” attitude from the galleries. They have space to fill, and they need art to fill it. You can almost hear them screaming into the phones from the back of the galleries, "We need us some art!!!!...Ya know....that real good art!!!!! We got walls to fill!!!" In my mind, I hear them saying it in the thickest New York accent possible.

Getting back to the heart of THIS website, I should say, that underneath that warm and inviting “Chelsea” exterior, there are still a few real sparklers to check out, the Zhang Huan: Blessings exhibition at the PaceWildenstein gallery is a must see:

Giant No3
Zhang Huan
Giant No. 3, 2008
cowskin, steel, wood and polystyrene foam
NOTE IT'S HUGE - 15' 1" x 32' 10" x 13' 9"
Giant No3
Zhang Huan
Memory Door Series (Shadow), 2007
silkscreen on carved antique wood door
5' 5-1/2" x 10' 11-1/4" x 6-1/2"
Giant No3
Zhang Huan
Memory Door Series (Library No. 1), 2007
silkscreen on carved antique wood door
4' 6" x 9' 11-1/2" x 4"

Chelsea Art District (cont.) - Outside VS. Inside Sometimes I wonder if the art on the outside walls of the galleries is better than the art on the inside walls. Here are a few pics of natural compositions occurring outside:

Chelsea Outside Art 1
25th street, between 10th & 11th avenues
Chelsea Outside Art 1
11th avenue between 23rd & 24th streets
Chelsea Outside Art 1
24th street, between 10th & 11th avenues

Posted by: Winton Sizemore

:: July Featured Artist ::

Mon53 (Oliver Smith)

Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Mon Art 1
Mon53 (Oliver Smith)
the gum is mintier than the sword
Mon53 (Oliver Smith)
"the gum is mintier than the sword"
mon4 art
Mon53 (Oliver Smith)
mon3 art
Mon53 (Oliver Smith)

to see more of Mon53's art work ckick here

: Donks, Dunks,an' Hooka Shoes :

Donk July
Dunk July
Wood Paneling....
Hooka Shoe July
Cum Equipped

:: Coming up in next months Patriarch blog ::

• Street fashion gone mad, creativity or clothing disaster?

• More signs of the apocalypse.

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:: July blog ::

Chelsea-New York Luxury Art Rentals
Apparently a Gap Advert from the 70s

Posted by: TAC

:: July Featured Artist ::

Francesco LoCastro

Miami, L.A., Roma, Berlin, Florida

Give It Back
Francesco LoCastro
"Give It Back"
Oil and acrylic on canvas
18” x 24”
Francesco LoCastro
Graphite on paper
8” x 10”
Francesco LoCastro
“A Steady Exercise In Transcending Reality”
Oil and acrylic on canvas
36” x 48”

to see more of LoCastro's art work ckick here

:: Signs of the apocalypse ::

Man Smashes 40 Melons
Lady Spins on an Escalator

:: The Met - Part 2 ::

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

"Compared to their presence in World War II narratives, superheroes played a minor role in the mythologizing of the Cold War. An exception was the Hulk, created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, and inspired by Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Debuting in May 1962, the Hulk was a response to fears inherent in the atomic age. After accidentally absorbing massive amounts of radiation, Dr. Bruce Banner undergoes a monstrous metamorphosis as the Hulk. At the time, little was known about the effects of atomic radiation on the human immune system. As the terrible by-product of nuclear science, the Hulk represented an escalation of this uncertainty to paranoiac proportions."

Super-heroes Art Exhibition

"Beyond Cold War paranoia, however, the Hulk is also an embodiment of hegemonic masculinity. Indeed, the Hulk, in all his overstated supersolidity, incarnates adolescent fantasies of physical empowerment. Massively muscled, this stiffly posed pinup is forever frozen in a display of bodily strength. He also personifies pubescent metamorphosis. While phallic symbolism is implicit in the representation of most superheroes, it is made explicit in the case of the Hulk. With his thick neck, bulging tendons, and throbbing veins, he suggests the turgidity of male arousal." - excerpt from the met

Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy May 7, 2008–September 1, 2008 Special Exhibition Galleries 1st floor, The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue. New York, New York 10028.

Posted by: Annik

: Just what the economy needs :

We have water falls...yeah!

New York Water Falls

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, First Deputy Mayor Patricia E. Harris, Public Art Fund President Susan K. Freedman, and artist Olafur Eliasson today launched The New York City Waterfalls, a major work of public art that will be on display through October 13. The exhibition of four man-made waterfalls of monumental scale are on view on the shores of the New York waterfront: one on the Brooklyn anchorage of the Brooklyn Bridge; one on the Brooklyn Piers, between Piers 4 and 5 near the Brooklyn Heights Promenade; one in Lower Manhattan at Pier 35 north of the Manhattan Bridge; and one on the north shore of Governors Island. The Waterfalls, which have been designed to protect water quality and aquatic life, will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, except Tuesdays and Thursdays, when they will run from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Waterfalls will be lit after sunset.

Brooklyn Bridge Water Falls

“The Waterfalls are an unbelievable sight: four cascades ranging in height from 90 to 120 feet rising out of New York Harbor,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “And what a beautiful symbol of the energy and vitality that we are bringing back to our waterfront in all five boroughs.”

Get wet here:

Posted by: Armin K.