Fall 2014 Editor’s PickOpens Tues, Sept 9, 6-8p:“RITE OF PASSAGE: The Early Years of Vienna Actionism, 1960 – 1966” Günter Brus, Otto Muehl, Hermann Nitsch, Rudolf SchwarzkoglerHauser & Wirth, 32 East 69th St., NYCthe first major New York City exhibition to explore, through rare paintings, collages, and photographs, the emergence of a critical 20th-century avant-garde movement. Various artistic developments in the second half of the 20th century have been influenced by a performative paradigm that emphasizes a move away from formal, static objects and toward more directly experiential, event-like, and sensorial gestures. In the early 1960s, the Vienna Actionists defined their radical style through a critique of painting, specifically that of European Art Informel and the Abstract Expressionism of the New York School. Under Austria’s Second Republic, Brus, Muehl, Nitsch, and Schwarzkogler sought out new possibilities for expression that could transcend the shadow of World War II. Motivated by material experimentation, they developed their art around radical body-centric performances through which authentic experiences of reality and incisive political statements could be directly and intensely perceived.
The return of Riverside chicken. Its predecessor unfortunately was eaten by a more fortunate hawk.
What Will Be at City Lights



My review of Ce Qui Sera, What Will Be, Lo Que Será is now up on City Lights’ blog:

For the last 50 years the editors, Her de Vries and Laurens Vancrevel, have published and produced surrealist works under the Brumes Blondes imprint in Amsterdam, and their command of the field has…

Portraits of Artists: Vito Acconci
9 x 12 Watercolor on Claybord
Nazoranai on Flickr.Keiji Haino scrying with a contact mike.
kraftwerk 3D on Flickr.kraftwerk 3D 4.1.14 at the United Palace,
Was digging through my mom’s old cooking notebooks and found this…
Animated alphabet study

Went to the Met recently and came across this monumental slit gong (Atingting Kon) from Vanuatu. Used for rituals, dances and as a communication device between islands and/or villages. These gongs are among some of the largest, freestanding instruments in the world. Here is a short, informational clip

R.I.P. Frosty

What’s that in the rose ahead? by Paul McRandle

Riverside Park

A photo of 5 Pointz taken from the train the day before they white washed the building.
For lovers of brutalist architecture

Allan Graubard passes along the news that…
THE MARQUIS DE SADE invites you to a reading from the first translation ever into English of his celebrated novel ALINE AND VALCOUR, in which you will learn from the depths of a sorrow-blistered heart of the HORRIBLE ABUSE suffered by the delicate, sensitive MADAME DE BLAMONT at the hands of her INSUFFERABLE LIBERTINE husband MONSIEUR DE BLAMONT, who desires NOTHING MORE than to BIND BY THE SHACKLES OF MARRIAGE his own BEAUTFUL and DEVOUT Daughter ALINE to his COMRADE–IN-VILE Sexual Predation, the Banker MONSIEUR DE DOLBOURG, all with a view to the commission of CRIMES STILL MORE HORRIBLE AND UNMENTIONABLE. Crafted Reading by Allan Graubard and Caroline McGee From the translation-in-progress by Jocelyne Geneviève Barque and John Galbraith Simmons  
Music by Cole Porter
Friday, November 15, 7 p.m.
Mellow Pages Library
56 Bogart St., 1S
Brooklyn, NY
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