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For an especially bizarre welcome to the new holiday season, pick up the December issue of Vogue magazine. In a 23-page feature styled by Vogue veteran Grace Coddington and photographed by Annie Leibovitz, several top artists who should have known better participated in a fluffy promotional fashion shoot for the young collagen-lipped movie star Keira Knightley. In the photo spread, Knightley is cast as an unlikely blonde Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, while Alba and Francesco Clemente play Dorothy’s Auntie Em and Uncle Henry, Kara Walker is Glinda the Good Witch, Brice Marden perches on a cross (!) in a cornfield as the Scarecrow, John Currin dresses up as the Tin Man and the notoriously reticent Jasper Johns plays the Cowardly Lion (!!). The cast is rounded out with Chuck Close as the Wizard (complete with his early black-and-white self-portrait with cigarette), Kiki Smith as the Wicked Witch (!!!) and Jeff Koons in brown makeup and batwings as the witch’s wicked monkey.

Vogue’s art fest continues with a line-up of remarkably anti-erotic nudes by Vanessa Beecroft, Jeff Koons, Elizabeth Peyton, Richard Prince, Julian Schnabel and Cindy Sherman, works that also go on view at Mitchell-Innes & Nash on West 26th Street in Chelsea, Nov. 18-Dec. 23, 2005. For us, the real art in the magazine is the 12-page spread of fashion advertisements from Wal-Mart.

- bill 11-29-2005 6:12 pm [link] [add a comment]

“You’re starting to destroy my fucking life, Luke, do you know that?” The words echo, and the three other people in the pool stare at us. “I’m being exceptionally nice to you doing this here. Exceptionally nice. I hope you realize that.”

- bill 11-29-2005 4:21 pm [link] [1 comment]

new smithsonian american art museum blog: eye level
- dave 11-28-2005 9:46 pm [link] [add a comment]

Nice resource, the series is over for the moment but the website has video interviews. Was checking out Elizabeth Murray, just saw her retrospective at MoMA.
- selma 11-21-2005 2:06 am [link] [add a comment]

(this is the dog we were talking about tonight that has the puppies.)

Afterbirth opens today, Wednesday, at Living with Art (in SoHo)
Opening reception 6-9pm
153 Lafayette (at Grand St.), 7th Floor

Tillamook Cheddar: Afterbirth comprises paintings and sculptures created during the months before—and after—the birth of her first and only litter, six healthy puppies born July 10, 2005.

• Opening Reception with Tillie on Wednesday, November 2nd from 6 to 9 pm.

• Kid’s Reception. Tillie will host an afternoon for kids on Saturday November 5th from noon to 5 pm and will demonstrate her talent with a live painting performance – adults friendly.

• Pet Reception. Tillie will welcome dogs of any breeds on Saturday, November 12th from 2 to 5 pm – human friendly.

Afterbirth exhibit: November 2 to 15. The Living with Art gallery is open for visits from noon to 6 everyday except Sundays and Mondays.

Also, Tillie's first solo museum exhibition opens Thursday:

An Exhibit of Art by Tillamook Cheddar
Curated by Baird Jones
November 3, 2005 through November 24, 2005
The Paterson Museum
2 Market St.
Paterson, NJ (973-321-1260)

and this:

“Who is the Most Provocative
Conceptual Artist of Our Time?”

An Exhibition of Art by

Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Serra, Robert Smithson,
Christo, Tillamook Cheddar

Curated by Baron Edmund Voyer and Baird Jones

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2005, 10:15 - midnight

Gypsy Tea Nightclub, 27 W. 24th St. (off 6th Ave.)

Private vodka mixed drinks reception from 10:15 - 11:30PM

Free admission for you and your guests from 10:15 until midnight
by saying that you are there for this art show

- dave 11-04-2005 10:13 am [link] [1 comment]

Steve DiBenedetto. Also, check out the photo on the front page.
- jim 10-31-2005 10:28 pm [link] [add a comment]