May 27, 2010

Brooklyn Art Project

Interesting Collective of Artists - Brooklyn Art Project
Brooklyn Art Project is home to thousands of artists, art enthusiasts, and creative professionals from around the world. BAP was created as an experiment to see what would happen if we built a community of artists, designers and creatives to connect and collaborate in ways never before possible through social media.
BAP's fast growth and collaborative exhibitions with the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Burning Man to name a few, have proven the experiment extremely worthwhile and opened up a new channel for artists everywhere to have their work seen. One BAP member artist summed it up best saying "BAP made me brave".
Named one of HOW Magazine's top sites, BAP showcases 50,000+ artworks and hosts ongoing collaborative projects. Monthly Brooklyn-based exhibitions provide opportunities for emerging artists from around the world a chance to be featured in a Brooklyn art show.

May 26, 2010

Andy Warhol: The Last Decade at The Brooklyn Museum

Andy Warhol, “Self-Portrait,” 1986, acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen
Photo:  © 2010 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Everyone should see this exhibition. You know this. So go and tell us what you think!

Andy Warhol: The Last Decade
June 18–September 12, 2010
The Brooklyn Museum

Andy Warhol: The Last Decade is the first U.S. museum survey to examine the late work of American artist Andy Warhol (1928–1987). Encompassing nearly fifty works, the exhibition reveals the artist’s vitality, energy, and renewed spirit of experimentation. During this time Warhol produced more works, in a considerable number of series and on a vastly larger scale, than at any other point in his forty-year career. It was a decade of great artistic development for him, during which a dramatic transformation of his style took place alongside the introduction of new techniques.
Warhol continued to expand upon his artistic and business ventures with commissioned portraits, print series, television productions, and fashion projects, but he also reengaged with painting. In the late 1970s, he developed a new interest in abstraction, first with his Oxidations and Shadows series and later with his Yarn, Rorschach, and Camouflage paintings. His return to the hand-painted image in the 1980s was inspired by collaborations with Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente, and Keith Haring. The exhibition concludes with Warhol’s variations on Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, one of the largest series of his career. Together, these works provide an important framework for understanding Warhol’s late career by looking at how he simultaneously incorporated the screened image and pursued a reinvention of painting.

May 25, 2010

Celebrate Brooklyn - Simply the Best

Here are a few of the names of past performers at Celebrate Brooklyn: Yo La Tengo, Philip Glass, The Blue Man Group, Eric Bogosian, Spalding Gray, They Might Be Giants, The Neville Brothers, Talib Kweli, Baaba Maal, and Maceo Parker.
This season a few notables - Norah Jones, Buena Vista Social Club, Kid Koala, OkayAfrica with The Roots, Talib Kweli, Sonic Youth, Rufus Wainwright and The Dead Weatherl.
This is one of Brooklyn's Best Events. You should at least see a few, if not a bunch!
Full Schedule
Celebrate Brooklyn! is one of New York City's longest running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals. Launched in 1979 as a catalyst for a Brooklyn performing arts scene and to bring people back into Prospect Park after years of neglect, Celebrate Brooklyn! has been an anchor in the park's revitalization and has become one of the city's foremost summer cultural attractions. Over its history, Celebrate Brooklyn! has presented over 1,700 artists and ensembles reflective of the borough's diversity, ranging from internationally acclaimed performers to emerging, cutting-edge artists. All Celebrate Brooklyn! performances are free! The festival attracts upwards of 250,000 attendees from across New York City to the Prospect Park Bandshell each summer. Celebrate Brooklyn! has a well developed membership program with over 500 seasonal members. Benefits of membership include express entry, reserved seating, pre-concert receptions and more.

Best Place to Watch a Movie - Under the Brooklyn Bridge

It is that time a year again! Outdoor movies are the rage in Brooklyn and you don't want to miss them under the Brooklyn Bridge. Take a look at the schedule, vote for viewers choice and let us know what you think of the experience!
Syfy will present Brooklyn Bridge Park's 11th Anniversary Season of Movies With A View summer 2010, this year on the newly opened Pier 1! Movies With A View is one of the city's premiere outdoor film series with an eclectic lineup of films and breathtaking views of the NYC waterfront.
Thursday, July 8
Feature Film: Annie Hall
DJ: Ursula 1000
Thursday, July 15
Feature Film: Monsters vs. Aliens 3D
DJ: DJ Lupe Loop
Thursday, July 22
Feature Film: The Big Lebowski
DJ: Cosmo Baker
Thursday, July 29
Feature Film: Rear Window
Thursday, August 5
Feature Film: Brokeback Mountain
DJ: Soulstatic
Thursday, August 12
Feature Film: Dreamgirls
DJ: DJ Conquerrah
Thursday, August 19
Feature Film: The Blues Brothers
DJ: Soulstatic
Thursday, August 26
Feature Film: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
DJ: DJ Emch
Thursday, September 2
Feature Film: Public Vote!  Check back at for details


If you haven't had a chance to check out THE WEEKSVILLE GARDEN PARTY: A Food and Music Festival in Brooklyn, now is your chance! Every Saturday in July!

The Garden Party brings some of the best up-and-coming musicians, a selection of renowned NYC food vendors and our curated Small Medium Large film series to the historic site.

Celebrate Emancipation Day with a performance by Cody ChesnuTT kicks off the series on July 5.
Celebrate the day enslaved Africans were freed in New York with the return of celebrated rocker Cody ChesnuTT. (Though freed on July 4, 1827, because of threats of violence, African-Americans in New York City celebrated this important holiday outdoors on July 5th) This year’s celebration will include a discussion on Haiti @ 4pm, music by Cody ChesnuTT @ 6pm (in his FIRST NY performance in 4 Years!) and the film Secondhand (Pepe) screening @ 8pm. The vendors for this event are NY Dosa & Wafels and Dinges..
All events take place outdoors in one of NYC’s most unique venues – The Weeksville Garden.
Gates open @ 4pm, music begins @ 6pm and films begin @ 8pm or sundown. There is a $5 suggested donation for each show. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair.

May 13, 2010

Anthropometric Self-Portrait by Amelie Chabannes - ArtWeLove

Dear ArtWeLove enthusiasts,

Those of you who know me are well aware of my enthusiasm for the French Touch phenomenon in visual arts. Yes, just like their musical counterparts, the new generation of French artists rocks. And Brooklyn-based Amelie Chabannes is one of them.

Amelie’s art primarily deals with the notion of identity and its many layers. Through her drawings, paintings, video, and sculptures, she explores both the physical and psychological aspects of self.

With a background that extends from fine art to architecture, she uses unique materials and unexpected metaphors to challenge our current views of identity.

As a long-time French expatriate who’s embraced her new self in The Big Apple, I relate to her themes and the very personal touch she brings to them.

When we saw her work at Stephan Stoyanov gallery in the Lower East Side, we particularly loved her use of anthropometry, as well as her very own childhood drawings in her self-portraits.

Upon chatting further during our studio visit, we discovered an artist deeply influenced by Jungian psychoanalysis.

How do we become who we are? How are outside circumstances and perceptions influencing our sense of identity? How are the various layers of memories affecting who we are? What can we discover in our dreams?

Take a look at Anthropometric Self-Portrait and notice the precision of the lines, the sharpness of the grid, the softness of the watercolor, and the raw quality of these almost automatic childhood drawings.

Yes, there’s more to Amelie’s art than meets the eye. You’ll need both sides of your brain to fully grasp the vastness of her identity.

Now, think about your own sense of identity. And think again.

Laurence Lafforgue

Posted from Jon Cronin's Stream Of Consciousness