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MAO - Modern Art Obsession
A NYC Modern Art Obsessed Collector - The Rants of a Completely Obsessed NYC Modern Art Collector
Interests: Contemporary and Modern Painting, Art Photography, Vintage B&W Photography, Art Books, Art Videos, Modern Sculpture, Furniture and Design. Also a total Auction Junkie.. Love to watch and be at the auctions.. Photography, Contemporary, Design, Books, HouseSales, Ebay, iGavel, Charity Auctions, slave, silent, dutch whatever.... you name it..
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Dan Colen and Kalup Linzy sharing, an oh too public kiss, naked..on a Billboard size image? Is this Art or just bad taste? Really for a straight Gagosian Artist, this is the best you can do, "Sweet Liberty"? Well.. Maybe MAO is just a total prude being honest. But, am I the only person who thinks, some artists, should probably learn to paint better keep their clothes on if they want attention by the art world ? There's almost nothing original about doing this, it's been done more tastefully so many times before. Like here, here and here, just to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Modern Art Obsession
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After 21 years of gallery business, Galerie Stefan Röpke,Köln, Germany presents its final exhibition. We guess this is just part of the natural gallery evolution, that you Darwin. So, no business lasts forever, but these folks had some really gay nice, important shows, and they have champoined some great artists. We'll miss them at the art fairs, and we wish them all the best in the future! Congrats on a great run. Here's their press release for their last show. Falling Into Darkness... Galerie Stefan Röpke is pleased to present Falling Into Darkness... curated by Sabrina Tesch, on view November... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Modern Art Obsession
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Well.. it's been hard to attend Art Maimi the last few years... We tried in 2013..and only lasted an hour at their VIP Preview. So, for 2014, it looks like this year is already starting out like yet another total disaster typical year for this satelite art fair! We saw this ad in ArtForum this month for Art Miami. And all we can say is, Are they kidding ? Have they totally lost their mind, WOW, that's an impressive huge bronze cock chicken! With this as their advance ad to attact important collectors.. I'm sure the fair will be packed! Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Modern Art Obsession
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So for all those fans of amazing women contemporary painters.. you had good reason to celebrate last night. At the Christies Afternoon sale yesterday, one of the US young women painters crossed a major hurdle. The $100,000 mark for a secondary market painting! WOW.. and it couldn't happen to a nicer more talented gal. Congrats to Keltie Ferris.. he paintings have been an impressive few years of powerful color expressions. She's had some strong success in the gallery and museum world, but yesterday who entered an eleite club of young living artists selling for over $100,000. It's a group generally... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Modern Art Obsession
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Well Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 is near, the MAO email box is filled with invites to oh so many Miami events already, and it's only November 13th. But is anybody, who really collects Contemporary Art, going to Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 there to buy art? or are they just going to be seen or is that, scene? Our reporters have spoken to several long term art collectors, many say they are not going this year to ABMB because it's become such a circus of art tourists, and there are now just too many better art fairs around the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Modern Art Obsession
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Great New Photobook #2 - Conditions, (2010) by photographer Andres Marroquin Winkleman. Well.. this book might be the best kept secret of the 2010 photobook publishing world. Hardcover, Left & Right Binding 128 pages, 56 full color plates 26x21cm (10.2x8.2in) offset printed edition size: 300 This is the very first amazingg project of the newbie emerging photo art book publisher Meier und Müller. Like.. Who?? Yes... that was.. Meier und Müller a new photobook publisher, and you thought this business was DOA. (We guess, the company name, it's like "Smith and Jones" but in German.. a la.. photobooks for the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2010 at Modern Art Obsession
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New Great Photobook #1 - Infidel by Tim Hetherington. This is one of the best new photobooks we've seen in 2010. Paperback: 240 pages Publisher: Chris Boot (September 30, 2010) Language: English Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches Infidel is an intimate photo essay of a U.S. Army platoon assigned to an outpost in one of the most hostile areas of the Koregal Vallery in Afganastan. We loved both the Hetherington photos as well as the thoughtful design and production quality of this book. It's been printed in the size and style of an Army Field Manual or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2010 at Modern Art Obsession
From ERIC MILES on FACEBOOK... To this I'd only add, Anne Tucker, et. al. The History of Japanese Photography (mostly for all the appendices @ the back of the book). Just goes to show how very new the field is that there are few if any other essential references.
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The Best Books about PhotoBooks!! So.. at MAO we got an email the other day asking what the best resources are for collecting photobooks. Sadly.. we accidentally deleted this person's email.. SHIT...OOPS! So we couldn't answer this person directly. My apologies to that person! BUT, Since it's a good topic, we thought it was worthwhile of a full posting filled with our vapid, self serving studied thoughts on this important topic. FYI.. We are going to be dedicating the next few blog posts to some new and exciting photobook discoveries.. so stay tuned Photobook geeksAficionados! OK.. So what are THE... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2010 at Modern Art Obsession
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If you're not seen this months issue of Modern Painters Magazine... This month they did a great job of putting together an issue dedicated to Art Photography. Not exactly what you would expect from a magazine titled "Modern Painters" No? But it's a really great issue.. and it also has this handsome featured photo collector story, which MAO thinks is well worth your time to checkout... Download ModernPainters_MagProfile_Story_Nov2010 On your News Stands now!! Also.. a big thank you goes out to this thoughtful to nice to be an art dealer blogger.. for actually quoting MAO in his BLOG from this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2010 at Modern Art Obsession
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Contemporary Art Content on YouTube.. ??? Is there anything worth while?? Given all the amazing potential of YouTube.com, there remains in MAO's not sohumble opinion, VERY Slim Pickings. Most arer a total waste of time.. armature type stuff. But maybe things are getting getting a little better? There are sadly only... 3 YouTubers that come to mind.. which we think are well worth checking out. 1. The Madness of Art by Jim Kempner Fine Art.. Tt's totally funny and true.. This one is a must watch for any NYC Contemporary Art junkie enthusiast. Bravo Jim.. for such a wonderful effort.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2010 at Modern Art Obsession
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So save the dates.. Nov 16th (Lecture / Panel Discussion about Women Artists )and Nov 18th (Charity Auction), with both nights starting at 6:30pm. These two great "Women in Art" events take place at the wonderful almost too nice to be art dealers P.P.O.W. Gallery. And the Rema Hort Mann Foundation... on of MAO's Favorite.. is possibly one of the best charities to support if you're interested in the Emerging Arts and helping out individuals suffering from Cancer. MAO will be there. To get more information.. or to buy your tickets/make donations in advance...rhmfoundation@gmail.com. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2010 at Modern Art Obsession
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George Eastman House 2010 Benefit Auction (Story contributed by Alvina Lopez, yes.. MAO now accepts story submissions!) The George Eastman House, home of the International Museum of Photography and Film, is currently holding its 2010 Benefit Auction, the first since 1977. The Auction is scheduled to run from Sept. 27 though Oct. 7, which live viewings at Sotheby's New York from Oct. 1 through Oct. 4. While the viewings may have past, interested collectors, individuals, dealers, and other parties can still participate in the online auction, held at iGavelAuctions.com. The auction is open to any interested party and because there... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2010 at Modern Art Obsession
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If you're an aspiring art photographer, and looking for honest feedback from experienced eyes, there are several emerging photography portfolio reviews going on this fall art season in NYC. These review session can be a great and efficient way to get some honest,and very valuable feedback to take your art career to the next level. FYI.. Some portfolio reviews are perhaps borderline extortion, a total rip off,very expensive more affordable and useful than others.... so you need to choose wisely. (photo: This painting from the 19th century depicts Italian scientist Galileo at the Vatican in Rome in the 17th century... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2010 at Modern Art Obsession
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Summer Break ! MAO is Taking Some Time Off ...Be Back in Sept. OK.. so it's summer.. and MAO is taking a badly needed vacation. We'll be back in September.. with more snarky thoughts on the NYC ART world.. and plenty of great images to explore.. So.. Enjoy! (Photo #1, by Steve Ryf Wake (2010) Digital chromogenic print 13 x 19" Signed, titled and dated on verso Edition of 10 $350.00) This photo is courtesy of the Bonni Benrubi Gallery... Summer Place Show.. it's one gallery well worth checking out. Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2010 at Modern Art Obsession
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Eve Sussman's (and her creative think tank group, The Rufus Corporation) "whiteonwhite" film is to be shown at MOMA.. This Sunday June 6th at 5:30pm! So here's an event not to be missed, if you are interested in the world of cutting edge Contemporary Art Film. Eve Susman who, is possibly the most well known female Art Film maker of our time. Her work, The Rape of the Sabine Women, has graced the cover on Art in America, and been shown around the world. (Photo 1, from Rufus corporation website, "Vacuum Hallway"..I believe is part of whoteonwhite.. ) By the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2010 at Modern Art Obsession
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Artist Ryan Humphrey's New Show at DCKT Conemporary Gallery is his best work to date, and he's even got one of his works coming up at Monday's DPA Re:FORM Charity Auction! So, you might remember Ryan.. as the precocious Bad Boy Contemporary Artist who was featured on the first tragic season of America's Top Design Reality TV Show. If you have a chance, be sure to stop into see Ryan Humphrey's newest show "Early American" at the DCKT Contemporary Gallery on the Lower East Side. It's an amazing installation of high art meets new american hip-hop design with a bit... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2010 at Modern Art Obsession
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Art As An Asset Class - New Investment Research. A new report is out from the CFA Institute, it's in their May/June 2010 Publication. As most MAO readers know.. you don't just buy art as an investment. It's for the love of it!! But people all talk about art and money almost simultaneously. Just say hi to an art dealer, gallerina, or worse yet an Artist, and within 5 minutes you'll always hear some aspect of the evil Dollars, doe-rea-mee word MONEY come up. So while almost everyone in the art business hates to admit it, art and investing are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2010 at Modern Art Obsession
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Artist Spencer Finch to Speak at The Aperture Foundation (in cooperation with Parsons New School for Design) at 6:30pm on April 20th. Some of the best things in Life are Free.. and as far as the art world goes.. this is one of those events. We've been a long time fan of Spencer Finch and his super Witty sensory perception art creations. (Photo #1, Images taken of the 2009 Venice Biennale room featuring 2 Spencer Finch artworks, Moonlight (Glass Window) and Moondust (light Sculpture)) If you've been on the New High Line Park in NYC.. you've no doubt marveled at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2010 at Modern Art Obsession
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Friday May 7th... A Great new Photography Group Show, American ReConstruction, Opens up in Chelsea at the super art bloggers run amuck hot and innovative Winkleman Gallery, So Save the Date! This opening is one not to be missed!! People will probably call this "THE Art Event of the Spring 2010 Season!." Plus, A big MAO congratulations go out to the 6 lucky new young talented artists which have been chosen for this show. Trust MAO, your careers in the Art World will never be the same! More details to follow. (Photo below by Mark Lyon, Landscape For The People... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2010 at Modern Art Obsession
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This is your last chance to see.. Ruben Natal-San Miguel's "NY, NY Concrete Jungle" show at +Kris Graves Projects! The show closes on April 10th, and the gallery is at 111 Front Street, Suite 225, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Plus, this show was curated by photography great, and MAO favorite, Matthew Pillsbury. OK.. We know.. going all the way out to Brooklyn is not going to happena small hassle. But, you will not be sorry. This is one show not to miss. Many of you might know Ruben Natal-San Miguel from his hyperprolific art blog, "ArtMostFierce." But beside being an obsessed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2010 at Modern Art Obsession
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MOMA Event - An Evening with Artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Monday March 22nd at 7:00pmin the The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2. OK.. so I'll bet most MAO readers don't know this artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, too well. Up until a year ago.. MAo didn't either.. But we have to say.. you should take a close look at this artist's work if you've not seen it before. Singer, Songwriter, writer, and artist, Genesis is a cutting edge British born gender bending artist from the 60's and 70's who's still working, and relevant today. Here's the MOMA comment for this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2010 at Modern Art Obsession
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Mar 15, 2010
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So the 2010 Spring Benefit Season is Here.. !! So.. Be sure to save the date, for the big re:FORM Art Auction on May 17th. This event only happens once every 2 years.. and features work donated by some of the best contemporary artists working today. Plus, the Charity is a MAO favorite, The Drug Policy Alliance(The DPA), an organization which fosters Drug Education.. not Incarceration. Reason, Compassion, Justice. DPA Network is the nation's leading organization working to end the war on drugs. We envision new drug policies based on science, compassion, health and human rights and a just society... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2010 at Modern Art Obsession
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OK.. We've been away from blogging for way too long! MAO is looking forward to getting back into the schwing of this blog again. There's just Sooo much to bitch about say... But we'll start with pointing out some amazing events that we'll be attending the next few weeks... First... if the long cold winter has got you down.. it's time to SNAP out of Winter.. with Aperture! Yes.. my little MAO-ettes.. Aperture is having a hot new party focused on young photo collectors. (yes.. that includes MAO too!! We're not dead yet!) PARTY!! Live Jazz Music.. Friday, March 19th,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2010 at Modern Art Obsession