I'm about to jet out of town for the holidays, and thought I'd post a list of important info before I sign off until 2012:
1. Howard Fonda's exhibition of paintings is on view through January 7th (so yes, you've still got time)
2. Mark your calendars:End of Days, a group exhibition, is opening at Mixed Greens on January 12th! 6-8pm!
3. Just when thought you couldn't eat anymore, now you can eat a McQueen (shoe, that is), (I mean cookie, that is).
4. Stocking Stuffer for the shark fan in your life.
5. Handy list of holiday traditions around the world!
6. A set of Barbara Sullivan ornaments over at Artware.
7. Just in time for a White Christmas, you can recap RHOBH's White Party here at NYMag's Vulture.
8. And lastly, three words: TREAT YO SELF.
I had an uptown Friday last week. This included some Met and some Guggy time.
Highlights of the afternoon included the Maurizio Cattelan exhibition, and the recently opened Islamic art wing at the Met. Above and below are some great shots of Cattelan's All. SHOUT OUT toSonya Blesofsky since I bumped into her there!
Not that Damien Hirst's sales are being hurt by this ZGallerienovelty decor item (above), but this did immediately catch my eye as being a pretty blatant reference (copy??).
I would argue that this example differs from the not-a-Koons balloon dog, because the image of a balloon dog is very much in the public sphere. But it's not everyday that you come across a silvery skull, its surface faceted by glimmering metallic bumps, meant to mimic diamonds. Meant to look a lot like this.
I feel like this metallic skull needs a credit line.
Between Gispert's Chanel car interior and the Kobe beef sliders, champange, sushi and MORE sushi....oh, and the party hosted by the KINGDOM OF MOROCCO...this article sounds like it is trying to get Art Basel occupied.
I'm a little unclear on the story here...but I think Breanne made this video as a commercial for a local Wassaic chili dog joint. Whatever the story, we are eating it up. We might just start playing it on a loop in the office.
The "oh my gawd, someone finally mapped this out" map: The Summer Scents of NYC Map brought to you by the NYTimes. I'm still not sure how the scents of Chinatown don't include the hot/wet fish market smell from a late afternoon on Mott Street. That was a serious oversight.
Artist Jaakko Pallasvuo has created a How To series...the current parts One through Four are Paths to Success in the International Art World. Part One: Location, is above. When you need to take a break from Basel, check it out and enjoy. It might just make you smile.