Jeff Koons is giving a talk at The New School on Sep 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm. I’ve got mixed feelings about his work but if you’re in New York, it should be….interesting. Here’s the description from the New School,

"On the occasion of the presentation of Split Rocker at Rockefeller Center, and his major retrospective exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Jeff Koons will present a rare artist talk focused on these recent exhibitions and his work in public space."

More Information HERE.

If you like David Shrigley and enjoy drinking high tea, head on over to the restaurant-cum-bar/Gesamtkunstwerk that is Sketch, London. The irreverent designs of the British artist has taken over Sketch with Shrigley remarking, “It will be the first artwork that I have made that can go in the dishwasher.”

If you’re in New York and are looking for something cute to do, check out the exhibition, “Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans,” at the New-York Historical Society on the Upper West Side!!! This adorable exhibition is on view until October 19th, 2014 and it is guaranteed to bring back fond childhood memories.

Many of us are too young to remember or to have lived through the golden age of cinema when film was shown in cinema palaces. The French photographer Franck Bohbot’s photoseries offers nostalgic glimpses of once resplendent and sumptuous interiors. It’s funny how we all love things only when they begin to disappear into the past…

If only we could erase sexism with a rubber eraser…..Joanna Stamerra’s Erase Sexism at MoMA (1976) transforms a banal object into a politically charged tool. 

Margate is perhaps best known as Tracey Emin’s hometown and as a seaside resort for Londoners. However, last year, British artist and designer Alex Chinneck created this gravity-defying façade. The project is titled “From the knees of my nose to the belly of my toe,” and brings a hint of surrealism to suburban ennui on Cliftonville. It’s still on view at 1 Godwin Road in Margate until October 2014!!

So I’ve been terrible and have been away from indefenseofart.com for several months! My feeble excuse is that I got caught up with my jobs and my travels but I promise I’m back for good now, if you’re still with me!

I’ve also been blogging about 18th century works on paper for the Cooper Hewitt Museum (check it out here… above is one of the drawings that I wrote about). In any case, I hope you stick around!

Love,
C

The official website for Help Remedies is out of control in the best ways. Here are some snapshots, but you really have to experience it for your self here:  helpineedhelp.com

James McNeill Whistler’s Arrangement in Grey and Black No 1 (1871; top), re-staged by the photographer Aline Smithson, featuring Smithson’s grandmother in marvelous costumes and poses!