Gallery Mondays: Art Rising at The Majestic Pop Up

 

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Last week I went to a fun pop up at The DL called The Majestic where they had dancers in body paint, face painting, and a small art exhibit. Above is one of the pieces I found intriguing.

There’s a lot going on in this work of art by The Art Rising. The centerpiece appears to be a woman wearing red lipstick and a gorgeous gold eye shadow on her lids. She’s peering up at a figure wearing a crazy looking mask that I can’t quite figure out.

Like, what is going on here?!

Anyway, I love the fact that you can stare at this vibrant piece for a while and come up with a million different ideas as to what’s going on in it.

See more of their work here.

 

Gallery Mondays: ‘The Musicians’ Brawl’ by Georges de la Tour

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I saw this painting at Getty Museum while on vacation in California back in September. It’s starting to get pretty cold in New York so I’m missing that Cali weather again.

There’s a lot going on in French Baroque painter Georges de La Tour’s The Musicians’ Brawl. When I first saw it, I couldn’t help but laugh, not only at the subject of the painting but also at the note next to it from Getty Museum challenging visitors to strike a pose similar to one of the subjects in the painting.

The painting is supposedly depicting two musicians getting into a fight, one trying to squeeze a lemon in the other’s eye while three other men watch it all go down. The man about to encounter the fierce burning acidity of a lemon is blind, so that just makes the whole situation even more heartless. Also, the guy on the far left is the blind man’s guide. Isn’t he supposed to be helping instead of standing there with his jaw dropped?!

May the holiday bar fights begin?

Learn more about the painting here.

Gallery Mondays: Arlés del Rio’s “Fly Away” @ Robert Miller Gallery

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A few weeks ago I was killing time by perusing some of Chelsea’s art galleries and found this awesome work of art by Cuban artist Arlés del Rio.

The gallery I had stumbled into was the Robert Miller Gallery where the Nuevos Colores exhibit was on display. This piece was towards the back of the gallery. It stood out to me, for obvious reasons.

The piece is called “Fly Away” and if you were in Times Square during the summer of 2014 you might have seen a similar work by Del Rio by the name of “Nearness.” The cut out artwork makes it look like something has burst through the gate and off to somewhere new.

I got kind of sentimental thinking about how the piece stands for our ability to break free from the things that hurt us, even if breaking free means hurting a bit more before it’s finally over.

Head to the Robert Miller Gallery to check out the exhibit before it closes on November 14th!

Gallery Mondays: Allen Ruppersberg’s ‘Too Many Books’ @ Printed Matter

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Printed Matter opened their new location on 11th Avenue last week, so I went to check it out with two of my friends before heading to dinner in Little Italy.

The book store is filled with tons of art books by artists, as well as artwork for sale, and an exhibit which is currently Paper Rad: The Zines of Paper Rad.

On the second floor of the book store, I found this 4.5 x 3-foot photo block by Allen Ruppersberg leaning against the wall. It’s called Too Many Books, and you can buy it for $2,000.

I wonder if the pile of books ever fell before the photo was taken. The books are piled almost as high as the guy in the photo, who looks about 5’7″ or 5’9″, so it must have been fun piling all those books up on the sidewalk.

If you’re in Chelsea, be sure to check out Printed Matter’s new location!

 

Exclusive #DopeArt2 Interview With Artist Henry J Fuller

"Beyoncé XO" and "Lil' Red Riding Rihanna"

“Beyoncé XO” and “Lil’ Red Riding Rihanna”

If you love pop culture, then your heart will burst with excitement when you see Henry J Fuller’s artwork. On March 24th, his #DopeArt2 exhibit opened at Hofstra University’s student run FORM Gallery, and even though I couldn’t make it, I can imagine how much everyone loved the paintings.

"Oh Miley"

“Oh Miley”

#DopeArt2 is the sequel to Fuller’s #DopeArt exhibit featured in FORM Gallery during the Fall 2013 semester. #DopeArt focused more on the male Hip-Hop scene, while #DopeArt2 lends a hand to some of the leading ladies in the music industry. The exhibit includes paintings of Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna. Also thrown into the mix are portraits of Michael Jordan, and a scene from the popular television series Breaking Bad.

I was lucky enough to catch up with the artist behind all this pop culture magic a few days after #DopeArt2‘s opening reception.

Me: What was your inspiration for this exhibit? 

Henry Jordan Fuller: My inspiration for #DopeArt2 was the introduction to my #DopeArtDivas collection. In my first #DopeArt exhibit I mainly focused on male Hip-Hop artists with a lot of tattoos as well as top name male Hip-Hop artists in the industry. So for my 2nd showcase, I kind of wanted to focus on popular females in the industry as well as expand the size of my canvases from 18×24 to 24×36.

Me: How long did it take to finish each painting?

HJF: Usually it takes me at least a week to do a painting, but my showcase was pushed forward a whole month, so I did six out of seven of the #DopeArt2 collection within 2 weeks, each taking between 1-3 days.

Me: What is your favorite part of the exhibition process?

HJF: My favorite part of the exhibition process is creating detailed portraits of popular celebrities that can easily catch any onlookers attention.

Me: Which painting is your favorite?

HJF: By far my favorite portrait of my whole #DopeArt2 collection is my 36×48 Breaking Bad portrait entitled “Scavenger Hunt”. Breaking Bad is my favorite show, and I really enjoyed creating this piece.

“Scavenger Hunt”

Me: How did you come up with such cool titles for your paintings?

HJF: All of my titles were added on last minute, but I just wanted to create catchy titles that fit both the painting as well as the artists’ careers. The [Michael Jackson portrait’s] title “I Got my J’s Tho” is just a popular saying among sneaker collectors. All of my titles were thought of last minute.

Me: Will you be selling and/or have you sold any of these paintings? If so, for how much? 

HJF: The only portrait from this collection that I’ve sold is my “I Got my J’s Tho” Michael Jordan portrait, and that was for $700, which is my highest selling painting thus far. I do a lot of commissions, so I’m not in a rush to get rid of these portraits, but I do plan to sell for around the same, with the exception of my “Scavenger Hunt” Breaking Bad portrait which I would like $1300 for.

Me: Anything else you’d like to add?

HJF: Follow me on Instagram to keep up with my latest artwork @kinghpromo & @dopeart___

Be sure to follow Henry J Fuller on Twitter to stay up to date on what he’s working on!