Category: Drawing

Calendar. 02.18.10.

The Sacred Comic Book, by Charles Nicholas Sarka, at Jack the Pelican Presents in Brooklyn, opening this Saturday at 7pm — in what will be the gallery’s last show. (Image courtesy of Jack the Pelican.)

  • In NYC: Announcing Magnan Metz, a group show (featuring a big-ass painting by my WNYC/Tino Sehgal bud Susanna Heller), at Magnan Metz, opens Friday at 6pm. Holla!
  • In NYC: Anthropogeomorphology Today, a lecture by Matthew Coolidge of the Center for Land Use Interpretation, at the Higgins Hall Auditorium at Pratt, on Monday, Feb. 22 at 6pm.
  • In Washington, D.C.: Drag: Jason Horowitz, at Curator’s Office, opens Saturday at 6pm.
  • In Ft. Lauderdale: Diane Arrieta gives a talk at Girls’ Club as part of the Artists in Action series, this Saturday at 1pm.
  • In Cincinnati: Shepard Fairey, Supply and Demand, at the Contemporary Arts Center, opens Saturday.
  • In S.F.: Paper! Awesome! at Baer Ridgway, opens Saturday at 4pm.
  • In S.F.: Episco Disco at Grace Cathedral, this Saturday at 7pm.
  • In Kirkland, Wash.: BrüTübe: All’s Fair in Love and War, an evening of curated YouTube videos and beer, at the Kirkland Arts Center Gallery, this Friday at 7pm. (See the Center’s BrüTübe page here.)
  • In L.A.: I Can’t Feel My Face, the collection of Susan Hancock, curated by Kaws, at Royal-T, opens Sunday at 6pm.
  • In L.A.: Here/There: Edel Rodriguez at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, opens Saturday at 7pm.

The Digest.02.10.10.

All About That, by Gabriel Shaffer, at the Berenberg Gallery booth at the Outsider Art Fair in NYC last week. (Image courtesy of Shaffer.)

The Digest. 01.25.10.

All This And More, by Marc Johns. (Image courtesy of Marc Johns.)

Calendar. 01.19.10.

Vagina Drawing, by Ida Applebroog. Part of her solo exhibit Mona Lisa at Hauser & Wirth, opens today. Read the NYT profile of Applebroog here. (Image courtesy of Hauser & Wirth.)

Ask the Art Nurse: Maintaining fragile works on paper.

First of all, are you a bad or a good nurse? My main question, however, is from a collector/art lover’s angle. I love — absolutely LOVE — works on paper (I admit, it’s a fetish), but I have a dilemma: I’m terrified of placing any of the works near windows lest they are exposed to light and deteriorate.

I’ve heard that sun damage is so gradual that sometimes you don’t even notice the work is damaged until you put it beside another work (like another print from the same series). I properly frame all the work I purchase and use UV Plexiglas. But I hear that those don’t work very well after 5-10 years, since supposedly their effectiveness dwindles. I recently purchased an acrylic work on paper. I love it and have the perfect space for it but it has LOTS of light. Am I safe with acrylic? Also, I have photographs (C-prints). I want to love my art in the open but I fear that my love of art will never step out of the shadows where, at least, I know the art is safe. Am I being paranoid? Is there anything artists should be doing to guarantee their works don’t fade?

– Art lover desperately seeking to bring his art out of the closet

I am a good nurse, here to help you feed your fetishes. In the case of paper conservation — which I studied in graduate school under the phenomenal Antoinette King of MoMA, but abandoned when archeology came a-calling — I believe that a ton, not an ounce, of prevention is warranted. Fortunately, I live a stone’s throw from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and have known its chief paper conservator, Janice Schopfer, since she was at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. In other words, relax. No more fears or paranoia are warranted. Read on — and let your love step out of the shadows.

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Calendar. 12.04.09.

Rainbow Feast by Scott Campbell. (Image courtesy of Show & Tell.)

The Digest. 12.03.09.

Kcho at Juan Ruiz Galeria from Maracaibo, Venezuela at Art Miami. (Photo by C-M.)

¡Art World Smackdown! William Powhida does a diving elbow drop on the New Museum.

See it at its most splendorous: LARGE. (Image courtesy of William Powhida.)

Brooklyn-based artist William Powhida takes down the New Museum‘s super cozy, highly-questionable relationships with some big-time collectors and gallerists in the upcoming cover of the November Brooklyn Rail. And C-Mon gets a passing mention for being “ethically outraged”!!! (In the future, Mr. Powhida, if you ever want to draw me, here’s what I look like. As you’ll see, I’ve got a much better rack than Tyler Green.)

Sorry I’m not in town for the NuMu pile-on (I’m working on cultivating a veritable constellation of bug bites here in Costa Rica), but you can read all about the brouhaha here, here, here and here. At posting time, I was waiting for the NY Times Artsbeat blog to get on the case. C’mon dudes: this is home turf. Come out swingin’!!