Category: Random Linkage

Posting notice: Edward James Olmos meets Larry Gagosian edition.

If there’s one thing I love about any movie or TV show that features Edward James Olmos (think Miami ViceBlade RunnerBattlestar Galactica) is that at some point in the proceedings, the bad guys will be off doing something truly awful and Olmos will seethe — under his breath — something along the lines of “Find them” or “Get them.” And it always sounds really badass. (See video above.) I like it so much that I’m hoping to incorporate this into everyday conversation as much as possible. (Eg. Husband: “Do we need milk?” Me: “Get some.“)

In other news: no Digest today. I’ve got a ton of frackin’ work to do. But, in the meantime, you can enjoy this terrifically speculative story in the New York Times business section about Larry Gagosian, which quotes nobody of real significance, but which concludes that the gallerist could get hit really hard by the economy or he could just ride it out. (How’s that for definitive?) Sadly, it barely makes reference to Damien Hirst. 

Plus: Jonathan Jones at the Guardian is P.O.’d at art. “It has become the enemy of truth, the murderer of decency.” Whoa, Jonathan! Time to get on the happy pills…

And, late update: A rad video of the Saltz-master groping the wares at Armory. What I would give to party with this guy. For reals!

A coupla tidbits: MOCA et al.


Giving to the Poor, by Above. (Image courtesy of Above.)

I’m officially off for the holidays, but I have a coupla quick things to keep you busy. One, L.A.’s MOCA is taking the Broad offer. Director Jeremy Strick has resigned and taking over, as the museum’s chief executive, will be UCLA Chancellor Emeritus Charles E. Young. The official announcement will be made today at a press conference, at MOCA, at 10:00 am Pacific Time. Two: in keeping with the spirit of supporting the disenfranchised, street artist Above is selling the above image as a print, with all proceeds going to two homeless shelters, one in S.F., the other in London.

Happy Holidaze.

xox, C.

Bid on a tour of Jeff Koons studio. For reals.

Made in Heaven
You too can see the source of dazzling sculptures such as this. Photo by tiboutoo.

You’ve got roughly four hours to whip out the platinum Amex and lay down a bid for a private tour of Jeff Koons studio in NYC, an experience that is described thusly:

Amazing opportunity for a once in a lifetime, behind the scenes tour with art star Jeff Koons! Enjoy a private tour of his studio in New York with the artist himself. You will visit the site where Koons and his many assistants finely craft his extraordinary paintings and sculptures. Better than Andy Warhol’s Factory. Words cannot describe what is in store for you and a maximum of 3 friends. [Italics mine.]

I can think of a few words to describe it, but they’re NSFW. Right now, bids are in the neighborhood of $3,700. (If that doesn’t grab you, you can also bid on a private tour of BCAM with LACMA museum director Michael Govan.) Up next: bid on a tour of C-Monster’s Brooklyn apartment. Only $50. Includes lunch and a bong hit.

Posted by C-Monster.

Adventures in Intercultural Relationships: Edición Elección ’08.

Hillary and Obama
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, by Elbow-Toe. Photo by shoehorn99.

Election season means it’s pandering-in-Spanish season: Far-flung correspondent Vidalia pointed me in the direction of some absolutely priceless links she discovered via Very Short List. It turns out that the candidates aren’t just making bad ads in Spanish, they’re commissioning full-blown songs. Herewith, La Cumbia de Clinton, and El Corrido de Barack Obama. Baila, baila, baila, políticos cabrones.

Posted by C-Monster.