Saturday, January 31, 2009

Rihanna Fertility Disc

A drag queen is sassy, glittery and fabulous -- "a punk rock reaction to our masculine culture," as RuPaul told me, when I spoke to her over the phone. Drag is a way of taking what has often been held against gay men -- our effeminacy, our outspokenness, our passion for ABBA -- and celebrating it with style. Drag queens imitate women like Judy Garland, Dolly Parton and Cher because they overcame insult and hardship on their path to success, and because their narratives mirror the pain that many gay men suffer on their way out of the closet. These women didn't become drag icons because they had a mildly awkward sex talk with their parents.
-Thomas Rogers

The tragic and outsize divas that have long inspired drag queens are also becoming harder to find in the manufactured pop landscape: The Bette Midlers and Whitney Houstons have been replaced by Katy Perry and the Pussycat Dolls. "The sad thing is, the pop stars that were popularly impersonated in my day all had personality," says Lady Bunny. "How are you going to impersonate Rihanna? What is her personality? You don't know, because she's just a product."
-Thomas Rogers

Friday, January 30, 2009

Linda Montano
LaMont Young
James Whitney

Jordan Belson

Tadaaki Kuwayama

Zarina Hashmi

Natvar Bhavsar
“The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989” at the Guggenheim Museum is a strange show, mostly good-strange, often beautiful-strange, and for sure long overdue.
- Holland Cotter NY Times

A FEW unlucky guests of the Guggenheim Museum were all dressed up with nowhere to go the other night. The museum hosted a dinner for the opening of its exhibit "The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia," but it mixed up some of the invitations. One Guggenheim contributor who received an invite told us she booked a limo to take her and her husband there. "When we got to the reception table, there was no name card for us . . . I was told that the printer mistakenly sent invitations to some members of the [WRONG CONTRIBUTION] level." The guest said she had one cocktail before being asked to leave. "Regrettably, some members received invitations to the dinner instead of the members' reception the following evening," said a museum rep. -NY Post PAGE SIX
Robert Rauschenberg "Gold Standard" (1964)
John Cage “New River Watercolor Series I, 5,” (1988)
LaToya Jackson

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Alfred Stieglitz

LeRoy King "The Adult Photographer"

LeRoy Prince "The Serious Artist"

What you're saying in cubism is that the figure, this thing of value, is no longer dissociated from ground by meaning, but that it's interlocked and interwrapped with this ground, that they're interdependant.
-Lawrence Weschler

When I married the painting to the enviornment, suddenly it had to deal with the enviornment around it as being equal to the figure and having as much meaning.
-Robert Irwin

Lily Ledbetter
Teri Toye

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tehching Hsieh is known for his one-year-long performances. For the one documented here, he punched a time clock every hour, on the hour, every day from April 11, 1980 to April 11, 1981.

Bruce Nauman
Eat my words
Bound to fail
Feet of clay