Friday, April 30, 2010

Lindsay Lohan & Bruce LaBruce
Jennifer Lopez's ex, Ojani Noa, is making a last-ditch effort to avoid bankruptcy by shopping a reality show titled, "I Owe J.Lo." It will follow her broke ex-husband as he tries to "land menial jobs to pay off a half-million dollar court judgment that he owes to his ex-wife." -NY Post
When in doubt, haul the Picassos out. Susan Alyson Stein and Gary Tinterow

In the long run the Met is doing a smart thing by going public with its deficiencies. The results make for a disappointing exhibition, but they also serve as an open call to collectors to pony up with gifts, fill in those blanks, be another Gertrude Stein. If the ploy works, maybe the next time the museum hauls out its Picassos, it will have not just a popular hit, which this show is sure to be, but also a great event. -Holland Cotter

Lot No: 3181
Lindbergh Pillowcases/Embroidery
Lot of assorted pillowcases, coverings and embroidery depicting Lindbergh's various flights and historical events, various sizes, fair condition with some wear and foxing, 1930's era, (7)
Estimate: $400 - 600
Lot No: 3138
Batia Magal (Israeli, born 1953)
Ladies with parasol
signed 'B. Magal' (lower right)
mixed media on paper
sight 28 3/4 x 21 1/4in
Estimate: $600 - 800

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Dorothy HeightWASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Thursday eulogized Dorothy Height as a history-making figure in the civil rights movement whose quiet perseverance produced gains in "a righteous cause." Speaking to hundreds of mourners in the stately Washington National Cathedral, Obama recounted Height's commitment to the cause during decades of work, mostly behind the scenes while the movement's male leaders earned more attention and fame. "She never cared about who got the credit," the president said. "What she cared about was the cause. The cause of justice, the cause of equality, the cause of opportunity, freedom's cause." -BRETT ZONGKER and JULIE PACE

Bad Petroleum
The amount of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from an oil rig disaster is five times as large as had been believed, the Coast Guard said Wednesday night. Another leak has been found near the site where the British Petroleum rig exploded and sank last week, Coast Guard Petty Officer Erik Swanson said. The total amount of oil leaking into the gulf is 5,000 barrels a day — not the 1,000 barrels that had been estimated earlier, he said. -Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
In line at Starbucks this morning, watching cars stack up outside at the drive-thru, I realized that I and each and every one of us is responsible for the oil spill that is now tragically ashore in the Gulf of Mexico, just as each and every one of us was responsible for the devastation in Alaska from the Valdez spill. We each use too much oil in our lives and we are each willing to spend more and more on oil, meaning that we drive the profits and the plans of the large oil companies. It is our consumption, our willingness to pay that drives oil companies to explore the depths of the Gulf of Mexico, spend hundreds of millions of dollars on rigs, because they know we will buy their product. Remember when gasoline went over a dollar a gallon a few years ago? Local news stations around the country actually carried stories about it, people were outraged, they kept buying and buying when it hit two dollars, spiked above three dollars and they are still paying today. Do not vote for, support, or donate to any official who won't act on clean energy and for our future. It's up to each of us to prevent oil spills. And we can do it. -JAMES CANNON BOYCE
Lot No: 3171
Lindbergh Doll
A Limited Edition composition/oilcloth doll designed by Faith Wick LE of 1200 dolls (souvenir sold at Unified Federation of Doll Clubs 1981), very good condition (1)
Estimate: $300 - 500

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Lot No: 3082
Gerald L. Lubeck (American, born 1942)
signed 'Gerald L. Lubeck' (lower right)
oil on canvas
16 x 20in
Estimate: $2,000 - 3,000

Mia Fonssagrives and Vicki Tiel

Olive Thomas
Grayson Perry

Donny George
Christopher Lazare by Alice Neel
"Christopher Lazare was the queen of the homosexuals. There was a bigger queen than he was, but I cant remember his name." -Alice Neel 1932
Thanks Sur!
Patrick Kennedy has struggled with bi-polar disorder, alcoholism and drug addiction since his teens, and last year went went to rehab. Kennedy said in February that he wants to help people with substance abuse and mental health problems once he leaves office.
Read more:

Ann Getty, Peter Getty, Peter’s wife Jacqui Getty, Barack Obama, Gordon Getty
Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America"Anatomy of an Epidemic" is the first book to investigate the long-term outcomes of patients treated with psychiatric drugs, and Whitaker finds that, overall, the drugs may be doing more harm than good. Adhering to studies published in prominent medical journals, he argues that, over time, patients with schizophrenia do better off medication than on it. Children who take stimulants for ADHD, he writes, are more likely to suffer from mania and bipolar disorder than those who go unmedicated. Intended to challenge the conventional wisdom about psychiatric drugs, "Anatomy" is sure to provoke a hot-tempered response, especially from those inside the psychiatric community. -JED LIPINSKI
Is there anything creepier than a big, beer-breathed celebrity athlete exposing himself in a night club and hitting on underage girls, all the while protected by an entourage of off-duty cops? Well, yes. It’s the big, corporate sponsor — Nike, in this case — that continues trying to sell product with the creep as their role model. -TIMOTHY EGAN, NY Times
Count Giuseppe Panza RIP
Save Linda Carty


Christie’s will offer a large-scale masterpiece by Yves Klein at the auction of Post-War and Contemporary Art in New York on the evening of 11 May 2010. Anthropométrie "Le Buffle" (ANT 93) 1960-61, (Estimate: $8,000,000 - 12,000,000) is a monumental work from the artist’s celebrated Anthropométrie series that stands over 9 feet wide (70 x 110 3/8 in. / 177.8 x 280.4 cm.). In this video, “Anthropométrie de l’époque bleue”, dated 9 March 1960, we can see Klein’s process of using the female body as the paintbrush.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Nick Denton gets a pie in the face

In the small Brazilian city of Arapiraca, tucked away in the poor, conservative northeast corner of the country, a hidden-camera video showing an octogenarian priest having sex with a young altar boy is being hawked on the street. For $5 to $10, vendors here will sell you the video, downloading it directly into your cellphone via Bluetooth. The price depends on the quality and length of the footage. According to one street vendor, the most popular download is the “complete” version. Buyers, he says, are “almost everybody—not just the curious.” -Dom Phillips
Marina Abramović Made Me Cry
Tito Ortiz

Monday, April 26, 2010

"If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans," said the astrophysicist Stephen Hawking in a new television series, according to British media reports. "Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach," warned Hawking. On the probability of alien life existing, he says: "To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational. -AP