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Patti Smith Rocks at Art Basel Miami Beach

Robert Miller Gallery presents at Art Basel Miami Beach 2009 (Dec. 3 – 6, 2009) Patti Smith: Homage, a thematic exhibition of poet/rocker Patti Smith's work and that of her creative heroes: Diane Arbus, Constantin Brâncuşi, Victor Hugo, Lee Krasner, Robert Mapplethorpe, Joan Mitchell, Jackson Pollock, and Cy Twombly. Smith has been represented by the gallery since 1978.

An artist, poet, performer and cultural icon, Smith’s passionate engagement with the world has led her to diverse forms of expression. Whether in images, words, or music, her works remain intricately connected, despite the diversity of forms.  Her subjects and themes are simultaneously, or by turns, political, spiritual and metaphysical. Smith’s oeuvre encompasses irreverence and solemnity, defiance and tenderness, the elegiac and the celebratory, constantly returning to homage to her creative heroes. This booth seeks to engage with this important theme in her work and will include a large selection of Smith’s drawings and photographs.

In 2008, Smith was the subject of Patti Smith Land 250 at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporaine, Paris, and Written Portrait - Patti Smith at Artium Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. Strange Messenger: The Work of Patti Smith, a 300-work retrospective, was organized by The Andy Warhol Museum in 2005 and traveled to numerous venues including the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, and the Museum Boijsman Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

Her work has also been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum Eki, Kyoto; Haus der Kunst, Munich; the Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels and the Pompidou Center in Paris.

Smith’s latest book, Just Kids, a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies, is scheduled to be released in January 2010 by Harper Collins.

Her 1975 album Horses, established Smith as one of most original and important musical artists of her generation and was followed by nine releases, including Radio Ethiopia; Easter; Dream of Life; Gone Again; and Trampin'.

Patti Smith: Dream of Life, a documentary film by fashion photographer and filmmaker Steven Sebring, was released by Palm Pictures in September of 2008 and will receive its television premiere on the PBS series P.O.V. on December 30, 2009. A collaborative project with Steven Sebring entitled Objects of Life will open at Robert Miller Gallery on January 6, 2010 soon after the film airs.

Also on view will be an important early painting by Jackson Pollock, Naked Man (ca, 1938-41), photographs by the poet and artist Victor Hugo, pastels by Joan Mitchell, photographs by Brâncuşi, two important paintings by Lee Krasner, and a set of Cy Twombly’s iconic Roman Notes (1970). Two double portraits by Diane Arbus, another influence, are of figures that Smith has referenced in her art and are taken in Arbus’ classic style. Finally, the booth will also include a selection of important early works and later portraits by Robert Mapplethorpe, Smith’s longtime friend and collaborator.

Patti Smith: Homage
a thematic exhibition of poet/rocker Patti Smith
Robert Miller Gallery

Art Basel Miami Beach 2009

December 3 – 6, 2009
Booth BO3

Faces of Tsai Ming-Liang

AsiaSociety is proud to present Faces of Tsai Ming-Liang, a series of of Tsai’s best earlier films, plus a preview screening of Tsai’s newest film, at 725 Park Avenue at 70thStreet, NYC, from November 13 to 21, 2009. Highlighting the presentation is a conversation with director Tsai Ming-Liang along with actor Lee Kang-Sheng, who has appeared in every single Tsai film.

Employing little dialogue and minimalist long takes, often made up of static medium to long shots, Tsai creates what Asia Society’s Senior Program Officer La Frances Hui calls “an oppressive silence calling for the viewers to slowly observe and experience the psychological states of the characters. He maps out an emotional universe that is deeply felt and shared.”

The series begins with screening of Rebels of the Neon God, the director’s first feature film. Rebels introduces us to the recurring character Xiao Kang, played by Lee Kang-Sheng.

The centerpiece film is a preview screening of Face, about a Taiwanese director who makes a film based on the myth of Salomé at the Louvre. Language barriers and the sudden news of the passing of the filmmaker’s mother in Taipei threaten the completion of the film. The all star ensemble cast includes Jean-Pierre Léaud, Jeanne Moreau, Fanny Ardant, Lee Kang-Sheng and supermodel Laetitia Casta.

Following the screening will be the conversation with Tsai Ming-Liang and actor Lee Kang-Sheng.

The other films to be shown are Vive L’Amour, in which three characters cross paths in a vacant Taipei apartment without ever really connecting; The Hole, about the days before the new millennium, as Taipe is plagued by an endemic that causes people to behave like cockroaches; and the poignant What Time Is It There?, about a watch vendor who sells a watch to a young woman as she leaves for Paris, compelling him to set every clock he sees to Paris time.

For more information, please call (212) 517-ASIA
 or visit

Astro Boy Pre-Release Screening

New York International Children's Film Festival (NYICFF) presents two special advance screenings of Astro Boy--a modern take on the iconic character created by Osamu Tezuka, whose original Astro Boy introduced the world to Japanese anime. He is considered one of the most visionary and gifted animators of all time.

The film will be screened on Sat & Sun, Oct 17 & 18, 2009, starting at 11:00am at IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue (at West Third). Post-screening Q&A with director David Bowers will be held at both shows.

The 95 min. all-new CG-animated 2009 film features a star-studded voice cast including Freddie Highmore, Kristen Bell, Samuel Jackson, Nathan Lane, Eugene Levy, Matt Lucas, Bill Nighy, Donald Sutherland, Charlize Theron and Nicolas Cage as Dr. Tenma.

Read more: Astro Boy Pre-Release Screening

Art meets Motorcycle Culture: Harley-Davidson's Art Of Rebellion Show

The second installment of Art of Rebellion is visiting NYC October 17th after a successful run in Santa Monica earlier this year. The show features renowned gig poster artists showing painted Iron 883 tanks and signature poster art along with photographs by Adam Wright and Steven Stone.

The Harley-Davidson® sponsored Art Of Rebellion New York show brings together 10 iconic artists including Art Chantry, Brian Ewing, Derek Hess, Dirty Donny, Frank Kozik, Harpoon, John Van Hamersveld, Lindsey Kuhn, Tara McPherson and The Pizz at la.Venue (608 W. 28th Street) from 8 pm to Midnight on Saturday, October 17th, 2009.

At this opening night event each artist will paint one Harley-Davidson Iron 883TM gas tank and will also have their own signature posters on display and for sale at the show.

[Original creation above by Frank Kozik for Art Of Rebellion NYC Show]

In addition, check out a day in the life of Art Of Rebellion artist Tara McPherson in her Brooklyn studio:

As the  Art Of Rebellion New York approaches, online fans can enter to win their own event poster. To enter, visit Dark Custom on Facebook or follow on Twitter to answer the artist question of the day:

A portion of the proceeds raised from tank sales will be donated to the CUE Art Foundation--a 501(c) (3) non-profit forum for contemporary art that gives artists, students, scholars and art professionals resources at many stages of their careers and creative lives Pick up a poster or splurge on a tank; either way, a chunk of the proceeds go to the CUE Art Foundation.

Meet the Art Of Rebellion New York artists and see their work:
For more information, go to:


Art Of Rebellion New York
Art Chantry
Brian Ewing

Derek Hess
Dirty Donny
Frank Kozik
John Van Hamersveld
Lindsey Kuhn
Tara McPherson
The Pizz
608 W. 28th Street
Between 11th & 12th Ave.
New York, NY 10001
Tel: 212.967.9636
e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Opening: 8 pm to Midnight
Saturday, October 17th, 2009





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