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Strange and nightmarish, and yet frighteningly grounded in reality, the art of Ralph Steadman has tapped into the socio-political id of the world for the past 50 years. Now the work of this legendary illustrator is on display at the Society of Illustrators (128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY).
A Retrospective: Ralph Steadman spans three floors of the building and includes his work for children (his award winning illustrations for Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass), his satirical work for Punch, and his lengthy body of work with gonzo journalist Hunter Thompson. Steadman’s working relationship with Thompson included Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ‘72, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream, with art on loan from Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone.
To learn more, go to: https://www.societyillustrators.org/exhibits/retrospective
A Retrospective: Ralph SteadmanSeptember 6 - October 22, 2016
The Society of Illustrators128 E 63rd StreetNew York, NY 10065
Welcome to our strange new future of streaming services pitted against streaming services. SundanceNow, the streaming arm of the Sundance TV and Film Festival, is now offering a “ advertising-free boutique SVOD service” called SundanceNow Doc Club featuring documentaries curated by the likes of Ira Glass, Susan Sarandon and Anthony Bourdain. Now on feature are documentaries curated by Going Clear and Taxi to the Dark Side director Alex Gibney. Documentaries include the Talking Head’s concert film Stop Making Sense, the Cold War stock footage parade that is The Atomic Cafe, and examination of heiress turned heist-perp in Guerrilla- The Taking of Patty Hearst.
To learn more, go to: http://www.docclub.com/
Wikipedia, we all rely on it to some degree, whether it’s tracing the history of the SALT talks for a hastily written term paper, settling a barroom debate on when The Cure’s “Friday I’m in Love” was released, or tracking the careers of artists and thinkers. Sometimes we forget that wWikipedia is something edited by everyday people and it can feel like the information just manifests on its own. Now the Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53rd St, New York), in collaboration with Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and Wikimedia present #WikiAPA Edit-a-Thon on September 2 to remind people the importance of being a part of the flow of information online.
As part of a month long program happening across the nation #WikiAPA encourages anyone to come to MoMA (visitors are encouraged to bring a laptop) and help edit Wikipedia topics from a recommended list. It’s an evening of enjoying the arts and setting straight the facts. The event is open to the public but visitors should RSVP.
To learn more, go to: http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/events/24786 & http://smithsonianapa.org/project/wiki
#WikiAPA Edit-a-ThonSeptember 2, 2015
The Museum of Modern Art11 W 53rd St.New York, NY 10019
Nobuyoshi Araki, Untitled (Eros Diary), 2015, Courtesy the artist and Anton Kern Gallery, New York.
Infamous for his sexually explicit and debauched works, photographer Nobuyoshi Araki has laughed in the face of taboos. Araki has captured toys, fruits, city streets, red light district denizens, and celebrities like Lady Gaga, while creating skillfully composed and playful works that make him, arguably, Japan’s most well known photographer. But a new exhibition at the Anton Kern Gallery (532 West 20th Street New York, NY) focuses on the fragility of life and Araki’s own mortality. Eros Diary runs from July 9th through August 7, 2015, and is comprised of 77 black and white photographs that show a more introspective side to Araki.
The photos touch on issues like the marriage to his wife Yoko, who passed away in 1990, the loss of sight in his right eye, and his recent battle with prostate cancer. These photos look within Araki’s own thoughts on his mortality, than the world of carnality that his photos usually go to.
In a 1995 interview, Araki said that “Photography was destined to be involved with death. Reality is in color, but at its beginnings photography always discolored reality and turned it into black and white. Color is life, black and white is death. A ghost was hiding in the invention of photography.”
This exhibition will be Araki facing that ghost head on.
To learn more, go to: http://www.antonkerngallery.com/
ARAKI Eros DiaryJuly 9 - August 7, 2015
Anton Kern Gallery532 West 20th StreetNew York, NY 10011
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