palazzo chupi

I just checked out Julian Schnabel's West Village residence extraordinaire, the Palazzo Chupi. It's more red than pink, but is pretty amazing. I'm glad someone is keeping downtown interesting.

Palazzo Chupi
360 W. 11th St.


diane arbus

It was announced last week that The Met will be acquiring the complete archives of photographer Diane Arbus. Through the donation of the Arbus Estate, The Met will receive hundreds of prints and negatives, 7,500 rolls of film and print sleeves annotated by Arbus, plus Arbus' photo collection and personal papers. The artifacts will be preserved, catalogued and made available to the general public for study and research.

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jeremy blake

In the past few months I've seen numerous articles about Blake's and his girlfriend Theresa Duncan's unfortunate suicides this past summer. He was 35. Kinz, Tillou and Feigen pay tribute with a show featuring his unfinished Glitterbest.

Jeremy Blake
"Memorial Exhibition"
Kinz, Tillou and Feigen
529 W. 20th St.

November 10 - January 19


i'm not there

I recently saw the Dylan inspired "I'm Not There" and can confidently say that all of those wasted hours pouring over anything Bob Dylan have finally paid off. The film is terrific, with notable characterizations by Cate Blanchett and Julianne Moore. Extra bonus points if you get all of the Tarantula references. Oh, and the soundtrack is pretty good too.

"I'm Not There"


cy twombly

Cy Twombly's show at the Gagosian on 21st street is sparse yet beautiful. He fills the massive space with large paintings on wood that offer a simple, subtle delicacy to the cavernous gallery. The work, very different than his usual scribbled doodles, consist of peonies, "the favored flowers of Japanese aesthetic contemplation." He achieves a sense of contemplated splendor.

Cy Twombly
"A Scattering Of Blossoms And Other Things"
Gagosian Gallery
522 W. 21st St.

November 9 - December 20


magnus plessen

German painter Magnus Plessen has a very nice show up now at Gladstone Gallery. His work, which "continues to explore the absence that haunts structures of vision", takes shape in the form of raw, rough, unfinished figures, with "positive and negative spaces that revolve around the physicality of paint upon a canvas, marking both what remains present and that which has been removed". The show is very strong, and very interesting, and is yet another example of why German artists are currently at the forefront of the art world.

Gladstone Gallery
515 W. 24th St.

December 1, 2007 - January 12, 2008