James Rosenquist, the American artist, was one of the protagonists for the pop-art movement (after the 1950s). If you like Richard Hamilton, Andy Warhol, Eduardo Paolozzi, Roy Lichenstein, Tom Wesselmann, Wayne Thiebaud, Claes Oldenburg, David Hockney, Alex Katz, and/or Jim Dine for some examples, you'd love this guy as well. He's 76 years old right now and still going strong.
The piece is called For The Young Artist 1991. This was my photo of it, now at the MOMA.
The English rock band The Libertines have a song called "What Katie Did." Some think it was inspired by What Katy Did, the children's book written by Susan Coolidge (1872).
The book is about a tomboy named Katy whose life is a mess, but who only wishes to be beautiful and loved. She gets injured after a terrible accident, and her illness and recovery teaches her to be good and kind, like she always really wanted. Babyshambles did a song right after entitled "What Katie Did Next."
Pete Doherty, lead vocal/guitarist formerly for The Libertines and now for Babyshambles was clearly in love with this story so much so that he wrote both songs. So much so that he cried polka dots. The chorus of "What Katie Did" goes like this:
On May 22, 1980, history was made for arcade games. The company Namco came out with the infamous Pac-Man. Not only did it become an icon in popular culture at the time, but Pac-Man has the highest brand awareness of any video game character among American consumers (recognized by 94 percent of them).
Of all the things that Pac-Man could eat, he chooses my favorite dish: dots.
Walking on a lovely early spring day with my love-lots-forever-friend-Len-from-Long-Island on our way to do bad things to our body, I came across a surprise that had me swinging off power lines.
But before I continue, I'll backtrack.
We actually weren't going to do bad things to our body. But I like to phrase it like that, her nose ring and my second tattoo because in my opinion, it was bad *ss. And she'll hate me for writing this.
Anyway, back to the surprise: Ibiza, a great, but a little expensive boutique on 625 Broadway Ave. between 13th and 14th Street.
I stopped in because the name reminded me of the party island near Spain. It surely is a party of colorful and textured fabrics, bags, wallets, bags, dresses, bags, skirts, bags, belts, and bags. The bags were lovely.
Anywho, if you're in the area, it's worth a peek. For visual purposes, it's across the street from Regal on University Avenue and next to Max Brenner Chocolate Factory.
Every two years, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City blooms not only for the springtime but for new artists in America (not necessarily from America but who created art in America). This year's biennial was entitled simply "2010" and consisted of photography, painting, video, sculpture, and some mixtures of mediums that surrounded deep concepts like women who burn themselves in Afghanistan to avoid abuse in a marriage or just plain marriage and more simple playful ideas revolved around illusory visual perception games.
One of my favorite exhibits this year, if not my favorite, was from artist Kate Gilson. Gilson created a video of herself breaking into what seemed to be a roofless carton made of sheetrock. Once she breaks in, she spends the rest of the short film trying to climb up and out. (The video was intended to represent a woman's struggle in finding her identity.)
What struck me about the video, aside from the idea, was the artist's attire. To break into sheetrock, only to break out again, Gilson not only chose feminine attire but feminine attire with heels. Who in their right mind enters a sheetrock carton with heels to try to climb out?
For the film, Gilson wore a vintage type red polka dot dress with her heels. It was lovely. And I think all women should fight for their rights and identity and should look cute while doing it. Especially if it involves a vintage red polka dot dress.
Below you'll find a picture of Gilson climbing up the carton, followed by a link to the video of her in this action, followed by a link to the Whitney Museum Biennial.
If you haven't checked out the Biennial yet, you must put in on your to-do list (before May 30th)!
My endearing friend JO put me on to this news item. (But I'll only give him a little tiny bit of credit for his coolness.) For the men, there is the new exclusive line of polos covered in dots from a collaboration between United Arrows Beauty & Youth and Lacoste. These polos can be bought at Beauty & Youth retailers in Japan.
In Alice in Wonderland (2010), not only is there a mighty huge white polka dot dog (Alice's "golden horse"), but Alice's fashion at some points was all about the dots. I was in love and clearly, so was Kinder Aggugini. Look at this London-based designer's Spring 2010 vintage collection.