NYC ART WATCH: If you happen to be in New York City tonight you might want to check an art show presented by the Suzanne Geiss Company on Grand Street.
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Reclining Nude is an exhibition of rare candid photographs of Jean-Michel Basquiat taken by Paige Powell. This is the first presentation of photographs from Powell’s comprehensive archive, a significant chronicle of 1980’s art and culture in America.
On view is a series of black and white 35mm nude portraits of one of the world's most celebrated visual artists, Jean-Michel Basquiat, made in 1983 in Powell’s then Upper West Side apartment. Like many nights during Powell and Basquiat’s two year relationship, the images show the painter relaxed on a futon, drawing while watching cartoons. Earlier that year, Powell used the apartment to show work by Basquiat, AOne, and Rammellzee. Several of the paintings are visible on the walls of the living room where Basquiat reclines. The photographs were taken with Powell’s Canon camera, which she carried with her everywhere.
Paige moved to New York City from Portland, Oregon in 1980 with the intent of working for Interview Magazine or Woody Allen. A few weeks after she arrived, she landed both jobs. Interview stuck, and Powell was Advertising Associate (later Associate Publisher) and a contributing photographer and writer. Through her work, she became a close friend and confidant of Andy Warhol, founder of the publication, and a fixture at his Factory.
Today Powell is a photographer, curator, and animal rights activist. She lives and works between Portland, Oregon; New York; and Los Angeles. She is in the beginning phase of organizing her extensive archive of photographs.
Suzanne Geiss Co. is located at 76 Grand Street, New York. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday from noon- 6 pm. Jean-Michel Basquiat, Reclining Nude is up through Feb. 22.
Allison Blythe, Sam Adams, wine guys, Allison and David Brown, bubbly and toasting time
FINE WINE: Wine, women, men, food, photos and fun. It was ALL there at Mitchell Wines wonderful "Friends and Family" held deep within the environs of their very cool Southeast warehouse.
For a night, the cave-like space turns into a rumpus room full of very cool people who like to drink and think about wine including Sam Adams, Mitchell Wine's Allison Blythe and David Brown, Robert and Ann Sacks and many other cool cats.
Travis Knight, Jennifer Williamson, Juan Martinez, Vince Porter, Colin Meloy, Jennifer and her hubby Paul Loving
LIGHTS. CAMERA. RE-ELECTION: Oregon's own home-grown, incredible stop-animation studio, LAIKA, carved time out of a very busy schedule to honor Rep. Jennifer Williamson on Friday night at Butters Gallery in Old Town.
It was definitely a who's who of local and national film folks that gathered to support the re-election campaign of one of our state's most supportive legislators when it comes to supporting our regions growing film industry.
Everyone was there, from LAIKA's own Travis Knight (who was a chum of "Jenny" Williamson back in high school) to ParaNorman director Chris Butler to art makers Carson Ellis and Colin Meloy to the Oregon's film office Vince Porter to a bunch of very well-dressed, beautiful people who used to live in Los Angeles but now call Portland home.
Yes, it was a great party. And well-deserved support for the always amazing Rep. Williamson.
Martha Davis and The Motels, Bill Wadhams and Astrid from Animotion
80'S NIGHT: In honor of their 100th year in biz, the Crystal Ballroom has being doing 100 shows to celebrate their auspicious anniversary. Last night was the kick-off for a series of concerts surrounding the 1980's. And what a night it was.
Three bands played. Three bands rocked. And, interestingly enough, three of the lead players from these three bands all live in, or near, Portland Oregon.
First up was Tommy Tutone, with that song about a telephone number.
Then it was Animotion.Bill Wadhams and Astrid are comics as well as musicians and they had everybody laughing at their witty repartee and grooving to their tunes including their big hit "Obsession." Speaking of obsessions, Bill's son, Chris, who is one of the guitarists in the band looks like a frigging Calvin Klein model.
The night's big act was Martha Davis and The Motels. I love Martha Davis, and I have had the chance to see her perform at some local charity events and such. But this was the first time I caught her with her full band. And, boy, can that woman sing. She sounded amazing. And I loved how she interprets her songs, including "Only The Lonely" and "Suddenly Last Summer" as if she was singing them for the first time.
CELEB-U-WATCH: One of my buddies shared with me that they just spotted actor Alan Alda in Portland, Oregon.
For some of the young people who read this blog, Alan was the one and only "Hawkeye Pierce" on the television show, MASH. And I frankly think he's one of our countries best actors. Word is that Mr. Alda was spotted with his Arlene and one of his three daughters. This makes the third time in recent history that a major television actor was spotted in Portland with his family in tow.