Bid Online Now on 100s of Artworks by Cindy Sherman, Mario Testino and More for MTV Re:Define

Untitled works by Cindy Sherman, 1980/2012. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York.

It seems like every other week there’s a new excuse to throw on your “These Boots Were Made For Walking” playlist and head to Texas for some fantastic cultural event. And this week that event would be the fourth annual MTV Re:Define, a world premiere art exhibition, auction and fundraiser gala to benefit the Dallas Contemporary and MTV Staying Alive Foundation, an international content-producing and grant-giving organization dedicated to stopping the spread of HIV among young people. Last year’s event raised over $2 million dollars.

Taking place on April 10th during Dallas Art Fair week, this year’s event (presented by the Goss-Michael Foundation and curated by Peter Doroshenko and The Future Tense) will be honoring Michael Craig-Martin (the godfather of British Conceptual Art), and will feature over 100 works from artists Cindy Sherman, Damien Hirst, Mario Testino, Tom Sachs, and many more. Even if you can’t squeeze in a last minute trip to Dallas, you can bid on the radically cool auction live now on Paddle 8.

Below are some works we have our eyes on.

Attempt 124, Arthur Pena, 2014. Courtesy of Arthur Pena

Receipe Book Cone, Donald Baechler, 2012. Courtesy of Cheim & Reid and the artist.

Tribute to Edward Hopper/Another night at the Phillies Bar, Gerard Rancinan, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.

Umbrella (blue), Michael Craig-Martin, 2011. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.

Dollar Flower, Nate Lowman, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Maccarone (New York) and Massimo de Carlo (London and Milan).

enza, Richard Phillips, 2015. Courtesy of Richard Philips Studio and Gagosian Gallery.

Adele Bloch-Bauer: Dress Like Gustav Klimt’s Woman in Gold

Adele Bloch-Bauer I, Gustav Klimt, 1907. Oil, silver, and gold on canvas. Neue Galerie New York

Nothing can replace standing face to face with art — especially Gustav Klimt‘s 4’6″ tall portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, painted, along with oil, in real silver and gold — but taking inspiration from Klimt’s portraits of the Austrian beauty, and applying it to one’s wardrobe is still (sartorially) inspired.

The gilded portrait of Bloch-Bauer will be on view from April 2 at New York’s Neue Galerie (1048 Fifth Avenue, NYC). Mark the date, then get decked out with Adele in mind by shopping some of spring’s most sparkling offerings.

Clockwise from left: Carolina Bucci woven 18-karat gold diamond bracelet; MUNNI 22-karat gold spinel bracelet; Deborah Lippmann nail polish in Gold Digger; Lanvin draped silk-blend lamé gown; Penny Packham draped silk-blend lamé gown; Rupert Sanderson Pythia leather sandals; NARS duo eyeshadow; Sophie Bille Brahe Deesse 14-karat gold pearl choker

For bonus points, check out a trailer of Woman in Gold, a film starring Ryan Reynolds, and Helen Mirren as Jewish refugee and Adele Bloch-Bauer’s neice Maria Altmann, and the efforts Altmann went through to get the painting back into her possession from the Austrian government after it had been stolen by the Nazis during , below.

New York’s Best Art Shows to See This Weekend

“King David of Absalom and their royal females bloodlines” Elena Ab, courtesy of the artist.

New York’s best art shows to see this weekend are a click and a map check away. Check out shows from Pace, Elena Ab, and more.

Upward Inflection at NURTUREart Gallery,  56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn. 

nurture artCiarán Ó Dochartaigh, Upward Inflection, 2014, installation view. Photo:

This Friday, NURTUREart Gallery will debut Ciaran O’ Dochartaigh’s first New York exhibit titled Upward Inflection. ​The mixed media installation is inspired by the computer age and human loneliness.


Divas at Elena Ab Gallery, 185 Church St

divasDonna Ladson, “Graffiti” 48″ x 48″. Acrylic on canvas. Photo:

Elena Ab Gallery will debut Divas, an exhibit featuring works by Elena Ab, Linus Corragio, and Donna Ladson. The works selected consist of expressionist and impressionist paintings inspired by the Kabbalah and divine femininity. 


Shifting Impressions at Cuchifritos Gallery, 120 Essex St

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Cuchifritos Gallery will open Shifting Impressions this Saturday, a participatory exhibit by Liene Bosque and Nicole Seisler. The exhibit includes three public walks and encourages audiences to build clay impressions of the landscapes shown while walking around the Lower East Side.


Thomas Nozkowski at Pace Gallery,  510 W 25th St

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Thomas Nozkowski. Untitled (9-32), 2014. oil on linen on panel, 22″ x 28″ (55.9 cm x 71.1 cm). Photo:

On Saturday, Pace Gallery will hold the opening for ‘s Thomas Nozkowski’s solo exhibition. The exhibit, featuring oil paintings, collage, graphite, and gouache, depicts the experience the artist had while walking on the Shawanguk Ridge in upstate New York.


Alex Bag, Marc Hundley, and Santiago Sierra at Team Gallery,  47 Wooster St

​Team Gallery will launch the presentation of works by Alex Bag, Marc Hundley, and Santiago Sierra that will be on exhibit for the month of April. All three exhibits use elements of live performance and participation to touch on topics such as capitalism, cultural ephemera, and labor.


LA Art Shows to Inspire You This Weekend

Small Wonder, 2013, courtesy Robert Berman Gallery

Bored in Los Angeles with nothing to do? Check out these LA art shows for an inspiring weekend.


Don’t Laugh at WNDO Gallery, 361 Vernon Avenue

WNDO Gallery will debut Don’t Laugh, a photography exhibit by Eric Schwabel. The works showcase Alex Minsky, a Marine turned model.


Time, Time, Form at Eastside International, 602 Moulton Ave


Eastside International presents the closing reception of Time, Time, Form on Friday, March 27. In this collaborative exhibition with artists Ian Pines and Aili Schmeltz, Pines explores organic materials through oil paintings, and Schmeltz creates sculptures that seem to be both a combination of from some time ago to present day.


Endangered Species at The Robert Berman Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave. Suite B7


William Tunberg, Monstera Phoenix, 2014. Photo:

The Robert Berman Gallery will debut Endangered Species, a exhibit by William Tunberg. Tunberg is a marquetry artist and is based in Los Angeles. Marquetry dates back to the 16th century and involves hand cutting, forming, and dying woods in order to produce pieces with smooth finishes.


Jon Pestoni at David Kordansky Gallery, ​5130 W. Englewood Place

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​David Kordansky Gallery will open Jon Pestoni’s solo exhibition this Saturday. The artist creates mixed media works in order to explore improvisation and cancellation within the process of making art.


Raku: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl at LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard 

rakuImage: Chõjirõ (Raku I), Tea Bowl named ‘Tarobo.’ 16th century. Photo: Masayuki Miyahara

The opening of Raku: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl ​will take place this Sunday at LACMA. The exhibit features over 100 Raku tea bowls dating back to 1500’s. The tea bowls are essential to the Japanese Tea Ceremony, and the tea bowls selected were made from Raku masters.

Klaus Thymann’s Photographs of Extreme Destinations Around the Globe

Photos by Klaus Thymann, courtesy of Casio G-Shock

Photographer and creative director Klaus Thymann (who shot BlackBook’s relaunch issue cover, coming mid April!) recently partnered with Casio G-Shock to test the capabilities of the GPW1000, the world’s first GPS Atomic Solar Hybrid watch. Testing took place in extreme conditions — think glaciers, a water and sulfur filled sinkhole, and an active volcano. Incredible images followed. Thymann spoke to BlackBook about the challenges of the trip, the beauty of the earth, and the precarious position from where he planned out the BlackBook cover.

An exhibition of the photos, Timezone, runs March 26 through April 9 at The Supermarket, 393 Broadway, New York.

Tell me a little bit about the project with Casio G-Shock, what was enticing about working with this particular watch? 

I think images can be a really powerful way to inspire people. Getting the opportunity to go around the world to extreme locations and take images of pristine landscapes that can hopefully inspire people to care about the planet — it was a great opportunity, something that I’ve been dying to do. That was main motivation. Secondly getting to go on a big adventure is something that I’m quite keen on and very happy about. It kind of ticked all the boxes. I conceptualized the journey and which locations to go to. There was a lot of input from my side.

You traveled to Cenote Agelita, a swimmable sinkhole in Mexico; Fox Glacier, New Zealand; Mount Nyiragongo, in the Congo. What was it about these places that drew you to them?

Each individual location shows something unique and, they each have something very special about them. Conete Agelita, Mexico, is like a nightmare. It’s evil — I wouldn’t say it’s scary, because I don’t really get scared. A lot of the cenotes are crystal clear. They’re very beautiful and kind of picturesque, in a dreamy world, and this is more like a nightmare. I was in Mexico last year doing another project and I heard about this, I really wanted to go back ever since. Diving in a sulfur cloud is an amazing experience. It looks surreal; it kind of defies gravity and reality in a lot of ways. It’s not really until you see bubbles that you understand you’re underwater. It’s quite fascinating.





Then in Congo, it’s a place that most people won’t go to because you have to have armed guards to get there. It’s not an ideal holiday, going somewhere where you have to have dudes with AK47s to help you. But it is absolutely stunning. It was a kind of place I had my eye on for a while.

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And then New Zealand with the glaciers — that ties into a project I’ve been doing for a long time, documenting glaciers around the world. There are about 300,000 glaciers in the world, and the Fox Glacier is one of only two that connects with the temperate rainforest. It’s a really spectacular sight. Those were my personal motivations. And then it tied in great with the product because it’s waterproof, it’s impossible to break really, so going to these extreme places and testing it, it kind of all worked out.





Was there an aspect of danger that drew you in?

I don’t think it’s that dangerous. The place in Mexico is perfectly safe to dive, and if you know what you’re doing you’re fine. The only place that carried a little bit of risk is Congo, and that is because of the ongoing conflict.

Did you run into any trouble there?

A little bit, I mean, there was one point we had to stop what we were doing because there was someone with a gun who didn’t want us to be filming there. You say yes and move on. When people have weapons, then you don’t argue.

What are a few other remote/uninhabited locations on your future hit list of shoot locations?

There are a few places I’d like to go. There are some volcanic glaciers in Kamchata, it’s a Russian peninsula. If you go north from Japan you’ll hit it in Russia. There’s sea in between but it’s over that way. That’s on top of my list. I’ve put in an exploration funding application so we’ll see what happens.

What’s your involvement with Project Pressure?

It’s a charity that I founded. We document glaciers all over the world. Other artists are involved as well. Simon Norfolk did a really cool project in Kenya last year that was in the New York Times Magazine. We’re working with other great artists whose work we use as inspiration to get people to change their behavior. So hopefully we won’t drive this planet in a direction that’s completely unsustainable. But we want to create and inspire people to action instead of finger pointing and negative statistics.

Without giving it away, can you tell me a little something about the BlackBook cover… a little hint for the reader?

Because of the deadline with BlackBook, we had to shoot pretty much the day I finished this around the world trip. So we had everything lined up, and I had my studio manager plan everything whilst I was traveling around the globe on this project. I think we had some conversations via satellite phone from the top of the volcano, making sure that the BlackBook cover was all going to plan.

Watch the documentary of Thymann’s trip around the world here:

A Photographic Journey through SXSW with Todd DiCiurcio

All photos by Megan DiCiurcio unless otherwise noted.

Todd DiCiurcio is a New York based artist whose work blurs the line between drawing/painting and performance; he creates the work as musicians perform in front of him, responding to the ambiance, the musician, and the performance itself. His work winds up almost as a vivid collaboration with the energy of the music present in his work. He’s documented performances from artists like Bon Jovi, New Order, and The Rolling Stones, and for SXSW, he captured performances from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros to Zoe Kravitz. Here, his diary from the festival.

Day 1:  The rubber hit the road in Austin the moment we got off the plane.  Greeted by Austin’s treasures, designer Gail Chovan and neon sculptor Evan Voyles, we got the party started at Billy Reid/Third Man Records’ Austin Shindig.  (Above photo by Taylor Steele.)


Getting warmed up on a collab with Creed Voyles.  He & his twin sister Zelda were born with Toxoplasmosis…Creed, 77 surgeries later, & Zelda not far behind are ready to change the world with their gifts.


Megs stays cool in Tommy while walking around Austin. Photo by Todd DiCiurcio 


The morning of the big day.  Arriving at Spotify House to set up the Squarespace Artist Lounge for me to create from.


Loved having the Spotify VIP Artist Green House to chill & show the musicians my work in progress post-performance.


Sharpening my tools…


Laying the grounds for the coming sounds.


Wake Up Call:  Wyclef Jean kicks things off with in his own words,  a “Brooklyn Block Party”.


Megs staying dry after we moved the operation to another area due to rain. Photo by Todd DiCiurcio


Making marks with Prhyme during the finale performance.



Joey Bada$$ with a SZA shoulder mix….


The finale work from Squarespace Artist Lounge at Spotify House. From left to right:  DJ Maseo, Prhyme, Wale, Wyclef, Pell, Joey Bada$$ & SZA.


The good vibes at SXSW brought me to New Community’s private NoName House next.  Here I was able to draw Summer Moon, The Letts,  & The Mystery Lights

Finished piece of Summer Moon performing, made up of the Like’s Tennessee Thomas on drums, Nikolai Fraiture of The Strokes on vocals and bass, Au Revoir Simone’s Erika Spring on keyboards & Lewis Lazar on guitar.


The Letts artwork.


The Mystery Lights piece.


Finished drawing The Mystery Lights.  Photo by Taylor Steele 


Next up,  a visit to church where Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros performed their new album in its entirety for the first time. For all of us sinners…hallelujah!


Drawing of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.


In the stained glass light, confessions with Brooklyn’s own, Alberta Cross.


Drawing of Alberta Cross.


Earlier this night I caught up with Lolawolf, featuring Zoe Kravitz on vocals.


Austin dawns & we walk on:  Recharging in Gail & Evan’s Austin studio for the day & into the night where some brilliant secret performances happened by Dan Dyer,  Shelley Colvin, Darden Smith, David Garza, Kirby Brown, Wesley Geiger, Evan Voyles & others.


Shelley Colvin,  Dan Dyer & Evan Voyles.


Shelley Colvin & Dan Dyer artwork


David Garza, Darden Smith & Dan Dyer piece.


Evan Voyles


Evan Voyles


Taking it all in with Jez Donohoe, The Bearded Bastard,  Taylor Steele & Megs. Photo by Todd DiCiurcio 


New Daze….Amped to catch a show by legend Steve Smyth!


Drawing Steve Smyth.


Finished drawing of Steve Smyth.


And on the last day,  Thee Oh Sees were created in The Spider House Ballroom,  Austin.  Michelle at Panache Booking (@panachebooking) throws the coolest underground parties EVER.


Finished Thee Oh Sees drawing outside the venue.



Some bathroom reading.

Get Inspired By These 5 Art Shows in L.A. This Weekend

Installation View of Jason Bailer Losh, Plow Louise, 2015. Photo courtesy of Anat Ebgi.


Al Payne at The BOX Gallery, 805 Traction Avenue, Los Angeles

AlPayne_LAartsInstallation view courtesy of The BOX Gallery. Photo by Fredrik Nilsen.

Not a well known name in the art world, Al Payne’s posthumous show is a conceptual thought piece on the act of showing art. His paintings have been sealed in the shed for the entire exhibition, but they will be revealed on the last day of the show, March 7.


Jason Bailer Losh at Anat Ebgi, 2660 La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles
jasonBailerLosh_LAartsInstallation View of Jason Bailer Losh, Plow Louise, 2015. Photo courtesy of Anat Ebgi.

A combination of found objects and mixed media sculpture, Losh’s work repurposes individual pieces through shape and texture. The end result creates a beautiful shift in continuous lines and rounded edges. Ends April 4.


David Kenny at Aran Cravey, 6918 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles
DavidKenny_LAartsDevin Kenny, Installation view of Wrong Window, 2015. Photo courtesy of Aran Cravey.

Exploring the politics of self-representation in new forms of media, Kenny works with a variety of mediums to push the boundaries of how we see ourselves online and in real life. His work poses the question: how much of ourselves do we really see, and consequently, represent to those we know?


Carlos Bunga & Olivier Mosset at Christopher Grimes Gallery, 916 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica

Bunga&Mosset_LAartsCarlos Bunga & Olivier Mosset, installation view, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, 2014

Equally talented, but in very different ways, Carlos Bunga and Olivier Mosset juxtapose each other in style, medium and shape. The contrast works though, and the work feels refreshed, rather than cluttered, by it’s counterparts. Ends March 14.


Robert Overby at Marc Selwyn Fine Art9953 South Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills

robert-overby_projected-space-between-my-legs_MSFA-13198_RW-622x415Robert Overby, Projected Space Between My Legs, 1970. Photo courtesy of Marc Selwyn Fine Art.

Overby’s art has always been interested in space as having an emotional presence and/or absence. This show, curated by Linda Burnham, and titled Absence As Presence: Erasure, Trace, Eradication, and Lack explore this theme within the artist’s entire body of work. Ends April 11.

Preview: The Björk Exhibition at MoMA

Björk remarked to your author in a 2012 interview, “It is funny, I get these offers from museums, they want to collaborate with me and promote me. I’m flattered. But at the end of the day, I’m fine with just being a pop musician.”

But here we are in 2015, and we’re five days away from the anxiously anticipated opening of Björk, her eponymous retrospective at that exalted temple of modernism, New York’s MoMA. We still sit on the fence about such matters; after all, the last thing such a soaring spirit as she would seem to need is to be restrained within museum walls.


Yet this exhibit succeeds because it doesn’t attempt to “art” the Icelandic wonder. Rather, rooms are set up so that one can genuinely commune with various sequences of Björk videos—a medium which, surely, no one has so magically embraced as she. In fact, as the kookily endearing clip for “Triumph of a Heart” (it ends as she’s dancing with her, um, cat/boyfriend) flows into the rather primal and terrifying “Where is the Line”, you begin to genuinely understand the astonishing depths of her heart and range of her intellect.

Another section of the show titled Songlines, exhibits her scribbled notes (interesting, if you’re into that sort of thing) alongside the mind-bending results of some of her most extraordinary collaborations: Alexander McQueen’s eerily enchanting “Pagan Poetry” dress; the infamous Marjan Pejoski swan dress; a stramgely animated version of her Nick Knight Homogenic cover design; the wholly unsettling Bernhard Willhelm body sculpture; the futuristic “All is Full of Love” robot. Here, you realize what an unparalleled cultural galvanizer she has been. She has excitedly gravitated to these fellow creatures of ineffable genius, and they have responded by reflecting her back in their fantastical creations. It’s breathtaking just to consider the places Björk has taken us by way of her seemingly infinite imagination.


Best of all, the audio accompaniment isn’t the usual post-structuralist-meets-advertising-copywriting blahbiddy-blah. Rather, it’s some sort of mystical stream of consciousness narration, set to the music; which, of course, seems utterly appropriate.

Yes, it’s a big commercial museum spectacle. And yes, it will be very crowded when you go. But at a time when so much art and music seems as if it’s merely popping out of a zeitgeist vending machine, this reminder of all that Björk has given us, is not only welcome, but nothing less than exigent. Go.


5 Best Art Shows to Catch in Los Angeles This Weekend

Tom of Finland


Tom of Finland at David Kordansky Gallery, 5130 W. Edgewood Pl., Los Angeles

tomoffinland_DavidKordansky_LA Tom of Finland, T.V. – Repair (detail), 1972. Photo courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery.

Spanning 1944 – 1972, this exhibition is a thoughtful showcase of the early works of Touko Laaksonen a.k.a. Tom of Finland, a pioneer of and major influence on gay art and style. Featuring some early sketches as well as a raunchy illustration series (one of which is shown above), Tom of Finland explores gay sexuality with style and panache.


William Hunt at Ibid. Los Angeles, 675 S. Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles
ibid_WilliamHuntGallery view. Photo courtesy of Ibid. Los Angeles.

Hunt’s new exhibition plays with the public understanding of his artist persona. The works are stills and photographs from various filmed works and performance pieces assembled to examine the relationship between artist and viewer, as well as artist and the space within which art exists. Ends March 21.


Fiona Connor at 1301PE, 6150 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
Fiona-Connor_1301PEFiona Connor, Community Notice Board (Laundry), 2015. Installation view courtesy of 1301PE.

An interesting exhibition, Fiona Connor looks at the outdated tools of community life. Community boards, once vital to getting information, jobs, and communicating, have been replaced by the social media. The empty boards, stuck with scratches and punctures from previously hung fliers and notices, look forlorn and abandoned as another casuality of the internet.


Land, Air, See at Kohn Gallery, 1227 North Highland Ave, Los Angeles
goode_kohnJoe Goode, If You Can, 2013. Photo courtesy of Kohn Gallery.

Featuring the art of Pier Paolo Calzolari, Ettore Spalletti, Carl Andre, Larry Bell, John McLaughlin, Joe Goode and Frank Stella, this recently opened show is the study of Minimalist style L.A. has been waiting for. Challenging and subverting the traditional minimalist style, these dynamic works play with the essentials of line, form and shading.


Karl Holmqvist & Ei Arakawa at Overduin & Co., 6693 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
arakawa_overduinandco Installation view. Photo courtesy of Overduin & Co.

Called Y.O.Y.O.G.A.L.A.N.D., this political motivated multimedia installation work strives to critique indifference towards the destruction of the environment. The piece also features a sculpture of Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome that viewers can climb as if in a public park. Utopian influences and environmental consciousness induce a thought-provoking scene.