Tami Amit is pushing it hard for her upcoming “Motion Pictures” exhibition. The opening will take place on Thursday March 27, 2008 – 20:00 at Raw Art Gallery. At the same opening night, we will hold in the gallery, a special event for the realese of her eagerly anticipated artist book.
I can tell you that the outcome of her hard work is extremely impressive!
Stay tuned for further information about the exhibition and book.
“Choice Eats”, an event hosted by the Village Voice, featuring restaurants handpicked by Robert Sietsema of Counter Culture fame. The event was located at the historic Puck Building in Manhattan and included more than 30 restaurants from all boroughs except Staten Island.
Below is a list of the night’s winners and losers in the humble opinion of BellyBusters:
“Choice Eats” Winners
Fatty Crab (643 Hudson St.) – Zak Pelaccio’s most acclaimed restaurant was handing out short ribs that had the whole building buzzing. So much so, they were the first restaurant to sell out.
Kampuchea (78 Rivington St.) – This LES noodle bar boasted premium pork ribs. While the line was wrapping around the building, we were lucky enough to bypass it telling them we were from the highly regarded blog: Bellybusters.
Pacificana (813 55th St., Brooklyn) – Hailing from BK, this spot brought a Schezuan Chicken that tasted like a combination of sesame chicken and general tso’s — a combo we believe cannot be denied some praise.
Schnitzel House (7319 5th Ave, Brooklyn) – Beef goulash so good it will make anyone a fan of “Ze Germans.”
“Choice Eats” Losers
Xuntas Tapas Bar (174 1st Ave.) – With a shot to differentiate itself from the influx of tapas restaurant in this city, they served a boring grilled chorizo. Pretty lame, they certainly did NOT bring their A-game with an outing like this.
Vanessa’s Dumpling Bar (118A Eldridge St.) – Both the pork and vegetable dumplings were so bad we couldn’t bear to finish them….and we LOVE dumplings
Maremma (228 W. 10th St) – Being one of the few restaurants we had previously been to, we couldn’t have been more disappointed. The thinly sliced ham with beans and olives was almost inedible. There is no excuse for this since we recently dined at Maremma and enjoyed a pretty good meal. Its mind-boggling that they couldn’t pull it together for an event like this.
Fette Sau (354 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn) – We could not have been more excited to see what this spot cooked up tonight. We’ve been waiting to try this place forever after hearing great things from anyone who has ever been. Looks like we will have to wait a big longer: Fette Sau was the only no-show of the event. That, or we took one too many jager shots from the incredibly tempting FREE jager stand and stumbled right past it!
Via:BellyBusters Thanks Andrew.
Fine Art Registry (FAR) appears to be a high tech solution to some age old problems that have existed in the art world since the days of Ancient Greece: how to establish provenance, and eliminate or reduce forgery, fakery, theft and other crimes. FAR’s system makes it possible for artists and collectors to permanently tag a work of art or an entire collection and register it securely in a central database. The system not only deters theft and helps recover lost or stolen items. It also enables the artist or collector to prove ownership in insurance claims, theft, copyright disputes and provides incontrovertible provenance information.
The owner (or artist) purchases uncounterfeitable, tamper evident tags ($2.25 each) online or by phone, applies a tag to each piece of art or other collectible, and registers the items online (free) in the official FAR database, using the Getty Object-ID information plus photos of the piece. The piece can remain in the owner’s online gallery. Change of ownership is registered electronically (free) and the entire record moves to the new owner’s gallery. Membership in FAR is quite inexpensive ($9.95 per year) and also provides access to a library of useful information in the form or articles and PDFs covering a broad range of material of interest to artists, collectors and art lovers. A free basic membership is also available. Loss or theft is reported and posted (free) on the site – with full public access. The system has already assisted in recovery of missing pieces. As more and more collections are registered, the system will prove a powerful deterrent to art crime and an invaluable tool in organizing and listing art collections worldwide.
Artists, collectors, gallery directors, museum curators and anyone interested in making a permanent record of and protecting visual art and collectibles will find FAR to be a novel and valuable concept.
At the core of Fine Art Registry is a system which combines:
- a high tech, one-of-a-kind, patented seal or tag for works of art and collectibles which helps identify them, establish authenticity and prevent fraud and theft
- a secure, remote web site where artists can permanently register their art when they create it and where collectors, museums and galleries can register their entire collections.
The interactive web site was designed utilizing state-of-the-art security technologies and a customized database apparatus to record, identify, track, and manage fine art and valuables from the instant they are created or registered.
The Fine Art Registry system provides each registered art or collectible object with several unique and permanent identifiers.
- a means of establishing provenance and ownership of art pieces for artists, collectors, museums, galleries, insurance companies and police forces
- a system which is, to works of art or any valuable collectible, what the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) system is to cars or ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is to books. It enables artists and owners to positively, uniquely and permantly identify a piece of art.
FAR also includes :
- an online gallery for artists where they can display and sell their art, with the advantage over many online galleries in that buyers will know they are getting an original work of art
- an online location for collectors and other art buyers to buy art with the security of knowing that they are investing in a permanently registered and recorded art object
- a central location to report stolen or lost art and to help with its recovery
- secure, electronic transfer of ownership of art pieces so that there is a permanent record of new ownership, invaluable for tracing art pieces, establishing authenticity, for insurance purposes and so on
- a general resource for artists and art lovers where they can learn more and where they can find useful resources.
The Tags …10 or 100 years from now the provenance of a work of art can be verified on the FAR website, and its history traced.
Fine Art Registry tags are manufactured with multiple technological security layers which makes duplication, tampering, or counterfeiting of the tags virtually impossible. The tags work for most artwork and valuables. They are made with 100% acid-free materials and adhesives and are safe to apply to any artwork, rare book, manuscript, photograph, sculpture, antique gun, textile, or any other object of value. The tags have a readable serialized number as well as the Fine Art Registry approved seal. The additional covert layers of cutting-edge security technology that are manufactured into the patented tag offer a highly secure, versatile, and cost effective, solution to registering and tracking fine art and valuables.
Each Fine Art Registry tag is unique and so can be used to trace, identify and authenticate each item to its registered owner or maker. The tag is a strong deterrent against theft: law enforcement agencies can easily and conclusively identify authentic Fine Art Registry tags quickly and efficiently. Some of the same technology engineered into the tag is also used by the FBI.
The tag has an indefinite life. It does not have to be replaced. If any attempt is made to remove the tag, it self-destructs so it can’t be used again. It also leaves behind an acid free residue which the Fine Art Registry can identify but others would not be able to. The residue cannot be removed without damaging the piece. But the tag also serves as an incontrovertible identifier by its absence. A work of art presented as an original which was in fact a forgery would be identified as such by the lack of a tag on work of art that would be previously recorded in the FAR registry by the owner who was known to have all his or her work registered. Similarly if a stolen piece had the tag removed , the lack of the tag would be a telltale sign.
Considerably more information, including video, is available at : www.fineartregistry.com
Sony’s digital imaging branch sure has a history of wondrously eccentric and eye-catching ad campaigns. Over the last several years they’ve dropped 250,000 super balls down a San Francisco street, exploded 17,000 liters of paint in Glasgow, and most recently used two and half tons of Play Doh to have bunnies invade a New York City square. It should come as no surprise then, that their next campaign is just as if not more monolithic than their previous efforts.
When the folks at Fallon London and Sony approached the film friendly city of Miami to see if they could fill a few downtown blocks with foam for their latest ad campaign, city officials thought they were joking. Rest assured, this was no joke. Over the last several days a team consisting of 150 crew people (eighteen on foam detail) led by director HLA’s Simon Ratigan, took several city blocks by storm, or foam rather. With the help of the world’s biggest foam machine, capable of churning out two million liters of foam per minute and filling an Olympic sized pool in twenty-four seconds, Miami was turned into Foam City.
The idea behind the Foam City ad campaign is that bubbles are beautiful, but it’s extremely hard to capture that beauty in an image. However, since the latest in Sony’s digital imaging arsenal, including the new Alpha 350 with tilt screen, CybershotW175 with smile shutter, and HD Handycam, specialize in ‘capturing images like no other’ we can finally see bubbles the way they’re meant to be seen or in a larger sense any truly unique moment. How’s 200 locals wading around a city block covered in foam taking pictures with the latest Sony gear for a unique moment?
In addition to the 80,000 plus feet of film shot for the campaign, the commercials will also feature images shot by those wandering through the sea of suds, as well as the documentary filmmaker on hand. I know you can’t wait to see the finished product, neither can I. However, we’re all going to have to wait until the staggered release of the various incarnations of the ad, set to debut in the Spring and Early Summer.
Not just drum and bass…and not just music. Dublab, the Los Angeles based DJ collective, has run their Web radio site for seven years, reaching an international community of 300,000 musicians, disc jockeys, artists, and a couple of people who just like records. Their goal: to spin out a well-edited selection of streaming music and visual media to compliment it. At the center of the site are the “labrats,” guys with handles like Daedelus, Frosty, and The Gaslamp Killer. They podcast, compile playlists, and generally keep things from getting stale. It’s inspired Web radio, because while the site offers a mix of dance floor fare – from trance to house and all points in between – as well as a fair share of indie rockers, they also give their collaborators the freedom to select some truly bizarre cuts…and not Weird Al bizarre.
In celebration of LEGO’s 50th anniversary the company is releasing a collector’s guide that will contain every set ever made from 1958 to 2008. Which is about 8,000 sets. OH YEAH! Each will be categorized by year of production and will have a rating from 1 to 6 LEGO blocks depending on its rarity. The book is dropping in Germany in a few months for about $35, and it should make its way to North America later in the year.
Come the summer of 2008 and the face of Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi, is in for some major transformation. The stage has been set to build the new Abu Dhabi World Trade Center by Architects Foster + Partners. The designs for the same were revealed at the MIPIM property fair in Cannes. A visual delight, the site is in the precinct of Al Dana, forming the signature element of a new waterfront city east of Abu Dhabi. The multi-purpose building will play host to offices, apartments, a hotel and shops. The building design uses natural elements to its best advantage; to the south, the building is indented to reduce the external area most vulnerable to direct sunlight. The services and circulation cores occupy most of the remaining exposed areas. At ground level, the overhang of the roof creates a shaded walkway that wraps around the building, and the roof is streamlined according to the prevailing winds to encourage cooling air currents around and through the building.
Greek archaeological authority has revealed that workers excavating a subway site have stumbled upon over 1,000 graves dating from first century B.C. to the 5th century A.D., in the historic city of Thessaloniki. Some of the graves, which range from wooden coffins left in simple holes in the ground to elaborate marble enclosures in five-room family mausoleums, have also been reported to contain treasures including jewelry, coins and various pieces of art. The city, which was founded in around 315 B.C. and flourished during the Roman and Byzantine eras, is the second largest city of the Mediterranean country and the new findings expected to shed more light on the city’s long cultural heritage and history.
In a true sign of the times, lucky BANKSY owners in London have taken to protecting their newfound gifts against vandalism as evidenced by the owner of this Savemain Pharmacy on Essex Road, Islington, who immediately bolted protective plexiglass plates over his freshly-installed nest egg this month.
The art star of 34-year-old Canadian-born imagist Marcel Dzama has been more like a comet in recent years as his superheated career explodes in stark contrast to his understated, quiet imagery. Known primarily for his simple, monotone, cartoonish artwork, the Royal Art Lodge founder has, in recent years, begun working in a greatly expanded array of media, a fact greatly evidenced in his new large-scale solo show at NYC’s David Zwirner gallery, “Even the Ghost of the Past.” Featuring a wide array of drawings, sculptures, collages, and even a short film, “Ghost” finds the young artist at the height of his abilities, creating remarkable and memorable work in an obvious streak of wild inspiration. Drawings have always been the staple of Dzama’s career, and in “Ghost” the artist explores the theme of a masked and armed terrorist throughout much of his impressive tableaus, in obvious reference to the climate of fear in his host country. In a separate room, Dzama has installed an array of beautiful dioramas, each recessed into the gallery’s wall reflecting his inspiration from Mexican religious shrines and children’s puppet theater. Another fascinating stop on Dzama’s art tour is a sculptural work created in homage to Marcel Duchamp’s “Étant Donnés,1946-66.” Like Duchamp, Dzama has created an intricate scene only visible to viewers through a small peephole where the artist imagines what could have provoked Duchamp’s famous scene of a nude splayed in the woods. Evoking David and Goliath, Dzama’s interpretation imagines a wily fox is to blame, knocking-out both the nude and her lover with a slingshot. In the gallery’s last room, the artist is showing his trippy silent film “The Lotus Eaters, 2005,” whose musical score is provided by a live pianist. Mirroring Dante’s “Divine Comedy” in storyline, Dzama adds a layer of visual complexity to the piece by shooting it with a combination of 8mm and 16mm film as well as his own childhood Fisher-Price PixelVision camcorder. Few things are as inspiring as seeing a young artist working at the height of his powers and the accompanying catalog to this must-see show is an essential purchase for those not able to hit the gallery before the show’s closing date on April 19th.