KILLER SHOW: Raymond Pettibon at the New Museum

KILLER SHOW: Raymond Pettibon at the New Museum

Raymond Pettibon, one of the most subversive artists alive today, is finally getting a major retrospective in NYC. The show opened to the public this past Wednesday and will run thru April 9th. After that, it travels to the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, the Netherlands, where it will be on view from June 1–October 30, 2017.

“Raymond: Pettibon: A Pen of All Work” features 700 drawings from the 1960s to the present. It also includes some of his early self-produced zines and artist’s books, as well as several videos made in collaboration with fellow artists. He’s frequently described as a surf-punk artist and much of his early work was for flyers and album covers for his older brother Greg Ginn’s now-legendary band Black Flag.

He is one of the greatest, most influential chroniclers of contemporary American history, evoking the country’s shifting values across time, from the idealistic postwar period in which he was born (1957) to the collapse of the American counterculture in the ’70s and ’80s to the military and social conflicts of the present.

The New Museum and Massimiliano Gioni (artistic director) are on a curatorial roll. The shows just keep getting better. Loved last year’s amazing Pipilotti Rist show, now Pettibon. Next up, Carol Rama, another favorite who will be getting her first retrospective in the States in late April.

The New Museum also hosted an outstanding retrospective of Jim Shaw in 2015. His self-taught aesthetic and punk rock roots (Destroy All Monsters) are reminiscent of Pettibon’s. Kudos to the New Museum for championing this genre of art.

See below for photos from the Pettibon show.

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Taim Guest Chef Series: This is one outstandanding line-up

Taim Guest Chef Series: This is one outstandanding line-up

This poster above, in the window of Taim, caught my attention recently. Very intriguing: every month for a year, a renowned chef creates a recipe to spice up Taim’s classic falafel sandwich. The program started in September with Mario Batali. Other chefs in the line-up include Mads Resflund, Bobby Flay, Floyd Cardoz, Anne Redding & Matt Danzer (Uncle Boon’s!!).

I missed Molly Yeh in January but did get there for lunch yesterday. The Jessica Koslow (Sqirl LA) falafel sandwich is so tasty with persimmon and root vegetable slaw – YUM!! Will definitely make sure that I check out each of the upcoming chef creations.

Also love the posters designed by The MP Shift – they created the colorful template and applied it to each guest chef’s handmade illustration.

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How amazing Is this vintage Bronco?

How amazing Is this vintage Bronco?

Saw this gorgeous Bronco parked on my street recently. And then, just a few days later learned that Vintage Ford Broncos are going for $47K – double what they were just five years ago.

Per Bloomberg, younger buyers love vintage SUVs. One dealer, Barrett-Jackson, sold 12 of them at the recent Scottsdale Car Auctions.

The rarer, more highly restored, the higher the prices. One sold recently in Florida for $110K. And the world record for any Bronco sold at auction is $500,000, for a 1969 Bronco sold in 2013.

Millennials with money to spare want vintage SUVs because that’s what they grew up with so it’s their earliest point of reference (vs. baby boomers who are primarily into vintage muscle cars). The most coveted Broncos are “first-generation” which Ford made from 1966 to 1977.

2017 is also expected to be the year that the number of millennials searching online for collector car values will surpass searches by baby boomers.

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New Trend Alert: Mastery as Next Level Expertise

New Trend Alert: Mastery as Next Level Expertise

I just finished Robert Greene’s book Mastery. It’s a fascinating look at how to uncover what each of us is uniquely suited to do in life and how to excel at it. The book outlines the steps we need to go through to develop mastery – from apprenticeships to taking creative risks to trusting the process each and every time we plan a major shift.

But I am not going to kid you, it’s a slog to get through. Very dense with way too many repetitive examples of how Darwin, Franklin, Mozart, Coltrane etc. came to be brilliant masters in their fields. The book may be more meaningful to older vs. younger readers. Having a longer term perspective in looking back at your own transformations is helpful. I’ve recommended the book to a few younger friends and they are struggling to get into it.

But what astounded me most as I was reading the book was suddenly seeing MASTERY popping up everywhere (like learning a new word!). It is even spiking on Google Trends. The concept of mastery has been around forever. But now we are beginning to see Mastery positioned as next level “Expertise.” Everyone is an expert these days but to be a master feels newer and more relevant.

Read on below for four examples of “Mastery” in the culture.

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Snapchat – what happened to you?

Snapchat – what happened to you?

I have been a huge Snapchat fan but am reluctantly giving up “the ghost” and pledging my allegiance to Instagram and Instagram Stories. And I am not alone.

Snap’s CEO Evan Spiegel recently admitted that since August 2016, there has been a 20%-30% decline in Snapchat Story views. Other social media trackers paint an even bleaker picture: Nick Cicero tells TechCrunch that from August to November 2016, average unique views on Snapchat stories plummeted by a whopping 40%.

My big issues with Snapchat – and I am getting increasingly irked by them – include:

  • Difficulty of building a following
  • Inability to change my name after they assign you one – e.g. I want to be The Opinionator but no, I have to stick with Irmatz
  • No bios available on people who are following me and secondly, most of them have fake snapchat-made-up names
  • Inability to hashtag posts and become part of a bigger story and build more followers

Instagram and Instagram Stories, on the other hand, are becoming more popular because:

  • They work with your existing follower base
  • Can use hashtags and @ to connect with a broader audience
  • Much easier to build a following
  • Can easily share to Facebook
  • Is VERY public

I’m not 100% ready to throw in the towel on Snapchat but as more of the people I follow drop off (e.g. YesJulz, Mark Suster),  I have less reason to be on the platform. I can’t believe what a short-lived love affair this has been for me. I had such high hopes for snapchat – and it is without a doubt still more fun to use than insta but at the end of the day, I want to grow my social media presence – and I want to do it efficiently and not in the convoluted, crazy way that snapchat would have me do it. Sorry, snapchat!!

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SUPER BOWL 2017: Not a big fan of the preachy commercial trend.

SUPER BOWL 2017: Not a big fan of the preachy commercial trend.

Photo Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

FIRST THINGS FIRST: What an amazing game!!  A comeback for the ages and history made on so many levels.

And aside from the game, there was also that amazing halftime show. Lady Gaga gave a killer performance! It was the best halftime show I’ve seen. Original, creative, and hugely entertaining for audiences of all stripes. The woman is a genius.. And I am an even bigger fan because she didn’t go all “Meryl Streep” or threaten to blow up the stadium as Madonna might have done. She kept it classy, the opening was clearly a protest message but it was not in your face.

In terms of commercials, I cannot stand it when brands preach or pander to me with heavy-handed social commentary or political messages – especially when they have absolutely nothing to do with their brands. For example, I am NOT a fan of the Audi commercial. Audi needs to show me what they’re doing to get girls into engineering, they need to let me know how many women they have in top positions in the company. Unless they do that, they’re just whistling Dixie with this self-congratulatory commercial.

On the other hand, there were three commercials that resonated with me. Read on below for ones I found not only engaging but also made me newly consider these brands. And note, I’m speaking only of my personal favorites, I’m sure the Audi commercial will come in as one of the most popular spots of the night.

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Losing Weight and Feeling So Good. How did I do it?

Losing Weight and Feeling So Good. How did I do it?

This is a miracle. It is February 5th and I have survived the holidays without putting on a pound. As a matter of fact, I have LOST 6 pounds over the last 6 months (a big miss compared to my lofty goal of shedding 5lbs a month!!). In August when I wrote about my horrific weight gain, I knew it would be hard to lose weight because my social life consists almost entirely of eating out and catching up with friends over cocktails and wine. But once I lost 5lbs and managed to keep it off for a few months, I knew I had passed a milestone of sorts.

Also, for me, 5lbs is noticeable. I feel much better, my blood pressure is down significantly, and my arthritis is definitely under control. I look better and my clothes fit better. The pictures above are from the last few months. I will do a better job of documenting the weight loss between now and the summer.

How did I do it?

For the first few months, my weight loss teetered around 2-3lbs – sometimes up, sometimes down. It was not very inspiring to see no progress. But once I started to get diligent about what I ate things improved.

Here are ten rules that are working for me:

  • No eating after 10pm. I literally tell myself “you could have these chips or candy but tomorrow morning, you will feel so disgusted with yourself when you step on the scale.” That works 75% of the time and now that I see the weight loss, I am even more inspired to do the right thing and not get derailed by unhealthy snacks.
  • Count the calories. I use the Lose It app and am diligent about adding every last morsel of food or sip of wine. My goal is to not go over 2500 Calories when I go out. And I am trying to stay home 2 days a week so that I can stick to 1500 calories twice a week.
  • No snack foods. This is easier when Brad is away because then I simply do not buy any. Now that he’s back and the cupboards are once again stocked with crackers and cookies and chips, I have to show more self-restraint.
  • Buffet table willpower. The 3 days that I work at Ludlow House each week, I have to show remarkable self-control. I always get a large piece of salmon and fill up the plate with greens. And I have gotten good at telling myself that although I’m spending $18 for lunch, I don’t want to give in to all-you-can-eat piggery because when I step on the scale, I will be very very unhappy with that decision.
  • Dial down the drinking by one or two glasses of wine when socializing.
  • No drinking when attending large parties.
  • No salt – very bad for my blood pressure
  • Avoid cheese and salami – caloric and bad for my blood pressure. This requires ridiculous amounts of will power. While I am writing this post, I am literally 15 ft from the buffet table but have not touched the cheeses or salamis.
  • Work out every day. Additionally have signed up with a trainer once a week to strengthen my core. My third week of working with him and I am definitely feeling – and seeing – the difference. Also, I walk everywhere and take Citibike instead of subway or taxis.
  • Don’t sabotage yourself. I often find that once I hit a new plateau of weight loss, I will do something really stupid like eat a pint of ice cream that I know will make stepping on the scale a disaster. What often works is telling myself how much better I will feel/look in the morning if I forego this craving now.  It has worked often enough that I am routinely overcoming the desire to binge eat at night.

I will do another health update in May before I head off on my next big trip. But so far, so good.

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It’s the Weekend: Time for Some Absolutely Stellar Art at the Whitney

It’s the Weekend: Time for Some Absolutely Stellar Art at the Whitney

Kenny Scharf and Keith Haring

FAST FORWARD: PAINTING FROM THE 1980’s  just opened and is MUST-SEE if you’re in NYC or planning to visit sometime before mid-May.

Artists in the show include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, Sherrie Levine, David Salle, Eric Fischl, Julian Schnabel and many more. Special kudos to Jane Panetta, associate curator and Melinda Lang, curatorial assistant for installing this absolutely phenomenal show!!

And on a personal note, the late ‘80s hold a particular place in my heart. It’s when I first developed an interest in art and it’s also when I met Brad (at an art opening). Living downtown at that time was exhilarating with new galleries and alternative art spaces like Exit Art and Thread Waxing Space hosting killer shows and performances. I even met Basquiat (ever so briefly) at his last gallery show in 1988.

Details:

The 1980’s painting show is on the 8th floor. Running til May 14, 2017.

While at the Whitney, also check out the portrait shows on the 6th and 7th floors with work by Kerry James Marshall, Alison Saar, Chuck Close, Andy Warhol and many more.

See below for photos from the shows.

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