Exploring Contemporary Art with Moon & Ghiroli

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Exploring Contemporary Art with Moon & Ghiroli

As I mentioned last week, the international art fairs hit New York City. Camera girl, Megan Ghiroli and I crashed the illustrious art world to bring you, if not insightful and revelatory, at least a bemusing view of contemporary art.

We visited the Armory Show, and the Scope and Pulse Art Fairs. We also got a chance to see Mikelene Thomas' work up-close, as well as Tracey Emin, Damian Hirst, Diane Arbus, and multi-media conceptual artists Christine Hill and Jon Bergman. Megan and I had such a good time that we decided to make this a regular series.

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Comments [68]

yonks's picture

May i reserve the piece?

May i reserve the piece?

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Steph H's picture

Watch out Italy!!! (I wanna

Watch out Italy!!!

(I wanna come too.....)

Lake's picture

LMAO!!!!! ;)

LMAO!!!!! Wink

Lake

Not2Taem's picture

... reminiscent of hills...

... reminiscent of hills...

Not2Taem's picture

Good to know. Last time I

Good to know. Last time I went to Canada was just before it was supposed to go into effect. We got stuck in a snow storm and wondered if we would have trouble. Haven't thought about it since.

Do you still have to wear a shirt with a collar in passport pictures, or was that just for the military? Wink

Tex's picture

Yes you did -

Yes you did -

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Tex's picture

The passport issue was lifted

The passport issue was lifted for Mexico and Canada. It really didn't take that long to get mine.....go to your nearest Post Office that issues passports.

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Not2Taem's picture

:D I mad Texie Hot! :D OK,

Laughing out loud I mad Texie Hot! Laughing out loud
OK, maybe just warm. But its a start.

Not2Taem's picture

Hmm... Mine is SO expired.

Hmm... Mine is SO expired. Need to take care of that. I hear it takes a while these days, and you can't even get into Canada without one anymore.

Tex's picture

I spy something......

I spy something......

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Not2Taem's picture

After the curfew, does

After the curfew, does everyone have to stay in their own little rooms? If not, I'm pretty sure we could find a way to pass the time.

Travel games, anyone?

Tex's picture

I have a passport which I

I have a passport which I have never used.....overdue!

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Not2Taem's picture

Think we could get Rachel to

Think we could get Rachel to wear the hat?

Not2Taem's picture

Well, I've always been a

Well, I've always been a rather broad broad, but when I was abroad I was married to a person with a p**** , so I don't think it counts for this particular adventure.

Trying to decide if the convent thing is _____
a) OK because its nuns rather than priests
b) just plain creepy
c) a good opportunity to get over those nasty issues with the C word.

Not that! The religious one. :twisted:

Julia Watson's picture

I've been to Hawaii, Mexico,

I've been to Hawaii, Mexico, Aruba, St. Kitts, and all over the US, but never across the pond...

Julia Watson's picture

It would be EPIC!!!

It would be EPIC!!!

Lake's picture

I want to be on a broad

I want to be on a broad ....abroad! Wink

Lake

peacekitty's picture

Wow you've never been abroad?

Wow you've never been abroad? You must go then. Smile I'm already saving my money. How cool would it be for us to document it in picture, story and video for VP?

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

Tex's picture

Thank goodness, I understood

Thank goodness, I understood that - Tae sent me a Rachel Maddow Hot Toddy recipe of which I have partaken of - I need another.....it would be a fun trip, wouldn't it!

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Julia Watson's picture

I wanna goooo! I've only

I wanna goooo!

I've only been a broad, never a broad abroad...

Julia Watson's picture

I know, I totally want to try

I know, I totally want to try to draw Moon's brain now...

Tex's picture

I really hope this Italy trip

I really hope this Italy trip happens....if nothing else, it would be an excellent way to meet each other....and a whole lot of fun!

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mysticsmb's picture

Wow, thank you Grace and

Wow, thank you Grace and Megan--I think enjoyed that more than going myself, especially considering $12 can buy a whole bottle of wine...

From her website bio it looks like Mikelene has yet to have a solo New York show, yet she's selling paintings for $90,000--that doesn't happen too often does it?

p.s. I've never been to Italy--or slept in a convent--can I pretty please come too? I promise to be useful somehow. Maybe I could be Map-Girl?

Lake's picture

I'm going to need lots of

I'm going to need lots of pictures and if the off chance that I'm over there at the same time.....Wink

Lake

Grace Moon's picture

you're invited too. we just

you're invited too. we just have to plan the trip.
Smile

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LongBeachDogLover's picture

A convent.... as in lonely,

A convent.... as in lonely, frustrated nuns ?? Laughing out loud
Me thinks Italy sounds v-e-r-y educational !!

*oops, I didn't mean to offend any Catholics*

Tex's picture

Personally, no COMPLAINTS

Personally, no COMPLAINTS from me.....

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peacekitty's picture

BTW what's wrong with my

BTW what's wrong with my people skills? lol Wink

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~GK's picture

Almost as good as being there

Almost as good as being there but without the sangria. Cheers. I love the process of the interactive art. And especially love that you can take it home. Have you started your prescription yet?

peacekitty's picture

Yes they do smell bad. I

Yes they do smell bad. I love Grace's idea of staying in a convent. What a great way to absorb the culture and history of Italy.

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

Tex's picture

Like riding a bike, or we'll

Like riding a bike, or we'll get him Italian Rosetta Stone....controlled mayhem is such fun!

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Tex's picture

No youth hostel - smell bad!

No youth hostel - smell bad! Don't worry, PK, we'll have those people skills honed before you get back Smile

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Tex's picture

Also staying in

Also staying in universities....convents sound like an excellent idea....I am all for clean and safe! Grace, you've done it before - I assure you I will listen and be acceptive to your planning - as much as I have to travel it will be a welcomed change - just point me in the right direction at the right time...

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yonks's picture

I'v got to Italy twice, If

I'v got to Italy twice, If i'm in france around that time, i can borrow a car and pay you a visit.

-Do not follow me, I'M LOST-

yonks's picture

I think that those two

I think that those two example of interactive art are really interesting, like a portrait who go further then the surfaces.

-Do not follow me, I'M LOST-

Grace Moon's picture

I'm a big fan of staying in

I'm a big fan of staying in convents...
I'm being totally serious! I traveled through parts of Italy stying in convents open to travelers, there is a curfew but its a nice clean safe place to stay.

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peacekitty's picture

Oh can I go too? I love

Oh can I go too? I love Europe, Under the Tuscan Sun is one of my favorite movies....I've been told I'm a great travel partner, I don't talk too much, I'm easy going, will do pretty much anything without complaint (left you all open for that one) and I don't snore if we have to stay in a youth hostel. Wink

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

Grace Moon's picture

forever grateful to those

forever grateful to those college profs who opened eyes.

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Grace Moon's picture

Kent and I had tossed around

Kent and I had tossed around ideas about doing gay art and eating tour through Italy. Kent lived in Italy for a year -- and I think his Italian is a little rusty -- but nothing that can't be brushed off.

Once we get a little more stable here on Vp I think we should try to see if we can pull something like this off?

A Vp trip to Italy with 7-10 ladies... oh dear it could be mayhem.

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Steph's picture

Now I am lol "well my whole

Now I am lol "well my whole apartment is a work of art then".

That's my point - because the bricks are piled up by an artist, does that make it art, I ask myself?

peacekitty's picture

'But what I will never

'But what I will never understand is how a pile of bricks or an unmade bed is classed as “art”. '

lol...well my whole apartment is a work of art then. Wink I should ask Grace how much she thinks it's worth.

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

hopefulspirit's picture

Yeah, that was really

Yeah, that was really interesting, thanks. Look forward to the next one.

Steph's picture

IT - A - LY - seriously

IT - A - LY - seriously laughing my head off!

Smile

Steph's picture

Hey PK :-) I am a bit of a

Hey PK Smile

I am a bit of a heathen when it comes to art, it has to be said. But what I will never understand is how a pile of bricks or an unmade bed is classed as "art". But maybe I am totally missing the point!

xoxo

Not2Taem's picture

*** GRACE, CLOSE YOUR EYES.

*** GRACE, CLOSE YOUR EYES. DO NOT READ FURTHER!*

Tex, with your skills the pearl buttons (snaps?) should not present a problem. Wink

Grace, if this gets on your nerves, please do not hesitate to let me know. It is never my intention to harass.

Not2Taem's picture

I don't know about subtle,

I don't know about subtle, but it should work. Wink

Tex's picture

I've got a Minolta 35 mm -

I've got a Minolta 35 mm - son has a Canon digital - think we can get the pics covered for ya....we both love B&W also!

As for the cleavage....I need to do some research in order to give an answer....

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Tex's picture

Did you like my sangria line?

Did you like my sangria line? Was that subtle?

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Not2Taem's picture

Cap-a-CHI-no!

Cap-a-CHI-no! Laughing out loud

Seriously though, if you go, you have to get Moon to do that line for a video. And get someone to take pictures of the cute little houses, preferably in black and white. Like, real film. I know, I'm archaic.

PS: Interpreter? Hello! I speak Yankee. I know, Gracie is cuter. But does she have the cleavage?

Tex's picture

Tae, it's Italy....IT-TA- LY

Tae, it's Italy....IT-TA- LY (watch video)

and a Southerner in MA? I had to have an interpreter when I was there....best scallops I've ever eaten were at a little seafood shop in Lowell, MA....

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