The Ballad of John (Cage) and Yoko

Today my “Downtown Scenes” class will be considering conceptual art and performance and the stirrings of minimalism in music, painting, and sculpture. Some analogies and overlaps with the world of poetry we’ve been talking about and will continue to...

California Here We Come? Hollister Wipes Out DKNY

Bowery Boogie reports that the six-story DKNY mural that has dominated the corner of Broadway and Houston since 1992 is, as of yesterday, history:I somehow missed that fact when I pedaled home after work at the end of the day. Here, for archival purposes, is what had...

An Ego the Size of Manhattan

A painter friend pointed me in the direction of last night’s 60 Minutes profile on Julian Schnabel (described, by said friend, as a fifth-rate painter, a second-rate conceptual artist, and a first-rate film director, which I think is apt).It’s an...

Everybody ? Banksy

Seems like all NY media are fixated on Banksy, NMTE. Suddenly every piece of street art downtown’s being fixated on with attribution speculations abounding. The comments sections of blogs (regrettably not ours — we need to have a lurker amnesty post soon!)...