Had to catch the Nan Goldin show at Mathew Marks before things got any more hectic with the holidaze. SCOPOPHILIA is a show of Nan Goldins photos paired with pics taken at The Louvre in Paris. Also a slideshow which is mesmerizing, so don't miss it, if you are into her stuff.
Wasn't sure this show would work for me with all the art hung in the center of the Guggenheim, but somehow it all makes sense when you get to experience it. Some pieces would definitely have been more effective shown in their original state, but all in all a fun show to check out. I shot the hell out of it..here's a few.... a bit overwhelming eh?
Attended a rare joint discussion with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin (founders of Def Jam Records, duh) discussing the first 25 years of the label. Rick kicked it off with a 3 minute meditation session..very chill, and then we got to listen to old records and listen to them talk shit. I'm a huge fan of the first 5 years at Def Jam, then not so much, but these two guys are legends in my eyes. Opening Slayers REIGN IN BLOOD lp back in '86 and seeing it had a Def Jam record sleeve was mind-blowing. Now Hip Hop and Slayer both suck, but there was a time when Def Jam made both magical. Oh, and I took some awful pics. Your welcome.
I forgot to mention an excellent show I caught at Primary Photographic Gallery on Christie....SUNDAY MATINEE by BROOKE SMITH. A bunch of pics taken during the NY hardcore scene in the 80s.....PLUS they put out a huge zine to document it all in awesome newspaper style format. Show closed already but maybe they still have the zine if you are into it?
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