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WHO? Leo Villareal Sporty Geometric Copulation & Cindy Sherman Play Dates

November 5, 2014

Buckyball

WHO? Artist Leo Villareal’s BUCKYBALL

If a soccer ball,a rhombus, and a Rubik’s copulated in electric orgasm; the result would be artist Leo Villareal’s Buckyball: now on view and the Sandra Gering Gallery on the Upper East Side.

The original larger than life LED light ball debuted two years ago at Madison Square Park. Three smaller versions — at $150,000 each– draw us in now, igniting childhood sci fi fantasies. Like Jeff Koons– whose trains and giant basketball art sculptures — were inspired by his son’s leftover toys, Villareal seems to engage us playfully. Cuatro Villareal — 11 years — told me at the post opening dinner last evening at Amaranth that his dad’s work “inspires” him, which surprised his father.

“Funny,” Leo said. “He never seems interested in going to art parties, with the exception of Cindy Sherman’s holiday party one year.” He chuckled. “She’s only the most famous female artist in the world!” Little Cuatro, then a toddler, had found drawers of costumes Sherman had used to dress up for her own photos and post party, kept begging his father for “a play date with Cindy.”

Villareal — who first sculpted the buckyballs and then painstakingly crafted each of the LED lights affixed to the lines over the course of a year–has really won the jackpot for composing life sized FUN.

Anyone driving across the Oakland Bridge in San Francisco will enter Villareal’s LED embellished masterpiece (25,0000 LED lights on each angle of architecture) as he or she travels from one end to the other.

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And for those of us here in NYC, check out the three light fused balls here: Sandra Gering Gallery, 14 East 63rd Street, NY NYC, through January 10, 2015.

WHO? Whitney’s Living Flowers Augment Wall Flowers

May 9, 2014
Ana's "blue period"/Photo by Susan Kirschbaum

Ana’s “blue period”in front of piece by Maurice Carlin/Art Advisor Anastasia Rogers in Max Mara dress and Lulu Frost jewels/shot by Susan Kirschbaum

05-08-2014 In my very young absurd youth, I did party write ups for pubs like InStyle, the veritable New York Times, and something called Fashion Wire Daily, which has now morphed into the fashion tabloid the Daily.

I’ve since passed the traditional reportage to the new kids on the block. Later, after writing for art books — providing the words for talented photographers like  Roni Horn, Tierney Gearon —  upon entering the fray, I’ve searched for details that might escape other eyes.

Last evening, the Whitney Art Party (sponsored by Max Mara) gave me an opportunity to direct two living flowers — art advisor Anastasia Rogers and author/essayist Melanie Berliet (pictured below) — against the wall art that mimicked their energies.

After all, what’s an art party without living beauty?

"Sash and Mel" Living Love  Sasha Tcherevkoff kisses Melanie Bernier in front of "Love Me" by artist Curtis Kulig/photo by Susan Kirschbaum

“Sash and Mel” Living Love Sasha Tcherevkoff kisses Melanie Berliet in front of “Love Me” by artist Curtis Kulig/photo by  Susan Kirschbaum

Want to Swim in the East River? Better Wear A Gown……

January 22, 2014
Artist Dominique Paul  transforms in Kafka-esque creature in Migration of the Arthropods

Artist Dominique Paul transforms in Kafka-esque creature in Migration of the Arthropods

What happens when one female artist considers global warming (outside) and people working  like insects in trapped offices in NYC  (inside) and also indulges in a fantasy of light, fashion, and homemade couture?

Check out my interview with Montreal artist Dominique Paul and her incredible Kafka inspired video for New York Magazine’s the Cut, CLICK: Dominique Paul Makes the Cut, New York Magazine

LITERARY FESTIVUS! WE CAME WE SAW WE PILLORIED HANUKKAH XMAS KWANZAA!

December 6, 2013

LITERARY FESTIVUS! WE CAME, WE SAW, WE PILLORIED HANUKKAH, XMAS, KWANZAA!

WHO? Marianne Vitale, “My pimp” in Performa’s the Missing Book of Spurs

November 23, 2013

Bogdan Teslar Kwiatkowski (left) tries to seduce his bar (cast) mate with singular moves & grooves. (Video by Susan Kirschbaum, after a bit of champagne.)

11-23-2014 I always enjoyed playing “Cowboys and Injuns” with my Pop-pop when I was a little girl. We’d line up the red, yellow, green, and blue men with rifles and hatchets on the rug, and I suppose in our own way, we created a work of art every time. We built a story out of toy men, evoked history, waged battle.

Little did I know that Xxx?! years later, I’d meet the effervescent sculptor/artist Marianne Vitale in a living saloon she created for the Performa festival entitled “The Missing Book of Spurs.”

This eve, I’ll be flaunting “my wares” for these two chaps grooving behind the bar, since I’m portraying a whore in Marianne’s book. Rest assured, I’ll be charging the blokes figurative top dollar! And I might give them some dancing lessons in the process….

Susan Kirschbaum plays "bar whore" in Marianne Vitale's Book of Spurs/Performa 2013

Susan Kirschbaum plays “bar whore” in Marianne Vitale’s Book of Spurs/Performa 2013

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COME TRAVEL WITH US! LIT SOCIETY NO. 8 TALES OF MIND, TIME, & PLACE WITH KURT ANDERSEN, POROCHISTA KHAKPOUR, JARED HOHL, & SUSAN KIRSCHBAUM

November 12, 2013

COME TRAVEL WITH US! LIT SOCIETY NO. 8 TALES OF MIND, TIME, & PLACE WITH KURT ANDERSEN, POROCHISTA KHAKPOUR, JARED HOHL, & SUSAN KIRSCHBAUM

We’re going to take you on journeys. Leave the shallow pools behind. Dive in with us!

Literary Society No. 8 Presents “Addiction Literature” A Program You Won’t Soon Forget with Susan Kirschbaum, Jim Freed, Tony O’Neill, and Elizabeth Wurtzel

October 22, 2013

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