Helloooo helloooo! Greetings after an exhausting week of dressing and undressing, modeling, subway riding, coffee-guzzling, irregular sleeping, and looking for Banksy 😆 The elusive British street artist is whooping it up on a month-long tagging spree in our fair city. The Art Students League posted a funny tweet about it. Indeed, most New Yorkers are getting a kick out of Banksy’s escapades, except of course for our killjoy mayor Mike Bloomberg who wants him arrested. I’m not a huge graffiti art enthusiast but the unpredictable “guerilla” approach embodied by guys like Bansky is kind of exciting and spirited. Besides, anyone who pisses off Mayor Bloomberg is okay in my book. Go Banksy!
In other news, the Museum of Modern Art’s “Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926 – 1938” exhibit is now on view. I haven’t seen it yet but I definitely will, as Magritte is one of my favorite surrealists. The Met is sharing some extraordinary etchings from 18th century France in “Artists and Amateurs” surely a must-see for printmaking buffs. And the Armory Show at the NY Historical Society is celebrating 100 years of a landmark art event. The collection of American and European modern and avant-garde works has something for everyone.
And now a work of art created right here in the city. Not it’s not Bansky, haha, but a portrait of me painted by my friend Francisco Malonzo at the National Academy. He posted this piece on Twitter and it generated a tremendous response of raves and retweets. It thrills me that I was the model for a work that impressed so many. Francisco’s work has appeared on Museworthy before: this post from August and this one from 2012. I am honored to post his work again. This is Claudia 3, acrylic on clayboard:
Last but not least, the images for the Museworthy Art Show are being downloaded fairly evenly among the four choices, which is great! Yes one of them is definitely leading the pack in popularity, but not by a super large margin. I can’t wait to see what everyone creates!
That’s all for now friends. Peace, be well, and I’ll see you very soon 🙂