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On Christmas Day the New York Times has published a not very flattering review of artist Justin Vivian Bond‘s new winter show “Snow Angel” by music critic Stephen Holden. The article, which consistently emphasizes the “freakishness”, “harshness” and “troubledness” of the Justin’s show and her personality, reveals more about the author’s obvious problems with a self-confident transgendered person on stage than about the actual event. It feels strangely disconnected, like it’s written by someone who’s horizon of experience with stage shows of any kind is stuck in the Sixties or Seventies. Someone who seems to think that “transgendered” is just a modern word for “drag”.
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Today is the official opening night of Dirty Looks: On Location, a month-long series of queer interventions in New York City spaces, which was successfully funded via Kickstarter about a month ago. Throughout the whole month of July, film and video works of queer artists will be installed in former queer locations around the city - 31 events over 31 days. The line-up, which is now out, is pretty amazing, combining rarely screened gems by heroes such as AA Bronson, Mike Kuchar, William E. Jones, Charles Atlas, Jack Smith or Marlon Riggs with contributions by emerging queer artists such as Kalup Linzy or Heather Cassils. For the whole program please visit the On Location website or download the a map will a full calendar right here. The event will start today at Participant Inc. with a performance entitled “Unauthorized Interviews”, a live re-enactment of an interview between Jane Pauley, Steve Rubell, Michael Jackson and Liza Minnelli, embodied by Tara Mateik, K8 Hardy and friends (see picture on top).
Here’s also another one of the “location portrait” videos that were made in conjunction with the event and that reveal the history of former queer spaces:

Artist J.Morrison, the designer of our amazing Catch Fire shirt, is the curator of “24 DAYS OF MATTER PRINTED”, a live screenprinting project presented by NYC’s Printed Matter, a bookshop and non-profit organization dedicated to arts publications. By tomorrow until the December 24th there will be daily screenprinting sessions with a rotating cast of 20 (collaborating) artists in the Printed Matter storefront in support of the project – prints on various materials and objects will be sold for affordable prices between $10 and $100. On the long list of contributors are artists such as AA BronsonMichael Magnan and Grant Worth, as well as Brian Kenny and Slava Mogutin, who have already published their contributions to the leitmotiv “Self-Portrait” in advance on Brian’s blog. For more detailed information check out the press release below the jump or join the event on Facebook.

Brian Kenny, Self Portrait

Slava Mogutin, “Lizard Boy”

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New York/Fire Island-based artist AA Bronson, founder of the artist group (not the fashion label) General Idea and author and editor of numerous books and essays, will be in Berlin this weekend to attend the opening of his exhibition “Queer Spirits and other Invocations” at Galerie Esther Schipper in Berlin-Schöneberg tomorrow evening. He will also present and sign his publication “Queer Spirits”, a collaboration with Toronto-based artist and academic Peter Hobbs at Pro qm in Berlin-Mitte on Saturday evening.
The book documents a series of performances entitled “Invocation of the Queer Spirits”, for which Bronson and Hobbs brought together groups of men to perform a queer group ritual, which Bronson himself describes as “a hybrid between group therapy, ceremonial magic, a séance, a circle jerk, and a quilting bee”. It also features a series of drawings by artist and partner in crime Elijah Burgher. If you’re not in Berlin this weekend you can order “Queer Spirits” via Creative Time.
For more info about the book and the artist check out this interview on the website Creative Times and this tumblr, which collects pictures of Bronson’s work and photographs of him. There’s also a pretty nice interview with AA Bronson on East Village Boys. This is where I found the beautiful portait on top taken by Ryan Pfluger.

In two weeks’ time, the first retrospective devoted to the Canadian collective General Idea opens at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. It pains me that I will not be able to attend, since General Idea were/are amazing and remain a big influence on my own art practice. But if you have the means to get to Paris then this is definitely a must-see. According to the museum’s website, “High Culture: General Idea” uses a selection of some three hundred works to provide a dynamically comprehensive overview of the œuvre . . . This non-chronological presentation covers the collective’s main areas of concern. Themes such as the artist and the creative process, glamour as a creative tool, art’s links with the media and mass culture, architecture and archaeology are addressed. Sexuality as the symbol of a social system to be subverted, and AIDS, as explored in the iconic, tentacular project of that name, are also considered.

“High Culture: General Idea.  A retrospective 1969 – 1994″ runs from February 11 until April 30, 2011, at Paris’ Musée d’Art Moderne.

(Image: General Idea “Reconstructing Futures” 1977, reposted from sally mckay and Lorna Mills)