So long, Peter McLeavey

The late Peter McLeavey with works by Toss Woolaston, photographed by Marti Friedlander
The late Peter McLeavey with works by Toss Woollaston, photographed by Marti Friedlander

Gentleman of the NZ art world Peter McLeavey has died aged 79.  The influential art dealer ran his eponymously titled gallery in Cuba Street, Wellington, for over 40 years.  McLeavey sought out and backed young artists including Colin McCahon, Jacqueline Fraser, Laurence Aberhart and Yvonne Todd from the beginning of their careers and became the trusted friend of some of New Zealand’s top practitioners.  The gallery will continue to run under the direction of McLeavey’s daughter, Olivia, as it has done for the past few years.

If you want to learn more about Peter McLeavey, LOL recommends the 2009 documentary The Man in The Hat directed by Luit Bieringa that you can watch online here, care of NZ on Screen.

So long, Peter McLeavey

Introducing the Basquiat Burger

The late artist munching on a more reasonably priced burger (probably)
The late artist munching on a more reasonably priced burger (probably)

What better way to commemorate a dead artist than with an overpriced burger?  Philadelphia-based burger joint PYT Burger is setting up shop in the Bowery in NYC, just around the corner from Basquiat’s old digs at 57 Great Jones Street so they’ve decided to add the ‘Basquiat Prime Beef Burger’ to their menu.  The artist’s old haunt is now occupied by an organisation called Japan Premium Beef Inc. PYT staffer Malcolm said: “The guys at JPB made this beef especially for us.  The meat itself costs about fifty-something dollars per pound, and the spices used on that is very high end. It’s like butter, it’s so soft.”  Accordingly, the Basquiat Prime Beef Burger will set you back – wait for it – USD$64.00.  A whole lot cheaper than the artist’s paintings I guess.

Introducing the Basquiat Burger

Some Women’s Hands

Christine Godden, Lynny on the garden seat, c.1972
Christine Godden, Lynny on the garden seat, c.1972
E.O. Hoppe, Die Tänzerin Tilly Losch, 1928
E.O. Hoppe, Die Tänzerin Tilly Losch, 1928
Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keefe
Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe Hands and Thimble, 1920
Carol Jerrems, Self portrait nude with hand on wall, c.1974
Carol Jerrems, Self portrait nude with hand on wall, c.1974
Helmut Newton, Fat Hand with Dollars, Monte Carlo, 1986
Helmut Newton, Fat Hand with Dollars, Monte Carlo, 1986
Paul Outerbridge, Woman with Claws, 1937
Paul Outerbridge, Woman with Claws, 1937
Daido Moriyama, Bandaged Finger, 1987
Daido Moriyama, Bandaged Finger, 1987
Peter Peryer, Julianne's Hands
Peter Peryer, Julianne’s Hands
Some Women’s Hands

Porpora Painting Punched

A 12 year old Taiwanese boy has inadvertently caused serious damage to a 17th century Paolo Porpora painting.  While visiting the exhibition ‘The Face of Leonardo; Images of a Genius’ at Huashan Creative Park, the boy, brandishing a bubble tea, slipped and fell backwards into the US$1.5 million painting, making a fist sized hole in the canvas.  Whooooops. No photographs of the damage have been released. For reference, the unscathed painting looked like this:

Porpora, Still Life with Flowers (detail)
Paolo Porpora, Still Life with Flowers (detail)
Porpora Painting Punched