44 years ago today the late Chris Burden got his friend Bruce Dunlap to shoot him in the arm. The result was the performance piece, Shoot. Here’s a nice little 4 minute doco about the work produced by The New York Times.
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.
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.
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: