Life Drawing with Iggy (and Ruth)

Iggy reclines
Iggy reclines at Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum recently hosted a life drawing session with a twist.  Organised by artist Jeremy Deller, the subject was Iggy Pop.  On the 21st of February a diverse group of arts students including retirees, undergrads, postgrads and practising artists aged 19-80 assembled at the Museum to draw the leathery one.  The resulting works will be exhibited as part of the gallery’s Autumn exhibition program.  Describing his choice of subject Deller said: ““For me it makes perfect sense for Iggy Pop to be the subject of a life class; his body is central to an understanding of rock music and its place within American culture. His body has witnessed much and should be documented.”

Hand drawn poster by Ruth O'Leary
Hand drawn poster by Ruth O’Leary

And if you’re in Melbourne and fancy attending a life drawing session sans Iggy check out Life Drawing Brunswick, run by artist Ruth O’Leary (who creates rad posters like the one above for each session).  From 6:30pm every Tuesday night, 33 Tinning Street, Brunswick.

Life Drawing with Iggy (and Ruth)

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