Back in the beginning of June, Creative Time and artist Paul RamÃrez Jonas set up a kiosk in New York City’s Times Square and gave away free keys to the city to groups of two. Keys that would enable the duos to see rarelyÂ visitedÂ or in some cases previously unacessable areas in all five boroughs.
Places such as:
- Brooklyn Museum
- Gracie Mansion
- Whitney Museum of American Art
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- The Louis Armstrong House Museum
- Among many others
The awarding of the keys has a small amount of built in pomp and circumstance requiring there to be two and that eachÂ oratoricallyÂ awards the key to the other declaring why that person has earned this right.
None of the destinations are life altering or that exclusive (some are just dressed up marketing attempts) but it is a wonderful treasure hunt of sorts even if at times we do not like treasure hunts and an excellent artiface or conceit to excitingly get people to venture out into the city beyond the usualÂ commercialÂ destinations. To see the romantic corners & rooms of NYC so to speak.
The Art project was a kind of API but instead of allowing computers to share data or tools it empowered people with the theater, opportunity and open ended purpose to expand on it if they so desired, a Art Project Interface of sorts. Many have built other projects on top of it from bike routes, water gun assassinations to interestinglyÂ extendingÂ the romantic coupleÂ metaphor into literal dates.
Thats what Lauren Burke, a 26-year-old Manhattan lawyer, art reporter and photographer decided to do. Turning each of the locations into a date with the following statement:
Take one single girl, the most inspiring public art project yet, and summer in New York City and you have the idea for a perfect blog:
After being presented with the key to the city and now having the ability to unlock 24 secret sights around all five boroughs, 24 dates will be had throughout the summer, seeing if both love and intrigue can exist in the city where no one sleeps.
1) Every first date this summer must somehow incorporate a key to the city site
2) Each sight can only be visited once before another sight is visited.
3) Men or women may be repeated before sites, meaning that a site may be visited on a second date if the man or woman warranted a second visit.
4) No ex-boyfriends allowed as sight visits unless they too are warranting a second visit.
5) As the key to the city project is to expand our city horizons, each site visit date must also incorporate a food or drink spot never before tried.
5) Whoever wins my heart also wins my second key to the city.
6) Have fun, love life, love NYC, love love.,
So with summerÂ approaching, 4th of July celebrations this weekend and a economy/job market that just keeps going down like it was from Jersey and in The Situation‘s room (not you Blitzer) find that special someone and explore the little known hidden free gems of your city or town with them. I have every intention to.
Bad at Sports own Amanda Browder (the hardest working artist in designer glasses) unveils this Saturday June 19th a large-scale fabric sculpture that will blankets the faÃ§ade of a Greenpoint, Brooklyn building.
The outdoor installation presented in partnership with the North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition (NbPac) will be presented to the public at 3pm on June 19th with a opening celebration roof party at:
We hope everyone can make it out to celebrate the work and hopefully a greatÂ beginningÂ of Summer day.
Last month artist Shepard Fairey who is single handedly putting a team of lawyers children through college erected a mural at the Elizabeth Houston Associates construction barriers on the corner of East Houston Street and the Bowery. This happened to be in advance of Fairey’s Mayday exhibition at Deitch Projects and the City of New York has decided that the work is in fact anÂ advertisementÂ that violated zoning laws prohibiting advertising and that Elizabeth Houston did not have theÂ permit to erect a structure in the area. The city has issued a stop work order on the building being constructed behind the barriers until this has been resolved.
It would be interesting to have someone up to speed with public art zoning laws in New York City hash out the fine differences between the two. A hearing is in the process of being set for the violation. If found guilty of violating zoning laws, Elizabeth Houston AssociatesÂ will be issued a fine and ordered to remove the mural.
Painter and Bad @ Sports NYC correspondent, Tom Sanford will moderate a panel of 5 other painters who will talk about painting. Kamrooz Aram, Holly Coulis, David Humphrey, Dike Blair and Deborah Kass not only represent three or four generations of New York painters and are all prominent voices among their cohort, but also represent a wide variety of approaches to the medium.
These, “the Painters of Painting”, will discuss the current concerns in painting as well as painting’s enduring relevance as a humanistic and idiosyncratic antidote to the prevailing corporate culture of consensus and commodification.
Tom’s wrap up e-mail sent to all involved afterwards-
-----Original Message----- From: Tom SanfordÂ Sent: Thursday, April 29, 2010 7:13 AM To: Tom Sanford Subject: Thanks from PAINTERS/PAINTING Hi Guys I just wanted to send y'all a note to thank the many many of you who came out to the panel and offer my apologies to those who weren't able to get in! I am so sorry that a super turnout put apexart in the position that they had no choice but to not allow a few people in. It was totally packed inside - i actually had an audience member sitting on my lap for most of the talk. But thank you all ever so much for making the effort, i sincerely appreciate the overwhelming show of interest! The incredible turn out certainly speaks to the great enthusiasm for painting in the medium's global capitol city and I think the talk was a success. The panelists (David, Deb, Holly, Dike & Kamroos) were charming and interesting and insightful, i did my best to keep us on course, and Steven Rand and the apexart crew (Cybele, Julia & Julien) were gracious and generous hosts. Best of all the audience has plenty of great questions comments and the occasional well timed out-burst! Special thanks to for really great questions and comments from Daniel Davidson, Alfred Steiner, Michael Anderson, Carlos Fragoso, and George Rodart among others whose names I didn't know - great hustle guys! Anyway, thanks a million for all of your support and interest and remember the most important thing is to keep those brushes wet - and Michael Anderson pointed out with the optimism that we all share for painting and picture making "There are about 9 million new kinds of paintings yet to be made!!" Cheers Tom
Chris Bors of ArtReview reports in on the Bad at Sports gallery show “Don’t Piss on Me and Tell Me It’s Raining” which has been up at Apexart Gallery in NYC since April 7th & will continue till May 22nd. In the review Mr. Bors comments on the relationship of the Art world to the internet & blogging especially. Pointing out Richard Flood’s recent statement at the Portland (Oregon) Art Museum about bloggers being prairie dogs; popping up one after another with no communication between themselves & no (editorial) oversight. A statement that one can debate the merits of but also one that Bad at Sports for over five years has been working to prove false.
In the review Mr. Bors recounts the history of Bad at Sports, the artists it has been lucky enough to work with over the years and the work they donated to be part of the gallery show. While also commenting on oneÂ pieceÂ inÂ particular saying:
The liveliest work on view, however, is in apexartâ€™s window, where a monitor shows animated credits listing Bad at Sportsâ€™s contributors. Created by B@S member Christopher Hudgens in the style of designer and filmmaker Saul Bass, well known for his masterful film titles, the retro graphics, limited animation and jazz soundtrack mesh seamlessly, while managing to get in a dig at Flood for good measure.
Bad at Sports would like to thank Mr. Bors for coming out to see the show and taking the time to review it. More so we want to thank every artist that was involved in the opening which in reality is nothing but an extention of the generous giving of time, ideas & energy those same people have shared with us for over 250 hours of interviews, talks, laughs & drinking since Bad at Sports first aired in 2005.