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Art Trumps Death


December 3, 2009 Art Trumps Death
Dear Friends Welcome to The Douglas Kelley Show List,


This week everything is jumping in Miami, so I made a special page with links and maps that you will find here:  Below: In News From The South, you will find a collection of recent blogs about Art Basel Miami Beach, including the very entertaining The Pregame Show By lovely and talented, art super reporter LINDA YABLONSKY. I’m looking forward to her further updates of her ventures in South Beach. What I’m hearing is that the juice is back, the buzz is on, and people are shopping like maniacs, networking like Hollywood Scientologists, and having a gay old time.

Beyond that we see Thursday night art openings are starting to rebound, even though many people are still away, tonight and Friday would be a good nights to go out.

However most of this week I have remained cloistered here at the loft ondoing computer research on my New Theoretical Further Futurist Futurism Manifesto, the 3F’s, which are really fuel, food and finance, which are going to become quite a problem in the near future. (This is just the teaser.)

How Art Trumps Death, Black Swan Research For The Gold Age
(You won't be tested on this.)

Specifically, I am going to review the work and theory of a engineer/entrepreneur, and contemporary futurist specializing in economics, with a deep interest in Eastern metaphysics and science named DK Matai of Switzerland. I will discuss his theories on how to avoid a new Greater Depression, cause by what he calls  multiple Black Swan Events, with a possibility of a repeat of Weimar Republic hyperinflation and his brilliantly optimistic 10 point plan concerning the 3Fs: Towards a Golden Age? A Wisdom based Global Economy, wherein he explains how the coming turmoil will be an opportunity...

“...given the ingenuity of humanity for re-invention and innovation when pushed into a corner. From linear processes, which are essentially about fragmented production, consumption and waste, we are evolving towards non-linear and circular processes that have pervasive energy efficiency and holistic recycling as well as recyclability at their design core. Expect non-linear asymmetric solutions -- highly imaginative, inventive and innovative 'killer' applications -- in the area of group thinking, incentivisation models, continuous education and training paradigms, new science, radical management philosophies, focus on ultra energy efficiency, alternative sources of energy, drastic waste minimisation, total waste processing and pervasive recycling. Much of the new production and consumption methodologies are going to focus on utilising recycled and recyclable materials with extremely high energy efficiency as opposed to virgin raw materials and large quantities of energy and natural resources -- water, air and land -- generating excessive waste. There will be increased reliance on local sourcing as the 3Fs bite.”

In next week's new DKS Manifesto I'm going to try to quickly resolve many of the long-standing and malingering controversies and hitherto mostly unresolvable cosmic issues in philosophy and science and art using the Hail Mary approach by basically winging it.  I have made a page of links to my research, that should you be interested in the least you can find here. Black Swan Research For The Gold Age

I begin by explaining some of the key terms and key individuals I will be sighting, such as: Black Swan theory a term used to explain the existence and incur occurrence of high-impact, hard to predict, and rare events that are beyond the realm of normal expectations, such as the 2007-2008 economic collapse. Anthropocentrism, the belief that humans must be considered at the center of, and above any other aspect of, reality, and why I think that is the most screwed up ever when it comes to saving the environment. Plants and insects have rights too, in addition to their grossly discounted economic value.

Belief Systems, The Mass Psychology of Late Capitalism and
Radical Developments in Politics, Psychiatry and Philosophy

Foucault Also sections on; Terror management theory, Raymond Roussel, The Order of Things,
Ecogovernmentality, also spelled Eco-governmentality- a term used to denote the application of Foucault’s concepts of biopower and governmentality to the analysis of the regulation of social interactions with the natural world. Joel Kovel, an American politician, academic, writer, and eco-socialist. A practicing psychiatrist and psychoanalyst and a member of the Green Party who has some very interesting ideas on converting to a economically sustainable societies. With related topics such as; Marx's theory of Alienation, Class consciousness, Georg Lukács' History and Class Consciousness (1923), Reification (Marxism), and Consumerism. Critical Psychiatry. Antonio Gramsci (January 22, 1891 – April 27, 1937) was an Italian philosopher, writer, politician and political theorist and hero of mine. Barry Glassner - the culture of fear, whose research has found that many of Americans' greatest fears are largely unfounded. Family Nexus, the R D Laing's term he used to describe schizophrenia, which he believed could be understood if seen from the viewpoint of the person concerned, almost as alienation in rather (early) Marxist terms.”

Speculative-Realism an emerging movement in contemporary philosophy which defines itself loosely in its stance of metaphysical realism against the dominant forms of post-Kantian philosophy or what it terms correlationism. Speculative realism takes its name from a conference held at Goldsmiths College, University of London in April, 2007.  And the Journal Collapse published in the United Kingdom by Urbanomic which features speculative-Realism work in progress by contemporary philosophers, along with contributions from artists, scientists and other writers outside of philosophy.  Also I will touch upon Eliminative Materialism and Buckminster Fuller and Futurists.

Chris Hedges' "Empire of Illusion" which posits that the laissez-faire ethics of the late capitalist simulacra is killing the soul of America, making us a post-literate world, where ideas are inaccessible,  replaced only with the need for constant stimulus.  An artificially schizophrenic and alienated world created by advertising where news, political debate, theater, art and books are judged not on the power of their ideas but on their ability to titillate the jollies of the feebleminded. And why cultural products, especially art, that force us to examine ourselves and our society are condemned as impenetrably elitist and/or politically and religiously subversive and most probably gay as well. 

I planned to conclude with remarks on Postmodern art and postmodern film, or what I call LaMo, for late modernist.  And wrap things up with a summary of something I don't think really exists, which is Post-postmodernism or PoLaMo, what I call post late modernist theory.  Until next week. All the best.

Sincerely yours,


The Douglas Kelley Show List
525 W. 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

PS: The Making of Avatar  this anyone else want to go as a group of artists to see this movie when it comes out. Magical realism lived on in South American literature and Hollywood films, but I think this will take it to a new level. While plot is somewhat formulaic alien science-fiction where Anthropocentrism is the enemy, I am extremely excited about the new technology, which gets thoroughly reviewed in the new clip. (The Making of Avatar) I want to organize a group field trip to the theater on the opening weekend of my Facebook friends interested in technical live-action advances in symbolism, surrealism, and magical realism, and this new form I call Non-Magical Realism. NMR.  If interested, contact me through Facebook, or send an e-mail to  Special thanks if you finished reading this.

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Thursday December 3rd
  • Chas Harold, Ralph Turturro Surface Study at CHC Gallery, 511 West 20th Street, 6-8
  • Robert Colescott Works on paper from the 1970's at Kravets|Wehby Gallery, 521 West 21rst Street, 6-8
  • Lecture: On the Teaching of Meyer Schapiro by Phong Bui & Friends at SVA (Visual Arts Theater), 333 West 23rd Street, 7pm
  • Photography, Christopher Thomas New York Sleeps at Steven Kasher Gallery, 521 West 23rd Street, 6-8
  • Performance- Krzysztof Zarebski, Michael Carter at Creon Gallery, 238 East 24th Street, ste. 1B, 7pm
  • Plant Body, Animal Body at Cavin-Morris Gallery,  210 Eleventh Avenue, fl. 2, 6-8
  • Denyse Thomasos The Divide at Lennon, Weinberg, Inc., 514 West 25th Street, fl. 1, 6-8
  • The Rhythm of Color, The Persistence of Form, The Color of Transformation, Metamorphosis at Agora Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, 6-8
  • Jody Morlock at Clic Gallery, 255 Centre Street at Broome, 6-9
  • Luv-able & Hug-able at Gallery Hanahou, 611 Broadway, Streete 730, at Houston, 6-9, rsvp to
  • Poet Amiri Baraka reads at Solas Bar, 232 East 9th Street, betw 2nd & 3rd, 7:30
  • An Exhibition of Selected Works at NYCoo Gallery, 1133 Broadway, ste. 335, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Octet: Codes and Contexts in Recent Art at SVA (Visual Arts Gallery), 601 West 26th Street, fl. 15, 6-8
  • Photography, Andrey Vrady Reconquista at Sputnik Gallery, 547 West 27th Street,15th fl., betw 11th & 12th, 7
  • Holiday Bash & Sale at Flomenhaft Gallery, 547 West 27th Street, fl. 2, 5-8 (refreshments ste. 200, art shopping ste. 528)
  • Alyssa Pheobus, Chuck Webster, Elana Herzog, Sarah Kabot, Shirley Wegner, Zoe Sheehan Saldana Workspace Program 2008-09: New work in handmade paper by emerging artists in residence at Dieu Donne, 315 West 36th Street, 6-8
  • Julie Peppito Super Bumpy at Heskin Contemporary, 443 West 37th Street, 6-9
  • 5th Annual small works show at 440 Gallery, 440 Sixth Avenue, 6-9
  • The American Federation of Arts is pleased to announce that April Gornik will be the speaker at the next AFA ArtTalk at Christie's, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, betw 5th & 6th, $15, 6:30pm
  • Benefit: Art Sale and Holiday Party for Art in a Box at Cheryl Pelavin, 13 Jay Street, 5-8
  • Book launch: Support Structures edited by Celine Condorelli at Storefront for Art and Architecture, 97 Kenmare Street, 7pm
  • Mother/mother-$#@! curated by Jennifer Wroblewski at A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, 111 Front Street, Dumbo, 6-8
  • Alex Wixon, Stephen Crone, Theresa Goodman, Virginia Maksymowicz Directors Show at Amos Eno Gallery, 111 Front Street, ste. 202,Brooklyn, Dumbo, 5:30-8:30pm
  • Photography, Jim McHugh Let's Get Lost at Farmani Gallery, 111 Front Street, ste. 212, Brooklyn, Dumbo, 6-8:30pm
  • First Thursdays Gallery Walk -- Most galleries in Dumbo open late at Dumbo Arts Center (DAC), Brooklyn, 0 Washington Street, Dumbo, 36-8
  • Stephen B. Nguyen, Wade Kavanaugh The Experience of Green, closing reception at Dumbo Arts Center (DAC), 30 Washington Street, Brooklyn, Dumbo, 6-8:30pm
  • Darcy Lange: Work Studies in Schools curated by Mercedes Vicente at Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn, 7-9
  • Cabiria performs at Smack Mellon, 92 Plymouth Street at Washington, Brooklyn, 7

Friday December 4th
  • Michael Alan & Matthew Brennan at ABC No Rio, 156 Rivington Street, betw Clinton & Suffolk, 5-8
  • Happy Hour at ISE, 555 Broadway, betw Spring & Prince, 6-8
  • Free Friday at Neue Galerie, 1048 5th Ave at 86th, 6-8
  • Brave Brooklyn, a benefit for the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, at 30 Nassau Ave at Dobbin Street, 6-10, rsvp

Saturday December 5th
  • Lovis Corinth, Sylvia Plimack Mangold Natural Sympathies at Alexander & Bonin, 1132 10 Avenue at 18th Street, 10am-6pm
  • Book launch, Matthias Herrmann Toscana 3 at Printed Matter, Inc., 195 Tenth Avenue, at West 22nd Street, 5-7pm
  • Joshua Wildman at Fuse, 93 2nd Ave, betw 5th & 6th, 7-10
  • Paths Less Traveled at Giant Robot, 437 East 9th Street, betw 1st Ave & Ave A, 6:30
  • Matthias Herrmann book launch at Printed Matter, 195 10th Ave at 22nd, 5-7
  • Winters Eve at Lincoln Square, Dante Park, Columbus Ave at 63rd Street, 5:30
  • Patrick Brennan, Fazes curated by Jon Lutz at Daily Operation, 103 Reade Street, #2, 6-9
  • Photography, Loli Kantor There Was a Forest: Jewish Life in Eastern Europe Today at Dutch Kills Gallery, 37-24 24th Street, Suite 402, Queens, 6-9
  • Craig LaRotonda, Paul Gerrard at Last Rites Gallery, 511 West 33rd Street, fl. 3, 7-11pm
  • MF Toy Show at MF Gallery, 213 Bond Street, Brooklyn, 7-10pm
  • Support Living Artists for the Holidays Sale at Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC), 499 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn, 11am-5pm
  • Art Fair- La Superette 2009 at La Superette, 210 Front Street, Brooklyn, noon-6pm
  • MF Toy Show at MF Gallery, 213 Bond Street, betw Butler & Baltic, Brooklyn, 7-10
  • West Nile Funrazor, 285 Kent Ave, betw S 1st & S 2nd, Brooklyn, 9:30, $10
  • 6th Annual Christmas Benefit Concert for Fount of Mercy, organized by Sarah Lentz, at Street Paul's Episcopal Church, 100 Carroll Street, betw Court & Clinton, Brooklyn, 7, $10

Sunday December 6th

Monday December 7th
  • Screening & performance event curated at LMAK, 139 Eldridge Street at Delancey, 7:30
  • Gina LeVay in conversation with Dennis Oneill at McNally Jackson, 52 Prince Street, betw Mulberry & Mott, 7
  • Rhett Miller & Jill Hennessey perform at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street, betw Prince & Houston, 7, $15

Tuesday December 8th
  • Patrick Demarchelier book signing at Clic Gallery, 255 Centre Street at Broome, 6:30-7:30
  • Lisa Kereszi book signing at the Strand, 12th Street & Broadway, 7-8
  • The Bruce High Quality Foundation University at Susan Inglett Gallery, 522 West 24th Street, 10am-6, for more info
  • Book launch for Access to Life at Aperture, 547 West 27th Street, 4th fl., 6:30
  • Periodically Speaking with Five Points, Epoch, & West Branch, at New York Public Library, 5th Ave at 42nd Street, 6-7:30
  • From Here to the Corner, a new reading series, at 25CPW, 25 Central Park West at 62nd, 7
  • Ben Backus discusses the Human Eye at Bell House, 149 7th Street, betw 2nd & 3rd, Brooklyn, 8

Wednesday December 9th
  • Paolo Ventura, Winter Stories at HASTED HUNT KRAEUTLER, 537 West 24th Street, 6-8
  • Art Book Holiday Benefit, To Celebrate and Support the Arts and Literacy programs of The Lower Eastside Girls Club at Lower Eastside Girls Club, 56 East 1st Street, 7-9pm

Thursday December 10th
  • 4 New Solo Exhibitions:, Lea Bertucci, Marcy Chevali, Shlomit Lehavi, Elisabeth Molin at AC Institute, 547 W. 27th St., 5th floor, 6-8
  • A FOUR PART FINE ART EXHIBITION at Agora Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, 6-8
  • SMONE GILGES at FOXY PRODUCTION, 623 West 27th Street, 6-8
  • Massimo Vitali, Landscape with Figures 2 at Bonni Benrubi, 41 East 57th Street, 13th Fl.,
  • Joanna Malinowska at CANADA, 55 Chrystie Street,

Friday December 11th

Saturday December 12th
  • Uwe Henneken at Andrew Kreps Gallery, 525 W 22nd Street, 6-8
  • EYEBEAM: Holiday Hack Shop Party, an annual, super kitchy fun for the whole family party event at EYEBEAM, 540 West 21rst Street, 1-6

Friday December 18th
  • The Greatest Show on Earth sculptures by Al Wadzinski, creates zoomorphic assemblages using found objectsat NY Studio Gallery, 154 Stanton Street, 8-2am