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Heavyweight Championship of the Art World

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Heavyweight Championship of the Art World

The main event Monday June 8th 8:30pm Madison Sq. Garden. 15 rounds for the Heavyweight Championship of the ART World. The undefeated heavyweight champion the @jerrysaltz vs. @klausbiesenbachstarring Larry Gagosian as Don King. Simultaneously telecast at the same time as the Super Bowl of bullshit with a Halftime show starring Marina Abromovic and Jay-Z at Pace. And special guests appearances by Owen Wilson, Swiss Beatz, Winona Ryder, Mr. Brainwash, Brangelina, Kimye, James Franco, George W. Bush, George Condo, Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, Marc Jacobs, Major Tom, David Bowie as Andy Warhol, the ghost of Dennis Hopper as Bruno Bischofberger, Jeffrey Wright as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Parker Posey as Mary Boone, Mary Boone as herself, Annina Nosei and her translator, directed by Julian Schnabel as Gary Oldman, seen through the eyes of Vincent Gallo, while getting head from Chloë Sevigny. It’s an all out spectacular not to be missed. Plus on view empty abstract paintings void of any thought that will look fantastic above your couch. Tickets still available. CALL NOW!!! May 2015...

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Crucifixion After Bonnat

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Crucifixion After Bonnat

“Crucifixion After Bonnat” Mixed Media on Canvas 167x167cm 2015 ©Giappo The whole earth is a melting pot New York has become Hong Kong the proletariat are the extinct dinosaurs of a forgotten age riding on the backs of our forefathers we speed into the future with no sense of purpose no meaning or value slaves to an economic kingdom which nourishes us with advertising and fear pillars of faith that once stood tall crumble in our digital world left to wonder aimlessly through the analog wasteland ancient cultures have developed into powerful economies the media and celebrity culture have replaced religion fundamentalism has replaced enlightenment and money has replaced God....

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Lui Ha Sofferto per i Nostri Peccati

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Lui Ha Sofferto per i Nostri Peccati

“Lui Ha Sofferto per i Nostri Peccati” Mixed Media on Wood Panel 122x122cm 2015 Lui ha sofferto per i nostri peccati /Louie ah so-fair-toe pair ee no-stree pay-cot-ee/ tr. He suffered for our sins now the new Renaissance rises in the East they say that New Amsterdam is no more but the blood still flows from the land of the living dead sinking teeth into the central nerve beauty and the beast in bed since the beginning dangerous liaisons Takashipom and Louis Vuitton Leo to Larry handshakes to corporate takeovers cocky Spaniard still boasts from the grave as the houses harness the power of the point one CalArts should have had an intervention the artist must suffer not about the work anymore, sacrifice Pietà, 聖母憐子圖 (Pinyin: Shèngmǔ lián zǐ tú) tr. Saint Mother Pity Child Picture J.C. and B.V.M F.Y.I. D.W.M. still have the biggest R.O.I. step right up to the booth A.S.A.P. vendere, vanitas, vanity fairs piers ninety-two and ninety-four put your finger on the Pulse Scope out the sponsors as the luxury lines up in the queue outside the Swiss bank sell the house, sell the car, sell the museum Mr. New York Mag couldn’t have called it any clearer, but the gallery does not accept unsolicited submissions at this time M.F.A. from Yale and Columbia D.I.Y. no need to B.Y.O.B. cause once you give me my shot the drinks are on me. I.O.U. T.B.D. Philadelphia, May 2015...

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A Morning Poem for Diaz-Cruz

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A Morning Poem for Diaz-Cruz

  “A Morning Poem for Diaz-Cruz” Its all seen and heard in the small world of the big town separated by six degrees jealousy envy and hate sit heavy in the air where brotherly love once stood and the great glowing orb breathes life into the tall trees as green leaves begin to decorate the suburban landscape but back in the concrete jungle the soon summer heat will ignite the streets filled with predators and prey as the bright blue skies provide a beautiful backdrop for the run down row homes and vacant buildings empty lots littered with debris and used needles catching a glimpse of more affordable housing before slowly rolling into the dense darkness of the underground arteries steel vessels delivering blood from the heart of the metropolis. Philadelphia, 4/16/15...

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“Philadelphia” A Poem by Giappo

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“Philadelphia” A Poem by Giappo

“Philadelphia” A Poem by Giappo   Philadelphia A love hate relationship with the city full of white trash, blacks and Jews, Puerto-Ricans and Asians content with mediocrity a place where people go nowhere to die forever shadowed by the big city the sixth borough is a generous term the streets crumbling from neglect dilapidated structures still stand tall from the days of old blue collar town ghettos span for miles littered with the disregard of a careless mentality living in filth walking through trash. though as the sun sets the cityscape is a blaze with brilliant orange light complimentary contrasted by the beautiful cool blue of tinted glass and metal the Italians and Irish have migrated to the cookie cutter developments of suburbia and I don’t blame them the city is a slum always trying so hard and sure the Comcast building is nice, but what about the Kenzo dopers, the literal self-inflicted genocide in North, the deterioration of West, South West, North East, and everywhere in between sure the hipsters have their café’s and yoga studios in fishtown slowly gentrifying artists always go where the rent’s cheap and that’s what this place is cheap low class cheesesteaks and Eagles’ games replace culture Dr. Barnes is probably rolling over in his grave as the capitalist kings find loopholes to create tourist attractions creating commerce but the worlds greatest impressionist art collection is at least preserved a toss up for now the price to pay for being a part of the money making machine and the big house on the hill tries to be friends young friends that do nothing but stand around and...

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“This is Life” by Giappo

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“This is Life” by Giappo

    “This is Life” by Giappo This is life? All these people are sad and ugly tattered the walking dead white trash crack heads with families of toddlers on their way to the methadone clinic Black mothers dragging their children by the arm down the stairs practically off their feet to catch the el but the little Mexican men sit quietly smiling Anyone who lives in this place long enough will lose their fuckin mind and most of them already have This is life? There’s an alternate universe where the big yellow sun shines all the time and people say hello. I’m not obligated to hold the door for you a simple thank you would suffice but your sense of self-entitlement kinda makes me sick. What happened to this place? Dreams of old world ecstasy siestas and no more fat fucks living off the dollar menu miserable with their remedial jobs but I guess someone’s gotta do it Only the lord knows so we kneel and pray and wish for a better way of living only to wake up and find out that life passed us by And we laugh and love and cry and eat and work and sleep and die Maybe even DVR our favorite show watch an E true Hollywood story as The Real Housewives try to raise children and The View seems quite different from the outside in looking at that...

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“Dear America” by Giappo

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“Dear America” by Giappo

    Dear America everything is going straight down the toilet the middle class has vanished and the great divide grows larger as the one percent rules upon high. How different the view is from the park avenue palace and forget about the ground floor cause the pavement is freezing in the winter. Though most of them march to the beat of the capitalist drum sleep walking to and from the workplace. drowning themselves in alcoholic bliss So they can drive home and catch a DUI become a weekender and be a part of the system. But its still the place made of dreams, America, land of the free. free to do what you want, say, think, but how can something be true and a lie at the same time? They should reroute public transportation so it leads straight to the casino if only we could hit the lottery until then we’ll work at McDonalds or be a doctor it all depends how you use’er. You could sell crack killing your own people tax free get pinched and get your three square meals and if you really fuck up maybe your own room with a nice view. green grassy meadows and barbed wire fencing. And listen to these fuckin morons they let the goon out But he’ll be right back in. It’s a disgrace. Gimme all the money and let me hang with the civilized people then get me away from civilization. you could Google me on facebook as I tweet past in an instagram all the knowledge at my finger tips. Buy me some life insurance but don’t forget to keep a little cash under the mattress just in case there’s no bail out. Market crashed tighten up the purse strings but retails up cause mamma needs that brand new bag that new Gucci purse those new Gucci shoes. Meanwhile the cops kill in the streets completely out of control the prisons are packed keeping the wheels turning and churning as the big machine rolls on. Buts lifes good for now til the shit hits the fan and the whole fuckin place goes down in flames. Until then lets drive thru texting as we eat a value meal contemplating right from wrong left from right life from death liberty and justice for all....

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“Thx Richard, Let’s Do Lunch” (Meta Kate Moss)

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“Thx Richard, Let’s Do Lunch” (Meta Kate Moss)

“Thx Richard, Let’s Do Lunch” (Meta Kate Moss) (Repost of Repost via @richardprince4) To: Richard Prints Prince. @richardprince1234 #newportraits Asked @jameslabold what would Marcel think? Says stealing Instagrams in 2014 isn’t like signing a urinal in 1917. R. Mutt. (Is it?) It’s not? Isn’t it? @jerrysaltz . Appropriate. Appropriation. Apropos. Apparently so. Apparition. Say hello to your ghost of Christmas past Ebenezer. Who thunk it first? Why didn’t I think of that? 90K a pop. No royalties. Media uproar. Under fire. Could care less how the public perceives. R.P. -“Really good that people collect the work cause it means I can make other work.” What a concept! #tbt Last one for all you haters out there Xoxo 💋 #richardprince . Reposted. Reposted the repost. “Meta Kate Moss.” Thx Richard, 👌 Lets do lunch. 🍺🍔🍟 J.Labold -You ever get that lunch date? G.DiFederico – he’s trying to pencil me into his busy schedule. Plus posted my panoramic @gagosiangallery . Sans photo cred. Few posts later shut him down, again. R.I.P. @richardprince4 . One of the best-kept secrets in the art world in 1984. Me too, ma in questo momento. 😉 ttys. Ciao ciao. May 2015...

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America Loves the Bad Guy (In the Movies That Is) by Giappo

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America Loves the Bad Guy (In the Movies That Is) by Giappo

With the Art World on holiday and with the two most highly anticipated movies of the year opening in the past week I felt compelled to write reviews on The Wolf of Wall Street andAmerican Hustle.  So enjoy! The leading roles are played by mega super stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale, and with big name directors Martin Scorsese (possibly the biggest) and David O. Russell (quickly becoming one of them), both of these movies were slated for multiple Oscar nominations long before their release.  Star studded casts of supporting actors including Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner just to name a few… these actors all put together basically represent the best on the planet! Both movies are loosely based off of real life characters and events. I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed both films, though in very different ways. Wolf had me loving it from the very first scene. It was funny, exciting, and captivating. DiCaprio is undoubtedly one of the best actors on the earth. Teaming up again with Martin Scorsese, for I’m not sure how many films now, this was set to be another powerhouse by the dynamic duo. Of course we get exactly what we would expect from Scorsese and DiCaprio, though I must say the show was definitely stolen by Mr. Jonah Hill. He gives an amazing performance that unquestionably solidifies his place as a very serious actor, and I firmly believe will also get him the Oscar for best supporting actor. He completely reinvents himself, again, to becomeDonnie Azoff. He goes head to head with DiCaprio sharing scenes like DeNiro and Pacino. Not only holding his own with the biggest and the best, but possibly at times out acting them! Wolfis now being called by some Scorsese’s best film since Goodfellas! Well I don’t know about all that, but it was pretty freaking awesome and I’m probably going to go see it again, which I honestly can’t tell you the last time I saw a movie twice in the theater. Unfortunately along with the rave reviews there’s been some negative ones as well. Strangely, people are complaining about the glorification in this film of money, greed, sex, and drugs. Hold on… are you fucking kidding me! First off, I don’t know about you but I go to the movies to be entertained. I don’t blame movies or TV for the problems in our country, and I’m sorry, but America loves the bad guy! What makes this film any worse then say, Scarface? Where Al Pacino rises to the top as a Cuban immigrant drug lord in Miami humping the American Dream while killing everyone and snorting enough coke to kill a small horse! I mean seriously why must people complain about everything? Is this movie really what’s wrong with our country? Really? Moving right along, American Hustle was definitely my top pick going into the race. Christian Bale is personally one of my favorite actors not to mention right up there with the most talented. The film stars a superb supporting cast with amazing makeup, costume design, and a soundtrack that all together seamlessly transports the viewer to that time period. Bale brings it home and holds on to the leading role with an incredible performance as Irving Rosenfeld. Though I must admit...

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Second Friday in Philly with Giappo

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Second Friday in Philly with Giappo

On the second Friday of December, in the afternoon, I decided to stop by my old friend Lewis’s Wexler Gallery. I was intrigued while walking past by what I thought were hand blown glass vases.  To my surprise, I entered the gallery only to discover that they were actually porcelain vases with rare glazes applied to them. The artist Hideaki Miyamura is a Japanese-American potter who devoted his career to the creation of unique iridescent glazes. His original inspiration stems from glazes used in ancient Chinese tea ceremonies. The vessels, wheel-thrown for the most part, are extremely technical, very well made and absolutely beautiful to look at! Hideaki Miyamura Jar with Yellow Crystalline Glaze, 2013 Wheel thrown, high fire porcelain with yellow crystalline glaze 12 X 14 inches Also on view at the Wexler Gallery were the paintings of another Japanese American artist named Chiyomi Longo. Her paintings are meant to “reflect different periods of her life, representing her experiences in her native Japan and her adoptive America. Her abstract forms are expressed as feelings, restating her desire to unite and equalize different cultural influences.” Honestly, I did not spend much time with these paintings. Although they were very well done I found them to be merely decorative abstract paintings, which I am not particularly interested in, and which my lack of interest was somewhat confirmed by the press release… “Chiyomi Longo’s large abstract paintings have been featured on the walls of many popular TV and movie sets, including Will & Grace, CSI, 24, Just Shoot Me! and big screen productions such as Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde (2003) and Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005).” Chiyomi Longo Kaicho of Sumi #30, 2010 Mixed media on canvas 54 X 54 inches More importantly, I was distracted by another artist’s work, which was exhibited in the second room. As I turned the corner I was happily greeted by a wonderful salon style grouping of photographs housed in antique wood frames. The New York artist, Jefferson Hayman, “works within the themes of nostalgia, common symbols and memory.” I found his handcrafted silver gelatin & platinum prints to possess a sense of historical timelessness. Combined with both found and artist made frames, often exaggeratedly oversized in relationship to the photos, he offers the viewer a heightened perspective of these seemingly mundane objects. Jefferson Hayman My Wingtips, 2006 Silver gelatin print, artist made frame Edition 17 of 25 9 X 9 inches All three artists work will be on view through March 1st http://www.wexlergallery.com/ My first stop for the evening was not my typical art show. I went to visit my good friend, and artist, Tara Capabianco who has been teaching at CHAD (Charter High School for Architecture and Design) for the past two years. Tonight was there annual CHAD Student Design Exhibit, which ranged in work from drawing, painting, fashion design and architecture. Tara teaches children in the ninth grade, around the age of fourteen. It was very interesting for me to look at this work, especially the work of Tara’s students who were the youngest exhibited. It forced me to think back to the work that I was making at that age. It was also wonderful to observe the different talents of the young students, and to see which stood out amongst the crowd displaying an original style that sparked my interest. Congratulations to Tara and her wonderfully talented group of students! Tara Capobianco with here...

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