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The Amazing Drawings of Toba Khedoori

The artwork of Australian-Iraqi artist Toba Khedoori leaves a distinct impression. Her works are primarily finely detailed, photo-realistic pencil drawings in monochromatic lead or color on massive sheets of waxed paper. The drawings tend to be focused on discrete, single objects set in a vast emptiness — a chair, a fence, a door — or a piece removed from its larger architectural context — rows and rows of seats from a theater or, as in the example pictured here, a fireplace. It’s one of a series of drawings of fireplaces currently on view as part of her solo show at LACMA in Los Angeles. The drawing has a trompe l’oeil quality but has none of the cheap gimmickry of that anachronistic decorative conceit. Looking at the drawing from afar, it appears as if there’s an actual fireplace recessed into the gallery wall.

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これらの大きくて、詳細で、現実的な図面は、オーストラリア – イラクの芸術家トバ・ケドゥリ氏によるものです。 これらはロサンゼルスのLACMAで展示されています。

Awesome Minimalist  “Untitled” by Dan Flavin … San Francisco MoMA

This colorful flurourescent-light sculptural object at San Francisco MoMA is a minimalist classic by the late artist Dan Flavin. Regular visitors to GlobalGraphica may have noticed that we’re suckers for minimalism (it’s true). Works like this really appeal to our sense of a lean, clean, pared aesthetic and the power of empty space. Like much of the work that marked the latter and better-known part of his artistic career, Flavin’s SF MoMA installation makes use of readymade materials — tubes and fluorescent lights — and is composed within site-specific architectural spaces. 

“R.I.P. Taylor Swift” Street Art Mural in New York’s Lower East Side

In light of the recent brouhaha about the merits of pop-star Taylor Swift and her song “Welcome to New York” (and the heated debates about the authenticity of her New York-living experience and her new role as “Ambassador” for the city) comes this freshly painted mural by the long-time New York graffiti artist Chico. The street artwork is painted on the roller-shutter of La Petite Mort, vintage boutique on an artsy-fashionable stretch of Orchard St. near Chinatown on New York’s Lower East Side. “R.I.P Taylor Swift” is scrawled above a skyline of NYC suggesting that the Taylor Swift we once knew is gone forever.  Or that she should be? The first impression is this is a bit of Taylor-Swift-hating on the part of the artist,. But maybe the mural is capturing a more nuanced sentiment about Swift?

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Art in New York … A Crushed Fiat Painted in Pink Nail Polish

One of the highlights of Frieze NY 2014, the juggernaut art fair launched by London-based art magazine Frieze, was a crushed Fiat car coated in pink nail polish. The artwork is titled “Skin Crime 3” by Swiss artist Sylvie Fleury, and it was installed next to a giant mirror-like old-school Gilette razor blade titled “Blade” (of course). We’re a fan of Fleury’s ouevre, which explores themes of consumerism, shopping, fashion, luxury, beauty and marketing, often in striking vivid, colorful installations.

Side note: Fiat cars seem to be useful media material for European artists, as seen here in British artist Simon Starling’s “Ostalgia.”

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On the Scene … At the Toms Roasting Co. Cafe Concept Store, Los Angeles

The innovative, popular and charitable shoe-making company Toms has recently opened a coffee roaster and cafe in an airy bungalow that doubles as a concept store in the fashionable Abbott-Kinney neighborhood of Venice, in Los Angeles.

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In New York … The Super Awesome Retro-’80s “Dude” Billboard

Dude! Duuuuuuuuuuuuuude!!! The “Dude” billboard in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, next door to the office building of ad agency Mother UK, and, of course, above a bar.

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On the Scene … The Swedish Band I Break Horses’ Show at Rough Trade New York

This past Friday we went out to Rough Trade New York in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for a performance by Swedish indie-electronic duo I Break Horses. The band were joined by a live drummer and in spite of some old-school analog-synth equipment needing reboot during the show, they sounded great in Rough Trade’s perfect cavernous performance space.

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City Life … Bike on a Train, Brooklyn

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We were on the “J”-line subway train Sunday on our way from a surfing day at Far Rockaway, Queens, back to our HQ in downtown Manhattan when this woman boarded the subway car in Brooklyn with a beautiful Linux fixie bike.

Cool Spaces … At Happy Bones Coffee NYC

Lately we’ve started popping into the recently opened Happy Bones Coffee a lot. (See pix below.) Happy Bones is an Aussie Kiwi-staffed espresso cafe in downtown New York City. It’s a tiny place with three tables on an short, less-remarkable stretch of Broome Street in the ill-defined, mashed-up border area where Chinatown, Little Italy, SoHo and Nolita all converge at the Lower East Side’s western edge.

Happy Bones serves up a solid menu of third-wave coffee brews and espresso drinks, including an honest “flat white.” Their coffee is roasted and supplied by Counter Culture (its barista training center is a couple of blocks away). But what really strikes us about the cafe is its decor, the clever design and clean style of the small space, which is drenched in a white minimalist color scheme that’s warm and inviting rather than cold and stark. A skylight and floor-to-ceiling glass frontage draw light into the place and give it some comfortable airiness.

The cafe has a legit downtown-culture and art vibe. A playlist of mostly 1980s and ’90s British music invariably is playing over the sound system (tunes by the likes of the Clash, Specials, Blur, etc.) and a collection of coffee-table art and photography books are on sale next to bags of coffee beans.

BTW … what’s with all the Australian expat baristas and bartenders in NYC these days? Seems like an invasion, and we <3 it. (The Kiwi invasion, too.) 😉

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Among the Gargantuan Steel Sculptures of Richard Serra

Every time we’re in Los Angeles, we try to make a point of visiting the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art (LACMA) and seeing “Band,” the humongous abstract sculpture by artist Richard Serra, in the museum’s Broad Contemporary building. From a distance, some viewers initially believe the massive artwork is made of wood, bit it’s made of oxidized, waterproof steel components connected to form a giant ribbon occupying an entire gallery (half the first floor) at the Broad.

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