Best in Show: July 26, 2017

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"Camouflage Self-Portrait" by Deborah Kass
“Camouflage Self-Portrait” by Deborah Kass.

“Pride of Place: The Making of Contemporary Art in New Orleans” at New Orleans Museum of Art through Sept. 3
Longtime art collector and gallery owner Arthur Roger gave his personal art collection of over 80 works to the New Orleans Museum of Art earlier this year. Roger opened his first gallery in New Orleans in 1978 and was a conduit for modern and contemporary art in New Orleans before the city was on the art map. Among the artists in his collection are Cruz Azaceta, Willie Birch, Douglas Bourgeois, Robert Colescott, George Dureau, Robert Gordy, Deborah Kass, Catherine Opie, Robert Polidori, Holton Rower and John Waters, among others.
To learn more about Roger and his gallery, check out this article in the Times-Picayune.
Installation shot with Radcliffe Bailey's Covered.
Installation view with Radcliffe Bailey’s Covered in the foreground.

Installation shot of "Pride of Place" at the New Orleans Museum of Art
Installation shot of “Pride of Place” with An American Family by Willie Birch in the foreground.

 Power for Desire-Desire for Power by Robert Colescott, 1987
Power for Desire-Desire for Power by Robert Colescott, 1987 

 Male Head Robert Gordy, 1983
Male Head Robert Gordy, 1983

Installation Shot
Installation Shot

"Museum Plan for New Orleans" 2006 by Luis Cruz Azaceta
Museum Plan for New Orleans by Luis Cruz Azaceta, 2006

 Metallica Space Clown Behind Fence in Blue Field by Dawn DeDeaux, 2014
Metallica Space Clown Behind Fence in Blue Field by Dawn DeDeaux, 2014

 The Red Barge and the Yellow House by Simon Gunning, 2006
The Red Barge and the Yellow House by Simon Gunning, 2006.

Installation Shot
Installation view of “Pride of Place.”

Installation Shot
Installation view of “Pride of Place.”

The F Word at Hunter Museum

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 Synthesis BB by Ida Kohlmeyer, 1983
Synthesis BB by Ida Kohlmeyer, 1983

 Rush by John Waters, 2009
Rush by John Waters, 2009

Installation Shot
Installation Shot

Installation Shot
Installation Shot

"I’m a NOLA Art Beast" (2013) by Bruce Davenport Jr. (Dapper Bruce Lafitte)
“I’m a NOLA Art Beast” (2013) by Bruce Davenport Jr. (Dapper Bruce Lafitte)


“To&Fro: Correspondence Art by Jack Logan & Kosmo Vinyl” at Lyndon House Arts Center in Athens, GA, through July 29.

In the spring of 2015, Jack Logan and Kosmo Vinyl began exchanging handmade postcards, each responding to the one most recently received. The postcards – original artworks – were sent via US Postal Service. Logan is an Athens-based artist and singer/songwriter. In the 1990s, he created an underground comic book featuring R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck as a Batman-like superhero, which was covered on MTV News and in Creem magazine. also featured the comic. His musical albums Bulk and Mood Elevator received four-star ratings in Rolling Stone magazine and led to TV appearances on The Conan O’Brien Show and The Today Show. Vinyl is a London-born, New York City-based artist best known for his work in music from the late 1970s through the mid-1980s on the Stiff Records label. The two first met in 1996, and subsequently collaborated on an album. After Kosmo left the music industry, they kept in touch via the postcards included in this show.

Postcard by Kosmo Vinyl
Postcard by Kosmo Vinyl

Postcard by Kosmo Vinyl
Postcard by Kosmo Vinyl

Postcard by Kosmo Vinyl
Postcard by Kosmo Vinyl

Postcard by Kosmo Vinyl
Postcard by Kosmo Vinyl

Postcard by Kosmo Vinyl
Postcard by Kosmo Vinyl

Postcard by Jack Logan
Postcard by Jack Logan

Postcard by Jack Logan
Postcard by Jack Logan

Postcard by Jack Logan
Postcard by Jack Logan

Postcard by Jack Logan
Postcard by Jack Logan

Postcard by Jack Logan
Postcard by Jack Logan

Installation view at Lyndon House Arts Center
Installation view of “To and Fro” at Lyndon House Arts Center.