Palm Springs, CA
This is the finished Aaron de la Cruz mural he’s been creating at the Commune wall. It’s part of our Desert Gold kickoff. Time to hit the waves, sport some shortpants, and dance it out. 
In his interview he was kind enough to let out a signal flare that’s illuminating Desert Gold this year: we’re focusing extra attention on Latino artists, musicians and cultures.
The world is bursting with wonder, and sometimes it’s nice to have a lens to look through. So for now we’ll echo H. Valentine Miller: “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”


photo by Aaron de la Cruz

photo by Aaron de la Cruz

Palm Springs, CA

This is the finished Aaron de la Cruz mural he’s been creating at the Commune wall. It’s part of our Desert Gold kickoff. Time to hit the waves, sport some shortpants, and dance it out. 

In his interview he was kind enough to let out a signal flare that’s illuminating Desert Gold this year: we’re focusing extra attention on Latino artists, musicians and cultures.

The world is bursting with wonder, and sometimes it’s nice to have a lens to look through. So for now we’ll echo H. Valentine Miller: “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”

photo by Aaron de la Cruz

photo by Aaron de la Cruz


Russia

Untitled work by the youthful abstract painter Sasha Pichushkin.


Downtown LA
The late, great Mike Kelley may have entered our world in the Midwest, but he was truly a child of Los Angeles. Featuring over 200 pieces, the broad, eponymous retrospective of Kelley’s work that’s been touring over the last year finally comes home this week — filling the whole of the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA with filthy felt beginning tomorrow through July 28. 

Downtown LA

The late, great Mike Kelley may have entered our world in the Midwest, but he was truly a child of Los Angeles. Featuring over 200 pieces, the broad, eponymous retrospective of Kelley’s work that’s been touring over the last year finally comes home this week — filling the whole of the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA with filthy felt beginning tomorrow through July 28. 


New York City

Last week wrapped up the final chapter in 24BY36, an ongoing experiment in art creation within the walls of Ace New York. For the project, 36 solo and duo artists spent the night with the purpose of producing 24 original works by morning. Love letters, collages, manifestos, musical partitions — we’ve been greatly amazed by the fruit of those twenty-four nights. The following snapshots are just an early glimpse into the collection of work and we’re already feeling inspired for the next edition.

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NOWORK

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FCKNLZ

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ARIEL DILL

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PATRICK HIGGINS

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ADAM DUGAS + CASEY SPOONER


New York City
To ready the latest show in the Gallery — Park & Parcel: Watercolors by Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder —we worked with master-framer Yaqub Esmaelsadeh, aka Jacob, the proprietor of Decor Art Gallery. 
Born in Kabul, he finished high school in 1979 — precisely three days after the Soviet war began — and promptly left to study medicine in West Germany. Once he graduated from Medical School in Hamburg in 1998, he first visited — and instantaneously fell in love with New York.
After moving to the United States, Esmaelsadah began framing as a part-time job while attending ESL classes in New Paltz. In framing, he found both a career path and an opportunity to express himself creatively. In 1991, he opened the Decor Art Gallery at 337 Park Ave South. He considers himself a pioneer in offering affordable, high quality wood frames.
How has the neighborhood changed since 1991?
I’m one of the few left small businesses in this area. This neighborhood had bad reputation at times but now, it’s one of the most beautiful places in New York. Sometimes I go to Madison Square Park to relax and enjoy the atmosphere.
What are some of the more memorable things you’ve framed?
Rifles, Berlin Wall pieces, or a ketubah using the pieces of broken glass from the ceremony…
At a museum, do you ever look at the frames before the art?
Oh yes, not just in museums. Wherever I go, my first attention is on the frames. That’s one of the biggest changes on me, and my house looks like a museum.
Did you ever frame Roger Rabbit?
A few years back, Disney cels were big in the market and we were framing almost every one of those characters…and also Roger Rabbit.
We teamed up with Mad. Sq. Arts to present Park and Parcels. The opening reception is tomorrow at 5pm in the Gallery at Ace Hotel New York.

New York City

To ready the latest show in the Gallery — Park & Parcel: Watercolors by Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder —we worked with master-framer Yaqub Esmaelsadeh, aka Jacob, the proprietor of Decor Art Gallery.

Born in Kabul, he finished high school in 1979 — precisely three days after the Soviet war began — and promptly left to study medicine in West Germany. Once he graduated from Medical School in Hamburg in 1998, he first visited — and instantaneously fell in love with New York.

After moving to the United States, Esmaelsadah began framing as a part-time job while attending ESL classes in New Paltz. In framing, he found both a career path and an opportunity to express himself creatively. In 1991, he opened the Decor Art Gallery at 337 Park Ave South. He considers himself a pioneer in offering affordable, high quality wood frames.

How has the neighborhood changed since 1991?

I’m one of the few left small businesses in this area. This neighborhood had bad reputation at times but now, it’s one of the most beautiful places in New York. Sometimes I go to Madison Square Park to relax and enjoy the atmosphere.

What are some of the more memorable things you’ve framed?

Rifles, Berlin Wall pieces, or a ketubah using the pieces of broken glass from the ceremony…

At a museum, do you ever look at the frames before the art?

Oh yes, not just in museums. Wherever I go, my first attention is on the frames. That’s one of the biggest changes on me, and my house looks like a museum.

Did you ever frame Roger Rabbit?

A few years back, Disney cels were big in the market and we were framing almost every one of those characters…and also Roger Rabbit.

We teamed up with Mad. Sq. Arts to present Park and Parcels. The opening reception is tomorrow at 5pm in the Gallery at Ace Hotel New York.


The original Ace New York keycard and sketch from Kenzo Minami's Turbine of Life mural in room 1011. Keep an eye out here for our studio visit and interview with Kenzo about his last decade of work, obsession and evolution, and his upcoming retrospective in Chelsea. Kenzo, we love you and your brain.

The original Ace New York keycard and sketch from Kenzo Minami's Turbine of Life mural in room 1011. Keep an eye out here for our studio visit and interview with Kenzo about his last decade of work, obsession and evolution, and his upcoming retrospective in Chelsea. Kenzo, we love you and your brain.


Collage sorceress Wangechi Mutu presents her latest exhibition now through early March at the Brooklyn Museum.


Dumbo’s LAND Gallery opens a special exhibition at Ace Hotel New York October 3-28, celebrating art by adults with developmental disabilities. Here, a vertical triptych by Michael Pellew Jr.

Dumbo’s LAND Gallery opens a special exhibition at Ace Hotel New York October 3-28, celebrating art by adults with developmental disabilities. Here, a vertical triptych by Michael Pellew Jr.


We’ll be at Disjecta in Portland tomorrow for the opening reception of subject, answer, countersubject, Curator-in-Residence Summer Guthery’s inquiry into the word ‘fugue.’ Guthery engages a handful of good brains and hands to sculpt their responses, including Portland’s Blair Saxon-Hill, artist and co-owner of Monograph Bookwerks. The exhibition, sponsored by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, utilizes music, metaphor, counter-intuition, materiality and obfuscation to meditate on Guthery’s provocation. Up through early November.

We’ll be at Disjecta in Portland tomorrow for the opening reception of subject, answer, countersubjectCurator-in-Residence Summer Guthery’s inquiry into the word ‘fugue.’ Guthery engages a handful of good brains and hands to sculpt their responses, including Portland’s Blair Saxon-Hill, artist and co-owner of Monograph Bookwerks. The exhibition, sponsored by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, utilizes music, metaphor, counter-intuition, materiality and obfuscation to meditate on Guthery’s provocation. Up through early November.


A new obsession with Stockholm-based studio Humans since 1982 and their kinetic work “A million times,” nicely paired with our other new obsessions with Anna von Hausswolff.


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