Mark Firth – of Diner and Marlow & Sons fame – and his wife, Bettina Schwartz, recently opened Bell & Anchor, a fantastic new restaurant in Great Barrington, MA. With an all star team including former Marlow chef Steve Browning, and desert chef Megan McDiarmid, they are producing world class farm to table cuisine in a rustic country setting.
Carol Vogel profiles my friend Jose Parla's new work in the New York Times:
For New Theater, BAM Commissions a Really Big Painting
A decade ago, when the Brooklyn Academy of Music restored its landmark exterior, the Brazilian photographer Vik Muniz decorated the scaffolding of the building’s second, third and fourth floors with images of a giant gingerbread house. It was a colorful confection: melted sugar outlined with giant jelly beans and slithering Gummi Worms recreated the building’s arched windows; giant M&M’s became its frieze.
Now, to enliven its newest theater – the Richard B. Fisher Building – which was unveiled in June and officially opens Sept. 5, the academy has asked the Brooklyn artist José Parlá to create its first permanent commissioned piece of public art for an interior space.
“Gesture Performing Dance, Dance Performing Gesture,’’ a painting measuring 37 feet by 7 feet, incorporates collage, acrylic, oil, ink, plaster and enamel and is slated for completion around the end of the month. The painting will cover the back wall of the lobby, which is visible from the street.
“This particular work will be informed by dance, movement and gestural communication,’’ Mr. Parlá said in a statement.
Peter Boyd is an awesome guy, an art collector, and now he makes wine. Marsha Lederman profiles the him in the Globe and Mail:
An art collection that pays homage to artists connected to the Canadian West
As soon as he left the University of Western Ontario and landed a job, Peter Boyd bought a car, some furniture and his first work of art.
He has since spent “hundreds of thousands” of dollars on his art habit, running out of wall space at home and keeping much of his collection in storage (necessitated, in part, by the 2009 sale of his oil-field seismic-services company Arcis Corp., and the subsequent disappearance of office walls on which to hang the work).
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Influenced by childhood trips to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ont., he began his collection with historical work by artists such as David Milne, but has sold or gifted most of it and now exclusively collects contemporary art. His collection of about 100 works (it peaked at about 200) is populated with artists connected to the Canadian West, including Chris Cran, Douglas Coupland, Attila Richard Lukacs and Geoffrey James, but he also owns work by Robert Mapplethorpe and Eric Fischl. “You’re always falling in love with art if you love art,” he says.
His latest entrepreneurial venture is Genius Wines; its first release a pricey Sonoma County cabernet sauvignon he calls Creo. “It comes from the Latin word for creativity,” he says. “It’s my tribute to artists who are geniuses.”
My old friend Alex “Edward Sharpe” Ebert, of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, is releasing a new album today titled Here and featuring the new single Man on Fire. Listen to them perform live on KCRW.