Saturday: Check out Stuart Parr’s Collection, the Art of the Italian Two-Wheel

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Tomorrow (Saturday,) head uptown for Art of the Italian Two Wheel, hosted by Aby Rosen and Film producer and designer Stuart Parr,  whose incredible collection of never before displayed vintage Italian motorcycles will be in view. The impressive selection hosts 26 of Parr’s classic 1960s and 1970s Italian motorcycles from DucatiMV GustaLaverda, and Magni.

“These bikes represent an era when the greatest design and engineering talent took Italian motorcycles from the race track to the road,” Parr says. Of the unique and special nature of these bikes, the press release notes: “The Stuart Parr Collection centers on some of the most significant classic Italian motorcycles of this era, in particular the MV Agusta four-cylinder. Few production motorcycles enjoy the legacy of the MV Agusta four, which has an engine virtually identical to those racing bikes who won 13 World Manufacturers’ Championships and took victories in 91 Grands Prix. The MV Agusta four’s legacy is The bikes on display are hand-built and forged by artisans, representing a bygone era of motorcycle design and limited production runs. The beauty in these motorcycles is in the myriad of details, wonderful aluminum castings and bespoke design. No two bikes are alike.”

For avid motorcycle fans, the exhibit catalog will prove a useful resource as it’s been written by Ian Falloon, the famed Italian motorcycle historian. “Falloon is the author of seventeen books about Ducati and other Italian motorcycles,” the release notes. Mr. Falloon’s is considered the leading authority on classic Italian motorcycles. His book, The Ducati Story, is considered the standard reference on the bike maker.

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How to Post a Winning Instagram: Tips from Photographer Jason Peterson

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Jason Peterson is the Chief Creative Officer at Havas Worldwide where he’s been behind massive ad campaigns for household names like Dos Equis and McDonald’s…but it’s not his  day job that got him his 470,000 Instagram followers, though his branding savvy didn’t hurt. The black and white snapshots, mostly of New York City, that he shares on from his phone, are now on display IRL in the lobby at The Royalton Hotel until May 31st. Natch, we sought his advice on how to multiply our double taps, and borrow some of the skills that got him working on Superbowl ads to translate to social media stardom. Afterall, if we’re being really, really honest, aren’t Instagrams just little ads for ourselves?


What makes a good Instagram?
One that hits your target audience…people follow you for a reason. If people follow you for awesome food shots, don’t post a photo of your nephew!


What do you think are the factors that make some Instagrams more “successful” than others?
It’s important to have a clear point of view and be consistent. People tune into your feed, give them what they came for. Evoke emotion from your instagrams. We are all scanning social media looking for something interesting.


What advice would you give to wanna-be-Insta-celebs?
Create your own brand. Take awesome photos and find your own voice. Post 2-3 times a day everyday.


How does your work in branding inform your decisions and insights about what makes for a successful photograph?
If you think about the brands you really love it’s because they have a defined style. My favorite feeds on social media all have that too. A @thefatjewish post is a Fat Jew post.


What inspires you?
Walking around the city listening to music. It’s much easier to shoot images with noise canceling headphones and loud music!


Why black and white?
I love black and white because it takes time out of the equation. I can shoot a great black and white image today and you wouldn’t know if it was taken last week or 20 years ago. Color always marks time periods. You can close your eyes and see what colors represent the 1970′s.


How did you take this photo?
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I took this hanging out of a helicopter with my friends @nyonair. This was shot on a iPhone 5S. I love shooting NYC from the sky, the scale is like nothing else.


When you take a photo like the one below–are you just hoping to be somewhere at the right time or is it more of a process than that?​
When I see amazing light I always just wait for the scene to happen. I sometimes wait for an hour for people to exit frame and for something real to happen.


Check out the exhibition at The Royalton, 44 West 44th Street,  before May 31st. 


Art to See Right Now in Miami

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David Castillo gallery exhibits Lyle Ashton Harris’s Ektachrome Archive from 1986-96: Part I – “Recovering Identity and Desire.” The show, on view from April 10 through May 30, 2015, this selection of 34 prints from the artist’s personal archive of 35 mm Ektachrome color reversal slides documents the 1980s and 1990s amidst shifts in the art world, the rise of multiculturalism, AIDS activism, and globalization. 42 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139.
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Courtesy of Lyle Ashton Harris 

The Perez Art Museum Miami debuts The Leisure Pit, a site-based installation featuring a new series of work by Nicolas Lobo produced through the immersion by the artist into subjects like the Go-Go dance scene, pirate radio, and illegal drug fabrication, with materials including grape-flavored cough syrup and Napalm. April 16 through December 13, 2015. 1103 Biscane Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132.
Nicolas Lobo, A rebours/Against Nature, 2014. Photo courtesy of the artist and Gallery Diet.

Gallery Diet hosts Mateo Tannatt’s “HORSE,” open from March 13 through May 2, 2015. This is the first solo show of L.A.-based Tannatt’s formal queries of space in video, painting, and sculpture format. 174 NW 23rd Street, Miami, FL 33127.
Studio Agony (Revisited), 2014, Mateo Tannatt. Courtesy of Gallery Diet.

Ridley Howard’s exhibition of recent works, “Nude at Home,” is on view at Fredric Snitzer gallery from March 29 through May 2, 2015. 1540 NE Miami Court, Miami, FL 33132.
Spring Shoes, 2015, Ridley Howard, courtesy of Fredric Snitzer. 

The Pérez Art Museum hosts Iman Issa: Heritage Studies, including works exploring the relationship of objects, language, history, and memory. Isa’s previously existing videos, photos, and objects are reinterpreted with new accompanying texts to explore how historical objects resonate in the present. April 2 through September 27, 2015. 1103 Biscane Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132.
Triptych #4 (detail), 2009, Iman Issa, courtesy the artist and Rodeo, London and Istanbul.

A Jerome Sans-curated exhibition of Peter Marino’s architecture and personal art collection is on view at the Bass Museum through May 17, 2015. The exhibition features commissioned works by artists such as Gregor Hildebrandt, Guy Limone, Farhad Moshiri, Jean-Michel Othoniel, and Erwin Wurm. 2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139.
Installation view. Photo by Luc Castel.

Art to See Right Now in Chicago

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Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago for a look at works by Alexander Calder, with examples of the artist’s mobiles, stabiles, and paper works created from the 1920s through the 1970s. This exhibit will be on view through August 9, 2015. 220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.
Chat-Mobile, 1966, Alexander Calder. Courtesy MCA Chicago.

Morris Barazani’s vintage works on paper are on view at Corbett Vs. Dempsey from March 13 through April 25, 2015. The drawings and watercolor paintings, which were created between 1948 and 1954, feature delicate abstraction. 1120 N. Ashland Avenue, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60622.
Untitled, no date. Morris Barazani, courtesy of Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Art to See Right Now in Las Vegas

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Tracey Emin’s “I Promise To Love You,” a collection of six neon pieces centered on the theme of love, is on view through the public arts program PAUSE at the Cosmopolitan Hotel from March 25, 2015. The hotel’s signage itself also features Emin’s iconic glowing work. 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109.
Marquee view courtesy of The Cosmopolitan.

View more than 200 intricate Fabergé eggs up close at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts, from November 14, 2014 through May 25, 2015. 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109.
Imperial Pelican Easter Egg, 1897, Workmaster Mikhail Perkhin. Courtesy the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. 

Art to See Right Now in San Francisco

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Visit the Fraenkel Gallery for a photographic exhibition from Richard Misrach. The artist’s show “Being(s)” surveys the human figure as it appears in Misrach’s photographs from 1975 through 2015, including many never before exhibited images. April 0 through May 30, 2015. 49 Geary Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108.
Night Fishing, Near Bonnet Carré Spillway, Norco, Louisiana, 1998, Richard Misrach. Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery.

The Brooklyn Museum’s costume collection takes up residence at the Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, featuring pieces by Chanel, Dior, Charles James, and Givenchy through the 20th century, on view from March 14 through July 19, 2015. 100 34th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94121.
Dress by Callot Souers, 1910. Courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum.

View masterpieces from the Renaissance through the early 20th century as the de Young Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco displays pieces from Botticelli, Claude Monet, Picasso, Braque, and more from March 7 through May 31, 2015. Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118.
The Marne at Chennevieres, 1864-65, Camille Pissarro. Courtesy of the Scottish National Gallery.

Art to See Right Now in New York

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Gagosian Gallery presents Richard Prince, an artist whose social currency has risen thanks to his knack for repurposing others’ Instagram photos for art’s sake. This exhibition, “Untitled (original)” is a collection of vintage adult novels paired with Prince’s original artworks for their covers. The series of diptychs will be on view from April 9 through June 20, 2015. 976 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10075.

Untitled (original), 2010, Richard Prince. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia’s “East of Eden” features the artist’s large-scale photographs, portrayals of political and economical unrest in the United States through symbolism and cultural reference. “East of Eden” is open at David Zwirner from April 2 through May 2, 2015. 525 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Genesis, 2015, Philip-Lorca diCorcia. Courtesy of David Zwirner Gallery.

Explore “Unbranded: A Century of White Women,” Hank Willis Thomas’s exhibition, a harsh look at the idealization of women in print advertising from 1915-2015, at Jack Shainman Gallery, from April 10 through May 23, 2015. The exhibition will be on view at both 424 West 24th Street and 513 West 20th Street, New York, NY.
Hank Willis Thomas. Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery.

In “How We See,” Laurie Simmons draws inspiration from “Doll Girls,” women who utilize cosmetics, clothes, and surgeries to attain a baby doll, anime, or Barbie-like look. Her photographs, on view at the Jewish Museum, feature portraits of models seated in front of curtains, each with her own set of sparkling, oversized, drawn on eyes. March 13 through August 9, 2015. 1109 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.
Ajak (Violet), 2015, Laurie Simmons. Courtesy of the Jewish Museum.

See Gustav Klimt‘s much adored Adele Bloch-Bauer I, a portrait done in oil paint, gold, and silver, among many other works by the artist, on view at Neue Galerie from April 2 through September 7, 2015. 1048 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.
Adele Bloch-Bauer I, 1907, Gustav Klimt. Courtesy of Neue Galerie.

Visit MoMA for a further look at Gustav Klimt‘s muse and patron in his second portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer. Ongoinog. 11 West 53rd Street, New York.
Gustav Klimt, Adele Bloch-Bauer II. 1912. Private collection copyright The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar