Thursday, December 25, 2014

David Ebony's Top 10 Most Memorable Artworks of 2014 David Ebony, Thursday, December 25, 2014


Uzi Parnes, photo installation, "Basra on First Avenue: Jack Smith's Last Apartment," (2014) at 80WSE Gallery.
Photo: Uzi Parnes.
5.) Uzi Parnes, photo installation, "Basra on First Avenue: Jack Smith's Last Apartment," at 80WSE Gallery at New York University," on view in New York, through March 6, 2015.You can't get much more public than this installation by photographer, filmmaker, performance artist, and actor Uzi Parnes. The work is visible from the street, at Broadway and 10th Street, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  There's the sensation of peering into someone's apartment, and that's what Parnes had in mind. A friend of the late avant-garde filmmaker Jack Smith, best known for his sexy and scandalous 1963 landmark Flaming Creatures, Parnes shot these photos in Smith's art and memorabilia-packed apartment the day after he died of complications from AIDS in 1989. The large blow-up images and the way they are installed here convey the crazy exoticism of Smith's intimate surroundings and his unique mind-set. This is better than most of the posthumous exhibitions of Smith's work I've seen.

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