Tuesday, March 31, 2009

NYC Gallery Owner Charged in $88M Theft. . .

. . .and Tennis star John McEnroe helped catch him!

"A former art-dealer to the stars was indicted for a massive fraud scheme Thursday with the help of tennis great John McEnroe, who was allegedly scammed out of $2 million.

Bankrupt gallery owner Lawrence Salander was once a respected figure in the New York art world, peddling Renaissance treasures from an East Side townhouse."

See full article here: NY Daily News

Monday, March 30, 2009

Twitter

Ok, so I finally joined Twitter, my username is dawnokoro. If you have an account and enjoy my artwork, I invite you to follow me!

SXSW 2009

I did not purchase a badge, so I decided to make the most of the free events that did not require a badge this year. There was surprisingly quite a lot to do, even without a badge. In fact there were so many free musical events, that I could not have attended them all, even if I had tried.

Party at Malverde

One of the acts that I really wanted to see was J*Davey. They were scheduled to perform at a location that required a badge, but like many music acts, they were also set to perform at a free venue that only required RSVP. One of those shows was on Friday night March 20th at Malverde, on 2nd street in Austin. The Malverde show was to include, J*Davey, Raekwon, The Cool Kids and many, many others.

Malverde was MUCH too small for the amount of people that attended. It was a very nice lounge and would have been great for a much smaller, more intimate kind of setting. Also, there were too many acts scheduled to perform in such a short amount of time. The show started very behind schedule, and by the end of the night, the headliners only got a chance to perform 2-3 songs each.

I am not sure why, but J*Davey did not perform. I was disappointed, but all in all, it was something to do, and hey-- at least it was free!



The Cool Kids at Malverde


Raekwon at Malverde

Levis FADER Fort Party


The Kanye show at the Levis FADER Fort party was a lot of fun. I got there about an hour before the show as to start and BAM! I already needed to go to the bathroom. After an hour waiting in line, I finally got to use the port-a-potty; the show started soon afterward.

I was expecting the show to be pretty much all Kanye, similar to the VH1 Storytellers that he did recently. The SXSW show was actually more relaxed than that-- more like a jam session, which is great. The show included Kid Cudi, Farnzworth Bently, and special guest appearances by Common and Erykah Badu.


Kanye West


Erykah Badu


Common

I would like to know the back story or inspiration behind Kanye's female backup singer's winged outfit. I first noticed the wings during Kanye's VH1 Storytellers and American Idol. In person, the backup singer appeared to have on a black catsuit, with a black corset around the waist. The corset had leather buckles in the back. The wings appeared to be hooked to the corset in some way. The backup singer fully embraced the space-age bat look, pairing it with robotic dance moves.


Kanye's Backup Singer

Kanye's girlfriend Amber Rose was there as well. This video model (Ludacris video "What Them Girls Like") has been garnering a lot of attention on the gossip blogs lately. Maybe its the ultra short haircut, and ever so carefully styled outfits.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Moving to New York

I haven't found a place that can move me the way that New York City does. Just walking around outside in the city, I am overwhelmed with inspiration. Aside from that, I will be able to take advantage of the many opportunities the city presents.

Thankfully, I have a place to stay and a plan for how I will make income. Aside from my art sales and commissions, I plan to do some freelance legal work. Although I am willing to do the freelance legal work, I'd rather do something a bit more fun and art related, so if you know of anything available for someone like me, shoot me an email!

Over the past three years, I have been in talks with a gallery in New York, but as soon as I began talking with them, I went to law school. Being in law school has really prevented me from focusing on my art work much; thus I was unable to produce enough works at one time to have a solo show at that space. Now that I will be done with school, I hope to make my New York solo debut in a few months.

I am searching for a studio space in New York as well, so if any of you have any leads to something that is cool and affordable please email me about that!

Friday, March 06, 2009

Austin Chronicle

I was mentioned in this week's Austin Chronicle in Andrew Long's interview with Michael Duncan (editor for Art in America) about the Texas Biennial:

"This year, Michael Duncan, an independent curator and corresponding editor for Art in America as well as a frequent contributor to Artforum, selected the art. The Chronicle spoke with Duncan from Los Angeles to find out about his curatorial process. . .

AC: Were there any recurring themes?

MD: Oh, yes! Artists positioning themselves against the world, such as Terri Thomas' outrageous paintings of herself nude with a gigantic glittered peacock or Dawn Okoro painting herself into billboard-sized postcards. . ."

For the full article, visit: http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Issue/story?oid=oid:751476

The Texas Biennial 2009 opens today!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Okoro's Art in Oxford American Magazine

My work will be in the upcoming issue of Oxford American Magazine, which will hit newsstands this month:




"R A C E : The Past, Present, and Future

A poll conducted by the website The Loop 21 and UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc., and released on Feb. 19, 2009, shows that 92% of American journalists of color believe that, even in the Obama era, 'mainstream media are not effectively covering race relations.'

On the heels of this report, and almost as a challenge to it, The Oxford American boldly releases a special issue devoted to the “Past, Present, and Future” of Race in what may be among the first white-run, mainstream publications to be written by a vast majority (in this case, 88%) of writers of color.

. . . But in truth there is freedom and whether that truth can be found in commentary, fiction, personal history, art, or poetry, the contributors in this issue—ZZ Packer, Arthur Rickydoc Flowers, Juan Williams, Julian Bond, Sarah M. Broom, Jerald Walker, Randa Jarrar, Solon Timothy Woodward, Lolis Eric Elie, Rita Dove, and many, many others—all provide meaningful and honest insights."

Cover art by Hank Willis Thomas

More details at http://www.oxfordamerican.org.