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This is not going to be a story about ruin porn.  It was my second trip to check out the rebirth of a city only 4 hrs away by car from Toronto.

Detroit is being called The New Berlin.

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My travel partner once again was Bill Angst.

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We dropped our bags at the Cadillac Hotel
http://www.bookcadillacwestin.com

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airbnb Honor and Folly looked cool but was booked
http://www.honorandfolly.com

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walked past the A Loft Hotel…next time
http://www.aloftdetroit.com/

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CORKTOWN
is growing quickly with a few places close together and not far from the hotel.

Gold Cash Gold – only ok
http://www.goldcashgolddetroit.com

Astro Coffee shop- good for breakfast
http://www.astrodetroit.com

Two James- gorgeous round bar, delicious cocktails
http://twojames.com/?age-verified=c86bbe8783

Sugar House for cocktails
http://www.sugarhousedetroit.com

MIDTOWN
has some happening stuff going on too

Motor City Brewing Works
http://www.motorcitybeer.com

and the now famous Shinola
http://www.shinola.com/shop/store/detroit

my new watch

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HAMMTRAMK
Moran and Klinger Streets
http://www.juxtapoz.com/current/featuremitch-and-gina-of-powerhouse-productions-and-the-story-behind-juxtapoz-in-detroit

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Powerhouse/Soundhouse/Play House/Jar House

Burnside Farm
http://www.burnsidefarmdetroit.com
the Afterhouse
http://www.hatchfund.org/project/afterhouse

Heildelberg Project- a must see- kinda corny
http://www.heidelberg.org

Popps Packing- a artist colletive with gallery and live events
pix is of their campvan sauna
http://www.poppspacking.org

GALLERIES
MOCAD – good for lunch and sunday brunch too- it is so cool and near Shinola
they had a girl djing when we were there

http://www.mocadetroit.org

Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead behind MOCAD

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Detroit Institue for the Arts-must see 1933 Diego Rivera mural
http://www.dia.org

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OTHER STUFF
Eastern Market- best on saturdays
http://www.easternmarket.com

Hello Records
small and super friendly
http://www.hellorecordsdetroit.com

Central Station is the huge building that is ruin porn

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John King’s Big Bookstore
super cool building
http://www.kingbooksdetroit.com

Green Dot Stables

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quick bite or drink- horse racing theme- packed- weird location and food
http://greendotstables.com
Le Petit Zinc
little bistro- can bring your own wine
http://www.lepetitzincdetroit.com

DOWNTOWN
Cafe mongos – walking distance from hotel- live music- a guy who played on the street now has a band that does covers- everyone dancing and drinking
http://www.yelp.ca/biz/cafe-d-mongos-speakeasy-detroit-2

hip spot for dinner Write and Co.

http://www.wrightdetroit.com

close to hotel…a cool shop underneath..John Varvatos

also near hotel- the Republic restaurant
http://www.republictaverndetroit.com

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Cliff Bells
blues- gorgeous room
live music- work a peak inside- near hotel
was a speakeasy in 1935
http://www.cliffbells.com

across the street from Cheap Charlies is a higher end resto where the cultural elite go

Antietam
http://www.antietamdetroit.com

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and Sunday Brunch at this sweet little diner in the middle of nowhere
Roses Fine Foods http://rosesfinefood.com

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LA Weekend

The Getty Museum

Brentwood
June 7, 2015

 

Edgar Degas self portrait at 23 years old. (Around 1850’s). It was never meant to be seen by the public.

 

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Barbara Kruger known for her large scale image and video work installations worked in the Getty artist program in 2014/15. She worked with high school students on art and critical thinking.

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Gorgeous spot

 

 

 

 

Research Tip

Open Air Books

Toronto
May 30, 2015

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This travel spot is trippy. Opened in 1979 [almost 40 years ago] this wacked out store packed with maps, books, globes and ‘other’ things is shockingly cool. Went looking for map of  New York state and I managed to knock over a whole stack of books. No worries. It happens.  Heading to the DIA Beacon in the Hudson Valley and Storm King [the biggest outdoor sculpture park in North America]  this July.

 

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The Biennale

Serious Game

Venice, Italy
May 5-8, 2015

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The Quebec collective BGL rocked it out of the Giardini park at this year’s Biennale.  Total buzz about their “Canadassimo” interactive installation. This was my first Venice Biennale and the same for my friend William Angst.

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That is him in the Japanese pavillion in front of Chiharu Shiota’s installation “Key In The Hand”. We saw her work at Dasha Shenkman’s in London earlier in the month.

The serious game of art [a term used by BGL] was overwhelming in creativity and volume at the fair. There was no way to cover it all. So much was experiential.  Lots of sound and video installations as well.

We went to wonderful dinners and discussed the day’s discoveries.

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At a RBC Palace evening, I was lucky enough to sit next to  Nicolas Laverdière – the L of BGL.  Great guy.

Marc Mayer from the National Gallery lead the way and was fascinating and fun.

We all liked the Egyptian Pavillion about peace and this remarkable poem from so long ago.

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Outside of  the Giardini and the Arsenale was a whole other scene. Took me a while to catch on to the spontaneous performances. Especially the comando squad. I actually believed there was some sort of securtiy threat.

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Until this happened.

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The water taxis were also artful.

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and sidewalk scenes

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And not without politics.

This stencil appeared all over Venice- pointing in all directions.

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And near our apartment

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It was a great, exciting, inspiring and exhausing trip. Thank you Partners In Art.

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Teatro Marinoni Artist Commune

Squat in Italy

Lido Island, Venice
May 8, 2015

This was truly a transitory trip. Tipped by off by our Berlin friend David Ramirez, Bill Angst and I managed to find this crazy creative collective housed in an abandoned hospital at the edge of the beach. Back in 1933 this area was used as a hospice for children suffering from TB. Now it has been taken over by artists who use the space to live, put on music events, paint, and create performance art. IMG_0530IMG_0406IMG_0578IMG_0598IMG_0538IMG_0407IMG_0371IMG_0417IMG_0357IMG_0400IMG_0521IMG_0369IMG_0385IMG_0460IMG_0528IMG_0585IMG_0363IMG_0434IMG_0503IMG_0495IMG_0416IMG_0510IMG_0359IMG_0412IMG_0494IMG_0474IMG_0397IMG_0483IMG_0525IMG_0354IMG_0395IMG_0341IMG_0358IMG_0553IMG_0564IMG_0547IMG_0368IMG_0472IMG_0456IMG_0459IMG_0327IMG_0454

At the squat we met artist Franco Losvizzero getting ready to perform his new piece called Olive-Alive just outside the main area of the Biennale. We decided to follow the troupe back to Venice.  All we were told was that this was a protest about the cutting down of the ancient olive trees.  The performance would feature Franco’s muse The White Rabbit and a forest of human trees.

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The Underground

Griessmuehle

Berlin
May 3, 2015

New buddy David Ramirez took Bill and I  to a radical Berlin underground club to dance away a Sunday afternoon.

He owns the brilliant vintage shop DAS NEUE SCHWARZ [The New Black] in the hip part of town.

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Griessmuehle [the club] is down a long alleyway in an industrial park backing onto a canal. It is truely Mad Max.

Fuel tanks are hang out shelters, there are mazes if you are brave enough, undergound tunnels for some bizarre reason, swings, old cars and plenty of abandoned car seats to chill on.  The dj’s were spinning Berlin techno. Insanely cool. Rumour has it …it started out as a squat.

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Artists Weekend Berlin

Ngorongoro Collective

Berlin
May 2, 2015

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Over 400 works installed  in an old semi conductor plant in a manufacturing district on the edge of the city. From the dungeon to the roof, up ladders and into fuel containers..nothing really goes together.

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Pacale Marthine Tayou

Paris
April 29, 2015

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This gallery just opened in The Marais district. Hard to spot with a nondescript door, but once you see the LED signs  “closed”  lit up you know they are open.  Enormous space that takes you down hallways and into back rooms. Born in Cameroon, artist Tayou attacks globaization and modernity in his current show.

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LE BORD DES MONDES [At The Edge Of Worlds]

Paris
April 28, 2105

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This show attempts to answer Marcel Duchamp’s question: “Can one make works of art which are not ‘of art’?”
So much fun.

Museum: Frank Gehry

Louis Vuitton Foundation

Paris
April 27,2015

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And not to be missed the new exhibit “Key to a Passion”. [no photos allowed]

“This exhibit gathers a select choice of major works key to the development of modernity, and have changed the course of art history in the 20th century.”