Andy Friedman
Adele for Billboard (The Unreleased Version)
I recently had the pleasure of working with Art Director Gabriella Zappia of Billboard magazine on a pair of drawings that appeared in their annual Music Issue.  One of the assignments was to contextualize Adele's talents by depicting her singing in the figurative presence of her most profound influences: Aretha Franklin, Etta James, and Dusty Springfield.  The article changed its shape along the way, and the veritable Mount Rushmore of soul singing legends were removed from the published version of the illustration.  I was just as thrilled with the way that the illustration looked as an isolated, organic image, but thought that it would be fun and appropriate to share the original version with you on this forum.  I hope that you enjoy it, and that your New Year is off to a fine start. 

Vanderbilt Avenue At The Turn Of The Century
"Vanderbilt Avenue at Atlantic, 2000," pen & ink and watercolor, 2015.

A few weeks ago, I contributed a words and pictures piece to The New Yorker magazine's Culture blog called "Painting The Gentrification Of Prospect Heights," where I've lived since the year 2000.  A lot about the neighborhood has changed since then.  My series of pen & ink and watercolors with accompanying text is designed to give my memories of the way it used to be a permanent place to live.  You can see and read the piece here:
I hope that you enjoy it!
The Loneliness of the Common Player: Exhibit & Performance
Before the summer, I contributed a piece to The New Yorker's blog ( called "The Loneliness of the Common Player."  It featured eleven of my paintings of obscure baseball cards and an accompanying essay that outlined my fascination with these artifacts.

If you'd like, you can read and view this piece here:
But if you live near Cambridge, MA, I invite you to see the original framed works in person.  They are all being exhibited for the month of October at the venerable Club Passim (47 Palmer Street), a legendary folk club in the heart of Harvard Square.
From 6:30pm until 8pm on the evening of Tuesday, October 27, there will be a reception at the venue (under the banner of Peter Mulvey’s Lamplighter Sessions) for the exhibit.  There is no charge for this event!  It is an art reception, and therefore it is Free!
At 8pm, as part of the exhibit, I will take to the stage and read “The Final Evaluation (On Becoming Unafraid).”  I wrote this story for three years while I recovered from a 2012 repetitive stress injury to my drawing hand.  Until then, it never hurt to do what I loved most. I worried for my art, livelihood, and sanity.  This story rose to the page out of a screaming need to remind myself that creative strength transcends the physical.
I wrote it for me, because I needed a prayer, but I want to share it with you in case you need the same.  Or, maybe you just want to know what happened when I spent a semester thinking about art instead of making any as a painting major at The Rhode Island School of Design.  Are you curious to know what that has to do with a night spent in jail, or how any of it relates to finding strength during times of vulnerability?
It will be my pleasure to drive from Brooklyn on this day to read “The Final Evaluation (On Becoming Unafraid)” to you so that you can find out!  The story will be presented as a monologue with musical accompaniment by guitarist David “Goody” Goodrich and sound artist Barry Rothman, who comprise two-thirds of the outfit known as Radio Swan.  The monologue will be fifty-minutes long.  Pretend it’s a movie!  Or a spoken song.  I will think of it as a painting.  The room will be completely dark, except for a few small beams of light. 
There is no charge for this event!  It is Free!  There will be alcohol!
In the meantime, and for your enjoyment, and to celebrate October baseball, I would like to leave you with some as-of-yet unseen paintings of common players from this series.

Recent Illustrations
Isaac Asimov for MIT Technology Review

Rock progenitor Goree Carter for Texas Monthly

Elizabeth Warren for The Nation

Chloe Sevigny for The New Yorker

Bobby Shmurda for The New Yorker

Blow's George "Boston George" Jung for Boston Magazine

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