Monday, November 24, 2008

Stencil 101 Book Launch Party Saturday, December 6/powerHouse Arena

WHAT: Stencil 101 Launch Party
WHO: powerHouse Arena & Ed Roth
WHEN: Saturday, December 6, 4-6pm

For more information, call 718.666.3049



For those of your searching for the perfect gift to either give or receive, the New Museum has the perfect gift in stock: museum memberships! Please see the information below to score your loved ones the gift of art. I am hoping Santa places one in my cashmere Hermes stocking.

The New Chocolate Bar is the perfect holiday gift. Indulge friends and family while supporting the New Museum.

Recipients unwrap this delectable peppermint-chocolate bar to find a silver voucher for a New Museum Membership.

New Chocolate Bars are available at the Individual level ($65) or a Dual/Family level ($105)*. Five lucky New Chocolate Bar recipients will find a Premium Membership ($1,000 value) voucher inside - Premium Membership vouchers are inserted at random, so one could be included with the New Chocolate Bar that you give!

To purchase, contact 212.219.1222 x234,, or visit us online at New Chocolate Bars are also available at the New Museum Store or the Visitor Desk.

Shipping costs apply. Please allow 7–10 business days for the bar to arrive by mail.

* $60 of the $65 New Chocolate Bar at the Individual level is tax-deductible and $100 of the $105 Dual/Family level is tax-deductible.

New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

SOURCE: New Museum

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Casey Cook: Boom Bomb Crash, Branch Gallery, Durham NC

Casey Cook: Boom Bomb Crash

November 8 -December 20, 2008

Branch Gallery
is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Casey Cook titled Boom Bomb Crash. Cook mounts her second exhibition at the gallery with new paintings as well as collage works, sculpture, and a multi-channel video installation.

In a pair of large-scale paintings, Cook continues to develop her visual lexicon. With a sophisticated use of line and unexpected color, she creates a complex juxtaposition of forms that fill the canvas with multi-faceted metamorphoses. Pyramids, hieroglyphics, 1950s-60s fashion, still-life tableaus, and graffiti intertwine; telling a new story rife with the reinvention of meaning - a historical mash-up.

Cook sites the Droste Effect as an influence. "An image exhibiting the Droste effect depicts a smaller version of itself in a place where a similar picture would realistically be expected to appear. This smaller version then depicts an even smaller version of itself in the same place, and so on. Only in theory could this go on forever." Each of Cook's works seem to hint to themselves and one another. She weaves her narrative through various media; a story may start in a painting, then continue on in a sculpture, and reappear in a video, and so on, and so on.

Cook has expanded her practice off of the canvas and into new three-dimensional sculptural works that continue the development of her unique visual iconography. Borrowing the idea of transformation from the Dadaists and Surrealists, Cook assigns new meaning to series of used artifacts using molds and papier-mâché. She transforms everyday objects (e.g. thrift-store sofa cushions, balloons, high-heeled shoes) into exalted instruments; decorated and full of new meaning. At times carnivalesque and at other times sedately formal, the multifaceted surfaces of these works - employing images culled from erotic ads and pornographic magazines - hint at the complex nature of desire.

Cook's video is based on the personification of musical instruments. In the performance, Cook appears at the helm of a human drum kit; comprised of seven women in silver unitards, white gloves, and black heels. The artist states, "I like the use of something absolutely silent (a mime) to represent something so loud (music/drums). It ends up being about the physical movements. The reaction of the drums to the sticks (conductor) playing the drums. Through repetition and uniformity of costume and movement, the performance takes on qualities of a ritual; a right of passage; an induction ceremony. Something vaguely familiar and historical, yet indecipherable."

Cook, who is based in North Carolina, received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1997. She has had solo exhibitions at venues such as Lehmann Maupin, NY and Richard Heller Gallery, CA; and has participated in group exhibitions at venues including Deitch Projects, NY; Pat Hearn Gallery, NY; and Matthew Marks Gallery, NY.

Branch Gallery
401c Foster Street
Durham, NC 27701
+1 919 918 1116

Installation view: Casey Cook: Boom Bomb Crash
Courtesy of Branch Gallery, NC

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The exhibition DREAMS ABOUT MARCEL DUCHAMP, comprises fourteen large-scale paintings and five works on paper dealing with Barrios' fascination with Duchamp. Alvaro Barrios is known for his heterogeneous compositions, much influenced by Surrealism, Pop art and Conceptual art. In assimilating and adapting the lessons of these Twentieth Century art movements in his own personal and innovative manner, the artist creates a unique aesthetic style, which manifests in the realm of fantasy. Barrios draws upon the comic book popular culture theme by outlining his cartoon-like figures with bold black outlines, including text in his compositions and employing flat vivid colors.

Appropriating imagery that illustrates the influence of Marcel Duchamp, Barrios creates an ambitious mélange that results in playful and original art. In the painting This Work is Already a Part of My Life, 2008 (59 x 59 in), the artist presents a scene in a movie theater, where the comic strip character Clark Kent watches a motion picture next to his love interest Lois Lane. "Clark, don't you think your passion for Marcel Duchamp is going too far?" asks Lane. Kent, who preciously holds in his lap a replica of Duchamp's famous porcelain readymade urinal titled Fountain (1917), responds, "this work is already a part of my life, Lois! I'll always be with it!" Constant references to the French artist in Barrios's work are used as "a pretext to talk about my distance from the conventional, and everything that signifies conservative positions in art and life, which ultimately, is what Duchamp's myth represents," explains the artist. Thus, in employing fiction characters and distinctive pieces and personalities of modern art in an unconventional context, Barrios challenges the imagination and the conscience of the spectator. It is the paradoxical subject matter and creative adaptation of his compositions that gives his work a humorous, yet clever and mysterious quality.

Born in Cartagena, Colombia in 1945, Barrios attended the School of Fine Arts of the Universidad del Atlantico in Barranquilla, Colombia. He later studied in Italy at the Università di Perugia and in la Fondazione Giorgio Cini di Venezia, f. Since the 1970s, Barrios has been representing his country at the Sao Paulo Biennials as well as The Tokyo Print Biennial, The Paris Young Artists Biennial, The Havana Biennial, The Cracovia Print Biennial, The Buenos Aires Triennial and The Poligraphic Triennial of San Juan, among others. In 2001 he received a prize as the best Latin American Artist at the Buenos Aires Triennial. His work is represented in major international collections like The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Brooklyn Museum, The Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth and The Museum of Latin American Art in Washington. He has been included in numerous exhibitions such as "MOMA at El Museo: Latin American & Caribbean Art from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art" at Museo del Barrio in 2004 and in 2007, he was part of "New Perspectives in Latin American Art, 1930-2006: Selections from a Decade of Acquisitions" at the MOMA. In February 2008, he was invited to give a lecture on his texts "Dreams About Marcel Duchamp" at The Museum of Modern Art's Celeste Barthos Theater, in New York.

To accompany the exhibition, a Popular Print by Barrios will appear in the November 19th Edition of the Village Voice, as well as in its website. The artist will sign and number the prints on Saturday November 22nd from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. They can also be sent to the gallery in a self-stamped envelope until December 30th for signing. The artist will not sign any more prints after that date.

Nohra Haime Gallery

41 East 57th Street
New York, NY 10022
T + 1 212 888-3550

Alvaro Barrios
Untitled (In Advance of the Broken Arm), 2008
acrylic on canvas
30 in. diam. 76 cm
Courtesy of Nohra Haime Gallery


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Portrait of the Day: Annabel Emson's "After Dark"

"Dabs drips dobs dashes delicious dribbles define demarcate designated areas of splashy spaces drags drawn splatter wipes washes, whispery willow like lines, create a strange and moody menacing moment/s in a space/s deep yet shallow, informal confident casual sensitive with beautiful passages of liquid lagoon light, nervous flurries of brushwork pink skids turquoise twiddles white pulls composed, construct an other space." (Bruce McLean, November 2008)

Emson's play with the juxtaposition of color and the raw emotion of rhythm, sound and the pattern of brushstrokes all form to create the over all structure and form of this composition. What are your thoughts? Speak on it!

Pinakothek der Moderne hosts ‘Passionately Provocative’ ~ The Stoffel Collection

Munich, Germany - Passionately provocative major works of contemporary art were collected by the Stoffels from the 1970's onwards. ‘Passionately Provocative’: the Modern Art Collection at the Pinakothek der Moderne is now showing a large part of this splendid collection for the very first time with some 120 works exhibited over more than 1,200 m. On exhibition 20 November through 1 March, 2009.

From the 1970s onwards, Michael and Eleonore Stoffel worked on building up an exceptional collection with clear objectives and a sense for the unique qualities of each artist. The cosmos which the collection encompasses traces important developments of German and American art from the 1960s up to the ’90s: examples of new developments in painting are represented by artists such as Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke and Jörg Immendorff, whose ironic subversive early ‘Lidl’ works are particularly worthy of mention.

Sigmar Polke Envy and greed, 1984 Acrylic, paint & gold leaf on canvas - 259 x 200 cm. © Sammlung Stoffel Pinakothek der ModerneExtensive bodies of works by artists including A.R. Penck, Markus Lüpertz and Günter Förg, have helped to shape the Stoffel Collection. Works by the ‘Neue Wilden’ (such as Albert and Markus Oehlen, Martin Kippenberger, Walter Dahn and Jiri Georg Dokoupil) complement the focus on German artists. All of these represent an important supplement to the works already in the Pinakothek der Moderne, built up from the collection of HRH Duke Franz of Bavaria, PIN. Friends of the Pinakothek der Moderne and the museum’s own selective acquisitions.

A particularly important new accent has been set by Rosemarie Trockel’s pictures, objects and room installations executed in various media, in which the artist focuses on the relationship between the sexes, the affinity between mankind and nature and the phenomena of perception in general.

Apart from the works of Carroll Dunham and Terry Winters, one of the focal elements of the American part of the collection is on the works of David Salle, whose collage-like works, with their many facetted pictures of reality, are made up from a mixture of stylistic means, quotations and spontaneous gestural elements

Pinakothek der Moderne and Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen Kunstareal | Barer Str. 29, 80799 - Munich Phone: + 49 89 23805-118 | Website :

SOURCE: Art Knowledge News

Scion's National Art Tour INSTALLATION 5 heads to Miami ART BASEL

For Immediate Release

Scion’s National Art Tour INSTALLATION 5: Self Portraits Continues To Miami For Art Basel

Los Angeles – November 2008
– This October saw the launch of Scion’s fifth Installation Art Tour. The program is designed to give exposure to both established and emerging artists. Installation 5: Self Portraits highlights a diverse array of artists from around the world and will visit nine cities including Miami, New York, Portland, Minneapolis, San Jose, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. New markets for the tour include Phoenix and Detroit, the first stop.

On Friday, December 5, the Installation tour opens in Miami during the world- renowned Art Basel the largest art event in North America. Each year Miami celebrates Art Basel by playing host to galleries, art collectors, artists, dealers, curators, critics and art enthusiasts from around the world. All of the Installation artists will have the opportunity to attend and take advantage of the opportunities that Art Basel offers.

Scion will host a media reception from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., for the Installation artists themselves and the press at the Raleigh Hotel, Penthouse Suite, 1775 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. A public opening reception will follow immediately from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. and feature the artists, DJ entertainment and an open bar. DJ entertainment for the evening will be provided by Guns n' Bombs and DJ Contra (M.I.A.'s DJ)

This year each artist was asked to create his or her literal, or non-literal interpretation of the theme 'Self-Portraits' for Installation 5. Video art will be included for the first time in the tour’s five-year history, alongside painting and photography. Artists on the tour will include: AJ Fosik (3-D painting), Alex Hornest (painting), Andrew Schoultz (painting), Andy Howell (painting), Angela Boatwright (photography), Asylm (painting), Blek le Rat (painting), Christina M. Felice (photography), Codak (painting), David Choe (video art), Edwin Ushiro (painting), El Yem (video art), Eriberto Oriol (photography), Eye One (photography), Francesco LoCastro (painting), French (painting), Geoff Oki (video art), Ian Lynam (video art), J. Shea (painting), Jamel Shabazz (photography), Jeff Soto (painting), Kelsey Brookes (painting), Kofie (painting), Lisa Alisa (painting), Logan Hicks (photography), Mark Mothersbaugh (rug), Nicholas Harper (painting), Patrick Martinez (painting), Peter Beste (photography), RETNA (painting), Rick Rodney (photography), Rob Abeyta Jr. (painting), Ron English (painting), Saber (photography), Sage Vaughn (painting), Skypage (painting),Something In The Universe (video), Souther Salazar (painting), Stormie Mills (painting), Tessar Lo (painting), Too Tall Jahmal (photography), Usugrow (painting), Will Barras (painting), Yoskay Yamamoto (painting) and more. As the tour travels,more artists will be added to the roster.

The final tour stop will be at Scion’s own 4,200 square foot Installation L.A. gallery space where all artwork will be auctioned off to the public, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward art-related charities and non-profits. Last year’s Installation 4 tour raised over $50,000 on behalf of Art From Scrap, an organization encouraging creative expression in the arts and promoting a greater understanding of environmental issues. Over the last four years Scion’s Installation tour has raised more than $190,000 for art-related non-profit organizations.

Launched in 2003, Scion Installation is a revolutionary art tour affirming the brand’s ongoing commitment to support independent artistic expression and featuring work from an unprecedented collective of contemporary artists, designers and photographers. Previous participants include: Andre from Paris, Gary Baseman, Freddi C, Mr. Cartoon, Crash, David Ellis, Daze, Blaine Fontana, Sam Flores, Futura, Mike Giant, James Jean, Caia Koopman, Krush, Mel Kadel, Mear One, Travis Millard, Andy Mueller, Andrew Pommier, Ricky Powell, Rammellzee, Rostarr, Kenny Scharf, Wearesupervision, Chris Yormick and many others.

To RSVP for the Miami events and for; more information on the tour, the artists, the artwork and details from past tours please visit:

About Scion:
Scion is the newest line of vehicles from Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. Developed with a new generation of youthful buyers in mind, Scion’s mission is to provide distinctive products, the opportunity to personalize, and an innovative, consumer-driven process at the retail level. The Scion brand features three groundbreaking models: the xD subcompact five-door; the xB, an urban utility vehicle with an iconic shape; and the tC sports coupe. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Lucy @ Elemental Consulting

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Jen Bekman's Tuesday Edition: David Corbett

David's own special sauce worked into that formidable mix is what makes his works unique — enamel is assertive, weighty, and as he describes it, increasingly risky when poured in layers. The interplay of colors is enhanced by the unfamiliar and irregular densities of enamel on canvas. His accumulated layers of color and influence belie a weighty intellectual investigation of painting via practice, but one that's ripe with pleasure and beauty.

-Jen Bekman

David Corbett was born in California in 1971 and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He received his BA from San Francisco State University and his MFA from Rutgers University. He currently lives with his family in Beaverton, Oregon.

His work has appeared in New American Paintings, Portland Modern, Pierogi 2000's Flatfiles and White Columns' online registry. He has exhibited his work at various galleries including: 65GRAND and Contemporary Art Workshop, both in Chicago, as well as, Linfield College in Linfield, OR, Evanston Art Center in Evanston, IL, and Disjecta in Portland, OR.

His work is available at 65GRAND and Fourteen30 Contemporary.

Corbett's prints are now available according to:
8.5" x 11"/edition of 200 for $20
17" x 22"/edition of 20 for $200
30" x 40"/edition of 2 for $2,000

Source: 20 x 200

DESIGN 21 Launches "Languages Matter!" Competition for Graphic Designers

Competition to Help Preserve the World's Languages

New York, NY (November 2008)
- About every two weeks another language
dies, taking with it an unwritten account of history and culture. In an
effort to save languages from extinction, DESIGN 21: Social Design
Network--an online platform founded by Felissimo and UNESCO to inspire
and promote design for the greater good--is proud to announce its latest
call to action for designers. Developed by DESIGN 21 to help UNESCO
raise awareness about the importance of multilingualism, Languages
Matter! is a competition for its international base of 14,000 members
to design the official poster for International Mother Language Day
February 21st, 2009.

Linguistic and anthropology experts predict that within the span of a
few generations, more than half of the world's 7,000 languages will
disappear because they are absent from education systems, the media,
publishing and the public eye in general. As stated by UNESCO's
Director-General, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, "languages lie at the heart of
all social, economic and cultural life. They matter when we want to
promote cultural diversity, and fight illiteracy, and they matter for
quality education, including teaching in the mother language in the
first years of schooling."

The Languages Matter! Competition was developed to benefit UNESCO and
support its critical role as the leading agency for International
Mother Language Day. Through this initiative, DESIGN 21 hopes to
utilize the remarkable creativity of its global base of designers while
harnessing the power of design for the greater good. "We understand
that cultural diversity is closely linked with linguistic diversity",
says DESIGN 21 founder Haruko Smith. "As such, we are pleased to offer
the talents of our large pool of designers to help promote the
importance of multilingual education and preserve native dialects."

Entrants are asked to design a poster for UNESCO that honors
International Mother Language Day based on the slogan "Languages
matter!" To be considered for the Competition, the poster must present
a visually compelling message that contains the slogan, date, and name
of the celebration in both French and English. The winning entry will
be chosen by representatives from UNESCO's culture sector and will
receive $3,000 as well as an invitation to attend Mother Language Day
at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. In addition, $1,000 will be awarded to
two DESIGN 21 Advisory Board members' picks and $500 to the Most
Popular design as voted on by DESIGN 21's members.

Deadline for entries is January 19, 2009.

For more information, please visit

About DESIGN 21: Social Design Network DESIGN 21: Social Design Network
is a joint venture of Felissimo and UNESCO (The United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Functioning as an
online community that brings together socially conscious designers,
non-profits, individuals and organizations, DESIGN 21 promotes better
design for the greater good. To date, the network includes over 14,000
members from more than 170 countries and over 275 organizations from
the non-profit, corporate, education and government sectors. Membership
is free.

The DESIGN 21 Competitions, produced in cooperation between Felissimo
and UNESCO with select member organizations as beneficiaries, invite
member designers of all disciplines to find solutions to social and
global issues. They are guided by UNESCO's premise that education,
science, technology, and culture are critical tools to disseminate
knowledge, create awareness and foster dialogue.

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Source: Kristin & Dana @ Novita Communications

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Paul Smith Fisheye for Lomographic Society

With a 180 degree wide-angle view and fisheye distortion, it not only produces amazing pictures but its fasionhable and chic!

Artist of the Day: Robin Rhonde

South African artist Robin Rhonde creates street art in public spaces where any and everything becomes his "canvas." Each piece become a narrative and tends to portray simplicity emphasizing the concept rather than lavishness. Google this brother and understand what he is trying to say; he has already been featured in various publications including The New York Times and The South Bank Centre. Rhonde's works can also be viewed at Perry Rubenstein Gallery, NYC.

Kehinde Wiley's " Down"

"Down" on view:
November 01, 2008 — December 20, 2008

Down, an exhibition of new paintings by Kehinde Wiley, opens at Deitch Projects on November 1, 2008. This exhibition consists of four new large-scale paintings inspired by images of fallen warriors, saints, and classical mythology.

18 Wooster Street

The Illionaires Present "The Art of Kanye West"

The Illionaires, an art company that specializes in creating works that reflect everyday life, has posted new art work depicting Kanye West as well as other iconic figures in popular culture. Be sure to check out their site,, and support these young artists as they are destined to become the next "big thing" to take the world by storm.

"A billionaire is richer than a millionaire with just the change of a letter. So what happens when you eliminate that letter? You get the illionaires. There is no dollar value to what we are trying to accomplish. We are four guys working, literally, from the ground up. The Illionaires stands for that daily strive of becoming more than you ever dreamed of."

- The Illionaires

Sunday, November 9, 2008

"Barack the Tee Shirt": Ambre Anderson's Homage to Obama

Artist Ambre Anderson is featured on UptownLife's website due to her homage to now President-Elect Barack Obama. Listed below is a snippet of the actual mention. Be sure to visit Ambre's art site as well as and stay in the know of all current events pertaining and concerning African-American movers and shakers.

A Fashionable Homage to Obama

By Toccara Castleman

Hate him or love him (although if you’re reading this, chances are you love him) Barack Obama is irreplaceable. I mean, being the first Black man to receive the Democratic nod, kind of makes you a big deal. People want to give you props. People want to make you popular. People want to wear your face—on their tee shirts.

Artist and model Ambre Anderson is making the latter easy with her line of hand painted "Obama = Change" tee shirts. While other shirts on the market may have catchy one-liners "Barack…Hope / McCain…Nope", Anderson’s designs features something far more memorable, authenticity.

"My shirts come from original pieces of art," explains Anderson. "And [my] art exceeds the motivations of simply trying to get paid off Barack’s image. I hope that my shirts will help spread the popularity of Obama because he’s noble and I believe in him."

The tees-- described by Anderson as bold, inspiring, and beautiful-- feature enchanting hand painted reflections of the charismatic Presidential hopeful. What’s more, Anderson has created a new color scheme on some of her shirts that are sure to be all the rage no matter the outcome of today's vote-- red, white & Barack. Now that's a good look.

To order Ambre's Obama tees, visit

To visit UptownLife, click here.

SOURCE: Uptown Life

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

PORTRAITS OF EMPTINESS: Xu Weixin @ ChinaSquare Gallery


PORTRAITS OF EMPTINESS: Xu Weixin's Narrative of Post-Maoist China

Curated by Robert C. Morgan

November 6-29, 2008
Opening Reception: November 6, 2008, 6:00-10:00 pm

Humble Arts Foundation presents "Things Are Strange" Opening Reception-11/06/08

For Immediate Release

Humble Arts Foundation Presents

Things Are Strange

Curated by Jon Feinstein

Exhibiting Photographers:
Matthew Baum, Dan Boardman, Michael Bühler-Rose, Gerald Edwards III, Emiliano Granado, William Lamson, David La Spina, Alison Malone, Rachelle Mozman, Eric Percher, Cara Phillips, Matthew Porter, Amy Stein, Brad Troemel, Christian Weber, Hannah Whitaker, Sarah Wilmer, Ofer Wolberger

ON VIEW: Tuesday, November 4 – Saturday, November 15, 2008

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, November 6, 2008


New Century Artists
530 West 25th Street, Suite 406
New York, NY 10001

GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday | 11AM – 6PM

New York, New York—October 2008—Humble Arts Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of Things Are Strange, curated by Jon Feinstein. The group exhibition, which opens on Election Day, presents work by eighteen photographers whose images explore the peculiar, idiosyncratic and often absurd elements of the contemporary world, using them as a metaphor for the current state of social and political affairs. The work includes a range of subjects, from the bizarre phenomena of Emiliano Granado's documentary pictures of ghost hunters and Cara Phillips' transformation of plastic surgery machines into terrifying robots to Eric Percher's exploration of the alienation of late night finance workers and Amy Stein's images of stranded American travelers. Each photographer, by varying degrees, alludes to a world that is gradually falling apart at the seams.

Jon Feinstein is the Curatorial Director of Humble Arts Foundation. He has curated numerous exhibitions, most recently "Young Curators New Ideas" and "31 Under 31: Young Women in Art Photography." His own photography has been published in Gotham, Nylon, Heeb, New York Press, and Vice and has been exhibited throughout the United States. Jon holds a BA in photography from Bard College.
Humble Arts Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that works to advance the careers of emerging fine-art photographers by way of exhibition and publishing opportunities, limited-edition print sales, twice–annual artists grants, and educational programming.

Founded in 2005 by Amani Olu and Jon Feinstein, Humble has been a pioneering hub for showcasing new fine-art photography, and has served as a resource for collectors, galleries, museums, curators, photo editors, and bloggers internationally.

Things Are Strange is made possible in part with public funds from The Fund for Creative Communities, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and by Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and administered by The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

For additional information and visuals, please contact KATE GREENBERG at PRESS@HAFNY.ORG.


Photo credit: Hannah Whitaker

CERASOLI : LeBASSE -Nate Frizzell's "Put on a Happy Face"

CERASOLI : LeBASSE is pleased to present

Nate Frizzell 'Put on a Happy Face'

Scott Belcastro & Jill Simonsen

November 8 - November 29, 2008

Opening Reception: Saturday November 8, 2008, 7pm-10pm

CERASOLI:LeBASSE 8530-b Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Jen Bekman's 20x200-Election Day Edition: Michael David Murphy

Super Rally, So Help Me
by Michael David Murphy

These words, "so, help, me," mark the portentous conclusion of the Presidential Oath of Office on Inauguration Day. When uttered by the President Elect (or the incumbent chief) the phrase is strongly stated with resolve, pride, and willed gravitas. In a country where we look to our elected leaders for guidance, and where our leaders (more often than not) turn to god, "so help me" might be uttered, in both faith and fear, by candidate and constituent, alike. Every four years, when this particular nation selects one of its citizens (in celebration and/or misery) to lead us toward a better tomorrow, so help us all.

What is Cloisonism?

Cloisonism from the French cloison, meaning 'partition'. A style of painting in which areas of pure colour are surrounded by narrow bands of black or grey. Looks like a cloisonne enamel decorations of metals. Although Gauguin took the credit for inventing the style, and most fully realised its possibilities, it was Emile Bernard who first showed it to Gauguin.

Cumming, Robert (2001). Art: A Field Guide (pg. 385). New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Image Credit: Emile Bernard, Madeleine in the Bois d'Amour, 1888 (permanent collection of the Musee d'Orsay in Paris)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Jennifer Squires "Greece Images"

A professional photographer since 1996, London, Ontario, Canadian-based Jennifer Squires introduces her recent collection which chronicles her most recent visit to the Greece Isles including Santorini. The set contains various scenic routes, details and architecture imagery that will compliment almost any office, dining, living and lounge space. Also the set contains two impressionistic prints "Father than the Eye can See" and "Greece #250." Jennifer is inspired by the world around her and follows my cardinal rule of "art in the everyday in every way" in order to capture the simplicity in every subject she photographs. Armed with a Diploma in Photography and Advanced Photography from Fanshawe College, London, Ontario, Squires has been freelancing since 2005 and recently open her online ship in Febraury 2008 and occasionally shows her work publicly in shows. Each work is as large as 24 x 30 inches to as small as 4 x 6 inches. To learn more about the artist as well as shop for prints, please click the link below!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sotheby's Amsterdam to offer 1950s North European Avant-Garde Art

AMSTERDAM, NL - On December 3, 2008, Sotheby’s Amsterdam will devote a special section of its Modern and Contemporary Art sale to CoBrA and the North European Avant Garde from the 1950s The young group of Northern European post-war artists that called themselves CoBrA (acronym for Copenhagen Brussels Amsterdam) in 1948, are nowadays considered the key representatives of a colorful and volatile expressionistic style. They are in fact one of a series of key movements in the unpredictable artistic developments that mark the mid 20th century in our region. Key figures of CoBrA are the Dutch artists Karel Appel, Corneille, Constant and Asger Jorn from Denmark.

Sale: Wednesday 3 December 2007 at 11am – 1950 Northern European Avant Garde. Wednesday 3 December 2007 at 2pm – Modern and Contemporary Art. Viewing: Fri 29 November to Mon 1 December, daily from 10am to 5pm.

SOURCE: Art Knowledge News

Alejandra Laviada "New Work" at Danziger Projects" until Nov. 22, 2008

Alejandra Laviada -
The New Yorker

Alejandra Laviada
New Work
Oct 11 - Nov 22

Danziger Projects
521 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001
Telephone 212.629.6778

Tuesday - Friday, 11-6
Saturday, 12-6
Monday and Tuesday by appointment

Laviada made a terrific first impression at the New York Photo Festival this past spring, and it's no disappointment to see many of the same pieces in her first New York solo show. Working in old factories and offices in Mexico City, Laviada creates and photographs temporary assemblages on the buildings' dusty concrete floors. The empty gray spaces, lit by the sun, provide the elegantly neutral backdrop for a pyramid of paint cans, a leaning tower of file folders, a rainbow arc of paint rollers, and two piles of circular objects as antic and appealing as anything Rauschenberg ever threw together. Through Nov. 22. (Danziger, 521 W. 26th St. 212-629-6778.)

Idea of Freedom - Paul Insect Show at Fifty24SF Gallery

FIFTY24SF Gallery Presents a New Exhibition by Paul Insect Entitled “IDEA OF FREEDOM”
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 7, 2008 from 7–9:30 p.m.

“IDEA OF FREEDOM” is a solo exhibition from London’s Paul Insect, one of cult arts most recognizable and renowned artists.

Insect’s first-ever solo show in the United States will feature a new collection of works including prints, installation and mixed media pieces covering how the societal burn-out has begun. The exhibition aims to bring to our attention how our ‘idea of freedom’ is simply a façade for technology’s overbearing reach into our everyday lives and happiness. How ‘hope’ is measured by new emails and updates on our favorite blogs and sex sites. How the ‘underground’ is now an idea on our computer screens accessible by our fingertips. And how ‘culture’ has been suffocated into transient movements offered as 72-bit post it notes.

Paul Insect has executed some of the most celebrated and provocative exhibitions in recent memory; including his “Bullion” show for Lazarides Gallery in July of 2007 which satirically placed golden ‘bullion bars’ in various parts of London as it’s run-up promotion. The show was purchased in it’s entirety by one collector. More recently, Insect’s other Lazarides Gallery show, “Poison!” poked holes in our conceptions of sex, faith, beauty and politics though a series of paintings, doctored icons and twelve Playboy Bunnies comprised of skeletal figures.

Along with eye-popping gallery exhibitions, Insect has established himself as one of street art’s seminal figures, and has formed his image of a baby’s head with a computer chip in place of a brain into one of the immediately recognizable images in street art today.

Paul Insect’s “IDEA OF FREEDOM” will be on display at the upper and lower levels of the FIFTY24SF Gallery from November 6-27, 2008.

Upcoming Shows at FIFTY24SF Gallery
Ground Level Gallery: Miss Van
Upper Level Gallery: Jeremy Fish

Ground Level Gallery: Ron English
Upper Level Gallery: Alex Pardee

FIFTY24SF Gallery Contact Information
Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Sunday from 12–6 p.m. and by appointment
Address: 252 & 248 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
Contact: Kimberly Verde / Phone: (415) 252-9144 / Email:

SOURCE: Gabriella A. Davi-Khorasanee/UpperPlayGround