Thursday, July 30, 2009

For Immediate Release......

Annie Kevans:
Represented by Perry Rubenstein Gallery in U.S.

Perry Rubenstein Gallery
527 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011
T 212.627.8000
F 212.627.6336

For Immediate Release

New York, July 30, 2009 — Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York is pleased to announce the representation of British painter Annie Kevans. Perry Rubenstein Gallery will present a selection of the WAMPAS Baby Stars this summer in conjunction with Richard Woods' exhibition The Nature Show. In February 2010, Kevans will have a solo exhibition at Perry Rubenstein Gallery in New York, marking her first large-scale solo exhibition in the US. Kevans has been exhibiting regularly throughout Europe since 2004.

Annie Kevans uses bright oil paint with a loose brushstroke and carefully composed negative space. Her technique allows her to portray an innocence to her subjects alongside a power; her characterization and style speaks to fantasy rather than realism. Kevans is fascinated by the representation of power and sociopolitical systems, and does extensive research for each series in order to craft and then visualize characters both real and imagined (often times the combination of the two). Kevans paints portraits of the famous and the infamous, the seen and the unseen. Her paintings are intimate in scale but epic in subject matter. "My paintings reflect my interests in power, manipulation and the role of the individual in inherited belief systems," she says. "It is important for me to examine the duality of truth and falsehood throughout my work."

In the series Boys (2004), Kevans depicts infamous 20th Century dictators such as Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini as wide-eyed toddlers. In Vamps & Innocents (2007), she focuses on portraits of silent film stars of the 1920's. For All the President's Girls (2008-2009), Kevans painted all of the Presidential mistress on record, some of whom are household names (Marilyn Monroe, Monica Lewinsky), others who are little known or even unnamed (George Washington's mistress, one of his slaves, just goes by "Venus"). WAMPAS Baby Stars is the London based painter's most recent series. Kevans culled from Hollywood image archives of a selection of starlets who were elected by the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers in the 1920's and 30's as faces of the future, idealized celebrations of American beauty destined for stardom. With the exception of a few Hollywood legends (Joan Crawford, Mary Astor, and Fay Wray among them), most of the girls did not end up crossing the threshold into movie stardom; Kevans portraits map those who were forgotten.

Annie Kevans was born in Cannes, France and lives and works in London. She earned a BA from Central St. Martin's School of Art & Design in London, 2004. This fall she will have a solo exhibition at the Fine Art Society in London (November) and will be included in the much-anticipated exhibition The Power of Paper at the Saatchi Gallery (dates TBD). Past solo exhibitions include Vamps & Innocents, Galleria Antonio Ferrara, Vienna (2007); Swans, Art Work Productions, London (2007); and Girls, Studio 1.1, London. Kevans' work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, notably at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (2001); Galerie Karin Sachs, Munich (2008, 2007); Galleria Antonio Ferrara, Italy (2007, 2006); Contemporary Art Projects, London (2007). Kevans was a finalist for both the Jerwood Drawing Prize (2006) Women Of The Future award (2007) in the UK.

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New York, NY 10011
T 212.627.8000
F 212.627.6336
Gallery Hours (Summer): Monday – Friday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

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WHATIFTHEWORLD/athi-patra ruga/OPENS WED 05 AUG 18H30

OPENING: WED 05 AUGUST 18H30 - 21H00

As a follow up to the critically acclaimed solo exhibition “…of bugchasers and watussi faghags,” Athi-Patra Ruga’s upcoming exhibition at Whatiftheworld, titled “…mr floating signifier and the deadboyz,” continues to expand on the themes introduced by the Artist’s chief protagonist Beiruith. Beiruth’s name is derived from a pun around the middle-eastern city of Beirut – a play on the theme of ‘Orientalism;’ but more importantly he is the illusive figure that qualifies the autonomous body against that of the sovereign state. Through the use of craft, performance, video, sculpture and photography, this body of work investigates ideas of displacement and dislocation in relation to constructs of gender, race, identity, intimacy and sexuality. Combining images and popular iconography, Athi-Patra Ruga interrogates the problematic concept of the Utopian ideal within a Western art historical context. The exhibition will be accompanied by a limited edition Artist monograph published by Whatiftheworld.


"The politics of context are at the heart of Athi-Patra Ruga’s artistic practice. Mainstream art production and criticism in South Africa is simultaneously almost obsessed with the semantic inverse of this, the context of politics. Artists and their works are often ruthlessly yet thoughtlessly checked and balanced against a schema of political concerns important (and rightfully so) in other realms of South African society, but suffocating in art. This literal conception of politics may be at the root of our veneration of the notion of context, a fixation so entrenched in our critical culture that it is taken up practically with a sort of sacred awe, treating the conditions of influence and the thematic agendas of a work of art as incontrovertible truths. But what happens to this system when the integrity of context can’t withstand the grind of the alter-contextual, when improper contexts come to weigh on the work so heavily that it becomes something entirely other than itself? Athi-Patra Ruga is one of very few artists working in South Africa today who dare to entertain this question. His work glosses over politics in the quotidian sense, only in order to show that there is something more profoundly political at stake: our sense of historical, physical, sexual and psychological place. "

Excerpt from Alleys, Ellipses and the Eve of Context
By Anthea Buys

Born in Umtata, South Africa (1984), Athi-Patra Ruga is a hastily-ascending young artist whose work straddles the divides between fashion, performance and photography. Ruga describes his working method as resulting from ‘the clash between material and memory’, but notions of utopia and dystopia also form a common thread. Recent exhibitions include ‘Beauty and Pleasure in Contemporary South African Art” at the Stenersen Museum in Oslo, Norway as well as the Guangzhou Trienalle in China (2008) and ‘Pret-a-Pratager’ at the IFA Gallery in Stuttgart, Germany. Athi-Patra Ruga was also recently included in the Phaidon book 'Younger Than Jesus,' a directory of over 500 of the world's best artists under the age of 33.

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Summer Screening Tonight: CANADA New York

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Flickr Showcase: Spyros Simotas

From the dusty city of Athens, Spyros Simotas moves through broken light and early mornings to document the sleeping city's hidden party scene. Inspired by his girlfriend, her kittens and a slightly altered state of mind, Simotas picked up a camera and hasn't stopped shooting, despite having no formal photographic training. Determined to portray an alternative vision of Athenian life, Simotas offers a unique perspective on Athens. This is the city like you've never seen it before…

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Clic East Hampton/Bob Colacello Book Signing/Sat. August 1


Saturday, August 1, 2009, 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Clic Gallery, 23 Newtown Lane, East Hampton NY 11937

Thursday to Monday 10 am - 6 pm

"Out" documents an era at once so close and so far away: the wild, glamorous, disco-and-drugs decade between the end of the Vietnam war and the advent of AIDS, when, in certain parts of Manhattan, every night was party night.

As the editor of Andy Warhol's Interview from 1971 to 1983, Bob Colacello was perfectly placed to record this life of art openings, movie premieres, cocktail parties, dinner parties, charity balls and after-hours clubs; he wrote about the best of them in a monthly column called "Out."

In 1975, Swiss art dealer Thomas Ammann gave Colacello one of the first miniature 35mm cameras, a black plastic Minox small enough to hide in his jacket pocket, and Colacello began snapping photographs too. Sneaking a shot of Henry Kissinger holding forth at a dinner party, or Bianca Jagger letting loose at Studio 54, Colacello was in the middle of the action, "an accidental photographer" more akin to a secret agent than any typical paparazzo. With their skewed angles, multilayered compositions, and moody lighting, his images have an immediacy and grit not often found in the work of professional party photographers. And what subjects! Diana Vreeland, Calvin Klein, Jack Nicholson, Richard Gere, Cher, Raquel Welch, Mick Jagger, Diane von Furstenberg, Barry Diller, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Nan Kempner, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein and always Warhol himself.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Happenings at The F.I.T. Museum: Isabel Toldeo "Fashion From The Inside Out"

Isabel Toledo: Fashion from the Inside Out
June 17 through September 26, 2009

The Cuban-born fashion designer Isabel Toledo is often described as "a designer's designer." Although she is little known to the general public, her work is greatly admired by members of the fashion community. As the late fashion journalist Amy Spindler once wrote, "Only great designers can dispense with themes and theatrics and let the work speak instead. Ms. Toledo does just that, letting fashion itself be the theme."

Isabel's focus on technique, her willingness to experiment, and her strong personal vision make her work stand out. But other aspects of her career — her early rise to fame and subsequent years of struggle, her brush with organized crime, and her rollercoaster ride at a big fashion company — will be familiar to many in the modern fashion system.

Isabel works closely with her husband, the illustrator Ruben Toledo. As she begins to construct her visions, Isabel engages in intense discussions with Ruben, gesturing to show, for example, how the fabric should drape. "I think of it as fashion from the inside out," she explains. "I can describe an idea or even a feeling to Ruben, and he'll sketch it." Officially, Isabel is the fashion designer, or as she says, "the seamstress," and Ruben is the artist/illustrator, but the reality is much more complicated. "We're so meshed, it's impossible to separate what we do," says Ruben.

Isabel Toledo told Dr. Valerie Steele in a 1989 interview, "I really love the technique of sewing more than anything else…the seamstress is the one who knows fashion from the inside! That's the art form really, not fashion design, but the technique of how it's done." Isabel has said that she doesn't "want to be radical," and she insists that "weird is not smart." But her clothes are undeniably different. None of them have traditional construction. Her patterns, silhouettes, use of materials, and methods of draping are all highly experimental.

In 2008, Isabel received the FIT Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion. Her work exemplifies the highest standards of creativity and craftsmanship. "Isabel Toledo is proof that an American designer can do conceptual work of international significance, yet with the kind of humor and pragmatic cheekiness that is distinctively American," says Vogue editor, Sally Singer. "At the heart of her work is a love of American sportswear, but not sportswear in terms of separates that can be mixed and matched. It's sportswear in the sense that these are clothes that function."

This exhibition has been organized by Dr. Valerie Steele, Director of The Museum at FIT; Patricia Mears, Deputy Director of The Museum at FIT; and Ruben and Isabel Toledo. Support for this exhibition was provided by the Couture Council of the Museum at FIT. Additional support was provided by Nordstrom.

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Christie’s first half sales fall 35% according to CRAIN's New York

By Miriam Kreinin Souccar

Though the art market has shrunk considerably in the last year, Christie’s International is still king of what’s left of it.

The auction house announced today it had $1.8 billion in sales worldwide for the first six months of 2009, down 35% from the same time last year. Still, the company accounted for 61% of all global auction sales.

“Christie’s continues to see liquidity and participating in the art market at every level and across a variety of categories and geographies,” said Edward Dolman, chief executive of Christie’s International, in a statement.

The most expensive work to sell during the six-month period was a 1911 painting by Henri Matisse, which went for $46.5 million. Other major sales include a work by Constantin Brancusi which fetched $37.7 million, and a piece by Pablo Picasso, which sold for $14.6 million.

Sales in Christie’s North and South America division totaled $462.9 million for the first half of the year, down 51% from the previous year. The important May evening sales in New York of Impressionist & Modern Art and Post-War & Contemporary Art brought in a combined $196.4 million in sales. Sotheby’s spring evening sales in those categories brought in a total of $108.3 million.

SOURCE: Crain's New York

Friday, July 24, 2009

Dash Snow Memorial Exhibition @ Deitch Projects NYC

Peres Projects provides more information about the event:

We thought it would be important and helpful to have an open memorial exhibition for Dash’s community in New York City. We are asking Dash’s community of friends to participate in an exhibition that would include photographs or video of Dash; works of art made for Dash or in memory of him; a small group of works by Dash in various media (just for exhibition); and an open wall where friends or admirers from the general public could write, paint, or paste something up on the wall. The outside of the gallery will feature a large recreation by his friends of his tag.

We anticipate opening to the public as early as Tuesday, July 21 at the 76 Grand Street gallery of Deitch Projects. The show would remain on view through mid-August. If you would like to participate in this exhibition by lending or creating artworks, please contact Kathy Grayson at Deitch Projects: 212 343 7300, We ask artists/friends who want to participate to bring artworks by the gallery beginning this Saturday, July 18th through Monday July 20th to begin installation that Tuesday. Artists are welcome to bring additional works anytime, however, that can be installed during the run of the show as well. All are welcome. Please pass this on to people you think would like to know about it.

Photography: Olivier Zahm

Source: HB

CREEPS HAPPENING by Yonehara Yasumasa

Yonehara Yasumasa together with DIG TOKYO is launching a new series of exhibitions titled CREEPS. The project will allow multiple mediums to be displayed and exhibited through the CREEPS initiative. The first theme involves “be hORny NOt WaR!!!!!!”. The opening party will take place on Friday, July 24th and run until Sunday, July 26th.


Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Annual powerHouse Books Summer Sale: July 25-August 30, 2009

The Annual powerHouse Arena
Skid Sale 2009
50-90% off beautiful overstock coffee table books!

July 25, 2009 — August 30, 2009
The powerHouse Arena
37 Main Street, Brooklyn
For more information: (718) 666-3049
Weekdays 10AM—7PM, Weekends 11AM—8PM

We're holding our annual sale of great photography, pop culture, and illustrated books featuring art, documentary, subculture exploration, fashion, and celebrity titles, as well as rare and archival copies and limited editions. Prices have been slashed 50-90%. Now's the time to bulk up those country home and time-share shelves and to explore new worlds this summer!

Spectacular discounts on beautiful conversation pieces on/by: Bettina Rheims, John Coplans, Ricky Powell, Jeff Mermelstein, Maripol, Larry Fink, André Leon Talley, Nigel Parry, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Nicky the Jazz Cat, Americana, Calvin Klein's designer, Brooklyn Bikers, the Pope, the FDNY, Barack Obama, and Madonna! Plus many more surprises, including home furnishings, our famous bulking dummies, and select hand-printed gift wrap.

powerHouse Books | powerHouse Arena
37 Main St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 666-3049

For more information, please contact Natascha Piechowski, Assistant to Director
Tel: 212-604-9074 x114 , Fax: 212-366-5247

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Jennifer Taylor's "HOLLOWSPHERE"

Jennifer Taylor’s unique world, ‘Hollowsphere’, is an exploration of the human mind and the complex systems that surround us, as well as the ones that we create. Graduating from the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art and following up with a Master in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in 2007, Taylor mixes materials in an obsessive and labour-intensive detail to evoke crisis, chaos, infinity, and, at the same time, order, with works that often evoke quietness and dreamy freedom.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion at The Met Museum


LaToya Ruby Frazier @ GESTURES: An Exhibition of Small Site-Specific Works

The thirteenth installment of Gestures: An Exhibition of Small Site-Specific Works opens with a public reception on July 24, 2009 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM. $10 (MF Members and CMU Students FREE w/ I.D.)

The exhibition, showing in the Mattress Factory's Gallery at 1414 Monterey Street, is guest-curated by Katherine Talcott and features artists Stephanie Armbruster, Jeremy Boyle, Nayda Collazo-Llorens, Jonny Farringdon, Victoria Hruska & La Toya Frasier, Gary Huck, Andrew Ellis Johnson, Amanda Long, Lindsay O'Leary, Drew Pavelchak, Renee Piechocki, John Riegert, The Urban Gardener: Joan Kimmel & Lynne Weber, Patricia Villalobos Echeverria and Dror Yaron.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Hundreds Try Out for Art-World Reality Show

Published: July 19, 2009

Over the last few years reality-show casting calls have become almost as much of a cultural commonplace as the shows themselves — the familiar scenes of hundreds of anxious strangers converging on a street corner with their résumés, their headshots and their A games, hoping for some kind of immortality or at least a more interesting career.

But few such casting calls have looked like the one that began in the wee hours of Saturday morning in the West Village, where Jeff Lipsky, a 37-year-old painter and digital artist from Tyngsboro, Mass., unfolded his New England Patriots lawn chair and camped out for the night in front of the White Columns gallery, first in line to audition for a new reality show being created for Bravo. Produced by Sarah Jessica Parker, the show, which doesn’t have a title or a broadcast date, will try to do for the contemporary art world what the cable channel has done for the worlds of fine cuisine (“Top Chef”) and fashion (“Project Runway”): discover young, or maybe even middle-aged or old, unknowns with the talent to command the attention of both a television audience and a serious audience in the creative field to which they aspire.

The 13 finalists eventually chosen — from among hundreds who have already auditioned in Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago and now in New York — will compete for a gallery show, a cash prize and a sponsored national museum tour, though the producers have not revealed how much money is at stake or which museums or galleries will participate.

It seemed to matter little to the 150 or so artists who had already gathered by 8:30 Saturday morning, bearing all manner of art: a ghoulish portrait of a face that appeared to be Michael Jackson’s melded with Elvis’s; a crazily beaded mannequin torso with the sparkly word “GIRL” attached like a tiara to the top of its head; a Caravaggio-esque painting of St. Sebastian, skewered and suffering; a photo-realistic canvas so large it arrived on a truck. At the corner of Horatio and Hudson Streets one artist was slowing traffic considerably as he applied bright blue swirly paint to the body of a topless woman who was wearing only a flesh-colored thong.

Second in line, after arriving at 1 in the morning on a flight from Fort Myers, Fla., was Jeffrey Scott Lewis, a 48-year-old collagist, single father and former store-window designer who brought along a colorful, mosaiclike work he had made from gum wrappers. (He quit smoking in February and described gum as his “new best friend.”)

“I’ve wanted to be on a reality show since the first time I saw ‘Survivor’ — but without the bug bites and stuff,” Mr. Lewis said.

“I got here about 2:30 in the morning, and the only thing I saw was this empty chair,” he said, pointing to Mr. Lipsky’s lawn chair. “And I got a little spooked, so I walked around the neighborhood for a while before I came and got in line.”

Nick Gilhool, a casting director for Magical Elves, the production company that created “Top Chef” and “Project Runway” and is helping produce the art series, said that judges and casting officials had seen a remarkably wide range of artists, from “hobbyist Sunday-painter types” to 20-somethings just out of art school to older artists who had met with some success but whose careers had languished for one reason or another. (One artist at the Miami audition flew in from Thailand.)

He declined to reveal the identity of the judges, though he described them as curators, artists, dealers, teachers and collectors “whose names people in the art world would certainly recognize.” The lone judge brought out for interviews was Simon de Pury, chairman of the auction house Phillips de Pury. He said that he did not hesitate when asked to become involved, and that his hope for the program was that it would help penetrate the air of “hermetic inapproachability” surrounding contemporary art.

Mr. Gilhool said the main criterion in picking artists was to create a show that “people in the art world will want to tune into every week to actually see the work.” But he added that the fragmented and raucous nature of contemporary art would probably make it trickier to produce than competitions dealing with more straight-ahead creations like food or clothing design. What would be the equivalent, for example, of a “quick-fire challenge,” the part of “Top Chef” in which cooks have to whip up a dish lightning fast? Life drawing with a stopwatch? Found-art scavenger-hunt race? Best postironic conceptual gambit in under a minute?

“I think there’s a reason why this really hasn’t been done before: because there are a lot of pitfalls,” Mr. Gilhool said. (In 2006 Gallery HD, a now-defunct high-definition channel, broadcast “Artstar,” an eight-episode reality show in which contestants produced works for a group exhibition at Deitch Projects, the SoHo gallery. One of its finalists, Virgil Wong, a New York conceptual artist, was in line Saturday to try out for Bravo’s show.)

By the end of Saturday’s cattle call almost 400 hopefuls had turned up. About a third of the way back in the line, Jesse Edwards, a 31-year-old painter and ceramics artist from Seattle who has been living hand to mouth since moving to New York this summer, opened his portfolio to show a picture of a work that the producers might keep handy as a cautionary reminder: a ceramic television with an image of painted apples as its screen. The piece was titled “Still Life Channel.”

“It’s a snoozer of a channel, the Still Life Channel,” Mr. Edwards said, but then quickly showed a picture of another ceramic television, this one with a mirror as its screen, titled “Your Personal Moment of Fame.”

“That channel can be whatever you want it to be,” he said. “It can be great. It’s all up to you.”


Sunday, July 19, 2009

JUST A BOY Photo Exhibition: Men's Fashion Styled by Simon Foxton

When You’re a Boy: Men’s Fashion Styled by Simon Foxton Photo Exhibition
July 17th – October 4th, 2009
The Photographers’ Gallery
16 – 18 Ramillies Street
London W1F 7LW

Major Painting by Nicholaos Gysis to Lead Sotheby's Greek Sale in London

LONDON.- Sotheby’s announced that one of the key highlights of its autumn Greek Sale in London - which is scheduled to take place on Monday, November 9, 2009 - will be a recently re-discovered work by Nicholaos Gysis, an artist considered by many as the father of Greek 19th-century painting. Entitled The Fortune Teller, the major work represents a very exciting re-discovery in Gysis’ oeuvre given that its whereabouts has remained unknown for many decades; it has been part of the same American collection for almost half a century. The forthcoming sale will be the painting’s first-ever appearance at auction and it will be offered for sale with an estimate of €230,000-350,000.


Friday, July 17, 2009

Friday's Flick: The Cabbage Bra

Created by Brooklyn-based artist Edith Zimmerman

Leading Artists Donate to "Art for Africa Auction" at Sotheby's London

LONDON.- Sotheby's announces that Marlene Dumas, William Kentridge, David Goldblatt, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Antony Gormley and Yinka Shonibare are among the artists who have donated works to Art For Africa, a unique auction presenting for the first time such a major offering of works by some of South Africa’s leading artists alongside pieces by some of the foremost contemporary artists from the UK, which will be held at Sotheby’s London on Monday, September 21, 2009.

Yinka Shonibare - The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters ( Africa ) Estimate: £20,000–30,000. © Yinka Shonibare. Photo: Sotheby's.The auction, which is set to include a painting created by David Bowie in collaboration with the South African artist Beezy Bailey, is the brainchild of Beezy Bailey and philanthropists Tara and Jessica Getty and will benefit two charities which fund and facilitate the care and support of orphaned and vulnerable children, the Africa Foundation and Ikamva Labantu.

Tara Getty, Trustee for the Africa Foundation, says: "Jessica and I are passionate about Africa Foundation's successful and sustainable projects in healthcare, and people development. For almost 15 years, we have had the privilege of witnessing many inspiring examples of human achievement amongst the rural people of Africa. Through Africa Foundation we will continue to provide support to extraordinary individuals, their vibrant families and communities. Many children and their extended families who are afflicted by AIDS and HIV will benefit directly as a result of the generosity of the artists' and sponsors.”

Oliver Barker, Senior International Specialist, Contemporary Art and Auctioneer at Sotheby’s, said: “We are excited to be holding the very first auction of contemporary art to present such a major offering of South African art alongside works by British artists at Sotheby’s. The auction promises to be one of the highlights of the year. We expect interest from many prominent contemporary art collectors and philanthropists and we hope to raise a great deal of money for these deserving charities as a result.”

Frederick Waddell, President and CEO of Northern Trust, a leading global institution, said: “For more than a century, Northern Trust has contributed to educational, social welfare and cultural institutions around the world. We are proud to be a part of an event that will educate and inspire visitors with the work of British and South African contemporary artists while benefiting many of South Africa’s disadvantaged children."

Artists who have pledged works include:

From the UK - Alison Jackson, Alison Wilding, Annie Lennox and Allan Martin, Antony Gormley, David Bowie/Beezy Bailey, Gavin Turk, Marc Quinn, Paula Rego, Richard Wentworth, Richard Wilson, Stuart Semple, Silvia Ziranek, Terry O’Neill, Tracey Emin and Yinka Shonibare.

From South Africa - Andrew Vester, Ardmore Ceramics, Baileys African History Archive, Barend de Wet, Beezy Bailey, David Goldblatt, Deborah Bell, Dylan Lewis, Guy Tillim, Jane Alexander, John Meyer, Joyce Ntobe, Judith Mason, Kendell Gears, Marlene Dumas, Mikhael Subotzky, Pieter Hugo, Roger Ballen, Simon Stone, Waddall (West Africa), Walter Meyer and William Kentridge.


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Opens Tomorrow - Cézanne to Picasso: Paintings from the David and Peggy Rockefeller Collection

Cézanne to Picasso: Paintings from the David and Peggy Rockefeller Collection

July 17, 2009–August 31, 2009

The Mercedes T. and Sid R. Bass Painting and Sculpture Gallery, Gallery 1, fifth floor

This intimate installation highlights a group of nine exceptional early modern European paintings that have been promised to MoMA by David and Peggy Rockefeller. Featuring superb examples of Post-Impressionist, Fauvist, and Cubist painting that range in date from Paul Cézanne's Still Life with Fruit Dish (1879–80) to Pablo Picasso's The Reservoir, Horta de Ebro (summer 1909), this presentation celebrates the Rockefellers' longstanding generosity to the Museum and the early flowering of modern art. Among the other works included are Henri Matisse's vibrant Interior with a Young Girl/Girl Reading (1905–06) and André Derain’s Charing Cross Bridge (1906 or 1907), a brilliantly colored Fauve cityscape.

Organized by Ann Temkin, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture.

The exhibition is made possible by BNP Paribas.

Image credit: Paul Signac. Opus 217. Against the Enamel of a Background Rhythmic with Beats and Angles, Tones, and Tints, Portrait of M. Félix Fénéon in 1890. 1890. Oil on canvas, 29 x 36 1/2" (73.5 x 92.5 cm). Fractional gift of Mr. and Mrs. David Rockefeller. © 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris


Lance Armstrong and Nike unite to launch STAGES

Stages @ Emmanuel Perrotin
76 rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris
du 17 juillet au 8 aout.
Entrée libre.

For more imagery and information omn STAGES, click HERE.

Photo credit: Amaury Choay for LaMJC

Elizabeth Peyton Book Signing at Dashwood Books, July 22

Wednesday July 22, 6 - 8PM

Dashwood Books
33 Bond Street
Between Bowery & Lafayette
Tel. 212 387 8520

Published by Damiani/Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Renowned artist Elizabeth Peyton has always allowed photography to inform her painting practice. The sixty-two portraits compiled in this, the first book devoted entirely to Peyton's
photos, provide an invaluable view of the artist's world, and her formal and conceptual strategies. Portrait of an Artist was published in 2008 on the occasion of an accompanying
exhibition at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. More recently Peyton was the subject of a mid-career retrospective at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, which
has traveled to the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Whitechapel, London; and forthcoming at the Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht.

To reserve a copy of the book, visit:


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Number 35 Presents: Michael Paul Britto/Carlos Sandoval De Leon/Diane Wah

Michael Paul Britto, Carlos Sandoval De Leon, Diane Wah

July 17 - August 15, 2009

Number 35 is pleased to present works by New York-based artists Michael Paul Britto, Carlos Sandoval de Leon and Diane Wah.

Born and bred in Brooklyn, Michael Paul Britto began his career as a child, making television shows to amuse his family, with his aunt's VHS camera. Completely self taught and trained in desktop editing and imaging, he shoots his own material, edits at home and manipulates the images he collects on his personal computer. Britto's works range from narrative, documentaries and experimental videos, digital photography, sculpture, and performance.

Carlos Sandoval de Leon’s work intends to re-charge generic symbols found in everyday commodities. Juxtaposing objects to create double entendres that operate in and out of social environments.

Diane Wah is a Haitian-American artist from Queens, NY. Wah stumbled into visual art and is now an interdisciplinary maker of popular culture. Working in various mediums, fusing elements of photography, sculpture, printmaking and graphic design, she creates interesting, witty, political and always funny alterna-narratives.

Summer gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 12 – 6 pm and by appointment. For more information, please contact Cindy Rucker at 212.388.9311 or


Invitation to Auction: Doyle New York- Coins, Bank Notes & Postage


Thursday, July 23
By appointment


Please call Geraldine Hughes at 212-427-4141, ext 273 or email


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We invite you to auction at Doyle New York!

Our specialists are currently evaluating property for the October 29 auction of Coins, Bank Notes and Postage Stamps through consignment or outright purchase. We are always available to discuss the sale of a single object or an entire collection.

The auction will offer a wide selection of United States and World coins, bank notes, and postage stamps, including proof sets and many rarities.


Auctioneers & Appraisers
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New York, NY 10128
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Walker Evans Exhibition at Feinmore Art Museum

Walker Evans: Carbon and Silver
July 18, 2009 - December 31, 2009

Fenimore Art Museum
New York State Historical Association
PO Box 800 / 5798 State Highway 80 (Lake Road)
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Artist Dash Snow Dead of Drug Overdose

NEW YORK—The Web site Gawker reported this morning that 27-year-old artist and downtown "it" boy Dash Snow died last night of a heroin overdose, and the report has been confirmed in the New York Times by his grandmother, the collector and philanthropist Christophe de Menil.

Snow is known for his graffiti, photography, and artworks created using his own semen. He was an early artist of the now-defunct Rivington Arms gallery on New York's Lower East Side and is currently represented by Peres Projects of Berlin and Los Angeles.

In addition to being part of the near-art-world-royalty de Menil clan, Snow, who was born in 1981, is also the grandson of Robert Thurman, Christophe's ex-husband and actress Uma's father (which makes Uma his aunt).

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Snow eschewed these pampered scenes for a life of drugs, stealing, graffiti, and jail time, however, becoming a kind of mascot, according to a 2007 New York Magazine profile, for young art star Ryan McGinley when he was still an art student, and Snow was a 16-year-old living on the Lower East Side. McGinley has chronicled Snow for years, both by obsessively photographing him and his dark underworld and by keeping careful catalogues of Snow's work, “Because you never know what’s going to happen with Dash.”

Snow currently has work on view in “Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture” at the Saatchi Gallery in London. His work has previously been shown at Deitch Projects, Gagosian, and dozens of other galleries worldwide, as well as in the 2006 Whitney Biennial, and is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney and the Brooklyn Museum. His last solo show, "God Spoiled A Perfect Asshole When He Put Teeth In Yer Mouth," was at Peres Projects in Los Angeles in 2007.


Real Talk: 07.14.09

+ I had some money, I made the best paintings ever. I was completely reclusive, worked a lot, took a lot of drugs. I was awful to people.

:::Jean Michel Basquiat:::

Monday, July 13, 2009

ROUND TWO: More charges for corrupted art dealer Larry Salander

NEW YORK—In a second salvo against bankrupt art dealer Larry Salander and the Salander-O’Reilly Galleries of New York, Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau announced new charges and a second arrest of the 60-year-old dealer Tuesday.

The latest round of felony charges includes three counts of grand larceny in the first degree and one count of falsifying business records in the first degree. Potential sentencing includes up to 25 years in prison for the grand larceny and up to four years for the other charge.

In March a 100-count indictment was filed against the dealer accused him of stealing $88 million from 26 art world victims.

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Ann Tanksley "Images of Zora" at Avisca Fine Art 07.24.09

Ann Tanksley
Images of Zora
An Exhibition of Prints based on the work of Zora Neale Hurston EXHIBITION CATALOGUE
July 24 - August 23, 2009

Friday July 24, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Saturday July 25, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Celebrated printmaker and painter Ann Tanksley created a series of monotypes and monoprints inspired by the writings and life of Zora Neale Hurston in the late 1980's. This body of work became the subject of an exhibition that toured the country in the early 1990's.

Avisca Fine Art Gallery is pleased to present an exhibit of 50-odd prints from this critically acclaimed body of work in their final showing as a suite, and to bring the long-archived prints to market.

The original series of 60-odd prints was first shown in New York City in 1991, in an exhibition titled Zora: A Visual Interpretation of Zora Neale Hurston: Prints by Ann Tanksley. The art critic Raymond Steiner described it as "one of the most visually stimulating exhibitions I've seen in some time."

Ann Tanksley discovered the work of Zora Neale Hurston in the mid 1980's, when she first read Hurston's 1937 book Their Eyes Were Watching God. Hurston, an anthropologist, playwright, poet, and novelist who was prominent during the Harlem Renaissance, died in poverty and relative obscurity in 1960. Rediscovered in recent years, she is now lauded as the intellectual and spiritual foremother to a generation of Black and women writers. Tanksley said in a 1996 New York Times interview that she "immediately fell in love with her writing." Her interest in Hurston led to her collaboration on a book that was never published, Zora: A Psychoanalytic and Artistic Interpretation of the Life and Works of Zora Neale Hurston, by psychoanalyst Dr. Hugh F. Butts. Tanksley has since been commissioned to illustrate Hurston's children's book, The Six Fools.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Leica M8 Special Edition White Version Camera Release

In one of the most recent Leica special edition previews, the esteemed German camera-maker unveiled an all-white M8 to the satisfaction of photography and design fans alike worldwide. As the camera hits retailers, here’s a look into the flagship camera body. Within the limited edition set of 275 comes a silver 28mm Elmarit-M ASPH lens, a white edition strap and an E39 UV/IR filter. The full set price is listed at $8,500 USD and available through Dale Photo & Digital.

Source: Hypebeast