Saturday, February 28, 2009

At the ARMORY SHOW:..........

Cerealart at The Armory Show - International Fair of New Art
March 5 - 8, 2009
Booth # L-20

Cerealart will be debuting a new print edition Breakfast of Champion
by Hank Willis Thomas & Ryan Alexiev at The 2009 Armory Show.

Hank Willis Thomas & Ryan Alexiev, Breakfast of Champion, 2009 (and detail)
Print Edition of 100, hand-signed and numbered,
Archival Pigment print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 100% cotton rag paper.
40 x 30 inches (102 x 76 cm)

In “Breakfast of Champion” Thomas and Alexiev are commenting on the iconization and consumerization of the President of the United States. The piece appropriates the religious imagery of Byzantine mosaics to create a sugar cereal image of President Obama. Does the election of Barack Obama symbolize a victory of substance over cynicism or of packaging over product? The mosaic proposes the question: “Is Barack Obama a modern messiah in the world of politics or marketing? Perhaps he is both. Only time will tell. Underneath the glossy surface of the piece is the artists’ attempt to understand how to critique and question something they too are seduced by. The sugary sweet mosaic, made of thousands of cereal bits, depicts idea of what a healthily balanced breakfast (democracy) might look like when considering the role that marketing plays in myth building around corporate and political brands.

Please click on the image for a link to more information and complete press release.

Cerealart will also be exhibiting editions by Olaf Breuning, Chris Caccamise, Nathan Mabry, Taylor McKimens, Kenny Scharf, Shinique Smith, Mickalene Thomas, Kehinde Wiley and the Cerealart Portfolio to Benefit YouthAIDS and The Cambodian Children’s Fund with works by Michael Bevilacqua, Jeremy Deller, Kenny Scharf, Laurie Simmons, Shinique Smith, Mickalane Thomas and Kelley Walker.

For more information please contact Cerealart via email, call 215.627.5060 or visit

Friday, February 27, 2009

Next Workshop....Starting with

Laughing Child by Robert Henri 1907

Second Story Sunlight by Edward Hopper-1960

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Oral workshop: About Robert Henri "Laughing Child" in 2mn!

"Those reading this post: remember this is an oral assignment"
Here we are in front of Robert Henri “Laughing Child” painted in 1907. For the little story just about a bit more than 100 years, in 1908, this painting was hung for the show entitled 8 American Painters , landmark exhibit organized by Robert Henri which at the same time, created a sensation and was a success. (In all, over 7,000 visitors attended the exhibition and about $4,000 worth of works were sold) Mrs Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney bought this painting and 3 others on view as well.
Coming back to the charismatic Robert Henri, he is a key figure in the development of American Art, for 3 reasons:
1st: he is a talented painter, trained in a classic way at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts under Thomas Eakins, one of the well known portrait painter and in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and Academy Julien in Paris. He travelled several times to Europe having the opportunity to look very closely to works by masters such as Velasquez, Goya, Manet, Rembrandt and Hals. Especially those flemmish masters influenced his handling of painting and his interest of depicting scenes and people of everyday life.You can see here the monochromatic background, lacking of any details, enhancing the warm tone of the face of the child. A very strong impasto, and the importance of the laugh being highlighted by touches of red on his lips, cheecks and even ears.

Reason # 2 of being a key figure: you remember I told you he organized the show called the Eight American Painters. He was the leader of the movement first called the EIGHT, later dubbed Ashcan School. They were quite a diverse group of painters but at least 5 of them shared an interest in showing scenes of everyday life, mundane activities of working and ordinary people in urban settings and in an honest and straightforward way. Again looking at this portrait, very few details are given about this child. Robert Henri was interested in portraying the human dignity of his sitters, sociolites, family members or immigrants.

reason #3 He was also a very influential teacher. Henri opened his own school, the Henri School of Art,and he taught such artists as Patrick Henry Bruce, Stuart Davis, Edward Hopper, Rockwell Kent, George Bellows ...and others. His book The Art Spirit, a collection of his lecture notes, criticisms, and other remarks on art is still in print today.
Henri stressed what can still be applied today:
Paint what you feel. Paint what you see. Paint what is real to you.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

What About the "Eight" ?

8=5 (Robert Henri + William Glackens + George Luks + Everett Shinn +John Sloan)
+ 3 (Arthur B Davies, Ernest Lawson + Maurice Prendergast)
This group of eight painters, many of whom had experience as newspaper illustrators in Philadelphia, had its genesis in protest and secession.The Eight found common cause with Robert Henri's resignation of the National Academy of Design.
The Eight's first and only exhibition as a group opened in 1908 at Macbeth Galleries in New York and created a sensation. (then traveled to Philadelaphia, Chicago and other regional centers.)
The Eight are remembered as a group, despite the fact that their work was very diverse in terms of style and subject matter—only five of the artists (Henri, Sloan, Glackens, Shinn, and Luks) painted the gritty urban scenes that characterized the Ashcan School.

The Eight were later dubbed the Ashcan School because of their gritty depictions of urban scenes

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Artist's News: LEAH OATES


Hope all is well with you. I have a few things opening in early March..

Hope to run into you at one of these events and hope you have a great time at the fairs.

Best, Leah

Art ! Fair opening March 4th at Michael Mazzeo Gallery..

Artists include Juliana Beasley, Cara Philips, Lucas Foglia, Sebastian Lemm, Rachael Dunville, Will Steacy and more..

"Me Me Me" 6th Edition of the PooL Art Fair in New York opening March 6, 7 & 8 2009 from 3PM to 10PM Daily

I'm showing with David Gibson/Article Projects in rooms 301 and 302 and artists include Marcy Brafman, Sono Osato, Theresa Valla, Katherine Daniels, Roman Erkiletlian and more.

Wyndham Garden Hotel
37 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10010

Vernissage on Friday March 6, 6pm
After party 930pm at Retreat
37 West 17th St Between 5th and 6th Ave.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Begining Friday feb 27th ..Viewing @ Sothebys of "AMERICAN PAINTINGS" Sale

American Paintings
Location: New York

Fri, 27 Feb 09, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat, 28 Feb 09, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun, 1 Mar 09, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Mon, 2 Mar 09, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tue, 3 Mar 09, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Jean Miotte @ Chelsea Art Museum opens Feb 26th

The Empty Space: Jean Miotte in the 70's
February 26, 2008 - May 9, 2009
In 1971 Jean Miotte stopped painting in oil and began using acrylic paint. This technical detail was attended by important changes to the artist's work. Acrylic paint dries quickly and requires fast and vigorous action; at the same time, it allows the artist to work in larger formats. Jean Miotte appreciated this new freedom and the opportunities of the medium. In his works from the 1970's, he concentrated on movement and rhythm and exercised great restraint in color. His approach to space and emptiness on the canvas changed and he equilibrated rhythmic brushstrokes of color with dominant areas of white paint or raw canvas. "I strive for a good balance", said Miotte, "the balance between moving form and empty space". Read more on the Website

Friday, February 20, 2009

Subway Art By MOMA

This is one poster ..out ,one of the 58 reproductions on view shown by MOMA in the subway @ Atlantic...You can download a audio to your IPOD/MP3 and go for another MOMA

Thursday, February 19, 2009

what special about the history of the building @ 8 West 8th Street

The School occupies an historic building with an extraordinary cultural history ranging from Daniel Chester French's maquette for the Lincoln Memorial being made in a current sculpture studio, to the hanging of de Kooning's Attic (Metropolitan Museum of Art) in the lobby in the early 1950s. The building was designated a National Historic Landmark in April 1992.

Before it was the site of the original Whitney Museum of American Art, the building was the vital center of the art world in New York, where Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney had her own studios, entertained the elite of the arts and arranged exhibitions of the promising and unknown. One of the greatest patrons of the arts this country has known, she supported, over a period of many years, the painters, sculptors, composers and others who are now respected as masters in their fields. Among them were John Sloan, Albert Pinkham Ryder and Maurice Prendergast, who all had their first one-man exhibitions in the building. Thomas Hart Benton was commissioned to create a large fresco, Carl Walters executed a pair of glass doors for the entrance (both now in the Whitney Museum) and Robert Winthrop Chanler created an ornate fireplace and bas-relief ceiling which has remained intact in the Whitney Studio.

The School plays an integral role in the history of the building, continuing the tradition of drawing, painting and sculpture, which began with the artist studios on MacDougal Alley and continued with the Whitney Museum of American Art. The building, remodeled with many large skylit rooms when it became the Whitney Museum, beautifully accommodates the needs of the School.

Free Passes for the ARMORY

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Lecture @ the New York Studio School

where: 8 West 8th Street
Lecture Series SPRING 2009
The Evening Lecture Series is admission-free and open to the public, except where noted. The Lecture Series is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Gallery Program and Evening Lecture Series are supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. The School would also like to thank the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation for its generous support, and The Charles Engelhard Foundation for its continuing support of the Evening Lecture Series.

WHEN:Week 5:
February 24
Joyce Pensato
On her work
Painter; represented by Friedrich Petzel Gallery

February 25
Panel Discussion
The Art of Biography: A Discussion between Michael Brenson and Mark Stevens, moderated by David Cohen

Michael Brenson - writer, critic, teacher. Currently working on a biography of David Smith, to be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Mark Stevens - currently working with Annalyn Swann on a biography of Francis Bacon, to be published by Knopf. Their 2005 collaboration, De Kooning: An American Master won the Pulitzer Prize.
David Cohen - currently researching the life of R.B. Kitaj.

At what time: Lectures begin at 6:30PM

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Envie de sortir demain soir?..Let's go out and see Sylvie

Idea for visits, not too far,......An historic Site......

Carved with Rasps and Chisels: The Sculpture of Margaret Brassler Kane (1909–2006) has been extended through March 15, 2009 Read more........

Historic Site
Located on the historic Cos Cob Harbor, home of Connecticut's first art colony, the Historical Society's facilities include the National Historic Landmark Bush-Holley House (circa 1730); the Visitor Center, housed in a former village post office (circa 1805); the Hugh and Claire Vanderbilt Education Center, set in a mid-19th century barn and artists' studio; and the William E. Finch, Jr. Archives. The historic grounds and gardens have been restored to their appearance during the Cos Cob Impressionist art colony that thrived between 1890 and 1920.

The Bush-Holley Historic Site is accredited by the American Association of Museums, and is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

save the date......"Les Milles Bornes of New York".

On behalf of the French-American associations Westchester Accueil and New York Accueil, we are delighted to present the second edition of the Charity Road Rally, " Les Milles Bornes of New York".

Let us first thank the entire crew from the 2008 edition. Not only they picked, totally unbiased, the best team that won last year as organizers but more importantly they established a clear milestone that needs only to be beaten. They raised slightly over 20,000 USD for the charity foundation " Hour Children", which supports children whose mothers are serving time in New-York prisons.

This year again, all the benefits of the rally will go to "Hour Children".

… So this rally …. " What is it about?", " How can you participate and win ?", " How can you help?" ..

1/ What is it about?

It is all about racing without speeding, finding your way according to a very surprising and … confidential road map… made of cultural, artistic, athletic, fun, creative challenges.
It will take place on May 30th, 2009 from 8AM to 4PM for the rally …. and from 8PM …to the very last bottle for the memorable party. Call it the gala of the year !

The contest starts right now. You have to assemble your team. Pick a name and work on your theme (costumes / car painting / choreography / video / song and everything your collective creative brain will come up to.
As a matter of fact, you'll have to pass many challenges thoughout that very day and the more prepared you are, the better the first impression will be … and as in many things the first impression in the morning will be decisive for the overall day.

This year our theme is intentionally broad " ROCK AND LOVE ". Isn't it spotted on to forget all the grey and gloom of the beginning of 2009?
You will fish in and pick your own interpretation. When you will register, you'll have to let the organization team know your group name announcing your overall variation. Organization will manage diversity. (e.g : avoiding duplicates).

2/ How can you participate and win ?

To apply to the rally part :
• Have a car or a squad of motorcycles …
• Have a team of up to 8 peoples, at least 15 years old,
• Have a group name …and plenty of creative ideas to support it,
• Register and pay 70 USD / Person (note that this include your entry pass for the gala party)
• Have fun.

For the party :
• Dress up in Black and Red … Rock and Love,
• Anyone can participate (e. : even if not part of the rally)
• In case you are not part of a rally team, register for the Party only and pay 50 USD / Person.

To win, you'll have to accumulate points during the all day. Every aspect counts, your theme, your scores, you .. having fun, your performances, but also your ideas to help the organization to maximize fund raising.

Register quickly at . Send us a mail with your team name, team captain, participants list or just your name for the party. Please remember this will be confirmed once your payments are received and will be limited to 30 teams and 200 participants for the gala.

3/ How can you help ?

Forward this e-mail to any friends / family / colleagues you believe would be tempted. We encourage diversity and will be glad to have more crews coming from Manhattan, Connecticut, France (think about the ones who left in recent years), and Americans in your communities.

Encourage Gossips and Rumors about this initiative. Make the buzz happen and amplify it. To that extent you can visit our Facebook group "R1000B2009" or ask any member of the organization to grant you an access (Philippe and Elsa Laraison, Jeanne-Marie and Nicolas Clochard, Nicolas De Gaulmyn, Marie-Claude and Pierre-Louis Seguin). All kind of rumors are permitted and encouraged:
• We've heard it will be :
o hard
o cultural
o on the water
o intello germanopratin
o cool
o fun
o funky
o not politically correct
o politically correct
o just like last year
o totally different than last year
o pet friendly
o athletic
o pas joli joli,
o with Boney M on stage,
o where N. Sarkozy will finally meet B.Obama
o the participation of Y Noah as a team captain
o TF1 competing with M6 and NBC to broadcast.

Obviously some of it is totally true.

Last but not least, you can also help in mobilizing your network and help us collect sponsorship gifts and monies. Remember this is all for "HOUR CHILDREN".

So get started …….and have fun with R1000B2009.

The 2009' Organization.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

"Our City Dreams" a voir au cinema FILM FORUM in NYC

Bonjour tout le monde,

Je suis allée voir cet après-midi un film très intéressant que je vous recommende vivement, dans le cadre de notre programme (ndlr: Michel Gerard et les culinartistes!), il s'agit de City Dreams qui passe au cinéma "Film Forum" ( à Manhattan jusqu'au 17 Février.
C'est un documentaire qui met en scène 5 femmes peintres à NY : Swoon, Ghada Amer, Kiki Smith, Marina Abramovic (performances) et Nancy Spero, très émouvante...
Si vous pouvez, allez-y, cela vaut le coup, je trouve..
Bon week-end,


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

take advantage of informal talk and gallery tour over lunch @ the NEUBERGER


Wednesday February 18, 2009 | 12 PM
Lunch and learn! Bring your lunch or buy one in the café and delve into Andy Warhol: Snapshots through an informal gallery talk and tour led by Thom Collins, Director, Neuberger Museum of Art. Free with Museum admission.

Wednesday March 11, 2009 | 12 PM
Lunch and learn! Bring your lunch or buy one in the café and delve into Andy Warhol: Pop Politics through an informal gallery talk and tour led by exhibition curator Sharon Matt Atkins, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire.Free with Museum admission.

Wednesday April 15, 2009 | 12 PM
Lunch and learn! Bring your lunch or buy one in the café and delve into New Media: Why through an informal gallery talk and tour led by Associate Curator Jacqueline Shilkoff, curator of the exhibition.Free with Museum admission.

NEXT week: ADAA.....the ART SHOW

February 19—23, 2009
Park Avenue Armory
Park Avenue at 67th Street
New York City

The 21st Annual Art Show
Embarking on its third decade, ADAA presents the 2009 Art Show to benefit Henry Street Settlement. Once again bringing together 70 of the nation’s leading fine art dealers, The Art Show will feature paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs by artists of all periods. The exhibition will run February 19th through 23rd, 2009 at the Park Avenue Armory and will feature an opening gala on February 18th. All proceeds from admissions to the gala and run-of-show benefit Henry Street Settlement, one of New York’s oldest and most comprehensive social service agencies.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Seen % Nancy Hoffmann Gallery CHELSEA

The artist HUNG LIU caught our eyes, while we were walking in Chelsea....The gallery NANCY HOFFMANN just relocated a few months ago in a wonderful space. They very nicely opened the first floor for us and showed us more works painted by HUNG LIU..We left ..not yet a painting..but with 2 catalogs..about Hung Liu...

Sunday, February 8, 2009


mentionned in the NY TIMES Review
"Among the best of them are Ann Ladd Ferencz,.....

read more:
and go to see the Show at the Katonah .....Katonah........until Feb 22

Friday, February 6, 2009

Save the dates,.. de la part de l'accueil New York

Mercredi 11 février à 19h00
Amélie Nothomb sera l'invitée de la Maison Française de NYU pour un soir.
(conversation en français)
16 Washington Mews

Jeudi 12 février, à 19h00
Marc Levy sera l'invité de l'Alliance Française pour un soir
(conversation en anglais)

22 East 60th St

Wednesday, February 18 – 6:30 p.m.
Co-sponsored by the Institute of French Studies, the Program in Museum Studies, La Maison Française


Paris/New York: Expositions, Worlds Fairs and the International
Exchange of Ideas in the Early 20th Century

Donald Albrecht
Curator of Architecture and Design, Museum of the City of New York, Curator of Paris/New York: Design Fashion Culture 1925-1940 (MCNY, through Feb. 23, 2009)
Miriam Basilio
Assistant Professor of Art History and Museum Studies, NYU
Jean-Louis Cohen
Professor, History of Architecture, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
Shanny Peer
Author of France on Display: Peasants, Provincials,
and Folklore in the 1937 Paris Worlds Fair
Moderator: Jeffrey Trask
Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow, Museum Studies, NYU

16 Washington Mews

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Have you heard about : GABARRON FOUNDATION?

The Gabarron Foundation Carriage House Center for the Arts has been serving the Spanish & American communities since 2002.

At the Carriage House Center for the Arts, one of New York City’s landmarks, The Gabarron Foundation specializes in art exhibitions and various cultural activities. The Carriage House Center for the Arts also serves as a meeting point for people, organizations and governments to promote the exchange of world cultures. This non-profit foundation has been working close with diverse organizations from America and Europe.

With our special Spanish touch, we can help you with any cultural exchange program. Our goal is to provide you with courteous, expedient, and professional service of the highest caliber.

Browse our web site for more information about The Gabarron Foundation Carriage House Center for the Arts. If you have any questions or would like to speak with a Gabarron Foundation Carriage House representative regarding our services and activities, please e-mail us at or call us at 1- 212 573 6968.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

de la part d'ANNIE

Nous avons vu le spectacle à Paris, cela vaut le déplacement!
Chers amis de Français du monde-ADFE,

Guy Bedos se produira à :

Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway (95ème rue), les mardi 24 et mercredi 25 février, à 20 heures.

Vous pouvez bénéficier du tarif groupe obtenu par l'ADFE, soit 60 dollars au lieu de 75 (+ commission en cas de réservation par Internet ou par téléphone) en achetant directement vos billets :

- par Internet : sur le site de Symphony Space, sélectionnez la date que vous avez choisie puis entrez le code ADFE dans la case intitulée "Enter Password Here (CAPS ONLY)" et validez.

- par téléphone, au (212) 864-5400 .

- ou en vous rendant au guichet, à l'adresse ci-dessus.

Nous vous invitons à réserver vos billets sans tarder pour pouvoir bénéficier de bonnes places.

Le Bureau de New York de Français du monde-ADFE

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Study Talk @the Whitney...I will give today!!!!

As part of my docent's training at the Whitney, here is the oral assignment for today:Discuss the artwork for 3-5 mn presenting an interpretation of the work grounded on specific descriptions. Keep in mind the different interpretative or methodological frames that you are using.
The following paper is my draft and won't in any case be anything else than a personnal paperwork.

Max Weber
Chinese Restaurant, 1915
Oil on canvas, 40 x 48 in. (101.6 x 121.9 cm)
Purchase 31.382

Welcome to the Whitney Museum of American Art.My name is Laurence Neron-Bancel.
Together we are looking at "Chinese Restaurant" painted by Max Weber in 1915.
Let me show you why this work is considered by scholars as one of the earliest and best examples of American Cubism.
American indeed by its subject. In 1915, Chinese restaurants had just begun to open. Max Weber chose one of the many exotic novelties brought by the waves of immigrants, entering the country. Max Weber was himself an immigrant, born in 1881 in Russia ( Bialystock, now in Poland)and arrived in America when he was 10 years old.
Max Weber chose to depict the Chinese Restaurant not in a realistic way. He later explained that he wanted to "convey the impression of entering one of New York's brilliantly lit and profusely decorated Chinese restaurant from the darkness of the sreet outside"(Frames of References page 65)
To achieve his goal,Max Weber used the techniques of cubism and futurism.
Those styles translate into fragmented images, use of pattern and repeated forms.
Let's look again at the painting. "It is like an exploded Jigsaw Puzzlee, in which we can still make out some of the pieces. Black and gold squares cover the lower halh of the canvas.This is the linoleum on the restaurant floor. Red and gold, traditionnal color scheme in chinese restaurants, predominate." (sources :
Throughout, Max Weber incorporates textures and pattern inspired by pre-columbian and native american artifacts reminding the various elements of the restaurant's decors.
Fragments of faces gives a sense of the crowded interior and the movement of the waiters. Some faces are repeated. It is like you're looking at the scene through a kaleisdoscope.
How was it possible for Max Weber to describe a chinese restaurant in such a modern and nnovative way?
Well.... in 1905, Max Weber sailed to Europe.At that time, Paris is the international center for Art and the place to experiment avant-garde art. Maz Weber got rapidly involved with the artistic community. He befriended artist like Picasso, Delaunay and Rousseau. He took lessons in Matisse's Studio. However, the most important influence was Cezanne who he won't even meet. Cezanne died in 1906.Max Weber will admire his work during the big Cezanne restrospective in 1907 and also on the walls in Gertrude and Leo Stein's home.
He traveled a lot to Spain, Italy, Holland and England.
After returning to America in January 1909 Max Weber is not very well received by the critics but will keep on to paint based on what he learned abroad. He wanted to express in his paintings the modernity of the urban life in New York.

Chinese Restaurant is" among the most radically abstract work created by any american artist up to that time." (frames of reference page 64)
Thank you.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Decoupage: Workshops offered by Patricia

Ladies and Gentlemen:
Trapped by this cold winter, I finally got my act together and I am offering classes twice a week to get you out of the house to work on some fun projects together. You do not need any artistic background, just an interest in spending some hours a week in good company exploring decoupage. We will have laughs and surprise ourselves with what we make.
Come alone or bring friends, we will have fun and learn a lot.

Contact Patricia Beeck
Larchmont NY
tel 914 630 22 78