Thursday, April 30, 2009

and even France publishing an article on the Promenade des Artistes!!

La Promenade des Artistes - Art and Community work for a good cause!

This year the 9th annual "Promenade des Artistes" organized by the French organizations “Westchester Accueil” and Accueil” New York will take place on May 1st and 2nd, in Orienta, Mamaroneck.

The Promenade is a wonderful opportunity for the French community to share its culture and work with the American public. This year’s Promenade will feature the work of artists from the New York area.

This self-guided tour within the lovely district of Orienta showcases the original work of more than 40 talented amateurs and professional artists and craftsmen. Their work range from paintings, photographs, sculptures to jewelry, quilt, accessories and more.

The exhibitions take place in private homes all within easy walking distance of each other.
A map of the route is available at your first stop, the “Reception house” located on 1027 S. Constable Drive, in Mamaroneck.

Visitors join the Promenade just to browse or to be surprised, stimulated or inspired to purchase a unique piece of work for themselves or for their loved ones.

A portion of the sale will benefit three charitable organizations: the after school children's program of Abraham House in the Bronx, Brooklyn's Fourth World Movement with street libraries that reach out to the neighborhood's children, and Entraide Française whose mission is to assist French residents in New York going through unexpected difficulties.

May 1 - May 2, 2009
Hours: between 10.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. on Friday and between 11.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. on Saturday.
Location: “Reception house” 1027 S. Constable Drive, in Mamaroneck, NY
Phone Number: (212) 572 47 34

Do NOT MISS "the Promenade des Artists"

MEET ME AT Laurence' house located Seven Oaks Lane in Mamaroneck


Another invitation for Affordable Art Fair Opening Night from the Gallery Anelle Gandelman Fine Art]

Please visit us [
The Affordable Art Fair

May 7 - 10, 2009

7 West 34th Street, NYC
Booth E-204

Private Preview: Wednesday, May 6, 6 - 9pm
Opening Night Reception: Thursday, May 7, 6 - 9pm

For complimentary admission please follow this link:

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Message from Leah


I'm sending info on a show that opens May 5th which should be very strong as the curator and artists aregreat.

I send my best.Leah

DESIRES curated by Curcio Projects

@ chashama, 112 west 44 Street
Open from May 6 to 23
Reception on Tuesday, May 5 from 6 to 8pm

This exhibit features artists:
Ricky Allman, Sandra Bermudez, Carla Gannis, Deana Lawson, Yeni Mao, Cara Phillips, Pierre St.Jacques and Ginna Triplett.

For additional information, please contact this email address or 646.220.2557.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Opening Reception MAY 21 6-9pm

Opening Reception
Thursday, May 21
6 to 9 pm
The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday. 10 am to 6 pm To contact Living with Art : 917 783 5737 Or email: Living with Art gallery 153 Lafayette Street @ Grand Street 7th floor New York NY 10013

Serge Bloch is a contributing illustrator to several US publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, GQ, The Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg, Scholastic, National Geographic Serge enjoys doing humorous work, and refers to it as a work of modest art. see some of Serge drawings for press and advertising or visit his web site.

For his second exhibition, Serge Bloch will present his new series of painted drawings.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Je veux voir Mioussov !

Français du Monde-ADFE vous informe:
Je veux voir Mioussov ! de Valentin Kataev
Samedi 2 et dimanche 3 mai a 20h00
àSaint Steven Hungarian 414 East 82nd Street (entre First et York)

Que feriez-vous le dimanche si vous habitiez à Moscou dans les années 1960 ? Le camarade Mioussov, lui, haut fonctionnaire de l'Etat va se détendre à la célèbre maison de repos Les Tournesols. Enfin, il essaye...

Une troupe de théâtre francophone newyorkaise entièrement bénévole se produira les 2 et 3 mai prochains dans une comédie vaudevillesque de Valentin Kataev crée à Paris dans les années 60, "Je veux voir Mioussov", qui a fait rire et qui continue de faire rire des générations de spectateurs.

L'intégralité des bénéfices sera reversée à deux associations qui viennent en aide à nos compatriotes et aux francophones dans le besoin, Entraide Française et Carrefour pastoral de la francophonie.

Réservez vos places dès maintenant:

Prévente:15 dollars (réserver auprès de :
Sur place: 20 dollars

Le bureau de la section de New York de Français du Monde-ADFE

Thursday, April 23, 2009

This WEEK END............T.O.A.S.T.



New York-based artist Donna Rosenthal explores "the effects of traditional and societal influences on the lives of women." Rosenthal adds, "I use text, repetition, and the cultural symbolism of clothing to expose the struggles between the internal and external self." The artist employs traditional craft materials: vintage papers, books, magazines, linens, buttons, and dress patterns. These materials are deconstructed, then transformed and embellished with embroidery, beading, and gluing. As the final addition, text ties together content and materials, resulting in sculptures that are humorous yet provocative.

Dear friends:

Come celebrate the return of warm weather with a little art this coming Friday at a reception for my second annual TOAST show.

The Tribeca Open Artist Studio Tour (TOAST) is in its 13th year and is a great way to see artists at work in their environment. This year, over 70 artists are opening their studios, with local galleries and restaurants opening their doors as well.

Here are the details for my reception:
Friday April 24
From 6 to 8 pm
Location: VinoVino wine bar @ 211 West Broadway (between Franklin and White Street) - right at the Franklin Street stop on the 1 (red) train.

Stop by for some art (see attachments for a preview), wine and yummy food.

If you can't make it Friday evening, the show runs Saturday and Sunday as well, from 1 to 6 pm. I will have maps of all exhibitors and have included a pdf version here as well.

Weather forecast Friday and this weekend calls for 70's, 80's and lots of sun - perfect for a little art and wine!

For more information:

and also Marie France HICKMAN is inviting you @

Come to see her and you should be seeing me as we are in the same house!

Hi to all

I will be at the artist's walk the PROMENADE DES ARTISTES
at this address 1040 Seven Oaks Lane
Mamaroneck, NY 10543

I will be SELLING JEWELRY (15% goes to charity)

These are the dates and time:

Friday May 1 10am-3pm
Saturday May 2 11am-6pm

My cell is: 914-833-1642 in case you need my number.

From there you will be able to get a map to ALL the other houses that are open
with all the other artists.

I will not be selling any of my photography at this can always go
online at if you wish to purchase any of my photography.

Hope to see you there...It is always a fun event; you have all been a great
support in the past!

Thanks so much!

Marie Hickman

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

enjoy Art to the Avenue Greenwich, Connecticut

for more info go to

but also:

Message de Beatrice J.Drouhin

Chers tous,

J'exposerai mes toiles cette annee encore une fois avec grand plaisir au Wine Shop de Greenwich ainsi qu'a la People's United Bank a l'occasion de la manifestation ART TO THE AVENUE. A cette occasion de nombreux artistes, selectionnes au prealable, par le Greenwich Arts Council, ont le privilege d'exposer dans une ou plusieurs boutiques, restaurants ou autre emplacement.
Je vous accueillerai donc au Wine Shop, le 7 Mai, un verre (de Drouhin...) a la main accompagne de quelques succulentes mignardises du Restaurant Jean Louis.

Peinture,Vin, Gastronomie, une Open Night sous le signe de l'Art.

"Le Wine Shop" : 39 East Elm Street
"People's United Bank" : 3 Pickwick Plaza

Béatrice J.Drouhin
website :

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

promenade des Artistes 2009

Promenade des artistez.........
....I will be % Laurence Hajjaji's house 1040 Seven Oaks Lane
Mamaroneck, NY 10543

and Valerie de Gaulmyn is inviting you :..................

@Dear all
I will be very happy to welcome you at the 2009 edition of Art Walk in Mamaroneck, May 1-2.
My new work will be on show at the house of Marie-Claude Seguin 901 Skibo lane (Orienta).

I am looking forward to see you there



Monday, April 20, 2009

suggestion of a book: The fate of a gesture

Drawing from twenty years of experience as an art critic in New York, Carter Ratcliff maps the Manhattan art world from Fifty-seventh Street to SoHo, revisiting the world of studios, galleries, and artists’ bars where those personalities met and clashed. In addition to providing an intimate biography of Pollock and the history and development of his ideas, Ratcliff explores the lives and consciousness of the other major American artists of the day. He follows the story of postwar American art from the late 1940s through the triumph of Abstract Expressionism and the sudden explosion of Pop Art, all the way to the boom of the 1980s, which brought stardom to an array of young artists. Over it all looms the monumental and tragic figure of Jackson Pollock, the measure of all who have felt compelled to challenge him.

More details
The fate of a gesture: Jackson Pollock and postwar American art
By Carter Ratcliff
Edition: illustrated
Published by Westview Press, 1998
ISBN 0813335442, 9780813335445
372 pages

tomorrow @ Wave Hill @11 am

Isabel Bigelow, American Elm—November, 2009 , detail

Arbor Week Tree Tour

Tue, Apr 21, 2009
Meet at Perkins Visitor Center, 11AM

View All EventsArbor WeekNatureYear of the Trees

Explore Wave Hill’s collection of unique and inspiring trees with one of our knowledgeable Garden Guides as we celebrate 2009 Year of the Trees. Topics include native trees, spring-flowering trees and notable trees of Wave Hill; topics vary by week. Tour concludes at Glyndor Gallery with an introduction to the spring exhibition. Free with admission to the grounds. Arbor Week event.

No Need to go to Chelsea to see emerging Scott Goodman in Kenise Barnes -Larchmont NY

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Yeshiva University Museum / 15 West 16th Street (between 5th & 6th Aves), NYC

Yeshiva University Museum features "I of the Storm: Michael Hafftka, Recent Work"

New York City - After more than 30 years of portraying the human figure with a neo-expressionist style, Michael Hafftka turns to his Jewish heritage for subject matter and inspiration in his new exhibition, “I of the Storm: Michael Hafftka, Recent Work,” at the Yeshiva University Museum. Frequently compared to the painters Soutine, Goya and Rouault, Hafftka here makes use of mystical images, biblical themes and the Hebrew alphabet in watercolors and oils. The exhibition runs through August 30, 2009. Gallery Talk: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Alef-Bet – A group of 22 watercolors based on the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The series is an exploration of contemporary Jewish themes and a tribute to the artist’s parents who were survivors of the Holocaust.

Zohar – A group of watercolors based on The Zohar, or Book of Splendor. Hafftka’s expressionism serves as a visual exegesis of this 13th century Jewish mystical text, which is widely considered the most important work of Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism.

Oil Paintings – Several recent works on Jewish or biblical themes including “The Flood,” “Honi Ha Me’aggel” (Honi the Circledrawer) and “Babel.” A centerpiece of this group is “The Hill (Jerusalem),” a large-scale triptych that the artist recently donated to Yeshiva University Museum.

The son of Holocaust survivors and refugees from Europe, Hafftka was born in Manhattan in 1953 and raised in the Bronx. After the Yom Kippur War broke out in 1973, he volunteered to work on a Kibbutz in Israel for a year. The experience, which the artist says was accompanied by a series of visions and mystical dreams, led him to experiment with painting, which became his true vocation.

A book of Hafftka’s work, Michael Hafftka – Selected Drawings, was published in the early eighties, which led to Barbara Flynn of Art Galaxy offering Hafftka his first one-person show in 1982. Hafftka’s work is represented in the permanent collections of, among others, The Metropolitan Museum, Museum Of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, New York Public Library Collection, Housatonic Museum of Art, Arizona State University Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, and the Yeshiva University Museum.

Yeshiva University Museum / 15 West 16th Street (between 5th & 6th Aves), NYC

For 35 years, the Yeshiva University Museum has provided culturally diverse exhibitions and programming for the greater metropolitan area and beyond, as well as to Yeshiva University students, faculty, and alumni. Its permanent collection includes more than 9,000 objects spanning over 3,000 years of Jewish history. The Museum also emphasizes teaching schoolchildren and adults of diverse backgrounds about Jewish culture through many varieties of interdisciplinary programs. Located at the Center for Jewish History, the Museum occupies four spacious galleries, a children’s workshop center, and an outdoor sculpture garden. Visit :

Saturday, April 18, 2009

what's in Chelsea...? addition to Picasso...

Beuys Voice, 1990
Two channel color video on laser discs, antique television cabinets, felt, mixed media sculpture
104 3/8 X 74 X 37 3/8 inches

NEW YORK, NY - James Cohan Gallery presents an exhibition of important works by the late pioneer of video art, Nam June Paik running through May 30. The exhibition consists of a number of works dating from 1972 to 1994, among them are Paik’s robot sculptures, live feed installations and other video sculptures. Commonly hailed as the father of video art, Nam June Paik asserted in 1965 that the television cathode-ray tube would someday replace the canvas.

Known as one of the major proponents of the Fluxus movement of the 1960s and 1970s, Paik worked closely with artists John Cage, Joseph Beuys and Charlotte Moorman among others. He balanced a Utopian philosophy with a technical pragmatism and was known for creating works that drew on chance encounters between ideas, the object and the public.

Paik’s interest in the phenomenon of electronic communication led him to make predictions about how the technological changes were going to affect our daily lives. Forty years removed, we now understand the prescience of Paik’s concepts of the “global village” and the “electronic super highway” were, which foreshadowed how technology would come to connect diverse cultures at high speeds in the pre-Internet age. The Korean-born artist died at age 73 in January 2006.

Installed in the main gallery space is TV Bed (1972-91) a sculpture that was created for Paik’s frequent collaborator and muse Charlotte Moorman. Paik’s sense of humor is evident in the selection of a bed as a tribute to a woman he deeply admired.

Paik began constructing robots in 1964, which developed out of his fascination with remote-control toys. He built robot sculptures to honor his heroes. In this exhibition, the gallery is excited to have several important robot sculptures including Gertrude Stein (1990) depicted with her Victrola-horn arms and video womb, and Beuys Voice (1990), a loving portrayal of one of Paik’s major influences, Joseph Beuys, identified by his signature grey felt hat. On a more subversive and comic note, Paik created Watchdog II (1997) a large dog robot named as such for the surveillance camera at the end of its tail and his loud speaker ears.

Included in the exhibition are Paik’s “live feed” works in which the closed circuit image displayed on the TV monitor is real-time video captured on camera. For Paik the use of live feed video was his exploration of the increasing blurred line between the real and the represented in the electronic age. In his signature installation Enlightenment Compressed (1994), a bronze statue of Buddha sits to reflect upon his image on a television monitor. The Buddha meditating upon himself points to the self-reflexivity of the experience of the television viewer—a wry comment that equates the TV viewing experience to the practice of Zen meditation as means to achieve a higher level of consciousness.

Over the past 50 years Nam Jun Paik has exhibited in many major museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York (Projects: Nam June Paik, 1977), Whitney Museum of American Art (Nam June Paik, 1982), Centre Georges Pompidou (Nam June Paik, 1982), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (Nam June Paik, 1989), National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul (Nam June Paik Retrospective: Videotime, 1992), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (The Worlds of Nam June Paik, 2000). He represented Germany at Venice Biennale in 1993. Paik has received numerous grants and awards from, among many others, the Guggenheim Museum, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the American Film Institute; Will Grohmann Award, Goslar Emperor's Ring and UNESCO's Picasso Medal.

Paik’s works are in the collection of a number of institutions, such as the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington D.C.), Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington D.C.), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), amongst others.

Visit James Cohan Gallery at :

Thursday, April 16, 2009

After Manzoni ,here is Castellani......Opening May 8th @ Haunch of Venison NY

New York:
Enrico Castellani
Curated by Adachiara Zevi
Renowned curator and art historian Adachiara Zevi, in collaboration with the Enrico Castellani Archive in Milan, is curating Enrico Castellani's exhibition at Haunch of Venison New York. Featured works will include numerous recently completed paintings in white or metallic silver, in the artist's signature style, dating from 2008 and 2009, as well as several early paintings and sculptures from the 1960s, some of which will be on loan from prominent collections including the Fondazione Prada in Milan.

As one of Italy's most celebrated living artists, Castellani is known for his poetic, constant and rigorous style, defining what art critics have called a "different repetition." Castellani, along with Yves Klein, was identified by Donald Judd as one of the most important European precursors of minimalism and conceptualism.

A fully illustrated catalogue will be available.

8 May - 27 June 2009

Soon opening at the Whitney

Claes Oldenburg: Early Sculpture, Drawings, and Happenings Films
Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen: The Music Room
Opens May 7, 2009
Press Preview: Wednesday, May 6, 10am-noon
NEW YORK, April 6, 2009 – This spring, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents a
selection of early sculpture and drawings by Claes Oldenburg (b. 1929), as well as films of
the artist’s influential Happenings, together with The Music Room, a series of works that
Oldenburg made with his wife and artistic collaborator Coosje van Bruggen (1942-2009).
The presentation opens on May 7, 2009, and runs through August in the second-floor
Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street
New York, NY 10021
Tel. (212) 570-3633
Fax (212) 570-4169
Press Release
Whitney Museum of American Art
Stephen Soba, Leily Soleimani
Mildred & Herbert Lee Galleries; the films are shown projected in loops on the walls of the
Kaufman Astoria Studios Film & Video Gallery, also on the Museum’s second floor. Three
Whitney curators – Carter Foster, Chrissie Iles, and Dana Miller – are organizing the
One of the most innovative artists of the postwar period, Claes Oldenburg is best known for
sculptures and drawings that disrupt our expectations of how ordinary objects “behave.” In
1976, he began an extraordinary creative partnership with the art historian and curator
Coosje van Bruggen that continued for more than thirty years. The Whitney has championed
their work for several decades and now possesses one of the world’s largest collections.
Drawn primarily from the museum’s extensive holdings of drawings, sculpture, film, and
archival material, this presentation is concentrated around several distinct projects, but
illuminates the larger themes of metamorphosis and artistic collaboration that are at the
heart of their practice.
Claes Oldenburg: Early Sculpture, Drawings, and Happenings Films
From the start, Oldenburg took an innovative approach to the media he used as well as to
the processes of art-making and distribution. In 1961, he opened The Store, a nowlegendary
event, in which the act of selling objects became a kind of playful critique of the
art market; the next year he staged a series of events in downtown Manhattan collectively
known as Ray Gun Theater, which influenced the development of performance art during the
next several decades. Among the earliest works in the Whitney exhibition are sculptures
from The Store, including Braselette (1961) and The Black Girdle (1961). This presentation
of material from The Store will be supplemented by loans from the collection of Claes
Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, including several sculptures, original inventory lists of
items for sale, and a study for the poster advertising The Store.
Oldenburg’s early interest in environments shifted to discrete sculptural works. Using
ordinary, everyday items as his subjects, he developed “soft” sculptures using pliable
materials such as canvas and vinyl, which he stuffed with fillers to create malleable, mutable
objects. Several iconic examples will be on view at the Whitney including Giant BLT (Bacon,
Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich) (1963), French Fries and Ketchup (1963), and Soft
Toilet (1966). These and other early sculptures will be complemented by several dozen of
the Whitney’s works on paper by Oldenburg and by Oldenburg with van Bruggen. The bulk of
the drawings were acquired in 2002 as a gift to the museum from the American
Contemporary Art Foundation, Inc., Leonard A. Lauder, President, and this will be the first
time that a large number of them will be shown in concert with the Whitney’s sculptural
objects. These works range in date from the early 1960s to the late 1990s and include
collages, prints, pages of quick notebook sketches, and carefully rendered drawings. Several
of these depict proposals for feasible and non-feasible civic monuments and Large-Scale
One highlight of the exhibition is Oldenburg’s Ice Bag – Scale C (1971), which has
undergone extensive conservation work in preparation for this exhibition. Oldenburg’s Ice
Bag project was first conceived as part of the Art and Technology program for the U.S.
Pavilion at the 1970 World’s Fair in Osaka, where an eighteen-foot version, powered by
hydraulics, appeared. This version was, in the end, produced in collaboration with Gemini
G.E.L. and Krofft Enterprises. The Whitney’s Ice Bag – Scale C was the third version of the
subject and is the only one built with a 12-foot diameter (scale B has a four-foot diameter).
It too was produced with Gemini G.E.L. and has a motorized system of fans that inflate,
deflate, twist, and turn the kinetic sculpture into various positions.
Happenings formed a central strand of Oldenburg’s early work in the 1960s. What we know
of them has been learned primarily through photographic documentation and published
scripts. Here, for the first time, eight rare films of Oldenburg’s Happenings will be shown
together in the Whitney’s Film & Video Gallery, projected in loops around the walls. Two of
the films – Fotodeath (1961) and Autobodys (1967) - have not been seen since they were
first screened in the 1960s, and have been restored especially for the exhibition.
Each film reveals the structure and form of Oldenburg’s approach. Carefully scripted, the
Happenings were performed variously in Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and
upstate New York, in old storefronts, a shack, a university hall, or in the open air, using
sets incorporating draped muslin, furniture, mirrors, tables, burlap, costumes, large colored
sculptural forms, and painted words. Accompanied by soundtracks using vinyl records,
drums, the radio, and live sounds, Oldenburg performs with artists and friends including
Patty Mucha, Lucas Samaras, Carolee Schneemann, Henry Geldzahler, Claire and Tom
Wesselmann, and others, as well as volunteers in different cities.
Seen together, these revelatory films make clear the roots of Oldenburg’s interest in
collaboration that were to emerge more fully in his collaborative projects with Coosje van
Bruggen. A slide projection of their 1985 performance Il Corso del Coltello (The Course of
the Knife), made in the streets and canals of Venice, Italy, completes the group.
The following will be shown:
Fotodeath, 1961, 16mm, b/w, silent, 12 min. Filmed by Al Kouzel.
This Happening is the second part of Circus, which was performed six times in the Reuben Gallery, a
store on East 3rd Street, NYC, in February 1961. (restored for the exhibition)
Ray Gun Theater, 1962, 16mm, b/w, silent. 120 min. Filmed by Raymond Saroff.
Ten Happenings performed at the Store, 107 East 2nd Street, New York City, between February and
May 1962: Store Days I and II, Nekropolis I and II, Injun I and II, Voyages I and II, World’s Fair I and
Injun, 1962, 16mm, b/w, sound, 12 min. Filmed by Roy Fridge.
A daytime dress rehearsal of the Happening, filmed in an abandoned house on the property of the
Dallas Museum of Art.
Autobodys, 1963, 16mm, b/w, silent, 20 min.
A film of the Happening Autobodys, performed in Los Angeles in the fall of 1963.
(restored for the exhibition)
Scarface and Aphrodite, 1963, 16mm, b/w, sound, 13 min. Filmed by Vernon Zimmerman.
Film of the Happening Gayety, at Lexington Hall University of Chicago.
Birth of the Flag I and II (1974, from footage shot in June 1965), 16mm, silent, 38 min. Filmed by
Stan VanDerBeek, Diane Rochlin, and Sheldon Rochlin, produced by Rudy Wurlitzer, edited by Lana
A Happening in two parts, filmed outdoors in upstate New York.
Il Corso del Coltello (The Course of the Knife), 1985
A slide projection of a large scale performance by Oldenburg, van Bruggen, and Frank Gehry in the
streets and canals of Venice, Italy.
Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen: The Music Room
A full room has been dedicated to a series of sculptures of musical instruments by
Oldenburg and van Bruggen in a presentation entitled The Music Room. In 1992 Oldenburg
and van Bruggen developed a body of kindred forms derived from harps, saxophones, and
clarinets. A soft saxophone from this series will be included in this presentation. Eight years
later the pair was invited to conceive a work for Encounters: New Art from Old, an
exhibition at the National Gallery in London. The exhibition was composed of works made by
contemporary artists in response to the museum’s collection. Van Bruggen chose to explore
the interiors of the seventeenth-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. More specifically
she was inspired by the paintings A Young Woman Standing at a Virginal and A Young
Woman Seated at a Virginal. The pair created Resonances, after J.V. (2000) in response, a
window box installation of an interior with sculptural elements that will be installed at the
Whitney. Resonances, after J.V. became the springboard for Oldenburg and van Bruggen,
who expanded the musical theme to create several instruments. Soft Viola (2002), given to
the Whitney in 2002, was prompted by the viola depicted so prominently in one of the
Vermeer compositions. Here it is an instrument deprived of its function, hanging from the
wall in a state of suspended animation. Like many works conceived by Oldenburg and van
Bruggen, the intrinsically sculptural viola, with its voluptuous contours and art historical
associations, is replete with erotic overtones.
The theme and form of musical instruments proved ideal for exploring physical and material
transformations and the resulting shifts in meaning. Metamorphosis occurs here through
scale and the way soft and hard forms can playfully transform our everyday perceptions of
the function or performance of musical instruments. Although these have been concerns of
the artists throughout their careers, the Music Room’s display brings these ideas to the
fore in a particularly focused way. Musical instruments also serve as a particularly apt
metaphor for the process of artistic collaboration and their group presentation creates
reverberations as the sculptural instruments play off of one another.
As installed at the Whitney, The Music Room includes both hard and soft instruments of
differing scales that range in date from 1992 to 2006. Among the objects included in the
installation are variations on a viola, saxophone, clarinets, French horns, sheet music, and a
metronome. A select group of related drawings will hang nearby, including the Whitney’s
Soft Viola Island (2001), in which tiny sailboats circumnavigate the verdant shores of an
island in the shape of a recumbent viola.
About the Artists
Claes Oldenburg (b. 1929, Stockholm) grew up in Chicago and attended Yale University
(1946-50) before settling in New York City in 1956. Influenced by his environs on the
Lower East Side, he created a series of performances and installations such as The Street
(1960) and The Store (1961) that established him as a leading figure of contemporary art.
Moving to Los Angeles and shifting his vision to The Home (1963), Oldenburg began a
series of sewn and fabricated versions of ordinary household objects, including Bedroom
Ensemble. On his return to New York, he began a series of drawings of objects in fantastic
scale called “Proposed Colossal Monuments.” In 1976, a 45-foot-tall sculpture in the form
of a Clothespin was realized in downtown Philadelphia, the first such work in a ‘feasible’
scale. From 1976 on, he worked in partnership with Coosje van Bruggen, whom he married
in 1977.
Coosje van Bruggen was born in the Netherlands in 1942 and studied ballet as a youth. She
received a master’s degree in art history with a minor in French literature from the
University of Groningen prior to serving as a member of the curatorial staff in the Painting
and Sculpture Department at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam from 1961 until 1971.
Van Bruggen was co-editor of the catalogue of Sonsbeek 71, a multi-sited exhibition of
contemporary sculpture throughout the Netherlands. In 1976, Oldenburg and van Bruggen
worked together for the first time on the reconstruction and relocation of the 41-foot-tall
Trowel I (1971-76)—originally shown at Sonsbeek 71—to the Kröller-Müller Museum
grounds in Otterlo. In 1978 van Bruggen moved to New York where she continued to work
with Oldenburg on creating site-specific, large-scale urban works, while also serving as an
international independent curator and critic. Van Bruggen was a member of the selection
committee for Documenta 7 in Kassel, Germany (1982); a contributor to Artforum (1983–
88); and Senior Critic in the Department of Sculpture at Yale University School of Art in
New Haven (1996–97). In addition to her extensive writings on Oldenburg’s early work and
on the collaborative projects, she created the characters for Il Corso del Coltello (Venice,
1985), a performance by Oldenburg, van Bruggen, and the architect Frank Gehry. Van
Bruggen is the author of essays on Richard Artschwager and Gerhard Richter and books on
John Baldessari, Hanne Darboven, Bruce Nauman, and Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum
The artistic team of Oldenburg and van Bruggen executed more than 40 permanently sited
sculptures in architectural scale throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, including
Spoonbridge and Cherry (1988), Minneapolis; Mistos (Match Cover) (1992), Barcelona;
Shuttlecocks (1994), Kansas City; Saw, Sawing (1996), Tokyo; Ago, Filo e Nodo (Needle,
Thread and Knot) (2000), Milan; and the 40-foot-high Dropped Cone (2001) atop the
Neumarkt Galerie in Cologne, Germany. Their collaboration also encompassed smaller park
and garden sculptures in addition to indoor installations. Until van Bruggen’s death on
January 10, 2009, Oldenburg and van Bruggen lived and worked in Manhattan, California,
and France.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Closing Party

ivy brown gallery
invites you to the closing party for
julian hibbard
the noir a-z
thursday, april 16th 6-9pm

s is for "solitude"

sunday April 19th open Studios @Studio MUSEUM HARLEM


From Brigitte

Message from Brigitte

In the last few months, I’ve had so much time on my hands being an art
dealer and the mother of twins, I decided to take on another challenge—a
part in a play called "Je Veux Voir Mioussov".

The play was very well received by European critics when it debuted in 1970.
Now a group of non-actors, all dedicated volunteers, are putting it on in
New York City for the first time. It is extremely funny, and I promise you,
you will not be bored. The entire team has worked very hard to be as close
as possible to the intentions of the writer, Valentin Kataev.

The only disadvantage—or maybe advantage—is that the two-act play is in
French. But don’t worry. An English synopsis of each segment will be given to you.

The last point, and the most important, is that all of the proceeds from the
ticket sales will be donated to Associations Carrefour and Entraide Francaise New York ( The price is $15 in advance
and $20 at the door. To buy in advance. email to:

So, you are invited, May 2nd or May 3rd, at 8 pm. The play will be presented at the theater in St. Stephen of Hungary Church, 414 East 82nd Street,
between First and York.

Hope to see you there!


Not Far, in New JERSEY

The Montclair Art Museum (MAM) hosts The Wyeths: Three Generations

Montclair, NJ - For three generations, the Wyeths have created art that captures the imagination and admiration of a wide audience. This exhibition presents more than sixty paintings, drawings, and illustrations by N. C. (Newell Converse) Wyeth, his son Andrew Wyeth, and his grandson Jamie Wyeth. The works— from the early 1900s to the present—reveal the breadth of the Wyeth family’s creative output and illuminate both common themes within the works and the artists’ individual styles. On view through 19 July, 2009.

N. C. Wyeth (1882–1945) has long been considered one of the nation’s leading illustrators. In the early 1900s, he studied with illustrator Howard Pyle in Delaware. In 1911, he built a house and studio in nearby Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Later, he bought a sea captain’s house in Maine and in 1931 built a small studio, which he shared with his son Andrew and his daughters. The exhibition includes illustrations for books by Robert Louis Stevenson and Washington Irving as well as historical scenes, seascapes, and landscapes.

Andrew Wyeth (b. 1917) is one of the United States’ most popular artists, and his paintings follow the American Realist tradition, which includes Winslow Homer. He has been influenced by the works of Homer, whose watercolor technique he admires, as well as by the art of Howard Pyle and his father, N. C. While Andrew paints recognizable images, his use of line and space often imbue his works with an underlying abstract quality. The exhibition includes important works from the 1970s and 1980s as well as recent paintings.

Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946), like his father and grandfather, has painted subjects of everyday life, in particular the landscape, animals, and people of Pennsylvania and Maine. In contrast to his father—who paints with watercolor, drybrush, and tempera—Jamie works in oil and mixed media, creating lush painterly surfaces. Eighteen paintings represent all periods of his career.

The Wyeths: Three Generations is organized and sponsored by the Bank of America Corporate Art Program. Additional support is provided by Mandee, Annie sez, and Exhibition Angels Bob and Bobbie Constable, Adrian A. Shelby, and Margo and Frank Walter.

The Montclair Art Museum (MAM) collects, preserves, and presents American and Native American art. Its innovative exhibitions and educational programs interpret and explore relationships between these two evolving artistic traditions. The Museum’s exhibitions offer groundbreaking scholarship, fresh thematic approaches, first-time presentations of under-recognized artists, examinations of little-known aspects of major artists’ careers, and an ongoing commitment to the artists and culture of New Jersey. Visit :

save the date SOTHEBY's May 5th and before

Sotheby's NY Sales of Impressionist & Modern Art on May 5th & 6th

NEW YORK, NY - Two great icons of Modern Art will be featured in Sotheby’s May 5, 2009 Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art in New York – Pablo Picasso’s La Fille de l’artiste à deux ans et demi avec un bateau from 1938 and Alberto Giacometti’s legendary sculpture, Le Chat from 1951. A rare group of paintings by Tamara de Lempicka from the collection of German fashion designer Wolfgang Joop is among other highlights. Prior to the exhibition and sale in New York, selected works will be on view at Sotheby’s London from April 22-25, 2009.

The Evening Sale will also include Alberto Giacometti’s exceptional Le Chat from 1951 (est. $16/24 million). This iconic bronze has not appeared at auction since 1975 and the cast on offer has been in a private European collection since 1967. According to Simon Shaw, Head of Impressionist & Modern Art at Sotheby’s New York, “Giacometti sought to capture the very essence of his subjects: Le Chat recreates the extraordinary elegance and energy of the feline in a radically stylized form.”

Gracing the cover of the Evening Sale catalogue is a vibrant masterpiece from 1938 depicting Pablo Picasso’s young daughter Maya, La Fille de l’artiste à deux ans et demi (est. $16/24 million). Emmanuel Di-Donna, Vice Chairman of Impressionist & Modern Art Worldwide, notes that Picasso completed this image “only months after his harrowing Guernica. This life-affirming portrait reflects the great joy that Maya brought into the artist’s life, even on the eve of the Second World War.” Maya closely resembled her mother, Marie-Thérèse Walter, who is evoked in both the facial features and in a vibrant palette familiar from Picasso’s images of his young mistress. Perhaps the greatest work in a series described by art historian Werner Spies as “the most impressive Picasso ever devoted to a single child”, La Fille de l’artiste à deux ans et demi remained in the artist’s personal collection until his death in 1973, and has been in a private collection since the 1980s.

The finest group of paintings by Tamara de Lempicka ever seen at auction will be featured in the Evening and Day sales. Consigned by noted fashion designer Wolfgang Joop, this collection of ten works includes a painting synonymous with Lempicka's glamour – Portrait de la Duchesse de la Salle (est. $4/6 million). Sexy, bold and monumental, this spectacular picture from 1925 celebrates the strength and power of the modern woman. A sultry portrait from 1932 - Portrait de Marjorie Ferry - highlights Lempicka's unique blend of Hollywood glamour and avant-garde painting (est. $4/6 million).

Distinguished Histories
Paintings by Piet Mondrian and Robert Delaunay acquired directly from the artists by a collector who befriended them while in Paris in the 1930s are also included in Sotheby’s sales this spring. Eugene Lux (1900-1985), a Hungarian-born engineer, artist and inventor, visited Piet Mondrian in his studio in Paris in May 1934 and acquired Composition in Black and White, with Double Lines, a work which epitomizes the artist’s sophisticated view of abstraction (est. $3/5 million). Lux received this picture from Mondrian as a gift and took it home to the United States. In 1967, the picture was placed on long-term loan at the Dallas Museum of Art, where it was exhibited for several decades. Included in the Day sale on May 6th is Robert Delaunay’s Rhythme sans fin, a rare painting from the artist’s Endless Rhythm series that was also acquired by Lux from the artist during his time in Paris (est. $125/135,000). .

Modern Sculpture
Recent sales have seen extraordinary interest in important modern sculpture. In addition to Giacometti’s Le Chat, the Evening Sale includes a strong group of sculpture, from Bugatti to Arp. Joan Miró’s Femme et oiseau from 1967 is an assemblage of a wooden pitchfork, a wooden crate, a ball and a cone, cast in bronze and vivid colors (est. $1.25/1.75 million). Grand tigre royal is Rembrandt Bugatti’s definitive sculpture, created in the last years of his life (est. $1.5/2 million). Portraying the animal on the prowl, Bugatti conveys the regal beast’s power with extraordinary accuracy. Jacques Lipchitz’s Arlequin à la clarinette was conceived in 1920, eleven years after the artist’s arrival in Paris, and illustrates the artist’s exploration of Cubism (est. $700/900,000). Also included is a painted wood relief by Jean Arp, Configuration Symétrique from 1931 (est. $300/500,000). Arp’s reliefs embody the Dadaist principles of spontaneity, chance and random occurrence; and the present work belongs to a series from 1931 in which the five elements are nearly identical in shape but painted different colors or arranged with slight variation on their supports. Alexander Archipenko’s Gondolier was conceived in 1914, at the highpoint of the artist’s creativity and the period of his most important work which helped establish him on the Paris scene as a pioneer of modern sculpture (est. $500/700,000).

Expressionist Power
The Evening Sale includes two fascinating paintings impacted by World War II. Picasso’s dramatically lit Nature Morte was painted on April 4, 1944 in occupied Paris. Working under cover of darkness in his studio on the rue des Grands-Augustins, Picasso created an important series of still lifes with a candle and coffee pot (est. $5/7 million). The bold contrasts and brooding power of this work evoke the grim conditions of the period. Max Beckmann’s Frau mit Blumen (Woman with Flowers) was created in 1940 during the most fruitful and inventive phase of Beckmann's career; while he was living in exile in Amsterdam (est. $2.5/3.5 million). The paintings executed during this time are considered the most important of his oeuvre, including imposing self-portraits and mythologically inspired scenes of plight and peril. Beckmann’s Expressionism enjoys a dialogue with the unique vision of Edvard Munch, whose vibrant Rowboats in Åsgårdstrand from 1932-33 is a further highlight of the May sale (est. $1.8/2.5 million). This image depicts the jetty at Åsgårdstrand, a setting Munch employed in several major compositions, including his celebrated Girls on a Bridge which achieved a world record price at Sotheby’s last May.

Back to Artistic News.....about FUTURISM

LONDON - This exhibition will be the first large-scale showing of Futurism in Britain in thirty years. The movement set out to modernise Italian art and social attitudes and its influence spread across Europe and beyond, revolutionising the response to the dynamism of modern life. Its master of ceremonies was the poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and this exhibition celebrates the centenary of his publication of The Founding and First Manifesto of Futurism in 1909. On view at the Tate Modern 12 June through 20 September, 2009.

A core group of artists – Umberto Boccioni, Carlo Carrà, Luigi Russolo, Giacomo Balla and Gino Severini – pledged its enthusiastic adherence to Futurism and abandoned the art and culture from the past. The Futurists embraced a celebration of modern technology, speed, and city life and they often painted urban and industrial scenes. The fascination and experience of cars, trams and airplanes is frequently represented in their subject matter together with the use of bold and strident colours on the canvas.

Bringing together works from the groundbreaking Futurist exhibition of 1912 that began at the Galerie Bernheim in Paris and traveled to the Sackville Gallery in London and onwards across Europe, this exhibition will reveal the original impact of that show. The effect of Futurism on the Parisian avant-gardes was profound, and this show will examine the nature of that exchange as Cubism and Futurism became inextricably linked. It will also show the impact of the movement in Britain and Russia as it found a response in Vorticism and Russian Futurism.

Artists who will feature include : Umberto Boccioni, Gino Severini, Carlo Carrà, Luigi Russolo, Giacomo Balla, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Sonia Delaunay, Robert Delaunay, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Natalya Goncharova, Liubov Popova, David Bomberg, Wyndham Lewis, C.R.W. Nevinson and Jacob Epstein.

Highlights of the exhibition will include: Umberto Boccioni's sculpture Unique Forms of Continuity in Space 1913; Carlo Carrà’sFuneral of the Anarchist, Galli 1911; and responses to the challenge represented by Futurism in works such as Delaunay's Eiffel Tower 1911; Jacob Epstein's Torso in Metal from the Rock Drill 1913-14 and Picasso’s Pipe, Glass, Bottle of Vieux Marc 1914 onto which he pasted the Futurist periodical, Lacerba.

Visit the Tate Modern at :

Signez la petition pour sauver le ROSE

A vous tous qui, avec le retour des beaux jours et des longues soirées, aimez boire un rosé bien frais le soir (ou à midi), je fais suivre cette pétition pour le défendre.

Dans le cas contraire vous pourrez acheter deux bouteilles, une de blanc et l'autre de rosé et les mélanger pour obtenir 2 bouteilles de rosé : c'est la recette proposée par la commission Européenne.

> Bonjour,
> Pour sauver notre rosé merci de signer ( si ce n'est pas déja fait !)
> la pétition en utilisant le lien suivant
> site :
> Nous avons obtenu un report du vote jusqu'au 9 juin mais nous ne
> devons pas relacher notre mobilisation.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

What are Guggenheim Fellowships?
Guggenheim Fellowships are grants to selected individuals made for a minimum of six months and a maximum of twelve months. The average amount of Fellowship grants in the 2008 United States and Canada competition was approximately $43,200. Since the purpose of the Guggenheim Fellowship program is to help provide Fellows with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible, grants are made freely. No special conditions attach to them, and Fellows may spend their grant funds in any manner they deem necessary to their work
Among 2009....
Michael Ashkin, Artist, Ithaca, New York; Assistant Professor of Art and Director of Graduate Studies, Cornell University: Sculpture.

Dike Blair, Visual Artist, New York City; Adjunct Professor, Rhode Island School of Design: Painting and sculpture.

Paul Bloodgood, Artist, Jackson Heights, New York: Painting

Tom Burckhardt, Artist, New York City: Painting.

Nancy Chunn, Visual artist, New York City; Faculty Member in Painting, Department of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, New York City: Painting installation.

Margaret Cogswell, Artist, Jackson Heights, New York; Program Officer for Visual Arts, Asian Cultural Council, New York City: Fine arts

Heidi Kumao, Artist, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Associate Professor, School of Art and Design, University of Michigan: Video sculptures.

Paul Laffoley, Artist, Boston, Massachusetts; Founder, Boston Visionary Cell, Inc: Fine arts.

Thomas Lawson, Artist, Los Angeles, California; Dean, School of Art, California Institute of the Arts: Painting

Paul Etienne Lincoln, Visual artist, New York City: Fine arts.

Medrie MacPhee, Artist, New York City; Sherry Burt Hennessey Artist-in-residence, Bard College: Painting.

Lenore Malen, Artist, New York City; Faculty Member, M.F.A. Fine Arts Program, Parsons The New School for Design: Fine arts.

Joanna Malinowska, Artist, Brooklyn, New York; Graphic designer, Hemsing Associates: Multimedia art.

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Artist, Chicago, Illinois; Professor, School of Art and Design, University of Illinois, Chicago: Fine arts.

W. G. Raad, Artist, New York City; Associate Professor of Art, The Cooper Union, The School of Art: Fine arts.

Anna Shteynshleyger, Photographer, Chicago, Illinois; Faculty Member, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College, Chicago: Photography.

Stephanie Snider, Artist, Brooklyn, New York; Assistant Professor of Sculpture, Rhode Island School of Design: Visual arts.

Jered Sprecher, Artist, Knoxville, Tennessee; Assistant Professor, School of Art, University of Tennessee: Painting.

Cheryle St. Onge, Photographer, Durham, New Hampshire: Photography.

Shirley Tse, Artist, Los Angeles, California; Faculty Member, School of Art, California Institute of the Arts: Installation art.

Brian Ulrich, Photographer, Chicago, Illinois; Adjunct Faculty Member, Columbia College, Chicago; Part-time Faculty Member, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Photography.

Faith Wilding, Artist, Chicago, Illinois; Professor of Performance Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Multimedia installation.

Pamela Wilson-Ryckman, Artist, San Francisco, California; Graduate Advisor, California College of the Arts, and University of California, Berkeley: Painting.

Byron Glen Wolfe, Photographer, Chico, California; Professor, Department of Communication Design, California State University, Chico: Photography.

Alexi Worth, Artist, Brooklyn, New York; Senior Critic, Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania: Painting.

Monday, April 13, 2009

save the date: this coming week end....

Où ?
Dans un superbe penthouse avec terrasse, à Harlem
(très bien desservi par métros et bus)
Un parcours de découverte du quartier vous sera proposé.
Qui ?
15 artistes français de l’ANY qui exposent leurs créations.
Comment ?
Il y aura un vernissage le vendredi de 5 à 9 pm, avec des cocktails sur la terrasse !
Le samedi, ateliers variés proposés gratuitement par les exposants ET mini-canelés & café
offerts tout au long de la journée de 11 am à 6 pm !
L’entrée est gratuite et 10% des ventes réalisées sera reversé à l’Entraide Française.
Tous les renseignements (plan, exposants, déroulé de l’évènement)
sont sur le BLOG :

Saturday, April 11, 2009


Remember Pierre Bonnard @ the MET: closing son

Article paru dans French Morning News 29 janvier 2009 Auteur(e) : Pauline Lebrec

Un souffle de Côte d’Azur au Metropolitan Museum

envoyer par mail Longtemps délaissé au profit de plus fameux et plus provocant que lui, le peintre Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) est aujourd’hui célébré par le Met. Une lumière nouvelle sur un des plus brillants artistes français de la première moitié du 20ème siècle.
La nostalgie d’une douceur de vivre simple et chaleureuse envahit le visiteur le long des couloirs de l’exposition Pierre Bonnard : The Late Interiors, au Met Museum jusqu’au 19 avril. Voilà ce qu’on imagine être un dimanche matin ensoleillé, dans une maison sur les hauteurs de Cannes, le petit-déjeuner est servi dans la salle à manger au premier étage, les rayons du soleil traversent les persiennes, on aperçoit de dos une femme négligemment assise. Même endroit, même villa, c’est désormais l’heure du soleil couchant, le pièce se remplie d’ombres chatoyantes, les pommes sur la table ont la couleur du feu, tandis qu’au-delà de la terrasse se découpent les formes immobiles des cyprès. Pour un peu, on pourrait entendre les cigales chanter à New York.

Pierre Bonnard, The Dessert, 1940 Oil on canvas. Beyeler Collection, Basel © 2008 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, ParisAu total, ce sont 80 natures mortes et scènes d’intérieures de Pierre Bonnard qui sont exposées au Met, pour la première rétrospective consacrée à la fin de sa carrière (1923 - 1947). Toutes ont pour décor et sujet sa maison du Cannet, sur la côte d’Azur, achetée par le peintre et sa femme Marthe en 1926. Jusqu’à la guerre, il y partage son temps avec son studio parisien, avant de s’y retirer définitivement jusqu’à sa mort, en 1947. Natures mortes, deux mots qui effraient les amateurs d’art moderne. Ennuyeuses, datées, académiques...en somme, tout ce que n’est pas l’exposition sur Pierre Bonnard.

A une époque, les années 20 et 30, où la peinture est en pleine révolution moderniste, ou Picasso et ses amis surréalistes remettent en causes toutes les normes artistiques, Bonnard est avec un brin de condescendance qualifié de post-impressionniste par ses pairs. La filiation avec les peintres de la fin du 19ème siècle est d’ailleurs indiscutable. Des couleurs diffuses, une lumière magnifiée, la simplicité des moments du quotidien, on peut sentir dans certaines toiles la présence de Van Gogh, Cézanne bien sûr, Gauguin et aussi Matisse, un ami intime du peintre. Pourtant, la peinture de Pierre Bonnard est d’une richesse qui va au-delà de l’impressionnisme et de la composition de scène d’intérieur.

Corner of the Dining Room at Le Cannet, 1932 Oil on canvas. Centre Pompidou, Paris. Musée national d’art moderne/ Centre de création industrielle. State Purchase, 1933. © CNAC/MNAM/Dist. Réunion des Musées Nationaux/Art Resource, NY © 2008 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.C’est à cette modernité longtemps sous-estimée que rend aujourd’hui hommage le musée new-yorkais, mais aussi la France avec l’annonce mardi 27 janvier de la création de la première fondation Pierre Bonnard au Cannet. Par un travail impressionnant sur les couleurs et la lumière, le peintre français transcende le plus banal du quotidien. Pour mieux comprendre cette alchimie créative, l’exposition dévoile aussi une collection de croquis et d’aquarelles sortie des archives du peintre. Aussi surprenant que cela puisse paraitre, celui-ci ne peignait pas en face de son sujet, mais dans son atelier, à partir de dessins annotés très précisément. Pour le visiteur, des tableaux d’une douceur matinale aux toiles avec des accents fauves, c’est surtout une plongée dans une intimité tranquille et fugitive.

Pierre Bonnard : The Late Interiors
Du 27 janvier au 19 avril 2009.

Au Met Museum. (Robert Lehman Wing)

Sophie Calle:"prenez soin de vous" on view

et toujours sur French Morning News
8 avril 2009 Auteur(e) : Pauline Lebrec
Exposition Sophie Calle, "Prenez soin de vous"

envoyer par mail En 2007, Sophie Calle crée l’installation "Prenez soin de vous" pour le pavillon français de la biennale de Venise, une installation multi-forme qui utilise la photographie, la vidéo et du texte.

Fidèle à sa tradition de faire de sa vie son œuvre et de sans cesse remettre en cause les limites entre sphère privée et vie publique, l’artiste prend pour point de départ de "Prenez soin de vous" un email de rupture qu’elle vient de recevoir.

Elle demande alors à 107 femmes, plus ou moins connues du grand public, mais ayant chacune une compétence précise, de la criminologie à la danse, en passant par la psychiatrie, le soap opéra ou le théâtre, de donner leur avis "professionnel" sur cet email.

L’installation devient ainsi une symphonie d’interprétations féminines, orchestrée avec maestria par Sophie Calle, chacune des participantes conversant, analysant, relisant ou rejouant l’email fatidique.

C’est la première fois que "Prenez soin de vous" est présentée aux États-Unis, à la galerie Paula Cooper, du 9 avril au 22 mai. L’exposition a déjà voyagé à Paris et à Montréal en 2008, et est attendue au Brésil en 2009 et 2010.

Prenez soin de Vous, Sophie Calle

Du 9 avril au 22 mai 2009

@ Paula Cooper Gallery (212.255.1105)

Du mardi au samedi, de 10am à 6pm.

Entrée libre.

save the date April 13th : Frederic Miterrand @ the maison francaise

Article/ French Morning News :6 avril 2009Auteur(e) : Pauline Lebrec

French Literature in the making avec Frédéric Mitterrand

Frédéric Mitterand est un homme touche à tout : livres, cinéma, télévision, fiction, ce passionné de culture est également directeur de l’Académie de France à Rome depuis juin 2008.

Le 13 avril, c’est l’écrivain qui est l’invité d’Olivier Barrot pour un nouveau rendez-vous de la série "French Literature in the making". Frédéric Mitterrand a publié depuis 1990 douze livres, dont "La Mauvaise Vie", récompensé en 2005 par le prix Vaudeville et qui aborde le sujet de son homosexualité. Dans la catégorie roman, il a aussi publié récemment "Lettres d’amour en Somalie" en 2006.

Au cours d’une conversation sans fausse pudeur, Olivier Barrot abordera avec lui l’ensemble de son parcours littéraire, pour essayer de comprendre les racines créatives derrière chacune de ses œuvres.

French Literature in the making avec Frédéric Mitterrand

Lundi 13 avril à 7pm

En français avec traduction simultanée en anglais disponible.

@ La Maison Française de la NYU

Entrée libre dans la limite des places disponibles.

Exposition New Museum sur French Morning News

New Museum, New Artists

check the article :

Coming Up at Wave Hill

Rebeccan Allan

In Study with Artists: Drawing
Sunday, April 19, 12:30PM–4PM
How often do you have the opportunity to study with an exhibiting artist? Sign up to learn from several artists showing in the Glyndor Gallery exhibition Arbores Venerabiles. Artists guide participants in seeing, selecting and visually interpreting our remarkable landscape. This Sunday, techniques with pencil are introduced for capturing the natural world and strategies are presented for heightening focus and memory, led by exhibiting artist Emily Brown. Sessions begin with a discussion of the artists' work in Glyndor Gallery and follow outdoors (weather permitting). Meet at Glyndor Gallery.
Single session fee: $30 Member; $40 Non-member, includes materials. Bring a friend to any workshop, or to the entire series, for half the full price. Children aged 12 and older who are accompanied by an adult, are invited to join each workshop. Registration required; call 718.549.3200 x305.

In Study with Artists workshops concludes May 17 (Trees from Charcoal, Charcoal from Trees with artist Rebecca Allan).

Friday, April 10, 2009

About a book: The Art of the Heist

From New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, to the Smithsonian Institution in D.C., to Boston's Museum of Fine Art, to dozens of regional museums throughout the United States, no museum was off-limits to leg­endary art thief Myles Connor. He has used every technique in the book, from breaking and entering, to cat burglary, to false identities and elaborate con jobs. He once even grabbed a Rembrandt off a wall in broad daylight and simply ran like hell. His IQ is at genius level, and his charm is legendary. The fact that he was in jail at the time of the famous robbery of the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum—which remains the largest art theft in American history—has not stopped the FBI from considering him a top suspect in that still unsolved robbery.
...READ THE BOOK...............

How did the son of a decorated policeman grow up to become one of Boston's most notorious criminals? How did he survive a decades-long feud with the Boston police and the FBI? How did he manage to escape one jail sentence with a simple fake gun carved out of soap? How did he trade the return of a famous Rembrandt in exchange for early release from another sentence?

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Kandinsky a Paris avant New York a l'automne,......

Einige Kreise, 1926. Guggenheim Museum, New York
© Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Collection, by gift © ADAGP, Paris 2009

Cette grande rétrospective de l'oeuvre d'une des figures majeures du XXème siècle, Vassili Kandinsky, est proposée conjointement par le Centre Pompidou, la Städtische Galerie in Lenbachhaus de Munich et le Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum de New York, qui détiennent les plus importants fonds d'oeuvres de l'artiste.

New Dates for the Affordable Art Fair

The Affordable Art Fair New York announces
New Dates: May 7 to May 10, 2009
New Location: 7W New York, 7 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001

About Easter in NY: a parade?

NYC Easter Parade - Fashion Meets Fantasy

"In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,
You'll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade!"

Irvine Berlin memorialized the event in the 1948 musical with Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Peter Lawford and Ann Miller, but the New York Easter Parade tradition goes back to a much earlier more by ckicking on the title........

Spring @ NY Botanical Garden

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Maybe an inspiration for new works @ the Promenade des artistes

Don't be surprised if all of a sudden, you notice a radical shift in the kind of infos posted: I will be staying in Buenos Aires for a few days...dancing tango and eating empanedas y dulce de lecche y hablando espanol!
hasta la vista..........

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Et meme pas besoin d'etre membre du Westchester Accueil!!!

Urgent - Brocante d’Automne du Westchester Accueil : Appel aux bonnes volontés !

“I have a dream” m’a confié Milena : que la Brocante d’Automne soit plus belle que jamais cette année car, plus que jamais, les deux associations du Bronx auxquelles nous apportons notre soutien, ont besoin de notre contribution. Abraham House aide à la réinsertion de prisonniers et assiste leurs proches ; ATD Quart Monde accueille les enfants de familles en difficultés et forme des « volontaires des rues » pour aller au devant d’eux. D’autre part, en cette année particulièrement difficile, la clientèle habituée de la Brocante, dont la réputation est maintenant bien établie dans la region (« the French Tag Sale »), sera heureuse de trouver une occasion d’épargner un peu le budget familial au moment de la rentrée scolaire.

Cependant, ce beau rêve n’aboutira pas sans une équipe de bénévoles enthousiastes pour lui donner forme. La Tag Sale ou Brocante du Westchester Accueil existe maintenant depuis plus de 12 ans. Tous les ans une équipe de volontaires s’est constituée pour la relancer, l’organiser en vue d’en faire un vrai succès. Il serait dommage que, cette année justement, le projet ne puisse voir le jour.

Enfin, nous pouvons en témoigner, la « Tag Sale » est aussi une opportunité sympa et généreuse de se retrouver entre ami(e)s et de partager des moments « inédits ». Si les séances de tris et d’etiquetages sont souvent intenses, elles ne sont jamais moroses. Qui n’a jamais fantasmé devant un carton à ouvrir bourré à craquer de « trésors oubliés » devrait nous rejoindre absolument !

Comment concrètement nous aider ?

- Par vos dons : nous reprenons tous vêtements, accessoires, jouets, petits meubles, objets de décoration, appareils électroménagers, articles de sport, matériel audiovisuel etc... dont vous n'avez plus l'usage mais qui vous sembleraient encore en très bon état. A partir de début avril, vous pourrez déposer vos articles devant la porte du garage de Milena Léonard (1 Highwood Avenue, Larchmont).

- En vous proposant comme coordinateur(trice) du projet au côté de Milena pour superviser la réception et le tri des dons et gérer la communication de l’évènement. Disponibilité : au moins une demie journée par semaine d’avril à mi-juin (11h à 14h) et début septembre. 3 ou 4 réunions de mise au point. La journée de vente. Besoins : 2 ou 3 personnes.

- Comme « petites mains » pour les tris et « marchand(e)s » le jour de la vente. Disponibilité : très ouverte, entre 1h à 1 journée (11h à 14h) une fois par semaine d’avril à mi-juin et début septembre. Besoins : illimités, plus nous serons nombreux plus les tris seront rapides et efficaces.

Pour vous informer davantage et répondre à vos questions, Milena vous invite à venir prendre un café chez elle, 1 Highwood Avenue à Larchmont, le 2 avril à 13h.

Si vous ne pouvez particper à ce café mais souhaitez cependant vous investir dans le projet, merci de contactez directement Milena

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April – October: Conservatory Garden in Central Park
5th Ave and 105th St.; tours start at the front gate Saturdays at 11 a.m.
You’ll feel like you stepped from New York right into Paris when you enter this six-acre formal garden, one of Central Park’s best secluded oases, through the elegant Vanderbilt Gate at 105th St. Three distinct gardens in the French, Italian, and English styles feature fountains, blooming tree-lined walkways, a reflecting pool, but most notably flowers of every type from heirloom roses to common indigenous plants like violets and magnolias. The twenty thousand tulips in the North Garden should be the first to bloom and put an end to winter, and should be your first stop this spring.

April 7-17 : Macy’s Spring Windows
151 West 34th St. – Herald Square
In April Macy’s will host one of its greatest annual traditions – the Spring Flower Show. In its windows and throughout the store elaborate displays will feature over a million flowers from all around the globe, as well as special Bouquet of the Day displays from some of the world’s greatest floral designers.

April 4 – May 12: Brooklyn Botanical Garden
Hanami: The Cherry Blossom Viewing Season
1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY
You can enjoy the largest collection of flowering cherry trees anywhere outside of Japan right in Brooklyn with “hanami,” the Japanese tradition of observing and celebrating every phase of the cherry blossom season: buds, blooms, and finally the beautiful snow-like falling of the petals in May. The season will be punctuated with the Sakura Matsuri “Rite of Spring” festival of Japanese culture May 2 & 3 in the garden, with over 60 performances of music, dancing, taiko drumming, flower arranging and tea ceremonies, perfect for all ages.

April – October: Bronx Zoo Butterfly Garden
2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY
Nothing conjures the feeling of the beginning of spring like the light fluttering of a butterfly through the air. More than a thousand butterflies fill this indoor butterfly garden among flowers and tropical plants, creating a truly magical experience and the opportunity to see these beautiful creatures close-up. Glass window displays also show them at different stages of their development from caterpillar and chrysalis to butterfly. This garden is one of the best places in the city to take your kids this spring.

March 20 – July 5: Impressionism
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
236 West 45th Street;
This new Broadway play stars Tony Award-winners Jeremy Irons as a world-travelling photojournalist and Joan Allen as a quick-witted New York gallery owner, both unlucky in love. They meet unexpectedly and together find that there is an art to repairing their broken lives. In a similar theme to last year’s Sundays in the Park with George (about George Seurat), art lovers will enjoy not only the plot and romance of this comedy, but also the way art weaves in and out of the characters’ lives.

April 22 – May 3: Tribeca Film Festival
Tribeca, Manhattan;
Founded in 2002 by Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal, this festival allows filmmakers and the public to connect in a unique way – with not only screenings, but panels, after-film discussions, free events, and more. This year’s festival will include 85 full-length and 46 short films, kicking off on the 22nd with the premiere of Woody Allen’s latest film, “Whatever Works.” Twelve films from around the world will compete for the festival’s annual World Narrative Feature Competition. Tickets are available to the public for screenings at various locations in lower Manhattan.

May 4th: Soho Rep.
Soho Rep. ’09 Spring Gala
The Park, 118 10th Avenue;
This biennial Spring Gala, hosted by actors Edward Norton and Tim Blake Nelson, will feature readings and performances by John Turturro, Matt Dillon, Lili Taylor, among others, of some of Soho Rep.’s favorite playwrights. The event caps off the exciting new Off-Broadway season, and will also have cocktails and a live auction.

April 17-May 17: Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2009
22 East 71st Street;
For interior design ideas, check out the 37th Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House in Honor of Albert Hadley. Mario Buatta and Charlotte Moss will serve as honorary chairs. Ms. Moss and her team will design a three-room Master Suite. Other designers include Bunny Williams, Christopher Coleman, Garrow Kedigian, Joe Nye, and Gloria Vanderbilt.

April 10th: Red Light Ensemble
556 W 22nd St.; 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
The Red Light Ensemble performs chamber music by two great composers of the late 20th century, Morton Feldman and Beat Furrer. In addition to these performances, the concert will feature a rare screening of the work of Austrian filmmaker Bady Minck, who has crafted elegant and beautiful films around music by these two composers.
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New York:
March 1 – May 11: MoMA
Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective
11 W. 53rd Street (betw. 5th and 6th Avenues)
Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997) is one of the most widely acclaimed German artists of his generation – provocative, prolific, and with both a sense of humor and a serious questioning of the notion of rationality infused throughout his work. This large-scale exhibition features highlights in many media from the entire career of this influential artist: paintings, large installations, sculpture, photographs, music and more.

March 26 – June 6: Gagosian Gallery
Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros
522 W. 21st Street (betw. 10th and 11th Avenues)
This is the first exhibition in the US in 25 years to focus on the late years of Picasso’s work: featuring paintings of matadors, musketeers, and other figures from history and art, on loan from MoMA, Museo Picasso Malaga, as well as private collections . The show is curated by John Richardson, Picasso’s biographer and friend, so the notes and the catalog book provide a more intimate and in-depth view of the artist in his later phases, as well as the way he continued to always create something new, even at the end of such a long and revolutionary career.

April 28 –October 25: Metropolitan Museum of Art,
Roxy Paine on the Roof: Maelstrom
1000 Fifth Avenue, The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden (weather permitting)
One of the happiest days in the New York year is the day the roof garden opens at the Met. New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art will feature Maelstrom, a site-specific installation by American artist Roxy Paine (b. 1966), on its Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden from late Spring to October 25, 2009. Roxy Paine's compositions explore the opposing forces of the natural and man-made worlds as well as the human need for order in a random environment.

May 15 – August 23: Guggenheim Museum,
Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward
1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th St.)
A blockbuster for sure! With lines going around and around and around. Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward is presented through a range of media, including over 200 original drawings; historic and newly commissioned models; historic and contemporary photographs, as well as through related books, periodicals, and correspondence.

April 8 - June 14: The New Museum of Contemporary Art
The Generational: Younger Than Jesus
235 Bowery
The New Museum's first triennial with 50 artists born after 1976 from 25 countries and with a slightly offensive title. For “Younger Than Jesus,” the first edition of “The Generational,” the
New Museum’s new signature triennial, fifty artists from twenty-five countries will be presented. The only exhibition of its kind in the United States, “The Generational: Younger Than Jesus” will offer a rich, intricate, multidisciplinary exploration of the work being produced by a new generation of artists born after 1976.

March 7 - August 30: Museum of Fine Arts
Mad on Color: Paintings of Nineteenth-Century Venice
Both American and European artists are featured in this exhibit focusing on how Venice’s unique beauty was captured by Impressionists and their contemporaries. With works by Monet, Renoir, Whistler and others shown side by side you get an idea not only of the character of the city but different impressionist styles and techniques as well.

February 26-May 17: Philadelphia Museum of Art
Cézanne and Beyond
26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
This exhibition features forty paintings and twenty watercolors and drawings by Cézanne. It also includes the works of several artists inspired by Cézanne to showcase the value of his extraordinary legacy.
Christie’s New York
Viewing Dates
19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics – April 17-20
Jewels: The New York Sale – April 17-21
Impressionist and Modern – May 2-6
Impressionist and Modern Works on Paper – May 2-6
Post War & Contemporary - May 2-13

Sotheby’s New York
Viewing Dates
19th Century Paintings – April 18-23
Impressionist and Modern Art – May 1-5
Contemporary Art – May 8-12
The Sculptor's Eye: African and Oceanic Art – May 9-14
African, Oceanic & Pre-Columbian Art – May 9-14


This section is all about style, shopping, and dining. All recommendations come straight from Brigitte and are a reflection of her taste and opinion.
NEW YORK Need a new, great haircut? Visit the Cristiano Cora salon which is all about style. Cristiano is a stylist trained in London who quickly moved to the top at Vidal Sassoon. He has since moved to New York and opened his own salon. His hair philosophy is to allow each person’s identity and personality to shine through their hair. If you want to look good, visit Cristiano Cora! Contact Information: 3 W. 13th St. Tel. (212) 414-1333 Ref: Brigitte Saint-Ouen

Tracey Stern’s SalonTea: Think of it as Marie Antoinette's tea house…if the French queen had been a disco queen. Loud orange walls, hot-pink countertops and—wait for it—a working disco ball hold court at this new Upper East Side tea salon from socialite-about-town Tracey Stern. "You're not coming in and choosing from 300 teas, which I find annoying," she says of her selection, which comes in seven blends—red, green, decaf, etc.—sourced from private estates in China and India, and is available as lattes or iced-tea infusions. Stern's also got a line of tea perfumes, tea pots and tea lip balm—as well as a sense of humor: When the weather warms up, she plans to have costumed staff stand outside in full Marie Antoinette garb with pink feather fans and white go-go boots. Blame it on the boogie, baby. Contact information: 501 E. 75th St. at York Ave. Ref: Brigitte Saint-Ouen

A bit of Parisian flair in Harlem? Mais, oui! -- Chez Lucienne. Upper West Sider Matthew Tivy, who also owns Café du Soleil and Tokyo Pop a few blocks south, partnered up with fellow Daniel grad Jerome Bougherdani to open this classic French bistro that isn’t afraid to take risks (calf’s-foot croquettes anyone?). Executive chef Thomas Obaton, who was born in Lyon, France, lends some street cred to the intimate space (there’s just 60 seats), and though a pizza oven hood is left over from its prior incarnation as a pizza joint, he won’t be serving up slices—they don't quite pair that well with chocolate coulant and pistachio ice cream now, do they?
Contact information: 308 Malcolm X Blvd. between 125th and 126th Sts. Tel. 212-289-5555

After work or shopping in midtown, the new French restaurant to drop into is Bar Breton, owned by Cyril Renaud, the talented chef of the recently-closed Fleur de Sel. He has replaced it with this more casual and welcoming bistro in the Flatiron district featuring all your favorite classic French dishes. The house’s specialty is a type of crêpe Renaud calls a galette, in the style of his native Brittany, with everything from eggs and chorizo to Nutella as a filling. The main courses span from rabbit roulade to the haute-burger that has become such a staple at popular NY restaurants.
Contact information: 254 5th Avenue at 28th St. Tel 212-213-4999