Thursday, January 31, 2013

always a good source of Information about NY

Journal French District New York
L'Internet gratuit à NYC
Le journal du French District New York - 
31 janvier 2013

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GOOD IDEA TO DO : subscribe to their Newsletter...

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

save the date Brooklyn Zine Fest 2013

The Brooklyn Zine Fest 2013 will be held on Sunday April 21st, 2013 from 11am to 6pm at Public Assembly (70 North 6th St.) in Williamsburg [Google Map]. The BZF is FREE & open to the public, featuring writers and artists showcasing their self-published works at prices between $1 and $10. ALL AGES and open to everyone, though you must be 21 to order a drink at the bar. With more than 60 tablers and over 1,500 attendees our first year, the Brooklyn Zine Fest is NYC's premiere zine event. If you have any questions or su...

Read more http://www.publicassemblynyc.com/

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

read in "The New York Post"


22 ways to entertain yourself in NYC

  • Last Updated: 11:58 PM, January 20, 2013
  • Posted: 11:28 PM, January 19, 2013
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http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/ways_to_entertain_yourself_in_nyc_s0xN9bhUNloWw4f63BTd3M
and I 've highlighted: ...

4. CONTEMPLATE "EARLY SUNDAYMORNING" AT THE WHITNEY
No one saw New York quite the way Edward Hopper did, and no NYC gallery has as much Hopper as the Whitney Museum of American Art. Granted, it doesn’t have the name recognition of the Met or MoMA, but it does have a first-rate collection of America’s best and brightest — including Hopper’s “Early Sunday Morning” (above) and other masterpieces of melancholy.

Monday, January 28, 2013

MESSAGE FROM MICHAEL TORLEN..IN RELATION TO RICHARD ARTSCWAGER'S" UNTITLED" 1971

By the way, I wrote an article about a Richard Artschwager piece. It may be of interest to you.
“EYEWITNESS: Reflections on Richard Artschwager’s Untitled 1971” appears in the Dec 12- Jan 13 Brooklyn Rail’s ARTSEEN online edition.  Here’s the link: <http://www.brooklynrail.org/2012/12/artseen/eyewitness-reflections-on-richard-artschwagers-untitled-1971
<http://www.brooklynrail.org/2012/12/artseen/eyewitness-reflections-on-richard-artschwagers-untitled-1971>

As you know, “Untitled” 1971 is currently on view in Richard Artschwager’s retrospective at the Whitney Museum.

EYEWITNESS: Reflections on Richard Artschwager’s “Untitled,” 1971


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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Saturday, January 26, 2013

What's going on at the Whitney?

Check out their website  http://whitney.org/Education
to learn about the free guided tours happening everyday for each exhibit...what a treat...

CLOSING soon

OCTOBER 25, 2012–FEBRUARY 3, 2013 More info 


Friday, January 25, 2013

Be Part Of It

this is the most recent Sculptural crown I've created especially for the FASNY's Gala which is going to happen March 22 2013...
save the date..buy your ticket..and check out the auction online...
www.fasnygala.com

And If I was in France in MARCH..I would go to....

WAITING FOR 2013 DATES....
La troisième Nocturne organisée par Art Miromesnil aura lieu le jeudi 15 mars 2012.

Les galeries et antiquaires accueilleront les amateurs et collectionneurs de 18h à 22h, au fil des rues de Miromesnil, Penthièvre et de l’avenue de Messine.

Les expositions reflèteront la pluralité et le dynamisme du quartier Miromesnil : Primitifs modernes, Art contemporain du Nigeria, Proche - artistes du Moyen Orient, Pop Art et Street Art...

Bernard Buffet, André Bauchant, Camille Bombois, René Rimbert, Louis Vivin, Peter Klasen, Gérard Schlosser, Robert Combas, Kaloon Chour, Jakè, Jérôme Mesnager et Miss.Tic feront partie des artistes présentés lors de cette Nocturne.

Art Miromesnil se réjouit de vous proposer ce parcours, vous invitant à la découverte, à la curiosité et au développement de la sensibilité de chacun.

while in Chelsea DO NOT MISS HAUSER AND WIRTH New Gallery on 18th Street....

INCREDIBLE SPACE
INCREDIBLE EXHIBIT
check it out  http://www.hauserwirth.com/exhibitions/1649/dieter-roth-bjorn-roth/view/
23 January – 13 April 2013, Hauser & Wirth New York, 18th Street
Opening: Wednesday 23 January 6 – 8 pm
Landmark exhibition inaugurates the gallery’s new downtown space




Dieter Roth. Björn Roth

on view @ Gallery Dillon Chelsea

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Les Christophs “ICONOSMS”

January 24- February 6, 2013

Opening Reception January 24, 6-8 PM


Dillon Gallery is pleased to announce the second solo exhibition of avant-garde artist Christophe Laudamiel, a world-renowned perfumer at DreamAir LLC’s studios, this time joined by Christoph Hornetz, his perfumery partner of 10 years, forming the team Les Christophs.

In this revolutionary presentation, the gallery will exhibit scent sculptures developed by the artists that are paired with other artistic disciplines. The event will feature the partition of the gallery space into eleven independent microcosms, each representing a specific olfactory and visual trip: Volatile Marilyn #5Butterfly AirRemembrance of Things Outrageous: Chelsea HotelAl-Germinal6-Some MemoirHemingway in 6-MajorFuller’s Family: Fuller, Axel & BuckGone With the WindMuguet Patch 9Lilac Mon AmourFace Yourself; and Luxury Lilies and Narcissus.

Les Christophs, as scentists and scent sculptors, use olfaction in place of the traditional plastic approaches found in the art world. As pioneers of immaterial expression, they often challenge the socio-cultural status-quos that prevent what is probably the most complex, and certainly the least understood of the human senses from soaring to new heights. Their advocacy for a fully recognized and unleashed Perfumery- artistically, emotionally and academically- is brought under a new light in this groundbreaking experience. Les Christophs have invented new ways to solve technical and logistical problems, and have become the standard bearers for these innovative explorations.

Each piece was inspired by and created with two elements in mind: the “Osmo” element (“scent” in Ancient Greek), which is about demonstrating a study in pure fragrance artistry and is designed to transport each visitor on a unique emotional journey; and the “Icon” element (“picture” in Ancient Greek), denotes a more concrete approach to the abstract scent dimension. The title of the show, “Iconosm,” is the combination of the Greek words describing this osmo-visual exhibition.

This exhibition follows the recently acclaimed projects by Les Christophs such as Green Aria – A ScentOpera at Guggenheim Museums New York and Bilbao and Garden of Addiction at the International Perfumery Museum in Grasse, France, and 3 Air Sculpture® designs as “Curators’ Choice” at Art Miami 2012.


READ MORE  http://www.dillongallery.com

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Ô Paris ..QUELLE VUE SUR PARIS


L’avis de Time Out

http://www.timeout.fr/paris/bar/o-paris

Ô Paris, c'est beau Paris ! Pourrait-on dire depuis la terrasse de ce bar (anciennement la Mer à Boire) qui domine toute la ville. D'un seul coup d'œil on embrasse la cité du regard, la tour Eiffel à l'horizon. Préservé du stress de la fourmilière humaine qui s’agite à ses pieds, ce bar étale sa terrasse sur une placette pavée et arborée. On profite du soleil et du calme sans le bruit des voitures. Au milieu des vieux qui feuillettent le journal, et des enfants du quartier qui courent autour, on s’y sent bien. Les journées froides d’hiver, on se réfugie à l’intérieur, assez vaste et chaleureux. Des livres et des BD sont là pour accompagner les dimanches après-midis pluvieux. Le café (2 euros) est ici servi avec du sucre roux à l’ancienne et du sirop de noix de macadamia, délicieux. Les habitués viennent volontiers casser la graine simplement avec des tartines chaudes, des planches de charcuterie/fromage, et des plats de cuisine française classique délicieux (tartare de saumon, magret de canard...). On regrette que les prix soient un peu plus élevés depuis la reprise de l'endroit, surtout pour les portions servies, mais on est tellement bien que la différence est acceptable.

Adresse et plan

  • Addresse :
    1 rue des Envierges
    20e
    Paris
  • Téléphone :
    01.43.58.29.43
  • Horaires :
    Du mardi au samedi de midi à 1h, le dimanche de midi à 18h
  • Transports :
    Métro : Pyrénées ou Couronnes
  • Prix :
    Entre 25 et 30 euros à la carte (entrée, plat, dessert)

Monday, January 21, 2013

see you there?: Nurtureart- Brooklyn this coming Wednesday

Muse Fuse

Image Share Night
January 23, 7PM

NURTUREart Gallery
56 Bogart Street
Brooklyn NY

WED. JANUARY 23, 7PM

This month's Muse Fuse will be held at NURTUREart Gallery. The annual Muse Fuse Image Share Night is a chance for emerging artists to share their latest work and gain valuable experience speaking about it in public. Come see ten mini studio visits in one night!

A dozen interested artists have been selected by lottery to show digital images of their work. We will be seeing, meeting and hearing from:Dianne Bowen, Deric Carner, Katie Cercone, Carla Gannis, Fred Gutzeit, Jessica Hargreaves, Joan Hiller, Elisa Pritzker, Elizabeth Riley, Sam Scoggins, and Joanne Ungar.


























Visit:

56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Hours: 12 pm to 6 pm Thursday through Monday
and by appointment: (718) 782-7755
By Subway Walking By Car

Connect:


Support:

Donate

NURTUREart is supported by:

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / The Greenwall Foundation / The Leibovitz Foundation / the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
NURTUREart Non-Profit Inc. is a 501(c)(3) New York State licensed, federally tax-exempt charitable art organization founded in 1997 by George J. Robinson. NURTUREart is funded in part by City Council Member Diana Reyna, City Council Member Stephen Levin, the Greenwich Collection, the Harold and Colene Brown Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Laura B. Vogler Foundation, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, the Milton and Sally Avery Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York City Department of Education, The New York State Council on the Arts, No More Poverty, Urban Outfitters, The Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation and generous individuals. NURTUREart is grateful for significant past support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Liebovitz Foundation, and the Greenwall Foundation. It receives legal support from Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

"Un seul être vous manque, et tout est dépeuplé."


Alphonse de Lamartine

Poete 
21/10 1790 -28/02/1869

Alphonse de Lamartine reçoit une éducation classique chez les Jésuites. Garde du corps du roi pendant la Restauration, il se met en parallèle à fréquenter les salons et à écrire des poèmes mélancoliques. Leur publication en 1820 dans Méditations poétiques lui apportent un succès immédiat. Ses vers lyriques et son âme rêveuse font de lui le premier des romantiques et lui valent d'être élu à l'Académie française en 1830. Cette même année, il se lance dans la politique et est élu député en 1833. Lors du printemps 1848, il est le chef de file du mouvement révolutionnaire. Membre du gouvernement provisoire, il contribue fortement à l'abolition de l'esclavage. Sa carrière politique s'achève en 1851 avec l'arrivée au pouvoir de Napoléon III, contre qui il perd les présidentielles. Lamartine reprend alors ses travaux d'écriture et publie notamment Graziella en 1852 et ses Œuvres complètes en 1849-1850.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

"La maison de celle qui peint" Danielle Jacqui


"La maison de celle qui peint" à Pont de l'étoile est sans doute une des œuvres les plus remarquables de l'art singulier, elle peut être comparée au célèbre "Palais idéal" du facteur Cheval.
C'est une "maison-atelier" peinte et décorée de manière insolite.
Danielle Jacqui qui a réalisé cette œuvre exceptionnelle, vous fera découvrir ses trésors : tableaux, broderies, céramiques, sculptures...qui la classent parmi les artistes les plus étonnants de son époque.
A l’initiative du 1er Festival d’Art Singulier de Roquevaire en 1990, Danielle Jacqui est reconnue internationalement et a notamment exposé à l’American Visionary Art Museum de Baltimore, aux États-Unis.
Depuis 2006, Danielle Jacqui est en résidence à Aubagne ou elle travaille à l'élaboration d'un "Colossal d'Art Brut" qui sera exposé dans le cadre de Marseille Provence 2013.
Danielle Jacqui organise également la 12ème édition du Festival International d'Art Singulier qui aura lieu du 28 juillet au 26 août 2012 à Aubagne. L'édition 2012 accueillera des artistes connus, reconnus et honorés internationalement : Mario Chichorro, Jean Vodaine, Jano Pesset, Jacky Coville, Jeanne Gérardin, Gérard Lattier ou Marie-Rose Lortet, Pierre Ledda, Yvonne Robert…
Visite gratuite sur rendez-vous.
La Maison de celle qui peint
Pont de l’Étoile - 13360 Roquevaire - Tél. : 04 42 04 25 32
Retrouvez des informations sur les travaux de Danielle Jaqui sur son blog.


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Next Summer if you are around Aubagne,...check out :


 Festival International d’Art Singulier – Aubagne
About last year's edition 12ème festival

Du 28 juillet 2012 au 26 août 2012

• Les horaires

# Du mardi au dimanche de 10h à 12h et de 14h à 18h
# Fermé les jours fériés

 • Les lieux d’exposition

 ESPACE BRAS D’OR – Allée du Bras d’Or / Avenue Simon Lagunas
60 artistes, 700 m² de surface d’exposition
 CENTRE D’ART DES PENITENTS NOIRS – Les Aires Saint-Michel – 13400 Aubagne – 04 42 18 17 26
3 artistes, 250 m² de surface d’exposition

• Tarifs

Entrée libre et gratuite dans les 2 lieux d’exposition !

• Renseignements

Informations et réservations (pour dormir, manger) sur le site de l’Office du tourisme du Pays d’Aubagne : www.tourisme-paysdaubagne.fr
Maison du tourisme à Aubagne
La Maison du tourisme, sur le cours Barthelémy
Maison du tourisme 
8 cours Barthelémy
13400 Aubagne
Tél. : 04 42 03 49 98
Fax : 04 42 03 83 62

Horaires d’ouverture en juillet et août
> Du lundi au samedi : de 10h à 13h et de 14h à 19h
> Les dimanches et jours fériés de 10h à 12h30

Friday, January 18, 2013

Alternative Exhibition Venues in Manhattan By Renée Phillips, The Artrepreneur Coach

Art News and Knowledge

Alternative Exhibition Venues in ManhattanBy Renée Phillips
SOURCE: http://www.manhattanarts.com/readingroom/ezine/CareerBusiness/Renee_Alternative.htm
Renee PhillipsRenée Phillips is the Director of Manhattan Arts International, an author of several books, and a public speaker. She is known as "The Artrepreneur Coach" and provides empowering life and career strategies for creative individuals.

Renée originally wrote this article for Professional Artist magazine. 

My career in New York City began during my time as a student at the Art Students League. This is when I first became familiar with alternative exhibition spaces. In search of visibility for myself and my artist friends, I started Artopia, a nonprofit exhibition organization. I pounded the city pavements for empty walls, and offered to organize art exhibitions and events. Soon, I was setting up exhibitions in banks and corporate lobbies by day, and organizing multi-media events in clubs like Studio 54 by night.

Because these events were unique and memorable, the popularity and publicity we received rivaled some of the top gallery exhibitions. Using alternative spaces, we benefitted from reaching our buyers directly, curating our own shows and avoiding hefty gallery commissions. Many members were noticed by agents, galleries and the press.

Eventually, I converted Artopia into Manhattan Arts International, and my associates and I forged ahead, attracting government officials, dignitaries, celebrities and corporate executives to our events. We were also able to procure the sponsorship of major companies like Air France as well as local retailers.

So, suffice it to say that I am a huge champion of using alternative spaces and proclaiming their many virtues.

I highly recommend that you explore your town or city, use your imagination, and discover and create your own alternative exhibition venues.

You might be asking yourself, what is an alternative space?

In typical art jargon, it is used to describe any space that outside the realm of a conventional gallery. So, as you can imagine the opportunties are endless. That can be anything from a bookstore, to a cafe, from a library to a church, from an artist's studio to an empty warehouse.

Florin 59
59th Street Bridge Reflections by Sharon Florin. Oil on canvas, 36" x 30". Sharon Florin had a successful exhibition in one of the Durst Corporation’s exhibition spaces in midtown Manhattan.
For this article, I chose to focus on alternative spaces in New York City, and more specifically, in the borough of Manhattan. When my staff and I compiled the sixth edition of The Complete Guide to New York Art Galleries (published in 2006; currently out of print), we counted more than 170 alternative spaces in the total five boroughs of New York City.

There is certainly no shortage of opportunities. Alternative spaces in New York City are as diverse as artists' styles and offer tremendous advantages. The unique atmosphere in each one offers an experience that often transcends the typical "white box."

Plus, many New York City dealers admit they often "discover" artists in the most selective alternative spaces.

I have divided the Manhattan alternative spaces that follow into three categories:

1. Nonprofit venues, such as universities, arts institutions, cultural institutions, libraries and places of worship
2. Artists' organizations and artist-run galleries (sometimes referred to as "cooperative")
3. Retail establishments and corporate lobbies. 

Nonprofit Venues 
Nonprofit exhibition spaces are categorized by the IRS as being non-commercial, so they can receive their funding from agencies such as National Endowment for the Arts and grant-making foundations, as well as from individual contributions. They are often the source of "cutting edge" art where experimental, performance, new media art and installation art can be found.

Art in General 
Web: http://www.artingeneral.org
Location: 79 Walker Street, New York, NY 10013
Founded in 1981, Art in General has emerged as one of New York City's leading nonprofit organizations "devoted to supporting and stimulating the creation of contemporary art, providing an environment in which artists may exhibit unconventional work and exchange ideas with their peers."

It also "assists artists with the production and presentation of new work." It changes in response to the needs of artists and engages the public with their work. In 2005, it initiated its New Commissions Program and has since commissioned new works from four to six artists every year.

Artists are chosen through an annual open call competition reviewed by an advisory panel and the Art in General curator, after extensive research, studio visits and meetings with local artists.

White Columns 
Web: http://whitecolumns.org 
Location: 320 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10014

White Columns is New York's oldest alternative art space. Founded in 1970 by Jeffrey Lew and Gordon Matta-Clark as an experimental platform for artists, White Columns presents an ongoing program of exhibitions, projects, talks, screenings and events. The nonprofit gallery is open to the public free-of-charge eleven months per year. It accepts proposals for group exhibitions only. For details visit http://www.whitecolumns.org/text.html?type=exhibition_guide.
Individual artists may apply to the Artists Registry, an online database of artists who are without commercial gallery representation in New York City. To apply for acceptance by the curatorial staff, visit http://registry.whitecolumns.org/.

Saint Peter's Church Narthex and Living Room Galleries
Web: http://www.saintpeters.org/art/index.html 
Location: 619 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022

Saint Peter's Church Narthex and Living Room Galleries presents wonderful six- to seven-week exhibitions of both established and emerging artists. The selections are made by The Art and Architecture Review Committee, which is composed of interested parishoners and several art professionals.

"This Committee helps fulfill the mission of Saint Peter's art ministry by offering our galleries to artists whose lives and work explore the many dimensions of spirituality. We hope thereby to provoke dialogue regarding art's place in our culture, in our spiritual thought, and in our daily lives here in New York."

The Review Committee meets and reviews submissions generally two or three times a year. They recommend, "If you would like your work to be considered for exhibition at Saint Peter's, please call 212-935-2200 for the date of the next scheduled meeting."

For submission guidelines, visit http://www.saintpeters.org/art/index.html.

They prefer that submissions be in the form of standard slides, although CDs of images are also accepted. To view samples of artists' work from past and upcoming exhibitions, visit http://www.saintpeters.org/art/index.html.

The Interchurch Center 
Web: http://www.interchurchcenter.org/presenterinfo.html
Location: 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 253, New York, NY 10115

The Interchurch Center offers two exhibition spaces: The Treasure Room Gallery (a 2,000-square-foot exhibition space with professional display and lighting systems) and The Corridor (a space with 20 large, self-lighted display vitrines, each measuring approximately 46" high by 36" wide; eight of the vitrines are 18" deep to accommodate three dimensional work).

A diverse selection of fine arts and crafts is exhibited on an eight-month, four-week rotating basis during the year. Proposals are accepted throughout the year and can be mailed or hand-delivered.

Applicants are asked to submit materials according to a precise checklist. Group exhibitions must have one person responsible for organizing the proposal. The exhibits panel meets five times annually to review and select exhibits. There is usually a two-year schedule in place. A $50.00 installation fee is required upon receipt of the acceptance letter.

Review all requirements on the Web site before submitting materials.

Artists Organizations & Artist-Run Galleries 
Artists organizations offer artists the advantage of visibility in addition to other tangible services, such as workshops, classes, newsletters and events. The intangible benefits, such as camaraderie with fellow artists and democratic rule, are often the biggest attractions.

There are artists organizations that focus on addressing the needs of specific groups (National Association of Women Artists, http://www.thenawa.org/) or artistic mediums (National Sculpture Society, http://www.nationalsculpture.org) in addition to groups that are more inclusive of artists from multiple mediums (American Society of Contemporary Artists, http://ascartists.org/).

National Sculpture Society 
Web: http://www.nationalsculpture.org
Mailing address: National Sculpture Society, c/o ANS, 75 Varick Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10013.

Founded in 1893, the National Sculpture Society (NSS) "promotes the knowledge of excellence in sculpture inspired by the natural world. Its members create, interpret, exhibit, collect and support the evolving tradition in American sculpture."

It presents exhibitions online as well as mostly travelling exhibitions in physical venues throughout the United States. It is one of the co-sponsors of an upcoming competition open to all sculptors; a future exhibition of these works is planned for 2012 at New York Academy of Art.

The Pen and Brush, Inc. 
Web: http://www.penandbrush.org
Location: 16 East 10th Street, New York, NY 10003

The Pen and Brush, Inc. was founded 117 years ago. It is an international membership organization for women in the visual, literary and performing arts. There is also a membership designation for public supporters.

The Pen and Brush is a vibrant resource for its members and non-member participants, and a flourishing cultural center for the surrounding community.

They hold juried exhibitions judged by museum curators and other distinguished members of the art community. The exhibitions feature a variety of themes, and are open to members and non-members. Information is readily available on the organization's Web site.

Pastel Society of America
Web: http://www.pastelsocietyofamerica.org
Location: 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY 10003

Founded in 1972, the Pastel Society of America encourages artistic advancement through prestigious awards distributed during its annual exhibitions. The society's annual exhibitions at The National Arts Club (another arts organization, http://www.nationalartsclub.org) in New York are the premier events for pastel artists in this country and abroad.

The Annual Open Juried Exhibition for "Pastels Only" is held each September. The entry deadline is June 3, 2011.

Phoenix Gallery 
Web: http://www.phoenix-gallery.com 
Location: 210 Eleventh Avenue, Suite 902, in New York, NY, 10001

The Phoenix Gallery is one of several artist-run galleries in New York City. Established in 1958, the gallery has 2,500 square feet, including more than 190 linear feet of display area plus storage and bin areas for active inventory of members' work.

Unlike many other alternative spaces, the Phoenix Gallery has a full-time director, Linda Handler, who runs the gallery and promotes and develops contacts with private individuals, art consultants and corporations. She also promotes sales and encourages visibility of artist members.

All this comes with a much higher fee than the average artist's organization; however, the sales commission is lower than a commercial gallery. Artist members enjoy the security of having a gallery without the strings attached.

Artists wishing to be considered for membership must submit: an application form; 10 or more slides or JPEG images on CD of his or her work; or link to artist's Web site; and a resume and statement to be reviewed by the members. Applications can be submitted at any time.

For applications, visit http://www.phoenix-gallery.com/opportunities.html.

Retail Establishments and Corporate Lobbies
Florin Alwyn
Alwyn Court by Sharon Florin. Oil on canvas, 30" x 36".
Retail stores and corporate lobbies offer wonderful "outside-the-box" opportunities for exposure. Imagine the amount of traffic flow of passersby who will see your work!

Durst Corporation 
Web: http://www.durst.org

The Durst Corporation has several lobby galleries in midtown Manhattan that are used to exhibit art, architecture, photography and other cultural undertakings. Like many corporations today that want to project a positive image, the Durst Corporation's mission is to "maintain a continuing program of support for the arts.

By providing venues for exhibition in the lobbies of our buildings we hope to increase the presence of fine art and contribute to the cultural richness of the city."

Janusz Jaworski is the curator and exhibit organizer for the Durst Organization. The main spaces where he curates exhibitions are: The Lobby Gallery, 1155 Avenue of the Americas; ShowWalls, 1133 Avenue of the Americas; and The Conde Nast Building lobby at 4 Times Square. An additional space is at 733 Third Avenue. For artists who have exhibited there it is like a dream come true.

Sharon Florin (www.sharonflorin.com) had a one-person exhibition of her New York paintings in the Lobby Gallery. Sharon stated, "My show, 'On and Off the Grid,' was a wonderful experience. The space was large and dramatic, and the midtown location was ideal. [The Durst Corporation] took care of an announcement card, installation and de-installation of the exhibit, and provided a beautiful wine and hors d'ouvres reception. I was fortunate to have made several sales as the result of my exhibit, including one to a gentleman who worked in the building. All in all, a very good experience on all counts."

In addition, artworks on display in these spaces are covered by insurance, and there is a constant security presence.

Janusz Jaworski schedules three to four shows in advance. Materials requested should include a resume and examples of the work that do not have to be returned, such as JPEGS. If the work is selected, a follow-up studio visit may be requested to view the actual pieces and discuss the parameters of the show. I suggest first writing to obtain detailed instructions. If applying by mail, send to Janusz Jaworski, The Durst Organization, One Bryant Park, New York, NY 10036, or e-mail him at: jjaworski@mail.com.

Chashama Gallery Program 
Web: www.chashama.org

In 1995, Anita Durst (daughter of Douglas Durst, the owner of the Conde Naste building) founded Chashama Gallery Program. Chashama is Farsi for "to have vision." The organization's mission is, "To support creativity in New York City by repurposing vacant properties; recycling them as artist work and show spaces, while simultaneously invigorating the surrounding community with an influx of innovative programs, culture, creativity and commerce."

Anita said she founded the organizations because her life was transformed through art and creativity, and she wanted to give people the opportunity to experience similar enlightenment.

Artist Carla Goldberg (http://carlagoldberg.mosaicglobe.com) highly recommends the program, but warns that it comes with responsibility: "During the term that you are given a space, it must be open to the public, so a group of artists may want to take turns gallery sitting or find a gallery-sitter."

There are two ways to show your work in a Chashama Gallery space: through their competitive application process, or simple rental. These ground-floor, storefront exhibition venues (throughout all of the five boroughs of New York City) "run the gamut from vacant, old industrial spaces to the more typical 'white box.'"

Artists can download an application at http://www.chashama.org/programs/gallery. Many of the selected artists and curators chosen from their applicant pool receive a space at no cost, help with installation and press; in addition, some receive cash grants to help fund the project. If any sales are made during a Chashama exhibition, they request 15 percent commission.