Friday, February 28, 2014

Interesting French Website

Second Contemporary Curated auction on view @ SOTHEBY'S New York

Keith haring Untitled

On March 7th, Sotheby’s is thrilled to present the second Contemporary Curated auction, an editorialized version of the mid-season sale offering diverse perspectives from today’s tastemakers. Maria Baibakova, Anna Sui, Trevor Traina, and Reem Acra each chose works from the sale that inspired them most, and shared with us why. The auction features a strong selection of both Post-War and Contemporary art. Highlighting the morning session is Property from the Collection of Abby and B.H. Friedman, the real estate executive, novelist, and author of biographies on Jackson Pollock and Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. The collection includes two early important Salvatore Scarpitta paintings, a 1967 Ed Ruscha gunpowder drawing, and exceptional works on paper by Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, Jim Dine, and Joseph Cornell. The afternoon session includes fantastic examples of art by some of the most interesting, influential and visionary artists of today, including Mark Grotjahn, Carol Bove, Lucien Smith, and Hugh Scott-Douglas.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Something About New York: Tom Fruin's WATERTOWER



Location: DUMBO, Brooklyn USA
Situated on the rooftop of 20 Jay Street the sculpture is viewable from the parks and streets of Dumbo, the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, FDR Drive and Lower Manhattan. The prime viewing locations are the Brooklyn Bridge Park at Washington Street(see map), and the Manhattan Bridge bike path.

Tom Fruin Studio is pleased to present Watertower, a new sculptural artwork by Brooklyn artist Tom Fruin. For the US premiere of his internationally recognized Icon series, Fruin has created a monumental water tower sculpture in colorful salvaged plexiglas and steel. Watertower is mounted high upon a water tower platform becoming part of the DUMBO, Brooklyn skyline. This project is the fourth work in the plexiglas and steel patchwork Icon series which features scavenged, reclaimed, and recycled materials constructed into sculptural tributes to architectural icons around the world. The series began in Copenhagen withKolonihavehus in 2010, and can be seen as a three-dimensional evolution of Fruin’s found drug-bag quilts and flags for which he is well known.

Fruin, who often works with reclaimed and discarded materials, has composed Watertower from roughly one thousand scraps of plexiglas. It includes such details as interior and exterior access ladders and an operable roof hatch. The locally-sourced plexi came from all over New York City—from the floors of Chinatown sign shops, to the closed DUMBO studio of artist Dennis Oppenheim, to Astoria’s demolition salvage warehouse Build It Green!NYC.

Illuminated by the sun during the day and by Ardunio-controlled light sequences designed by Ryan Holsopple at night, this beacon of light is a tribute to the iconic New York water tower and a symbol of the vibrancy of Brooklyn. Watertower opened June 7th, with daily light shows beginning at dusk and continuing to morning.

Tom Fruin (b. 1974) works in Brooklyn, NY. His work is a part of many international museums and collections, most notably The Hanck Collection at the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, Germany; the Richard J. Massey Foundation for Arts and Sciences in New York, NY; and the Buenos Aires Design Center (Centro Metropolitano de Diseño) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Fruin’s most recent contribution to public art in New York City is the 50 foot tall neon sculpture HOTEL on the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

This public sculpture is supported in part through a Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Grant, a Build It Green materials grant, and The Richard J. Massey Foundation for Arts and Sciences. Additional technical support provided by Nick Liberis at Platform4 Collaborative Design; J. D. Messick; and Two Trees Management Co.

Watertower, 2012
found plexiglas, steel, bolts
20 x 10 x 10 feet

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Photos by Robert Banat.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Julie Langsam is back to Purchase after 30 years!...and her works are on view @ Dolly Maas Gallery

More infos

Julie Langsam: Revisiting Paradise
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 20, 4:30-7pm
On View: February 17-March 21, 2014
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm
Located within the Visual Arts Building
March 13, 6:30pm: Q&A with Cole Akers, Curator and Special Projects Manager of the Philip Johnson Glass House, Visual Arts Building, Room 1016

My selection: 

Barnes Master Plan: SUNY Purchase
Oil and acrylic on panel
23.75" x 23.75"

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Save the dates for the ART fairSSSSSS

March 5–9, 2014
Park Avenue Armory
Park Avenue at 67th Street
New York City
Gala Preview
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Wednesday–Friday: 12 to 8pm
Saturday: 12 to 7pm
Sunday: 12 to 5pm

Admission $25
Buy Tickets Now

For Preview Tickets call 212.766.9200 ext. 248
or visit Henry Street Settlement.

Volta NY
Venue: 82 Mercer Street, SoHo
Dates: March 7 – 10
Daily Hours: Thursday, 11AM – 2PM (VIP Preview); Thursday, 2PM  8PM; Friday – Saturday, 11AM  8PM; Sunday, 11AM – 6PM

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

recent article written by Michael Torlen ....about the teaching of Hoyt L. Sherman published In Visual Inquiry Learning and Teaching Art


ISSN: 20455879 
First published in 2012
3 issues per volume

Volume 2 Issue 3
Cover Date: September 2013
Hit with a brick: The teachings of Hoyt L. Sherman
purchase PDF
Authors:  Michael Torlen 
DOI: 10.1386/vi.2.3.313_1

Ames demonstrations,drawing,Flash Lab,Gestalt,Hoyt Sherman,neuroscience,painting,visual perception

This article discusses the pedagogy of Hoyt L. Sherman, a fine arts professor at The Ohio State University from 1932 to 1974, whose approach to art education utilized the psychology and physiology of visual perception as presented in his three pedagogical books – Drawing By Seeing (1947), The Visual Demonstration Center (1951) and Cézanne and Visual Form (1952). The article describes Sherman’s innovations, The Visual Training Laboratory (aka Flash Lab) and the Visual Demonstration Center, comments on two of the demonstrations, and summarizes several of Sherman’s key ideas, arguing that recent studies in neuroscience confirm his thinking. A review of Hoyt Sherman’s pedagogical legacy concludes the article. His most notable student, Roy Lichtenstein, credited Sherman’s ideas on perception and visual unity as a major influence

Brooklyn Diner as suggested by NU HOTEL

Casual American
79 North 11th Street 

178 Broadway 

Southern/New American
329 Smith Street 

Pan Asian
112 Smith Street 

70 North 6th Street 

New American
72 Hudson Avenue 

AL DI LA   7
248 5th Avenue 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Save the date Next exhibit @ DODGE gallery Opens Saturday March 1 6-8pm

March 1 - April 13, 2014
Reception: Saturday, March 1, 6-8pm
Nancy Shaver, Mary Barrett #2 blue, 2013, found metal, wooden blocks, fabric, pillow, 
fabric loops, paper Flashe acrylic paint, house paint, 19 x 36 x 22 inches. Welding: John 
Jackson. Courtesy of Feature Inc.

Family and friends, working for living, living for making art, thinking art.

Duchamp was able to devote his life to thinking art; no family, no job, 
no Income Tax, no internet. A $1.00 plate of spaghetti a day. He said, 
"Fifty years ago we were pariahs. A young girl's parents would never let
 her marry an artist."

In 2014 artists are educated as artists; in schools, by other artists, and
 by themselves. They an upper class, a middle class, a working 
class, a working poor. Famous. Famous for being famous. Not famous.


Family and friends, working for living, living for making art, thinking art.

Taylor Davis teacher, artist
Judy Linn teacher, artist
Thomas Nozkowski father, teacher, artist
Patrick Purcell father, teacher, potter, artist
Nancy Shaver shop keeper, teacher, artist
Tracy Miller mother, artist
Allyson Strafella mother, artist

The readings of Fannie Howe, Gertrude Stein, and John D. Mc Donald
 that inspired the show are about working and living. We are interested
 in other artists who make work that comes directly from the observation 
and place of their complex lives. Judy Linn, Thomas Nozkowski, 
Patrick Purcell, Tracy Miller, Allyson Strafella, Juan Miro, and David Smith
 (because we were not able to borrow work, we have included snapshots) do this work in a tough and absolute way.

In collaboration with Feature Inc., Gallery Joe and PACE Gallery.
Taylor Davis, Untitled (Farmtek #2), 2014, copic marker and collage on sized canvas, 75.5 x 60.5 inches.
Photo: Stewart Clements
Everything is everything.
The relationships between things are equal.
There is not one move. The structure is not the full story.

The sentence is content and syntax and form and color and the body moving.
Try not to make judgment, there is nothing to figure out, the eggs could tip over.
It's a quantity. A collection of a lot of elements.
Look and consider.
The grid allows for moving and rotating.
It's precision to randomness.
an invitation to float and turn in the world.

There is not one entry or exit
It will meet you whoever you are.
Everything is in front of you.
It will meet you wherever you are.
What thread do you want to pick?
Proximity is knowing.
It is happening I this room, right now.

Look, move return, look again, move again return.

Taylor Davis was born in Palm Springs, California. She received her BS from Tufts University in 1985 and her MFA from Bard College in 1997. In 1984, she completed the certificate program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Her work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; White Columns, New York, NY; The Contemporary Austin, Austin, TX; and UTS Gallery, Sydney, Australia. She was the recipient of the Museum of Fine Arts Traveling Scholarship, Milton and Sally Avery Scholarship at Bard College, Massachusetts Cultural Council Sculpture Grant, Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston Artist Prize, St. Botolph Foundation Grant, and Radcliffe Fellowship. Davis's work has been reviewed in Artforum, The New York Times, Art in America, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe, among others. Her work is included in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, and Fogg Art Museum. In 2014, she will have a solo exhibition at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and she will be included in an exhibition at The Francis Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery. Davis lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.

Nancy Shaver is an artist who lives and works in Jefferson, New York and Hudson, New York. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute. She has been visiting artist at Massachusetts College of Art, Vassar College, Harvard College, and Rhode Island School of Design. She has been a Senior Artist in Residence in Giverny, France. She is part of Incident Report, which is a collection of 3 artists: Max Goldfarb, Nancy Shaver, and Allyson Strafella, presenting work of other artists to the public of Hudson, New York. She owns and runs a small shop called Henry in Hudson, NewYork next to Incident Report. Shaver organized a show called History, Use, and Borrowed Landscape for the John Davis Gallery in Hudson, New York, 2008

check out NEW YORK NATIVES website..

Where  I could read today the information below and lots of other information...

By On This Day in NYC's History


On February 17, 1913: The New York Armory Show, then known as the International Exhibition of Modern Art, introduced the artists Picasso, Matisse and Duchamp to the United States. The show was described as “an invasion of modern art on America.”
Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Friday, February 14, 2014

LAST opportunity to meet MICHAEL TORLEN @ ARTLAB78

You are welcomed to take a look this SATURDAY february 15 from 3 to 6 pm

Check out Michael Torlen's website:

Keep posted by signing for the newsletter on ARTLAB78 website

Remember the idea for ARTLAB78


ARTLAB78 is a new experimental exhibition space in NYC where invited artists are given the opportunity to show their work in an intimate setting to a selected audience composed of  artlovers, critics, journalists, designer, artists and friends.
ARTLAB78 will be
  • a gallery space, as the work is for sale
  • a meeting place for the artist and audience, and
  • a center for dialogue.
It will also serve as a short-term residence for an artist, if the artist is not living in New York City.
ARTLAB78 draws its inspiration from
  • Alfred Stieglitz’s galleries: 291, “Intimate Gallery, and ” An American Place;
  • Roy Neuberger and patrons like him who decided to help living artists; and
  • Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney who trusted her own taste and provided exhibition opportunities for artists.
It’s a terrific adventure and you’re invited to share in it with Laurence and Franck Neron-Bancel.
Laurence and Franck Neron-Bancel curate all exhibitions.
Contact information:

"Dear Diary: Update on All" on view @ the Neuberger has been reviewed in the NYTimes


From Private Repository to Public Forum

A Review of ‘Dear Diary: Update on All’ in Purchase