Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Super-rich battling for art in James Kaminsky's new article in Manhattan Magazine

Pick up a copy of the Jan/Feb 2012 issue of Manhattan Magazine to read the article on page 58 "The Art of Collecting."  James Kaminsky writes an enlightening piece where he discusses with various experts in the blue-chip art market on how they compete with other super-rich collectors to buy top artists.  You'll also hear thoughts from Kipton Cronkite on how his work with emerging artists at KiptonART over the last six years has turned his passion into a quiet source for saavy collectors to take advantage of early entry into investing in emerging artists before they become household names.

Monday, October 10, 2011

David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy

The Whitney Museum of American Art has always been one of our favorite places to visit.  Currently on exhibition is the work of the great American sculptor, David Smith (1906-1965).  Cubes and Anarchy offers new insights into the artist's career-long involvement with geometric forms and reveals the artist's iconic late masterpieces to be continuations of his long-standing explanation of geometric abstraction. The exhibition includes over sixty sculptures, paintings and drawings, as well as rarely-seen sketchbooks and photographs. The show schedule is October 6, 2011 - January 8, 2012.

Image courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum of Art: David Smith, The Hero, 1951-52, Painted steel, 73 3/4 x 25 1/2 x 11 3/4 in. Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund. The Estate of David Smith/VAGA, New York.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Thomas P. Campbell Launches Met's newly designed website

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Thomas P. Campbell has stressed two priorities since becoming Director and CEO: scholarship and accessibility.  He recently participated in the Met's "Connections" interview just in time for the launch of the Met's newly designed website (which we love).  Campbell tackles the topic "The Edge" as in "the edge of art exhibited at the Met."  It's impressive how quickly Mr. Campbell is living up to his word. The overwhelming success of the recent Alexander McQueen exhibition catapulted the Museum into the international spotlight and attracted a new legion of fans.

Preview what's on exhibition now and coming up this fall.  On the newly designed site, one can also browse complete listings of the Museum's catalogued collections, explore an interactive map -- with descriptions of every gallery in the Main Building and at The Cloisters -- suggested itineraries to help you plan your visit, special content for Members, and much more.

Friday, September 30, 2011

MOCA's Director Jeffrey Deitch, included in WSJ Magazine's October Men's Style Issue

Los Angeles's Museum of Contemporary Art Director, Jeffrey Deitch, is the subject of WSJ. Magazine's TRACKED feature this month, online today and on newsstands tomorrow, October 1.

In the feature we learn that in a little more than 12 hours, Deitch oversees 8,424 visitors (25 of whom arrive by skateboard), is approached by 22 fans, sends 71 emailsanswers 14 phone calls, has an afternoon snack at Yogurtland in Little Tokyo, and retires early, at 9:30 p.m., to prepare for a 5 a.m. tour he will give to Dasha Zhukova in the morning.

In order to “track” every move Mr. Deitch makes, WSJ. Magazine reporter, Stinson Carter, had to spend an entire day with him on the last day of his first major exhibit: “Art in the Streets.” According to Carter: “The only thing harder that day than getting into the packed museum was trying to keep up with its director.”

Photo credit: Jessica Haye and Clark Hsaio 
Jeffrey Deitch in front of "Posters, 1967-2011" by Craig R. Stecyk III, part of MOCA's "Art in the Streets" exhibit

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Get to know: Nora Kimball Mulheren

In her paintings, Nora Kimball Mulheren comments on the unattainable ideals of perfection portrayed in the media. She begins with advertisements taken from fashion magazines and alters them to create wrinkles and creases that professionals would remove in the editing process. Her background in graphic design and illustration can be seen in this body of work along with a love/hate relationship with fashion.

Nora Mulheren received her BFA from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, and an MFA candiadate at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia where she was selected for the painting department’s New York Workspace residency at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York City for fall of 2010. In addition to participating in juried competitions in California, Georgia, Rhode Island and Texas, the artist has exhibited her work at Gavlak Gallery in West Palm Beach, Florida; The Rymer Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee and just had a solo show this year at Beauregard Fine Art in Rumson, New Jersey. Nora Mulheren lives and works in New York.

Image Above: Nora Kimball, "Tom Ford SS10", Watercolor, 60x40 inches
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Get to know: Photographer Celia Rogge

Inspired by the notion of discovery through reflections, Celia Rogge takes a personal, inquisitive lens to everyday life. She focuses on finding beauty in the detail. She finds the hidden obvious in her work, the sublime in detail and the emotional in the unemotional. In her vibrant manifestation, New York Reflections, she applies her reflections to New York architecture and street photography and elevates the contours of this metropolis to another perceptive level. Before unseen ornamental structures filtered through the transformative power of light become visible from behind the apparent and engage the viewer in new ways.
Born in Germany, Celia Rogge has lived and worked in New York for over a decade but has also called Berlin, London, Washington and Montreux her home. She has built a strong international reputation as a photographer over the past 10 years she has had her work exhibited by some of Germany’s prominent contemporary galleries and exhibition spaces in Berlin and Bremen: Galerie Friedmann Hahn, Galerie SchulzOnehundred, Veronica Pohle and Daub & Soehne. In the United States the renowned Galerie Mourlot in New York represents her. 

Celia Rogge is an artist of international stature and today her prints can be found in personal collections throughout Europe and the United States. In addition to her artistic photography, her oeuvre is rounded out by portraiture, celebrity photography, fashion and major event photography for clients such as Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA, IWC International Watch CompanyRalph Lauren, Bismark Philipps Communications & Media, Indyssey Entertainment, Inca Productions, DIESEL, Temperley Londonamong others. She studied at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in ManhattanGeorgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and the LSE in London

Image above: Celia Rogge, NYC Architectural Drawing, Photograph, 24x32 inches
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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Free Art Curation from KiptonART. Empty Wall? Give It Love.

Do you need help finding art for your home but are confused what to buy or where to go?  For over six years, we have been offering collectors access to the best and brightest emerging artists online through our website.  Recently we launched the highly anticipated KiptonART Interior Design Studio to give our clients access to our curatorial expertise around emerging artists.  We'll help you select art for your home or office by leveraging our relationships with over 1,800 artists and over 10,000 images in our database. 

To get started, simply email us and we will put together a customized art portfolio and send it to you via email.  We have made the process fun and very easy.  We're also available to talk through your ideas by phone or meet with you in person (if you live in Manhattan). As we're building your portfolio, we take into consideration your budget, size, themes and other parameters that are important to you.  Get an idea of a recent portfolio by clicking here.  Over the last few years, we have also had the pleasure of working with some top interior designers who have chosen their favorite works of art: Sara Gilbane, Raj Tolaram, John Willey, Drew McGukin, Maria Brito, Amy Lau and many more.  Empty Wall?  Give It Love. 

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Image above: Shay Kun, The Splendor Falls, Oil on Canvas, 65x55 inches