Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 Favorites in Art, Style, Music and Film

Happy 2010!  Review our 2009 Favorites in Art, Style, Music and Film
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In 2009, KiptonART explored not only the business of emerging artists but the entire creative market encompassing art, music, fashion, film and soirees. 2009 -- the year of change -- has prepared art mavens for the coming decade. Reflecting on the seasons past here are influential events or people who are sure to impact the coming years ahead. From Lady Gaga, Chado Ralph Rucci, Irving Penn, Jeanne-Claude, Tom Ford, Donna Karan, Eldar, Taylor Swift, Whitney Museum, MTV and more. 

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Featured Artist Interview: Samantha Keely Smith

KiptonART Interviews Featured Artist, Samantha Keely Smith

Q: Who/what is your biggest influence or inspiration right now?
A: My biggest inspiration is always the images/visions I see in my head- the colors, light, and shapes that are the beginnings of the paintings. After that the paintings unfold organically.  In other words, I feel like the painting itself dictates the direction in which it should go, and the only way I know that it is working is when nothing about it feels wrong in comparison to the image in my mind (which is not so much a lucid image, but more a thing of emotion translated into color and light). I try to bring this to the canvas in a way that is as true as possible. Because the work deals with the dichotomy of our realities (our inner life in comparison to the life we see, hear, smell, and feel around us) the work tends to have a sense of place. This is the place in between our inner and outer worlds-  where  our worlds collide. 
Other than that, I am always inspired by music, and by literature (usually Nineteenth Century novels, or historical fiction). Recently, I have been re-reading a great book that my very first painting teacher gave me (when I was doing my first still-life studies in oil at the age of 17) called Art and the Creative Consciousness by Graham Collier, 1972. It is a very inspiring book about the creative process.  Something else I find fascinating is the idea of the Duende. In particular I find Frederico Garcia Lorca’s essay about the Duende to be powerfully moving and inspiring. You can read the essay online here

Q: What is the first thing that comes to mind after an opening?
A: Now I can get back to my painting.
Openings are very stressful for me.

Read the full interview in the Online Magazine here
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Photo Courtesy of Samantha Keely Smith

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Movie Review: Tom Ford's "A Single Man" starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore

Tom Ford's directorial debut is a Ms. Dalloway story for the Mr.'s. Situated as one day in the life of George Falconer (Colin Firth); A Single Man depicts the romantic melancholy of an English Professor mourning the loss of his longtime partner Jim (Matthew Goode). Julianne Moore wakes to transform as the wrinkled washed out neighbor, who by supper channels an Ann-Margret beauty and Falconer's confidant. Like Ms. Dalloway, suicide is not only respected but also treated as an understandable solution to fear and isolation.

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Photograph: Movie Release Poster for A Single Man starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore

Monday, December 28, 2009

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker at NYC Ballet since 1954

New York City Ballet gave its first performance of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker in February, 1954. Since then, the Company has danced 1,560 performances and it continues to capture the attention of children and families.  All 90 dancers, 62 musicians, 32 stagehands and two casts of 50 young students each from the School of American Ballet join forces to make each performance as magical as possible. Children of all ages from New York City and the nation fill the New York State Theater to be captivated by the lure of Tschaikovsky's music, Balanchine's choreography, Karinska's sumptuous costumes, and Rouben Ter-Arutunian's magical sets. George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™, based on the Alexandre Dumas pere version of E.T.A. Hoffmann's tale, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (1816), demands a full-scale production.  The elaborate stage elements and intricate lighting unleash the viewers' imagination by providing visual effects that are extraordinarily grand. The most famous example is the one-ton Christmas tree that grows from a height of 12 feet to 40 feet, evoking audible gasps of disbelief from the audience at each performance. Other notable feats include the comic figure of "Mother Ginger"--85 pounds and nine feet wide, the costume requires handling by three people once it is lowered by pulley over the dancer's head--as well as the continuous flutter of the purest, crystal-shaped snowflakes (which are swept up and conserved after each performance for reuse).  While these technical achievements are wonderful fun, it is Balanchine's choreography that sustains the ballet through two acts. Act I introduces the characters--the Stahlbaum children, Marie and Fritz, Herr Drosselmeier and his Nephew--and also begins the transition from reality into fantasy with the concluding Snowflake Waltz. Act II offers the complete transformation. We have entered the "Kingdom of the Sugarplum Fairy" and there is no turning back.  NYC Ballet calender and Nutcracker tickets here.

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Photo: Paul Kolnik

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Hansel and Gretel Opera, A Must See This Holiday Season

Currently, at the MET is Engelbert Humperdinck's opera "Hansel and Gretel."  It is filled full of joy, laughter, drama and loads of beautifully made desserts fit to please any child or adult . The 2009/2010 cast includes conductor, Fabio Luisi; Gretel, Miah Persson; Hansel, Angelika Kirchschlager; Gertrude, Rosalind Plowright; The Witch, Philip Langridge; Peter, Dwayne Croft.  With only a handful of performances left, try to get tickets to see in person go online and Listen or Subscribe to MET's HD TV and watch now.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays from KiptonART!

2009 was a year of rebuilding and renewed excitement for KiptonART.  Over the last year, we have dedicated ourselves to provide the necessary tools for career growth. We realize there are other artist websites offering similar services; however, KiptonART is unique because we have a built brand over many years with a specific goal of Giving Artists Access. As we continue to expand our daily, weekly and monthly content, realize that KiptonART is now hitting in over 60 countries around the globe further strengthening our company's footprint to support emerging talent. This past year we have been fortunate enough to work with some of the top musicians, brands and patrons to further the mission of KiptonART. Thank you for the support of our organization and the newly launched Foundation.

We wish you and your family a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Movie Review: James Cameron's AVATAR starring Sigourney Weaver & Sam Worthington

What took God seven days to create, took James Cameron fifteen years of imagination, patience and major backers (estimated cost of production including marketing is anywhere between 250-400 million). The world of Pandora is as real as our own encompassed by lush jungles, cascading waterfalls and the Hallelujah Mountains, a rigorous terrain of free-floating cliffs in the sky. Though set in the far future of 2154 the premise is familiar, with American ideologies like "we must fight terror with terror" being heard in the dialogue. Symbolic themes of imperialism, war and environmental issues make a deep impact, especially if you see it in 3D Imax. Starring Sigourney Weaver and Sam Worthington.

Read full AVATAR movie review here

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Photo: Theatrical Release Poster

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Movie Review: NINE with Oscar winners Daniel Day Lewis, Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Sophia Loren & Nicole Kidman

Only a film packed with this many Oscar-winning leading ladies such as Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Sophia Loren and Nicole Kidman would have me trudging through the snow at 10 am, Sunday morning. I figured if some could wake to attend early mass, I could go see a film that depicted 60's Catholic Italian lifestyle of the famous and fashionable. The viewer enters a psychological plot, into the mind of a director who is suffering from writers block and a dangerous case of whore/Madonna complex nurtured by "mama" issues. Other stars included Daniel Day Lewis, Kate Hudson and Fergie.

Read full NINE movie review here
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Photo: Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Sophia Loren, Fergie, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson
Photo Courtesy of The Daily Contributor

Monday, December 21, 2009

Featured Artist: Kiritin Beyer, KiptonART Rising 2010 Winner

KiptonART sat down with Kiritin Beyer, 2010 KiptonART Rising Winner to ask her a few questions.  Beyer states, "I want to commemorate the disappearing way of life of farmers in highland towns of the Pyrenees, France. This particular agrarian lifestyle fascinates us partly for the connection it suggests with the rhythms of nature, partly for the sense it gives of the continuity of life, partly for its implication that we consider cherishing simplicity in an increasingly complex world, and partly for what it tells us about not only where we come from but also where we are heading."

Read the full interview with Beyer here

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Photo: Beyer with KiptonART 2010 Rising Award, November 2, 2009
Photo Courtesy of Patrick McMullan Company

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Featured Gallery: POP Gallery- Santa Fe, New Mexico

POP Gallery
133 West Water Street Santa Fe, NM 87501
Owners: Michael and Sharla McDowell
Specialty: Pop Modernism, Surreal, Illustration, photography and Whimsy Art.
Website URL: <

Santa Fe's only hip fusion gallery established in 2007 with an eye on branding & gallery experience that reaches out to the young and older collector--the current collector in a  high tech world.

How would you describe the work your gallery specializes in? We're probably Santa Fe's most unique gallery in that we specialize in emerging and established artists that offer an off beat and refreshing change to the traditional markets.

What message, as a gallery, do you want people to leave your shows/gallery with? That we are a unique and enlightening gallery experience. Everybody should leave with the feeling that they were cared for and that their needs were meet. We really try and be that gallery where you feel comfortable hanging out. 

Click here to read more on the POP Gallery interview
Story by D Mitri Agnés-Capone

Saturday, December 19, 2009

ART TALK with designer, Nicole Hanley

Nicole Hanley

Who are you favorite artists on KiptonART?

I love three different artists on KiptonART! 
1. Ben Fink Shapiro: I like all of his work as it is an exciting combination of intriguing subject/content and technical/textural precision.
2. Melissa Fleming's 'Sentient V' photographs because I'm always drawn to black/white ocean scapes. Her vision (though a different technique) reminds me of Robert Longo.

Photo Above: Kipton Cronkite, Nicole Hanley taken at the KiptonART & Moti Hasson Gallery event in 2006.  

Photo Courtesy of Patrick McMullan

ART TALK with Marcia Levine

Marcia Levine
Special Projects Director, Marlborough Gallery

What/Who are your favorite pieces or artists on KiptonART?

I like the work of Matthew Satz. The vision of the artist all seems ephemeral and a dreamlike quality. I also enjoy Paul Seftel's work. I like the texture of his paintings and the recall of the past. I’m not a stamp collector but he could convert me to becoming one.

What artists have most inspired or influenced you?

Giacometti, Rothko and some artists that I have worked with such as Manolo Valdes and Claudio Bravo.

Read more ART TALK with Marcia Levine in the KiptonART Online Magazine

Left: Marcia Levine arriving at Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Friday, December 18, 2009

14-day free trial of art on KiptonART Begins Now

Our own, Paul Seftel, has created beautiful original watercolor compositions just in time for the holidays!  For only $985, take home a beautiful gift of art for your loved one!  Seftel creates highly original work using raw pigments and mixed media to finding hidden forms and messages in process oriented techniques. These compositions watercolors on fine artist paper were created by suspending pigments in ice cubes and manipulating the melting process.  

Kipton Cronkite announced the new e-Commerce capabilities in November which have begun to streamline the art buying process allowing artists direct access to collectors.  Collectors are able to browse through hundreds of top emerging artists and request up to a 14-day free trial period to 'live' with the works of art before purchase.  "I wanted to give collectors direct access to artists and our e-Commerce technology allows direct contact with the artists and a chance to live with the work before paying for it," Cronkite stated. To get started, collectors simply log into KiptonART's secure server after a brief registration.  Once artist selections are chosen, a submission request is processed with an online notification automatically delivered to the artist creating a buy or loan opportunity.  Each artist approval is either approved or denied by the artist.  For approval requests, the clock begins and art is scheduled for delivery.  "We even have artists selling original work for a few hundred dollars and up," Cronkite emphasizes, "It's important for clients of KiptonART to have an opportunity to buy quality work at a fair price." 

*Shipping charges apply
Above Image: Rising Son, 12 x 16 inches

Read more about Paul Seftel in our artist gallery

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Abu Dhabi Art 2009 Inaugurial Event Debuts at $3 billion Emirates Palace Hotel

Abu Dhabi Art (ADA) held their inaugural event on Nov. 19-22, 2009 and debuted at the super-luxurious, $3-billion Emirates Palace Hotel amid much glitz, pomp and art-world curiosity. In attendance, Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al-Nahyan, Crown Prince's wife, Sheikha Salama, art dealers Larry Gagosian, Tony Shafrazi and art galleries such as Galerie Jerome de Noirmont and New York's Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller.  Heavy weight contemporary artists Jeff Koons, David Mach, Louise Bourgeois made their debut while Andy Warhol triptych's of portraits of the late Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, his wife, the Empress Farah Pahlavi, and his twin sister, Princess Ashraf Pahlavi were seen by attendees.

Read More in the Online Magazine by Nazy Nazhand

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Above: Jeff Koons, Diamond (Red), (1994-2005), Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery, New York

i AM for video debut

People of New York, Who Are You? By leaving a small white board with the words “I Am” scribed on its surface KiptonART catches on camera answers from a diverse group of the city’s partygoers, artists and patrons. Everyone involved has different takes on the Zen-like idea of themselves. At first those proclaiming to be stylist, art lover and such write the self-declarations in secretive dear diary form. Eventually, public displays of announcements appear with groups proudly declaring support for fellow peers and artists.  “The World is Art”, stated by acclaimed author Anisha Lakhani reminds viewers that we are all creative forces whether you are like “Fabulous Designer” Amy Smilovic of fashion line Tibi or “Jeweler” Laetitia Stanfield. KiptonART bridges talented multi-media artists with vast amounts of people globally.  Chessy Wilson’s message “Art Makes Good Business” is supported by the likes of “Art Collector” Paul Slater and “Entrepreneur” tea maven Tracy Stern and "Public Relations" guru Liz Walker. Founder Kipton Cronkite “I AM: KiptonART” has developed an online gallery that allows users to view and purchase works directly while being logged into their account. Investing not only into their future but also into the future of artists.  Most importantly, “Artists Need You” is warmly delivered by Fine Arts expert Sarah Basile following fellow supporter “Museum Goer” Dabney Mercer and “Curator” Anastasia Rogers. KiptonART has over 200 artists with unique profiles fully updated with biographies, exhibitions and press. Artists are looking for collectors in order to keep creating.  Be a “Colorful Thinker” as Kwesi Blair writes. Join others who support artists such as “Photog” Michael Kwiecinski by logging into KiptonART let us know who you are!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Santa Fe, New Mexico Continues to Dominate as 2nd Largest Art Market in U.S.

Over the next few months, KiptonART will take you on a journey to the New Mexico region where we will cover the art market and introduce you to some local art galleries. This is a brief introduction to kick-off the coverage.

High above New Mexico's broken mesas, a glittering and elusive hamlet sits perched atop the vast and haunting Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Santa Fe, meaning "Holy City", is ranked as the second largest art market - in terms of sales - in the United States. This 400-year-old capital traces its beginnings to the Camino Real, where it served as an international art hub for Spain's expansive trade network in Europe, Asia and the America's during the Colonial era. Today, a resplendent treasure trove of creativity, Santa Fe's culture economy, worth more than $1 Billion in receipts annually, is a livelihood for many residents.  Designer Tom Ford once said on Charlie Rose that if he had just six months to live he would surely "jump on a plane and go to Santa Fe."

Read more about Santa Fe and meet one of the local art galleries.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Kipton Cronkite Interviewed for 'Young Blood' in MODERN PAINTER Magazine - December 2009/January 2010

In the December 2009/January 2010 issue of Modern Painter, Erica Orden wrote an article called "New Blood, The Quest for Young Collectors."  It dives into how organizations such as Christie's and museums such as MoMA and the Guggenheim Museum are going all out to attract the younger set.  You'll see images of Olivia Palermo, Whitney Port, Roxy Olin and Kipton Cronkite. Along with other interviewees, our founder was quoted in the article and below is an excerpt. Pick up a copy at your local retailer or view the article and images online in Modern Painter's December 2009/January 2010 issue.

"It is a great opportunity for young collectors to buy right now because prices are lower, so they can get more value for their dollar than they could a year or two ago," says Kipton Cronkite, whose company, KiptonART, connects aspiring aficionados with emerging artists through social events and other activities. "The state of the market is affecting collectors in terms of the ability to buy certain things, but because prices are coming down in art, just as they are in real estate and other sectors, people are trying to think about art not just as an investment but as a way of getting behind a particular individual who really needs support and visibility. A year or two ago, cash was flowing, and people were like, Oh, this is the hottest artist of the moment. And now I see people really looking at the pieces more and really forming an emotional attachment to them."

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

KiptonART Broadens Artist Exposure To Expand Real Estate Art Placement & Curation

Over the past 4 years, KiptonART has partnered with elite real estate properties in New York City to provide and rotate artwork to enhance building lobbies and common spaces. Leveraging our curatorial expertise and our wealth of talented, innovative and diverse artists, we bring a new level of support to real estate agents and developers. Working with KiptonART is an easy and stress-free experience. The KiptonART Team manages all project logistics from conception of the artworks chosen, to installation and pricing strategy suitable to any budget. After spending some time on-site to acquaint ourselves with the space and the clientele, we filter through our vast database of artwork to find pieces that are appropriate in size, medium, color and subject matter. We then provide a final selection of pieces for approval and personally deliver and hang the artwork according to client deadlines. Founder, Kipton Cronkite states, "We will do whatever we can to help promote and support the hundreds of emerging artists who are part of the KiptonART Family."

Curatorial agreements range in price based on the following variables:
- Duration of agreement (3 months - 1 year)
- Number of art rotations (1 - 3x per year)
- Duration of each rotation (90 days)
- Number of art pieces (1+)
- Value of artwork ($500+)

Highlights of past/current New York projects include:
- Flank, 135 West 4th Street
- Flank, 40 Walker Street
- Linden 78 (78th and Amsterdam)
- Ariel East (100th and Broadway)

Above: Artist rendering of Linden 78 located in New York on 78th and Amsterdam

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Bvlgari 125th Anniversary at Christie's Supports Save the Children's Rewrite the Future campaign

Italian luxury goods company Bvlgari celebrated their 125th anniversary at Christie's in New York on Tuesday evening.  It was recently announced that Bulgari chose to support the charity, Save the Children, for their 'Rewrite the Future' Campaign.  Celebrities and art patrons attending included Ricky Martin, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, David Patrick Columbia, Amy Fine Collins, Miguel Fabregas, Lydia Fenet, Jessica Lange, Gillian Miniter, Eileen Guggenheim, Catherine Saxton, Lauren Remington Platt, Susan Shin, Veronica Bulgari, Beatrice Bulgari, Mark Shriver, Ann Caruso, Eugenie Niarchos, Katherine Bryan, Keith Baptista of KCD and George McNeely of Christie's.   The Rewrite the Future campaign is committed to providing quality education to 8 million children in conflict-affected areas by the end of 2010.  Bulgari's ultimate goal is to raise 10 million for Save the Children by the end of 2009, of which 1 million will be donated in advance to kick-off the initiative. For more information, click here.


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Image above of Ricky Martin, Esther Canadas
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MET's Ex-Director, Thomas Hoving, Leaves Indelible Memory

Thomas Hoving, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Director from 1967 to 1977, passed away on Thursday, December 10.  As a child, I remember visiting the King Tutankhamun exhibitions while wondering who made it possible. Through Hoving's efforts, King Tut's tomb became the most popular exhibit in the museum's history and drew more than 1 million visitors in New York (plus another 5.6 million more at five other American museums).  Hoving was known by his peers as one who did anything to make people notice great art.  He ambitiously set out to get New Yorker's attention by hanging huge banners over Fifth Avenue to promote exhibitions.  A native New Yorker, a scholar, an art curator, the city's parks commissioner and a best-selling author, Hoving graduated from Princeton University and earned a Ph.D. in art before settling at the Met in 1959.  When he took over the Met at only 35, he was the youngest director ever to be chosen.  He was a visionary leader who created a department for contemporary works, displaying American artists such as Jackson Pollack, Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol.  We'll miss you Mr. Hoving, but your legacy and energy lives on for children and adults to enjoy for generations to come. 

Above: Thomas P.F. Hoving, Jan. 4, 1967
AP – FILE - In this file photo of Hoving attending a party in New York

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Gallery Talk and Tour of Dan Flavin at David Zwirner Today

Dan Flavin: Series and Progressions 
A guided tour of the exhibition with Johannes Vogt
Saturday, December 12, 11:30AM - 1:30PM
David Zwirner 525 West 19th Street, New York

Johannes Vogt is an art historian currently based in New York. He co-authored the recent monograph Dan Flavin: Icons (Schirmer/Mosel, 2009). He has worked with the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, where, as Assistant Curator, he coordinated the exhibition Dan Flavin: A Retrospective when it traveled there in 2006. Vogt, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art History at the Freie Universität, Berlin, is currently completing his dissertation on the work of Donald Judd and Dan Flavin.

The exhibition will be on view through Saturday December 19

Read more on the Dan Flavin exhibit in the KiptonART Online Magazine.
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Image courtesy of David Zwirner. Image: Dan Flavin, alternating pink and "gold", 1967, pink and yellow flourescent light

Friday, December 11, 2009

Whitney Biennial 2010 Artists Announced

Today, art world tongues are wagging at the Whitney Museum of American Art's announcement of the artists participating in the upcoming Whitney Biennial, 2010 which takes over the Museum from February 25 through May 30, 2010. This is the 75th in the ongoing series of Biennials and Annuals presented by the Whitney since 1932, two years after the Museum was founded.  On view will be a mix of well-known and new artists ranging in age from a 23-year-old photographer, Tam Tran, to the 75-year-old conceptual artist Lorraine O’Grady.  For 2010, the Biennial includes 55 artists, down from 81 in 2008 and 100 in 2006.

The fifty-five artists were selected by curator Francesco Bonami and associate curator Gary Carrion-Murayari. Eleven of the artists have shown in past Whitney Biennials: James Casebere and George Condo in the 1980s, Suzan Frecon in 2000, Hannah Greely in 2006, Robert Grosvenor in the 1960s and 70s, Martin Kersels in 1997, Jim Lutes in 1987, Ari Marcopoulos in 2002, Josephine Meckseper in 2006, Charles Ray several times in the 1980s and 90s; Ray, who also had a solo retrospective at the Whitney in 1998, makes a departure from his previous work with his installation in 2010. 
Read the full article and meet all fifty-five artists here!

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Image above: "Smoke Knows," 2009, by Pae White
Photo Courtesy of Fredrik Nilsen.

Avery McCarthy at MEDIALOUNGE Exhibit and Performance Tonight


Friday, December 11, 2009
Opening Reception    6 PM - 8:30 PM
Performances        8:30 PM - 11 PM
Open Bar         6 PM - 9 PM
(Sponsored by Magic Hat)
Featured DJ Orion    11 PM - 1 AM
Free Admission

The Grace Exhibition Space
840 Broadway, 2nd Fl.
Brooklyn, NY 11206

MediaLounge is a gallery space and festival in which traditional aesthetics re-worked, familiar technologies repurposed, and common culture remixed. Its mission is to expose new media artists who place themselves in dialog with emerging technologies.

Tonight's installation will feature KiptonART Rising Artist Avery McCarthy as well as Michelle Scourtos, Mooshir, Chris Smith, Meng Li, Maowei Yu, Anne Hartung, Bombonia, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Kate Freer, Ellie Famutimi and Richard Kamerman. Performance artists include McCarthy, as well as Molmol, 0H10M1ke, Max Nova, Andrew Scoville and Ilana Weber.

Read more on tonight's event in the KiptonART Online Magazine.
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Image courtesy of MediaLounge.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

ART TALK with Nina Freudenberger, Interviewed by Kipton Cronkite

What are your favorite piece/pieces or artists on
I am really drawn to the work by James Kennedy, both to the simple color palette as well as to the juxtaposition of his two artistic styles. The architectural sensibility in the works "Bracket" and "Choreography 3" and the emotional expression in his pieces "Ominous" and "Incident" show both the diversity as an artist as well as the ability to be stylistically flexible.

How would you describe your style in your home?
Being an interior designer and surrounded on a regular basis with infinite choices of color and texture, I focused on keeping my home neutral in palette. To keep it interesting, I used a tonal striation on my walls but made sure to layer graphic patterns which are simple yet bold. Being trained in architecture, I have a love for classic pieces which provide inspiration for perfection in form and design, such as the Saarinen table and the Barcelona chairs by Mies van der Rohe.

Read more ART TALK with Nina in the KiptonART Online Magazine.
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Image courtesy of Nina Freudenberger.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

ART TALK with Ally Hilfiger: Interview by Kipton Cronkite

Who is your favorite artist on Why?
Sean Schumacher is one of my favorite artists on KiptonART.  He is a photographer and while I love photographs, I especially like his work.  I appreciate quirkiness, randomness and reality, which to me all equal beauty.

What was the last exhibition you saw?
The last exhibition I went to in New York was the Kandinsky exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum.

What artist has most influenced or inspired you in life?
The artists who have most inspired me are the ones who I know personally.  Of course, I appreciate famous and deceased artists too, but my friends inspire me consistently.

Read more ART TALK with Ally Hilfiger in the KiptonART Online Magazine.

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Image courtesy of Patrick McMullan.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Wallace Berman of the Beat Generation at Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery

Wallace Berman
November 6, 2009 - January 9, 2010
Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, 526 W. 26th Street, #213, New York, NY 10001

Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of Wallace Berman (1926-1976), a multi-media artist of California's infamous Beat generation. Building on the gallery's longstanding involvement with artists of the California counterculture, this exhibition presents a rare opportunity to consider the scope of Berman's practice.  Considered by many to be a major figure of the assemblage movement, Berman was active within the Los Angeles and San Francisco Beat communities and acted as a mentor and spiritual advisor to many artists.

Through sculpture, collage and the underground publication Semina, Berman fused aspects of photography, film and print.   Central to Berman's multifaceted practice is the Verifax collage, an early photocopier technology.  Berman manipulated ephemeral compositions directly on the copier plate, creating prints that are in fact unique originals. In 1957, Berman had his first gallery show at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles. However, after only two weeks, the police came to the gallery on an anonymous tip searching for a work that had been described as pornographic. A small, appropriated image near the exit caused the police to deem the show obscene, demand its immediate closure, and arrest Berman.

Read more on the Wallace Berman exhibit in the KiptonART Online Gallery.
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Image courtesy of Nicole Klagbrun Gallery. Image: Wallace Berman, Untitled (Nebula, Buddha, and Roses), 1975, 24-image positive Verifax collage, 30.75 x 33.5 in.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Day 3: Miami Art Basel 2009 Coverage, Saturday December 5th

There was a definite positive attitude felt at Miami Basel's main fair at the convention center. Throughout the space chatter was heard about the amount of sales this year, which is on a definite rise from last years slow slump. A small Andy Warhol Mao painting went for a reported 2.2 million, not too shabby (nearby was a David LaChapelle photograph with a colorful Amanda Lepore portraying Warhol's Marilyn). When I arrived I found Kipton Cronkite lingering around the Marlborough Gallery booth. He was ecstatic having just purchased a Juan Genoves piece for his own collection. Genoves is a famed contemporary Spanish artist whose works reflect social alienation, conformity and reformation, with images of lone beings in scattered groups. Recently, Latin American and Spanish influenced art has taken my interest. After visiting the Museo del Prado in Madrid, I began to research works by Velaquez, El Greco and Goya. Last month at the Christie's fall preview of Latin American artist I found my new favorite, Claudio Bravo. Bravo's photorealism technique may quite possibly be the best in the business and I spent a good deal of time scoping out his work in the booth. Other Latin artists seen throughout the fair are the blue chip tiered works by MiroPicasso and Botero. As we walked through the stalls, Kipton ran into Miami based artist Romero Britto who invited him to visit his studio the following morning. Britto's colorful sculptures are commonly seen throughout the city and around the world.

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Image taken by Zev Eisenberg: Miró, Untitled

Christian Cotas Holiday Charity Cheer

We at KiptonART understand the importance of e-Commerce (login and check out our new feature which allows users to purchase and loan works). That is why I was so excited to check out the e-Commerce launch party for Christian Cota fashion designs on December 2nd. The event honored 2009 CNN's Heroes nominee Don Hendley and his charity Wine to Water. Wine to Water created in 2004 is a non-profit foundation focused on bringing clean water to needed countries around the world. Current projects are being developed in Peru, Sudan and India. While sipping on champagne and eating goodies prepared by restaurant Marc Forgione, guests, such as star interior designer Nate Berkus and Jennifer Bell, looked through Cota's updated website (which has a visually brilliant homepage inspired by Cota's bright designs). 

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Image courtesy of Christian Cota. Image: Ana Ortiz, Christian Cota, Don Hendley

Patrick Demarchelier Book Signing in NYC - Tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
6:30 to 7:30 PM

Clic Gallery & Bookstore
255 Centre Street (at Broome Street)
New York, NY 10013

Internationally renowned photographer Patrick Demarchelier will be on-site at Clic Gallery signing copies of the book PATRICK DEMARCHILER by Steidldangin. The publication contains 400 images from Demarchelier's unmatched body of work, as well as an introduction by VOGUE editor Anna Wintour.

Read more in the KiptonART Online Magazine.
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Image courtesy of Clic Gallery.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Day 2: Miami Art Basel 2009 Coverage, Friday December 4th

KiptonART Foundation and Whitewall Magazine joined forces with New York king party promoter Patrick Duffy to host a late night special performance of 'The Box' at Nikki Beach Miami.  For Basel, 'The Box' temporarily moved to Miami and turned Nikki Beach into a racy burlesque club. Other hosts included Michael Klug, George Wayne of Vanity Fair, Marlborough Gallery's Marcia LevineMatthu PlacekScott BuccheitStephanie Newhouse and Thomas Rom. Fashionable Michelle Herbert danced to the smooth beats, while friend Pierre Leval of the Marlborough Gallery took in the atmosphere. Annabel Vartanian looked on with fellow guests as acts mystified (a man balancing upside-down on stilts), amused (a drag cowboy performance that involved hula-hoops) and shocked (what can only be described as a dancing vagina, using a prop tongue to teach us how to, um, use it properly). Over 400 people attending with a massive line outside of hopefuls trying to make it into the event.

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Image: Kipton Cronkite, Marcia Levine, Pierre Leval, Michelle Herbert
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Shay Kun Featured at Basel's Viceroy Miami Hotel

Art Viceroy Miami
December 2 - December 6, 2009
11 AM - 8 PM daily, except Sunday 11 AM - 6 PM

Art Viceroy is an independently curated Special Exhibition, set within the elegant Viceroy Miami Hotel. Art Viceroy will feature over 40 bold aesthetic statements which reflect cutting edge artistic and curatorial practices. Each room of the 19th floor will feature a solo artist’s installation, formulated around the unique context, architecture and sociological space of the Viceroy. Art Viceroy is not an art fair and thus allows viewers to experience each art installation in an intimate setting and at their own leisure.

Art Viceroy Miami will include the work of KiptonART artist Shay Kun.
This special exhibit has been curated by lead curator Renee Vara, as well as Ethan Cohen, Adriana Farietta, Florence Lynch, Rupert Ravens, Benjamin Tischer + Risa Needleman, Todd Rosenbaum.

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Image: Shay Kun, Delirium, 72 x 48 in., Oil on Canvas.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Day 1: Miami Art Basel 2009 Coverage, Thursday, Dec. 3rd

Our founder, Kipton Cronkite, has been asked to provide local coverage on "How to Basel" for local Beach Channel TV on a story looking at a New Yorker's perspective on Art Basel. We headed directly down to the public displayed "Oceanfront" exhibit, which was being held on the Beach. The purpose of the space is to present works of art that are either performance or media related.

Following the visit to the Oceanfront, we headed to the high class Whitney party on the beautiful docks of The Standard Hotel (after chowing down sliders at the Raleigh). The Whitney, a favored museum of Kipton's, was honoring the upcoming Biennial and co-curator Gary Carrion-Murayari with hosts Brooke Garber Neidich, Beth Rudin DeWoody, and Adam D. Weinberg. Though the setting was gorgeous, the atmosphere was stuffy and I'm not referencing the humidity; perhaps the lack of music made it uninviting. However, friendly familiar faces were seen such as Lisa Anastos, Anastasia Rogers, Suzanne and Bob Cochran, tennis player John McEnroe, Andre Balazs, Joanne Cassullo, New York party girl Sophia Lamar and 2002 Biennial photographer Vera Lutter.

The Miami Basel coverage continues in the KiptonART Online Magazine!
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Image: Kipton Cronkite beside a towering origami structure

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Join the White Wall and KiptonART Foundation Party in Miami Tomorrow Night!

White Wall and the KiptonART Foundation host a celebration of Art Basel at The Box at Nikki Beach.

Friday, December 4, 2009 at 11 PM

Hosts include Vanity Fair's George Wayne, Kipton Cronkite, Marcia Levine, Matthu Placek, Michael Klug, Patrick Duffy, Scott Buchheit, Stephanie Newhouse and Thomas Rom.


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Celebrate Art Basel Miami Beach - Opening Tonight!


Art Basel Miami Beach - the grandest of the annual American art celebrations - opens tonight at the Miami Beach Convention Center with a slew of glamorous and cultural events.

Vernissage - 6 PM - 9 PM - By invitation only, guests are granted an exclusive preview of the art that will be on exhibition for the duration of Art Basel. International leaders of the art world converge with culture gluttons for Art Basel's most glamorous and star-studded evening.
Miami Beach Convention Center - 1901 Convention Center Drive, Entrances B & D

Oceanfront Area Opening - 7 PM - Midnight - Developed for this year's festival, Art Basel Miami Beach, New York-based public-art developer Creative Time, and multimedia artist Pae White have collaborated on the new Oceanfront area. Tonight's opening night celebration will host the annual Art Loves Music concert, featuring Ebony Bones and Amanda Blank. Throughout the duration of the four-day festival, the Oceanfront area will host curated art events nightly.
Oceanfront Area - Oceanfront at Collins Park, between 21st and 22nd Streets, 5 minutes walk from Convention Center

Bass Museum of Art Reception - 8 PM - 11 PM - Coinciding with the festival's opening night, the Bass Museum of Art will be hosting an invitation-only opening reception for exhibits Where Do We Go From Here?/Selections from La Colleccion Jumex, Dzine, Kent Henricksen: Wayward We Hunt and Selections from the Collection.
Bass Museum of Art - 2121 Park Avenue, 5 minutes walk from Convention Center

The KiptonART Online Magazine and Blog will feature daily coverage of Art Basel Miami Beach. Be sure to follow Kipton Cronkite and the KiptonART team, on-site in Miami Beach, Florida.

Read more on Art Basel Miami Beach in the KiptonART Online Magazine.
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Image courtesy of Art Basel Miami Beach.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Art Basel Miami Beach Approaches! What's In Store?

Art Basel Miami Beach begins in only 2 days!
The KiptonART Team will delivery daily coverage of exhibits and events direct from Miami Beach.

This year's Art Basel Miami Beach will feature 13 works of public art by artists from 7 countries. The projects, curated by Patrick Charpenel of Guadalajara, Mexco, will be installed in the outdoor public spaces of Miami Beach, within close proximity to the Oceanfront area and the Miami Beach Convention Center. These works engage directly with the spectator, interrupting the daily routine of passersby in poetic and surprising ways. Artists include: Eduardo Abaroa, Karmelo Bermejo, Claire Fontaine, Cao Guimarães, Gonzalo Lebrija, Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Jorge Mayet, William Pope.L, George Rickey, Santiago Sierra, Marc Swanson, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Franz West.

Read more on ABMB's Public Art in the KiptonART Online Magazine.

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Image courtesy of Art Basel Miami Beach.

Monday, November 30, 2009

DARE To Threesome by Kipton Cronkite

Last week I saw the triumphant indie film, DARE (2009) which explores natural temptations of sexual boundaries and how the smallest things one does can impact others.  I believe DARE will become 2010’s sure fire cult hit not seen since Cruel Intentions (1999) and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986).  Distributed by Image Entertainment and set in a wealthy suburb, DARE boldly explores the lives of three high school seniors at the crossroads of their adult lives trying to figure out love, rejection and obsession while uncovering how people on the surface are not always who they seem.  The word-of-mouth buzz surrounding DARE has helped it to become one of the most hotly anticipated DVD’s scheduled for release in February 2010.  The two male characters, Zach Gilford (TV’s Friday Night Lights), Ashley Springer (Teeth) and the luminous Emmy Rossum (The Day After Tomorrow, The Phantom of the Opera) head up a stellar cast including Ana Gasteyer (Mean Girls), Rooney Mara (A Nightmare on Elm Street, 2010), comedienne Sandra Bernhard (TV's Roseanne) and Alan Cumming (X2: X-Men United).   The plot begins when a pompous actor tells good girl Alexa (Rossum) that she hasn't lived, she embarks on a bold journey that takes her to mysterious bad boy Johnny (Gilford). Envious, her shy best friend Ben (Springer) also dares to pursue Johnny, complicating Alexa's romance and pushing the boundaries among the three friends.  Johnny, a sexy heartthrob desired by both creates heat and on-screen chemistry between Alexa and Ben who stop at nothing to get Johnny to have sex with them. Over the centuries, pushing boundaries is something our ancestors did quite easily.  DARE gives us hope that the MTV Generation will continue to embrace change and push the door wide open reinforcing it’s okay to go outside our comfort zone.  DARE is a film that encourages and inspires while demonstrating the basic beauty of loving openly… whether with a man or a woman…or both.  Read the full article in the KiptonART Online Magazine!

Photography Auction Tomorrow to Support Cambodian Children's Hospital

13th Annual Friends Friends of Friends Photography Auction
Benefiting Angkor Hospital for Children

Tuesday December 1, 2009
6 PM - 7 PM : Preview and Cocktail Reception
7 PM - 8:30 PM : Live Auction

Metropolitan Pavilion
123 W. 18th Street, 5th Floor - The Level
New York, NY 10011

Friends Without A Border is committed to improving the health and well being of the bhildren of Cambodia by providing quality medical care, extensive outreach and crucial medical education through Angkor Hospital for Children.

Read more on tomorrow's auction in the KiptonART Online Magazine.
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Image courtesy of Friends Without A Border.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Iceland & Japan: The Art of Two Volcanic Island Nations in NY

Volcano Lovers - From Iceland and Japan
November 13, 2009 - January 2, 2010
ISE Cultural Foundation, 555 Broadway, New York, NY 10012

ISE Cultural Foundation is pleased to present "Volcano Lovers - from Iceland and Japan" collaborative exhibition of Icelandic curator Birta Guojonsdottir and Japanese curator Shinya Watanabe.

Although the historical connection between Iceland and Japan has not been close in the past, these two island nations share obvious cultural and geographic parallels. They are located at the west and east poles of Eurasia, respectively, and have both been greatly influenced by having volcanoes as a prominent part of their natural terrain. This exhibition aspires to capture the energy and emotions that lie under the surface of minimalist expressions for these two different nations with similar backgrounds. These works subtly explore sensory experience, relativity, and the complexities of daily rituals. 

Both nations share an experience of the power and energy of earth's transformation, construction, and deconstruction. In other words, earth is created in Iceland, and perishes in Japan.

Read more on Volcano Lovers in the KiptonART Online Magazine.
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Image courtesy of ISE Cultural Foundation.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Dan Flavin's Flourescent Structures at David Zwirner

Dan Flavin: Series and Progressions 
November 5 - December 19, 2009
David Zwirner, 525 W. 19th Street, New York, NY 10011

David Zwirner is pleased to present Dan Flavin: Series and Progressions, the first exhibition of the artist's work at the gallery since having announced its representation of the Estate of Dan Flavin. From 1963, when he conceived the diagonal of May 25, 1963 (to Constantin Brancusi), a single gold, fluorescent lamp that hangs on a diagonal on the wall - a work which marks the artist's first use of fluorescent light alone, until his death in 1996, Flavin produced a singularly consistent and prodigious body of work that utilized commercially-available fluorescent lamps to create installations of light and color.

Curated by Tiffany Bell, this exhibition will examine Flavin's use of progressions and serial structures, ideas that were central to the artist's practice throughout his career. Flavin has been credited with being "one of the first artists to make use of a basically progressional procedure," and the systematic arrangement of color and light fixtures was an aspect of his work that not only led to it being characterized as Minimal art but which moreover influenced Conceptual artistic practices.

Read more on Dan Flavin in the KiptonART Online Magazine.
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Image courtesy of David Zwirner. Image: (From left to right) untitled (for John Heartfield) 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 1990, red and blue flourescent lights; untitled (to Helga and Carlo, with respect and affection), 1974, blue flourescent light