Sunday, May 31, 2009

Kenny Hunter showing at Conner Contemporary Art

Conner Contemporary Art held the opening reception last night for the renowned Scottish artist, Kenny Hunter. In his third solo exhibition with the gallery, the title sculpture piece, 'Like Water in Water', showcases a young stag delicately stepping through a discarded tire, as it crosses an imaginary pool of water. It is Hunter's signature style to reveal how nature adapts to human encroachment. From his own words, "I derive inspiration from the past, the subject matter I use draws upon contemporary popular, culture- its morals, politics and belief systems". Along with his sculptures, many of his screen prints are also featured.
'Like Water in Water' will be on view at Conner Contemporary Art May 30th-July 25, 2009.
Above, Kenny Hunter, Roche Rocks (detail), resin and paint, The New Art Centre, Roche Court

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Rauschenberg's unknown metals

Robert Rauschenberg, Greek Toy Glut (Neapolitan), 1987

A year after the death of Robert Rauschenberg, The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice celebrates his memory by opening the exhibition "Robert Rauschenberg: Gluts". This exhibition presents a body of work in which Rauschenberg worked in metal. Comprised of 40 works drawn from the holdings of the Rauschenberg Estate, also included are additional loans from various institutions and private collections in the United States and abroad. This exhibition will be on view May 30th through September 20th, 2009.

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Friday, May 29, 2009

"The Making Of Art" in Frankfurt

"THE MAKING OF ART" addresses the complex world of contemporary art.
This exhibition offers a look at the web of relationships created within Contemporary Art. The triangle of artwork, viewer and artist has been expanded in many ways and with that the relationships between artists, dealers, critics etc. effect the content of the work. In a large survey from the 1960's to the present, this exhibition presents the positions of many artists, including Tracey Emin, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joseph Beuys and Louise Lawler. This exhibit features approximately 150 paintings, drawings, objects, installations and videos. It addresses the current state of the complexity that guides the art world. The show will run May 29th through August 30th 2009 at Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt. Above, Tracey Emin, I've Got it All, 2000

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One of our own: Keren Moscovitch

One of KiptonART's own, KEREN MOSCOVITCH, has a solo show coming up, "Me Into You" at (the) Slap-n-Tickle (me) Gallery in Kansas City, MO. The opening will be June 5th, 2009. To acommpany her work there will be a musical performance by Amy Farrand. In addition, siz of her images from "Unearthly Remains" and "Episodic Memorial" are featured in this season's
Visual Arts Journal
Check out one of the images posted above.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Colour Chart at the Tate

At a time of unprecedented interest in the role of colour in graphic design, fashion and interior design, Tate Liverpool will be presenting Colour Chart: Reinventing Colour, 1950 to Today. Colour Chart celebrates a paradox: the beauty that occurs when contemporary artists assign colour decisions to change, readymade sources or arbitrary systems.This exhibition looks at the moment in twentieth-century art, when a collective of artists began to perceive colour as 'readymade' rather than as scientific or expressive.

This is the first major exhibition devoted to the significance of colour in contemporary art and will include works by Ellsworth Kelly, Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, Frank Stella, Yves Klein, Richard Serra, John Baldessari, Dan Flavin, Damien Hirst, David Batchelor, Jim Lambie, Angela Bulloch and Cory Archangel.

Ellsworth Kelly
Spectrum Colors Arranged by Chance II (1951)

Colour Chart: Reinventing Colour, 1950 to Today has been created by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in collaboration with Tate Liverpool. The exhibition will be open May 29th- September 13th 2009

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Stunning Jenny Holzer "Protect Protect" at Whitney until May 31

Jenny Holzer's pioneering approach to language as a carrier of content and her use of nontraditional media and public settings as vehicles for that content make her one of the most interesting and significant artists working today. Alternating between fact and fiction, the public and the private, the universal and the particular, Holzer's work offers an incisive social and psychological portrait of our times. PROTECT PROTECT centers on Holzer's work since the 1990s and is the artist's most comprehensive exhibition in the United States in more than fifteen years. The exhibition is up at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York until May 31, 2009 and is a must-see!

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Five Questions We Ask Every Artist: Poppy de Villeneuve

Poppy de Villeneuve ( drew a greatcrowd to the opening of her most recent exhibition this past week at the Soho Grand Hotel, Manhattan. The specially commissioned series You Are Everywhere displayed immobile star struck individuals amongst the crowds watching live music.The exhibition will run until September 2nd so go take a look and be inspired. Here are Poppy's answers to our five questions.

Where is your hometown?

West Sussex, UK

What was the first thing that came to mind after your opening?
What time do I leave for Pittsburgh...I had a 5a.m. call time to drive to make work in a foundry...

Why did you choose this subject?

I chose people listening/watching music as they become so entranced and they become reverent. Music can be blinding. I wanted a subject that was simple and visual andaccessible.

What or Who was the biggest influence on your education?

I think Film/TV in general was/is a huge influence. I remember Twin Peaks and how it felt like such a different world. I wanted to visit that world. That's what taking pictures is for me, an invitation into a different existence. Also growing up between the wild countryside of England and small town Ohio was such a jolting experience that it influenced me in revealing the differences/similarities in people.

What is one of your favorite exhibitions?

Although I never saw it, I've seen several prints from Avedon's -" In the American West" every time I see those faces, it blows my mind...

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Richard Avedon on Fashion

Richard Avedon revolutionized fashion photography starting in the post-World War II era and redefined the role of fashion photographer. This exhibition is the most comprehensive exploration to date of Avedon's fashion photography during his long career at Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, The New Yorker and beyond. This exhibition has more than 200 works by Avedon, spanning his entire career, and will include vintage prints, contact sheets, magazine layouts and archival material. This exhibition will run May 15- September 30, 2009 at ICP in New York.

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

"Younger Than Jesus" at The New Museum

From April 8-June 14, 2009, "The Generational: Younger Than Jesus" exhibition is on display at the New Museum in New York. This is the museum's first exhibition devoted exclusively to the artistic output of the generation born around 1980. At a time when this demographic--variably labeled the "Millennials," "Generation Y," "iGeneration," or "Generation Me"--has already become the subject of discourse surrounding pop culture, marketing, polititcs, international relations, and the economy. "Younger Than Jesus" offers an opportunity to explore its artistics production on an international scale. Drawing from the belief that some of the most enduring gestures in art have been carried out by artists early in their careers, "Younger Than Jesus" brings together the work of 50 artists from twenty-five countries, all of whom are under the age of thirty-three.

The museum gathered materials on more than 500 artists, which were reviewed by exhibition curators Lauren Cornell, Massimiliano Gioni, and Laura Hoptman. The New Museum is located at 235 Bowery, New York, New York.

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Subpar Hammer Price Trend

Closing Bids Pass Muster at Christie's, Sotheby's Index Falls Below the Benchmark


On May 6, Christie's New York sold $102.7 million worth of Impressionist and Modern Art -- a satisfactory upshot in these sterile economic times. Their presale estimate was $87.6 million to $125.2 million. Nonetheless, the May 6th sale fell considerably below last spring's sale of $277 million and Yves Saint Laurent's Impressionist and modern sale in Paris.


Picasso's "Mosquetaire a la Pipe," a 1968 portrait of a musketeer smoking a pipe in an apple-green jacket and violet cap. Estimate: $12-$18 million; final hammer price, $14.6 million. Picasso's "Femme au Chapeau," which was plucked from Julian Schnabel's collection and sold to Monte Carlo art dealer, David Nahmad, for $7.7 million. In entirety, 38 of 48 works sold, which is a strong showing that achieved 94% of its prospective value. Picasso's "Arlequin," priced to sell for $600,000, failed to sell as did other works by Chagall and Klee. Auxillary sales included a landscape by Jean Baptiste Corot titled "Plaine aux environs d'etampes," which sold for $350,000 ($100,000 above its presale estimate); a Giacometti bust, "Buste de Diego (Stele III)," for $7.6 million; Lempicka's "Madame M," which closed at $6.1 million.

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Take a Walk in Chelsea

If you're in New York on Saturday or want to just take a break and see some great art, we put together three art exhibitions within blocks of each other in Chelsea that will be sure to wow and boggle your mind. From the historical Picasso exhibition to new works by Chinese and Japanese artists, we highly recommend these exhibitions!

Yayoi Kusama's current exhibition at around the viewer, a myriad of gleaming lights that reproduce and reflect endlessly upon each other in golden silence. Titles of recent figurative paintings, in which worms, eyes and other more indeterminate Gagosian's 24th Street location includes some astonishing new works, such as Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity (2009), a mesmerizing "infinity room" that operates on a system of simple yet ingenious optical devices. In a dark void, a delicate, shimmering mirage unfoldsbiomorphic forms abound, reflect a preoccupation with mortality, as well as with enlightenment, solitude, nothingness, and the mysteries of the physical and metaphysical universe. Kusama produced her first huge paintings as a young, struggling artist in New York in the late 50s. Exhibition is up from April 16, 2009 - June 27, 2009. Gagosian Gallery, 555 West 24th Street, New York. Monday - Saturday 10am-6pm

"Picasso: Mosqueteros" is the first exhibition in the U.S. to focus on the late paintings since "Picasso: The Last Years 1963-1973" at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 1984. Organized around a large group of important, rarely seen works from the collection of Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, as well as works from The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Museo Picasso Malaga and other private collections, "Picasso: Mosqueteros" aims to expand the ongoing inquiry regarding the context, subjects and sources of the artist's late work. This exhibition is incredible and kid-friendly (except for the multiple 69 pieces which the kids won't figure out). Exhibition is up from March 26, 2009 - June 6, 2009. Gagosian Gallery, 522 West 21st Street, New York. Monday - Saturday 10am-6pm.

Huang Yong Ping created a monumental installation comprised of a single temple-like construction. Taking its form from the spiral of a coiled snake skeleton, a ramp of bamboo gradually rises taking the viewers from the tail toward its head. In transforming the rib cage of the snake into a series of arches, Huang Young Ping creates the Tower of Babel-like sculpture upon the natural material of bamboo. Only 3 people are allowed to walk on the structure (and ladies with high heels beware). Exhibition is up from May 1, 2009 - July 31, 2009. Gladstone Gallery, 530 West 21st Street, New York. Tuesday - Saturday 10am-6pm.

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I.M. Pei Surprise Appearance at Soiree au Louvre

On Wednesday night, the Young Patrons Circle of the American Friends of the Louvre held Soiree au Louvre 2009. The event was held in the beautiful penthouse in the new Centurion building on 56th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. I. M. Pei's architectural contributions to the modern Louvre, are a perfect example of this trans-Atlantic exchange between France and the U.S. The Centurion, where the event was held, is Pei's sole residential building in New York. In fact, the same marble that was used at the Louvre was imported for the building’s grand lobby.

A few of the guests included art philanthropists and enthusiasts such as Jamie Johnson, Maggie Rizer, Lisa Anastos, Allison and Jay Aston, Tatiana and Thorne Perkin, Bettina and Jamie Prentice, Paige and Tripp Hardy, Elle's Eric Johnson, Vogue's Genevieve Bahrenburg, Forbes' Jill Heisler, Isabelle Forbes, Charlotte Escaravage and Co-Chairs of the night: Olivia Chantecaille, Kipton Cronkite, Catherine Forbes and Peter Fitzpatrick. The superstar of the night was I.M. Pei himself who was in good form and joked with the Young Patrons about how important it was to see young people supporting the Louvre. The crowd was also given a private performance by multi-platinum recording artist, AYO, who is huge presence abroad.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

2010 Armory Show

"THE ARMORY SHOW... is New York's pre-eminent contemporary art sale."
The New York Times Sunday Magazine, February 27th, 2009

"THE ARMORY SHOW has been New York's most prominent gathering on the international contemporary art circuit for nine years running."
Art + Auction, March 2009

"The grand dame of New York art fairs."
New York Post, March 5th, 2009

The Armory Show is America's leading fine art fair devoted to the most important art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Every March, artists, galleries, collectors, critics and curators from all over the world make New York their destination during Armory Arts Week. Applications are now online.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Francis Bacon at The Met

The first major exhibition in New York in twenty years, Francis Bacon: A Centenary Retrospective features some 130 works--sixty-five paintings and as many archival items from public and private collections that span the entirety of the artist’s full and celebrated career. Further more, the presentation affords the most comprehensive examination to date of Bacon’s sources and working processes, offering a reevaluation of the artist’s work in light of a range of new interpretations and archival materials that have emerged since his death in 1992. To learn more about Bacon, consider attending the May 22 lecture, Francis Bacon: The Sacred and the Profane, give by Michael Peppiatt, writer, art historian, and friend of Francis Bacon.

Francis Bacon, Head III, 1949
Private Collection Courtesy of Acquavella Galleries New York
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Francis Bacon (British, 1909–1992)1949

Private collection, courtesy Acquavella Galleries, New York
© 2009 The Estate of Francis Bacon / ARS, New York / DACS, London

Monday, May 18, 2009

Kiehl's Joins Sundance Channel on a Trip

Kiehl's is going green by supporting The Sundance Channel's new series, ECO TRIP: THE REAL COST OF LIVING. They will be hosting a special screening of the show along with prizes and the the chance to recycle your used Kiehl's product bottles.

ECO TRIP is a new series on The Sundance Channel that explores the origins and environmental impact of common everyday products. Everything from cotton t-shirts to chocolate will be investigated. Hosted by eco-adventurer David de Rothschild (pictured above), he explores the life cycle of these every day products from production to disposal, revealing the environmental, social and health effects along the way. There's nothing wrong with a greener life.

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Yves Klein Coming To SFMOMA

Yves Klein at SFMOMA
- September, 2009

This will be the first American retrospective of Klein's work in nearly 30 years. This exhibition examines the artist's life and career from the mid-1950s to his untimely death in 1962. A highly influential French conceptual artist, Klein was also a composer, a judo master, and a student of Rosicrucian mysticism.

Yves Klein, Cosmogonie, 1960

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Ghosts and Their Media at HMKV

'Awake Are Only The Spirits'

This German exhibition begins with the audio archive of Freidrich Jürgenson who discovered the Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) in 1959. It is dedicated to the supernatural and the communication with 'the beyond' facilitated by technical media.

Over twenty International artists are included in this exhibition. Two being Lucas & Jason Ajemian from the United States. Their piece, 'From Beyond' involves the documentation of a live concert in a Chicago church. The two artists arranged for the Black Sabbath song, Into The Void, be played backwards by a ten-piece classical orchestra. The point of departure for this piece, rides on the public anxiety frequently expressed toward heavy metal music. Many presume that the music contains hidden messages of occult and satanic nature, which might influence the human subconscious.

In this exhibition, the artists explore the existence of ghosts, the integration of new media in spiritualist contexts and investigate making visible the invisible.

Showing at HMKV in the PHOENIX Halle Dortmund, May 16 – October 18, 2009

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Saturday, May 16, 2009 Supports National Academy Museum

At a time when museums need all the financial support they can muster, APrivateClub helped provide support and awareness for the National Academy Museum on Fifth Avenue this past Thursday evening. The spectacular event was illuminated with 'color splash' lighting and modern Philippe Starck furniture. Matthew Williamson was the event fashion sponsor. Guests included: Amanda Hearst, Luigi Tadini, Dalia Oberlander and Co-Founders, Justin Belmont and Kloe Korby.

The National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts is a tripartite institution. It is an honorary association of American artists with a museum and a school of fine arts. Founded in 1825 as the National Academy of Design by such leading artists as Samuel F. B. Morse, Asher B. Durand, and Thomas Cole to "promote the fine arts in America through instruction and exhibition," the Academy continues to play a critical role in preserving and fostering the visual arts in America. Through a program of exceptional exhibitions in the Museum and quality instruction in the School of Fine Arts, the Academy serves as a link to the art of our past, as well as a bridge to the art of our present and future.

National Academicians are professional artists who are elected to membership by their peers in one of four categories: painting, sculpture, graphic arts, and architecture. Members both past and present include many of the country's leading artists. Notable among them are Albert Bierstadt, Louis Bourgeois, Frederic E. Church, Chuck Close, Richard Diebenkorn, Thomas Eakins, Helen Frankenthaler, Frank Gehry, Horatio Greenough, Charles Gwathmey, Winslow Homer, Jasper Johns, Maya Lin, Tom Otterness, I. M. Pei, Robert Rauschenberg, Dorothea Rockburne, John Singer Sargent, Wayne Theibaud, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Andrew Wyeth.

Benefit Committee Members:
Alessandra Baker, Amanda Hearst, Andrew Charbin, Bo Pittmann, Caitlin Mehner, Caroline Owens, Caroline Rowley, Charlotte Chapman, Christopher Wolf, Claire Bergeal, Eliza Howard, Eric de Cholnoky, Indre Rockefeller, Jamie Diamond, Jennifer Carter, Jessica Nagin, Justin Belmont, Justin Shaffer, Katie Peek, Kloe Korby, Kwesi Blair, Lara Glaister, Liz Walker, Luigi Tadini, Marina Albright, Marissa Bregman, Martin Dawson, Martin Marks, Nicole Abbatemarco, Nina Freudenberger, Peter W. Kunhardt, Jr., Rochelle Goldberg, Samuel Pedersen, Theodore Van Beuren, Tracy Bjelland, Victoria Kirby.

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Grossman and Bassett Show Rare Photography

New Yorkers have a rare opportunity to see photographs of Bobby Grossman, whose work features portraits of New York musicians and artists of the Seventies and early Eighties.

The work of New York-based photographer and conceptual artist Sam Bassett has appeared in Flaunt, Marie Claire, and Vice, amongst other publications. Over the years he has filmed or photographed a number of high profile celebrities, including Donald Trump, Oakland Raiders receiver Randy Moss, and tennis star Tommy Haas.
Showing May 14th- July 14th 2009, Mina NYC, 32A Cooper Square

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Fassbender's Transient Women Exhibition Launch

Experience Sebrina Fassbender's first show at the Higher Pictures gallery, New York, NY. This showcase is the result of a five-year exploration of transient women in New York City. We learned from her friends, that she was no casual acquaintance of the subjects. Sebrina immersed herself into their chaotic and highly sexualized space, at times, risking her life. This grew into the special intimacy showcased in her work. The featured 12 portraits are seemingly pulling themselves together to the center of the wall. In all of the images, there are strategically placed clues to help expand on each portrait's narrative. Several portraits hint at Guy Bourdin, who was one of Fassbender's inspirations for this series.

Exhibition will run from May 14th through June 20th, 2009 at the Higher Pictures Gallery.
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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Nicole Basabe's Tribal Societe Empowers Women

Tonight was the launch of Nicole Basabe's new company, Tribal Societé. It's inspiring during a time of economic downturn that these two women, co-owners Nicole and Alma Sehovic, brought forward an innovative "bazaar" showcasing unbranded green fashion accessories. As we all watch our wallets, Tribal Societe gives buyers a chance to stay in style while also contributing to charity.
Those in attendance include
Wall street superstar Blythe Masters, Brides Fashion Editor Rachel Leonard, Theory’s creative inspiration Leanne Freemar, New York Socialites, Catherine Forbes, Tatiana Perkin, and Leslie Schulhoff.
A portion of online sales will contribute to the Global Fund for Women which encourages women of the developing world to take trend setting into their own hands.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Olympic Support for Molly Surno's "12 Instances"

Last night, Heist Gallery owner Talia Eisenberg hosted an opening reception for the gallery’s newest exhibition, “12 Instances.” “12 Instances” is a group exhibition of Polaroids curated by photographer Molly Surno and explores photography’s first medium of “instant gratification” and “immediacy” before the dawn of the digital age. Eisenberg is one of a few galleries actually creating energy in the art scene right now and it's refreshing for us all. Talia wore a dress by designer Keith Lissner who is making waves on his new Bravo series, "The Fashion Show." Other attendees included olympic skater Oksana Baiul, curator Molly Surno, Mark Langrish, Annabel Vartanian and many other new fans of Surno's work. Surno's “12 Instances” will be on exhibition at Heist Gallery, 27 Essex Street, from May 13- June 17th, Wednesday through Sunday, 12 -6pm.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Jazz Piano Star Eldar Prepares for New Album

Tonight we had the opportunity to hear the jazz piano prodigy, Eldar Djangirov, perform live at a recording session for his new Sony album. At only 22, Eldar is primed to take the jazz world by storm. He is finalizing the release of his Fourth album due out this September. For all you jazz fans out there, look out for your new shining star! Learn more about Eldar by visiting his website.

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