Monday, August 31, 2009

Calling All Investors!


Fashion Week is just around the catwalk, and an opportunity has presented itself for those who wish to be apart of the glamorous talents of a local up-and-coming New York designer. His previous Fall 2009 presentation sparked international interest in both major press and celebrities; incredibly enough this was his first and only collection!

In this month Elle Magazine the designer was featured in an article titled, "The Next Wave: Fall's most striking talents are taking fashion in a boldly aggressive direction." Paper magazine covered his debut collection with nothing but positive support. While the Bible of Fashion Week "Women’s Wear Daily" called it "General Eclectic" and honored him as a designer to watch out for in the future. In October 2009, a month after this coming Fashion Week, Elle Japan will be running a story on the key people who are important in 2009 and for the future with this designer being one of the featured creative talents.

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

KiptonART's Curatorial Partnership with MCGUIRE

KiptonART is happy to announce our curatorial partnership with the internationally renowned furnishing corporation McGuire. This opportunity is allowing us to further stay true to KiptonART's commitment by Giving Artist Access. In a matter of weeks five unique artists will be displaying personal works in the New York flagship McGuire showroom and store located at 200 Lexington Ave, on the corner of 32nd St. This building is the New York Design Center, where hundreds of interior designers and consumers pass through every day looking to create a personalized space for their clients and themselves. The McGuire showroom is 5,000 square feet filled with ideal solutions for modern people who desire tasteful and timeless furniture.

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

KiptonART Featured Gallery: Britton Gallery

Name of Gallery, Location
Britton Gallery, Haleiwa, Hawaii

Michele Bachman

Contemporary Hawaii Artists and Craftsmen

Why did you decide to open a gallery?

The original owner had a good friend, Jurgen Aldag, who painted large unique abstracts. Over the years he had acquired quite a few pieces as he "supported the arts". We still show Aldags work, but have expanded to over 35 different Hawaii artists. I started to work in the gallery in 2001 to educate and support myself in my desire to make painting a way of life. I do oil landscapes. In 2008 the owner decided to retire and since I had been a loyal employee and good manager he made it possible for me to buy the gallery. I love it, now if I can just find some time to paint.

What have you found to be the most difficult aspect of running a gallery?

Keeping your product mix unique and interesting, defining who you customer is, and who you are, and then reaching them to let them know you are there. We are in a small town on Oahu's North Shore and most of my customers are looking for things that are made in the islands. Many are here on vacation, but we also have a good local customer base as well. Keeping them all happy keeps the door open, and getting the right mix of price, size and style is a challenge. Almost as important, sometimes more important is the staff. Finding people that reflect the style of the gallery, and who can also sell is an ongoing challenge.

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Friday, August 28, 2009

KiptonART Featured Artist: Rory Mackay

Rory Mackay, Warwick

Rory Mackay is new to KiptonART and we are thrilled to have him as a KiptonART Featured Artist. Mackay lives and works in London, England. He studied Fine Art in Florence, Italy where he developed his skills in portraiture. Subsequently, Mackay studied at the prestigious Central Saint Martins in London to further develop his understanding and knowledge of a variety of visual mediums. Find out Mackay's answers are to the questions we ask every artist.

Who/what is your biggest influence or inspiration right now?

Jamie Wyeth - I went to visit an exhibition of his at the Brandywine Museum in Pennsylvania recently and was blown away by not only his technical skill but also his rendering of the dogs that featured in his work - it encapsulated everything I am striving for in this subject - the inherent beauty and grace and clumsiness were all wonderfully evident and so characterful - that was very inspiring to me.

What is the first thing that comes to mind after an opening?

'Are people going to walk away with the sense of fulfilled enchantment that I would hope for from seeing my work'.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Fleeting Joys of Mortality, or Ensor’s Modernist Light

James Ensor, The Skeleton Painter

The James Ensor (1860-1949) Retrospective at the MOMA will soon be packed into so many fine art coffins and shipped to the Musee D'Orsay! Like a harbinger of autumn or the death knell of summer, the exhibit should be relished for its sheer scope, and its unique curatorial insight into the mind and masterworks of the modernist magician. The exhibition includes drawings, paintings, and etchings spanning Ensor's influential career with a concentration on his most creative period (1880-1890's).
This exhibit confronts visitors at the outset with two walls of vivid color, one a bright red-orange featuring the exhibits preface, the other a vibrant blue with a blow-up of several simply sketched figures bearing away an all too familiar box. The preface informs of Ensor's self-fascination, his intrigue with the sea, light, and death, and warns how historical impact is often complicated by the use of satire and a ribald sense of humor. A visitor need only glimpse the photo of Ensor perched on his Ostend chimney playing the fife to catch the artist winking back across the decades. The first gallery functions as a rather staid introduction to Ensor's early career with salon paintings and portraits done in a more traditional/realistic style devoid of vibrant color or unsettling whimsical subject matter.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

No Discipline

Ron Arad at the MOMA

The Museum of Modern Art New York presents this retrospective of the last 25 years of Ron Arad's work. It is the first major exhibition of Arad's work in the United States. As he plays on the outer limits of design, we have a rare opportunity to see a superfluous amount of work Arad has created. Every thing from carbon fiber armchairs, polyurethane bottle racks and even "spaces" on top of objects. In Arad's world of wonder, innovation is welcomed and beautifully designed. Arad relied on his soldering apparatus in his workshop, just as much as his computer. In addition to creating his own artisty, Arad is currently a professor of Design Product at the Royal College of Art in London. Enjoy this exhibition as it shares everything surprising, beautiful and functional of Ron Arad's work.
This exhibition is open through October 18, 2009 on the 6th floor of the MOMA museum in New York.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

More of The Natural World

Pictured above from top to bottom, Cy Twombly, Untitled 2001, Untitled 2007, Untitled 2001

I couldn't help but share more of the images from this exhibition. I remember seeing his work in London a few years back, it was an entire gallery space devoted to his his work. I felt like I was reading some one's diary and at the same time going on an adventure. If you are in the Chicago area anytime soon, this exhibition, The Natural World is definitely a must!
On view through October 11, 2009 at the Chicago Art Institute.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

The Natural World

Cy Twombly, Untitled, 2002

Cy Twombly, Untitled , 2001

One of of our great American artists, Cy Twombly, has taken over the Chicago Art Institutes's Abbott Galleries in the modern wing. With over 30 works on display, this exhibition touches on his most recent work, and Twombly's growing connection with the natural world. Using painting, writing and drawing as his combined method for commanding a canvas, Twombly speaks of of flora, seascape and landscape. Don't miss this opportunity to see such an abundance of his recent work. The Natural World exhibition will be open through October 11th, 2009.

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

It's A Small World

How does design function as a problem-solver for surplus production and goods? It's A Small World is an international exhibition focusing on how Danish Design will address global concerns for now and the future, touching on issues such as sustainability, consumption and new technology. The exhibition focuses on the craft, architecture and design of Danish tradition and how it all will relate to the new international agenda and concerns. More specifically, the central themes include, Sustainability, Human Scale, New Craftsmanship and Non-Standardized Parxises. This exhibit begins during the Copenhagen Design Week, opening August 28th, 2009 and will be open at the Danish Design Centre through January 2010.

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Your Bright Future, Inside and Out

Don't miss the final days of this exhibition, soon to be gone from LACMA. Your Bright Future features 12 Contemporary artists from South Korea. This is the first major exhibit in the United States to focus on South Korean artists. Featured are site specific installations, sculpture, computer animation and video done by emerging artists focusing on International themes using a South Korean voice. Some of the artists are well known and courted the art world starting in the 1980's, others are on the brink of recognition and success.

Choi Jeong-Hwa, Welcome, 2009, colored fabric, dimensions vary, courtesy of the artist,
© Choi Jeong-Hwa. Photo © 2009 Museum Associates/LACMA

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Friday, August 21, 2009

A Voyage of Growth and Discovery

This collaborative video installation by Mike Kelley and Michael Smith, centers around the character Baby IKKI, which Michael Smith has been portraying for over 30 years. This story both melencholy and comedic, is being presented by the SculptureCenter in New York. There's a 30 foot sculpture of Baby IKKI, video and "Dance beats for Baby", vocals of course produced by Baby IKKI. This is the first collaboration between Kelley and Smith, both artists who have been friends for over 25 years. This installation will be on view from September 13-November 30, 2009. To learn more about this presentation check out SculptureCenter .
Above, production still from A Voyage of Growth and Discovery

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

ArtWalk Summer Party!

ArtWalk is the annual gala benefit for The Coalition for the Homeless. The summer kick-off party took place last Saturday and is the vehicle used to raise awareness and funds for the Coalition's mobile soup kitchen. The soup kitchen reaches thousands of hungry New Yorkers 365 days a year!

On top of the entrance donation to the event, attendees were given raffle tickets for contemporary works of art featured in "Hearthstone", the committee founder Bettina Prentice's home in Sagaponack. Works by Quentin Curry, Aziz+Cucher and Torben Giehler were featured in this special event. Aziz+Cucher has work featured in the collections of LACMA and SFMOMA. Abstract artist, Torben Giehler has exhibited at the Museum of Fine Art Boston and at PS1 in New York. The event was a huge success and is a great precurser for Fall's main event. Attendees included names such as: Bob Kelty, Natalie Leeds Leventhal, Paige Leidy, Beatriz Garcia, Karline Moeller, Alan Rish, Lisa Salzer, Peter Davis, Douglas Marshall, Timo Weiland, William Heath, Dalia Oberlander, Liam McMullan, Minnie Mortimer, Georgina Schaeffer, Bettina and Jamie Prentice.

"I have been so proud to be a co-chair of ARTWALK's Junior Committee for the past two summers! Bettina and her family were so generous to host the event again this year where we raised over $6,472. This money will go a long way to help feed New York City's homeless and builds momentum for the big event in NYC this Fall." -Kipton Cronkite, Founder KiptonART. For more information, go to the Coalition for the Homeless website.

Pictured Above: Bettina Smith-Prentice, Jamie Prentice, Maily Smith.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Press Release: is Calling All Artists is Calling All Artists

Kipton Cronkite re-launches KiptonART website creating unique online community for emerging art and artists.

August 17th, 2009 - KiptonART, an enterprise that for the last seven years has been dedicated to helping emerging artists succeed through art events and commissions, has now enhanced their capabilities online and are calling all artists to join their online community.
KiptonART has developed necessary online tools that will prove pivotal in artists' online sales success. As a member of KiptonART artists can upload up to 30 images of artwork, create a detailed biography and can promote a personal URL. All artists receive upon initial registration a free trial and other upgrades available include the Events & Press Service and Featured Artists packages. KiptonART is also implementing a tiering system used to classify artists based on their creative acumen into three groups. These Junior, Intermediate, and Principal tiers are used by a range of Art Buyers and Gallery Owners for easy navigation in understanding each artist’s level of experience.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

KiptonART Featured Artist: Michael Sagato

Michael Sagato, The Smokers

Michael Sagato studied art, design and photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Sagato has shown at Art Basil Miami and in 2008, had a solo show at Milk Gallery in New York. As our Featured Artist, Sagato has answered some of the questions we ask every artist.

Who or what is your biggest influence/inspiration right now?

I'd say my biggest influence right now is somewhere between John Singer Sargent, Odd Nerdrum, William Adolphe Bouguereau, and Walt Disney.

What is the first thing that comes to mind after an opening?

The first thing I think about after a gallery show is how to get as far away from the location as possible- they are exhausting and nerve racking. To make things worse, I don't allow myself to drink to avoid saying anything off-putting to a potential buyer or patron.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Outerbridge & Callis at The Getty

Jo Ann Callis, Woman With Blue Bow, 1977

When I first visited The Getty Center seven years ago, I was in hot pursuit of a topic for my humanities term paper. I was aware of the museum, but wasn't quite sure what was in store. It was pouring down rain (probably the only time it rained in Los Angeles that year) and the last thing I wanted to be doing on a Saturday was perusing Baroque art with tourists (no offense to Baroque art... or tourists). I was more than pleasantly surprised. A tram ride is necessary to transport you from the parking structure to the actual museum. As we ascended the Santa Monica Mountains where The Getty Center sits, the view was spectacular. We were greeted by docents with umbrellas for each guest so as not to disrupt our visit. My indifference dissolved as Richard Meier's travertine masterpiece enveloped my senses. I got an A on the paper and The Getty has become one of my favorite Los Angeles spots, rain or shine.

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

A-Trak: Webster Hall Review

'Tis Spring of 2003. I'm hanging by a thread as a senior in high school. I'm fighting with my parents constantly. I think the only person in the world who understands me is my crazy girlfriend, who I'm obviously going to marry, thus I'll base my choice of college on her, a decision that worked out very well actually, but was not made for the right reasons.
All in all, bored as hell. I know I'm getting all this cash for graduation though. I could save it so that I'm not destitute when my parents cut me off once I get to college in a few months.
But I could also buy a pair of Numark TTX turntables (better for scratching than the better branded Technics) and a Rane 56 mixer, with the bells and whistles like some Shure 447s, Sony V700s and lots of vinyl to fuck with.
My then twenty something family friend Geoff introduced me to the world of turntablism or scratch dj'ing, whatever you want to call it, the year before. Since then, I had skipped smoking weed and playing Dead or Alive 3 with my friends uptown to go downtown and learn how to scratch at Geoff's apartment, and well, watch him smoke weed.
I loved it.

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Visit to SFMOMA

Katharina Fritsch, Baby with Poodles, 1995

The contemporary collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is so cutting edge and original it may have its New York sister named MOMA beat. The permanent collection not only holds iconic modern works such as a Jasper John's inspired McCarthy Era Flag (1958), and quite possibly, in this writer's opinion, the most striking Rothko ever produced (Untitled No. 14, 1960), but also leaves plenty of room for the unknown, emerging artists.

Katharina Fritsch, a native German, has several sculptures displayed throughout the museum each telling a modern Grimm's fairy-tale like story, being both disturbing and playful. Kind mit Pudeln (Baby with Poodles)(1995) shows 224 black painted poodles encircling, four rows deep, a baby lying center on a gold flattened star. It seems the poodles are preparing to pounce on the baby and yet they maintain a safe distance from the innocent child. The world to the child is large and dark, with little room to survive. And yet as vicious as the pups seem, they are also weak and easily manipulated. This is clearly a metaphor for a child’s innocence coming into the unknown world where “good” and "bad" can be seen in everything.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Claes Oldenburg: "Happenings" Films at the Whitney

"Happenings" were a unique part of the American art scene in the 1960's and 70's, which isn't to say they have ever really gone away. Art documenting 60's-70's "Happenings" has largely been archived, and simply relegated to bins and filing cabinets marked quaint 60’s avant-garde, or misc. collaborators. The Oldenburg exhibit at the Whitney has takes the artist's "Happenings" off the shelf and presents them in the form of 120 minutes of looped video, digitized from beautifully restored 16mm B&W originals.

Three films in particular, Fotodeath (1961), Injun (1962), and Autobodys (1965), haven't been screened for the last forty years. Each of the seven films comprising the exhibit is a collaboration between Oldenburg, a different filmmaker, and various performers. This is seems to be the theme of the exhibit and a formal quality that allows an artist, through creating a "Happening", to evoke the chaos of modern urban life. The exhibit reminds of the power of collaboration in times of social and economic strife with the simple message: Like it or not, we're all in this together. On view until September 6 at the Whitney, as a part of the larger Claes Oldenburg exhibit.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Up Close: Henry Darger

Henry Darger, Untitled

Featured at the American Folk Art Museum through September 6, 2009, Henry Darger's work will be showcased in an intimate gallery, focusing on a single theme. In this particular exhibit, eight of the nearly 3oo watercolors Darger created to illustrate his 15,000 page manuscript, The Story of the Vivian Girls, in what is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by Child Slaves Rebellion will be on display. The American Folk Art Museum has the single largest public repository of Darger's work, and images drawn from this extensive collection are featured in Up Close: Henry Darger. The work featured above is not part of the exhibition, but is an intriguing personal favorite!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Luc Tuymans at the Wexner Center

Luc Tuymans, Der diagnostische Blick V (The Diagnostic View V)

Luc Tuymans is considered one of the most significant European painters of his generation. The Wexner Center, in conjunction with SFMOMA, is presenting the first U.S. retrospective of his work this September. The exhibit will cover every phase of Tuymans career, presenting over 70 key paintings. Tuymans work takes an interest in the effects of war and conflict around the globe, expressing history and memory through painting. Once the exhibition closes at the Wexner Center location, the retrospective will continue on to the SFMOMA.
This exhibition at the Wexner Center will be open from September 17, 2009 through January 3, 2010.

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Works on Paper at the Chicago Art Institute

To welcome in the modern wing of the Chicago Institute of Art, the Department of Prints and Drawings shares an exhibition that highlights it's modern and contemporary drawings. The 80 drawings featured in this exhibit, are a rare treat to be seen by the public. Highlights include works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Max Beckmann and Ernst Kirchner. The selection reveal a span of work, from highly finished to simple notions on paper. A huge draw to visit this show is the experience of new works recently added to the collection. Works from Minimalists Robert Mangold, Robert Ryman and Richard Tuttle make their debut to this collection. Roy Lichtenstein's Alka Seltzer, has never been repeated in another medium! Take this opportunity to enjoy the tradition of drawings and where it has lead so many artists. This exhibition will be open through September 13th, 2009.

Roy Lichtenstein. Alka Seltzer, 1966. Margaret Fisher Endowment.

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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Under the Influence of a Master: Learning By Doing

Learning by Doing, an extension of Frank Lloyd Wright: From within Outward on exhibit at the Guggenheim, is bolting a love of architecture to the joy of fort building one plank, river-rock and solar panel at a time. The exhibit showcases seven decades of projects from Taliesin students and contains drawings, models and photographs of Frank Lloyd Wright inspired shelters. As an extension of the larger exhibition Learning by Doing comments both on the breadth of the master's influence and the notion of an "extension" itself. The shelters function on Frank Lloyd Wright's guiding principles of the intrinsic spatial and environment relation to line, form and building material. The exhibit functions on the same principle as a revelatory compliment to the larger landscape of From within Outward. In a deft play on the idea of extension the Guggenheim has launched its own 3-D design competition for shelters conceived in the same tradition. Check out this exhibit open through August 23rd.
Above, Victor Sidy Shelter, 1999. Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo: Victor Sidy

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Paine on the Rooftop

American Artist Roxy Paine is taking to the rooftops. Don't miss this hidden delight that takes you outside of the usual Metropolitan Museum exhibition, literally. This 130 foot long by 45 foot wide sculpture, was created by Paine especially for The Met's roof garden. The stainless steel Maelstrom is Paine's largest sculpture to date. Set against Central Park as the backdrop, Maelstrom is one of Paine's Dendroids which is based on systems such as the tree root system, industrial piping and the nervous system. This sculpture is available to view through October 25th, weather permitting. Pictured, Roxy Paine's Maelstrom

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Exceptional Discoveries

Exceptional Discoveries invites visitors to the go-to "alpine happening" this August, as part of the St. Moritz Art Masters, an event that premiered last year. Exceptional Discoveries feeds into this exclusive culture stage for the arts. Art viewers are offered a unique glimpse into gallery and art presentations as well as tastings of the international art scene. For example, the Walk of Art is an exclusive tour that will lead visitors through extraordinary exhibition locations, as a transformed St. Moritz and the surrounding Engadin region turn into a one-of-a-kind exhibition space. Artists participating include Arne Ouinze, Julian Schnabel, Gerhard Richter, Manfred Leve, Mike Kelley and many more.
Exceptional Discoveries will be happening August 21st through August 30th, 2009.

Above, Sylvie Fleury, Paris Commissioned, 2005
Six Videofilms, Three-Channel-Projection
Video Still Blitzen-Benz BANG, 2005, 7:02 min
Courtesy; Daimler Art Collection

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Serge Strosberg's Synthetic Genealogy

Belgian portraitist Serge Strosberg's Genealogy acts as a tribute to both his Jewish and non-Jewish ancestry while exploring his fascination with identity. It comprises seven portraits of members from Strosberg's lineage, as well as a genealogical tree of the Lopes Cardozo family (Strosberg's grandmother's surname).

The genealogical tree was compiled by Strosberg's relatives Raphael Lopes Cardozo and Ernest Lopes Cardozo, through extensive research of historical documents and the Internet. Beginning in the 16th Century, it chronicles the exile of the Sephardic Jewish Lopes Cardozo family from Spain into Portugal during the Spanish Inquisition; then from Portugal to Belgium or the Netherlands, where they found religious asylum and currently reside.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Featured KiptonART Gallery: Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery

Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery

39 East 78th Street, Suite 301, New York, NY
Specializing in Middle Eastern and Iranian Art

Why did you decide to open a gallery?
I studied art history at Brown University, and then went on to participate in Sotheby's works of art program in London, and graduated with a Masters in Art History and Museum Management from George Washington University. After working at the Hirshhorn and Guggenheim Museums in the late '70s, I worked as the curator of an investment bank for two years. As I was friends with a number of emerging artists at the time, and traveled in the social circles of artists Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, I decided to open my first gallery on Madison Avenue in 1982. I showed a number of emerging international artists, giving one man shows to artists dan Witz, ton Woodruff, YZ Kami, Benjamin Lira, and Christopher Makos. I also had group shows curated by important art world figures, including a show "Cali-Graffiti", curated by Jeffrey Deitch, which paired calligraphists, such as Charles Hossein Zenderoudi, with luminary artists Twombly, Tobey, Torres-Garcia, Michaux, and Masson. I have since continued to exhibit both emerging and established international contemporary artists, including Middle Easter and Iranian art. Photo credit: Lana Kurtz Photography

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Dutch Seen: New York Rediscovered

Dutch Seen: New York Rediscovered celebrates the 400th Anniversary of Henry Hudson's monumental voyage of the Dutch East India Company into New York Harbor in 1609. This exhibition showcases 13 Contemporary Dutch photographer's modern interpretation of New York City's past and present history.
Included in this exhibition is Hendrik Kerstens' striking and clever photographs of his daughter Paola, creating portraits that blend Dutch tradition with modern New York culture (a Dutch bonnet made from a NYC restaurant's napkin). Jaap Scheeren's playful combinations of 17th Century and modern day New York City are filled with classic Dutch wit and were a delight to view. Also of interest were Wijnanda Deroo's interiors of NYC restaurants, Danielle Van Ark's tableaus of New Yorkers attending art galleries, and Hellen van Meene's lonely portraits of New York schoolgirls.
Dutch Seen: New York Rediscovered is on view through September 13th, at the Museum of the City of New York.

Above: Hendrik Kerstens, Napkins 2009
© Hendrik Kerstens/Courtesy Witzenhausen Gallery Amsterdam/New York

Sunday, August 2, 2009

KiptonART Featured Artist: Emily Baker

Emily Baker, Roadtrip III, oil on canvas

Emily Baker is a KiptonART artist who lives and works in New York City. Take this opportunity to read her answers to the five questions we ask every artist.

Who/what is your biggest influence or inspiration right now?
Right now, I am currently working on a series of paintings that I refer to as "Road trip". My source of inspiration is photographs I have taken over the years of views from the car- and people staring out the window, lost in thought and the scenery before them.

What is the first thing that comes to mind after an opening?
What am I going to paint next?

Why did you choose this medium?
For a long period of time, I concentrated mostly on watercolors- always working to push the boundaries of how to control such an unpredictable medium. But in recent years I have turned to oils as a new challenge, finding that they are better suited to the images that I choose to paint lately, which tend to have more extreme light conditions.

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Songs For Summertime, Introducing The Drums!

On your marks, get set... Here come The Drums! The race is literally on to Brooklyn record shop, Sound Fix, where the band’s exclusive pre-released EP Summertime! is in stock. Or is it? After several attempts to catch a copy before it flew off the shelves, I got lucky and arrived shortly after a new shipment.

The Drums play a mix of 50's surf rock, electro, and post punk; it's upbeat and more importantly carefree in the midst of our downtrodden times. The six track EP is a beach party romp; progressive as it is satisfying in its simple anthems and slightly haunting ballads. Summertime! captivates all the way through with its earnest cheekiness and genre bending. The opening cut, "Saddest Summer", bounces from start to finish advising listeners, "If you got a boyfriend, go kiss him" and at the same time weaves a cotton candy tale of ill-conceived summer love. The sound of a fireworks display lingers behind with an airy synth melody that sets the stage for the outstanding production artistry present in the remaining five songs. The throbbing base lead that follows in "Let's Go Surfing" could have been ripped from a Jan and Dean album, or the mind of Dick Dale. Not unlike Dale's surf classic "Miserlou" the line leads the mind straight into the crashing tide. Yet it's not the mimicking of recognizable sonic motif that make The Drums stand out from the pack, it's the deft layering of these styles and the manipulations of the best genres pop has to offer that elevates the band and this EP in particular. "Down By the Water" is a definite standout as it's the darkest of the tracks and the closest approximation of a true ballad. Musically sparse with a focus on heavily syncopated percussion, and the passion of the vocal Down by the Water reminds of the 23rd hour of a 24 hour dance-a-thon, or a the last dance of a forgotten prom night.

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