Friday, October 30, 2009

Inside Look at Sjobeck Fashion Line

Malibu recently took over Hollywood with the unveiling of Sjobeck's (show-beck) Spring 2010 collection. KiptonART contributor and artist Mason McCulley sat down with JesseRay Vasquez, one fourth of the Sjobeck design team.

Tell me a little bit about the inspiration for the Spring '10 collection.
We try to use American themes in each of our collections. The Spring 2010 collection draws from the 40-50's era when the US was just getting out of the Great Depression and women started reconstructing their husbands shirts into feminine pieces/dresses because there was no extra money for fabric. We feel in our business that we are roughly experiencing that in the sense that we are just getting out of this economic turndown/recession. This season we focused on men's shirting for dresses and feminine pieces with bamboo.

Read more on Sjobeck in the KiptonART Online Magazine!
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Image (from left to right): JesseRay Vasquez, Garrett Gerson, Kyle Howard, Lauren Conrad
Image courtesy of Kevin Alexander.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

KiptonART Co-stars on MTV's 'The City'

Tuesday night the KiptonART Foundation co-starred on MTV Network's hit reality series The City.

Focused around September's Eldar music event, viewers watched the forces behind KiptonART, Elle Magazine, Longchamp, and PR firm People's Revolution merge to execute a flawless and stylish event of great cultural heights. The City stars Whitney Port, Olivia Palermo, Roxy Olin, and Erin Kaplan were seen mingling at the event, as well as KiptonART founder Kipton Cronkite and KiptonART team members Zev Eisenberg and Aaron Lyle Gelbman.

Click here to watch the episode and to read more in the KiptonART Online Magazine!
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Image courtesy of MTV.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Press Release: KiptonART Rising Debuts Finalists at SAKS

Kipton Cronkite and associates honor nineteen up-and-coming artists for maintaining superlative artistic quality, relevance, and integrity at Saks Fifth Avenue.

October 27, 2009, New York, NY
– Earlier this month KiptonART announced the nineteen finalists who will be competing for the celebrated title of KiptonART Rising 2010, including Kiritin Beyer, Julie Combal, Sarah Dueth, Bon Duke, Ula Einstein, Melissa Fleming, Azadeh Ghotbi, Nicola Kast, James Kennedy, Emily Korman, Shay Kun, Michael Kwiecinski, Avery McCarthy, Reed + Rader, Michael Rollins, Matthew Satz, Paul Seftel, James Sexton Tully, and Gavin Zeigler.

On November 2nd, the six winners of KiptonART Rising will be selected during a private celebration and exhibition hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue on the 2nd floor of their flagship location in New York City. The evening will also be hosted by HRH Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Marti Carroll, Kipton Cronkite, Catherine Forbes, Nicole Hanley & Matthew Mellon and Gillian Hearst Simonds.

The Longchamp sponsored evening will include a musical performance by Orba Squara and a raffle for a Longchamp BLESS bag and a photograph by Douglas Friedman.  

Read the full press release in the KiptonART Online Magazine!

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Image: Kiritin Beyer, "We Are Not Top Models"

Longchamp Supports KiptonART Foundation

Longchamp is currently advertising in The New York Observer in support of the KiptonART Foundation.

Next week Longchamp is partnering with both KiptonART and The NY Observer to celebrate the KiptonART Rising Finalists at Saks Fifth Avenue on November 2nd and the November 5th launch of the book "Kingdom of New York" at the Longchamp store.

Read more in the KiptonART Online Magazine!
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Image courtesy of Longchamp.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Art Review: Contemporary Pakistan in NYC

Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan
September 10, 2009 - January 3, 2010
Asia Society & Museum, 725 Park Avenue

Curated by Salima Hashmi, also a Pakistani artist, the exhibit features the works of 15 artists. Standout pieces include "A Visit to the Inner Sanctum 1-4" by Zahoor ul Akhlaq; the colorful paintings of Anwar Saeed; "Red Carpet 1" by Rashid Rana; "High Rise: Lake City Drive" by Huma Mulji; and the collection of motorcycle headgear by Adeela Suleman. The museum prides itself on being the first in the US to highlight exclusively contemporary Pakistani art. Despite the fact that the overall theme reasserts the perception of Pakistan as an oppressed and divided nation, it is a unique experience that should not be missed.

Read the full article on Hanging Fire in the KiptonART Online Magazine!
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Image courtesy of Asia Society & Museum.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Featured Gallery: L&M Arts

Owners: Dominique Levy and Robert Mnuchin
Address: 45 E. 78th St., New York, NY 10075

"Our ethos in showing contemporary artists is to show those whom we feel have a strong discourse with history." - Sukanya Rajaratnam

With this dedication to the gallery's historical platform, Sukanya and I discuss "Sam Francis: 1953 - 1959", the new and current exhibit at L&M Arts that focuses on a specific period in the career of the painter Sam Francis. "We have a reputation for doing historical, scholarly shows," Sukanya points out as she highlights the significance of the event. "No museum has ever done a show that focused on 1953-1959, a brief but brilliant span that we felt encapsulated the artist's best years. Needless to say, this presented us with a great opportunity."

Read more on L&M Arts in the KiptonART Online Magazine!
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Image courtesy of L&M Arts.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sister Parish Design

It is difficult not to linger as one walks by Carnegie Hill gem Gerald Bland, Inc. Established in 1987, the eponymous owner offers a carefully curated selection of  art and home design in a space that rivals any museum or gallery in aesthetic.  The distinguished Gerald Bland caters to a clientele of international connoisseurs and newcomers with equal patience and attention; each piece has a history and he is the consummate storyteller.  It was a family affair, however, on Thursday, October 20 as Bland proudly feted an exhibition featuring the watercolor renderings of his wife, Mita Corsini Bland.  Mita has painted for clients such as the Forbes family and Mayor Bloomberg, and now eagerly anticipates the October 27 publication of Sister Parish Design for which she is the illustrator.  Authors Libby Cameron and Susan Bartlett Crater were also present last evening, signing copies of the exquisite decorating book for a select group of family and friends. Their children Sebastian and Georgiana Bland, along with a bevy of their young friends including Annabel Vartanian, Callum McLaughlin, and David Mehlman were also present to toast the newest source of decorative inspiration in town.  The grand finale was a private dinner at the elegant home of Karen Klopp, founder of What2WearWhere. Sister Parish Design can be pre-ordered here but the visceral experience of Gerald Bland, Inc. requires a trip to 90 and Madison. . . and perhaps a bowl of Sarabeth’s famous tomato soup afterwards!

Read more about Sister Parish Here in our Online Magazine
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Dennis Hopper at Chelsea Gallery

Upon arriving at Tony Shafrazi's gigantic Chelsea Gallery, guests were greeted with a copy of the newest Warhol book POP: The Genius of Andy Warhol written by Tony Scherman and David Dalton.  Co-host Julia Moore from Harper Collins looked radiant in a vintage Valentino dress and was happily speaking with art world heavyweights and fans of Warhol about the book.  Guests also enjoyed Dennis Hopper's newest exhibition: Signs of the Times. Mr. Hopper's vintage photography is scattered amongst his newest body of work enveloping every inch of the gallery corridors.

Read more in the KiptonART Online Magazine!
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Press Release: Sam Francis: 1953 - 1959

October 15 - December 12, 2009
L & M Arts

L&M Arts is proud to present Sam Francis: 1953-1959, an exhibition of major paintings and works on paper from the pinnacle of the artist's career.

The exhibit will feature several large-scale canvases, including Blue Out of White, 1958, on loan from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. In addition to the paintings are several important watercolors, a medium perhaps most perfectly correlated to Francis' spontaneity and fluidity. These works on paper showcase the confidence and immediacy of his image-making.

Read the full press release in the KiptonART Online Magazine!
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Image courtesy of L & M Arts.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Artist Ryan Humphrey at Moschino

Last week Moschino partnered with Vogue to preview its 2010 Spring collection at its Meatpacking District boutique. Hosted by Whitney Young Contemporaries, Allison Aston, Maggie Betts, Coco Brandolini, Melissa Gellman Weiss, Adam Lippes and Harley Viera Newton, the event honored artist Ryan Humphrey who had designed the store's window displays. Also on hand were sculptures designed by Humphrey and inspired by Moschino.

Guests included Lisa Anastos, Kipton Cronkite, Bonnie Morrison, Lauren Santo Domingo, Dani Stahl and Bronson van Wyck.

Check out the KiptonART Online Magazine!
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Image courtesy of Guest of a Guest.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Marlborough Man

A coterie of cultural luminaries joined Marlborough Gallery Thursday night to celebrate artist Steven Charles at the stunning Glass Houses space high above the city.  Charles’ new show, The Upstairs Room, opened earlier in the night at Marlborough’s Chelsea location.  The three-dozen paintings and sculptures on display represent “complex layers” and “a straddling of two worlds” according to the artist, much like the multi-talented melange that gathered in their honor. 

Power publicist Bettina Prentice had every corner of the art world covered, with a cast including artist Andres Serrano, curator Anastasia Rogers, Art Production Fund Director Casey Fremont, and gallery owner Pierre Levai.  Staving off the cliche image of reclusive writers were social scribes Anisha Lakhani and Melanie Berliet, who manage to hit all the right spots in their partying as well as their prose.  The musical contingent was embodied by DJ Nick Cohen, who prepared an eclectic mix of tunes for the occasion.  Rounding out the scene were society darlings Chessy Wilson and Dalia Oberlander, and brocialites Kristian Laliberte, Paul Johnson-Calderon, and Scott Buccheit.

Read more in our Online Magazine!

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Monet's Water Lilies at the MoMA

Monet's Water Lilies
September 13, 2009 - April 12, 2010
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), 11 W 53rd Street

Through mid-April 2010 the MoMA is featuring 4 paintings of Monet's later work from its own collection, accompanied by 2 paintings on loans. The characterizing elements of Monet's work are easily appreciated in the exhibit, such as his fascination with transitory perspective and his daring tendencies with color. Ultimately Monet proves that the same subject is perceived drastically differently not only under different lighting scenarios but under different emotional pressures. What we see in Monet's water lilies are not moments in nature but moments in Monet's personal life. Despite the title of the exhibit the featured works display subjects other than his iconic water lilies which consequently make the exhibit worthwhile.

Read more on the Monet exhibit in the KiptonART Online Magazine!
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Friday, October 16, 2009

Friends of the Arts Party: Tickets Now!

The annual Friends of the Arts Party, given by the Alliance for the Arts, will be held at Christie's on Friday, November 13th from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM. The event will feature an exclusive preview of the Latin American Art show, cocktails and music, as well as silent auction of works by KiptonART artists. KiptonART will donate a portion of these proceeds to the Alliance for the Arts, a fantastic organization at the forefront of arts advocacy.

More on tickets, the Alliance and the event in the KiptonART Online Magazine!
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Last Night: Designer Vision Features KiptonART Artists

Last night at SoHo Mews, Thom Filicia, Richard Mishaan, and John Saladino unveiled three spaces that each influential designer had decorated, guided by different films as inspiration. Hearst Magazines hosted the event with one of three magazines curating each townhouse: House Beautiful, Town & Country, and Veranda. The evening was an incredible success and not only received a fantastic turnout but provided for interesting exchanges among individuals of diverse professional backgrounds and aesthetic preferences.

The event was particularly exciting for KiptonART as Thom Filicia used three pieces from two of our artists in his "Big Chill"-themed space. The painting "Soho1" by Serge Strosberg, a 2009 KiptonART Rising artist, graced a prominent space on one wall of the living room (pictured left); two paintings by Emily Baker -- "blue mist" and "satin"-- adorned an opposite wall.

Attendees included Anne Dexter Jones, Jackie Astier, Joyce Varvatos, Colin Cowie, Andrew Saffir, Daniel Benedict, Sela Ward, Greg Calejo, and Jennifer Bell.

Click here to read more on the event in the KiptonART Online Magazine!
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Featured Gallery: Like The Spice

Owner: Marisa Sage
Address: 224 Roebling Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

What brought you into this business?

In 2000, while taking a thesis course in New York, I visited LFL, Zach Feuer's original gallery. He let a whole set of students rifle through his flat files, he introduced us to his artists and was incredibly open and passionate. That was when I decided that opening a gallery was what I was going to do. I moved back from Baltimore in 2005 where I was teaching and curating, took a large loan out and called all the artists whose work I had admired over the past 27 years. I wanted to see the kind of work I love and collect up on a galleries wall. I wanted to help teach anyone who is interested in learning and listening that anyone can be a part of art.

Read more on Like The Spice in the KiptonART Online Magazine!
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Image courtesy of Like The Spice.

Monday, October 12, 2009

KiptonART: New & Enhanced Site Features!

  • Unique URL for each artist! (
  • "Share" button to share your profile with 150 social sites!
  • See your number of profile visits!
    Start sharing your profile and watch your visits grow!
    These features will be available to registered artists only.
    Is your 45 day trial up? Activate now!

    Read more on the new site features in the KiptonART Online Magazine!
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    Sunday, October 11, 2009

    Jade Doskow at Dutch Kills Gallery

    For the month of October, Dutch Kills Gallery in Long Island City has welcomed Jade Doskow as the month's guest artist. Doskow, a KiptonART Rising Artist of 2009, is displaying two large photographs from her Red Hook series. Doskow's work is also showing at the "Objective Affection" exhibit at BOFFO in Brooklyn, accompanied by the work of other KiptonART artists Melissa Fleming, David Mellen, Damaris Drummond, and Mark Johnson.

    Be sure to check out these fantastic artists while there is still time. Both exhibits close at the end of October.

    Click here to read about Dutch Kills Gallery.
    Click here to read about BOFFO in the KiptonART Online Magazine.
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    Image courtesy of Jade Doskow. "Blue Light."

    Friday, October 9, 2009

    Art Review: Art In Odd Places, 2009

    Art in Odd Places, 2009
    October 1 - 26, 2009
    14th Street

    Art In Odd Places arms its visitors with not only a map of the exhibits that line 14th Street, but with also a heightened sense of awareness that the average citizen or visitor to New York generally lacks. The daily blur of life blinds most people walking through the hubbub of 14th Street; yet when it is unexpectedly lifted and we are forced to confront the space around us, we suddenly find ourselves in an artistic and critical exchange with the public space. The event spans spaces high and low along the stretch of 14th Street.

    Read the full review of the event in the KiptonART Online Magazine!
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    Image courtesy of Desiree Rose.

    Thursday, October 8, 2009

    2010 KiptonART Rising Finalists Announced

    KiptonART is thrilled to announce the nineteen finalists who will be competing for the celebrated title of KiptonART Rising 2010. KiptonART Rising is a yearly award given to six artists whose works are passionate, memorable and innovative while still remaining relevant to the aesthetics of our community today.  Though KiptonART promotes every artist with active profiles on the website, the six winners selected on November 2nd will have advanced opportunities for exposure during the next 12 months.

    The 2010 KiptonART Rising Finalists include: Kiritin Beyer, Julie Combal, Sarah Dueth, Bon Duke, Ula Einstein, Melissa Fleming, Azadeh Ghotbi, Nicola Kast, James Kennedy, Emily Korman, Shay Kun, Michael Kwiecinski, Avery McCarthy, Reed + Rader, Michael Rollins, Matthew Satz, Paul Seftel, James Sexton Tully, Gavin Zeigler

    Read the full press release in the KiptonART Online Magazine.
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    Tuesday, October 6, 2009

    Patrick McMullan Speaks With Kipton Cronkite

    PMc Blog, the official blog of celebrated photographer Patrick McMullan, sat down with KiptonART Founder, Kipton Cronkite.

    KC: Our next project is an exhibition opportunity for finalists for our KiptonART Rising program to show their work and meet potential collectors and gallery owners who might want to represent them. We'll have an exhibition of artwork and a musical performance by Orbas Squara. This event will continue to raise awareness for our non-profit arm to KiptonART, the KiptonART Foundation formed in May 2009. During the evening of November 2nd at Saks Fifth Avenue, we'll also announce KiptonART Rising 2010 winners. Each winner will receive additional recognition and promotion for the next 12 months both online and through exhibition opportunities through our for-profit entity, KiptonART.

    Read the full interview in the KiptonART Online Magazine!
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    Image courtesy of Patrick McMullan.

    Monday, October 5, 2009

    Juergen Teller at Lehmann Maupin, Chelsea

    Juergen Teller: Paradis
    Only till October 17!

    Lehmann Maupin Gallery
    540 West 26th Street, New York

    For his fifth exhibition at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Juergen Teller will present an exhibition entitled "Paradis." The photographs were originally commissioned for the French magazine, Paradis. Shot alone one evening at the Musee du Louvre in Paris, this nude study features large-scale photographs of two women (Charlotte Rampling and Raquel Zimmermann) as they move amongst the masterpieces housed in the museum and captures the intimacy between photographer and subject.

    Read the full press release in the KiptonART Online Magazine!
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    Image courtesy of Lehmann Maupin.

    Sunday, October 4, 2009

    New Director & Chief Curator at Parsons Design Center

    Radhika Subramaniam has been appointed as director and chief curator of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design. The Center, which opened in 2008, develops exhibitions and programs that place art and design in the context of larger social and cultural issues, reflecting its place in a university, The New School, with strengths in the arts and social sciences. Subramaniam will also serve as an Assistant Professor of Art and Design History and Theory.

    Read more in the KiptonART Online Magazine!
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    Image courtesy of The New School.

    Saturday, October 3, 2009

    Opening Today: Exhibit at The Drop

    The Drop: Exhibit 2012+
    October 3 - 17
    521 West 25th Street

    Opening day events:
    Exhibit: 12 PM - 5 PM
    After party: 5 PM - 9 PM

    Exhibit features the work of KiptonART artist Ula Einstein as well as Yoko Ono, Paul D. Miller, Ryuichi Sakamoto and many others!

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    Image courtesy of The Drop.

    Thursday, October 1, 2009

    Tribal Art Meets Altruism

    For socials grown weary of Septembers somewhat monotonous stream of 6 to 8 cocktail parties, Wednesdays Brasilian Beats, Beads and Aperitifs party ended the month with a huge buzz.  A cosmopolitan clan descended upon the Hudson Street headquarters of Tribal Societe, Manhattans newest shopping stop for those who are equal parts fashion- and social-conscious. I love that these are for a good cause, pronounced resident retail expert Hayley Bloomingdale as she perused the vibrant display of beaded necklaces, remarking on the fact that Tribal Societe donates a portion of its proceeds to the Global Fund for Women.  Other guests such as Dabney Mercer, Harry LeFrak, and Julia Collier picked out a custom cocktail from the Cabana Cachaca-sponsored bar before surveying the art that was also for sale.  KiptonART presented works created by South American artist David Foote, and Fernando Ferreira de Araujo along with multi-talented South American inspired pieces by Paul Seftel.

    Read More in the Online Magazine!

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    NOW: NY Electronic Art Festival

    September 29 - October 24

    The 2009 New York Electronic Art Festival is a month-long series of concerts, workshops, and exhibitions centered on the cutting-edge work being done at the intersection of art and technology. The festival, produced by Harvestworks, was created to provide a responsive public context for the appreciation of cutting-edge electronic artwork. Attendees will get an overview of how technology is being used in various artistic disciplines, and have the opportunity to take part in a discussion about how these technologies will continue to shape contemporary art practice. This year’s festival will be a showcase of exciting interdisciplinary work and serve as a catalyst for discussions and collaborations between artists, technology, and the public.

    Read more about the NYEAF in KiptonART Online Magazine!
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    Image courtesy of Jessica Ann Peavy.