Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Iran Inside Out Shares Influences of the Homeland

Iran Inside Out will be running through September 5th at the Chelsea Art Museum.The groundbreaking exhibition features 35 artists living and working in Iran alongside 21 others living in the Diaspora. The result is a multifarious portrait of 56 contemporary Iranian artists challenging the conventional perceptions of Iran and Iranian art. The exhibition is a collaboration of painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation. The end result shares with visitors an intimate look into the people both inside and outside of Iran.
Above, Pooneh Maghazehe, Hell's Puerto Rico Performance Still, Digital C-print 2008.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Mapplethorpe Polaroids


POLAROIDS: MAPPLETHORPE traces the early use of instant photography by the American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. This exhibition will be opening July 4th weekend at the Modern Art Oxford Museum and will be on display through September 13th, 2009.
On display with be 92 of Mapplethorpe's Polaroids taken between 1970 and 1975. In the early 1970's, Mapplethorpe lived in New York's Chelsea Hotel with the rock singer Patti Smith. It was there that filmmaker Sandy Daley lent Mapplethorpe her Polaroid camera and he began his first experiments.

"Instant photography was the perfect medium, or so it seemed, for the 70s and 80s, when everything was fast. If I were to make something that took two weeks to do, I'd lose my enthusiasm. It would become an act of labour and the love would be gone".
-Mapplethorpe

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Rew-Shay Hood Project Part II


Rew-Shay Hood Project Part II, is on view at Artpace San Antonio through September 6, 2009. Artpace San Antonio serves as a laboratory for the creation and advancement of international contemporary art.
This exhibition debuts a new body of work by Berlin-based artist Jonathan Monk. Monk is at the forefront of a generation of artists who have appropriated American conceptual art of the 1960s and 1970s to create contemporary projects that deal with reception and re-presentation. Located in the space named for Artpace's former function as a Hudson automobile dealership, the exhibition features a series of paintings after American artist Ed Ruscha's iconic photographic series and book, Twentysix Gasoline Stations. Featured in the exhibition are fourteen distinctive hoods that serve as canvases for the photo-realistic airbrushed paintings of classic American cars.

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Abstract America takes over the Saatchi

Saatchi Gallery’s Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture presents a survey of emerging art from the USA. Thirty-two artists are in the exhibition, representing an intriguing new generation of painters and sculptors. With a historical nod to their Abstract Expressionist predecessors of the mid-twentieth century, these artists are heavily influenced by the new digital age.
Abstract America is set to shape our understanding of the work of this vital group of artists, who have absorbed these many aspects of contemporary life and chosen very individual ways to communicate.
Some of the artists included: Kristin Baker, John Bauer, Mark Bradford, Tom Burr, Joe Bradley, Jedediah Caesar, Carter, Eric and Heather ChanSchatz, Peter Coffin, Guerra de la Paz, Francesca DiMattio and Bart Exposito. Above, Mark Bradford's Kryptonite. Working in both paint and collage, Bradford incorporates elements from his daily life into his canvases.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Don't Stare at the Sun opening in Poland

The exhibition comprises video works, objects and installations by Latin American artists, constituting the first comprehensive presentation of contemporary art originating in that cultural region in Poland. Works selected for the exhibition deal with magical rituals, so-called ordinary life, meeting of diverse traditions, search for identity and social problems – creating a picture of a most variegated and complex culture. If you happen to be in Poland check out this exhibition opening tonight at the Centre of Contemporary Art in Turon.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Forro In The Dark kicks off MoMA Music

Brazilian group, Forro in The Dark will be performing in MoMA's Sculpture Garden this coming Thursday, July 2nd.

MoMA Music: Brazil is part of the MoMA Thursday Nights program, in which the museum stays open until 8:45pm every Thursday in July and August. Along with the music and fresh air, tapas will also be served to stay true to the Brazilian theme.

Forro in The Dark digs deep into the sounds of Northeastern Brazil. Whether singing about Rastafarianism or Robin Hood, the 4 Brazilian New Yorkers keep the energy high with every note. Forro in The Dark will be performing a set July 2nd, from 5:30pm until 7:00pm.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Americans Celebrates 50 Years

For two years, Swiss-born photographer Robert Frank, traveled by car throughout the United States, amassing over 20,000 negatives all taken with his hand-held Leica camera. Frank’s photographs, which have become landmarks in the history of photography, reveal unplanned compositions with a wide emotional scope. Describing this emotional response of Frank’s portfolio, Jack Kerouac wrote: “After seeing these pictures you end up finally not knowing whether a jukebox is sadder than a coffin.” The edited portfolio of 83 photographs was published as The Americans in 1959 by Grove Press in New York. In this 50th anniversary year of its publication, MOCA presents a rare showing of the complete set of photographs.
Showing now at MOCA Grand Ave, Los Angeles through October 19th, 2009.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Peter Liversidge and DJ Simpson contribute to COMMA






COMMA is a dynamic new series of monthly commissions at the Bloomberg SPACE in London. Peter Liversidge and DJ Simpson are the current residents whom will be filling the space through July 18th, 2009. COMMA focuses entirely on the commissioning of new work providing opportunities for artists to experiment and expand their practice.

Peter Liversidge has written 86 proposals specifically for the Bloomberg Space. Examples range from handing each visitor an orange to the possibility of opening a blood bank at Bloomberg. His proposals range from simple poetic moments to complex installations. Liversidge works in the conflict between possibility and fantasy... all of Liversidges actual proposals for the Bloomberg SPACE will be on display, featured on the gallery walls.

DJ Simpson, who is known for his large scale paintings, will cover the rear gallery with his Rococo style grey wallpaper, adorned with engraved mirrored pieces.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Don't Miss Kalup Linzy at Studio Museum of Harlem

Kalup Linzy: If it Don’t Fit is the first museum survey of the artist’s work, and includes over twenty videos made over the last seven years, a drawing suite and a one-night acoustic performance. From his original take on the soap opera and sketch comedy genres to his music videos and shorts, this compilation tracks the artist’s clever and complex approach to questions or race, gender, class, sexuality and national identity. The title, If it Don’t Fit, is appropriated from a song Linzy used in a recent video. With innuendo and double entendre, this blues lyric speaks to both the disappointments and hopes of attempting to belong to aesthetic genres, social categories and intimate relationships. This exhibition will be closing this weekend, June 28th. Left,Photo, Grant Delin



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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Casting: Names vs. Talent and Going with Your Gut

So I've been doing some casting lately. It's fun. I love talking to actors. For whatever reason, thankfully, I've managed to stick to meeting with only some classy folks. It goes without saying that I'm looking to cast based on two qualities: Who fits the role best and who's the name that will get the most eyes on my film.

This all makes me think back to sophomore year in high school. Have you ever heard somebody say that the biz is like high school? A popularity contest?

Shane Tela was a girl (yes, a girl named Shane, straight out of a Johnny Cash song, right?) who started at my school freshman year. I went to a really snobby Upper East Side school that was bad, but not like it’s portrayed on Gossip Girl. Shaney was a half-Black, half-White downtown import. I don't remember much about Shaney (I call her Shaney, she calls me Seany, it’s really cute, trust me) from freshman year though. That year, the new girls who got all the attention were two who made close friends with popular girls right out of the gate—one presumably because she came from a pedigree of cool people, the other because her Brother was a cool senior that year (both of these girls later redeemed themselves and turned out fantastic). Shaney was pretty but nobody noticed because we were too busy gossiping over who was going to date the other two hot freshman noobs (discussions were moot, as they ended up dating older guys, a guy in a band and a jock, right away), and Shaney never made herself look nice for school. It wasn't until sophomore year that I really made friends with Shane.

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Beauty Underfoot opening at Smack Mellon






The artists in this exhibition take the banalities of life and transform them into poetic statements. The source material for the work featured, ranges from the dust on the floor of the gallery to text from a local newspapers. For instance, one of the artist, Yumi Janairo Roth constructed shipping pallets using techniques associated with local Filipino handicrafts. She carved intricate designs in the pallets, and then reintroduced them into circulation.

Though the artists in Beauty Underfoot synthesize every moment of our daily experience, creating a sense of the sublime, the exhibition goes even further challenging viewers to look beyond the aesthetic of the object. When examined more closely the works refer to hardship and injustice. Stated quite simply by the gallery, "The works in the exhibition ultimately transcend the ordinary, transforming it into the extraordinary". This exhibition will be open June 20th-August 2nd. Above, Yumi Janairo Roth, Untitled

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Friday, June 19, 2009

KiptonART.com Launches Company Blog

Kipton Cronkite and associates introduce a blog site that delivers the fast track to art, culture, and metropolitan living.

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 19, 2009 -- Last month, KiptonART made its first foray into the blogosphere with a daily chronicle on international art and commerce, peppered with updates on in-house development. Every day, founder Kipton Cronkite and his cohorts will post the most vital, up-to-the-minute annals on fine art, entertainment, business, style, and society news. The blog is conceived as a virtual cheat-sheet that plies readers with topical material and gets beyond the gobbledygook of more traditional blogs.

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Man Overboard: This Summer Go Beyond The Deck Shoe

If you've sought out any advice in the last 12 months, either from a men's magazine or website, as to what you should be putting on your feet this summer, you've no doubt been bludgeoned by the footwear flavor of the month: the deck shoe. From du jour men's label Band of Outsiders to the recent rad-trad transformation of J.Crew, that staple of New England preppie-dom has suddenly found itself back in style for the first time since the "Eastland knot" held sway over my junior high's hallways. I blame it on two things: the trendy, though wholly welcome, return of classic menswear back into the fashion lexicon and the simple fact that men are bereft of the fashion variety women enjoy.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Whitney Art Party's Chic Revelry

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending one of my favorite events of the year, the Whitney Art Party. Over 1,000 people ambled into Skylight Studios in West SoHo to support the museum's endowment and mingle with a throng of young, powerful, and charitable New Yorkers. When I arrived, I was greeted by Whitney dynamos Tracy Hook (who heads the Whitney Contemporaries' patronage) and Brianna O'Brien (Annual Fund Coordinator). I've sat on the Contemporaries' Executive Committee for the last three years, and like clockwork, the Art Party continues to surpass my expectations and attract a consistently colorful crowd. From familiar faces and friends, such as Byrdie Bell, Lydia Fenet, Olivia Palermo, Lydia Hearst-Shaw, Olivia Chantecaille, and William Morris Endeavor agent Mark Mullett, to the industrious co-chairs of the evening, Allison Aston, Adam Lippes, and Melissa Gellman-Weiss, the cream of young society turned out in style for this buoyant bash.-Kipton Cronkite





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Five Questions We Ask Every Artist: Jade Doskow














Jade Doskow is KiptonART's Featured Artist for the magazine coming out online today at KiptonART.com . Check out Jade's answers to the five questions we ask every artist.

Name, Hometown

Jade Doskow
-Hometown: Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania
-Have lived in NYC since 1996
-currently reside in Brooklyn

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

I have just moved back to my beloved neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn, a very odd and unique community of artists and gardeners. It is here that I am greatly influenced by the nuances of brightness and shadow; the strange, somewhat decrepit townhouses in contrast with the newly renovated, charming buildings; and the incredible light across the New York harbor. As Robert Rauschenberg said, it is best to work in the gap between art and life, and the photographs I make are based wholly on the way I live and experience the world around me on a daily basis.

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

Openings are so exhilarating; it's such a high to have my work on display and have people respond to it in unexpected and enlightening ways. I usually feel a bit of sadness at the closing of an opening because I don't want it to be over! And also---an intense desire to make new work.

Why did you choose this medium?

Photography kind of found me. I won an award for an early series of self-portraits when I was at NYU, and that caused me to realize that the pictures I was making were having an effect, both for the viewers and for myself. Over the years I have come to love the mechanical and intuitive characteristics of the medium; currently I shoot with a large format camera. Shooting with the big camera is a tricky and wonderful challenge; on one hand, there are many extremely precise steps involved in making a picture. Paradoxically, despite setting up a strict framework in which the picture will be made, there is an equal amount of room for inexplicable error and strange light effects. I would say my process as an artist thrives on this battle between control and chaos while making a picture, setting up a formalist, strict framework and then seeing what happens past that.

What is one of your favorite past exhibitions?

Over the last couple of years several exhibitions have stuck with me: Cai Quo-Qiang 'I Want to Believe' at the Guggenheim was just incredible; he is so very prolific and the work was remarkably beautiful, exciting, dynamic, and smart, touching upon a wide gamut of issues in a completely original way. I especially loved his installation room full of broken plates made in one of the last porcelain factories in China, in the middle of which seemed to sail a very old fishing boat from Japan, also with specific cultural and political connotations. 'You are the Measure,' the retrospective of Gordon Matta-Clarke's at the Whitney was inspiring as well. Matta-Clarke has and always will be a huge influence on the way I understand space and how to look at it in new and challenging ways. Especially of interest were the video pieces of Matta-Clarke and his team actually breaking the house in his piece 'Splitting,' and the care with which they performed this radical surgery.

Do you collect anything?

I actually don't collect much, although I do love photography books and have a nice assortment of them. My favorite recent addition is Joel Sternfeld's Oxbow Archive.' I also collect world's fair trinkets---in the sense that people often give them to me as gifts when they find out about my current work, which examines the remains of world's fair sites.


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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

All things Dan Graham

Dan Graham, Triangular Pavilion with Circular Cut-outs
Dan Graham's first American Retrospective will be opening at the Whitney June 26th. Dan Graham has been a central figure in contemporary art since the 1960s. His interests range from suburbia and public architecture to punk music and popular culture. This particular exhibition traces the evolution of his art from his early conceptual projects and performances, to his films and videos, architectural projects and pavilions, and sculptures as well as his collaborations with musicians and rock bands. It's interesting that few of Graham’s works have been commissioned or exhibited in the United States. One of the only major works commissioned in the U.S. in the last decade is the Rooftop Urban Park Project, in which he designed the piece Two-Way Mirror Cylinder Inside Cube and Video Salon (1981-1991). So take this rare opportunity to see the spectrum of work that is Dan Graham.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Sweeney Decade at the Guggenheim


The Sweeney Decade: Acquisitions at the 1959 Inaugural is presented in celebration of 50 years for the Guggenheim New York. James John Sweeney ruled the museum from 1952 to 1960. The vision revealed by Sweeney in the 1959 inaugural exhibition, demonstrated the museum’s ability to embrace art that was new and challenging. Sweeney always remained faithful to the museum's commitment to innovation. He had the museum walls painted white, removed canvases from over-sized frames and added sculpture to the collection, that at the time was focused on paintings. Karel Appel, Alberto Burri, Eduardo Chillida, Willem de Kooning, Jean Dubuffet, Jimmy Ernst, Hans Hartung, Jackson Pollock, Pierre Soulages, Antoni Tapies... were among the many acquired by Sweeney during his tenure at the Guggenheim. Check out the exhibition open now until September 2, 2009.




Above, William Baziotes, Dusk 1958


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Monday, June 15, 2009

Larry Johnson revealed at The Hammer Museum



It's exciting to see The Hammer Museum will be presenting the first full-scale survey exhibition in the U.S. of the work of artist, Larry Johnson. Johnson, is one of many important figures who emerged from CalArts in the 1980s. This show will feature 60 color photographs, dating from 1982 to the present. Included will be a new edition made especially for the show, whose sales support the Hammer Museum's exhibitions. His unique style blends drawing, painting, photography, graphic design, and text. Many works explore themes of Hollywood and celebrity, where aspirations and fantasies bump up against reality. Texts are a crucial part of Johnson's work, either written by him or appropriated from disparate sources such as pulp fiction, celebrity autobiographies, black box flight records and rock lyrics.
The show will be open June 21st until September 6, 2009.

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Pompeii and the Roman Villa at LACMA

Pompeii and the Roman Villa will be open at the LACMA through October 4, 2009. This exhibition focuses on the richness of the vivid cultural and artistic life in the region of Naples. The objects proposed for this exhibition are a carefully selected group of approximately one hundred-twenty works of sculpture, painting, mosaic, and luxury arts, some of them long-familiar works, others generally unknown to the public. Recent discoveries from around the Bay of Naples that have never before been exhibited in the United States will complement more familiar finds from earlier excavations.
Collaborating the Classical art with the modern interpretation of Classical art, don't miss the complementary exhibit of photographs by Eleanor Antin also showing at LACMA.

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Eleanor Antin Conquers Pompeii


Classical Frieze is a film and selection of photographs from Eleanor Antin's most recent work. This exhibition mimics the ancient world through recreating 19th-century neo-classical paintings. This installation coincides with the special exhibition, Pompeii and the Roman Villa also currently featured at the LACMA.

"Pompeii and the Roman Villa illustrates how the Trojan War and the death and wandering of the great Greek heroes were the moral and aesthetic tropes of Roman culture. Whereas for us, the romance of the Roman Empire, with its deliciously decadent affluence and military power, lies deep in modern Western consciousness. The great 19th-century colonial powers that preceded us saw themselves as the new Rome, bringing civilization to primitive peoples, not unlike the way we see ourselves today." -Eleanor Antin, San Diego, 2009

On display May 14th- September 4th, 2009 at LACMA.
Above, Elenor Antin, The Death of Petronius from "The Last Days of Pompeii" 2001

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Lunch Hour with Avedon


There's something quite charming about taking your lunch hour to scope out the career of Mr. Avedon. What I thought would be a brief encounter became an extensive study of his fashion photography. This is a reminder to take a break and check out what Richard Avedon has meant for the world of fashion and portraiture.

I had forgotten how animal-friendly Avedon was in many of his high fashion shoots. You get to enjoy a starlet accompanied by man's best friend. Don't forget the camels, chimpanzees and elephants.

Speaking of contrast, bringing Dior and post-war Paris together, is what brought him to the breakthrough of his career. The evidence, stunning.

The color palette of the exhibition space reminded me of the vintage jewelry boxes that once belonged to my great grandmother... there is a strong sense of history and femininity. Saturated pale pink and dusty violet grey. Cream matted photos on cream walls, brings depth and comfort to the viewer.

And finally, the photography of Brigitte Bardot 1959, WOW.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

"From Private to Public" at Bilbao





One of my favorite museums will be unveiling "From Private to Public", an exhibition that explores the origins of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation's permanent collection. The Guggenheim Bilbao will be presenting this exhibition in the year which marks the 50th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright Guggenheim building in New York. This exhibit will give a unique glimpse into the nature and evolution of the Permanent Collection, showing the parallels between seven private collections. Artists included are Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder and many more. More than a 100 works will be featured. Exhibition will run from June 26, 2009 through January 10, 2010.





The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao Spain


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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Larry Rivers at Art 40 Basel

Larry Rivers, Washington Crossing the Deleware


Larry Rivers, The Accident

American sculptor and painter Larry Rivers will have his work featured at Art 40 Basel, which begins today and lasts through Sunday, June 14th. Rivers was born in the Bronx and enjoyed the thrill of challenging the status quo of contemporary art. Many considered his work pop artish or even neo-classic. The immanent vitality that derives from Rivers work is clear which ever what you categorize it.
Other artists that will be a part of Art Basel 2009 are Mel Ramos, Allen Jones, Mimmo Rotella, Daniele Buetti, Andy Warhol and many more.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Futurism's Ground-breaking Exhibition at the Tate Modern


Tate Modern celebrates this dramatic art movement with a ground-breaking exhibition. Futurism was launched by the Italian poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti in 1909 with the publication of the Manifesto of Futurism on the front page of Paris newspaper Le Figaro. The Futurists created a new style that broke with old traditions and expressed the energy and movement of their modern life. This exhibition both showcases the work of key Futurists and explores art movements reacting to Futurism. Highlights include one of our favorites, Boccioni's dynamic bronze Unique Forms of Continuity in Space 1913 (See above) as well as major works by artists such as Braque, Malevich and Duchamp.

This exhibit will be on display June 12th-September 20th at the Tate Modern, London.

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Monday, June 8, 2009

The Happy Lion Presents Monique van Genderen

Los Angeles based artist, Monique van Genderen is now taking residence at the Happy Lion Gallery in LA. Showing off her painting discipline, she works within the boundaries of a six by four foot panel format for the current exhibition.
Monique received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and has exhibited internationally in museums and galleries. She has had solo exhibitions at the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Wexner Center for the Arts in Ohio and Le Consortium in Dijon, France.
Reflecting particularly to this show, here are some words from the artist:

"These paintings which read light to dark, left to right or right to left seem to be in various states of completion. Paint hangs on the surface, exposing the structure of the panel, not unlike the various states of dress a model for couture might display, showing contour and line through bone beneath the fabric. They are written on the body."

Monique van Genderen's Personal Exhibition will be on display at the Happy Lion through July 11th. Above, Untitled 2009

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Sunday, June 7, 2009

LEWIS FOREVER visits the New Museum


Lewis Forever is a performance collective of four siblings: three sisters and a brother; a director, two dancers and a musician. Living half in New York and half in Europe, half Dominican and half Jewish American, LF is both a performance collective and a bloodline. They make new performance work for theatrical and non-theatrical spaces, present other artists, throw parties, and create other social situations that provide the opportunity to embody ideas and questions surrounding collective versus individual vision, emigration, post-American identity, transient identities, "trans nationalism", belonging, longing, and dislocation. Lewis Forever is in residence at the New Museum for the month of June presenting new work in progress every Thursday night.

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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Five Questions We Ask Every Artist: Sabina Forbes II








Sabina Forbes II is currently KiptonART's Featured Artist. She is soon to have a solo at the Forbes Gallery in New York, June 24th through September 5th, 2009. Enjoy Sabina's answers to our questions, and be sure to check out her work featured on the KiptonART website.


Five Questions KiptonART asks every artist...

What is the first thing that comes to mind after an opening for one of your shows?
'Cool Beans!' sentiment of enormous gratitude.

Why did you choose this subject?
I am fascinated by energy, that of life, of movement of thought, and there are so many ways of trying to capture those sensations.

What or who was the biggest influence on your education?
My mother's father, Geradus Beekman. He took up painting later in life, not even knowing how to draw when he began. His abstacts enlivened my childhood and gave me drive.

What is one of your favorite exhibitions?
The Picasso-Braque Exhibit at the MOMA in 1989. I was absolutely amazed and inspired by the evolution of their collective creativity and diversity.

What do you think about awards in general?
[With a smile] I'd never say 'no' to one! While I don't think any artist defines oneself by an award along, to be so fortunate as to receive such an acknowledgement does help one to keep seeking greater depths in one's work.

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Friday, June 5, 2009

CANNES HEAT




Less than two weeks ago, the beau monde of international society boarded their G5s and jetted to the Riviera for a week of pared-down premieres and downsized soirees...

To be sure, I use these curmudgeonly qualifiers loosely. In fact, Cannes, the crown jewel of the Cote d'Azur, is a Proustian paradise during festival time. For this is (arguably) the most important and lavish event in the world of European celluloid. The latter half of May is a constant frisson of excitement and intrigue, replete with Monacan princesses, silver-screen sirens, and the plutocrats who love them, cruising the Corniches in their Bentleys and throwing elaborate yacht parties for their colorful and very famous casts of friends. Still, this year, the fabled Croisette conjured an unfamiliar pathos. The shoreline lights at twilight (l'heure bleue, as it's known in France) loomed in the evening sky, there was nary a Russian tourist, and you could actually get a table at Tetou without hassling. The usual dusk-till-dawn revelry at the Hotel du Cap was curtailed (civilized conversation was key), and the majority of star-studded fetes were hosted in intimate digs with condensed guests lists and fewer flashbulbs. (Then again, one must always remember this is the South of France. Stateside excess is a time-honored bete noire for the French. Somehow, they have a way of infusing the atmosphere with just enough xenophobia to discourage profligates from running amok in the midst of a credit crunch!)

When it comes to film festivals, VIP galas have a tendency to trump the actual features, for better or worse. In spite of the recession, Cannes still proved to be a social mecca for many a jet setter.
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Pictured Above: Quentin Tarantino, Diane Kruger, and Brad Pitt at the Inglourious Basterds premiere

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Sean Glass's "Storytelling"

I've written a few articles for KiptonART, but give this is the first that will appear in the magazine, I feel I should introduce myself once more. I'm a 24-year-old filmmaker from New York. Well, I'd say aspiring. I believe that one should not call oneself something like "filmmaker" unless one is both making a solid living doing so, and other successful filmmakers acknowledge you as an equal, not necessarily in that order. I think I'm on my way there, but not quite ready to be on the level of those whom I admire.

On the same topic, people do ask me what I do, and I find I do not like to say I write, or direct, or produce specifically. I think of each of those tasks, and the others I perform, as part of the creative film making process.

Before I move forward, let me quote the frequently quoted maestro William Goldman, "Nobody knows anything". Abiding by the first and foremost of Goldman's three big rules, I must disclose that I too know nothing. Everything I say is my opinion, based on my experience (which being 24 is what it is). I've read the books, but the opinions here are my own, so if they work for you, cool, if not, feel free to think of me as a moron.

The writing, directing and producing are not separate to me. When I write a script, I think about locations (producing), the camera work and actors’ performances (directing). I also think about production design, music, wardrobe, etc. Screenwriting is not short story writing. A lot of people have this mantra that “it’s all about story.” Obviously. That’s like an athlete saying, “It’s all about teamwork.” It’s not that easy though. A slight variation of the phrase, that would make me much happier, is “it’s all about storytelling.”

You can write lots of good stories that make bad movies. The easiest way to exemplify that is with adaptations. Pick the most infamous failure of recent days—'Watchmen'. Great story. If you didn’t read the comic, maybe you’d even like the film based on the brilliant story and characters alone. However, if you already knew the story, and were evaluating the film purely on the storytelling, then it fails.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Artist Mitchell Schorr is all about food

Art is everywhere definitely holds true for the popular Soho grocery store, Gourmet Garage. Spring has sprung and artist Mitchell Schorr has his latest series, From the Crate, on display in the grocery store's windows. Schorr, a native New Yorker, may be best known for his public murals, but he has found a new medium to bring art and food together. The showcased pieces are constructed out of recycled materials, wooden crates for example, and are painted with a whole range of food items. Gourmet Garage has showcased artists' work for years, including a Warhol Show at one point. On your next trip to the grocery store, take minute to enjoy what Schorr has brought to the table.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Acria's 'Unframed' Tomorrow Night





'Unframed' is also known as Artists Respond to AIDS, which began in 1993. This year's event will be the largest ever with 30 participating artists. Those attending will have the opportunity to purchase hard-to-acquire art, at a fraction of their sale price. Each participating artists is donating a small body of work to this event.

Elle Decor and 15 Union Square West are presenting this exciting evening. Ross Bleckner, Anna Sui, Margaret Russell and Guest Curators Jane Holzer and Stephen Heignton, are urging us to buy art, fight AIDS and support the Arcria foundation! Fabulous cocktails will be provided by Campari. Tickets are $20 at the door. 15 Union Square West (at 15h Street).
Participating artists include: Joseph Ayers, Will Cotton, Kelly Klein, Jeff Perrott, Burton Machen, Andrew Levitas, and many more. Above, work by Todd Hebert

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Monday, June 1, 2009

V and A Presents 'Future Fashion Now'

'Future Fashion Now: New Designs From The Royal College of Art' showcases current MA graduates' final collections. Included in the presentation are 55 outfits and accessories from 27 designers. An exciting aspect of this exhibition is the inclusion of the whole process. The outfits and accessories are displayed in four sections: Concept, Form, Technique and Detail. Each section pulls apart the design stages the students go through to accomplish their final collection. Design boards, drawings and photographs will be included.
The exhibit is on view May 22-January 31 2010 at the V and A, London.
Photograph: Royal College of Art / Dominic Tschudin

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