Saturday, July 30, 2011

ART TALK with Artist Avery McCarthy

ART TALK with Avery McCarthy

Avery McCarthy, There Are No Stars Here XX. 40" x 40", photography.
What is the last exhibition you attended?
The last exhibition I attended was the Alexander McQueen show at the Met. It's already had praise heaped on it from every direction, but nonetheless I think it is one of the best shows in the last several years and its very exciting to see a museum like the Met highlighting fashion that is approached from such a fantastically artistic standpoint.

Do you collect anything? What are some of your collections?
I collect star charts, subway maps from cities that I visit, emerging art, and recently I've been collecting images of "you are here" signs. I love maps and diagrams; anything visual that represents something physical. I also trade for and buy art whenever I can, I collect work I wish I had made. I have a philosophy that once someones done something, there's no sense in doing it again unless you can do it significantly better. My art collection reminds me of all the things that people have done better and more beautifully than I ever could.

What was the first work of art you purchased?
It depends, I rarely actually buy art, usually I trade. The first work I officially collected was a piece by a glass artist named Josh Simpson, a small circular red planet. It's still on my mantle at home.

What artists most inspire or influence you? Why?
I would say Yves Klein and Anish Kapoor are my biggest influences, because I love the direct way that they deal with scale and metaphysical ideas. But I also like some of the more cynical things that Damien Hirst has explored recently, treating high valuations as a sort of per formative element to his work. I love anything that gets a strong reaction--I can't stand Jeff Wall's work, but I like it because I have such a negative reaction to it. Indifference is the worst thing an artwork can provoke.

What work from your Kiptonart portfolio is your favorite? why? What does it mean to you?
The piece titled "Light Field (with ring)" is my favorite. It's a large canvas, filled with LEDs, with a ring, also made of LEDs hung about two feet in front of it. When the room is dim, it produces this amazing optical effect as you walk around. I think it is probably the most successful work I've ever produced, part of me hopes that no one ever buys it so that I can keep it on my wall forever.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Today in Berlin... Shay Kun opening in group show at Alexander Ochs Gallery

Shay Kun, Things Fall Apart, 152cm x 127cm, 2010

KiptonART is big fans of artist Shay Kun who is taking part in the new group show at Alexander Ochs Gallery in Berlin. Update Your Reality is on exhibit July 29th through September 3rd. For more information visit

Thursday, July 28, 2011

KiptonART Featured Artist David Mellen

KiptonART Featured Artist DAVID MELLEN

At what age did you know you were an artist? What was the first work of  art you created?
I was in my twenties when I made a sculpture "Breath I Dry Up". Before that time, I knew I wanted to be an artist but after that, I understood that I needed to be an artist. It has nothing to do with making a living or anything like that; I understood that this was something I required in order to live.
Read more from David Mellen and Check out David's Portfolio.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

One of KiptonART's fellow favorite galleries, DANIEL COONEY FINE ART, presents Lydia Anne McCarthy

Refraction is closing this Friday, July 29th! Don't miss it.
 Daniel Cooney Fine Art is located at 511 West 25th Street, #506, NYC. For more information, visit

Monday, July 25, 2011

KiptonART Artist Antoinette Wysocki's feature on her new work

Antoinette Wysocki Photo Credit: Daniel Pagel
Check out the new write-up and interview featuring KiptonART Artist Antoinette Wysocki as she discusses her next international show next spring and ARTDC.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Featured Artist Edie Nadelhaft!

Featured Artist Edie Nadelhaft
Edie Nadelhaft, Big Cherry Biter No. 3, 36" x 36", Oil on Canvas
Why do you work in this particular medium? Oil paint is sexy and it takes a beating, by which I mean you can work back into it, unlike paper which is very unforgiving. The qualities that I found most frustrating when I first tried it are precisely what I value most now. The viscosity, the fact that it's slow drying-these are aspects of oil paint that make it so magical: juxtapositions, edges, depth, luster... And smells great too. 

Monday, July 18, 2011

"The Nature" Chelsea curatorial debut by KiptonART Artist Jordana Zeldin

KiptonART Artist and ArtBridge Director Jordana Zeldin is celebrating her Chelsea curatorial debut with a group show at The ArtBridge Drawing Room, featuring five emerging artists: Jon Feinstein, Max Glaser, Cheryl Molnar, Matthew William Robinson, Cecilia Schmidt. The Nature opening reception will be this Thursday, July 21st from 6-8pm. This exhibition explores the infinitely complex relationship between the man-made civilized world and the natural one around us. The ArtBridge Drawing Room is located at 526 W. 26th Street, 502a (between 10th and 11th Aves).

Friday, July 15, 2011

KiptonART Featured Artist Jenni Crain

KiptonART Featured Artist Jenni Crain

Why do you work in this particular medium?
I never want to limit myself to one medium because I feel that by doing so I am shutting myself off to countless discoveries. At this stage in my career I believe it is crucial that I explore and experiment. As I mature, perhaps my work will begin to drift towards one end of the spectrum as opposed to another, but I ultimately feel that exploration of medium will remain necessary in order to enhance the quality of my work from project to project.
Read more about Jenni in KiptonART Magazine.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Designer Collections Introduces Chef Nicholas Korbee

DESIGNER COLLECTIONS Featuring Chef Nicholas Korbee

What was the first work of art you purchased?
"Ruth at the Feet of Boaz" Marc Chagall Litho ca 1960.

How would you describe the decor in your home?
Heirloom Minimalism. I can only take credit for the term, my girlfriend has impeccable taste, and we prefer to decorate our home with a collection of family treasures and a few pieces we've acquired along the way. Beauty speaks for itself, and often stands alone.
Read more about Nicholas Korbee and see his "Top Ten Picks" in KiptonART Magazine.

Monday, July 11, 2011


 KiptonART Artist and new curatorial board member Jade Doskow, will be meeting with Paid KiptonART Artists for an opportunity to have their portfolio reviewed.
Please join us this Saturday from 12noon until 3pm for this special opportunity.

Friday, July 8, 2011

KiptonART Featured Artist Marcio Decker

Which of your own works on KiptonART are currently your favorite? Why?
Abstract Metallic is my favorite now. I can look at this painting for hours. As my eyes move around the canvas, I can find different compositions within the larger picture. I love the copper and malachite greens next to each other and the navy blue large elements accented by yellow and white notes. I like that! Read more about Marcio in KiptonART Magazine.
 Marcio Decker, Abstract Metallic, 30" x 40", Acrylic on canvas

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Designer Collections Introduces KiptonART's Annabel Vartanian

What was the first work of art you purchased?
About 10 years ago, I bought a pastel drawing from the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market. I talked the guy down from $150 to $65, I could have got it for $50, ha! But I think it is worth a lot more than any of those numbers.
Go to the KiptonART Magazine to read more from Annabel.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

KiptonART is a national media sponsor for ArtHamptons, opening tomorrow!

KiptonART is thrilled to be a national media sponsor for ArtHamptons opening tomorrow and running through Sunday, July 10th.
Now in it's 4th successful year, ArtHamptons has emerged as the nation's premier summer fine art fair for post-war and contemporary art. Last year, over 8,000 art enthusiasts streamed through aisles. This year, the fair has promotional support with many of the area's leading cultural organizations. For more information on locations and exhibiting galleries, visit

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

KiptonART Featured Artist Yu Zhang

At what age did you know you were an artist? What was the first work of art you created?
At the age of 19. My first artwork was a drawing of a girl wearing a Beijing opera costume. I was very much attracted to the richness of the Beijing Opera, the colors, the dramas and the everlasting story.
Read more about Yu Zhang in KiptonART Magazine.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

"I want to be the purveyor of a certain silhouette or a way of cutting, so that when I'm dead and gone, people will know that the twenty-first century was started by Alexander McQueen." A powerful quote from a brillant artist taken from us well before his time.
KiptonART attended the current exhibit of the late designer's work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Entitled "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty", this exhibit is beautifully curated, powerful, moving and leaves an indelible mark on your soul. McQueen had an artistry that mixed fashion, science, beauty and raw emotion seamlessly, leaving us with breathtaking work. We cannot stop talking about this show and most of our team bought the book! Treat yourself today (even if you have already been once) and go to this exhibition, it's not to be missed! Photos courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Taken by Solve Sundsbo.