Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Polarization of the art world

Just like society is being stratified and we are losing an economic middle class so too the art world is losing it's middle tier artists. Lamenting the skyrocketing prices of young artists is a waste since the only two ways the industry is going is stratospherically high prices for market driven investment category artists and dirt cheap, democratic, mass market (HandM style) low prices. Nothing will exist in between anymore.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Reviving Artists Who May Have Been Forgotten

Rox Gallery
Y Galeria
There's a revolution going on in the contemporary art world. Adam Lindemann's Venus Over Manhattan started it by "discovering" and promoting artists from another era like ----, --- and ---

Where are all the patrons?

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Sonia Nassery Cole: Will I Live Tomorrow

Writer, producer, director Sonia Nassery Cole has a new book called Will I Live Tomorrow, about her struggle to make an anti-Taliban film ("Black Tulip") in Afghanistan. Support this beautiful soul who continues to do good work, traveling soon to Syria, and challenging us through challenging herself and some of the most frightening regimes on the planet.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Daft Punk's Electroma: A Bizarrely Beautiful Art Film

Private exhibition for artist Yury Kharchenko

Nicollette Ramirez and Denis Arguedas 
invite you to view
A Private Exhibition of Paintings by 

Yury Kharchenko 

Artist Reception
Thursday January 30th 6 to 8 pm
547 W 27th St. Suite 533, NYC

Kay Heymer, Director of Modern Art Department
Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf

Yury Kharchenko's works can make one forget that such a thing as pop art and post modernism ever existed…His pictures are delightful in their texture and their sense of color, stimulating the senses and arousing strong feelings in the viewer.
About the Artist

Yury Kharchenko's works are part of important German museum collections including the Museum Kunstpalast Dusseldorf, the State Collection Dusseldorf, Felix Nussbaum Haus in Osnabruck and the Kunst aus NRW collection in Aachen. His solo exhibitions include the Clara Maria Sels Gallery in Dusseldorf and Mirta Demare Gallery in Rotterdam. In a feature story on a German collector, The New York Times Style Magazine featured Yury's work along side those by Damien Hirst, Sergej Jensen and other contemporary artists.

Yury, 27 years old, was born in Moscow and resides in Berlin.   

This exhibition is accompanied by the catalogue, published by Kerber Verlag, Berlin and D.A.P./Distributed by Art Publishers, Inc, New York. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

The edifying and unifying art of Stan Douglas at David Zwirner

It's always the artists that are on the cutting edge of any developments in art. The gallerists follow along, then the collectors and then the museums last. Stan Douglas at David Zwirner Gallery is one of those artists with his pulse on the times. After being 20 years with the gallery he is still putting out great work. Here pictures don't speak a thousand words so head over there so you can see the film and hear the wonderful musicians:

Monday, January 6, 2014

Fabulous Exhibitions in NYC Right Now

Isa Genzken at MoMA really rocked my world. Having only seen a few works of this artist I hadn't experienced the diversity or "spirit" of the work, so to speak. I decided at the first opportunity I will try to support her by buying one of her works :)

Magritte, one of my eternally favorite artists, was also well represented in MoMA's exhibition which included some well known masterpieces along with other works from private collections.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Balthus: Cats and Girls (why not title it Cats and Cats or Girls and Pussies?!? I wondered) was good, as these sorts of exhibitions go.  New work is always something worth seeing. Two paintings from their private collection that weren't in the current exhibition, but in the galleries for 21st Paintings, were the icing on the cake for me.

The Mountain, 1936–37
Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski)
Oil on canvas; 98 x 144 in
The Met also showed a wonderful installation by William Kentridge and a small but important exhibition of portraits by Julia Margaret Cameron, who in her time photographed the mother of Virginia Woolf.

Julia Jackson (1867)
27.4x20.6 (cm)
Julia Margaret Cameron

Friday, January 3, 2014

I AM (2010) A Film By Tom Shadyac

After watching a phenomenal performance by Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wallstreet, this was a good antidote.