The “Armory” art fairs were held in New York City this weekend with both the Park Armory on the Upper East Side and the Armory Show on Piers 92 & 94. “Armed” with an open mind to see the newest ideas in contemporary art, I headed over to the piers to check out the Armory Show.
Now in its 22nd year, The Armory Show is billed as “New York’s premier international art fair, showcasing over 200 galleries from around the world. The Armory Show combines access to high quality modern and contemporary art with a commitment to spotlighting new and emerging voices in the visual arts.” I gave myself both Friday and Saturday to see the shows as there was just too much to see in one day. I found myself particularly drawn to the selections in the Modern Show (Pier 92) this year and even purchased a couple paintings by Darren Waterston from the DC Moore Gallery (see above). I’ve shared some of my favorites from the Modern and the Contemporary Armory Shows below.
Hard to believe, but I’d never heard of Janaina Tschäpe before the fair, though she’s been creating art for almost two decades. Apparently I’m the only one as a long standing collector bought her work while I was standing there admiring it!
A beautiful example of John Grillo’s (who passed away in 2014 at the age of 97) colorful work.
Australian artist Julian Martin was having a good day as 14 of his 18 paintings on exhibit had already found new homes early on during the fair.
From a distance, I thought this work of Gabriel de la Mora‘s (this photo is half of a mirrored diptych) was created from carved wood panels. However, it was actually created from the soles of tennis shoes! I love all the different patterns.
The color blue evokes serenity, spirituality, infinity. Lay back and look at heaven. The 5th chakra: the throat, voice and self-expression. Deep blues: singing, listening. Sea and shadow. Blue symbolizes the Virgin Mary. Krishna has blue skin. Fifty-three percent of the world’s flags have blue. It’s the color most commonly used in corporate identities. Miles Davis was kind of blue. What kind of blue are you?
Harbor Town, mixed media on cradled panel, 32″ x 32″, $1800
This painting was inspired by the Boston Harbor which I lived near a few years ago. The water is made from many layers of translucent mulberry paper which I painted all these wonderful shades of blue.
“BLUE” Exhibition at the Front Street Gallery
I am exhibition my painting title “Harbor Town” in the BLUE exhibition at the Front Street Gallery in Patterson, New York. The show opened on October 18 and runs through December 6. The gallery has extended hours on October 24 & 25 as part of the ArtEast Open Studio Tour.
See a BLUE slide show at the gallery website http://frontstreetgallery.org. Front Street Gallery is at 21 Front Street in Patterson, New York, across the street from the Metro North train Station.
Featuring Gretchen Hoffman Abene, Patrick J. Cicalo, Shelley Dell, Andrew Dines, Ken Dreyfack, Kathy Ferguson, Matt Frieburghaus, Sarah K. Gray, Nicole Hughes, Annette Jaret, Lise Kjaer, Sassoon Kosian, Galina Krasskova, Tanya Kukucka, Pamela Lambros, Hannah Raine Brenner-Leonard, Alex Lindquist, Amanda Lynne, Eugene Posolli, Karen Schaffel, Ilona Sirman, Jane Soodalter, Fran Traina, Meaghan Troup, Rosanne Walsh, Dayna Wenzel, Joann Zwolski.
Last Thursday night, it was a whooping 8 degree Fahrenheit in New York City. But that didn’t stop the art lovers from turning out to attend the Atlantic Gallery’s “Over the Bridge” exhibition in Chelsea. I was fortunate to have two paintings in this show, along with 38 other Long Island City artists. The wine was flowing, the crowd was enthusiastic and the art was excellent. I’ve included photographs of that night “before” and “during” the opening to show you the crush. There is still plenty of time to see the exhibition on display until January 17th at Atlantic Gallery, Suite 540, 548 West 28th Street, New York City.
I’m so excited! I am exhibiting in my first Chelsea art gallery in New York City. I feel like the Chelsea neighborhood is the heart of contemporary art in the Big Apple. Please stop by the “OVER THE BRIDGE” show at the Atlantic Gallery between January 5-17. Join me at the artists’ reception on January 8, 2015! Atlantic Gallery is located at 548 West 28th Street, Suite 540, New York, NY.
I’m pleased to announce the inclusion of two of my paintings in the exhibition “THE ELEGANT NUDE” at The Gallery at the Watershed in Eugene, Oregon. Located at 321 Mill Road, Eugene, Oregon, the exhibition runs from Sept. 23 – Nov. 1, 2014
Opening reception: Friday, Sept. 26, 7-8:30 p.m.
First Friday Artwalk: October 3, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Juried by the incomparable Grace Slick, a working painter showing in numerous galleries for decades after her beloved contribution to artistic and cultural history with Jefferson Airplane, and the esteemed Curator Robert Canaga.
The emphasis in the works is on the elegance and beauty of the human body; its variations, its expressiveness, its remarkable form. The gallery is delighted to show you how we are seen, naked and human, through the eyes and hearts of exceptional artists from around the world.
I’m so “radical”! Or more accurately, my painting “Hanging Around” is radical. This painting is being featured in the “Radical” Geometry Collection on Saatchi Art’s homepage. It’s a fun, colorful collection of many other paintings that focus on shape, line and geometry in their compositions. Curated by Associate Curator Bridget Carron, you can see the collection by clicking: Saatchi Radical Geometry Art Collection.
Hanging Around, Mixed Media (acrylic, paper, ink), 24″ x 48″, two panel cradled diptych, $2000
The concept for the painting is based on a nightmare I had about the two things that scare me most…bats and spiders. In my dream, they bred and mutated into bat-spiders that fly and weave webs in which they catch their prey. Creepy!
About a month ago, I wrote a post about the coveted “red dot”… the mark a gallery puts on a painting’s title when it sells but before they take it down to deliver it to a collector. I had one sale or “red dot” at the Madelyn Jordon Fine Art Gallery‘s “Summer Remix” group exhibition this summer. I just got the good news that another painting of mine at the exhibition has sold. Another red dot! I love those little suckers! I wish I could pass out red dots for everyone!
The gallery show “Abstract Sanctuary” opened last week at the Vernum Ultimum Art Gallery in Portland, Oregon. I was one of 25 pieces selected by jury (out of almost 400 submissions) and it’s an amazing collection of abstract art, all at great prices. David and I flew out to see the show this weekend and our adult son joined us. The exhibition runs through March 30th, so stop by if you’re in the area. Here’s my son and I checking out the art.
Portland is a great city to explore. Though it did rain the entire time, we still got out to explore the sights and sample some great food. We even swung by Voo Doo Donuts to pick up one of their unique creations, a bacon and maple bar.