Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Beth New York Joins Collaborative Concepts at Saunders Farm September 3rd - Come Join Us on the Farm

Word Exchange –
A PerFormance
Beth New York and YOU

At Saunders Farm
853 Old Albany Post Raod, Garrison, NY 10523

Saturday, Sept 3, 2 – 6 pm
(Rain date: Sunday, Sept. 4)

Organized by
Collaborative Concepts

Curated by Marcy B. Freedman

Map of Saunders Farm for performances and parking:

Looking forward to seeing you there!
Happy Labor Day Weekend,
Beth New York

aka Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
New York Arts Exchange

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Last Call: Harold Weston at Keene Arts in the Adirondacks, through August 21.

Four years ago Alexandra and Malcolm MacDougall transformed a picturesque Methodist church into the Keene Arts Center, an exhibition space and theater, in Upstate New York.  It is gorgeous!  One of the jewels of the Adirondacks.

This weekend, their glorious Harold Weston: Beyond the Known, a retrospective of 60 paintings, drawings, etchings and watercolors, will close. Organized with the Harold Weston Foundation, the exhibition provides one of the few opportunities to view this excellent American modernist's work in a comprehensive format - enhanced by the beautiful installation.  

The artist's daughter, Nina Weston Foster, and gallerist Atea Ring (who has specialized in Weston's work for the last 20 years) curated the show.  The title comes from Weston' talk at Phillips Memorial Gallery in 1932, which described the artistic personality as "a seeker striving to do what has not been done before."   This concept explains the Modernist movement of the late 19th and 20th century, for Modernism looks forward - toward the future, rather than backwards -  toward the past, tradition, and established moral imperatives. Within the global Modernist initiative, Weston belongs to a distinctly American Modernist aesthetic, shared by Georgia O'Keeffe, Marsden Hartley and Arthur Dove, among so many others, which transformed the moralizing grand manner of the Hudson River School into an earthy vision.  Weston chose a firm Expressionist direction that tames energetic gestures with warm, rustic colors.

Harold Weston was born on Valentine's Day 1894 in Merion, PA, to a comfortable family.  As a teenager, he attended school in Switzerland and Germany.  In 1910, he was stricken with polio that paralyzed his left leg. Unable to accept the limitations pronounced by his doctors, he worked hard to regain movement and ended up with only a limp. This fortitude characterized all his endeavors.  He graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude  in 1916.  During World War I he created the Baghdad Art Club for soldiers stationed there.  Along with an illustrious and adventurous career, Weston founded the National Council on the Arts and Government that lobbied for the formation of the National Endowment for the Arts.  He died on April 10, 1972.

Keene Arts is open from Thursday through Sunday, and by appointment. 914-309-7095. 
Gallery Hours: 1 - 5 pm.

Please write to me when you see the show
and enjoy! 
Beth New York

aka Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
New York Arts Exchange

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Celebrate Wilhelmina Grant's Book "A Feeling of Fullness" - Book Party at Hunter College on July 13th

Celebrate Wilhelmina Grant's amazing new book on surviving and thriving, in sickness and in health.

Book Party at Hunter College

Lexington and 68th St. West Building
Wednesday, July 13th, 7 - 8:30 pm

For details, please write to me at nyarts.exchange.verizon.net

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See you there!
Beth New York

aka Beth S. Gersh-Nesic Ph.D.
New York Arts Exchange

Monday, July 4, 2016

Declare Your Independence: Celebrating 240th Birthday of the USA

John Trumbull, Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
painted 1786-1820, oil on canvas, Yale University Art Gallery

Declare your independence - and celebrate!

On this July 4, 2016 -   
when the US is only  240 Years Young


New York Arts Exchange

Friday, June 24, 2016

Last Call: "She - Deconstructing Female Identity" at the Arts Exchange in White Plains, closing June 25

Nancy Davidson, Netella, 1998 (right) and Maebe, 1994 (center)
at She in the Arts Exchange

She: Deconstructing Female Identity will close Saturday, June 25th with an exciting "finissage" of artists' talks and craft beer tasting.  If you have not seen this truly excellent show - hurry! Open today from 12-5 pm and tomorrow 12 - 8 pm.  The festivities start at 5 pm.

Laurel Garcia Colvin, Beyond a Room of Our Own, 2016, installation

The real heart and soul of the show seems to emanate from Laurel Garcia Colvin's Beyond a Room of Our Own, invoking Virginia Woolf's long essay beseeching society to support women writers.  Here the room celebrates great contributors to the arts with 18th-century Rococo-esque blue and white motifs that grace chairs, wallpaper and framed group portraits  On the floor you can nestle into a comfy pouf to read several books on feminist subjects scattered at your feet.  Colvin said that the books will be donated to White Plains Public Library after the exhibition closes.  

 Laurel Garcia Colvin, Sampler in Beyond a Room of Our Own, 2016

Works are by Nicole Awai, Valerie Piraino, Laurel Garcia Colvin, Mari Ogihara, Nancy Davidson, Kathy Ruttenberg, Marcy B. Freedman, Barbara Segal, Debbie Han, Tricia Wright, and Rebecca Mushtare.

Don't miss this last opportunity to see this insightful and fun visual essay on the feminine mystique in our time.

The Arts Exchange - Bank Room Gallery is located on street level in the ArtsWestchester Building, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, New York.

Best wishes for the weekend,
Beth New York

aka Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
New York Arts Exchange

Friday, June 10, 2016

Last Call: Cardiff and Miller, Cindy Sherman, Carmen Herrera closing on Saturday, June 11 - plus Asya Reznikov extended to July 1; Serra through July 29

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, The Marionette Maker, 2014
 Luhring Augustine, 531 West 24th Street

Spent a fabulous day in Chelsea yesterday, after a long period of not being able to get down there. A few shows will close this weekend - so please try to see them today or tomorrow.

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, "The Marionette Maker," at Luhring Augustine.  So much fun -  camper filled with fantastic creatures playing as a woman sleeps and sound effects in the gallery make you feel as though you are somewhere else.  Listen for the plane overhead (I forgot that I wasn't up on Purchase College campus, where hearing planes overhead is normal).  
Their work gets better and better - this show is outstanding!

And while you are on West 24th, look for Cindy Sherman at Metro Pictures.

Cindy Sherman at Metro Pictures, 519 West 24th Street

Once again Sherman disguises herself as older women.  This time she inhabits the well-to-do in different circumstances during the 1920s.  Now that a 68 year old grandmother is running for president, this show may have more resonance, but sadly it is not going to be around for the general election. Cindy Sherman is 62.

Carmen Herrera at Lisson Gallery, 504 West 24th Street

And speaking of age, no one inspires me more than Carmen Herrera. Born in 1915 in Cuba, she developed her hard-edge style in 1950, well in advance of Frank Stella, Kenneth Nolan, and Elsworth Kelly of the 1960s.  The current show at Lisson Gallery's new New York venue (just opened in May) is thrilling! Herrera currently lives in NYC. On May 31, she turned 101. She sold her first painting in 2004, at age 89.

Asya Reznikov, Wet Bar, 2016
Nancy Hoffman Gallery, 520 West 27th Street

Also -  Asya Rezikov at Nancy Hoffman Gallery has been extended to the end of June.  The artist is 43.  Her exhibition is about her pregnancy at 39-40.

Richard Serra's massive sculptures are at Gagosian on West 21 and West 24th - open through July 29: Astounding!   He may be the greatest artist of our time. And only 76.  I wonder what he will produce at 101?

Will keep you posted on great exhibitions this summer.
Beth New York

aka Beth S. Gersh-Nesic Ph.D.
New York Arts Exchange

Friday, May 13, 2016

Chizuru Morii Kaplan - Studio Visit

Dreamy cityscapes and landscapes abound in Chizuru Morii Kaplan's studio on the Upper, Upper Eastside, often known as Spanish Harlem.  It's a bustling building full of exciting art - and lovely artists.  Today I am highlighting one and will post others in the near future.

Here are details from buildings not far from the Musée d'Orsay, which I'll look for during my week in Paris.  Wondrous in their evocative interpretation, the face of the woman seems to come from the recesses of our memory.  This appeal to our collective reserves of past experiences is the great force that keeps us looking, studying Kaplan's work.  Always a pleasure to pour over, searching for clues that connect these places to our own lives.

Chiruru Morii Kaplan is a Japanese architect and interior designer, who has free-lanced in Toyko, Chicago and New York, working for several major firms such as I. M. Pei, Edward Larrabee Barnes and Junzo Sakakura.  She transitioned into producing art full time less than ten years ago, having studied at the Arts Students League with the celebrated watercolorist Paul Ching-Bor since 2007.

Recently, I posted news of her last exhibition at Hubert Gallery. I will send out information about her exhibition in June within the next few weeks.

Best wishes for the week,
Beth New York

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Beth S.Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D