Lost in a world of pure abstraction, I am bewitched, but not bewildered, by Miljan Suknovic's second exhibition at Catherine Ahnell Gallery in Soho. Suknovic knows what he is doing and always pursues it with vigor. The gallery''s website tells us that this is a new chapter for the artist "With raw linen as a base he applies his paint strokes directly on the canvas. Spontaneous gestures and random color strokes meet an uncalculated structure characteristic to Suknovic." Suknovic has certainly become bolder in this new series and more varied in the size of his canvases. Here, in the photo, you can see a representative sample.
Entrance to the exhibition
Suknovic studied art and architecture in Belgrade and then went on to Prague, Florence and Hamburg, before settling in New York. His first solo show was held at Union Gallery in 2008. Last year, Suknovic exhibited in the elegant rooms of the Serbian Mission to the UN. And earlier this month his work appeared along with Jonas SUN7 and Lahcen Khedim in Catherine Ahnell's booth at Art Miami Basel X Contemporary Art Fair.
Miljan Suknovic's work in Catherine Ahnell Gallery's booth at Art Miami Basel 2016
Suknovic's exhibition in New York closes on Sunday. If you are headed to SoHo to shop for holiday gifts, please stop in to this upbeat and color-ific show -and then treat yourself to those delicious Christmas specialties in Little Italy. (A Nesic Tradition.)
I'll be back with more tips as the art season draw to a close - so stay tuned . . .
is pleased to present Sasha Meret: Selected Works, which complements this internationally-acclaimed artist’s participation in the
exhibition Bedazzled, concurrently on
view at Lehman College Gallery through January 14th. Our show begins on December 12nd with an opening reception from 6 – 8 PM. Curated by Beth
the director of the New
York Arts Exchange, this particular exhibition contextualizes Sasha Meret’s extraordinarily complex
installation, Agendada: Books of Hours,
2010-16, at Lehman College, through its grouping of informative sculptures,
photographs and paintings. Meret’s entire body of work draws from the influence
of Dada, Surrealism, Conceptual Art and Quantum Mechanics – among many other
sources. It is a heady mix that infuses
Meret’s visual language with a phantasmagorical expression, evident in his
elaborate sculptures, assemblages, installations, paintings, photographs, drawings,
prints and videos – on view in the exhibition space and also in photographs. “The
main ingredients in art are mystery, surprise and spontaneity,” Meret
explained. “You have to create the environment for the accidents to breathe . .
. to invite happy accidents. This is
part of my process.”
The son of Romanian and Russian parents, Sasha Meret was
born in Transylvania in 1955. He
completed an MA in economics in 1977 and then moved to New York in 1987 to
pursue his true passion, art, at Columbia University. There, he studied
printmaking with Tony Harrison. In 1994,
he joined the International Art Group “Gaia” in France. Over the last 26 years, Meret has exhibited
all over the world, most notably in China, Japan, Italy, France, Switzerland,
and the US. Recently, he orchestrated an
exhibition and performance piece at AmyD Arte Spazio in Milan. He has been honored with an exhibition at the
Romanian Cultural Institute in New York. His wearable fashion was featured in XEX Magazine (October 5, 2012).
The Divine Thirst Quencher, 2010
Founded in 1948 by Rafael Aryeh, Rafael Gallery specializes in Old Master, Nineteenth Century,
Modern and Contemporary art and antiques from all over the world and Native
American art of various media. In 1978,
the gallery established its main exhibition space at 1020 Madison Avenue. Now under the leadership of Benjamin Aryeh,
the gallery has expanded to three locations.
The East 59th Street galleries, situated in the heart of the
Decorators and Design District, are dedicated to Modern and Contemporary
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11:30 AM to 6:30
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Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
December 2 – 4, 2016
The New York Arts Exchange is pleased to
announce its partnership with RIVERRUN Books and Manuscripts for the
forthcoming exhibition of Ruby Silvious: 363 Days of Tea, a
magnificent collection of paintings on tea bag paper, executed ritually from
January 3 – December 31, 2015. The
subjects range from whimsical to poignant, depending on the artist’s mood and
current events. This brief “pop-up”
exhibition will feature about 20 of her original paintings and her beautifully
illustrated book, 363 Days of Tea,
which includes all the paintings in a sumptuous 8” x 8” volume. Please join us for three days of exciting
December 2 – opening, 6 – 8 pm
December 3 – artist’s talk and book signing, 3 – 5 pm
December 4 – owner of RIVERRUN Books, Tom Lecky (former head of Books and
Manuscripts at Christie’s) presents “How to Think Like a Collector,” 2 – 4 pm.
RUBY SILVIOUS is a visual artist and graphic designer. Her recent work
includes experimenting on recycled and found materials. On January 3, 2015, she
started a project called363 Days of Tea, a visual daily
record of her impression of the moment, using the emptied-out tea bag as her
canvas, and altering it to create a new work of art every day for 363 days. She
draws, paints, prints and collages moody, evocative and sometimes whimsical art
on used teabag paper. She is the author of a newly published coffee table book,363 Days
of Tea: A Visual Journal on Used Teabags.Silvious was
educated in the U.S., Europe and Asia; she currently lives in New York's Hudson
Valley. Her art is exhibited internationally, and is featured in public and
private collections. www.rubysilvious.com
RIVERRUN specializes in rare, antiquarian, and unusual books &
literary manuscripts of all periods, with an emphasis on literature, travel
& exploration, art reference, illustrated books, science & technology,
and Americana. We seek interesting and important material in all fields.
RIVERRUN's cataloged inventory exceeds
15,000 titles, all of which may be found online. The shop's revolving inventory
of some 30,000 volumes means that there is always more to discover if you pay
us a visit. Please call or e-mail to confirm hours and availability email@example.com (914) 478-1339. http://www.riverrunbookshop.com/
NEW YORK ARTS
EXCHANGE is an arts education service that offers
lectures, private art tours, studio visits and curatorial services. Founded in
2003, NYAE is dedicated to connecting audiences with all the arts in accessible
and joyful ways in order to inspire life-long curiosity about what the arts can
offer. We wish to thank Tom Lecky of RIVERRUN
Books and Manuscripts for helping the NYAE
bring Ruby Silvious’ extraordinary
work to Westchester County.
Greetings for Thanksgiving with the greatest gratitude of all for you, who are reading this blog and have been so wonderful all these years as the New York Arts Exchange celebrates its 13th birthday. This year we shifted away from weekly art tours to offering more lectures and exhibitions in NY and CT venues. Please join us as we learn more about art together.
The New York Arts Exchange is about conversation - we want to share our love of art and artists with you. Please send suggestions on how we might do this better. Which approach to art suits your tastes and lifestyle best? Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org Or leave a comment at the end of this blog post.
The blog post today highlights three different versions of the holiday feast: anecdotally, historically and nostalgically. Which one do you like best? Notice that Norman Rockwell's iconic Freedom from Want, 1943, is not among these paintings. I know David Bate's work, but Jennie Augusta Brownscombe and Doris Lee are artists I had never heard of before I decided to do some research for this blog. I am grateful to learn about their lives and their work from the bounty that the internet gives us everyday. Thank you, Google, for the convenience of quick and informative searches.
As you turn your thoughts to holiday shopping, please consider purchasing Ruby Silvious' lavious book 363 Days of Tea.Her paintings will be on display for only 3 days at Riverrun Books and Manuscripts, 12 Washington Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, Come savor Ruby Silvious' beautifully rendered paintings on delicate teabag paper. Each is a marvel to behold. All these stunning paintings are reproduced in Ruby Silvious: 363 Days of Tea. Ruby will sign her books on Friday, December 2nd (reception 6- 8 pm - during the Hastings Night Crawl) and Saturday, December 3rd (along with her artist's talk, 3 - 5 pm).
On Sunday, December 4th - Tom Lecky, the owner of Riverrun Books and former Head of Books at Christie's, will share his secrets on "How to Think Like a Collector" - pearls of wisdom from a pro.
Wishing you a joyful Thanksgiving - and looking forward to seeing you in Hastings next week -
Francis Naumann is a national treasure and one of the smartest art historians I can think of - particularly when it comes to Dada artists. So any Man Ray exhibition deserves our attention, for it is indeed a reason to celebrate as we head into the holidays. Alas, today and tomorrow mark the end of Man Ray: Continued and Noticed - a most excellent show that should be noticed by everyone.
Naumann explained that he has mounted an homage to Man Ray's 1948 show at Copley Gallery in Beverly Hills entitled Man Ray: Continued and Unnoticed. "Man Ray must have wanted these words to let his audience know that he was still working ('continued'), but that he worked with virtually no recognition ('unnoticed'). The present exhibition - held 68 years after his show at the Copley Galleries - is intended to demonstrate that Man Ray's work not only continues to be of interest, but that it is still noticed and, with the passage of time, better understood and appreciated (although the latter may never have been his intent)."
May I add that the same goes for Francis Naumann's endeavors. They continue to enlighten us and are always noticed for their insightful analyses.
Man Ray, Self-Portrait (on Plexiglas), 1916/70
Man Ray was born Emmanuel Radnitzsky on August 27, 1890 - about 10 years after Picasso (whose photograph is included in the show) and closer in age to Marcel Duchamp (born July 28, 1887), who befriended him while he lived in New York in 1915 - 1920. Man Ray moved to Paris in 1921.
In Man Ray's self-portrait on plexiglas, we see evidence of the artist's grasp of French as he attempts to visually pun his name with his handprint (main - pronounced "meh") and beams of lights or stripes (rayons or rayures). This images also demonstrates Man Ray's fertile mind for invention. Naumann attributes this "defiance of artistic convention" and "commitment to absolute freedom in the arts" to "his association with the anarchist movement in New York." Moreover, this portrait speaks to the artist's infusion of humor in his work, which Naumann points out several times in his essay, particularly at the end in Marcel Duchamp's definition, 1959: "Man Ray, n.m. la joie, jouer, jouir [Man Ray, noun, masculine, joy, to play, to enjoy]."
Man Ray, L'Heure de l'observatoire les amoreaux, 1932-36
And for those of you who cultivate a love of Man Ray's work, this exhibition will not disappoint. One of his best known works (among so many) entitled Observatoire Time: The Lovers is on view. Based on Lee Miller's lips, which he kissed so often and missed intensely after their breakup, it wistfully conjures up this photographer in her own right, who was Man Ray's assistant and lover from 1919 to 1932.
Would love to add more to this blog post, but the "heure" is late and I must post asap.
Man Ray: Continued and Noticed closes at 6 pm on Friday, November 18.
Francis Naumann Fine Art, 24 West 57th Street, 3rd floor.
The exhibition will be featured in the Francis Naumann booth at Art Miami Basel, December 1st through 4th. Please inquire at the gallery for details.
N. B. - I highly recommend the catalog for this show, even if you are not able to see the works in person - a must-read for any serious art historian and all Man Ray fans.
Carmen Herrera (b. 1915), Siete, 1949, acrylic on canvas,
Paul and Trudy Cejas Collection
Right now- ending this weekend - most of the major museums in New York (and Greenwich, CT) are featuring women artists as the main exhibition in their galleries. How about that, feminists! Take note - and savor the strides that your hard work has accomplished. This is only the beginning. Today we are paying attention to this historic moment. Tomorrow, the equality of women in the workplace, whether in the arts or in the auto industry, will be completely normal and unremarkable. We are almost there. Yes, we can!
Is there any artist more joyful and uplifting than Alma Thomas? I doubt it. We have had the pleasure of touring her work at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in May 2015 and now her work has been on view at the Studio Museum of Harlem since July 14th - closing next Sunday, October 30th. If you cannot purchase your own Alma Thomas, this lovely limited-edition scarf is on sale in the Studio Museum of Harlem's book/gift shop-another way to support this wonderful museum.
In addition to Alma Thomas, there are two other excellent temporary exhibitions, plus the ongoing project Harlem Postcards: 2016. Below are works by the three artists in Tenses - Artists-in-Residence Jordan Casteel, E.J. Hill, and Jibad-Khalil Huffman:
Jordan Casteel, Kevin the Kiteman, 2016
Courtesy of the artist and the Studio Museum of Harlem
E. J. Hill, A Monumental Offering of Potential Energy, 2016
Installation at the Studio Museum of Harlem
Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Untitled (Landscape), 2016
Video installations at the Studio Museum of Harlem
Huffman's video installation cannot be imagined online, so make an effort to visit this exhibition, which also closes on October 30th.
Richard Hunt, Hybrid Figure #3, 1970
Most important of all the exhibitions, Richard Hunt: Framed and Extended reminds us that this Hunt (as opposed to Bryan Hunt) is among the greatest sculptors of our time and surely deserving a larger show in a larger venue. Curated by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection, and Hallie Ringle, Assistant Curator, this well-chosen introduction to Hunt's work features 17 lesser-known works from various periods in this artist's career: prints, small sculptures and wall sculptures. This exhibition closes on January 15, 2017.
Richard Hunt is best known for his outdoor commissions, including
Richard Hunt, Harlem Hybrid, 1976
Roosevelt Triangle, Morningside Avenue and 125th Street
Studio Museum of Harlem consistently offers outstanding exhibitions of well-established and emerging black artists and for that I am always eager to see their shows. However, I hope that we see more of these exciting artists' works at such powerhouses as the Met, MoMA and the Whitney - where most time-pressed New Yorkers and tourists spend most of their art-allowed hours.
The Fall 2016 Art Season is in full swing with so many exhibitions and so little time in our busy holiday schedules. So, feeling overwhelmed myself, I decided to roll out my recommendations in a series of short blog posts, beginning with our favorite museum: the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And a review by one of my favorite art lovers, Natasha Nesic. Here is her video live from the Met on the Fragonard drawing exhibition, on view through January 8, 2017.
Lantern, Syrian origin, 13th Century
Jerusalem: 1000-1400 tells the story of this multicultural destination through rarely-seen sacred and secular art. A feast for the eyes through January 8, 2017.
Cornelia Parker, PsychoBarn, 2016
Cornelia Parker's installation on the roof will close on October 31 - so hurry to see this surprising construction. No spoilers here for those who haven't experienced the full Parker concept. And even if you have already visited this "fun house" over the summer, you want to see the fall foliage from atop the Met before it blows away.
Valentin de Boulogne, Judith with Head of Holofernes, 1626-27
Valentin de Boulogne's name may not be on your list of "must-sees" this fall. Perish the thought: this guy can really paint well and his subjects tell the stories you may already know - a great combination for those who prefer Old Master paintings. De Boulogne was born in France in 1591 and died in Rome in 1632. He was a follower of Caravaggio, hence the title: Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Carravaggio, on view through January 18, 2017.
And finally, Beckmann! as in Max Beckmann in New York, featuring 25 works from a short period in our fair city, 1949-50. Not quite your suave Valentin de B., but probably a good chaser for Cornelia Parker's Halloween-ish treat. Consider Beckmann an artistically angst-y fellow, curtsy of the New Objectivity movement in Germany (Neu Sachlichkeit). It just opened on Wednesday, closing February 20, 2017.
That's it for now - back soon with another installment of "Fall into Fall 2016"
Ruby Silvious woke up on January 3, 2015 and began a year-long ritual: she painted on used tea bag every day. Silvious denies that there is any special meaning for such an exercise, but these breathtakingly poignant paintings seem to speak for the artist's subconscious intentions. Here we find the everyday qualities of life that connect us to our humanity: humor, sadness, longing, alienation, the beauty of nature, and the nature of beauty. Has there ever been a moment in our history of humankind when these meditations have not been considered? Even during periods of war, tragic accidents and privations, art has uplifted the spirit when all is lost. Silvious' delicate paintings have lifted my spirits tremendously as I contemplate the future of the world (rather disturbing since the debate on Monday).
I was tempted to buy one work (the prices are excellent), but settled for her book instead, starting my own morning ritual of pouring over the pages with a cup of my favorite brew: coffee.
363 Days of Tea is open through Saturday, October 1st at Atlantic Gallery, 548 West 28th Street, 10 - 6 pm.
363 Days of Tea: A Visual Journal of Used Tea Bags is available on Ruby Silvious' website and through Amazon. A great idea for holiday gifts!
Victoria Fu, Egg, 2016
Victoria Fu's Egg greets us as we approach Katonah Museum of Art, the "site" for ten installations scattered throughout the inside and outside of the building. Hence the title of the exhibition is Onsite - a intriguing array of various 3-D creations. (Can we call them "sculpture"? Some - but not all.)
With map and brochure in hand, the visitor embarks on a treasure hunt to find each one. It's great fun and worth the trip up north to investigate in person. I have selected only four works that relate successfully to the museum's environment.
MaDora Frey, #6250, 2016
MaDora Frey, #6250, 2016
MaDora Frey's #6250 sits aloft a hill of stones, just opposite the main entrance. Each side of this one work is completely different. So walking around this sculpture several times is highly recommended.
Caleb Nussear, Luncheon on the Grass,(a suite of 5 sculptures) 2016
Caleb Nussear's Luncheon on the Grass requires hiking up to it on the grass. A thoroughly unfamiliar experience at KMA, where the lawn seems to be off limits. Apparently, not this time. I greatly appreciated the reflection of the mirrored surfaces, continuing and integrating the shapes with the green grass.
Rachel Mica Weiss, Provisional Structures (After Edward Larrabee Barnes), 2016
Rachel Mica Weiss, Provisional Structures (After Edward Larrabee Barnes), 2016
Rachel Mica Weiss, Provisional Structures (After Edward Larrabee Barnes), 2016
Rachel Mica Weiss brings the outlines of the KMA to our attention, inspired by the architect Edward Larrabee Barnes' spare structure. The three works seem quite at home in the garden, much more impressive in person than in photos.
OnSite closes on Sunday, October 2nd. Katonah Museum of Art is located on Route 22 at Jay Street in Katonah, New York.
Also the Affordable Art Fair runs from September 28th - October 2nd, located on West 18th, on the eastern side of Chelsea. This is my favorite fair. Don't miss it!