Monday, September 18, 2017

Bosom Bodies Opens on October 7th at SIA Gallery in Peekskill

School of Fontainebleau, Portrait of Gabrielle d'Estrée and her Sister the Duchess de Villars (?)
Date, c. 1594, artist unknown, The Louvre, Paris

The New York Arts Exchange cordially invites you to: 

An Exhibition in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Dedicated to SISTAAH: Survivors Inspiring Sisters through Art and Advocacy for Health

Saturday, October 7 - Sunday, October 29
SIA Gallery
1 South Division Street
Peekskill, NY 10566


Roni Ben-Ari, Lynn H. Butler, Marcy B. Freedman, Kathleen Gilje, Nadine Gordon-Taylor, Wilhelmina Obatola Grant, Grace Graupe-Pillard, Clarity Haynes, Carla Rae Johnson, Barbara Lubliner, Sasha [Alexandru] Meret, Ioana Niculescu-Aron, Toni Quest, Ruby Silvious, and Christina Thomas. 

Curated by Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D., director and owner of the New York Arts Exchange

Opening on Saturday, October 7th - 3 - 6 PM
Closing with Performance and Panel on Sunday, October 29th, 3 - 5 PM

Slide Lecture: "The History of the Female Breast in Art" 
Sunday, October 22nd, 2 PM

Gallery Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, noon- 5 PM

All events are free and open to the public

Bosom Bodies is a New York Arts Exchange Production

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Remembering artist Michael Richards at Francis Naumann Fine Art on September 11th

Michael Richards, Tar Baby vs. St. Sebastian, 1999
at Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, through November 17th

A tribute to Michael Richards, the artist who perished in the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001, opened on Friday, September 8th at Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, 24 West 57th Street, NYC.  The gallery will be open on Monday, September 11th from 11 am to 6 pm, in honor of Michael  Richards' and all the victims of the 9/11/2001 attacks.   

The New York Arts Exchange joins with Francis Naumann Fine Art in honoring Michael Richards and all the lives cut short because of those heinous acts of terrorism. Our hearts go out to the first responders and those who worked on Ground Zero, who still suffer from the health-hazards posed by this toxic environment.  We remember you. We salute you. We still mourn you who perished on that day or because you stayed to help in the aftermath.

Michael Richards, Are You Down?, 2000
2' 10" x 22' 6" x 22' 6" 

Fiberglass, Bronze Bonded Resin, Concrete & Black Beauty Sand
Michael Richards FSP/Jerome Grant Recipient 2000

Franconia Sculpture Park, St. Croix Trail, Shafer, MN

Michael Richards' biography and legacy are available here, on the Francis M. Naumann Fine Art website and also at the Franconia Sculpture Park website, where an installation of Michael's Are You Down? is on permanent display.

Uncannily prescient, this Tar Baby pierced with planes, like St. Sebastian's tortured body pierced with arrows, "... was about death," Michael's art dealer, Genaro Ambrosino explained in the press, and: “ . . . about liberation, freedom, being able to escape. It was a sad message because of what it meant historically … It was like redemption from all that.”  

The relevance of Michael Richards' work continues to resonate in ways beyond his experience of America's inability to deal honestly with racism. Take note that he felt optimistic and empowered to make a difference, to right a wrong, to enlighten where there was ignorance or denial.  We hope his work will eventually become known for its excellence above all else.
Michael, your light shines on.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Fall into Fall: September 2017 Newsletter

Clarity Haynes and Beth Gersh-Nesic in front of Robin, 2015

New York Arts Exchange Fall Exhibitions - 
September and October 2017 

NYAE is proud to present two curatorial projects that bring attention to "Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October)":

Clarity Haynes: Bearing Witness, The Breast Portrait Project, 1998 - Present
Payne Gallery, Moravian College, 346 Main Street,  Bethlehem, PA 18018
September 7-October 15, 2017


An Exhibition In Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

A group show with over 15 artists
SIA Gallery, 1 South Division Street, Peekskill, NY 10566
October 7 - 29, 2017
Opening: Saturday, October 7th, 3 - 6 pm
Closing with Performance and Panel Discussion: Sunday, October 29, 3 - 5 pm
Gallery Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 12 - 5 pm
Dedicated to SISTAAH: Survivors Inspiring Sisters Through Art and Advocacy for Health

We know that Bethlehem, PA is far, so we hope you will join us in Peekskill on October 7th as we celebrate the female breast in all its beauty and power!
Please save the date and look for other announcements related to the exhibition.

Florine Stettheimer, Self-Portrait with Palette and Faun, c. 1915

September-Early October exhibitions closings:

Jewish Museum: Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry, through September 24th. 
(NB: Stettheimer's Cathedral Series is still at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, eight blocks down Fifth Avenue, and the Stettheimer Dollhouse is still at the Museum of the City of New York, ten blocks north on Fifth Avenue, on display.)

Hilary Knight, Eloise for the Plaza Menu, 1957-8

New York Historical Society: Eloise at the Museum, through October 9th.  Absolutely delicious!  A must-see.

Richard Gerstl, Semi-Nude Self-Portrait, 1902-4

Neue Galerie: Richard Gerstl, through September 25.   Excellent!

Robert Rauschenberg, Monogram, 1955-59

Museum of Modern Art: Robert Rauschenberg Among Friends, through September 17th.
Outstanding - I went a few times and will return before it's gone.  Loved the modern dance videos and E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology) installation.

Beth's courses at Purchase College this Fall: "Realism in Art" and "Modernism, Media and the Middle Class."  Wednesday evening, 7 - 10 pm; Thursday evening, 6:30-9:50 pm, respectively.
Consult the Purchase College, School of Liberal Studies, to audit:

Best wishes for Fall 2017!

Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
Director and owner
New York Arts Exchange, LLC