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African Masquerade Exhibition

Major photography exhibition (Now on view until May 31). Meet the artist on May 17 at 3:00 p.m. at the Museum for a special appearance (lecture and book signing)

Museum goers will be spellbound by the transformative power of the African masquerade, as the Boca Raton Museum of Art presents Phyllis Galembo:Maske. Her striking photographic series of contemporary mask rituals has drawn national and international critical acclaim. These large-scale images are nearly life-size and explore spiritual realms with brilliant, mesmerizing colors.For more than 30 years, the artist has traveled around the world to photograph participants in contemporary masquerade events that range from traditional, religious ceremonies to secular celebrations.

The exhibition is now on view through May 31. Galembo will visit the museum on May 17 at 3:00 p.m. to share personal stories about her work and her travels, the ritual mask ceremonies, and will sign two of her books at this personal appearance–Maske (published by Aperture), and Mexico, Masks and Rituals (by Radius Books and DAP). Her portraits are celebrated by the world’s leading fine art photography editors for their stunning resonance, setting her work apart from documentary and anthropological studies.

Galembo’s Art Work:

Otoghe-Toghe, by Phyllis Galembo. Aromgba Village, Nigeria, (2005), Ilfochrome

Awo-O-Dudu (A Spirit They Saw), by Phyllis Galembo. Freetown, Sierra Leone, (2008), Ilfochrome.

Akata Dance Masquerade, by Phyllis Galembo. Cross River, Nigeria (2004), Ilfochrome

They will be shown in concert with the Museum’s historical collection of more than 40 African tribal artifacts and indigenous masks in the gallery across from Galembo’s show, for a complementary perspective.

Through her lens, the viewer gains special access to the rarely seen other-worlds, as she captures the raw and sometimes frightening aspects of ceremonial garb. Masking is a complex, mysterious and profound tradition in which the participants transcend the physical world and enter the spiritual realm.

In her vibrant images, Galembo exposes an ornate code of political, artistic, theatrical, social, and religious symbolism and commentary. She has made over twenty trips to sites of ritual masquerades, capturing cultural performances with a subterranean political edge. Her photographs depict the physical character, costumes, and rituals of African religious practices and their diasporic manifestations in the Caribbean and Mexico. Galembo’s images reflect both the modern and ancient worlds.The fifteen portraits by Galembo that were selected for this exhibition reveal the meticulous detail and creative imagination of mask-making.

Affianwan, by Phyllis Galembo. Calibar South, Nigeria, (2005), Ilfochrome

“The tradition of masquerading is universal and timeless, and continues today in most cultures, including western societies,” says Irvin Lippman, the Executive Director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

“Bringing together the Galembo photographs and masks from the Museum’s African collection underscores the cross-cultural complexity of meaning and purpose. However, what they have in common is their vitality, power, and boldness of humanity.”

Aye Loja (The World is a Market Place that we Visit), Gelede Masquerade, by Phyllis Galembo. Agonli Village, Benin, (2006)

The costumes in Galembo’s photographs are worn in several types of modern-day rituals. They are created to summon ancestral spirits and deities during a range of events, including agricultural hardships,
land disputes, rites of passage, funerals, harvests, moments of gratitude and celebration. Galembo’s large-scale portraits in this exhibition capture the mask-oriented cultural traditions of Nigeria, Benin, Ghana and Sierra Leone.

Banana Leaf Masquerade, EkongIkon Ukom, by Phyllis Galembo. Calabar, Nigeria (2005), Ilfochrome

While traveling and embedding herself for long periods in these societies, Galembo works with local assistants and translators.They negotiate the terms with elders, so that she may be granted permission
to make photos of these masqueraders.

“The translators often find that gaining permission from community leaders can sometimes be quite helpful during these painstaking negotiations,”says Galembo. “Once an agreement has been struck, I set my own lighting and place the subjects in front of a neutral backdrop that enables the eye to focus on the diversity of materials in each costume.”

Two in a Fancy Dress, Red Cross Masquerade Group, by Phyllis Galembo. Winneba, Ghana, (2010), Ilfochrome

The masks and costumes in these photographs are made from a wide variety of surprising materials ─ leaves, grass, patterned fabrics, burlap sacks, full-bodied crocheted yarns, colored raffia, quills, shells, and even lizard excrement. All of her photographs are shot as portraits rather than during the act of ritual. She is allowed to photograph her subjects at the very moment right before their rituals and festivities commence. Galembo prefers her colors to be brightly saturated, enhancing the spiritual and transformative powers of these garments. “I never see my subjects out of costume, although the masqueraders are always men, often paying homage to women,” adds Galembo.

Ekpeyong Edet Dance Group, by Phyllis Galembo. Etikpe Village, Nigeria, (2005), Ilfochrome

Despite secularization and fading traditions, masquerading in Africa is abundant, robust, and far from disappearing. Most of the photographs in this exhibition reflect sacred rituals, the spiritual aspect of masquerading rather than secular celebrations.By donning garments, the masqueraders gain access to traditional knowledge, enabling them to relay critical messages to the community.

Egungun, by Phyllis Galembo. Adandokpodji Village, Benin, (2006), Ilfochrome

“I like the way viewers can grasp the real stories behind each image. Every mask, costume and fiber of material can represent so much to the people in these portraits. Many of these subjects created these ritual costumes because a spirit inspired them. These are people who make masks and costumes that are very spiritually motivated,” says Galembo. The modern world also finds its way into these costumes and masks with the usage of plastic bags, cardboard, and found objects.

Ringo (Big Deer) Masquerade, by Phyllis Galembo. Kroo Bay, Sierra Leone,(2008)

Awo-O-dudu (A Spirit They Saw) reveals a ghost- like shape summoning ancestral spirits during the dry months or times of crisis, when spirits are called to bless the deceased and entire villages.Ko S’Ogbon L’Ate (You Can’t Buy Wisdom at the Market) is a tribute to mothers, goddesses and ancestors. The wooden headpieces represent an animal and a human, each sings a different song during the ritual. Affianwan (“white cat woman”) represents spirit and transparency. The stunning headdress of this work is crocheted from one long flowing piece of fabric. Two in a Fancy Dress and Rasta illustrates the cross of African and European traditions (fancy dress).

More About the Artist: Phyllis Galembo

Phyllis Galembo’s photographs are included in numerous public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Public Library. She is represented by Axis Gallery. She was born 1952 in New York, where she continues to live and work. Galembo graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1977 and has been a Professor Emeritus at Albany, State University of New York since 1978. Using a direct, unaffected portrait style, she captures her subjects informally posed but often beautifully attired in traditional and ritualistic dress.

Attuned to a moment’s collision of past, present and future, Phyllis Galembo is recognized for her ability to find the timeless elegance and dignity of her subjects.She highlights the creativity of the individuals morphing into a fantastical representation of themselves, having cobbled together materials gathered from the immediate environment to idealize their vision of mythical figures.

While still pronounced in their personal identity, the subject’s intentions are rooted in the larger dynamics of religious, political and cultural affiliation. Establishing these connections is the artist’s hallmark. Her work has appeared in Tar Magazine, Damn Magazine, Photograph and Harpers. She has been profiled on CNN, NPR Radio and NBC Today.

Other collections that feature her work include: Oceania and the Americas, Photography Study Collection (New York); the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Houston Museum of Art; the International Center for Photography(New York); the British Art Museum, Yale University; Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library; Polaroid Corporation (Boston); and the Rockefeller Foundation, among many others.

MORE ABOUT THE MUSEUM’S AFRICAN COLLECTION

Complementing Galembo’s exhibition are more than 40 African tribal artifacts from the Museum’s collection, including headdresses and masks, each pertaining to masquerades and ceremonies. These are exhibited in an adjacent gallery, across from the Galembo show.

Pictured above are some of the historic African masks from the Museum’s collection that complement Galembo’s contemporary photographs. More than 40 African tribal artifacts will be shown in an adjacent gallery across from Galembo’s exhibition.

The two Kuba masks in the collection (Kuba Bwoom Mask and Kuba Ngaady-A Mwash Mask) are both from the Democratic Republic of Congo, recreating the Kuba dynastic history.

Another work in the museum’s African collection, a Bamana Headdress (Chiwara), represents a mythical character who taught humans to turn wild grasses into grain.

A Mossi Nakomse Headdress (Zazaido), is used in secular and religious rituals by young men. The Zazaido masquerade honors male and female elders at funeral ceremonies, and blesses survivors.

A Yoruba Crown from Nigeria is worn on state occasions, and reflects the spiritual connections of the ruler. The face represents his royal lineage and ultimately the god Oduduwa, who remained on earth and became their first king.

The collection also includes a Dan mask (Deangle), an Ogoni Mask (Nigeria), a Toma Mask (Landai), a Senufo Mask (Kpelie), a Guru Mask (Gu), an Igbo Crest Mask (Nigeria), and a Yoruba Oro Efe Gelede Mask (Nigeria/Republic of Benin).

ABOUT THE BOCA RATON MUSEUM OF ART

Celebrating our 70th anniversary in 2020, the Boca Raton Museum of Art
encompasses a creative campus that includes the Museum in Mizner Park,
Art School, and an Artists Guild. As the “Official Art Museum of the City of
Boca Raton, “the Museum has provided seven decades of cultural and artistic service to the community, and to many visitors from around the world. Open–10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. on Thursdays; and 12:00-5:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Visit HERE for more information.

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UNTITLED SPACE x Miss Meatface

JOIN THE UNTITLED SPACE & FLEUR DU MAL for cocktails and a performance with MISS MEATFACE

Saturday, February 8th 3-6pm RSVP REQUIRED: events@untitled-space.com (All RSVPs must be confirmed)

Miss Meatface “Peep Show”— A Solo Exhibition Presented by Fleur Du Mal In collaboration with The Untitled Space

EXHIBITION ON VIEW: December 11, 2019 – February 14, 2020, 175 Mott Street, NYC

Hours: Daily 12-7pm (except Sunday 12-6pm)

Miss Meatface “Demure Debutante” featured in “Peep Show” The Untitled Space is pleased to present a solo exhibition of works by artist Kat Toronto aka Miss Meatface, presented in collaboration with Fleur Du Mal. From December 11, 2019 – February 14, 2020 a selection of her photography including unique Polaroids, photographic prints on aluminum and photo printed ceramics will be on view at their lower east side pop-up gallery, “Peep Show” located at 175 Mott Street in Manhattan.

Kat Toronto aka “Miss Meatface” is a multidisciplinary artist hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area who works in performance-based photography. She uses her often unsettling and surreal images to explore cultural ideals of feminine beauty and the objectification of women in a feminist society by toying with the push and pull of dominance and submission, as well as the acts of revealing and concealing. Diagnosed with a rare form of cervical cancer in 2010 that eventually led to a full hysterectomy in 2013, Kat uses the name “Miss Meatface” as an artistic and spiritual catalyst to delve into a complex set of questions about where she now fits into society as a woman. Kat currently resides in London, England.

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Art 4 Equality

Paddle8 Auction

Now live for bidding through February 11th at 5pm EST

The Untitled Space is pleased to present a benefit auction supporting Art4Equality in partnership with Paddle 8 which is now live for bidding until February 11, 2020.

The Art4Equality x Paddle8 Benefit Auction features more than 200 artworks by over 60 artists including Reisha Perlmutter, Hiba Schahbaz, Fahren Feingold, Indira Cesarine, Karen Bystedt, Kat Toronto aka Miss Meatface, Grace Graupe-Pillard, Sarah Maple, Rebecca Leveille, Tara Lewis, Tina Maria Elena Bak, Lynn Bianchi, Leah Schrager, Katie Commodore, Annika Connor, Alexandra Rubinstein, Trina Merry, Victoria Selbach, and among many others coming together to raise funds for Art4Equality’s future programing and gender equality focused projects. Artist Reisha Perlmutter Featured in Art4Equality Benefit Paddle8 Auction.

ART4EQUALITY x PADDLE8 AUCTION ARTISTS

Alex Janero, Alexandra Rubinstein, Allie Fuller, Allison Hill-Egdar, Anna Cone, Anna Sampson, Anne Barlinckhoff, Annika Connor, Buket Savci, Cabell Molina, Camilla Marie Dahl, Cara Lien, Cavanagh Foyle, Dafna Steinberg, Danielle Siegelbaum, Dara Vandor, Dolly Faibyshev, Dominique Vitali, Elisa Garcia de la Huerta, Elisa Valenti, Ellen Stagg, Elsa Keefe, Fahren Feingold, Grace Graupe-Pillard, Hiba Schahbaz, Indira Cesarine, Ismael Guerrier, Jessica So Ren Tang, Judy Polstra, Karen Bystedt x Brad Branson, Kat Toronto aka Miss Meatface, Katie Commodore, Katy Itter, Katya Zvereva, Kaya Deckelbaum, Lauren Rinaldi, Leah Schrager, Lindsey Guile, Logan White, Lynn Bianchi, Mairi-Luise Tabbakh, Marcelo Daldoce, Meegan Barnes, Michael Liani, Natasha Wright, Nichole Washington, Peter Beard, Rachel Marks, Rebecca Leveille, Reisha Perlmutter, Robin Tewes, Sarah Maple, Sarah Weber, Savannah Spirit, Sebastian Perinotti, Shaina Craft, Shamona Stokes, Shohei Kondo, Stephanie Hanes, Tara Lewis, Tina Maria Elena Bak, Trina Merry, and Victoria Selbach.

Artist Allie Fuller Featured in Art4Equality Paddle8 Benefit Auction

ABOUT ART4EQUALITY

Art4Equality is an initiative supporting gender equality themed art exhibitions and special projects including films and public art by female identifying artists and allies. The mission of Art4Equality is to create empowering artwork and exhibitions that can impact social change, raise awareness and inspire our community. Art4Equality additionally facilitates opportunities by providing mentorship to female identifying artists, as well as special programming such as panel discussions, performances, and educational art events. Art4Equality empowers by creating a platform for progress. By supporting the work of underrepresented and marginalized artists, Art4Equality demonstrates the value, quality, and diversity of their contributions to the community, encourages an inclusive dialogue, and promotes equality for all. Art4Equality is a sponsored initiative of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit 501(c)(3) arts service organization. Tax-deductible donations are accepted online. Learn More:

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THE UNTITLED MAGAZINE “Art4Equality Launches Inaugural Benefit Art Auction With Reception At The Untitled Space”

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ABOUT THE UNTITLED SPACE:

The Untitled Space is an art gallery located in Tribeca, New York in a landmark building on Lispenard Street. Founded in 2015 by Indira Cesarine, the gallery features an ongoing curation of exhibits of emerging and established contemporary artists exploring conceptual framework and boundary-pushing ideology through mediums of painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video and performance art. The gallery is committed to exploring new ideas vis-à-vis traditional and new mediums and highlights a program of women in art as well as special events aligned with our creative vision. Website

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Sofia Vergara x LA Art Show

SOFIA VERGARA TO HOST 25th ANNUAL LA ART SHOW OPENING NIGHT GALA

Proceeds From Star-Studded Event Will Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

OPENING NIGHT PREMIERE
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Red Card & Patrons Preview | 6pm – 11pm
Opening Night Premiere | 8pm – 11pm

SHOW HOURS
Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 11am – 7pm
Friday, February 7, 2020 | 11am – 7pm
Saturday, February 8, 2020 | 11am – 7pm
Sunday, February 9, 2020 | 11am – 5pm

LOS ANGELES CONVENTION CENTER – SOUTH HALL
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

The 25th Annual LA Art Show is proud to announce that actress Sofia Vergara will be the official host of the 2020 Opening Night Premiere Gala being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Wednesday Feb. 5 from 8 – 11 pm. The beloved Colombian actress is known for her role as Gloria Delgado on the ABC television series Modern Family. The long-running, multiple-Emmy award-winning series is currently in its 11 and final season.

Proceeds from the event will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the sixth year in a row. Thanks to generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their children live.

All proceeds from the sale of Patron and Vanguard tickets and 15 percent of sales of Friend tickets will go directly to the charity. All attendees of the Opening Night Premiere party are supporting the lifesaving mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children. ®

In addition to food, beverages, live music and art, gala attendees will be given a special sneak peek of the LA Art Show’s 200,000 square foot of programming featuring more than 100 galleries from 18 countries. They will have first dibs to explore DIVERSEartLA, a celebration of pride in LA’s cultural diversity, view Oscar-nominated Kazuhiro Tsuji’s three-dimensional portraits of legendary, historical figures and get up close to 25 years of red carpet dresses designed by Sue Wong (and worn by stars like Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Minnie Driver and others).

The LA Art Show returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center from Feb. 6 – 9. As the city (and west coast’s) largest art fair, and one of the most diversely programmed in the world, the LA Art Show features a comprehensive lineup of exhibitors not only in contemporary and modern art, but also classical and other specialized art scenes that often command their own dedicated shows.

DIVERSEARTLA 2020
“The Birth of the Niemand” by Viktor Freso
DIVERSEartLA showcase will be a full on celebration of pride in LA’s cultural diversity. This special programming section within the fair is dedicated to exhibiting the institutions, artists and non-profits from Southern California, around the Pacific Rim, and beyond, donating 20,000 square feet of exhibition space to the participating organizations. The work is not for sale.

For 2020, DIVERSEARTLA will be expanded to embrace and celebrate those art institutions and art collectors who support LA’s newest and largest iteration of art community, as well as to create a strong conversation around a variety of events and programs. Thus serving as a platform and resource for diversity best practices and leadership, including all of Los Angeles’s communities.

So far, 2020 lineup for DIVERSEartLA includes LACMA, The Broad, Japanese American National Museum, La Neomudejar Museum from Madrid, MOLAA, Art Al Limite, LA Art Association, the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, and many others. For the first time ever, work will be presented by the Danubiana Museum of Bratislava, as will a special exhibition from the collection of Homeira Goldstein, and more. Proving to be popular in years past, the performance programming for the 2020 DIVERSEartLA includes work by PSJM Collective from Spain and artist Miss Art World, presented by the LA Art Association.

2020 HIGHLIGHTS

ICONOCLASTS
By Kazu Hiro
Presented by Copro Gallery

Kazu Hiro is a contemporary hyperrealist sculptor living and working in Los Angeles. After working 25 years as a special effects makeup artist in Hollywood, Kazu decisively shifted focus in 2012, dedicating himself semi-full time to fine art sculpture. Using resin, platinum silicone, and many other materials, Kazu constructs three-dimensional portraits in a scale two times life size. Kazu has received numerous accolades throughout his career including an Academy Award in 2018 for his work in the film “Darkest Hour” helping good friend, actor, Gary Oldman to portray Winston Churchill. Kazu Hiro’s newest hyperreal portrait sculpture will be unveiled at the LA Art Show in Copro Gallery’s booth, alongside a retrospective of several of his past works. The artist will be in attendance at select times throughout the fair.

The Sue Wong Signature
By Sue Wong
Sue Wong never fails to astonish, employing the revered age-old couture techniques implemented by the finest Couture houses in Europe, and evoking the allure and glamour of various eras such as Weimar Berlin, 1930s Shanghai, Precode Hollywood and Manhattan’s gilded Jazz Age. While often adopting vintage style, every design belongs in the now and is decidedly very Sue Wong; exquisite fabrics shimmering with incandescent beads, unique embroideries and layered textures embellished with passementerie and soutache combine to create works of art that are graceful, elegant, unique and timelessly beautiful. The 2020 LA Art Show will be taking place the same weekend as Tinseltown’s premiere awards ceremony: the Oscars. It’s only appropriate to celebrate with 25 years of the iconic style of Sue Wong in a new FASHION section of programming, featuring nearly a dozen gowns worn on red carpets by Hollywood stars like Anne Hathaway, Kim Kardashian, Jessica Biel, Minnie Driver, Reba McEntire, Tyra Banks and more.

The M.C. Escher Experience
By M.C. Escher
Presented by Walker Fine Art

Exploring the intersection of art, mathematics, science and poetry, Escher’s work has fascinated and astounded generations of artists, architects, mathematicians, musicians and designers alike. Over 40 years, Walker Fine Art has assembled the largest collection of Escher works in the world, and will showcase the “rarest of the rare” at the 25th Annual LA Art Show. The M.C. Escher experience runs the span of his entire career, and will include rarely seen lithographs, wood cuts, engravings, and mezzotints, as well as the artist’s iconic custom furniture. Many of these will be shown in California for the first time ever. In addition to seeing the artist’s work up close, LA Art Show attendees will have the opportunity to become Escher. A special photo-booth will recreate his iconic sphere self portrait with you in the reflection.

ALPHACUBE
By Lorenzo Marini
Curated by Sabino Maria Frassà
Presented by Bruce Lurie Gallery

After Milan, Venice and Dubay Lorenzo presents his new art-installation ALPHACUBE in the USA. Curator Sabino Maria Frassà explains that AlphaCube turns that paradigm of the white cube as the best form for conveying contemporary art. The artwork is a large white cube, that immerses guests in a space animated by letters, light and sound.

The white cube rises in space like something alien, as much in form as in content: while it is obvious that the artist has a certain fascination for Dadaism and Futurism, which he reinterprets and actualizes, it also cannot be denied that the focus of the installation is not an aesthetic satisfaction but a social and cultural stimulus.

3/11: Requiem And Revival
By Sogen Chiba
Presented by Gallery Kitai

On March 11, 2011, the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the history of Japan occurred off the Pacific coast of Tōhoku. The earthquake triggered powerful tsunami waves that killed over 19,000 people. Premiering originally at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Sogen Chiba’s 3/11 Requiem and Revival work transcribes newspaper reports of the Great East Japan Earthquake in large-scale calligraphy murals.

For the 25th annual LA Art Show, Chiba has created a never-before seen work in this series. Nearly a decade has passed since the tragic events of 3/11, so the lessons learned from the event are now fading. In this exhibition, Chiba seeks to record the memories of unimaginable disaster, and consider how we can move beyond them. Chiba himself is from the disaster-hit Ishinomaki district, and has used his indomitable spirit to move beyond misfortune and challenge himself to create works and imagery that can only be expressed in calligraphy. The artist will be performing each day at the LA Art Show.

EAST ASIAN INK SHOWCASE
Ink painting originated in East Asia as the tradition of using carbon-based black ink and calligraphic brush painting techniques, and has continued to evolve as the basis for much contemporary works in the region. Ink is as synonymous with painting in the East as oil is with painting in the West. From traditional and historical, to contemporary, to avant-garde, the LA Art Show offers the largest showcase of ink painting of any art fair outside of Asia. This a unique opportunity to appreciate the rich spectrum of ink painting styles. Learn more here:

The Maize Project
By Eric Johnson
Presented by Fabrik Projects Gallery

The “Maize Project” abstractly represents a lodge pole-like structure. In the Native American culture, the lodge pole is a gathering place and the title and shape of the sculpture references a section of an ear of maize corn. For Johnson, this alludes to his Native American heritage and also is a call to raise awareness to issues of global hunger, alternative fuel, and corn’s complicated relationship to our food supply. The piece is assembled from more than 300 individually cast polyester resin units—”kernels,” as he calls them. The kernels were made in Johnson’s studio with assistance from various artists, friends and community members. The communal project took several years to complete. Participants were invited to select resin colors, sequencing of pours, and encase small objects or messages into the kernels. Customization ranges from the light hearted (candy corn) to the profound (baby teeth of a lost child).

DIALOGS LA & PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Returning for the 7th year in a row, the DIALOGS LA series of conversations will connect audiences directly to the artists, curators, and other art world luminaires involved in the LA Art Show.

Live art demonstrations by renowned ink painter Sogen Chiba, and sculptor Ichitaka Kamiji are also scheduled throughout the fair. Attendees will also be able to see and interact with performances by Miss Artworld and PSJM Collective. For the first time ever, the DIALOGS LA booth will be screening The Edge of Paradise: Taylor Camp Kaua’i 1969-1977 on Friday and Saturday as well.

HIGHLIGHT
Saturday, Feb 8 / 4pm / A Conversation With Gronk & Sellars
Moderated by Marisa Caichiolo

Two legendary L.A.-based artists will discuss their theatrical and opera collaborations around the world over the last three decades. Gronk and Sellars will also share their experience and thoughts on the role of art in a time of profound social upheaval and inequity. The conversation will take place on Gronk’s installation Pyramids, a full-size mock-up of a theatrical stage that Gronk will be painting throughout the run of the LA Art Show. Pyramids re-imagines Gronk’s 2013 set design for Sellar’s Purcell’s “The Indian Queen,” an innovative updating of the 1695 semi-opera. For the LA Art Show, Gronk brings the piece into 2020, while also providing visitors with a behind-the-curtain view of his artistic practice. Rather than enter a theater where the stage is already set, visitors will be able to interact with the artist, participating in the process of making a “political theater” for our contemporary moment. Gronk is a featured artist in DIVERSEartLA, where his project brings together elements of his lifelong work as a painter, muralist, performance artist, set designer, sculptor, and printmaker. His expansive art flows out of his DTLA studio into the hallway, where the resulting 40-foot long wall mural has been declared a city landmark. Peter Sellars is a renowned theater, opera, and festival director. He is co-organizer of the exhibition Inside the Mask, on Central American masks after the Conquista, which opens at the Hammer Museum on February 15.

About the LA Art Show
The LA Art Show creates one of the largest international art fairs in the United States providing an exciting, immersive, insider art experience to sponsors, their select guests and VIP clients. The show attracts an elite roster of national and international galleries, acclaimed artists, highly regarded curators, architects, design professionals, along with discerning collectors. This innovative, exceptional cultural environment attracts executives and board members of Southern California businesses, state, county, and municipal government representatives, as well as leaders of the region’s cultural institutions. Attendees are trend setters, influencers and alpha consumers, who seek and demand the newest and the best in all areas of their lives—art, design, food, technology and travel being specific passion points. www.LAartshow.com

Lunar New Year x The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will host its annual Lunar New Year Festival on Saturday, February 1, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Rat will feature dozens of engaging programs—for visitors of all ages—that reflect traditions from across Asia.

Highlights include Sesame Street Puppeteers Featuring Alan Muraoka along with artist-led workshops and interactive gallery activities like a Hand-Pulled Noodle Demonstration. All Lunar New Year Festival programming is free with Museum admission.

The event is made possible in part by the E.H.A. Foundation and Tiger Baron Foundation. It is presented by the Museum’s Advisory Committee on Cultural Engagement and Education Department.

Performances

Visitors will be welcomed in the Great Hall with the vibrant and beloved opening parade by the Chinese Center on Long Island Lion Troupe. The Sesame Street Puppeteers Featuring Alan Muraoka will perform sing-a-longs that explore the traditions of Lunar New Year, followed by a fun photo-op with Sesame Street characters. Throughout the afternoon, there will also be a variety of performances by the New York Chinese Cultural Center dancers, the Chinese Center on Long Island Lion Troupe, and drummers from the New York Korean Performing Arts Center. Tickets for each event will be distributed 15 minutes prior at the Grace Rainey Rodgers Auditorium.

In Gallery 217, the Astor Court, Vincent Chong, a queer, mixed-race Chinese American artist, will explore art and identity using gold calligraphy and festive fans through 15-minute performances presented every 45 minutes.

Art Activities and Demonstrations

Several artist-led workshops will be offered as part of Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Rat. Zodiac Zones, for example, will invite guests to discover and learn about their zodiac signs and proudly wear their zodiac animal button. Visitors of all ages can try their hand at different creative workshops—from creating a movable dragon toy that brings good luck in Fierce Dragon Creations to expressing themselves with calligraphy under the guidance of master Chinese calligrapher Zhou Bin from iCanMandarin and designing a pellet drum in Den-den Daiko Drum Making, and more. Families can celebrate and learn through food in a Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony & Bubble Tea Gathering with Ten Ren Tea and Ginseng Co. and a Hand-Pulled Noodle Demonstration. All are welcome to join artist and educator Emily Mock in Festive Feast, where participants can add to the communal paper feast installation for the kitchen gods.

Related Installation

The Met is presenting Celebrating the Year of the Rat, January 17–July 19, 2020, in the Charlotte C. Weber Galleries for the Arts of Ancient China. The exhibition features remarkable works from The Met collection that illustrate the rat’s ubiquitous presence in people’s daily lives as an active, agile, and smart creature.

The exhibition is made possible by the Joseph Hotung Fund.

General Event Information

More about the event, including directions to programming throughout the Museum, will be available at the information desk inside the main entrance at Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street and in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education, located near the ground-floor entrance at Fifth Avenue and 81st Street. All Lunar New Year Festival programs are free with Museum admission. Suggested Museum admission is $25 for adults, $17 for seniors (65 and over), and $12 for students. Children under 12 who are accompanied by an adult are free.

A full list of festival programming, along with further details and a schedule of events, is available on The Met website.

Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Rat will also be featured on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the hashtag #MetFest. 

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January 29, 2020

Image: Filip Wolak

Sober Collective, Tim Boin Miami, Art Week 2019, gallery

Miami Art Week Reception

Sober Collective Art Gallery Pop-Up
80 NE 29th Street, Wynwood
 
Tonight, Sunday, December 8
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Eight of Holland’s greatest creative minds have joined forces to create a visual playground in their pop-up art gallery in the heart of Wynwood during Miami Art Week 2019.

There’s a VIP Opening Reception on Sunday, December 8th from 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. for an exclusive tour of the collection curated by Sober Collective’s Tim Boin in the heart of Wynwood.
 

DAVID STEPHEN JOHNSON, elliott Stares, 360 MAGAZINE

DAVID STEPHEN JOHNSON

Pittsburgh-born abstract painter, David Stephen Johnson’s love for the arts stretches back to the 1970s, when he shared a studio space in Chicago with a sculptor from the Chicago Art Institute. Since then, Johnson has been building his own body of work, inspired by the post-war abstract expressionists, and will be unveiling his latest series at the highly anticipated Spectrum Miami art fair to mark his inaugural appearance during Miami Art Week.               

Johnson was invited to exhibit his work by Michael Joseph, founder of ARTBLEND, the acclaimed South Florida based organization and one of the longest running gallery exhibitors at Spectrum Miami. Johnson will be presenting his most recent large scale canvas works from his Blue Series and Sono Series as part of this year’s ARTBLEND collective at booth 720 within the Mana Wynwood Convention Center, from Dec. 4 to Dec. 8. This will mark Johnson’s debut and inaugural solo exhibit during Miami Art Week.

“I’m very excited to be making my debut during Miami Art Week at Spectrum Miami in collaboration with ARTBLEND — one of South Florida’s most established galleries,” said David. “Painting is like breathing to me. I am pulled in, to the work, every day. The process is a physical act. I connect to my body and to myself in a sort of visceral dance. The act of painting is unmediated by thought. It starts with a simple stroke or mark that leads to the next one in a continuous flow. Possibility and uncertainty are inherent to my practice. Always a play between anxiety, apprehension and, sometimes, when I get lucky, exhilaration. My language is color. I work with acrylic, house paint, oil, pastels, and graphite, which I apply directly on to the surface and rework with a scraper, paper, and rarely, a brush.”

David Stephen Johnson was awarded a scholarship to college as a star quarterback,​ playing for South Dakota State, and later earned his BA in Business Administration at the University of Minnesota, Carlton School of Business. He fostered his love for art while developing a series of paintings for his first show at Riverside Gallery in Chicago.

While raising his family, David continued a successful career in advertising in both Miami and New York​ for the prestigious agency Lord, Geller, Federico, Einstein. He embraced his self-taught path in painting, building a deliberately unpublished body of work studying color and shape, partly influenced by post-war abstract expressionists. His natural athleticism and grace led him toward the great action painters, which informs his style and markmaking. In 2017 he retired from the business to pursue his passion for painting. He joined The Silvermine Art Center in Connecticut, ​a prestigious institute for the arts created in 1908 by the sculptor Solon Borglum. Since then, David has participated in several juried shows, expanding his work to large-scale canvases. He regularly collaborates with interior design firm Wowhaus,​ and other Greenwich area designers, for commission-based residential and commercial projects. In 2019, David had his first solo show at Southport Galleries in Connecticut.

Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami will take place Wednesday, Dec. 4 to Sunday, Dec. 8 at Mana Wynwood. Tickets for the Opening Night Preview are priced at $50 by purchasing online or $60 at the event. A General Admission 1-day Pass for Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami is $25 by purchasing online or $30 at the event. A 5-day Pass that includes the Opening Night Preview is $75 by purchasing online or $85 at the event. Tickets grant access to both Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami. For further information on the shows or to purchase tickets, please visit spectrum-miami.com and reddotmiami.com.

For further information on David Stephen Johnson, please visit www.davidstephenjohnson.com

Condé Nast Collection

The other night at Morrison Hotel Gallery inside the Sunset Marquis Hotel, the younger generation of today’s Hollywood came out to celebrate the unveiling of the new Condé Nast Collection.

The exclusive event was hosted by John Varvatos and photographer Timothy White. Co-hosts included Hollywood’s new generation, Tommy Dorfman, Adam Faze, Gulliver Oldman, Odessa A’zion, Duke Nicholson and Amanda Steele.

Guests enjoyed signature cocktails like Mr. White’s Red Margarita and the Diltz Daiquiri – both made with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey – and the Mezzin’ Around and Love Live Tequila, each made with Villa One Tequila, who presented the event

The Morrison Hotel Gallery Condé Nast Collection, an exquisite lineup of contemporary photography carefully curated from the extensive Condé Nast archive, featuring work from remarkable master photographers such as Edward Steichen, George Hoyningen-Heune, John Rawlings, and Bert Stern. Famed for their unparalleled perspective, these photographers have captured timeless moments that range from alluring and captivating to unconventional and provocative – images that will be on display as extraordinary archival prints for discerning collectors and lovers of fine art to view, enjoy, and make a part of their personal collection.

Curated by photographer Timothy White and Condé Nast Corporate Photography Director Ivan Shaw, this elegant collection features an exclusive grouping of 30 prints. From Joni Mitchell in a pensive pose to a temple-clutching Jack Nicholson and the ever-elegant Audrey Hepburn, each image was chosen based on having driven the historical direction of photography forward, as well as having left an indelible mark on fashion, art, and pop culture.

After its unveiling, the collection will be showcased on a dedicated wall in each Morrison Hotel Gallery. The prints will also be available for purchase online via all of the gallery’s digital channels.

About Morrison Hotel Gallery:

With over 50,000 photographs in our archive and 18 years of experience, we strive to curate the best collections privately and through our galleries, creating unique offerings to our broad range of diverse collectors.

About Condé Nast:

Condé Nastis a global media company producing the highest-quality content with a footprint of more than 1 billion consumers in over 30 territories through print, digital, video, and social platforms.

*Photo by Vaughn Lowery

Black Line Crazy Launches New Limited Edition Art Bags Line

Mary van de Wiel (aka Van), founder of Black Line Crazy (BLC), has announced the launch of her line of the same name, which includes limited edition bags and one-of-a-kind, hand-woven rugs and wall hangings featuring her paintings. Additionally, van de Wiel’s work was selected for an installation on Avenue of the Americas in New York City by And Partners which acts as ‘co-curators’ on behalf of its clients.

A former chief creative officer of her own award-winning branding agency with offices in New York and Sydney, Australia, van de Wiel has worked with countless Fortune 500 clients. At the same time, she realized she relished walking outside the line with her bold black and white graphic designs born from her love of doodling. One day in the middle of Mexico, van de Wiel picked up a brush and can of black house paint and started painting murals, collages and gallery windows—floor to ceiling. In 2015, she had her first successful exhibition at the Saint Cloche Gallery in Sydney. A year later, she was invited to be part of a group show at Galeria Manuk in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Later moving to Mexico, van de Wiel started to create messenger bags that feature her paintings and signature and expanded her line to currently include totes and zippered sleeves as well as a hand-woven collection of rugs and wall hangings. Anyone purchasing items from her line instantly becomes a collector of a one-of-a-kind or limited edition piece which makes the work truly unique.

“I believe that art has a pulse and belongs in everyday life—not just on walls,” said Mary van de Wiel, founder of BLC. “It’s designed to be worn, carried and integrated with the personality of the owner as a means of self-expression.”

The new Black Line Crazy line can be viewed here.

About Black Line Crazy

BLC Collections, both form and function, are an invitation to walk outside the line. It’s art at the intersection of fashion, home and everyday life. Because sustainability is a must, BLC works very closely with makers and artisans, researching organizations that repurpose vinyl for a circular economy, rather than sending it to landfill. Additionally, BLC purposely chose master weavers who source their 100% wool from the state of Guanajuato—from a small group of farmers that have been tending to their animals’ welfare and the environment for decades. By

About And Partners

Based in New York City, And Partners helps clients build and differentiate their brands, drive sales and command a premium in the market place. The agency blends curiosity and creativity to uncover unique and authentic stories that elevates brands, helps solve business problems, and provides a meaningful launching pad for deeper conversations with diverse audiences. If you would like more information, visit their website.

Paradigm Gallery Presents “Obsolescence”

Paradigm Gallery + Studio (746 S 4th St) is pleased to present Obsolescence, a solo exhibition by Sweden-based artist Ulla-Stina Wikander, open October 25 – November 23, 2019. The artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States, Obsolescence, features new works from Wikander’s well-known series of household objects covered in colorful, vintage embroideries. Obsolescence will have a public opening reception on October 25 from 5:30 – 10:00pm.

Wikander began collecting vintage embroideries 15 years ago in antique stores and flea markets, initially attracted to the intricate designs of needlework textiles. Although Wikander was traditionally trained as a painter and sculptor, the unknown histories of the women who made the embroideries interested her and she began experimenting with her new collection. Wikander’s earliest experimentation with textile began with covering a broken vacuum cleaner she had laying around in her home. Through a meticulous process of deconstruction and reassembly, she transformed the anachronistic tool into something visually absorbing and entirely new, giving the vacuum a new reason to exist. Although not all of the objects Wikander covers are broken, they’re all out-dated. Through Wikander’s process, these retro items are transformed and recycled into fully contemporary sculptures.

On her practice Wikander says, “It is rather new for me to be a part of the textile community because I have always regarded myself as a painter and sculptor. While I do not embroider myself, I am always very meticulous when I choose my patterns.  Embroidery is very hard to find nowadays, so I often travel to small towns in Sweden to find them. I have a big collection with hundreds of embroideries, organized into boxes by motif. I do not know if it is accepted among textile artists, to cut embroideries into pieces, but I think my work is a bit different. I always have a bad feeling that I am destroying a beautiful embroidery that someone else has made, but the recycling of something forgotten also feels current and good”.

The latest artworks included in Wikander’s Obsolescence exhibition are suffused with humor and critical explorations of feminism, domesticity, and upcycling. Her intricate textile constructions are shaped by the forms that lie underneath – including irons, blow dryers, shoes, bags, lamps, books, and phones. Freshly adorned in coverings of flowers, animals, and pastoral scenes, the items transcend their former functionality and are simultaneously revelatory and recognizable. Wikander’s vibrant re-appropriations are evocative formal studies that defy categorization and illicit equal parts dissonance and delight.
About Ulla-Stina Wikander
Ulla-Stina Wikander was born 1957 in Kungälv. She is currently living in Stockholm/Kullavik, Sweden and has been working as an artist since 1986. Wikander has shown extensively around the world in solo and group exhibitions including shows in the United States, Sweden and the UK.
About Paradigm 
Paradigm Gallery + Studio® exhibits contemporary artwork from around the world with a focus on Philadelphia-based artists. Established February 2010, the gallery began as a project between co-founders and curators, Jason Chen and Sara McCorriston, as a space in which to create artwork, to exhibit the work of their peers, and to invite the members of the community to create and collect in a welcoming gallery setting. To this day the gallery still aims to welcome all collectors, from first time to lifelong, and continues to support accessible work that welcomes a wide audience.

THIS VALENTINE’S DAY, MARTIN LAWRENCE GALLERIES CELEBRATES LOVE!

*Featured art by Marc Chagall, Lovers in Grey (Jacques Lassaigne, m.194) 1957 Lithograph

Love is in the air this February at Martin Lawrence Galleries (MLG). All nine of its fine art locations (Soho, San Francisco, Las Vegas, La Jolla, New Orleans, Maui, Orange County, Schaumburg, Dallas) will be offering veteran and first-time collectors alike original and unique paintings, drawings, sculpture and limited-edition graphics from over 40 of the world’s most renowned 20th and 21st-century artists.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, MLG unveils works by Marc Chagall, Robert Indiana and André Masson, Among others. No expression of love is more eternal than a work of fine art.

“In our life, there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love”. Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall (1887-1985) was born in Vitsyebsk, Belarus and his artistic view of romance and intrigue greets us in the captivating Chagall Les Amourex en Gris (Lovers in Grey), (Jacques Lassaigne, M.194)1957. Black strokes of the night envelope two lovers illuminated by the bath of light floating from the moon. With beautiful spots of bright colors masterfully placed about, the composition is light and fluid with a sense of movement and peace. The lovers touch their foreheads tenderly and gaze at one another though a grace and attitude that is purely and powerfully Chagall. This beautiful testament to the bond of love must be viewed to be fully appreciated

Honored for his distinct style and pioneering role, Marc Chagall painted dream-like subjects rooted in personal history and Eastern European folklore. He worked in several mediums, including painting, printmaking, and book illustration, and his stained-glass windows can be seen in New York, France, and Jerusalem. Chagall emigrated to Paris in 1910 and began experimenting with Cubism, befriending painters Robert Delaunay and Fernand Léger. Chagall’s style has been described as a hybrid of Cubism, Fauvism, and Symbolism, and his supernatural subjects are thought to have significantly influenced the Surrealists. Though he actively engaged in the Parisian artistic community, art for Chagall was first and foremost a means of personal expression. He rightfully viewed his imagery and allegory as uniquely his own.

“It would be my intention that everybody should have love, and there are a lot of people in the world.” Robert Indiana

Robert Indiana (1928-2018) was an American Pop artist whose work drew inspiration from signs, billboards, and commercial logos. He is best known for his series of LOVE paintings, which employed bold and colorful letterforms to spell out the word “love.” “Oddly enough, I wasn’t thinking at all about anticipating the love generation and hippies,” he once explained. “It was a spiritual concept. It isn’t a sculpture of love any longer. It’s become the very theme of love itself.” Born Robert Earl Clark on September 13, 1928, in New Castle, IN, he adopted the name of his home state after serving in the US military. Indiana went on to receive his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1954. His work grew in popularity over the decades, with both his LOVE and HOPE motifs transformed into numerous public sculptures. In September 2013, the Whitney Museum of American Art proudly exhibited “Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE,” the artist’s first retrospective in New York.

The ‘Book of Love’ project was conceived by Robert Indiana as a portfolio of prints and corresponding poems that would make a definitive statement on his masterpiece LOVE, fulfilling his original vision as both a poet and a painter. Each poem has a highly raised embossment of LOVE, trapped in colors, just below the title, each poem hand pencil initialed by the artist.

Today, his works are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., among others. MLG is extremely proud to offer them to collectors.

André Masson (1896-28 October 1987) was born in Balagny-sur-Thérain, a town just north of Paris. A childhood spent close to nature made a lasting impression on Masson, and he drew inspiration from life and landscape imagery throughout his career. At age 11 he enrolled in the Académie Royale des beaux-arts and the École des arts décoratifs in Brussels, where he studied with the Symbolist painter Constant Montald. He first encountered modern art through the work of James Ensor before learning about the ideas of the Futurists and Cubists. At age 16, he was awarded the Grand Prix de l’Académie for painting. While in Paris, he became interested in Nicolas Poussin’s representations of mythological themes, subjects that he would later treat in his work.

During the early 1920s in Paris, Masson joined the new Surrealist group after one of his paintings had attracted the attention of the movement’s leader, André Breton. Masson soon became the foremost practitioner of automatic writing, which, when applied to drawing, was a form of a spontaneous composition intended to express impulses and images arising directly from the unconscious. Hi paintings and drawings from the late 1920s and the ’30s are turbulent, suggestive renderings of scenes of violence, eroticism, and

physical metamorphosis. A natural draftsman, he used curved, expressive lines to delineate biomorphic forms that border on the abstract.

Also included in MLG’s celebration of love are hand-signed serigraphs by Erté, the father of Art Deco, original paintings by Robert Deyber, whose works offer unique visual interpretations of clichés, euphemisms and idioms and Brad Faine, an internationally recognized artist and printmaker.

Please visit any of Martin Lawrence Galleries nine locations across North America, or visit them online at martinlawrence.com

André Masson, 360 MAGAZINE

Andre Masson, Pyramus und Thisebe (Les Ammanns Celebrex) hand-signed etching with acquaint, 15 x 18 inches.