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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 He embraced his self-taught path in painting, building a deliberately unpublished body of work studying color and shape, partly influenced by post-war abstract expressionists.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

Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair, JHAF, 360 MAGAZINE, Image Courtesy of Lucas Ayoub

Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair

Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair (JHFAF) closed its first edition on Sunday, September 15, 2019, with strong sales and high attendance. Over the four-day event, JHFAF reports about 2,000 visitors with $2 million in sales. JHFAF brought out some of Jackson Hole’s most prominent locals, as well as new visitors, all excited to see the museum-quality fair presented within Jackson Hole’s thriving arts community.

The fair presented 50 exhibitors who brought works that they felt matched the personal aesthetics of the Jackson Hole community. Works ranged in genre and price from world-renowned artists like Maynard Dixon, Ed Mell, Billy Schenck, Eanger Irving Couse, Thomas Hart Benton, Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Ed Ruscha and Sam Francis. 

Fair Director Rick Friedman said, “Because JHFAF was the first international fine art fair in town, I think both collectors and exhibitors did not know what to expect. I’m so happy to report that all attendees I spoke to said it was far beyond their expectations. We heard the repeated comments, ‘loved it, fantastic, and terrific’ by fairgoers as they left the fair. We produced a multi-genre fair, with works within the Contemporary, Modern, Native American and Wildlife genres, with many of the early to mid 20th century pieces finding new homes. I see this as a breakthrough event that presented world-class and museum quality offerings across all of our showcased genres and I think the sales prove that. It was the wealthiest collectors as a percentage of the attendance of any of my fairs ever, over 10 years. ” 

Exhibitors reported strong sales with  Redfern Gallery, Nieto Fine Art, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Montana Trails and Mongerson Gallery reporting mostly sold out booths. 

Throughout the weekend, guests were treated to special programs and events including artist Q&A’s with Barbara Van Cleve, Donald Martiny, Larry Pirnie and Sarah Winkler. During the fair, JHFAF also produced a silent auction, which raised money for its institutional partner, The National Museum of Wildlife Art. 

JHFAF presented several awards throughout the weekend including the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award to the late John Nieto and the 2019 Art Collectors of the Year Award to Anne Phillip, the 2019 Sculptor of the Year award to Bart Walter and the Contemporary Artist of the Year award to Paul Villinski. Quotes from Galleries:

Local dealer, Miriam Diehl of Diehl Gallery said, “It’s been incredibly exciting to see an art fair of this caliber in Jackson Hole. It’s been wonderful to have so many like-minded dealers and the camaraderie among them has been amazing and encouraging. It’s been tremendously successful for us and we look forward to the second edition.”

John Nieto Gallery who was awarded the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award for the late John Nieto said, “The visitors have been very quality. They know the work and the artist’s history. We’ve even had a lot of collectors who own Nieto’s work come by. There have been many great conversations about art.” 

Rey Redfern of Redfern Gallery said, “The show has been much more than I expected. I’ve met a lot of people and I’ve sold a lot of paintings. They’ve been paintings I’ve had tucked away for a long time, but they’re high quality and that’s why they sold.” 

Brenda Linscott from Endeavor Fine Art said, “We had a chance to bond with our space and develop a sampling of five of our artists who we’ve worked with for many years. It’s been so nice for us to see our artists in a visual conversation with other artists at the fair. To walk through the show and see what everyone else brought has been really incredible too. There really is room for everyone.” 

Thomas Paul of Thomas Paul Fine Art said, “JHFAF did a great job putting this  fair together with such an excellent variety of artists on display. It was so nice to see such a powerful exhibition of contemporary art  brought to Jackson Hole.” 

2019 Galleries: 917 Fine Arts (Miami Beach), Abend Gallery (Denver), Addison Rowe Fine Art (Santa Fe), NM Andrew Smith Gallery (Tucson), Bill Hester Fine Art (Santa Fe) Bonhams (LA, NYC, London), Calabi Gallery (Santa Rosa) Childs Gallery (Boston), Diehl Gallery (Jackson), The Directed Art Modern Gallery (Miami), Elizabeth Gordon Gallery (Santa Barbara), Endeavor Fine Art (Nashville), Faust II (Santa Fe, Scottsdale),Gail Severn Gallery (Ketchum), Gallery 1261 (Denver), Gary Snyder Fine Art (NYC, Bozeman),GF Contemporary (Santa Fe), Green River Stone Company (Logan), HG Contemporary Art (Flushing), ILIAD (New York), Imago Galleries (Palm Desert), J Klein Gallery (Scottsdale), James Compton Gallery (Santa Fe), K Contemporary (Denver), Kiechel Fine Art (Lincoln), L.A. Design (Missoula), Legend Nano Gallery (Carlsbad), Mai Wyn Fine Art (Denver), Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery (Tucson), Matthew Rowe Fine Art (Santa Fe), Maynard Dixon Museum (Tucson), Melissa Morgan Fine Art (Palm Desert) Mike Clark Fine Art (Billings), Nieto Fine Art (Rockwall), Patricia Qualls Contemporary Art (Carmel Valley), Peace Waters Collective (San Diego), Prescott Gallery & Sculpture Garden (Santa Fe), Redfern Gallery (Laguna Beach), Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., (New York), Seagrave Gallery (Santa Cruz), Steidel Contemporary (Lake Worth), Stevens Fine Art (Phoenix), Studio Greytak (Missoula),T.H. Brennen Fine Art (Scottsdale), Tayloe Piggott Gallery (Jackson), Thomas Paul Fine Art  (West Hollywood),Timothy Yarger Fine Art (Los Angeles), Waddell Gallery (Scottsdale), Walker Fine Art, LTD (New York), Wilde Meyer Gallery (Scottsdale), Woolff Gallery (London).2019 Sponsors: American Art Collector, artnet,​ Art Collector’s Athenaeum, Bonhams Auction House, Family Management Corporation, George B. Stroer Foundation, Grand Teton National Park,  Jackson Hole Community Radio, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Jackson Hole Public Art, Montanya Distillers, Mountain Living, 96.9 The Mountain KMTN Radio, The National Museum of Wildlife Art, Snow King Hotel, Teton Distillery, Wyoming Arts Council, Young’s Market  
Venue: Snow King Sports and Events Center (100 E Snow King Ave)

About Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair
The Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair is the latest addition to the luxury, regional fairs produced under the leadership of Fair Director, Rick Friedman. Other fairs produced by Friedman include: the Hamptons, Aspen, Houston, San Francisco, Palm Springs, Silicon Valley and Philadelphia. JHFAF is excited to contribute to Jackson Hole’s vibrant arts community. 2019 Sponsors: American Art Collector, artnet,​ Art Collector’s Athenaeum, Bonhams Auction House, Family Management Corporation, George B. Stroer Foundation, Grand Teton National Park,  Jackson Hole Community Radio, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Jackson Hole Public Art, Montanya Distillers, Mountain Living, 96.9 The Mountain KMTN Radio, The National Museum of Wildlife Art, Snow King Hotel, Teton Distillery, Wyoming Arts Council, Young’s Market 

Image Courtesy of Lucas Ayoub. 

APY Lands LA

CENTRAL DESERT PAINTERS OF AUSTRALIA

Invitation Only
Opening Reception May 4, 4-6pm
2685 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034
Exhibition May 3 – May 30, 2019

Olsen Gruin Gallery and the Australian Consulate-General Los Angeles are pleased to invite you to the opening of

APY LANDS LA: Central Desert Painters of Australia

An Exhibition of Indigenous Australian Art featuring paintings by 18 female and 3 male artists including Yaritji Young, Wawiriya Burton, Alec Baker, Mona Mitakiki Shepherd, Tjimpayi Presley, Betty Muffler, Naomi Kantjuriny, Maringka Tunkin, Freda Brady, Sandra Ken, Tjungkara Ken, Sylvia Kanytjupai Ken, Ken Sisters’ Collaborative, Tuppy Goodwin, Imitjala Curley, Witjiti George, Michelle Lewis, Mitakiki Men’s Collaborative, Taylor Cooper, Matjanka Norris, Manyitjanu Lennon, Yurpiya Lionel and Barbara Moore.

ABOUT APY LANDS LA

The curated show will exhibit contemporary works by a group of primarily female Aboriginal artists from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (Translating as the People who speak Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara dialects) Lands. This area is located in remote Central Australia in the far northern tip of South Australia. The exhibit comprises painted depictions of the transcendental and its transubstantiation into the material world. These works reflect a new direction in Indigenous art that refers to an ancient mythology still pertinent and very much a part of contemporary art today.

The APY Art Centre Collective is a group of 10 Indigenous owned and governed enterprises. It is a formidable group of the most celebrated and ambitious Indigenous art studios in Australia – all exploring a diverse range of mediums, to express and share their Tjukurpa (Dreaming Stories), which have been passed down from their ancestors.

For the Indigenous peoples of Australia, Dreamtime functions as a way to remember the past, understand the present, and interpret the future. “Australian Aboriginal art was the last great movement of the 20th century, that began 60,000 years earlier,” said the late Robert Hughes. The artists featured in APY LANDS LA: Central Desert Painters of Australia, strive to communicate this metaphysical and spiritual world-view by illustrating the remarkable stories of Dreamtime.

APY LANDS: Central Desert Painters of Australia will be on view from
May 3 – May 30, 2019
Tuesday – Saturday
10am – 5pm

For further information please contact the gallery at info@olsengruin.com or +1.646.525.6213.

MOMA × FONDATION LOUIS VUITTON 

MoMA Collection Comes to Paris in Major Exhibition Presented by Fondation Louis Vuitton

Fondation Louis Vuitton presents an exceptional exhibition devoted to the unrivalled collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Featuring more than 200 renowned masterpieces and less familiar, but highly significant works, the exhibition highlights the pivotal role that MoMA, its curators and its exhibition program have played in the history of art in the 20th and 21st Centuries.

Now engaged in a significant expansion and renovation of its building, MoMA has chosen Fondation Louis Vuitton as its partner to bring its legendary artistic heritage to Paris, showcasing its mission to be perpetually modern.

The exhibition draws together a superb and far-reaching representation of the highly important artworks that MoMA has acquired since its founding in 1929 ranging from the birth of modern art through trends and styles such as American abstraction, Pop art and Minimalism to the most contemporary art.

Among the 200 works presented at Fondation Louis Vuitton are masterpieces by Paul Cézanne, Gustav Klimt, Paul Signac, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Giorgio de Chirico, Edward Hopper, Max Beckmann, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia, Alexander Calder, René Magritte, Walker Evans, Yayoi Kusama, Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Yvonne Rainer and Frank Stella. 

Some of the works will be shown in France for the first time: Constantin Brancusi’s bronze Bird in Space (1928); Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans (1962); Philip Guston’s Tomb (1978); (Untitled) “USA Today” by Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1990) and more.