Sunday, March 28, 2010

Select Gender

Diane Russo

Next Thursday if you are getting out of Manhattan, your first and must be at destination should be DUMBO's Select Gender @ Farmani Gallery.

Curators: Rafael Soldi, Paolo Morales
& Elle Perez

April 01, 2010 – May 22, 2010

Press Preview: Thursday, April 1, 2010, from 5-6PM

Opening Public Reception: Thursday, April 1, 2010, from 6-830PM

Photographic works by:
Daniel Aguirre, Carl Bower, Caleb Cole, Nicolas Djandji, Jason Hanasik, Jamil Hellu, Monique Bergen Henegouwen,
Kate Hutchinson, Katie Koti, Diane Russo, J. Aiden Simon, Sarah Sudhoff, and Molly Landreth + Amelia Tovey

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Good Fruits of A Hard Labor of Photography LOVE

Photographer and UNSEEN and VERSUS artist Elizabeth Fleming and Ruben Natal-San Miguel
Ruben Natal-San Miguel trying to blend in with the background~!
Photos- Courtesy of Elizabeth Fleming

For the past 10 months , I had been very very busy. To be honest, most projects had been very productive and rewarding and others ...well ...time will only tell.

Speaking of rewards, I was extremely proud and happy when, I walked in Joe Baio's annual ARMORY PARTY in which, he proudly displays the fruits of a whole year of collecting children inspired photographs and saw the work of Elizabeth Fleming hanging on the walls .

Joe Baio purchased the photographs from Randall Scott Gallery , from UNSEEN show which, I was the show curator. The work of Eric McNatt , also an UNSEEN artist, was also purchased by Joe and it will be displayed next year.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Fleming and Eric McNatt for now being part of such a great Photography Art collection~!

See above a photo of me and Elizabeth near one of the UNSEEN photos now part of Joe Baio's collection ...YEAH!

Special Thanks to Joe Baio and Ann Griffin for such and amazing party and to be witness of such a magnificent collection!

You can see more about the party in Elizabeth Fleming's

Flaunt Magazine- Aaron Young

Aaron Young- photo by Chloe Aftel

Well the new IT artist of the moment seems to be Aaron Young. Even last night as, I was reading Details Magazine at the gym, there was an article about him depicted as one of THE NEW KINGS OF THE ART WORLD.

Which brings me to Flaunt Magazine and its new issue which also features guess who? Aaron Young!~
So here is a little preview of their issue. Take a look and know more about Aaron Young and Flaunt Magazine.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

hous projects officially opens in Los Angeles! 3/25/10

The second branch of hous projects officially opens tomorrow in Los Angeles, So ...if you happen to be in the West Coast near West Hollywood ,Los Angeles, check it out.

The other branch off course you know it is in SoHo NYC, showing Eric Ogden solo show.

ARTmostfierce Affordable Print Pick of the Week-EYE BUY ART...A New 20 x 200 ?

Ryan Schude
Jaguar, 2007
from the series Tableau

  • $25
    | 8"x10"
    246 of 250 remaining
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    | 11"x14"
    144 of 150 remaining
  • $250
    | 16"x20"
    49 of 50 remaining
  • $500
    | 20"x24"
    25 of 25 remaining

Jessica M. Kaufman
Untitled, 2008
from the series Seep

Jessica M. Kaufman
Untitled, 2008

Well is a new site with some pretty good photographers and its limited edition prints. I personally liked the work of Jessica Kaufman my friend and fellow photographer and the work Ryan Schude a Los Angeles photographer. Ryan's web site is worth taking a look, if you want to start collecting new affordable edgy work. Prices are great. My best advise to you greedy collectors and buyers...get the largest images if possible. I know... no more 8 x 10 for me. Way too many already, now it is a matter of size for me! ha ha!

Oh you can thank my fellow collector/squirrel Cesar Llacuna for this tip. He is always on the case!

Happy Shopping!

Sarah Pickering Talk @ Aperture Foundation 3/31/10

Photo- Sarah Pickering
See you next not miss this one!



Join independent writer, lecturer, and curator Susan Bright, and photographer Sarah Pickering in conversation on the occasion of the publication of Pickering's first monograph: Explosions, Fires and Public Order (Aperture, April 2010). A book signing will follow the conversation.

Bright will talk with Pickering about her four series gathered in this book which collectively present a visually arresting glimpse into the secret world of civil defense. Public Order explores the Metropolitan Police Public Order Training Centre, a simulated urban environment near London where officers rehearse responses to imagined scenarios of civic unrest. In Explosions, Pickering documents the use of controlled explosions by the British military to add realistic stress to training exercises. Fire Series and Incident were produced while Pickering was an artist in residence at the UK Fire Training College. She photographed blazes set inside meticulously constructed home interiors as well as charred remnants of fake urban settings after the scenario fires had been put out.

Sarah Pickering (born in Durham City, England, 1972) finished her MA in photography at the Royal College of Art in London in 2005. She is the recipient of several awards, including the Photographers' Gallery Graduate Award and a Jerwood Award. Pickering has exhibited
internationally and in the UK where her work was part of How We Are: Photographing Britain, at Tate Britain. She lives in London.

Susan Bright is well known internationally for her contributions to the photographic world as commentator, exhibition curator, and author. She has taught extensively and convened major conferences and seminars on many aspects of art and photography internationally. Previous posts include Assistant Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, London, Curator at the Association of Photographers, London, and Acting Director for the MA photography course (Historic and Contemporary) at Sotheby’s Institute, London. Although raised in the United Kingdom, Bright was born in Western Australia. While based in London, Bright curated the 2007 exhibition Face of Fashion for The National Portrait Gallery. Later that same year, she was co-curator of the landmark exhibition How We Are: Photographing Britain at Tate Britain. As an author, Bright is best known for Art Photography Now (Aperture). She currently lives in New York


Wednesday, March 31, 6:30 pm

Aperture Gallery
547 West 27th Street, 4th floor
(between 10th and 11th Avenue)
New York, NY
(212) 505-5555

Subway: C, E to 23rd Street and 8th Avenue or 1 to 28th Street and 7th Avenue


Media contact: Andrea Smith, Aperture Foundation,, 212-946-7111

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

SNAP out of Winter- Aperture Foundation Benefit 3/18/10

Photographers Robin Schwartz and Ruben Natal-San Miguel

The great crowd

Hous Projects Owner Elizabeth Houston and Photographer Leah Oates
Ruben Natal-San Miguel
Another great Benefit Event from Aperture Foundation!
Thank you for such a great event!

The BAG project by Elllie Brown and Camille Thoman

Photo of Ruben Natal- San Miguel-Ruben, "ageless", Art Collector
2010 by Ellie Brown for the BAG project series
Contents of Ruben Natal-San Miguel BAG project-photo by Ellie Brown

I am one of the subjects of BAG a great and interesting project that Philadelphia Photographer Ellie Brown and New Yorker Performance Artist, Camille Thoman created. Please read more about it and go their site to see more about the project. It is a great one!

My bag is one of my favorites- Laptop Briefcase -Philippe Starck by Samsonite


Photographer Ellie Brown and filmmaker/performance artist Camille Thoman are collaborating on the project BAG.

BAG is photographic installation exploring the duality between the way people characterize themselves in public and the private contents of their handbags. This is depicted by a photograph of the subject against a neutral background, in their everyday clothes, with their bag, purse, briefcase or any other container they carry on a daily basis. The portrait of their public face is juxtaposed with the person’s more private self, represented by the actual contents of their bag. BAG allows the viewer a glimpse into the private world of another individual, revealing aspects of this person’s organizational habits, vanities, occupations and preoccupations. This is a personal and voyeuristic look at the possessions a person carries in their bag, which has been gifted to the viewer by the subject as a willing participant.

It is the tension between the person and what they are attached to that constitutes the main point of interest in BAG. What do people choose to hold onto? What are the materials they feel they need to carry around with them? What is the correlation between how the subjects choose to portray themselves in the world, and the story that is conveyed to us by their intimate objects? Furthermore, what is the story of the objects themselves? Some are sentimental, materially valuable, some are part of a current of shared objects that pass unwittingly from person to person--—pens, flyers, elastic bands. How many things are in our bag now that we are unaware of, that have been passed to us and that we will pass on, never cognizant of when they appeared and disappeared from our lives? What are the objects in people’s bags that they are sufficiently attached to in the present to physically carry with them, but will be lost or unaccounted for in a few months time?

BAG consists of a series of 20-40 large-scale portraits taken in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and New York. Each portrait contains three separate elements.

Element 1: A photograph of the subject with their bag/purse/knapsack/briefcase. This image will exhibit how the subject chooses to normally present him or herself to the outside world, holding their bag.

Element 2: The actual contents of their bag/purse/knapsack/briefcase displayed on a shelf. We will ask each person for all items in their bag except the contents of their wallet and their keys. Aside from these items, each subject will be asked to part with everything else for the duration of the exhibition. We will catalogue all items and keep track of those the subject refuses to part with or has lost by the time the exhibit is mounted. During the exhibition, photographs will represent those artifacts that the person chooses to keep or no longer has.

Element 3: Three typed inventories alongside the photograph of the bag’s contents. Though they are asked to part with their belongings, it will be up to each person to accept or refuse the request. Thus the contents of the BAG will be inventoried in three ways. (A) The items in the bag the subject parts with immediately at the time their photo is taken, and for an indefinite period of time, (B) Items in the bag that the subject will part with for the duration of the exhibition only, (possibly months away) and (C) Items in the bag the subject refuses to part with at all for any period of time. Also highlighted in the exhibit will be those items the subject allowed us to use for the exhibit, but can no longer be found or accounted for by the time the exhibit opens.

We are interested in portraits across age, socio-economic, gender, and race lines. We are interested in finding out what is in children’s knapsacks and what they cannot bear to part with. We are interested in what very old people carry around with them. We are interested in why people carry what they carry and how that changes among different populations. We are also interested in the ways objects are unwittingly passed between people, float in and out of people’s bag and of their lives. This project takes an anthropological and sociological approach to the notion of exploring peoples attachments and habits, as signified by the microcosm of what is in their BAG.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Burning Desires @ Michael Mazzeo Gallery 3/17/10

Caleb Charland, Silhouette with Matches, Pigment Ink Print, 40x32 in., Edition of 3

Amanda Means, Light Bulb 018YGe, Polaroid, 31x22 in., Unique

This was by far one of the most civilized opening shows in Manhattan on 3/18/10.
It is a good one so, when you get a chance go and see it. The work of Caleb Charland and Amanda Means shown here are two of my favorites.

Michael Mazzeo Gallery
is pleased to present Burning Desire, a group exhibition of
photographs, works on paper, glass sculpture and book works. Whether literally or metaphorically, this innovative and diverse group of artists address the nature of burning as
it relates to their personal and unique methodologies. The exhibition is on view from
March 18 through April 24 with a reception for the artists will be held at the gallery on
Thursday, March 18, from 6PM – 8PM

Marina Berio
’s tunnels, roads and views from a car window are large scale charcoal
drawings of her photographic negatives. The carbon and ash medium echoes the darkened
silver particles of the photographic image in which tonalities are reversed. Darkness
becomes diaphanous and bright light is defined as a charred, voluminous void,
alluding to death and destruction, loss and doubt.

Doug Beube confronts issues of fear and propaganda with his elaborately constructed
book works. Vest of Knowledge consists of sixty-four altered books, sliced and formed
into cylindrical shapes, sealed with wax and connected in sequence by black and red
wires. Resembling pipe bombs, each tube is situated within the individual pockets of
one of four transparent vinyl vests, referencing the proverbial suicide vest. Rather than
death and destruction, the explosions of these devices would disperse knowledge and
understanding throughout the blast area.

Marco Breuer challenges the basic tenets of image-making and reproduction with his
innovative cameraless images. Created by subjecting photographic paper to a variety of destructive and abusive forces, his prints are indexical images of action and reaction. Untitled (Heat Gun), is a unique silver gelatin print in undulating tones of grays and copper.

Davide Cantoni uses newspaper photographs as source material, recreating scenes of war, natural disaster and other human tragedies, first by loosely sketching the image,then carefully redrawing with sunlight and magnifying glass. His elusive burn drawings are much like pictures in our memories- ephemeral, fragmented and crumbling, with entire areas of information often obliterated.

Eric William Carroll questions our persistent desire to photograph obvious, everyday occurrences, particularly the photographic cliché of the sunset. By physically altering and recontextualizing found and discarded snapshots, he attempts, not to describe or define the beauty of the sunset, but to challenge and re-imagine this ubiquitous genre.

Caleb Charland is driven by scientific curiosity and an endless sense of wonder. Working in the domestic arena with familiar materials, his performances involving temporal phenomena are compressed into a single photographic frame, effectively using time, gesture and fundamental forces to posit his experiences onto film. Silhouette with Matches documents the artist tossing hundreds of flaming matches into the air forming a parabolic cascade of fire and outlining the curiously transparent body of the artist.

Stan Gaz’s glass reliquaries are Memento Mori containing found images and family photographs reduced to ash. While hand-blown glass vessels are still in their molten state, he inserts photographs which immediately combust, lining the glass with a patina of photographic silver and leaving behind remnants of images and memories.

Chris McCaw documents the western landscape transformed by long exposures of the sun traversing the sky, scorching, and often burning its path completely through his silver gelatin paper. The intense light further alters the image, paradoxically turning day into night. While recalling cosmic anomaly and prophetic revelation, each work remains a vivid graphic record of the forces of nature.

Amanda Means presents unique large format Polaroid images of incandescent light bulbs, precisely at the end of the era of simple mechanical and electronic devices. Using an array of color filters, and enlarging the subject to monumental scale, she elevates this modest household item to the heroic status deserving of its significance. The light bulb, burning with a pulsating electrical current, evokes power,knowledge and ingenuity, but the images also offer nostalgia for the transparency and security associated with earlier times.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

AIPAD New York 2010


Well.. I already saw AIPAD. There are some really beautiful gems. Also, a good splash of color and very of the moment contemporary photography, contrasting with the traditional classic black and white photos expected at this type of fair. Go and see the fair!

Special thanks to Margery Newman for her hospitality during the AIPAD opening!

The weather will be gorgeous all weekend and there is plenty of photographs on the walls, that will make you smile and try to seduce your wallet to come home with you !

Here are some of the many highlights of the fair:

Walking in , the very first thing that welcomed me @ The Stephen Deiter Gallery from Chicago, was the beautiful Street photography of Paul D'Amato . Loved it!

Paul D'Amato
Boy by Pool, 2005

Paul D‘Amato
Barrio: Girl in Rain
1991 | Archival
inkjet print | 37 x 46 in.
2006 print on
Hahnemuhle paper. Signed, titled, dated and editioned 1/10 on label on mount verso.Paul D'Amato
Barrio: Shorty-B
1994 | Archival
inkjet print | 37 x 46 in.
2006 print on
Hahnemuhle paper. Signed, titled, dated and editioned 1/10 on label on mount verso.

Size DOES not MATTER when it comes to Project 5 Gallery booth, quality does~!
Sasha Wolf, Brian Clamp. Michael Foley, Dan Cooney and Paul Amador have a very compact but very efficient booth that deliver the goods. Not only each gallerist is show casing the works of all the artists part of project 5 , the limited edition portfolio is also available as well for only $2,500.00. A real bargain!
More info here:

Gallerist Sasha Wolf holding court @ The Project 5 in front of her represented artist, Guido Castagnoli
The great photographs of Jill Greenburg from Clampart Gallery
The works of Thomas Allen from Foley Gallery

@ Robert Burge , the work of Kendall Messick is worth looking at. I heard from it first from Art Consultant, John Bennette months ago but seeing in person and meeting Kendall really made a big difference. Great photo series called Impermanence, will not say more about it because YOU are supposed to go and find out for yourself.

Photographer Kendall Messick in front of his Impermanence photo series
At Lisa Sette Gallery booth the work of Ariana Page Russell which, I collect and love was adorning some of its walls.

Ariana Page Russell
After party, 2009
Archival inject print 18 x 26

At Danzinger Projects booth the work of Vivian Sassen was one of my favorites.

Sassen- Elvis

At Lawrence Miller Gallery booth the photography work of Denis Darzacq will make you float and gravitate at the supermarket. Love the contemporary feel of the HYPER series.

Denis Darzacq

Hyper No.21, 2007

50 x 40" c-print, edition 8

At Bruce Silverstein Gallery booth , this Michael Wolf photograph was too hard to be ignored. Loved it! and it is quite large! There is also more Michael Wolf available @ Robert Koch Gallery booth

Michael Wolf
Untitled, 2008 (from “Transparent City”)
© Michael Wolf

The AIPAD Photography Show New York – one of the world’s most important photography events – will be presented by The Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) Thursday, March 18 - Sunday, March 21, 2010. More than 70 of the world's leading fine art photography galleries will present a wide range of museum-quality work, including contemporary, modern and 19th-century photographs, as well as photo-based art, video and new media, at the Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street in New York City.

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of The AIPAD Photography Show, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is issuing a proclamation declaring “Photography Week in New York City.” Celebration, an “exhibition-within-an-exhibition” that will include a special work in each exhibitor’s booth, will be on view, with an accompanying publication. In addition, a number of special events, including panel discussions with leading curators, dealers, artists and critics, will be held on Saturday, March 20, and Sunday, March 21.

Thursday March 18 11 am to 8 pm
Friday March 19 11 am to 8 pm
Saturday March 20 11 am to 8 pm
Sunday March 21 11 am to 6 pm

$25 one day pass
$40 run of show pass (includes show catalogue)
$10 one day pass with valid student ID

Tickets will be available at the door.
For more information, contact
AIPAD at 202-367-1158 or go to

A wide range of the world’s leading fine art photography galleries will exhibit at The
AIPAD Photography Show New York. In addition to galleries from New York City and across the country, the Show will include a number of international galleries from Paris, London, Berlin, the Czech Republic, Buenos Aires, China and Japan. An exhibitor list is available here.

Celebration, an “exhibition within an exhibition” will be on view at The
AIPAD Photography Show New York. The accompanying publication, Celebration ($50, hardcover, 117 pages), includes a history of AIPAD and is available on line here..

Six panel discussions bringing together leading curators, dealers, artists and journalists are planned for Saturday, March 20, and Sunday, March 21, in the Veteran’s Room at the Park Avenue Armory. Details are available here.
AIPAD programs are free with same day admission to The AIPAD Photography Show New York. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Well.. I already saw
AIPAD. There are some really beautiful gems. There is also a good splash of color and very of the moment contemporary photography contrasting with the traditional classic black and white expected at this type of fair. Go and see the fair!

The weather will be gorgeous all weekend and there is plenty of photographs on the walls, that will make you smile and try to seduce your wallet to come home with you !

Founded in 1979, The Association of International Photography Art Dealers (
AIPAD) represents more than 120 of the world’s leading galleries in fine art photography. The organization is dedicated to creating and maintaining the highest standards of scholarship and ethical practice in the business of exhibiting, buying and selling fine art photography. More information is available at

For further information or to attend during the run of the show, contact:
Nicole Straus Public Relations
Nicole Straus, 631-369-2188,
Margery Newman, 212-475-0252,