Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Aperture Foundation-2010 Benefit and Auction

Ruben Natal-San Miguel
Emerging Artists Auction

“Wonder,” Washington Square Park NYC, from the series Urban Water: Inner Child, 2009

Chromogenic print, Edition 1 of 5

20 x 24 in., framed

Estimated value: $1,200

I am very honored to be part of the 2010 Aperture Foundation Benefit and Auction.

Place your bids!

Stay tunned, more info about the benefit coming up soon!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Inaugural Exhibitions: Brice Brown and "Sèvres and Savage- Schroeder Romero & Shredder- Grand Opening 10/7/10

Congratulations to Lisa Schroeder and Sara J Romero for the  grand opening of their new gallery in partnership with Shredder.

October 7, 2010

Don't miss it!

Schroeder Romero:
Brice Brown: Queening

Sèvres and Savage

October 7 - November 13, 2010
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 7, 6-8pm

Schroeder Romero & Shredder is pleased to announce our new exhibition, which also marks the inaugural exhibition in our new space. On view in the Schroeder Romero gallery is Brice Brown: Queening, and in the Shredder gallery is Sèvres and Savage.

Hours: Tuesday - Saturday from 10 - 6.

For more information please contact the gallery at 212 630-0722 or

Upcoming: Editions/Artists' Books Fair, New York, November 4 - 7
Pulse Art Fair, Miami, December 2 - 5
Brice Brown, "Q04", 2009, Aluminum, 29 x 52 x 58 3/4"

Monday, September 27, 2010

2010 PhotoLucida Critical Mass-Judging

I just finished judging the last phase of 2010 Photolucida Critical Mass. From 181 Finalists, I voted for my favorite 50. There a lot of diverse work in this last batch.Hoping that the last 50 selected ones truly reflect the whole range, techniques and themes of the current times we are living  and what photography is today. Best of luck to all and soon enough we will know who are the winners.

Carl  Bower-Plaza Boivar, Miss Coffee, Manizales

The photograph above is from Carl Bower one of my very favorite series''Chasing Cinderella'' and  2009 Photolucida Critical Mass winner. A year later and the series are still very clear in my mind. That is when you know... that you made the right decision.

Alex Prager- The New Photographer to watch, collect and invest

Vanity Fair Magazine
    September 2010

ARTmostfierce Affordable Print Pick of the Week

ARTmostfierce Affordable Print Pick of the Week
This one is coming all the way from The West Coast via DNJ Gallery in Los Angeles  and by Photographer Richard Giles.

Happy Shopping!

Here is more info:
In celebration of Autumn, dnj Gallery is pleased to offer a limited edition photograph, "15012 W. Avenue D," by the artist Richard Gilles. This single image is available in an edition of 50 photographs; the 3.5" x 8.5" inkjet print is $50.

Richard Gilles, 15012 W. Avenue D, inkjet print, 2009, 3.5 x 8.5 inches
In his panoramic photographs, Gilles' subjects are the bits and pieces that lie abandoned along America's roadways. This detritus, ordinarily lacking any real significance, is elevated as it becomes the central focus of the picture. Is it a minimalist object whose message is only that which the viewer brings to it? Or does it have another meaning? Either way, Gilles' photographs reveal an optimistic appreciation for the simplicity of the object.

Please contact the gallery for further information.

To see more of Richard's work, please see the gallery website:
dnj Gallery
154-1/2 north la brea avenue
los angeles, california 90036

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Alex Prager Talk @ Aperture Foundation 9/30/10

Ok folks, I am not missing this one . This is perfect timing as Alex Prager is part of the Photography Now show opening @ MoMA and  some collectors friends and I  just  bought Alex Prager prints and we are about to receive them...YES!
Alex Prager

See you@ Aperture!

New York, New York

Alex Prager and 
Yancey Richardson 
in Conversation
Parsons Lecture Series

Thursday, September 30, 2010
6:30 pm
Aperture Gallery & Bookstore
547 West 27 Street, 4th floor
New York, New York
(212) 505-5555

Aperture and the Photography Program in the School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design present the latest installment of the Parsons Lecture Series: photographer 
Alex Prager in conversation with gallerist Yancey Richardson. With striking color and carefully constructed compositions, the self-taught Prager (b. 1979) represents young women—often wearing glamorous, retro clothing—in beautifully staged, cinematic portraits. Inspired by both the directors of dark melodrama—Alfred Hitchcock, Douglas Sirk, David Lynch—and the innovative color photography of William Eggleston, Guy Bourdin, and others, Prager depicts a Technicolor world whose dazzling surfaces reflect a subtle sense of unease in the faces of her women, and in the implied narratives that lurk within the frames.Referencing the stylistic conventions of the film still, she creates an atmosphere of tension and brittle beauty, heightened by the contrast between location and her dolled-up subjects. In Prager's synthetic universe, female behavior is given a gloss, underscored by suggestions of drama, suspense, and uncertainty. She has had numerous exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad featuring her three series, Polyester, The Big Valley, and Week-end. Her work will be shown in New Photography 2010 at New York's Museum of Modern Art in September. Solo exhibitions include the Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica; Michael Hoppen Gallery, London; M + B Gallery, Los Angeles; Gallery Ring Cube, Tokyo; and Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York. She lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
Yancey Richardson is one of the preeminent dealers of fine art photography in the U.S. A member of the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), Richardson brings over twenty-eight years of experience to the gallery's exhibition program. Formerly housed in the renowned 560 Broadway building in historic Soho, Yancey Richardson Gallery is now located at 535 West 22nd Street, in the heart of New York's Chelsea art district.

Aperture Foundation's public programming is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. This program also receives generous support from the Kettering Family Foundation, the Henry Nias Foundation, and the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) Foundation.

Monday, September 20, 2010

ARTmostfierce Affordable Print Pick of the Week

ARTmostfierce Affordable Print Pick of the Week this week goes to Chris Verene limited edition print for ACRIA-

At an edition only of 15 for $800.00 is a real steal. Chris has a solo show right now @ Postmasters Gallery posted here a couple of weeks ago. This same  image is part of the  show's and its promotion.

Here is the link and info posted August 31, 2010 about Chris show ''Family''

Hurry, there is not many left...

Happy Shopping!

Chris Verene

Gallery: Deitch Projects and Twin Palms Publishers 
Front Cover for New Monograph, 2008  
Archival Gicl�e Poster Print and Oil
11 x 14 inches with oversize borders
Edition: 15 
Price:  $800 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Paul Strand in Mexico @ Aperture Foundation

Fall Art Shows Season is here!
 Aperture Foundation starts theirs with the classic and timeless photography of Paul Strand.
Don't miss it!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

William Wylie- Carrara/ John Housmand-Rock, Paper, Scissiors @ Hous Projects -Los Angeles- 9/15/10

 Another cool show if you are in the Los Angeles, Ca. area.
Go and see it!
William Wylie John Houshmand

After The Women of Paradise Road- Nathaniel Ward @ The Green Project- 9/14/10

Opening tonight...see you there!

After the Women of Paradise Road
Photographs and installation by Nathaniel Ward
Curated by mr. and mrs. amani olu

Nat Ward-After the Women of Paradise Road #1, 2010, Archival Pigment Print, 50 x 40 inches
The Wild Project and mr. and mrs. amani olu are pleased to present After the Women of Paradise Road, the first solo exhibition of photographs by Nathaniel Ward. Influenced and reminiscent of the Pictures Generation artists, Ward focuses his attention on the commodification of women who grace the covers of various adult periodicals that are distributed in magazine vending boxes along Paradise Road in Las Vegas. The appropriated imagery reveals women in a variety of clichéd sexual poses, expressions, and gestures––creating an almost anonymous sexual object that is desired by many visitors to Las Vegas. The images are heightened by their surface detritus and amplified layers of separation between the viewer and the women who posed for the original photograph.

Nathaniel Ward (b. 1983) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Ward received his BFA in Photography & Imaging from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2006. Ward has exhibited internationally since 2005; his work has been included in exhibitions at Center for Architecture, Gulf + Western Gallery, Broadway Gallery all in New York and at SCOPE, Miami, and Art at Kirchberg, Luxembourg. His work has been published in print publications and online, including Bon International Magazine, Solutions Magazine and Artinfo, The Exposure Project and Humble Arts Foundation. He received the Tobias Award for excellence in Photography and Imaging in 2005 and the Constantiner Fellowship in 2006.

The Wild Project is an environmentally conscious venue for contemporary theater, film and visual arts and is dedicated to supporting the arts by offering space and resources to emerging artists.

Exhibition on view: Thursday, September 9–Saturday, October 2, 2010
Opening reception with the artist: Tuesday, September 14, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Gallery hours: Thursday–Saturday, 12:00-6:00 p.m.

The Wild Project
195 East 3rd Street (between Avenue A and B)
New York, NY 10009

F train to Second Avenue; 6 train to Bleecker Street

Hilary Schaffner, Gallery Director, or 212.228.1195
Kate Greenberg, Publicist, or 917.375.4333

Monday, September 13, 2010

Plank Road- Salomon Contemporary- Opening-9/15/10

Spencer Tunick-Mountak 4, 2009 Courtesy of Salomon Contemporary, NY.
Don't miss this one. I was part of the Spencer Tunick project shown above a year ago.  James Salomon, several friends and I are part of this photo. A great group show!

See you there!


15 September - 30 October, 2010

Salomon Contemporary NYC
526 W 26, #519

Reception for the Artists: Wednesday, 15 September, 6 - 8pm

Arwa Abouon, Christopher Astley, Alice Aycock, Noah Becker, Maziar Behrooz, Chick Bills, Michael Bilsborough, Dianne Blell, Michael Combs, Peter Dayton, Pia Dehne, Sally Egbert, Jameson Ellis, Sebastian Errazuriz, Margaret Evangeline, Eric Fischl, Luis Gispert, Michael Halsband, Nir Hod, Alice Hope, Scott Hunt, Rima Mardoyan, Richard Pasquarelli, Alexis Rockman, Wael Shawky, Ned Smyth, Mike Solomon, Sabina Streeter, Billy Sullivan, Donald Sultan, Spencer Tunick, Lawrence Weiner, Su-en Wong and Darius Yektai.

Salomon Contemporary is proud to begin its 2010/2011 season with PLANK ROAD, a group show that celebrates the five-year anniversary of Salomon Contemporary Warehouse, East Hampton, with over 30 works in various media that highlight the exhibition program. In August 2005 the Warehouse opened with a Michael Halsband photography exhibition. Since then, Salomon Contemporary has had the privilege of working with many talented emerging and internationally acclaimed contemporary artists. Their work will now be presented together in our Chelsea space for the first time.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

ARTmostfierce Affordable Print Pick for the Week

This one comes from our beloved ACRIA -AIDS Community Research Of America
Dan Colen just opened his solo show this past Friday @ Gagosian Gallery and one of  his pieces in the show is a version of one of  confetti/bubblegum paintings. The print is derived directly from the  actual painting .

At edition of  only 3 for $900.00...collectors beware! It is a bargain. Move on it ...quick!

Here is the Friday NY Times article on the show:

And here  is Dan Colen  with the one of the bubblegum /conffeti  paintings

Here it  is folks . I had seen them in person and they are very nice.
Enlage image for better view.
Happy Shopping!

Store & Gallery

Dan Colen

Gallery: Gagosian
Moments Like This Never Last  2010
15 C-prints, sold individually
16 x 20 inches each
Edition of 3
Price:  $900 Unframed

Jeff Sheng - ''Don't Ask, Don't Tell''-9/18/10 @ Kaycee Olsen Gallery- Los Angeles, Ca.

If you are in the Los Angeles /West Coast area, you have to go and see this show.I had been following Jeff Sheng ''Don't Ask , Don't Tell'' series since meeting Kaycee Olsen during 2009 Miami Art Basel . I think this body of work is not only important and timely but, also will make you comprehend and get an idea of the sacrifice that our gay and lesbian service men and women had to endure to serve, fight and protect America.I also recommend you to, start collecting this work and get his monograph.

Congratulations to Jeff Shen and to Kaycee for her new gallery in Culver City.The gallery has a great program with really great new artists. I paid a visit and planning and want to include several of her artists from her program in future shows that  I plan to curate.I already had  shown the work of Jesse Finley Reed as part of The Naked Truth West -LA.

You can hear and see in this NY Times video in his own words- Jeff Sheng himself describing the series't%20Ask,%20Don't%20Tell''&st=cse

Here is the link New York Times Article-'t%20Ask%20,%20Don't%20Tell&st=cse

Here is show information:

All Photographs by Jeff Sheng courtesy of Kaycee Olsen Gallery, Culver City, Ca.


September 18 - October 23, 2010
Saturday, September 18
                         - Artist Talk and Walkthrough

                         - 5:30 to 6:00 pm
                         - Reception for the Artist
                         - 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Kaycee Olsen Gallery is proud to present the first solo exhibition of photographer Jeff Sheng's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" series from September 18 to October 23, 2010. On Saturday, September 18, Sheng will give an Artist talk and walkthrough from 5:30 to 6:00pm and an opening reception will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Both will be open to the public.

The exhibition coincides with the release of Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Volume 2, a 100-page, full color publication, featuring the portraits of over forty closeted U.S. service members. Personal accounts of experiences in the military are also shared by a few of the individuals in the book. The foreword is written by Patrick J. Murphy, a U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania and a former Captain in the 82nd Airborne division, who introduced the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal bill into the House of Representatives. It also contains essays by discharged veteran Major Mike Almy, and celebrated LGBT activist David Mixner.

This exhibition will be the first ever to feature the photographs of service men and woman currently affected by the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which mandates the immediate discharge of those persons in the United States military who are allegedly or openly gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. The show will feature 20 previously unseen images, which see the artist breaking away from the statically posed photographs of Volume 1. In these works, Sheng increasingly activates and dramatizes his subjects, further illuminating the unique and charged personal narrative behind each portrait.

In addition, we will be showing highlights from Jeff Sheng's "Fearless" series in the back project gallery. This body of work focuses on gay, lesbian and transgender high school and college athletes.

In 2010, Jeff Sheng has received the Photo District News Award and International Photophraphy Award for this body of work.

For additional inquiries, please contact the Kaycee Olsen Gallery at 310.837.8945 or

For book purchases and further information on the artist, consult the gallery website.

Kaycee Olsen Gallery is located at:
2685 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Friday, September 10, 2010

Tammy Rae Carland- Funny Face, I love You @ Silverman Gallery

Tammy Rae Carland- Images courtesy of Silverman Gallery

If you are in the Bay Area , San Francisco check out this show and please tell me all about it. Very intrigued by it!

Tammy Rae Carland
Funny Face, I Love You
September 10 - October 23, 2010
Opening Reception: September 10, 6 – 8PM

Silverman Gallery is pleased to present Funny Face, I Love You, an exhibition of new work by Tammy Rae Carland on view from September 10 - October 23, 2010.

The artist’s second solo exhibition at the gallery features a suite of new photographs, a selection of mixed media works as well as a cast porcelain sculpture. Inspired by the history of female comedians, Carland explores questions of humor and desire,
juxtaposing images of empty stages with singular figures caught mid-act. These works isolate the body, focusing less on the artifice of public personas than the sheer spectacle of performing corporealities. Through these, Carland foregrounds the fragility and pathos inherent in these acts of vulnerability and self-humiliation—acts which also resonate with the unraveling of gender roles through acting out. Invariably, the conversation opens onto a larger meditation on the fragmentation of the body and the currency of the abject, while engaging the politics of performativity and the legacy of feminism.

Tammy Rae Carland received her MFA from UC Irvine, and also attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Her work has been screened and exhibited in galleries and museums internationally including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berlin and Sydney. She has been featured in numerous publications, including Artforum and Pulse. She is co-founder and owner of Mr. Lady Records, an independent record label and video distribution company. She is currently chair of Photography at California College of Arts and Crafts. Her work will be including in an upcoming exhibition and catalog called Dissident Desires published by Aperture. Carland lives and works in Oakland, California.

For more information contact

Thursday, September 9, 2010

When an ART Dealer crosses the line...

Recently I engaged in a dialogue with a overseas art dealer on a social network regarding a photographer whose work I own and was discussing maybe loaning a piece from my collection to a possible group show. it happens that the NYC dealer of the artist in question got a handle of the conversation and decided to intercept the conversation and put the foot down as ''  all inquiries regarding ____ work need to be directed to the _____ Gallery by sending me also a personal email as well. Really?

Are some art dealers so desperate and tacky these days to try to control collectors art collections?

Mind you, I am not only an art collector, I review work, curate shows and among other things promote and write about artists and its shows?

There is a business etiquette that some art dealers need to learn that people like me have no interest or in the business of stealing artists. There is no competition here of any kind, If I like the work, I stick with it, support it, show it , bring it to dealers and even try to sell it all with the sole purpose of career building for the artist only.
If I ever wanted to open a gallery then you will have to worry about but, rest assured that, I had not intentions of it so please not cross my path ever again...for your own benefit. Actions of this nature has its consequences...

Thursday, September 2, 2010

PENTIMENTO EDWARD BURTYNSKY 9/9-10/18/10@ Hasted Hunt Kraeutler

Looking forward  seeing this show...


September 9 - October 16, 2010

Edward Burtynsky
Oil Spill #7, Ground Zero, Gulf of Mexico, June 24, 2010
Digital C-print  48 x 64"  ed of 6
Also printed in 39 x 52", ed of 9

Also printed in 39 x 52", ed of 9

Edward Burtynsky
Shipbreaking #4 Field Proof, Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2000
Chromogenic print from Type 55 Polaroid  38 x 46"  ed of 12

Also showing...

Jeff Bark
Plate XIII from Lucifer Falls, 2010
Digital C-Print  45 x 56.88"  ed of 5

Jeff Bark Art, Jeff Bark Photos, Jeff Bark Gallery - New York City
Contemporary Photography Gallery in New York City - Hasted Hunt Kraeutler :: Jeff Bark, Edward Burtynsky, Julian Faulhaber, Andreas Gefeller, Jean-Paul Goude, Erwin Olaf, Paolo Ventura, Albert Watson

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Phil Toledano- A New Kind of Beauty- 9/9/10

What goes around...comes around...

Just a year ago , while doing the Pre- Screening juror  work for Photolucida's Critical Mass 2009 , I came across  Phil Toledano's A New Kind of Beauty series. I thought they were brilliantly shot and also posess a praiseworthy strong social message. I remember contacting Phil, friending him and also while I supported and raved about the work , they were some people (including jurors ) being  totally skeptic about it.

One thing you can say about me it is that when, I like and believe in some one's work, I put my faith in it no matter what others think about it.

October 2009, a few months later, I got a chance to curate UNSEEN at Randall Scott Gallery. One of the first artists I called was Phil and told him that, I wanted to show  Dinah  (shown here) , one of his Plastic Surgery portraits.
The piece sold during opening night to a NYC art collector. This work is not just for anybody and that is precisely why is  I like it so much. I find it extremely sophisticated and its future market will be for Museums and institutions.

This series was shown also at SCOPE during Miami Art Basel 2009 and Photo LA 2010 through hous Projects Gallery. 

Now a Gallery in DUMBO will be showing the series in a solo show for Phil. Life comes around full circle. This gallery happens to be right next door from where UNSEEN was shown almost a year ago where Randall Scott is no longer open (relocating back to Wash DC).

I will be very happy and proud at the opening not only because, I support Phil and his creative  work but also because , I took a chance once again and at the end it seems to paid off...

See you at the opening and go and see this show! 
Congratulations Phil!

September 9—October 29
Artist Reception: September 8, 6pm—8pm
Dinah, 2009
Digital C-Print, 60" x 50" image on 60" x 50" sheet, Edition of 3 (1AP

2010 WIP-Lightside/LTI Individual Project Grant-Angela Strassheim

Angela Strassheim

The 2nd annual 2010 WIP-Lightside/LTI Individual Project Grant in the amount of $3000 goes to Angela Strassheim for her project Evidence.

Congratulations Angela! 

I had always been a great fan the evidence series.

Also, congrats to Tiana Markova-Gold for winning the 2010 WIP- LTI / Lightside Materials Grant, providing $1000 in artists choice of Kodak materials. Tiana Markova-Gold  project documented social issues surrounding sex workers in Macedonia. 

Both Angela Strassheim and Tiana Markova-Gold's work will be showcased on over the months of September and October.