Monday, January 31, 2011

More about the elusive photographer Vivian Maier!

150 Years Later: New Photography by Tina Barney, Tim Davis, and Katherine Newbegin

150 Years Later: New Photography by Tina Barney, Tim Davis, and Katherine Newbegin

Specific Objects without Specific Form by Felix Gonzalez-Torres at MMK in Frankfurt

Specific Objects without Specific Form by Felix Gonzalez-Torres at MMK in Frankfurt

2011 Hearst 8x10 Biennial - 'Sena' by Devin Tepleski

The 8 x 10 Hearst Biennial 2011- NYC

8 Winners. 10 Judges. 1 Exhibition.

A celebration of people who don’t just take pictures. 
They take pictures further.

2011 Winners
Nicholas Mendise, Devin Tepleski, Christoph Engel, Jonathan Smith, Gareth Kingdon, 
Victor Yuliev, Rena Effendi, Thomas Stanworth

2011 Honorable Mentions 
Christopher Vongsawat, Ivo Rafailov, Ryan Obermeyer, Brandon Schulman, 
Jenny Johannesson, Julie Soefer, Alix Smith, Ariel Bernades, Nils Orth, David Wright

Curated by John A, Bennette
John A. Bennette Curator of the  2011 8x10 Hearst Biennial in front of Nils
Orth portraits
 Photo by Ruben Natal-San Miguel

This is a great exhibition with a global feel and demonstrating what a strong and powerful media  fine art  photography truly is . Out of 4,600 entries these are the very lucky winners.
The 2011 Hearst 8 X 10 Photography Biennial garnered more than 4,600 entries from
across the U.S. as well as 70 other countries, five times the number of entries garnered in the 2009 inaugural competition the work of these talented newcomers is
 showcased in two exhibition spaces in the atrium of Lord Norman Foster’s Hearst Tower, 
company’s acclaimed New York City headquarters.

Here is a selection of some of my favorite images from the exhibition:

Jonathan Smith- Untilted #147, 2005

Jonathan Smith- Untitled #31, 2009

Jenny Johannesson-Made in America (untilted #2)

Jenny Johannesson- Made in America (untitled #3)

Rena Efendi- Refugee girl with bread, Georgia- Russia
Conflict, Georgia, 2008

Christoph Engel- Untitled , 2009

David Wright- Solomon, Alebtong, Unganda , 2009

David Wright- George and Josephine
Alebtong, Unganda, 2009

Ariel Bernades- Red Lattice

Nicolas Mendise- Moth #1

Devin Tepleski- Untitled #10

Nils Orth - Untitled from the series Untitled Faces
I highly recommend you to see this exhibit. There is a lot of new work , fresh and with a strong global feel. John Bennette, the 8 x 10 curator did a wonderful job creating a elegant display and exhibition flow. The setting is so perfect like a true Manhattan bubble, elegant  surrounded by magnificent spaces and architecture . One  might think once in there that, Sarah Jessica Parker might pop in all of the sudden in one of those great outfits. 

The 57 cafe and this exhibit will make a perfect date for a couple.

Going back to the exhibit, the work of Jonathan Smith and Jenny Johanneson is one of my most favorites. The work of this two photographers is the kind of work, I really like to go after. The exhibition runs till May 2011 so, you have plenty of snowy days to plan and see the exhibit. Since it is a private lobby building, there is specific exhibition hours and entry. I will be adding this info ASAP. Stay tuned!

You can also see the show on line here:

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Bruce Museum Opens Exhibition "Cindy Sherman: Works from Friends of the Bruce Museum"

Bruce Museum Opens Exhibition "Cindy Sherman: Works from Friends of the Bruce Museum"

ARTmostfierce Affordable Print Pick of the Week

ARTmostfierce Affordable Print Pick of the Week goes to Jen Bekman's 20x200 - 20% print sale running till Monday Jan 31, 2011. It end at noon so hurry up and place your orders!
Amy Stein-Powerpuff Girls

Among my favorite picks will be the pair of c-prints by photographer Amy Stein, I mean seriously , if you did not buy them the first time...what are you waiting for at 20% off?

There is also some very good ones by Carlo Van de Roer, Tema Stauffer, Starn Brothers, William Wegman, Mickey Smith, Christian Chaize, Roger Balen, Tierney Gearon, Bert Teunissen...serioulsly...for $40.00 only after discount?

If you never had bought a print, by buying the ones of the artists mentioned above, you can start building a pretty nice print collection for your empty wall.

Happy Shopping!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Top 50 ART Collectors

The New York Observer just published the Top 50 Art Collectors. These are the people that you really want to buy and collect your artwork. In my case, will like to either have their deep pockets and their artwork!

By Alexandra Peers
January 26, 2011 | 2:44 p.m

If New York is the center of the art world—and it is—these are the buyers and collectors who run it. With input from top dealers, auction house officials and museum curators, The Observer has identified the 50 people in (and around) the city with the power to move the market.

Which isn't to say they necessarily own the biggest collections, though many of them do. We made our picks based on influence, taste and how active they are on the scene—and behind it.

No surprise, most of the collectors come from finance and real estate, and tend to back up their personal holdings with positions on museum boards. But some of the people on this list may surprise you, as will where they've chosen to put their money.

1. Steven Cohen, Hedge Fund Manager

The Connecticut billionaire, recently subpoenaed in a federal probe of hedge funds, has, in roughly a dozen years, cobbled together one of the world’s great art collections. (A one-man cold war, he’s often the only factor at auctions preventing Russian collectors from winning and then exporting major artworks.) Buying through Larry Gagosian, David Zwirner and Bill Acquavella, he owns Warhols, de Koonings and Picassos. His Damien Hirst shark was on longtime loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he serves on various committees. Years ago, he owned a small stake in Sotheby’s, which once turned over its top floor to highlights from his collection.
See the rest of the lucky ones here:

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography Vol. 2

Get the very new Humble Arts Foundation-
The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography Vol.2 now!


The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography Vol. 2 
Edited by amani olu & Jon Feinstein
Preface by Jon Feinstein | Introduction by Vanessa Kramer
The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography Vol. 2 is a 216-page biennial
sourcebook that highlights some of the most challenging and innovative
new photographic work from 100 photographers internationally.
Edited by Humble Arts Foundation’s founders, amani olu and Jon Feinstein,
 with an introduction by 
Vanessa Kramer, Director of Photographs,
 Phillips de Pury & Company, 
The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography
Vol. 2
 is a resource for collectors, gallerists, curators, art professionals,
educators, and the public. This new volume continues Humble’s
 mission of introducing new talent to people of influence in
 contemporary art.

View selected photographs and featured artists.
The Collector’s Guide Vol. 2 will debut with a book launch party and exhibition at the Chelsea Art Museum on Friday, March 4, 2011, 8PM.

Click here for de

Book Details 
Photographers: 100
Trim Size: 9 x 10.5 in.
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 216
Illustrations: 174 color, 26 black-and-white
ISBN: 978-0-9796425-1-7
Retail: $49.95 plus S+H.Pre-order a copy of The Collector’s Guide to
New Art Photography Vol. 2 to gain complimentary
 admission to the launch party. 



Photo by Carrie Villines

The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography Volume # 1
was a great success and its introduction was written
 by us truly.

Bllomberg News-Christie's Porter Interview About Art Auctions

Monday, January 24, 2011

Work in progress...

Photo- Ruben Natal- San Miguel
One of my resolutions of 2011 is that , I will try to focus mostly on my own work. After many, many years of helping others , it is about time!

One of this things will be creation of my own photographic  web site.

For now, I started working on this ARTslant profile . They created a profile based on the shows I had curated and artists that, I had shown and shown with. I wanted to shared this info because in my opinion, this site can be a good tool for network and visibility in the art business. Mine it is still at a very early stage but , I already see a lot of potential in this so, check it out. With me is always about sharing so...make your profile and it!

Here is my profile and info:

ASMPNY's Fine Art Conversations - Curators and Dealers! 2/2/11

 See you there~!
This time, I will be part of the audience. Looking forward to this one. Limited spaces available so ...hurry!

ASMPNY's Fine Art Conversations - Curators and Dealers!

When:    February 2, 2011

Where:   Soho Photo 15 White Street

Time:     Doors and registration open   6:30pm
               Panel Discussion   7-9:00pm

ASMPNY is honored to have three of the most commanding voices at the nucleus of fine art photography on this panel discussion about fine art photography.

- HOWARD GREENBERG - One of the world's top photography dealers and owner of
    the Howard Greenberg Gallery

- JEFF ROSENHEIM - Curator of Photographs, Metropolitan Museum of Art

- BRIAN WALLIS - Chief Curator, ICP, the International Center of Photography

Moderator - Susan May Tell, photographer and ASMPNY Fine Art Chair

All three panelists strive to create interest in and share great photography with the public. Yet their mission, because of venue, is different and that impacts what each does and how they do it. Topics may include similarities and differences as they relate to this, such as: 

  ·  Who is 'your' audience? How do you interest people to become part of it?

  ·  The process of creating/organizing exhibitions: i.e. the length of time involved;
     chosen by committee or individual vision; do market-place decisions play a role?

  ·  Relationships with collectors, auction houses, critics.

   ·  The importance (or not) of prints being editioned.

   ·  Silver and chromogenic vs. digital prints. Vintage vs. recent prints.

   ·  How your paths cross and how do you work together (or don't). Are their rivalries?
      Do you compete for photographers' work?

  ·  Perspectives on work being done by this generation of photographers.

  ·  The role of the Internet (and all its electronic iterations) on our fine art photography

  ·  How photographers become on one's radar and the best ways for photographers to
     grow that relationship.

Register here

Member:                          Free
Non-member:                  $25
Student, non-member:     $5

ASMPNY's Conversations has been designed to be intimate and personal, so seating is limited and will fill up quickly. To secure your spot, please register early. 

Please note that REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS WILL BE ADMITTED. Also, to accommodate the maximum, there may not be chairs available for everyone.

If you have participated in previous events as a reviewer, panelist or lecturer and would like to attend, please email Susan May Tell to be put on the guest list.


Friday, January 21, 2011

VIP ART FAIR- Jan 22-30, 2011

Are you registered already?

The VIP Art Fair

I did. This is the most current, innovative and newest happening event in the Art World. See more info below. The best thing is that you do not leave your house, brave the weather or had to deal with bitchy is all at the tip of your fingers and your computer /i- phone keyboard~!
Can this be beginning of the end of Art Fairs? No more travelling?
See you on line!


VIP Art Fair is pleased to announce its list of participating galleries for the opening of its inaugural edition from Saturday, January 22 to Sunday, January 30, 2011. The fair—an acronym for “Viewing in Private”—is the first-ever to take place exclusively online and has assembled 139 of the world’s leading contemporary art galleries from 30 countries in an unprecedented live event. A complete gallery list follows below.

With this power-packed list of international dealers, art collectors and enthusiasts are now able to browse works by a wide range of renowned artists including Franz Ackermann, Francis Bacon, Urs Fischer, Damien Hirst, Anselm Kiefer, Sarah Lucas, Takashi Murakami, and Jackson Pollock, to the most exciting emerging artists working today, all from the comfort of their own home. The vibrant presentation of artwork, enlivened with streaming video and dynamic zoom, along with the ability to connect one-on-one with dealers makes attending the fair from anywhere in the world a truly unique experience.

“Increasingly over the last decade the artworld has gone global, with important events happening around the world. Art collectors from Dallas to Kuala Lumpur can find it difficult to travel to all of the events and yet they don’t want to miss out. Three years ago, when we began conceptualizing VIP Art Fair, we wanted to harness the international reach of the Internet to give access to the best contemporary art from anywhere in the world,” stated James Cohan, owner of James Cohan Gallery in New York and Shanghai. This is the genesis of VIP Art Fair, which he co-founded with his partner Jane Cohan and Internet entrepreneurs Jonas and Alessandra Almgren. “By using the traditional art fair as a model, VIP Art Fair offers entrée to the most critically acclaimed artists and the leading dealers who represent them. This new platform allows collectors to see the art, learn about the art and also understand how to acquire the art.”

This innovative art fair takes place for one week only at VIP Art Fair is free to browse (registration is required) and offers a program of interactive and enriched viewing for VIP ticket holders.

VIP Art Fair is pleased to announce that art insurance specialist AXA Art Insurance Corporation has joined as Lead Partner. The fair’s relationship with AXA Art allows for access to expertise on the benefits of art insurance -- a necessary collection management tool that helps to protect collectors’ investments in acquiring art and cushion the impact of loss or damage to their treasured items should the unexpected occur. During the fair, AXA Art’s in-house experts will be available to address questions submitted by the VIP Art Fair’s online collectors.

In commenting on AXA Art's partnership with VIP Art Fair, Christiane Fischer, President and CEO of AXA Art Insurance offered the following statement, “With its online offerings of quality contemporary art by leading art dealers and galleries from around the world, VIP Art Fair is at the epicenter of innovation. As a global art insurance specialist, we understand the need to be innovative to be able to deliver 360 degrees in products and service offerings to meet the demands of discerning clients. AXA Art is pleased to support this new model of art fair that is embracing technology and pushing the boundaries to meet the needs of collectors around the world.”

The fair’s Creative Programming Partner is Art21, the award-winning producer of films, educational resources and public programs about contemporary art. For the inaugural edition of VIP Art Fair, Art21 is showing a selection of their films, including nine world premiere exclusives, featuring artists in their studios or installing work in sites worldwide. These videos will be on view in the fair’s VIP Lounge with 18 artists featured, including Bruce Nauman, Paul McCarthy, Cai Guo Qiang, and Cindy Sherman, among others.

The VIP Art Fair is divided into three distinct exhibition halls:
-VIP Premier: comprised of 91 leading galleries, each presenting 15 to 20 works depending on booth size—large or medium.
-VIP Focus: comprised of 24 galleries, each presenting eight works by a single artist.
-VIP Emerging: comprised of 24 galleries, each presenting 10 works produced within the last two years by emerging artists.

In addition to artworks presented in the gallery booth, each gallery will bring a large selection of artwork to be held in their back-room inventories.

the visitor arrives in the Atrium, where they will find a map of the exhibition halls with each gallery represented. A click on a gallery name leads visitors into that gallery’s booth. The visitor can then choose to browse the fair by clicking from booth to booth or return to the map, which automatically keeps track of the galleries visited. In addition, directed searches can be made based on artist, gallery name or medium. VIP ticket holders also have the ability to search artworks by price range.

All visitors can explore the fair by following a specially created tour or they can design their own personalized tours, showcasing their favorite works, and sharing them with friends via email and Facebook. VIP ticket holders can also post their tours in the VIP Lounge -- see more details below.


A key aspect of the fair is that it is a live event. The gallery booths are actively staffed and dealers are online for 12 to 18 hours a day to work with clients across the globe (for galleries with multiple international locations access can be available 24/7). VIP ticket holders have the ability to connect one-on-one with gallery staff through an integrated chat and messaging system. Once these conversations are initiated (and they can be seamlessly transferred to Skype or telephone, as preferred), dealers can discuss works being offered in the booth and can provide access to their back room inventory directly on the ticket holder’s computer screen. Here, works can be shared with clients discreetly through tailor-made “private rooms.” This unique form of interaction allows dealers and clients to connect in real-time -- as if sitting on opposite sides of the same
desk, even though they may be thousands of miles apart.

VIP Art Fair is free to browse, though registration is required. VIP tickets allow for special access including:
-Integrated chat and messaging system for live interaction with galleries
- Eligibility to view galleries' private rooms
-Price ranges for each artwork, and ability to search within certain price ranges
-Access to the VIP Lounge

Purchasing a VIP ticket on either of the first two days, January 22 or 23 costs 100 USD and allows for unlimited access for the remainder of the fair. Purchasing a VIP ticket on
or after January 24 costs 20 USD and allows unlimited access through the remainder of the fair.

Opens on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. EST and concludes on Sunday, January 30, 2011, at 7:59 a.m. EST.

Clicking on a MasterpieceThe Wall Street Journal
Look, Don't TouchThe Economist
A New Experience of Looking at Artwork OnlineArtBahrain
Art Galleries Go ViralInternational Business Times
VIP Art Fair,W Magazine
VIP Art Fair1stdibs Introspective
Comprar un 'Warhol' en pantuflasEl Pais
Primeira Feira de Arte na Web reune importantes galerias e tera cinco representantes BrasileirosO Globo

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Bloggers on

Ruben-ARTmostfierce- Photo by Gabriela Herman

Photographer Gabriela Herman photographed me (photo on blog header and above) last year for her blogger at home series. Today was featured in Yes, this is the way, I do work and write at home, nothing was staged. Thanks Gabriela!

See the whle article here:

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Art Market Views – Lindsay Pollock: Art Market Views | Next Stop – Art in America

Art Market Views – Lindsay Pollock: Art Market Views | Next Stop – Art in America

Congratulations to Lindsay Pollock !
A well deserved one!

Yeni Mao-Dead Reckoning @ Collette Blanchard Gallery 1/7/11

digital c-print
34 x 29 inches

Thursday is for Chelsea but , this Friday January 7, 2011 is for Lower East Side to the opening of Yeni Mao 's Dead Reckoning @ Collette Blanchard Gallery. Be there! 
See you Friday!

Please read press release below:


Collette Blanchard Gallery is pleased to present Dead Reckoning, a selection of new collages, sculptures, and photographs by Yeni Mao. The exhibition will be on view from January 7th – March 2011, with an opening reception on January 7th, 2011.
Yeni Mao’s recent body of work uses a diverse artistic lexicon of nautical, animal, botanic, and martial arts film references to explore the cyclical regeneration of history. The artist is particularly interested in the distortion of inherited cultural narratives, in his words: “the magical and superstitious way we navigate our own reinvention as we move around loosely through space, via immigration and extradition; and time, via history and tradition”. Mao’s first solo exhibition at Collette Blanchard Gallery addresses these moments of transformation and deliverance.
The central installation, Dead Reckoning, for which the exhibition is titled, is a sculptural homage to explorer Zheng He. This installation, a large construction of multiple toy boats hung from the ceiling to create an artificial horizon line, captures the dichotomies in Zheng He’s legacy as hyper-masculine eunuch, and the flip of historical global power bases. Slippage between historical fact and the generation of myth becomes fertile territory for Mao. The use of the term Dead Reckoning to describe the formulation of cultural evolution outlines the conceptual core of the exhibition.
Mao’s engagement with the distortion of cultural references is also reflected in the exhibition through photography and collage, harnessing the reproductive properties of the photo medium to appropriate the fight scenes of martial arts films, as well as addressing the way kung-fu mythos is processed through time and cultures. Mao’s potent series of C-prints The Battle Wizard represent the heroes in ethereal transformative situations. An allusion to Italian Futurist Anton Giulio Bragaglia, these prints attempt to capture the metaphysical with photography. The collage Enter the Invincible Hero, one of a series of rich, meticulous collage works, further deconstructs the image sequence, utilizing kung-fu fight scenes to Muybridge-like effects. The multiple figures are used in a painterly, mark-making way in collective forms referencing natural forces. Mao alters the original meaning system behind the martial arts mythos to suit his own purposes.
Originally from Ontario, Canada, and having spent time in Sweden, Taiwan, and studying at the Art Institute of Chicago, Mr. Mao currently lives and works in New York City. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, at venues including Ise Cultural Foundation and chashama, both in New York; ROMGallery for Art & Architecture in Oslo, Norway; and Shang Element Contemporary Art Museum in Beijing, China.
For more information, please contact the gallery at 917.639.2912 or

Enter the Invincible Hero
archival ink jet print collage on mylar
60 x 36

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Manjari Sharma- Water @ Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles 1/8/11

Manjari Sharma- Shower Series

For those that happen to be in or near the West Coast Area...

Opening January 8, 2011
Indian photographer, Manjari Sharma, will be opening a show at the Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles on January 8th that will run through February 12th, 2011. Manjari will be flying in from Mumbai on February 12th to celebrate the closing (complete with an Indian Food truck), so hope to see you there! The work featured at the Kopeikin Gallery comes from her projects, Shower, the series taken in her shower in New York (where she currently resides) and Water, shot in Brazil along the emerald sea coast.

John Arsenault-A Ghost Is Occupying My Heart- 1/6/11

Barely Breathing,” Provincetown, Massachusetts, 2009
Chromogenic print
20 x 20 inches

John Arsenault-A Ghost is Occupying My Heart @ Clampart Gallery will be the very very  first  art  opening show of 2011 that,  I will attending and so should you for many reasons.

The number one reason is because I love his photography work which I find extremely personal, heartfelt and beautiful.

Another reason is that his work reminds me a lot the work of the late photographer Tracey Baran which she is to photograph herself as the subject mostly as John mostly does.I think in terms using yourself as the main subject in a photograph takes a special kind of skill, self confidence and talent and John and Tracey in my opinion are very successful about keeping that mystic photograph after photograph. 

I had known John since he was 19 years old and we were both college/clubs kids in Boston and NYC finding our own sense of identity. It is so interesting that many many years later , I have the pleasure of seeing and even including his work in shows that I had curated.  

I encourage you to unveil yourself in the New Year 2011, the same way John Arsenault is unveiling his life in front of the camera and go and see this show and provide support  for the arts.

As far as art collecting, I will also encourage you to also collect his work. I had not purchased anything yet (don't know why!) but, never count me out. There is so many images I want that, maybe that is the hardest part of it. 

Here is more information about his solo show here in NYC @ Clampart Gallery:

 A  G H O S T  I S  O C C U P Y I N G  M Y  H E A R T
January 6 – February 5, 2010
Opening reception:
Thursday, January 6, 2010
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
ClampArt is pleased to announce “A Ghost is Occupying My Heart,” an exhibition of photographs by John Arsenault, the artist’s third show at the gallery.In April 2008, after eleven years of living in New York City, John Arsenault packed up his bags and moved to Provincetown, Massachusetts for a year of self-discovery and artistic growth. With the end of a nine-year romantic relationship (which largely served as the subject of many of Arsenault’searlier images), he sought out the artist colony of Provincetown as a place to heal and intensely concentrate on his photography.

While many of the works in the new exhibition are self portraits (as in his show from 2007), Arsenault is now incorporating evocative and emotional landscapes and still life imagery, punctuating the vision of his life with views outward, no longer presenting the viewer exclusively with photographs just of himself.

The artist writes: “Inspired by a desire to heal a broken heart and to find myself, I decided to strip
myself down emotionally, often literally nude, in order to create a body of work that revealed my search and my pain as honestly as I could.”

Raised in a small town in northern Massachusetts, John Arsenault moved to New York City in 1997 to
pursue a degree in photography at the School of Visual Arts. He now resides in Los Angeles. Arsenault’s photographs are represented in the permanent collections of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kansas and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Ten-percent of the proceeds from the exhibition are being donated to The Trevor Project, the leading
national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

For more information and images please contact Brian Paul Clamp, Director, or see
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00