Tuesday, May 31, 2011

William Eggleston- The Master of Color Photography

Monday, May 30, 2011

Denver Art Museum is First U.S. Venue for Retrospective of Photographer Robert Adams

Denver Art Museum is First U.S. Venue for Retrospective of Photographer Robert Adams

LACMA Presents 32 Images of Elizabeth Taylor in Iran: Photographs by Firooz Zahedi

LACMA Presents 32 Images of Elizabeth Taylor in Iran: Photographs by Firooz Zahedi

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Cindy Sherman on top of the World of Photography Auction

Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled #96″ from 1981 
Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled #96″ from 1981 has become the world’s most valuable photograph after selling for a staggering $3.89 million at a Christie’s auction yesterday (it was estimated to be worth up to $2 million). The winning bidder was Philippe Segalot, a private advisor to some of the world’s wealthiest art collectors. The photo takes the top spot away from “99 Cent II Diptychon” by Andreas Gursky, which enjoyed five years as the world’s most valuable photo after selling for $3.35 million back in 2006.

UNFRAMED 2011 by ACRIA- May 25, 2011

Attention Savvy Art Collectors!

UNFRAMED 2011 is one event that you should not miss! This is a great opportunity to contribute and get some fierce art by attending this event. ACRIA is one of my very favorite AIDS organizations and for many years,  had always provided support in any way possible. It is also one of the best places to find affordable limited edition prints and  art from the best luminaries of the current Art World. So if you are not in NYC and can't make it to the event, contact Scott Drevnig and make your purchases during and right after the event, the work goes on line (what is left..) to the web site.

For the ones in the NYC area, this is where you need to be before starting your summer weekend getaways. It is always a very nice soiree. They really know how to do it.

See you next Wednesday May 25!

Here is more info about the event:

Dear Friend of ACRIA:
As you may know, our once-a-year UNFRAMED event is coming up on Wednesday, May 25th, at 123 Third Avenue (at 14th Street), from 6 to 9 pm. UNFRAMED is our famed artists event, also known as Artists Respond to AIDS, that began in 1993. This year’s event will be part of our 20th Anniversary fundraising efforts, with an outstanding twenty-one artists participating.  Each of our extremely talented artists is donating a small group of works to ACRIA so that we may continue our lifesaving efforts on behalf of those with HIV/AIDS.  As always, we will give you the opportunity to purchase hard-to-acquire artists’ work for a fraction of the retail value.

We will also have a large silent auction featuring incredible works from some of the biggest names in the art world today!  The evening is presented by Architectural Digest, 123 Third Avenue and BNY Mellon Wealth Management, with cocktails provided by Svedka. Additional support is being provided by artnet, Chelsea Frames and Duggal.  Tickets are $20 at the DOOR ONLY.

Come and enjoy fabulous cocktails and the mind-blowingly inexpensive original signed works that ACRIA is famous for.  The invitation attached and below lists the prominent artists who have donated their work to ACRIA.

I hope you will be able to join us for this very special evening, and thank you for your support.

Talia Chetrit
Rachel Perry Welty

Wide Range of Latin American Painting and Sculpture at Sotheby's Sale on May 25 & 26

Wide Range of Latin American Painting and Sculpture at Sotheby's Sale on May 25 & 26

Monday, May 16, 2011

Jessica Backhaus and Adam Bartos at the Robert Morat Galerie

Jessica Backhaus and Adam Bartos at the Robert Morat Galerie

ARTmostfierce Affordable Print Pick of the Week- SEVEN Limited Editions by Finch & Ada

Lady Money Sings the Blues, Harlem, NY 2010. by Ruben Natal - San Miguel

Monday Blues? Well you can sing along with Lady Money,  my new and most current body of work series made this year in ''El Barrio'' East Harlem, NYC. This is specially for Finch and Ada.
Happy Shopping~!

12"x18" metallic archival print, signed and title on the verso
#2-3 ($400) | #4-5 ($450) | #6-7 ($500)

Case of the Mondays?!? Well dear collector friends, let's start off your week with the help of a very special lady - Ms. Lady Money. Taken on the streets of Harlem, Ruben Natal - San Miguel introduces you to Lady Money Sings the Blues. This gorgeous gal is one of the many sirens captured by the roving lens of Natal-San Miguel in his beloved Harlem, New York. Every detail - from the white flower in her jet black coiffed hair-do, to the precisely painted black eyebrows and the vivacious red bejeweled dollar sign earrings - signal an unforgettable chance meeting is passing between photographer and his subject, on a late April afternoon in Harlem. These "slice of life" moments are preciously framed by the fine-tuned and detailed eye of Natal-San Miguel and will forever find a home through his camera lens.

For the past eight years during the summer months, Natal-San Miguel has traveled by bicycle throughout Upper Manhattan with camera in hand in search of what it is like to live in the NYC areas, which until most recently and for many prior decades, have been ignored by the government and most of society. This is not the “Sex and The City” Manhattan that most people clamor and aim to achieve. Natal-San Miguel has been able to find, not only a vibrant and colorful vision of that "other" Manhattan, but also a happy, endearing and very meaningful life lesson: the human spirit and a community can make the best of what others may considered to be so little.

I must acknowledge that I have loved watching the growth and evolution of Ruben's New York, NY: Concrete Jungle series since I first viewed a selected exhibition of his photographs a few years back. Since that time, his images have taken a deeper look at the beauty of the people - his neighbors - and the ever-changing landscape of Harlem and the surrounding areas. This is one of a few series whose photographic exploration is taken with an "insider" view of the modern day cultural and societal anthropology of a neighborhood in New York. When I laid my eyes on "Lady Money Sings the Blues" I was floored! This was a quintessential "Ruben-esque Diva" and I could not pass up the chance to have it and share it with others. That is why we are so very thrilled to be offering this limited and exclusive print to you from Ruben's very beautiful and serious body of work.

Ruben Natal-San Miguel's, work continues to receive critical acclaim and international exposure. Recently his work was featured in a prominent spread in Wink Magazine, Issue 6, pg.115, and was exhibited in the group show, First Class/Second Class, co-curated by Leah Oates and Asya Geisberg at the Asya Geisberg Gallery, Chelsea, New York. He is also being interviewed by Korean Photo and was exhibited by Aperture Foundation at the Art Chicago, April 29 - May 02, 2011. Read a fuller bio HERE.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

ARTmostfierce Affordable Print Pick of the Week- San Francisco Camerawork New Fine Prints 2011

Richard Gilles
Mad Greek, 2008; from the series Sign of the Times; inkjet print, 10 x 22 in.,edition of 10. 

Offered to Benefactor
Level Members.

Arthur Tress  

Trimming the Towers
, 2008; from the series Out of Hand; gelatin silver print,11 x 14 in.,edition of 10.

Offered to Patron
Level Members.

Ssshhh...New Fine Print Editions Are Here!
ARTmostfierce Affordable  Print Pick of the Week goes to San Francisco Camerawork  New Fine Prints 2011 
Happy Shopping!
See the prints online! You can make your selection and order online now, or you can email us atinfo@sfcamerawork.org if you have any questions. Don't miss your chance - these prints will go fast, and your membership contribution is tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by law. 

Friday, May 6, 2011

A message from Above...

Ruben Natal-San Miguel
Hope 2011
Today, I took the ferry to IKEA and looking back at downtown Manhattan, it made me so sad to see that the Twin Towers were not there...  you can barely see the new Freedom Tower emerging from the WTC site. Then, I turned my head and saw this guy looking at Lady Liberty and the tattoo on his back...wow! I was sooo touched in so many levels. God really sent me a message today. I really love this photo. Going to print it very large and put it in my bedroom.

Gagosian Gallery Presents New Distinctive Metal Sculptures by Artist John Chamberlain

Gagosian Gallery Presents New Distinctive Metal Sculptures by Artist John Chamberlain

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Tonight-Fathom And Fray- Caleb Charland @ Michael Mazzeo Gallery

Attempting to paddle Straight at the Moon, 2010
Caleb Charland
Courtesy of Michael Mazzeo Gallery

Michael Mazzeo Gallery is pleased to present Fathom and Fray, an exhibition of recent works by the American photographer, Caleb Charland. This is the artist's first solo show at the gallery, having previously participated in two group exhibitions. The 17 prints of various sizes include both camera and cameraless images. The exhibition is on view from May 5 through June 11 with a reception for the artist on Thursday, May 5, from 6-8PM.

Fathom and Fray is the culmination of Caleb Charland's photographic inquiries into space, time, and energy. In the tradition of Eadweard Muybridge and Harold "Doc" Edgerton, he combines science and art in unconventional experiments designed to further his understanding of the world. Unlike his forebears however, Charland's photographs rarely provide us with proof, but rather pose questions and offer possibilities.

Finding resonance in matter as diverse as a cardboard box, bacteria, and smoke,  Charland manipulates and transforms these mundane elements by means of repeated actions, interventions, and performance. The resulting images give us a glimpse of his irrepressible curiosity while providing us with confounding and often revelatory visions alluding to the cosmos and the metaphysical.

As Charland states, "Even within the well tested laws of science there are, and must always be, pathways to reinterpretation and discovery. My hope is that these pictures rest in the gap between knowledge and uncertainty."

Gallery Info
New Address:
Michael Mazzeo Gallery
508 W. 26 St., Suite 318
New York, NY 10001

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday through Saturday
11AM to 6PM
Also by appointment

Adele - Turning Tables (Live at Largo)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg Opens Exhibit by Detained Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei

Mayor Michael Bloomberg Opens Exhibit by Detained Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei

Highlights from the Affordable Art Fair

Hannah Herr
Unnamed Rituals
30 x 40

The portraiture work of Hannah Herr  @ BRICis not only very very affordable , it is unique, strong in content, quite rich and very interesting.

Manjari Sharma
Things were cooking @ Kris Graves Projects Gallery booth part of the ART X Women. The works of Kesha Bruce, Manjari Sharma, Charlie Grasso and Sophia Wallace make  among many others, a pretty strong booth. Worth checking it out.

Kesha Bruce
THAT THEY MIGHT BE LOVELY, 2008.  Archival Pigment Print.

At ARTSTAR and Little Collector  gallery booth, prints were flying off the walls. Some of them even framed!

Very affordable prices and a  very, very nice booth. Check out the prints of David Levinthal, Kenny Scharf, Sophie Crumb, Shepard Fairey and Katherine Newbegin among many. Seriously folks they are some good bargains to be had and for the skeptics this is your chance to see it face to face!

Alka Theater III

Kenny ScharfSpace Happy