Thursday, June 30, 2011

“How to Invest and Collect Fine Art Photography." An ART Hamptons Guided Tour by Ruben Natal San Miguel 7/9-10/11

Glamour Break Diva, 2009
Harlem, NYC

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For the first time in ArtHamptons’ four year history, we are showcasing significant fine art photography in 2011. The fair features a roster of important photography dealers offering the very best work on the market today. Photohamptons features a carefully monitored range of museum-quality works including vintage, modern, post-modern, contemporary and video.
Photography dealers are integrated throughout the fair and include such galleries as Danziger Projects, HackelBury Fine Art, Waterhouse & Dodd, KIWI Arts Group, Catherine Edelman Gallery, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Robert Koch Gallery, Westwood Gallery and others.

Guided Tour of photoHamptons
Understanding photography, and what you need to know to collect the medium, is an important element of photoHamptons. We are offering a guided tour of photoHamptons dealers and their works throughout the fair. Ruben Natal-San Miguel, who runs the eponymous photography consulting firm, and respected blogger of Artmostfierce, will present an entertaining fair tour entitled “How to Invest and Collect Fine Art Photography." Geared for both novice and experienced collectors, the tour will provide valuable insights and tips on building your fine art photography collection.
Saturday & Sunday, 1pm | Fair Lobby

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Happy Gay Pride NY!-Gloria Gaynor, I Am What I Am

I am what iam!

Happy Gay Pride NY!-Gloria Gaynor, I Am What I Am

I am what iam!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

ARTmostfierce Affordable Print Pick of the Week- Glamour Break Diva exclusively for Finch and Ada ART Hamptions Pre-Sale

Glamour Break Diva 2009 , Harlem , NYC
Ruben Natal-San Miguel

This might be your only chance to get the ''Glamour Break Diva'' 2009 Harlem NYC as part of Art Hamptons Preview/Sale for only $200.00 USD. Only an edition of 10 @ 11 x 14 size bleed out to the edge on Kodak Chromogenic Metallic finish. You can pre order now. Please contact Finch and Ada for sales and more info.
Happy Shopping!

June 20th, NYC: CPW Portfolio Reviews

Monday June 20,2011, I will be conducting portfolio reviews @ The Howard Greenberg Gallery for The Center for Photography at Woodstock. A do not disturb sign for most of the day...


June 20th, NYC: CPW Portfolio Reviews – Space is still available!

“Join CPW for a very special portfolio review event where you’ll have the opportunity to show your work to some of the most distinguished and important professionals in photography today. Held in NYC, in a supportive setting, you will have your work reviewed by five noted luminaries in one-on-one twenty-minute sessions. Reviews can provide you with constructive feedback, new directions, and perhaps that jolt of inspiration to take the next step. Testimonies from last year’s participants included: “great feedback by committed and engaged reviewers”, “informative and inspirational”, “one-of-a-kind, unpretentious, and fun”, “a great place to trade ideas”, “encouraging, helpful, and insightful”, “I got what I was looking for and made connections”, “open minded, honest, and thoughtful”, “it changed me and helps break barriers to the NY art world”.
The reviewers in the June session include:
Michael Foley of Foley GalleryRuben Natal-San Miguel of Artmostfierce Arts BlogAdriana Teresa of Visura magazineScott Thode of VII The MagazineMary Goodwin, Associate Director of Light WorkAdditionally a representative from CPW will be reviewing work at each session.
Please bring:  a portfolio of 10-20 prints for review, resume, and optional artist statement.
Class limit: 12
Tuition: $255 | CPW members: $225
NYC location directions will be sent upon registration confirmation. The reviews will take place from 10:30am-4:30pm.”
To register for the reviews please visit CPW’s website.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

HOT in the CITY!

Ruben Natal- San Miguel


Photographs by Ruben Natal San-Miguel
Co-Curated by: Michael Hoeh & Leah Oates

Pricing begins at $1,400.
Please contact for details.

Euphoria, Curiosity, Ecstasy, Wonder, Enthusiasm, Anxiety, and Exuberance, these all are the emotions of the human spirit. But as image titles for Ruben Natal San-Miguel's portfolio Urban Water: Inner Child, they portray the feelings of a distinctly urban personal view on life in New York City.

Like the photos in Helen Levitt's 1965 iconic photobook, "A Way of Seeing" this portfolio too achieves that rare balance of sentiment without being sentimental, while always maintaining an objective distance. The casual observer of these photos is almost dazzled by their poetry, and can easily miss the harsher realities of inner city urban life masked by the surface warmth and joy. Here individuals play in water from sprinklers to fire hydrants and by doing so slow down for just a moment and become carefree.

In Natal San-Miguel's images people smile, leap and frolic in the water to cool down and to have enjoyment. In many images there is a feeling of intense emotion, joyful color and the exploration of how sun reflects on the figure in water at different times of the day. Artists dating back to the 19th century Impressionist movement derived from Claude Monet’s painting Impression, Sunrise, have long focused their artistic eye on capturing the ever changing colors of water in light. Now, in the 21st century world, Natal San-Miguel continues this tradition with the use of silhouettes and shadow to create magical worlds where water ripples with light underneath changing colors of blue to alternating shades of yellow and green due to the time of day. Many of these photographs exude an emotion of intense happiness and show a different side of the urban jungle, one that is pleasurable, where people relate positively with one another and where straightforward items such as a fire hydrant can be an endless source of community amusement. Natal San-Miguel’s work appeals to our inner child, one that finds beauty and joy in a city environment of hot summer sun and the shimmering water’s light.

- Michael Hoeh


Michael Hoeh, a New York based art collector, is a member of the Guggenheim Photo Acquisition Committee, the IPC Library Committee, and was the Co-Chairman of the Aperture Foundation's 2010 Winter Auction. In the summer of 2010 he organized the critically acclaimed new art photography show, "American ReConstruction" at the Winkleman Gallery in Cheslea. He was recently featured in issues of Art+Auction, and Modern Painters Magazine as one of the "New Guard" of contemporary art collectors. Mr. Hoeh is also the author of the art collecting blog, which is listed by The Metropolitan Museum, The Walker Art Center, and The London Times as a top online resource for contemporary art. He has been widely quoted in the press, including, Art in America, ArtForum, the Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian Magazine, Black & White Magazine, and The Brooklyn Rail about the state of the contemporary art and photography market. Mr. Hoeh has also guest lectured or opened his collection to graduate classes at the SVA, FIT, NYU, UCONN, and The New School.

Leah Oates is the founder of Station Independent Projects, which is a Brooklyn-based freelance curatorial business that organizes exhibitions and events with a focus on artist advocacy and promotion. Station Independent Projects specializes in discovering new emerging and
mid-career artists that are not represented by galleries and organizes shows to connect artists to broader audiences.

Station Independent Projects has organized exhibitions in the New York City area with Asya Geisberg Gallery, The Scope Art Fair, The Bridge Art Fair, Peer Gallery,The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Chashama, Dam Stuhltrager Gallery, Visual Aids, Nuture Art Non-Profit, 111 Front Street Galleries, and The Kauffman Arcade Gallery and in the Chicago area at Randolph Street Gallery, The Peace Museum and The Noyes Cultural Arts Center. Shows by Station Independent have been written about in Fanzine, WNYC, The Brooklyn Rail, Crain's NYC, The Village Voice, ArtSlant, NY Arts Magazine, Chromogram, Heart as Arena, Tribeca Trib, New Art Examiner, Chicago Tribune, and New City.

Leah Oates has an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and is a Fulbright Fellow for study at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a grant from Artists Space in NYC for a curatorial project and two Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs Grants for book projects. As an artist, Oates has had fifteen solo shows and has been in over one hundred group shows around the world and is in the private collections of Julianne Moore, Lise Curry, Cesar Llacuna, Bill Groom, Laurence Asseraf, Natalie Domchencho and Mark Waskow and her works on paper are in many public collections including the National Museum of Women in the Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The British Library, The Walker Art Center Libraries, The Smithsonian Libraries and Franklin Furnace at MoMA.

Product Details:
Urban Water: Inner Child
Euphoria, Anxiety, Ecstasy, Curiosity, Enthusiasm, Euphoria, Wonder, and Exuberance (Fighter)
Photography Portfolio by Ruben Natal-San Miguel
Co-Curated by: Michael Hoeh & Leah Oates
Seven Unique Archival Chromogenic Kodak Prints, Metallic Finish
Edition of 10; six signed with Artists Initials
Each print is sleeved and stored in archival portfolio box

I hope you all are cooling off during this heatwave!
Speaking of cooling off , here is The URBAN WATER : INNER CHILD Portfolio now available for sale @ Finch and Ada before its launching @ ART HAMPTONS 2011 July 7-10 , 2011.
Get yours today!
Number one is already gone . Nine left.
Please contact for more info.
Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

HOPE is now available for sale @ Finch & Ada!

Ruben Natal-San Miguel: HOPE 
New York City will forever bear the marks of that time and place in United States history when the world forever changed. With the alteration of it’s landscape – physically and culturally – familiar sights and landmarks remind us that we must continue to move forward. The future being the fast-paced and complicated equation in the day-to-day, there is ever-present symbols in daily life that fill us with HOPE.

Ruben Natal-San Miguel journeys all-around the streets of New York City – trekking his neighborhood of Harlem or passing the hustle of downtown sidewalks – finding the words and signs of healing and inspiration to move forward as a survivor of the attacks on September 11, 2001. As we fast approach the 10-year anniversary, Natal-San Miguel has captured the message of “HOPE” tattooed on one of many passengers riding the ferry, steering a course near the location of the fatal attacks and in the distance is the Statue of Liberty, the iconic symbol of freedom and independence. This imagery taken by Natal-San Miguel is a quintessential moment for anyone who has faced a trauma. This is a reminder that atonement is all around us and can be delivered even when we are not searching.

Product Details:
Hope, 2001 – 2011, NYC
From the series, A Decade of Insanity/Still Searching for Healing
Edition of 7
16”x20”, full bleed
Signed and dated on verso by artist.
Pricing begins at $600.
Please contact for details.

Happy Summer!
Just to let you all know that one of my latest photographic images ''Hope'' is now available exclusively @ Finch And Ada. Right now it is available only at an edition of 7 and a great 16 x 20 bleed out to the edge with no borders. One is sold already only six left!
Happy Shopping!

Christian Marclay's The Clock Winner of Golden Lion Prize at 2011 Venice Biennale

Christian Marclay's The Clock Winner of Golden Lion Prize at 2011 Venice Biennale