Thursday, December 24, 2009

Feliz Navidad!

There is a lot to be thankful for and wanted to take a moment to wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

I had been very very busy lately working on and for new great things happening in 2010!
Starting the year there is two shows that us truly is curating.

One is for Culture Hall featuring photographers Gina LeVay, Phil Toledano, Matthew Pillsbury and Carlo van Der Roer. This is the January 2010 feature. Thanks David and Tema Stauffer for asking me.

Two is VERSUS @ Hous Projects Opening January 7, 2010 and running till March 8, 2010. This a monster show with some of the most talented photographers of this time, who I love to collect their work and whose photographs are making a mark and are very influential in the current history of Contemporary Photography. Special thanks to Elizabeth Houston and John Housman for the oportunity!

I can stop pinching myself of how fortunate Am of this opportunity of showing all these amazing work and artists. During the 2 month show duration, they will be artists talks and book signings so, stay tuned for more info,Please read the kind words from Brian Ulrich, one of the VERSUS artists wrote about me and the show.
Thank you Brian!

Also , following the opening of VERSUS , VISUAL AIDS, Postcards From The EDGE, January 8-10, 2010. I donated a photograph of my own ...go and get it! I also always volunteered for the event so if you see me , say hello! It is a great cause!

For only $75.00 you get a one of the kind original piece of art and if you are good at guessing and know artists signature work you might go home with a good trophy!

Gia the Cat and I wish you all a Feliz Navidad, Buon Natale Merry Christmas
Happy Holidays! Thank you for all your support!

Best wishes & lots of love,
Ruben and Gia the Cat

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Giftland X @Printed Matter...I found a nice treat for myself

Thurman, Kyle
Untitled (Sunset/Palm)
[Giftland X : Happy House]
New York, NY: K. Thurman. 2009
Synopsis: framed print

Category: Artwork
Dimensions (Height x Width x Depth): 28.5 x 23.5 x 4 cm.
Process: photographic process
Color: color
Edition 5
Signed: Signed and Numbered
Price Info: $50.00

Feeling a bit sorry for myself for spending the holidays working and much so of it alone, I decided to take a little spin through Chelsea Gallery District and went back to Printed Matter who now, has a wonderful curated show called Giftland X with all kinds of art goodies. I found and bought this pretty cool photograph by Kyle Thurman a very cool upside down Palm Tree (missing Miami and its weather already)and I just had to have it. At only an edition of five and framed for only $50.00 and get yours they are only 4 left. Ah... and don't look for the 1/ is already smoking hot on display in my kitchen/dining area.

Shop Giftland X : Happy House for specially-commissioned artist editions, as seen in The New York Times and Artnet. In celebration, all items that are part of Giftland will be 10% off during the party!

New titles that make perfect gifts continue to arrive daily, including the exciting new survey of serial artist publications, In Numbers. Please contact the store by phone regarding the availability of last minute order shipping at 212-925-0325. Printed Matter will be open for shopping until 6pm on Wednesday, December 23. As a reminder, Printed Matter will be open extra holiday hours on Sunday, December 20, 12-5 PM.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

VERSUS- Opening January 7, 2010-save the date- @ Hous Projects SoHo, NYC

Photo-Penelope by Eric Ogden

This is such a curatorial dream for me and a way to start the New Year with a bang!
A Monster show!

VERSUS- Opening january 7th @ Hous Projects, 31 Howard Street in SoHo, NYC.

Mickalene Thomas
Brian Ulrich
Cara Phillips
Zoe Strauss
Hank Willis Thomas
Matthew Pillsbury
Amy Elkins
Molly Landreth
Eric Ogden
Alex Leme
Kris Graves
Jen Davis
Gina LeVay
Phil Toledano
Ruben Natal-SanMiguel
Michael Wolf
Elizabeth Fleming
Nadine Rovner.

Save the date!

Curated by Ruben Natal-San Miguel
More details coming up!
Stay tuned!

Jen Bekman at it again with Starn Brothers @ 20x200!

One of the two images for 20x200 Structure of Thought 6a last year by the Starn Brothers

OK everybody set your clocks and alarms for Today, December 17, 2009 at noon!
Get your plastic ready...yes Jen Bekman is at it again with... 20x200 =THE STARN BROTHERS!!!
TIME TO SPLURGE FOLKS...this is a guaranteed fast sell out !
Get busy!
Last year the prints were gorgeous!
was very lucky to get them because like Speedy Gonzalez, I was on the case!
I heard it through the grapevine that the ones this year as just or even more beautiful so get on it !
You snooze loose!

The most important thing for collectors to know is that they should be on the mailing list (sidenote: it's also easy to unsubscribe). We'll send the newsletter out at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow and then release the edition (or what's left of it) to everyone else at 12 noon. Collectors can sign up here:

More details here:

20x200 | it's art for everyone.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

More ARTmostfierce Affordable Print Pick of the Week-Another Good Holiday Sale! Ho ho ho!

Photos by Ben Alper
Hannah In The Kitchen, 2008
10" x 12.5" image on 11" x 14" paper
Archival Inkjet Print
Edition of 10

Mom Wrapped In Afghan, 2008
10" x 12.5" image on 11" x 14" paper
Archival Inkjet Print
Edition of 10

It is the most wonderful time of the year to give so, here is another great print sale. This is coming from Photographer Ben Alper
Here it is folks!
Shop, shop!

Family Dig Print Sale!

In an effort to fund the production of a few upcoming projects, I am offering six images from my series The Family Dig as affordable, limited edition prints. Your support would go a long way toward defraying the inevitable and expensive costs involved with creating new work.

Edition Details

All images will be printed at the following dimensions and edition sizes:

10" x 12.5" image on 11" x 14" Archival Inkjet Paper, edition of 10

All prints are reasonably priced at $50 regardless of edition number. Additionally, each photograph will be signed and numbered accordingly. For those of you interested in purchasing more than one print, I am offering a "bulk price" for sales of two or more.

2 prints = $90
3 prints = $130
4 prints = $170

To purchase editions, please contact me at with your image choice/s. Your support is greatly appreciated!
See the rest of the images for sale here:

Sunday, December 13, 2009

ARTmostfierce Affordable Print Pick of the Week

All photos by Terry Girard from the ICELAND series

Well with the Holidays around the corner, I think, it is time to get some affordable art for the loves ones . Perhaps is the best way to end 2009 and begin the New Year 2010 , starting a new art collection!

ARTmostfierce Affordable Art Print of the Week, comes from +Kris Graves Projects, the ICELAND photography series of Terry Girard . I had seeen the whole series and they are worth getting a few if not, the whole portfolio. Deck the halls and your walls!

photographs by TERRY GIRARD

11x14" archival pigment prints
limited edition of 12

$100 ea. for the first 6 of an edition
buy 4, get 1 complimentary
full set of 20, $1500

Please contact Kris Graves Projects to see the whole set of 20 prints!

Saturday, December 12, 2009


©Amy Elkins from the series Black is the Day, Black is the Night

If you are located or are visiting California please go and see this show and do tell me all about it. My dear friend and one of my favorite photographer/artist Amy Elkins is part of this show so, you know it is a good one!
Go and see it!

Congratulations Amy!


—adjective, longing for another place, another person, another time
—noun, a group art exhibition in Oxnard, California this December 2009

Featuring fifteen international artists, Homesick debuts at Carnegie Art Museum December 12. Through mixed media including prints on paper, oil paintings, video installation, photography and sculpture, the show is an exploration of Homesick portrayed through images of wet landscapes, racing automobiles, grandmothers, track housing, meditative abstract illustration, stickers, and domestic housework.

Artists include Dennis McLeod whose line and drip ink works on paper were most recently shown in the exhibition "Rembrandt to Thiebaud: A decade of collecting works on paper" at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco; Amy Elkins whose photography has been exhibited internationally from Kunsthalle wien in Vienna, Austria to The PIP International Photo Festival in Pingyao, China as well as a solo show at Yancey Richardson Gallery last year called "Wallflower"; Derick Melander whose sculptures have been exhibited in numerous NYC museums and galleries, with most recent projects being a community event with CENYC utilizing 3,615 pounds of clothing and a solo show at Vox Populi in Philadelphia, PA; Anthony Zepeda, a former Master Printmaker at Gemini G.E.L., whose prints have been exhibited around the world from Brazil to Thailand; and Livia Corona with her work, "Two Million Homes for Mexico" for which she was awarded a Fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

The show is curated by New York City based photographer Joaquin Trujillo who, originally a native of Los Angeles, also calls Zacatecas, Mexico home. His body of work "Los Ninos" has been shown by Rose Gallery at Paris Photo, Art Maimi and The Armory. He is half of the collaborative team Trujillo-Paumier that works editorially and commercially creating bodies of work that include "Hot Cakes" which belongs to the Weisman Art Foundation Collections.

Carnegie Art Museum is located at 424 South C Street in Oxnard, California. The opening public reception is from 4 to 7 pm on Saturday, December 12. The show runs through December to February 21.

For more information, please go to:

Friday, December 11, 2009

Here is something to start 2010 with a bang!

Photos below in order:
Thomas Allen
Peter Kayafas
Yola Monakhov
Margaret M. De Lange
Thomas Holton

Now here we have it. This is coming from two great NYC galleristas, Sasha Wolf and Michael Foley. Learn how really is done and get an exposure of gallery, learning, showing and dealing what is like in the real art business world.

Here is some info and, I suggest that you get your feet wet with these two art experts and enjoy the ride!

The Exhibition Lab is now accepting applications for their upcoming 2010 master class.

The Exhibition Lab offers the unique opportunity for photographers to work directly with two New York City gallery owners, creating new work to be curated in two concurrent group exhibitions.

This new initiative will provide an opportunity for emerging photographers to have their work seen, recognized and developed by two deeply committed advocates for photography and the creative process.

Application is by interview and portfolio review only. Upon acceptance, you will continue to develop your work with the guidance of gallery owners Michael Foley and Sasha Wolf. A total of 14 photographers will be selected to participate.

From January to June you will meet 6 times with Michael and Sasha at one of their two galleries for 3 hours under a rigorous group critique session. This will not be for the faint of heart. In addition, you will have 2 one-on-one sessions with them for approximately 45 minutes.

In June, a final edit will be made and each photographer will then have the opportunity to exhibit their work in one of the galleries during the month of July and August 2010.

This is the first year for The Exhibition Lab. We invite you to contact us, find out more details and share any questions you might have for us. We will be having two open houses in January, which will give you a chance to meet us and see the galleries. This is a unique opportunity to share the experience of working together, receive guidance and feedback, enjoy a growing community and gain recognition and support to ensure a dynamic experience for everyone.

We invite photographers from all disciplines to apply. You must be able to attend the critique meetings in person. Please contact us to receive dates for the open houses, seminar schedule and pricing structure.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Such an Inspiration

Rosa de la Cruz, Miami Art Collector

One of the best and greatest highlights during Miami Art Basel , was the pleasure of meeting and having a conversation using my native language with Rosa de la Cruz, A Miami Force of Nature, Art Collector during the opening of her brand new De La Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space.

From the minute I walked into this amazing space, I felt her presence and surely enough, saw this petite but, strong presence reining above the offices designed to look into the main lobby.Immediately, I knew it was her.

This is a great new destination in Miami to visit so while down there , where the weather , the food and the coffee almost made me stay, make sure you visit this collection. They have among many great things works by Ana Mendieta and Felix Gonzalez- Torres.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

ARTmostfierce Affordable Art Pick of the Week

Hello everybody!

Still down in South Beach, Miami recovering from Baselmania!
Actually is quite relaxing and beautiful and even though, I had been working by the pool in a new project (more about it soon).

From Ligorano & Resse here comes a great find and perfect holiday present.

It’s hard to top the F**K snow globe, but this does. The latest edition is as much a shrewd commentary on our times as it is a technical and stylistic breakthrough. Everyone’s favorite sins are here.

These seven, multi-colored, exquisite pieces raise the art of snow globes to new heights, blending the latest digital techniques with the kind of conceptual twists we’re known for. It has integrated computerized laser cutting with an exacting commitment to craft. Even Dante would be proud.

And they’re available a la carte, $100/each. Order them online - we’ll ship them out right away. Order now.

Dimensions: 5 1/2 inches high, 3 3/4 inch wood base, 4 inch glass globe.

Or you can get this one below at a new recession price!

This is the snow globe that launched Edgygifts.

Since its introduction in 2004, it's been our best selling item by far.

We've literally sold 100s - originally available from PureProductsUSA and the New Museum store, it's now available here.

Dimensions: 5 1/2 inches high, 4 inch glass globe, 3 3/4 inch plastic base.

Special recession price. $60.00

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Miami Art Basel...Round 1

Yinka Shonibare

This horse was trying to tell me something...I might have to parade myself in swimming trunks in front and see what happens...ha ha!
Ok... a lot of text going on !
Jack Pierson
Doug Aiken says NOW
Nick Cave

I really desired this booth installation at Basel

Another lounge area

Michael MAOLounging in a Ron Arad chair

The crowd at the Art Basel Press opening
The Usual Suspects...
Oh, I think I know these three characters - Michael -MAO- Paddy Johnson-Art Fag City and Ruben Natal-San Miguel ARTmostfierce...blogosphere having a cocktail and catching up

One of the many cool lounge areas

Well Folks, I am here blogging by the pool ...pretty Fab so far. I went already to the press reception for Art Basel and the champagne and food was flowing for a bit, then to tour the exhibit. There is some really strong gallery booths, among them Rhona Hoffman , Jack Shainman and Lehmann Maupin were among my favorites. Here are some photos before I head over the Vernissage reception at Art Basel. More later on the burn out art tour.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December 1, World AIDS Day

Gia Carangi, 1960-1986-Supermodel, Lesbian and one of the first women reported dead from AIDS

December 1 is always a day to remember all the ones lost to the AIDS epidemic. It is not over so, take a minute today to think about all the lives lost and how lucky you are to be healthy and alive. Friends, lovers, spouses, fathers, mothers and yes children had succumbed to this horrible disease. AIDS right now is the number one cause of death of Women Worldwide. I lost some dear friends, one of my best teachers and childhood girlfriend among many. It is also considered a Day Without Art due to the fact that the Art Community was highly affected by it. Be safe, healthy and find Real Love in the process.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Gone Fishing...!

Ruben Natal-San Miguel

Well folks, it is that time of the year and one of my favorite for several reasons:

2. Is that I am lucky enough to be showing my work @ + Kris Graves Projects , AQUA Art Fair (nervous but very, very excited!)

3. The chance to see great works ,catch up and socialize with friends and colleagues from the art business.

4. The weather, the real coffee, food, the warm smiles, the hot bodies, the sensuality that Miami offers.

5. A Swimming Pool and the Ocean...Yes!

6. December 6, 2009 birthday !

Blooging will be very light during Dec 1-10. Looking forward laying on that beach chair in front of the Atlantic Ocean by the Delano Hotel (shown above)...Ah...yes, let ''La Vida Loca'' begin!

ARTmostfierce Affordable Print Pick of the Week

Photos by Ryan Pfluger

Yes folks , right before I board that plane for Miami, here is a great sale!
Photographer Ryan Pfluger is having a great holiday print sale . At only edition of 10 for the images shown above are only $65.00!!!

Ryan Pfluger was part of the UNSEEN show I just curated and his 11 x 14 prints were $1,200.00 so, you have an idea of the quick bargain you are getting . They will go fast!

So hurry up , after all today is Cyber Monday and shop!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Brooke Shields by Francesco Scavullo, 1984 Vanity Fair
Yes, I always loved this cover!

It has been a rough year but, there is still a lot to be thankful for. I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving Holiday with your loved ones , family, friends and pets!

H A P P Y T H A N K S G I V I N G !

Best wishes,

Thursday, November 19, 2009

A few words with Gina LeVay about Sandhogs

Photographer-Gina LeVay

Gina LeVay- Courtesy of the artist

Tomorrow 11/20/09 at The Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn, DUMBO, photographer Gina LeVay unveils her new book tilted Sandhogs published by Powerhouse Books. I am totally fascinated by this Photo - documentary work series and decided to ask Gina a few questions about it.
Gina LeVay- Courtesy of the artist

Ruben Natal-San Miguel- Gina lets start by asking you a very simple question. What is a Sandhog? Is this type of work being done only in NYC? Please explain

Gina LeVay-Sandhogs are miners who are 800 feet below the streets of Manhattan, tunneling bedrock to create the largest
capital project in NYC’s history–the 60 mile long City Water Tunnel #3. The future of Gotham depends on the
efforts of these unseen miners. This new water channel will supplement the two existing, decrepit tunnels and
prevent a catastrophic water shortage in the city. Their imminent completion of the tunnel will ensure that fresh, clean water continues to flow to every resident of the city. Excavation of CWT#3 began in 1970.
Gina LeVay-Courtesy of the artist

RNSM- What got you interested in documenting this type work occupation? Why?

GL-After the infamous blackout of 2003, I began thinking about the infra-structure of the city and wanted to explore. When I found out about Sandhogs and the water tunnel, I was completed shocked that after 9 years of living in the city I had no idea that they existed or this massive excavation was happening below our feet. This simultaneity of their underground reality and my above-ground city life inspired me to explore and embrace the city for what it is–a living, interrelated structural body.

Gina LeVay
CWT #3, 2004

from the "Sandhog Project" on display at Grand Central Terminal, 01.08 - 01.14.2006
Signed, dated, and numbered, verso
Digital C-print
30 x 40 inches
(Edition of 15)
20 x 24 inches
(Edition of 15)
16 x 20 inches
(Edition of 50)

RNSM-What do you expect (reaction) from the public by publishing your book? Your intention?

GL-Throughout the five and half years of creating this project, my
goal has been to introduce the pubic to this vibrant and intricate subculture by bringing the rich and unique
imagery to the surface. I endeavor to ask the public to reflect on their daily experiences–what is our role in and relationship to the city?

Gina LeVay- Hog House- Courtesy of the artist

RNSM- Your Exhibition at grand Central Terminal was in 2006...what was the public reaction then to the large scale Sandhogs photo and video installation?

GL-This public installation received a variety of press (including features on NPR, NY Post,
Fox, ABC7, WB11, Associated Press,) as well as thousands of visitors daily from around the globe. The guest book we had there quickly became full with the public excitement and gratitude for the work.
They were amazed at this mammoth engineering marvel and the enduring spirit of the sandhogs. Most of them told me they felt proud to be a part of NYC!

Gina LeVay -Exhibit- installation at Grand Central Station, NYC, January 2006
All images courtesy of the artist

RNSM- The Sandhog work is a very high risk and dangerous job isn't it? Where you exposed to any danger while working of his project?

GL-Yes, it is dangerous and there's a daunting saying in the business, " a man a mile". For each mile tunneled, approximately one Sandhog has lost his life in a mining related accident. I never felt in danger when I was down there.
The sandhogs always looked out for me and I trusted their instincts and advice while down there working...

Gina LeVay -Courtesy of Clampart Gallery
Drill and Blast, 2004
from the "Sandhog Project" on display at Grand Central Terminal, 01.08 - 01.14.2006
Signed, dated, and numbered, verso
Digital C-print
30 x 40 inches
(Edition of 15)
20 x 24 inches
(Edition of 15)
16 x 20 inches
(Edition of 50)

RNSM- Do you think that this type of work, if it is abundant and there is a strong demand for it, will help or provide enough jobs to help the economy of a city?

GL-Yes, I do. Although the sandhogs are pretty much done working on the Third Water Tunnel, they are quite busy with other underground projects for the modernization of the city, such as the East Side Access, Second Ave and 7 line extension subway.

Gina LeVay
Untitled 9, 2005

from the "Sandhog Project" on display at Grand Central Terminal,
01.08 - 01.14.2006
Signed, dated, and numbered, verso
Digital C-print
40 x 30 inches
(Edition of 15)
24 x 20 inches
(Edition of 15)
20 x 16 inches
(Edition of 50)

RNSM- What is the awareness that your book is trying to raise regarding this profession or can it be consider also a way of life ?

GL-I think the sandhogs would answer that it's not a job, it's a way of life. Sure my work has raised awareness about their trade, but ultimately the hogs are not looking for praise or attention. They do it because they want to do it– Sandhoging has strong generational fibers, dedication and pride.

Photo- Gina LeVay- Courtesy of the artist

RNSM- At this present time...what kind of new project are you working or involved ? Can you tell us?

GL-Sure, but only a little as it's still in development...I'm working on a project about young military widows of American soldiers who have died in the Iraq and Afghan wars....

Photographer Gina LeVay and the Sandhogs

RNSM- Thanks Gina and congratulations !