Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Domesticated By Amy Stein @ Clampart Gallery -Show Review

Roman Candle by Amy Stein courtesy of the artist and Clampart Gallery

Amy Stein- Domesticated

Every so often , during the six or eleven o’clock local and national news, we hear and see a fox being spotted in Central Park, NYC., or Bears going through the trash in the near Westchester County , even opening doors into houses looking for food, Alligators swimming , sunning in a pool in a Miami , Fla home, and even boa constrictor coming out of a toilet in Brooklyn, NYC . All these out of the blue scenarios happening randomly here and nationwide come to mind, while looking at Amy Stein's Domesticated series.

The real question is who is invading who? Who is the one doing the trespassing? Who is the real perpetrator? Who is the menacing creature? Who is crossing the environmental boundaries established by humans or by the animals? The animals ? or it can maybe the humans?

Is the suburbanization and the constant invasion by humans into nature, to create, more housing and industrialization in areas populated and dominated by all these animal species, creating a social conflict between humans and animals? Are they now retaliating and invading us because we had been destroying their ecosystems?

All these questions come to mind as, I leave NYC in a train ride to Boston and see the city landscape disappear and go though a lot of wooded areas along the road where, most of these critters call home for the time being. It is not kind of hard to tell that,with all the construction and the constant chopping of vegetation and trees how they might have to migrate and the animals looking for food and new living environment will end up in someones backyard or just right in front of you, staring right into your eyes.

All these facts and questions , conflict created are present in the Domesticated series.

Amy Stein Domesticated series are based on real stories of human and animal encounters or interactions in and around the thew small town of Matamoras, Pennsylvania.The stories is based and created on Amy ‘s conversations told by its residents.

has mastered recreating the photographic scenarios with a subtle and quite disturbing brilliance. The photos regardless the subject are created with great printing quality.In most cases the photographs from far away look like great and rather painterly landscapes, next door looking homes and urban looking settings and they are in so many was but, then there is the encounter or challenge between humans and animals.One of my favorites of the show is Roman Candle (shown above), where two adolescents get ready to attack a cornered raccoon. The taxidermy raccoon eyes almost come alive and stare right at you. The staging of it, it is just brilliant.

In addition of being a photographer, Amy is a professor and by saying this, she is teaching us a lesson with Domesticated... The animals deserve respect and in some cases, the space that we have been appropriating from them over the years. Go and see this show and you will learn your lesson.

As I almost finish writing this review, my cat Gia just jumped on my laptop almost erasing most of this review because, I was not paying her attention and feeding her on time...I think, I just had a Domesticated moment...

Monday, September 28, 2009

Joel Meyerowitz - LEGACY @ Aperture Foundation 9/29/09

Don't miss it!
Tomorrow September 29, 2008

Join master photographer Joel Meyerowitz for a talk on his work documenting the hidden pockets of nature that still exist within the urban environs of the city for the publication of Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks. This compelling body of work is the result of a unique commission Meyerowitz received from the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to document, interpret, and celebrate the least developed areas within one of the city’s greatest legacies: the twenty-nine thousand acres of parks in the five boroughs. An exhibition of this series will be on view at the Museum of the City of New York, October 9, 2009 though March 7, 2010.

Legacy is now available through Aperture!


Joel Meyerowitz
Artist talk and book signing
Tuesday, September 29, 6:30 pm
Aperture Gallery
547 W 27th Street
New York
(212) 505-5555

Friday, September 25, 2009

Fall Forward Fiesta - la casa di Sara Tecchia- Bravissimo!

Gallerista and Hostess,Sara Tecchia working the camera and photo crew, Lights, Camera...Action!

Writer and Editor, Robert Ayers holding court

Karen and Conor Risch, Features Editor for PDN

Sara and her mom talking to party guests .

Photographer and Fall Forward show artist, Christa Parravani

Conor Rish Features Editor from PDN, Karen his wife and Kris Graves from +Kris Graves Projects

Kris Graves, Sara Tecchia and Photographer Christa Parravani

Photographer Sebastian Denz, Painter Mathias Koester and artist David Fried

The party patrol crowd

Oh yeah - Artist/painter Jasper and Ruben Natal- San Miguel

Last night after a great opening reception at Sara Tecchia Roma New York Gallery , a great group show with amazing new works from Christa Parravani and Sebastian Denz among the several artists featured in the show(a must see and must own). Then off to the Lower East Side to see Slava Mogutin's Food Chain ( very interesting curated show) and after some tasty dumplings at Vanessa's ( we love high and low!) me and Kris Graves from + Kris Graves Projects Gallery, went to la casa di Sara Tecchia for the Fall Forward reception...and a real fiesta it was!

Great crowd , great food oh...and great Bellini's that are still spinning in my head. Sara is always the perfect host and television crews and camera's were catching every single moment on film. A true and real Sex and the City night for me and all who attended. Then again Sara, is the real deal ...Gracie Sara...Bravissimo!

Glamour Girl...Sara!

Special thanks also to Photographer Sebastian Denz for giving me a signed copy of his brand new book Skateboarding.3D. The book will be released in the United States next month by Prestel

This photos are by Ruben Natal-San Miguel and by no means are to be copied , used or distributed!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Gagosian hits the retail world!

Jeff Koons's 1998 "Puppy Vase" (shown with flowers)

The new Larry Gagosian retail store at the corner of Madison Avenue and 77th Street is a dream where Art and Commerce have no shame or make any apologies. Featuring the work, limited editions and book of most artists from the Gagosian empire, this venture once again sets him apart and ahead from other galleries, institutions and any other art related business.

One of the items for sale is Jeff Koons, Puppy Vase, 1998 featured here in the photo. I remember not too long ago, I had a chance to purchase one for only $550.00 a couple of years later and at a edition of 3,000.00, it will cost you a mere $7.500.00. I knew it but, was always concerned since it is made out of porcelain, about cracks or chipping it. Oh well next time, I will take that chance!

Please read more about Gagosian here form

Monday, September 21, 2009

Christie's Auction Preview Event Young Collectors Cocktails & After Party Tonight 9/21/09

In every auction there is always a piece that, I would really like to own...Well this Marilyn Minter photograph would make a nice B-day or Christmas present. Make a note, they both happen in December! Love it! Edition of only 5 , estimated between $18,000.00-$20,000.00

Rob Wynne- Oops!

Collector Cesar Llacuna posing in front of a Gerhard Ritcher photograph

Guests admiring a Keith Haring sculpture
The crowd admiring the art up for auction on display and sipping tasty cocktails

Great collection of works up for auction at Christie's First Open sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art. Tonight was the preview event for Young Collectors .

The quality ,range of works and great estimates will most likely guarantee a successful auction.Special thanks to Manish Vora and Artlog for the cordial invitation to the event.

Here is more information about it.

Join Artlog & theChristie’s Post War and Contemporary Art Specialists for a private event featuring free cocktails and a chance to meet other young collectors previewing the Christie’s First Open sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art. The sale offers an array of exciting paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. Presenting the opportunity to enhance an existing collection or start one anew, First Open kicks off the category’s fall season with works by some of the most sought after artists working today as well as a selection of works by Post-War masters. The sale will feature works by Andy Warhol, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, Lawrence Weiner, Kiki Smith, and Gavin Turk, among others.

Leading the sale is Flowers by Andy Warhol, dated 1964 (estimate: $500,000-700,000). T Among the contemporary works being offered is Kerry James Marshall’s Terra Incognita, 1991 (estimate: $300,000-400,000). The selection of sculpture also includes Kiki Smith’s Small Deer, 2001 (estimate: $12,000-18,000) and Brillo 5, 2003 by Gavin Turk (estimate: $20,000-30,000). Additional highlights include a work on paper by Sam Francis, Untitled, 1974 (estimate: $10,000-15,000), a cibachrome print by Gerhard Richter Guildenstern, 1998 (estimate: $7,000-9,000) and a painting by Richard Anuszkiewicz, Soft Yellow, 1976 (estimate: $8,000-12,000). The First Open will also include works by Keith Haring, Mona Hatoum, Takashi Murakami, and Guyton Walker among others.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

David DiMichelle-Pseudodocumentation @ Randall Scott Gallery

Pseudodocumentation: Hose Drawing
Lightjet print
42 x 55 inches

© David DiMichele

Pseudodocumentation: Lightrods, 2008
Lightjet print
40 x 65 inches

This is a great show worth seeing!
The photographs are greatly executed and possess such beautiful quality. A very intricate and creative process with great visual results. The photographs are quite monumental in size and in this case it justifies the effort. Please go to DUMBO and see it.

The Randall Scott Gallery is pleased to present our September exhibition; A two person exhibition by David DiMichele: Pseudodocumentation and Chris Anthony: Stages from September 10th-October 17th 2009. Also on exhibition in our Project Room: new photographs by Lara Jo Regan.

Los Angeles based artist David DiMichele creates the fantastic. His environments follow contemporary trend to construct the monumental, to surround the viewer with visual stimulus. His work however is assembled, not in the cavernous halls and galleries of museums and art centers, but on a table in his studio.

DiMichele builds his environments as finely detailed dioramas and then he photographs them. His “pseudodocumentary” photographs comment on the way we see and experience the monumental art that it pays homage to. Not often can the public experience the physical sense of an enormous installation. Most commonly, we see the work through a reproduction or website. Working in this manner, DiMichele can take the “installation shot” much further. Controlling light, angle and composition. And heighten the experience.

ARTmostfierce Affordable Print Pick of the Week

Photo-Justine Reyes-Still Home, 2009

ARTmostfierce Affordable Print Pick of the Week goes to Justine Reyes, Fall 2009 LIMITED Series by +Kris Graves Projects Gallery from DUMBO, Brooklyn , NYC. Yes... I know we are a bit ahead of the curve but, that is how we like it here ... very fast and very furious!!!

So you can Pre-order the prints ahead before they are released . Kris Graves and Gravelle Pierre, gallery directors will be more than happy to take your order!
I just saw the prints this week and the quality, theme, size and pricing like Justine's, Justify a purchase and addition to your collection!

At very very affordable starting prices this is a most definitely an ARTmostfierce pick!

Happy Shopping~!

+Kris Graves Projects will be launching a limited edition print project entitled LIMITED. This project will include 10 artists yearly, 5 per season (Fall season and Spring season). The works will all be ''16 x 20'' traditional c-prints and digital-c prints, edition of 40.

The FALL 2009 SERIES artists will include photographs by Anna Collette, Sergio Fernandez, Greg Miller, Justine Reyes and Jo Ann Walters.

Listed below is the pricing of the print editions(not including taxes); Prices are based on an escalating price structure, so the sooner you get yours, the better:
Print 1-10: $100
Print 11-20: $150
Print 21-30: $200
Print 31-40: $250

Sets of all 5 artists per season will be available. You may pre-order only the full set before the street date at a price of $500 after taxes. Please visit the website for more information and to see the works from the first series.

Kris Graves, director
Gravelle Pierre, director
+ Kris Graves Projects
111 Front St. - Gallery 224, Brooklyn, NY

On the Scene: Jason Lazarus, Wolfgang Plöger, Zoe Strauss @ The Art Institute of Chicago

Mattress Flip by Zoe Strauss

It is my pleasure to let you all know that our dear ''La Divina '' Zoe Strauss, currently doing an artists residence in Spain, is also part of this great exhibition titled On The Scene at the Art Institute of Chicago!

If you happen to be in the Windy City seeing this show, should be on top of your agenda.
Don't miss it!

On the Scene: Jason Lazarus, Wolfgang Plöger, Zoe Strauss
September 19, 2009–January 24, 2010
Gallery 188
Overview: The Art Institute of Chicago is committed to collecting and exhibiting the most dynamic new work by emerging artists. On the Scene: Jason Lazarus, Wolfgang Plöger, Zoe Strauss is the third in a series of exhibitions presented by the Department of Photography, each of which explores the diverse range of art being produced today. This show brings together the work of Lazarus (born 1975), Plöger (born 1972), and Strauss (born 1970), including some of the department’s recent acquisitions.

11/12, 6-7 p.m. Price Auditorium Free
Artist Zoe Strauss discusses her work now on view in the exhibition On the Scene.

Photographer Zoe Strauss is represented in New York City by The Bruce Silverstein Gallery.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

FALL FORWARD 9/25/09 @ Sara Tecchia Roma New York Gallery

Steinar Jakobsen

Oil on aluminum
29.5 x 35 inches

Christa Parravani

Before the Fall of Night, They Finished
40 x 50 inches

Christa Parravani

The Veil of Common Courage Breaks the Rocks
40 x 50 inches
Our Red Hair Gallerista Sara Tecchia is back with a vengance to the gallery scene with Fall Forward opening September 25, 2009.

Don't miss it!

Exhibit: Fall Forward

Group Show featuring:

Corey Arnold
Robert Brinker
Sebastian Denz
David Fried
Ludovica Gioscia
Steinar Jakobsen
Matthias Koester
Elena Monzo
Christa Parravani
Roger Ricco
Duston Spear
Karina Wisniewska

September 24, 2009 – Nov 7, 2009
Reception: Thursday, September 24, 6–8pm

Sara Tecchia Roma New York is excited to kick off the fall season with Fall Forward, a group show featuring painting, photography, and sculpture by the gallery's artists. The exhibit opens September 24th and will run through November 7th. A reception for the artists will be held on Thursday, September 24th from 6 – 8 pm.

During these past summer months, our artists have been hard at work taking part in or preparing for various shows and projects in both the US and Europe. Here's a sneak preview with more to come. Christa Parravani is currently part of A River Runs Through Me a group show featuring the photography of Alec Soth, Barbara Bosworth and Elijah Gowin curated by Ariel Shanberg, at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, MA. On September 26 photographer Corey Arnold will be featured in, NOW: Art of the 21st Century, at the Philips de Pury and Co., Group Auction in London, England. Photographer Sebastian Denz's awaited monograph Skateboarding.3D published by Prestel Verlag will be released in Europe on September 14th and in the US in October (date TBA). Mixed media artist, Ludovica Gioscia has two upcoming solo exhibitions: Mikado at the Siobhan Davies Dance Studios in London, England, and Beheaded Monarchs at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The show opens on Ocotber 17th. Painter Duston Spear is part of Twenty Year Invitational and Benefit at The Contemporary Art Gallery at Scared Heart University New Fairfield, CT.

As we near the season of harvest, we have asked our artists to gather in New York and indulge us with a preview of the fruits of their labor. Fall Forward offers the opportunity to come together at the gallery and participate in a discourse on the artists' individual progress as well as celebrate the arrival of a new art season.

SARA TECCHIA ROMA NEW YORK is located at 529 West 20th Street, between Tenth Avenue and Eleventh Avenue. The gallery is on the second floor. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm. For more information, contact 212-741-2900, or visit

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Looking for SINGULAR BEAUTY in Boston

Photo by Cara Phillips from the Singular Beauty series

Today, heading to Boston for 3 important reasons

1. To go, provide support and see Cara Phillips Solo show!

Singular Beauty

Curated by James Hull

Suffolk University Art Museum at NESAD

Opening Reception September 17th, 6-8:30pm

75 Arlington St, Boston MA

2. To see 3 old of my old college friends. We go way back , I really miss them and also my dear friend Dean. We all are going to meet at Cara's opening reception...sweet!

3. To re-charge, remember good memories of my very charmed life in Boston and strive for more when, I get back to Manhattan.

Short and sweet trips always do good for me. If you are in Boston and would like to meet me, I will be there but, not for long.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Steve Miller-ROOTS @ Robin Rice Gallery 9/16/09

Steve Miller, Banjo
Don't miss it!
See you there!

The Robin Rice Gallery announces "Roots", a solo exhibition of 14 digital X-ray images by artist and photographer Steve Miller. The opening reception will be held on September 16th, 2009. The show runs through October 25th.

While all photography arrests motion, it is only the X-ray that allows us to climb inside a particular moment and subject and parse the structure of its beauty from within. Steve Miller’s X-ray photographs, 13 black and white carbon on cotton prints and 1 glass plate mounted on steel, do the trick. Miller’s work lifts the lid off a hidden domain, revealing the stilled and remarkable innards of things we pass by every day.

Orchid bulbs perch on lacy roots, music thrums from a plucked string, a foot punches a ball into the air. Miller removes plants, musical instruments, and soccer balls from their usual context and fixes them under the omniscient, scrutinizing eye of the digital X-ray. The inner world rises to the outer. Smoky, ethereal tulips bend, mid-wilt; seeds nestle within nearly invisible pods; the guitar’s translucent body rests in its case, snug as if in an ancient sarcophagus. Miller distills all action, feeling, and process so that only the essential remains, and in carefully rendered black, white, and film-noir gray, the essential is both clinical and glamorous.

What was hidden is now revealed, and the empty space within his subjects speaks to their potential fullness. At the same time, that new vision brings with it an unsettling awareness of our own inner workings, our fundamental material essence, and ultimately, our human susceptibility to the processes of time.

In the past 25 years, Steve Miller has presented 31 solo exhibitions at major institutions in the United States, China, France, and Germany. His exhibitions have been reviewed in Le Monde, Süddeutsche Zeitung, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, ArtForum, ARTnews, and Art in America. Miller was one of the first artists to experiment with computers in the early 1980’s, and his work today continues to integrate science and technology with fine art. This is his first solo show of photography. To view exhibition, please visit

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Lucky YOU, Lucky ME

Tracey Baran (American, b. 1975)

Club Valentine, 2003



Doing your homework ALWAYS pays off. After seeing Tracey Baran Show last Saturday, I really became and made everybody around me obsessed with her photographic work.

Collecting photography and getting work from an artist that died at such a early age like Tracey is very, very hard. I saw the price list at the gallery and also knew that the edition are only of 5 and most of it, it is sold out and its current pricing (well deserved and so worth it) it is going up by the minute.

Well... my dear collector friend and photo editor Cesar Llacuna got an earful from me after seeing the show and, he set the wheels in motion and managed to get for him and ME the very last two edition prints that Tracey did a while back for a very very affordable price! Special thanks to Cesar, and Sara Miller,Membership and Fine Print Coordinator
Museum of Contemporary Photography @ MoCP, Chicago

One of the coolest thing about this image is that you can see Tracey shadow taking the photo .
As time goes on, I will try to get more of her work but, right now, I feel like a very lucky guy!
If anybody know where else, I can find more of her work, please send me an e-mail.

Tracey Baran creates visual journals, using color photography to record and

refine her experiences into images that reference fundamental themes such as

love, death, and regeneration. Baran works in an intuitive manner, making

spontaneous pictures that evidence an insistent process of visual discovery.

During the past decade, Baran has documented her own life and those around

her, including her parents, brother, lovers, and friends. In 2004 she took a road

trip across the country. Instead of documenting the culture and attractions around

her, she chose to create deeply personal images that reflect the process of selfdiscovery

that she experienced during the trip.

Tracey Baran was born in Bath, New York and has lived in New York City since

1993 when she enrolled at the School of Visual Arts. She was the recipient of the

Henry Buhl Foundation Grant First Prize in 2002. Her work is in numerous

collections and has been included in exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum,

Bilbao, The Milwaukee Art Museum, Pusan Metropolitan Art Museum, South

Korea, and P.S. 1, New York, amongst others.

Sally Mann @ Gagosian Gallery 9/15/09

Photo- Sally Mann from the Proud Flesh series

Great show, another must, MUST SEE! of this new Fall Art Gallery Season. Extremely moving and touching series of nude studies of her husband, Larry. The photographs done in a antique glass plate technique.



980 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10075
T. 212.744.2313 F. 212.772.7962
Hours: Tue-Sat 10-6

Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present “Proud Flesh”, a series of new photographs by Sally Mann.
Children, landscape, lovers—these iconic subjects are as common to the photographic lexicon as light itself. But Mann’s take on them, rendered through processes both traditional and esoteric, is anything but common. From the outset of her career she has consistently challenged the viewer, rendering everyday experiences at once sublime and deeply disquieting.
In previous projects, Mann has explored the relationships between parent and child, brother and sister, human and nature, site and history. Her latest photographic study of her husband Larry Mann, taken over six years, has resulted in a series of candid nude studies of a mature male body that neither objectifies nor celebrates the focus of its gaze. Rather it suggests a profoundly trusting relationship between woman and man, artist and model that has produced a full range of impressions – erotic, brutally frank, disarmingly tender, and more. While the relation of artist and model is, traditionally, a male-dominated field that has yielded countless appraisals of the female body and psyche, Mann reverses the role by turning the camera on her husband during some of his most vulnerable moments.
Mann’s technical methods and process further emphasize the emotional and temporal aspects of these fragile life studies. The images are contact prints made from wet-plate collodion negatives, produced by coating a sheet of glass with ether-based collodion and submerging it in silver nitrate. Mann exploits the surface aberrations that can result from the unpredictability of the process to produce painterly photographs marked by stark contrasts of light and dark, with areas that resemble scar tissue. In works such as Hephaestus and Ponder Heart, the scratches and marks incurred in the production process become inseparable from the physical reality of Larry’s body.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue published in collaboration with Aperture including a text by C.D. Wright.

Sally Mann was born in Lexington, VA in 1951. She has received numerous awards, including three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her photographs are in the permanent collections of major museums and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and The Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, D.C.

Tracey Baran Memorial Auction

Tracey Baran, I Miss You Already, 2004
Ok folks, I can never have enough of Tracey Baran. Here is a pretty important auction by the SVA with very cool works at good starting estimated ...very affordable for such a great cause.

Happy Bidding!

Tracey Baran Memorial Auction
Presented by The School of Visual Arts
September 15 - 30, 2009

The Tracey Baran Memorial Auction has been arranged in order to provide proceeds for an annual grant, open by application, to an emerging female photographer from the US. It is in memory of Tracey Baran (1975-2008), as a celebration of her life and photographic work, and to encourage interest in her work by a broader public.

The lots in this sale are available for viewing by appointment at 229 East 120th Street, New York, NY 10035. For information please call or email: 212-289-5588 or

Monday, September 14, 2009

ARTmostfierce Affordable Print Pick of the Week

"Larry Gibson's Chair" from Removing Mountains, Daniel Shea, 2007

"Slurry" from Removing Mountains, Daniel Shea, 2007

"Coal Seams" from Removing Mountains, Daniel Shea, 2007

ARTmostfierce Affordable Print Pick of the Week goes to photographer Daniel Shea. Daniel is pursuing a great cause with his work and prints are beautiful and extremely affordable.

See more information below and ...Happy Shopping!

The print sale will support the first visit to the region, after which I plan on working with a few magazines that have shown interest in producing a story about coal burning in this region. With a new administration and a shifting public conscious, I feel very strongly about creating work that is topically relevant and socially engaged. Much like Removing Mountains, I'm interested in providing an alternative to modern photojournalism, and presenting a more involved look into the communities in this region



The images below will be printed one time at the following sizes (for each image's respective proportions):

10"x10" image on 11"x11" paper, edition of 5.
10"x12" image on 11"x13" paper, edition of 5.

All prints will be produced using digital C-printing technology on Fuji Archival Luster paper. Prints will be signed and editioned accordingly.

Each print is $50-75 sliding scale, the price includes shipping to the US (international folks, email me for details). In addition to the editioned print, you will receive a small print from the developing body of work once I get back to Chicago.


I undertstand that $50-75 is a lot of money for most people (myself included). That's why I wanted to offer an alternative to anybody else interested in sponsoring the project but who can't quite afford a $50-75 print.

On a $15-25 sliding scale, choose an image on my website and I will send you an uneditioned 8"x10" of that print.

The print will either be an archival Inkjet print or a digital C-Print and the signature will designate the image as not part of any edition.


I prefer Paypal (Paypal email: or check by mail. Please send me an email with the subject "Print Sale" and details about what you would like in the body of the email. Prints will be reserved in the order I receive emails.

Please allow up to 2 weeks for printing and handling of the prints. All prints will be shipped flat and with care.

Saturday, September 12, 2009


Alix Smith
States of Union #8
40 x 50 in. Digital C-Print @ Morgan Lehman Gallery

This is not in order of preference , I happen to like (love! ) all these Art Shows listed here and will encourage you to see EVERY single one of them , no exceptions. Folks ...really the Art Dealers and artists worked very hard to produce this stellar shows and fight against this damned economy.

NOW it is your turn to stop vegging , get your ass out of that couch, put some comfortable shoes on, get this list that, I also have to work hard for putting together for YOU and get out there and provide support !

Oh...and bring your WALLET because trust me, most of what you see you do want or must own!

1. Tracey Baran - Pictures of Tracey Baran @ Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects

2.Peter Huyar - Photographs 1956-1958 @ Matthew Marks Gallery

3. Amy Stein-Domesticated @ Clampart Gallery

4. Tim Roda- Family Matters @ Dan Cooney Fine Art Gallery

5. Kara Walker + Mark Bradford @ Sikkemma Jenkins Co.

6. Eric Lo Presti- Fade @ Like The Spice Gallery, Williamsburg

7. Todd Hido- A Road Divided- Nicolai Howalt- Car Crashes @ Bruce Silverstein Gallery

8. Simen Johan- Until the Kingdom Comes @ Yossi Milo Gallery

9. Andy Yoder - Man Cave @ Winkelman Gallery

10. Group Show- Play it Forward @ Schoeder- Romero Gallery

11. Thomas Allen- Epilogue @ Foley Gallery

12. Juergen Teller- Paradis @ Lehmann Maupin Gallery

13. Simon Roberts- WE ENGLISH- @ Klompching Gallery DUMBO

14. Jason Hanasik- He Opened up Somewhere Along the Eastern Shore @ +Kris Graves Projects DUMBO

15. Mathew Weinstein + Lawrence Beck @ - Sonnabend Gallery,

16. Josh Azzarella & Castaneda/ Reiman @ DCKT Contemporary

17. Alix Smith-States of Union- Morgan Lehman Gallery

18. Hey! Hot Shot!- Group Show @ Jen Bekman Gallery

19. Breyer P-Orridge- Genesis @ Invisible- Imports

20. Arbor- Group show- Michael Mazzeo Gallery

Tracey Baran- Pictures of Tracey @ Leslie Tonkonow 9/12/09

Tracey Baran- Today I'm 30, 2005

Tracey Baran -No Looking Back 2005

The show is opening this coming Thursday but, I will be in Boston so, going right now. Don't miss it!


Photographs by Tracey Baran (1975–2008)

September 12– October 17, 2009

The exhibition celebrates the life and work of Tracey Baran who died after a brief illness in November 2008 at the age of 33.

Tracey Baran was born in 1975 in Bath, a small rural town in western New York State. In 1993, when she arrived in New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts, she began to define and record the story of her life in pictures of herself, her family, and friends, and the rustic landscape of her childhood. Possessing an unusual blend of candor and empathy, her photographs intermingle spontaneously-recorded moments with posed and directed depictions that resonate with intense feeling, a painterly sensibility and her consummate skill as a color printer.

In her essay written for Tracey Baran’s solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, curator Karen Irvine compared Baran’s photographs to those of William Eggleston, writing that, “like Eggleston, Baran is fluent in the expressive capacity of color photography and she often counterbalances the formal beauty of her pictures with a certain unsettling ambiguity.”

The exhibition, our third solo presentation of works by the artist, will include seventeen large-scale prints made by the artist between 1998 and 2008. A selection of smaller, unfinished “work prints” will also be displayed.

In the introduction to his interview with Tracey Baran for Uovo Magazine (2006), the critic and poet Barry Schwabsky wrote:

From the moment I first saw Tracey Baran’s work, back in 1998, it’s haunted me. Tracey was just 23 then, but already there was something preternaturally self-aware in her photographic gaze. Turning her camera on her family, her friends and herself, she was making pictures with a rare combination of empathy and frankness – producing images somehow at once oblique and confrontational, emotionally raw and formally self-possessed. I wondered how someone so young could look at things so knowingly. Eight years later, having watched her work steadily deepening, I’m even more nonplussed. Why should images – especially ones of what is after all a most ordinary American life – be so physically compelling?

Tracey Baran’s first one-person exhibition took place in 1998 at the Liebman Magnan Gallery in New York. She had six additional solo shows, including a 2002 exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, and participated in more than thirty group shows at galleries and museums throughout the world, including, among others, the Guggenheim Museum (New York and Bilbao), the Folkwang Museum, Essen; P.S. 1/MoMA, New York; The Milwaukee Art Museum; and the Pusan Metropolitan Art Museum, Korea.

She was the recipient of several grants and awards including the Henry Buhl Foundation Grant (first prize) in 2002, the Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship in 2005, and the Santa Fe Center for Photography Juror’s Choice Grant in 2006. Her work is included in the collections of the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; the Milwaukee Art Museum; the Miami Art Museum, and other institutions.

The Tracey Baran Memorial Auction in support of The Tracey Baran Award, an annual grant for an emerging female photographer established by the artist’s family and friends, will take place from September 15 through September 30 at

An online exhibition of works by Tracey Baran, curated by Amy Elkins and Cara Phillips, may be viewed from September 22 through October 5 at Women in Photography (

The gallery is located at 535 West 22nd Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, on the sixth floor. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tod Hido- A ROAD DIVIDED @ Bruce Silverstein Gallery 9/10/09

Artist:Todd Hido
Medium:Chromogenic print
Size:38 x 48 inches

Here is another great show for you to see during the US OPEN of the Chelsea Gallery District , September 10, 2009. A must see!

Press Release: A Road Divided

Bruce Silverstein Gallery is pleased to announce A Road Divided, an extraordinary exhibition of recent large-scale landscape photographs by Todd Hido. Following his earlier debut of previously unseen portraits, Hido has focused his attention once again to the American landscape, a subject explored in his widely acclaimed series Roaming. Presented mostly in large scale, these photographs hit a new mark. Looking from the vantage point of his car seat, and shooting outward through ever changing layered mixtures of condensation, grit, and reflecting glare upon the car’s windshield, Hido masterfully transforms the mundane terrain peripherally sandwiching the myriad of roads typically dotting the outskirts of American cities, into inexplicable poignant images, filled with cinematic gravitas and dream-like sublimity, often “crossing the double lines’ between painting and photography.

While Hido embraces the aesthetic, it is not without a critical eye. He is drawn to austere scenes that characterize America as an empty place, evidenced by crossroads, dead-end streets, broken trees, and seemingly endless highways. Moody and psychological, like the times we live in, these landscapes are metaphors for personal emotions, evocative of the dark things that keep us up at night.

TODD HIDO (b.1968, Kent, OH) is a San Francisco Bay Area-based artist who received his M.F.A. from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1996 and his B.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Tufts University. His photographs have been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, and are included in numerous museum collections, including the Whitney Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as in many other public and private collections. His work has been featured in Artforum, The New York Times Magazine, Eyemazing, Metropolis, The Face, I-D, and Vanity Fair. In 2001 an award-winning monograph of his work titled House Hunting was published by Nazraeli Press and a companion monograph, Outskirts, was published in 2002. His third book, Roaming, was published in 2004. His latest book, Between the Two, focusing on portraits and nudes, was published in 2006. His upcoming monograph A Road Divided will be published in 2010. He is an adjunct professor at the California College of Art, San Francisco, California.

Alex Leme-Thank you!!

Photo- Alex Leme- from Literary Ghosts Series
Tonight, I had the pleasure to start looking to see what is new in the gallery scene in NYC.
Some interesting work in the Lower East Side galleries.
Also , I had the pleasure of meeting and giving a critique to one of the Photolucida's Critical Mass 2009 entries, Alex Leme.

We had a very honest and deep discussion about his work specially his Literary Ghost series which he submitted to Photolucida's. I casted a vote for Alex series but unfortunately he , did not made the cut on the first round. I still believe in his work and tonight among other things we discussed, why he did not made the cut for others . After discussing and seeing the whole series , I realized maybe the editing of the series could it been the factor. He had another stronger photos of the series not included. It is very important to have somebody else look and help editing your work. Alex photographs have a great quality and theme, it is very unfortunate.

A few weeks ago, Alex had a game to see who will guess the name of a new series he is currently working on. Guess who guessed the truly!
So as a prize I got one AP from the Literary Ghost series shown above and a great Blurb book of the series with the same title. Thank you Alex , you made my night and yes this one is going up the wall, not in storage!...I promise!

Alex Leme
Little Rock, AR
United States

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Humble Arts Foundation + Phillips De Pury = A Great Match!

Timothy Briner
Nathan, Boonville, North Carolina
Silver Gelatin Print

Corey Arnold
Kitty and Horse Fisherman, 2007

Well ...Amazing news!

Also to Alana Celii and Grant Willing for curating The Collector's Guide to Emerging Art Photography which us truly, Ruben Natal-San Miguel ( that would be me) wrote the introduction for.

Please read below why!

Phillips de Pury & Company Includes 16 Photographs from The Collector’s
Guide to Emerging Art Photography
in their “Now: Art of the 21st
Century” Auction

Phillips de Pury & Company
Howick Place
London SW1P 1BB
Viewing: September 19 – 26, 2009
Auction: Saturday, September 26, 2009
2pm Photographs Lots 1 – 82
3:30pm Design Lots 83 – 99
4pm Contemporary Art Lots 100 – 291

Exhibiting Photographers: Corey Arnold, Timothy Briner, Michael Bühler-Rose, Alejandro Cartagena,Céline Clanet, Yann Gross, William Lamson, John Mann, Boru O’Brien O’Connell, Regine Petersen, Amy Stein, Simon Vahala, Emma Weislander, Ofer Wolberger, JeongMee Yoon and Anoush Abrar & AiméeHoving.

New York, September 2009–Humble Arts Foundation is pleased to announce its collaboration with Phillips de Pury and Company and the upcoming sale “Now: Art of the 21st Century,” an auction of contemporary art opening on Sept 19, 2009. The auction includes 16 photographs selected by Phillips’photography specialist from The Collector’s Guide to Emerging Art Photography, a 180-page source book produced for collectors, art dealers, gallery directors, photo editors, museum professionals, and independent curators published by Humble Arts Foundation earlier this year. To further engage prospective buyers and to highlight the collaboration, Humble’s works will be on display in its own private viewing room.
amani olu, Humble Arts Foundation's Co-Founder and Executive Director says: “I’m delighted about this collaboration and its ability to grant some serious exposure for the artists included. This is a major step for Humble and its ability to further its mission to support emerging artists and help elevate their careers.

Phillips’ interest in collaborating is tantamount to their dedication to burgeoning talent.”
Commencing with the first sale of the season in London on September 26th, “Now: Art of the 21st Century” offers the most exciting works of art, design and photography since the start of the Millennium with sales alternating between New York and London. Building upon new themes of each sale, Phillips’groundbreaking catalogue includes a five-page feature of Humble Arts Foundation and The Collector’s Guide to Emerging Art Photography.


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