Month: June 2015

Artful Circle Artist Spotlight: Fortuna Szpiro

by Debbie Wells

Stone Sculptures by Fortuna Szpiro at Leonard Tourné Gallery Exhibition: June 17 through July 31, 2015
Reception: Wednesday, June 24, 6-8pm
Also, one sculpture will be on view in the sculpture garden/public space at Art Southampton: July 9-13, 2015

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The Leonard Tourné Gallery is happy to announce that sculptures by artist Fortuna Szpiro will be on view as part of an upcoming art gallery exhibition this summer. The gallery, located at 46 East 65th Street in New York City (, specializes in established and emerging contemporary artists from around the globe and they are showcasing a selection of her stone sculptures in their gallery and its beautiful outdoor patio. Visit the artist section on the gallery’s website to see even more of her artwork. Read More

Five Facts about Peter Max – He’s Groovy!

by Debbie Wells Internationally acclaimed American pop artist Peter Max, now 77, known for his iconic images that epitomize the culture of the 60’s, 70’s and even today. His colorful paintings and graphic style captured the essence of the times, but are timeless in its appeal. To fully understand his art, learning about the man Read More

Lilly Pulitzer: Socialite turned Fashion Icon

by Debbie Wells

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A few years ago, I read a magazine article by Victoria Crosby about Kathryn Livingston’s book, Lilly: Palm Beach, Tropical Glamour, and the Birth of a Fashion Legend”.  Intrigued by the idea that a Long Island  woman transcended from wealthy socialite to iconic fashion designer, I contacted Victoria to find out more. Victoria was kind enough to introduce me to Kathryn Livingston and I arranged for her to speak at a local historical society event about Lilly’s life and career.
The author (shown below) is as elegant as her subject as she tells the story of Lilly’s life, which is as colorful as her designs. She was linked to the Phipps family by her mother’s second marriage to prominent race-horse owner Ogden Phipps.

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Artful Circle Visits Madison Avenue

 by Franklin Hill Perrell

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Our recent visits to Madison Avenue galleries commenced at Skarstedt on E. 79th for the exhibition of Georg Baselitz’s series of Orange Eaters and Glass Drinkers from 1981-83. These dozen quite masterful neo-expressionist paintings are from the series that made the German contemporary artist famous in America, portraits in his typical palette of vivid colors and scumbled rich paint handling. Everything appears upside down: perhaps a comment on the state of world affairs but certainly a strategy for keeping a painting midway between abstraction and reality. It’s lively, engaging, and historic, and the work looks fresh, spontaneous, and relevant. Skarstedt, 20 E. 79 St., Georg Baselitz: Drinkers and Orange Eaters. Closes June 27.

Next door, we visited the ever wonderful Acquavella. Their exhibition, entitled Off Canvas, featured works in media other than paint-on-canvas, thus watercolor, pastel, pencil, pen and ink, and so on. Characteristic of the museum-like aura of this gallery, included are a dazzling array of major 20th century artists, from Picasso to Thiebaud: Matisse, Arshile Gorky, Sam Francis, Lucien Freud, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and more. It begins with Toulouse-Lautrec’s exquisitely rendered 1899 drawing of a circus equestrian. This piece is notable for its detailed depictions of spectators who could have stepped out of Moulin Rouge.
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The point of this show is not only to portray significant stylistic statements but to provide a glimpse of studio practice. Works on paper reveal the most direct expression of the artists’ immediate thinking and intent, whereas paintings in oil typically require a number of intervening technical stages.
Acquavella, 18 E. 79 St., Off Canvas. Closes June 12.

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