Respect boundaries. Make note of roped off areas or lines on the floor that instruct viewers to keep a healthy distance from the artwork. Also be aware of free standing sculptures, pedestals, stairs, wires , etc. so you don’t knock in anything.
By Debbie Wells
Welcome to the new era for the Whitney Museum of American Art! Now that the museum has been open to the public and getting rave reviews, I thought it was time to give some of the background information. People have been enjoying the Whitney’s new location and building, but what were the thoughts of the architect, curators and museum officials prior to opening day? At the press preview were assembled the illustrious group of people responsible for the museum’s new life.
The key speakers included Renzo Piano, Adam Weinberg and Donna De Salvo. Each not only explained their role in the concept, design and construction of the new Whitney, they spent time expressing their enthusiasm and gratitude for their successful collaboration. Together, they accomplished a major feat – a $422 million building showcasing their unsurpassed collection of modern and contemporary American art – with state-of-the-art architecture and sweeping views never so gloriously seen before from the vantage point of Chelsea’s High Line area.
Southern Rites – Gillian Laub
Benrubi Gallery 521 W 26th St, NYC
Exhibition Dates: May 14 – June 27, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday May 14th, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm
SOUTHERN RITES DEBUTS MAY 18, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO
Benrubi Gallery, in collaboration with the International Center of Photography, is pleased to announce Southern Rites, the new exhibition from award-winning photographer Gillian Laub, whose previous exhibition at the gallery, Common Ground, dealt with the relationship between Israeli Jews, Israeli Arabs, and Palestinians. With Southern Rites, she again takes on a story steeped in generations-long tensions, and tells it with power, sensitivity and enduring poignancy.
Southern Rites is a provocative twelve-year visual study of one community’s struggle to confront long standing issues of race and equality. In 2002, Laub was invited to Mt. Vernon, Georgia, to photograph its segregated homecoming celebrations. She kept returning to the community and in 2009, The New York Times Magazine published a photo-essay by Laub titled, “A Prom Divided,” which documented Georgia’s Montgomery County High School’s racially segregated prom rituals.
Continue reading AC Rec: Southern Rites – Gillian Laub
When Franklin Hill Perrell and I began our on-line publication, Artful Observer, in January 2015, we thought it would be the perfect vehicle to showcase the artists, art galleries and museums that caught the attention of our groups during our Artful Circle strolls. Our goal is to provide insightful articles based on our years of experience in the art world combined with our unique “behind the scenes” viewpoint. First, we addressed many of the questions that arose during our sessions by writing in-depth entries, such as outlining the family tree and love interests of Pablo Picasso that were integral with the Picasso exhibits on view at several art galleries last season. We have reviewed some of the blockbuster museum exhibitions, including the Matisse Cut-Outs at the Museum of Modern Art and Richard Estes show at the Museum of Arts & Design. We will also continue to take you along via Artful Observer to places of interest like the Armory Show on the piers of NYC, Central Park, Salmagundi Club in Greenwich Village and artist studios in New York City, Long Island and beyond.
After 84 years on the Upper East Side, the Whitney has much to celebrate as they open at 99 Ganesvoort Street in the Meatpacking District between the High Line and the Hudson River. This ideal location situates them among the art galleries of Chelsea right in the center one of the trendiest neighborhoods of the city. Designed by Renzo Piano, the building is 9 stories high with a strong and strikingly asymmetric design that both fits in with the landscape of the meatpacking area, while boasting a contemporary and sculptural presence. Continue reading The New Whitney Museum of American Art – Part One
By Jennifer Merz www.jennifermerz.com
April 23rd, 2015
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of joining an Artful Circle Tour (www.artfulcircle.com) for a trip to some blue-chip 57th Street galleries in Manhattan. I was the invited guest of Debbie Wells, with whom I gave my Triangle Factory talk for the Art League of Long Island, and her business partner Franklin Hill Perrell, a very intelligent and distinguished art curator who was as informative as he was entertaining. It was an afternoon of Artful fun, and now you are invited to come on this armchair tour with me! Continue reading An Artful Afternoon
by Franklin Hill Perrell
Richard Estes finally is accorded a feature exhibition at a New York Museum. Bravo to the Museum of Arts and Design! In reading Ken Johnson’s review, NY Times, Friday, March 20, the critic suggests that Estes and his photo-realist colleagues revive the veneration for bravura technique associated with the era of Bougureau and Gerome, the stars of the French salon who were supplanted by the Impressionists. While Johnson acknowledges the “spirituality and morality” of Estes art, he implies that its detail and veracity contrasts with 20th century modernists who de-emphasized if not abandoned technique. My question is, what happened in between? Continue reading Richard Estes: Painting New York City
by Debbie Wells
Artful Circle took our groups to visit Chelsea to kick off our first session of our Art Gallery Spring Series. One of the highlights was to Danese/Corey to see the original drawings, tapestries, and pysanka (dyed eggs) by Roz Chast. A cartoonist with over a thousand works printed in The New Yorker since 1978, her art epitomizes our lives today – filled with family relationships, humor, technology, worry and wit. Chast, age 61, was born in Brooklyn and received a BFA in from Rhode Island School of Design. Her working relationship with The New Yorker started almost immediately, as well creating editorial cartoons for countless publications and authoring and illustrating her own books over the years. Continue reading Artful Circle Report on Roz Chast
by Franklin Hill Perrell
Astonishing as a work of art, Gustav Klimt’s quintessential masterpiece, “Adele Bloch-Bauer I,” 1907, is at once the defining icon of Jugendstil, “young style” – Austria’s art nouveau, an embodiment of the period’s pinnacle of glamor, wealth, and aesthetic innovation, and above all an enduring testament to the triumph of good over evil.
(L-R): Neue Galerie in NYC; “Adele Bloch-Bauer I” and Woman in Gold movie poster
The painting’s rightful heir, Maria Altmann (1916-2011), niece of its’ subject, Klimt’s patron Adele Bloch Bauer, never gave up on her just claim despite seventy plus years of lies, cover-ups at the highest level of government, and devious legal wrangling intended to deprive her of her rights, ever since the painting was stolen by the Nazis. Continue reading She Never Gave Up: Mona Lisa of Austria in Triumph at the Neue Galerie
by Franklin Hill Perrell, Artful Circle
Our recent visit to Hauser and Wirth (511 W. 18) to see the exhibition of Sobodh Gupta yielded an unexpected surprise: the Friday and Saturday free espresso service at Roth’s New York Bar. If you didn’t know, the New York Bar is a permanent installation, in effect an art piece that does double duty as a functional bar. While in practice
this is not a liquor bar serving the public (though that would appear to be the theme, with actual liquor bottles on display) , it is a coffee bar- which purpose it certainly serves. A discrete sign indicates the availability of espresso on Fridays and Saturdays. I was able to secure a latte, and many other guests appeared in due course. Above all, however, it is a work of art and one that should be experienced as such.
Hauser and Wirth’s Chelsea Gallery, at approximately 25,000 square feet, is a second floor space, formerly the Roxy Discotheque-Roller Skating Rink. Continue reading A Visit to the Roth New York Bar at Hauser & Wirth in Chelsea
Armory Show at Pier 94, NYC – March 5-8, 2015
When one attends the annual Armory Show, it is easy to expect to be overwhelmed. One of the most celebrated international contemporary and modern art fairs, this show is always a whirlwind of color, media, canvases, photography, sculptures and more.
Strolling through the aisles, I tried to make sense of all I encountered. I summoned all my knowledge and experience as an artist and designer to observe with an educated eye and form my own critiques. This was the perfect opportunity to interact with the gallery representatives by asking questions and collect a bag full of promotional literature to study later.
Walking past hundreds of venues under one roof reminded me of an all-encompassing version of our Artful Circle gallery tour sessions. My Artful Circle co-founder, Franklin Hill Perrell, renowned museum curator and art historian, creates outstanding itineraries for our groups based on careful research of the current art gallery exhibitions every season. His selections proved to be prophetic because there were so many times I said to myself, “I recognize the work of that artist! I’ve been to that art gallery!” Realizing that I was familiar with so much of the art I saw at the Armory helped me appreciate all I have learned through Artful Circle. How enlightened I felt – and I am sure my fellow Artful Circle friends would agree!
I invite those who have attended our Artful Circle tours to test themselves by looking at my snapshots to see if they can identify the artists who created these eight works of art. Not only have we seen examples of their work first-hand in the hottest art districts such as Chelsea, 57th Street, Madison Avenue, the Hamptons and beyond, we have often even met the artists and gallery owners for looks behind the scenes. This made the visit to the Armory all the more satisfying.
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- Alex Katz Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Armory Show 2015
- Odili Donald Odita Jack Shaiman Gallery, Armory Show 2015
- Vic Muniz Galeria Nara Roesler, Armory Show 2015
- François-Xavier Lalanne Ben Brown Fine Arts, Armory Show 2015
- Willam Kentridge Lia Rumma, Armory Show 2015
- Nick Cave Jack Shaiman Gallery, Armory Show 2015
- Jocelyn Hobbie Fredericks & Freiser, Armory Show 2015
- Derrick Adams Tilton Gallery, Armory Show 2015
Headline Photo: Visiting the Pace Prints Booth at the Armory Show. Photo Credits: Debbie Wells