Category Archives: 1 – January 2015

Salmagundi Club’s Historic Black & White Exhibit

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“Steampunk Intensity” and “Vintage Pots” by Debbie Wells, 2014

Two photographs by Artful Circle’s Debbie Wells have been accepted in the historic Black and White Exhibition, which is at the Salmagundi Club from Jan 19-Feb 5, 2015 (reception on Jan 22)This show is a juried members’ exhibition of black and white or monochromatic sepia drawings, graphics, photographs, paintings, and sculpture by artist members. The galleries are open to the public daily,  Mon-Fri  1-6pm, Sat & Sun 1-5pm.

The first Black & White Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club took place in 1878, only a few short years after the Club was formed. The “Black and White” has taken place yearly since then. The focus of the Black and White Exhibition is to display not only the very finest work of Salmagundi artists but also the unique effect of an exhibition that features only works in black and white or monochrome sepia. The diversity of styles and mediums coupled with the dozens of powerful works on display will appeal to all artistic tastes and is not to be missed. For more information, visit

Richard Gachot in New York Times

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Taking Out the Trash to Show It Off
By Aileen Jacobson October 23, 2014

On a recent walk-through of his show, Richard Gachot turned a handle on one of his kinetic sculptures. Five little figures started to operate a cotton gin’s complex machinery. The man in front, Mr. Gachot pointed out, hit his head against a post every time he pulled a bell that rang but did not seem to help the cotton cleaning process.

“First Cotton Gin (Industry #1)” is one of Mr. Gachot’s 31 bright and witty sculptures on view through Nov. 23 at the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington.

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Artful Circle Curates: Richard Gachot

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Artful Circle curated Richard Gachot: America at the Heckscher Museum in Huntington New York in 2014. See below to read part of the catalog we designed for the exhibit….

Richard Gachot: An American Original by Franklin Hill Perrell
Meeting Richard Gachot a decade ago, I regarded him as one of the handful of North Shore Long Island artists (among them, Richard Lippold, Christian White, and Frank Olt) whose reputations I knew from New York. Gachot was to me an enigma: an artist I regarded as famous yet who lived in Old Westbury. I had seen his work in successive shows at the Frank Miele Gallery, along the upper reaches of Madison Avenue in Carnegie Hill. It turned out that my Long Island friends all knew him well, but for whatever reason I had never met him before: maybe I was the only one.   Continue reading Artful Circle Curates: Richard Gachot

Central Park Art Stroll

See Central Park from an art perspective beyond the playgrounds and greenery. Walk with Artful Circle’s Franklin Hill Perrell as he focuses on the well-known statuary throughout the park, as well as its hidden gems.

Learn about the aesthetic goals of its designers, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, as well as the stories behind the many monuments in the park erected in honor of literary and historic icons, such as Hans Christian Anderson, Alice in Wonderland, Balto Continue reading Central Park Art Stroll

Pablo Picasso’s Life

Pablo Picasso: Understanding Relationships in His Life
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Artful Circle visited several exhibits this season – one at Gagosian Gallery and two at Pace Gallery – all focusing on work by Picasso. Picasso was a complicated personality and his work reflected his perspective on the many relationships in his life. Many of his loves served as muses for his art and his styles changed as often as his feelings. This list below includes his two wives, his many children, romances and more.  Continue reading Pablo Picasso’s Life

Museum Blockbuster: Cubism at the Met


The Leonard A. Lauder Collection: Cubism
by Franklin Hill Perrell and Debbie Wells

Cubism is the most important art movement of the 20th century, a game changer. It replaced the renaissance premise of art as a window on the world, which relied on one-point perspective to create spatial illusion. Cubism featured a roving vantage point where objects were viewed from an array of angles. It resulted in increasing pictorial flatness. Space became shallow. Objects, depicted or features of their parts, seemed to be arranged within an implied grid matrix. The first generation cubists learned directly from Cezanne from whom they recognized that the building blocks of pictorial design were geometric solids like the cube, cylinder, or pyramid.  Continue reading Museum Blockbuster: Cubism at the Met