Category Archives: Artists

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 himself is paramount. Here are five facts about Peter Max that you may not know.
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1. In 1938, Max’s parents fled Berlin his place of birth, to escape the Nazis and relocated to Shanghai, China where they lived in a Jewish community until 1948.

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2. He studied astronomy in Israel.

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3. Ever the artist-businessman, Max was featured on the cover of LIFE Magazine in 1969: “Peter Max-Portrait of the Artist as a Very Rich Man”

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4. Max was very involved in the restoration of the Statue of Liberty in 1976.

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5. Far beyond the canvas, even cruise ships have donned a Peter Max design!

If you are interested in learning more Peter Max, Artful Circle’s Debbie Wells has created an educational and entertaining lecture presentation about his life and work. For more information, visit www.artfulcircle.com and look in the Lectures section of the website.

 

 

Spirit of the Horse – Lumen Martin Winter

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by Alexander Katlan The Spirit of the Horse- Lumen Martin Winter (1908-1982) – Selected Horse Studies An Exhibition of artist Lumen Martin Winter (1906-1982) artworks at The Harness Racing Museum & Hall Of Fame 240 Main Street, Goshen New York Opening June 1, 2015 to May 31, 1916

Lumen Martin Winter (1908-1982) is an artist almost unknown today. The rediscovery of this artist is not as uncommon as one first thinks, with artists who have spent a large part of their careers as muralists. In this exhibition at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame Goshen, NY from June 1 2015 to May 31, 2015, The Spirit of the Horse, one sees drawings and watercolors that Lumen Winter created in Santa Fe New Mexico. Continue reading Spirit of the Horse – Lumen Martin Winter

Artful Circle Visits Yayoi Kusama exhibit at David Zwirner Gallery

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Give me dots, dots and more dots is the theme of the “Give Me Love” exhibit at David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea. Pop artist Yayoi Kusama’s lifelong obsession with circles is evident in this triple-threat of an exhibition. Her iconic polka dot art is displayed in three parts – colorful paintings, whimsical sculptures and a show stopping one-of-a-kind art installation. Kusama is now acknowledged as one of the most important living artists of Japan.

Who is Yayoi Kusama?

It is hard to believe that this exhibition consists of new work done by the artist, who is now in her eighties. It has the freshness and energy of a person much younger, but as one learns about the life of Kusama, it becomes clear her vibrant art is reflective of her age-defying personal character and the universal love of pop art, color and shape that transcends time.

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AC Rec: Southern Rites – Gillian Laub

Gillian is the daughter of one of our long-time Artful Circle members, Carol Laub. Artful Circle is happy to share this news…

 

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Southern Rites – Gillian Laub

Benrubi Gallery 521 W 26th St, NYC

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xhibition Dates: May 14 – June 27, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday May 14th, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm
info@benrubigallery.com

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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.
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An Artful Afternoon

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

Richard Estes: Painting New York City

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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

Artful Circle Report on Roz Chast

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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

She Never Gave Up: Mona Lisa of Austria in Triumph at the Neue Galerie

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.
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(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

MOBIA: Sculpture in the Age of Donatello

by Franklin Hill Perrell

Sculpture in the Age of Donatello: Renaissance Masterpieces from Florence Cathedral.
February 20- June 14, 2015
Museum of Biblical Art. Tuesday-Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
1865 Broadway at 61st Street, 2d Floor, N.Y, N.Y., 10023
www.mobia.org

“Donatello in the cage of the wild beasts” was the famous line
coined by the French art critic, Louis Vauxcelles, to excoriate the Fauve artists, led by Matisse, on exhibition in 1905. The sculpture that set him off was not actually by Donatello, but that artist’s reputation for grace and classical refinement was an apt contrast to the then perceived roughness, even animality, of the Fauves (wild beasts) . To Vauxcelles, and his readers, the positive of traits of an earlier era were synonymous with the Italian master. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the real thing, that is, major works by Donatello, here in NY, on loan from their permanent home in Florence.

If you don’t know MOBIA, short for the Museum of Biblical Art, you really should, especially if your travels take you to Lincoln Center or the nearby Museum of American Folk Art. Now is a particularly good time to go. After recent exhibition successes including Louis C. Tiffany and the Art of Devotion; Objects of Devotion, masterpieces of medieval British stone carving (pieces rescued in the seventeenth century from the destructive excesses of Oliver Cromwell and his cohorts); and the ground-breaking rediscovery of Hildreth Meiere, who sculpted the numerous gilt and multi-hued art-deco reliefs of Rockefeller Center; MOBIA’s new show tops them all: an absolute “must see.” Continue reading MOBIA: Sculpture in the Age of Donatello

More Salmagundi Club News

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 Three photographs by Artful Circle’s Debbie Wells have been accepted in two exhibitions being held at the Salmagundi Club in NY from February 9-27, 2015. These juried shows for SC’s artist members are: “SCNY Landscape  Exhibition” in the upper gallery, and “SCNY Urban Life Exhibition” in the lower gallery. The galleries are open to the public daily,  Mon-Fri  1-6pm, Sat & Sun 1-5pm. Reception is Feb. 12 from 6-8pm. For more information, visit www.salmagundi.org.

(L-R): Learning Masada; Outside the Factory Walls in China
Bottom: Ancient and Modern Life in Jerusalem