November 18, 2010

Art Party of the Year

On November 11th, the annual American Illustration Party took place at the Angel Orensanz Foundation on New York’s legendary Lower East Side. This is the one party related to our business that I look forward to the most. It takes place in what used to be an ornate, historic synagogue, but is no longer a place of worship. It definitely is the place to be. Why? Because there is good illustration and photography to look at and great people watching. The space fills up very quickly with a mix of artists, art directors, art lovers, and the usual New York hipster crowd. New friends are made, old friendships are renewed and, even a little business is taken care of. Of course, being at an art party means heavy drinking and lots of war stories, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Several of my artists attended, and my staff and my interns joined me for the evening. On a personal note, I met an old friend, Julie Lieberman, a professor of illustration at the Savannah College of Art. We had the time to catch up over a glass of wine, and she invited me to speak to the students, along with one of my artists, John Mattos. You never know what can happen when you are at the American Illustration Party. Who knows, maybe next year a trip to Paris!

Even though the place was super packed I did get a chance to take a quick walk through of the artwork on the walls. Several of our artists had pieces in the show and they included Tim Bower, Scott Brundage, Dongyun Lee and Jason Seiler (in order of appearance below.)

The AI Party celebrates the annual launch of the American Illustration book. Over the years, AI has been the go-to source for new and cutting edge illustration and photography. It is the place to be seen if you are breaking boundaries, and many of the featured artists and photographers have gone on to great careers in their fields.

My recommendation... enter next year.

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