January 20, 2011

Marshall Arisman Opening on January 6th, 2011

“The paintings and drawings of Marshall Arisman have been widely exhibited, both internationally and nationally. His work may be seen in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, at the National Museum of American Art and the Smithsonian Institution, as well as in many private and corporate collections.”(http://sacredgallerynyc.com/marshall-arisman-alternative-surfaces)

On the evening of Thursday Jan 6, my artist Marshall Arisman, had an opening at the Sacred Gallery in NYC (www.sacredgallerynyc.com). Unfortunately, because of illness, I was not able to attend. But luckily, 2 of my staff and several of my artists attended the opening and were able to take photos. I have known Marshall for many years. He is as dynamic a personality as he is a great painter and sculptor. I have been in his studio many a time where he has enlightened and entertained me with wonderful stories about the art world. His work highlights his interest in myth and folklore and reminds me so much of the cave paintings in France. For a time, he was working on a series of monkey paintings and some years before I was captivated by his ferocious metallic dogs; works that I will never forget.

According to my graphic designer Ana "Marshall Arisman's Exhibition attracted a lot of people. The place, a strange setting for an exhibition, was filled with a truly eclectic crowd. There was a wide range of urban tribes, from the black dressed, tattoo covered gothic customers of the tattoo shop to the coolest NYC art aficionados. Art students, art lovers, curious onlookers, all gathered this evening to admire and support Marshall's Art.

"Surrounded by such a heterogeneous group, I thought of why his work appeals to so many different people. I think that in spite of his sophistication on the textures and shapes, his motifs appear natural to everybody's eyes, which makes his art expression clearly understandable by anyone who feels curious about art.

By the way, the exhibition is still running until January 31st at the Sacred Gallery here in NYC (www.sacredgallerynyc.com) so if you get the chance, it is a definite must see.

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January 18, 2011

Illustrators 53: Sequential and Uncommisioned Art Awards

On the evening of Friday January 7th, my staff and I attended the opening of the Illustrators 53: Sequential and Uncommisioned Categories at the Society of Illustrators. As always, we had a good time, had good food, a couple of drinks, met old friends, and made some new ones.

Sequential is a relatively new category for the SOI and it takes into account the popularity and importance that the graphic novel has gained over the past ten years. It has steadily grown, as has the quality of the entries.

I walked around and took a few pictures of the awards ceremony and artworks that I personally felt were most interesting and dynamic. It was gratifying to be in the room when one of my artists, Mark Burkhardt, was awarded a gold medal. It was interesting to note that by and large the artists were new to the show as were many of the attendees.

BTW, the next opening will be on Friday Feb 4th for the editorial and book category. See you there.
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[caption id="attachment_2401" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Another piece I thought was interesting by Robbie Lawrence."][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_2399" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Mark Burckhardt recieving a medal for a work of art that got into the show. "][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_2398" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Having a little chat with Edel Rodriguez"]Richard and Edel[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_2397" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Gold medal winner, Sachin Teng"][/caption]

January 10, 2011

Art Basel Miami II. Mark T Smith’s opening.

Isn’t it grand when you can combine great food and a cool art opening? Well, that’s exactly what happened when I recently went down to Art Basel Miami. My artist Mark T. Smith had many of his paintings and a few of his new sculptures on view at Soyka's Restaurant. The mood was festive and many of his friends and collectors joined him during the evening.

I met Mark T. through one of my artists, Rudy Gutierrez. They have been good friends over the years, and got to know each other when Mark T. was living in New York. Rudy thought that he would be a wonderful addition to my Art on a Grand Scale group. After looking at his website, I agreed. His work is bold, colorful, lively and extremely eye catching. As the size of his canvas increases, so to does the power of the art. He is a natural for large scale projects. Recently, he has also joined our illustration group.
Before Mark's Art Basel solo show I had not seen his sculptures. They have a very similar feel to his paintings. I've always thought that Mark has drawn a great deal of his inspiration from African and Australian aboriginal motifs and this became even more evident with the new sculptures.

We shared some gossip and some laughs, and later that evening had a wonderful dinner with a small group of his friends. It is great that Mark has his studio in Miami Beach so that while we were down there we could go to the various fairs and parties together. We even had time to talk about our mutual passion: cars. It doesn't get much better than that.

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[caption id="attachment_2357" align="alignleft" width="224" caption="Mark with a patron"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2355" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Mark\'s work"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2354" align="alignleft" width="224" caption="From a different angle"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2353" align="alignleft" width="228" caption="XXX Bull"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2352" align="alignleft" width="217" caption="Charisma"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2351" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Pussywillow and Cherry"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2350" align="alignleft" width="220" caption="Tabula Rasa XXX spaceman"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2349" align="alignleft" width="234" caption="Friends for Life"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2348" align="alignleft" width="220" caption="Bull remix 2"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2347" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Flesh and Blood Builds an Empire"][/caption]