Monday, September 05, 2005

Closing the book on Seven

Now that Seven has ended, I wanted to do a littlre recap and toot my horn, and review what was accomplished by this massive show.

One of the goals of Seven was to expose as many new WPA/C artists as possible to the public. At least half of the artists included in Seven had never participated in a WPA/C exhibition before, and 24,000 slides later (twice-viewed) a full third of them were new names to me.

A second goal was as a fundraiser for the WPA/C, and this exhibition has, I am told, become their best selling gallery show ever. Among the dozens of sales made during the show, three of Washington's best-known power collectors and one major corporate buyer came away with artwork from Seven.

A third goal (my goal) was to bring some fellow gallerists to the exhibition, in the hope that they would find some new artists among the lot that I selected for the exhibition. To date, several artists that I know of have been picked up for (or offered) representation by DC area galleries (and one by a California gallery!).

Furthermore, the focus of the "Text" gallery in Seven has become of interest to a couple of area curators, and look for that group of artists to push the theme and focus in an area art venue soon, and later in a Virginia museum.

Seven was widely reviewed in the press, with the expected range of flavors from such a large exhibition, from the expected dismissal by the WaPo, to online reviews by G.P. and by The Artery, to a rousing endorsal of a review by The Georgetowner.

The show was also discussed on CNN and was filmed as part of a new art documentary film.

And, although the City Paper did not review this massive show (tsk, tsk), they did profile several of the artists who came across to their writers and critics' attention through Seven (such as Samantha Wolov and Ben Tolman).

And last but not least, a rousing "well done!" to Kim Ward of the WPA/C for busting her tail in all aspects of this show, as well as to my two co-curators, Sandra Fernandez and Adrian Schneck, and to the the Rupert family for the generous donation of their magical spaces.

Where is the Peace? Opens on Thursday

Warehouse Gallery hosts Where is the Peace?, an exhibition by mostly DC area artists where the artists examine war and peace in our world through painting, sculpture, photography, installations and video. The exhibition runs from September 8 through October 2, 2005 and the Opening Reception is this coming Thursday, September 8th from 6-8pm.

Artists in the exhibit include:

John Aaron, Sondra Arkin, Joan Belmar, Ib Benoh, Gabriela Bulisova, Cynthia Carter, Randi Cecchin, Travis Childers, Richard L. Dana, John De Fabbio, Michele de la Menardiere, Rick Delaney, Laura Elkins, John Hayes, Matt Hollis, Djakarta Jacobs, Michael Janis, Mark Jenkins, Joroko, Maria Karametou, Joanne Kent, George Koch, Katya Kronick, Heather Levy, Rosetta McPherson, Gary S. Medovich, Joseph Merchlinsky, Rosa Naparstek, Claudia Olivos, Dino Paxenos, Rob Redding, Ann Ruppert, Rolf Rykken, Hussein Saidi, Anita M. Schmied, Alexandra Silverthorne, Fierce Sonia, Kim Stark, Ann Stoddard, Karen Joan Topping, Ruth Trevarrow, Ellyn Weiss, and Andrew Wodzianski.

Opportunity for Artists

Deadline: September 15, 2005.

UNLOCKED: Open Exhibition 2005, Arts Council of Fairfax County.

Artists from DC, MD, or VA are encouraged to apply. Artists working in any media can submit up to four (4) slides, the first two (2) will be considered for exhibit.

This year's Juror is Andrea Pollan, independent curator and past Exhibitions Director at the McLean Project for the Arts. Cash prizes totaling $2000. Entry Fee: $35 (waived for current members). Exhibition will take place November 4 – December 2, 2005. For more information, please contact or 703.642.0862 x 5. The prospectus is also available on their website.

Jiha Moon for Katrina

Curator's Office next hosts the exhibition Symbioland: Works by Jiha Moon. The exhibition opens on Saturday, September 10 and runs through October 15, 2005. A reception for the artist takes place on Saturday, September 10, from 6 to 8 pm.

As part of the exhibition, they will donate the proceeds from the sale of the piece "Tie the Knot" to a charity helping the victims of Katrina. See the image below:

Tie the knot by Jiha Moon

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Lichtenstein Painting Slashed in Austria

A German woman from Munich visiting the Kunsthaus Bregenz exhibition "Roy Lichtenstein — Classic of the New" in Austria pulled a pocket knife from her purse and delivered several slashes to a painting by Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein.

Read the story here.

Catriona for Katrina

The fair Catriona Fraser has one of her spectacular infrared photographs from her "Seven Celtic Nations" project on auction with all proceeds to be donated to the The Southern Arts Federation's Emergency Relief Fund to assist arts organizations and artists residing in Gulf Coast communities most devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

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Bid for "Balvenie Castle, Scotland" here.

Keegan for Katrina

The fair Candace Keegan has one of her sensual paintings up for auction at her website, with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross.

Bid for this painting here
Bid for it here.