Thursday, December 08, 2005

ArtHelps Report

The ArtHelps silent auction last night was packed to the rafters with elegantly-dressed people, and there was tons of great food and good wine and beer, and bids were abundant and redundant and all for a good cause (benefiting Food & Friends and DCAC).

I ran into the fair Kathryn Cornelius, and for quite a while I was in a bidding fight for her donated work, until a tiny (and well-known DC area art activist and art organizer and all-around good person) threatened me with bodily harm if I continued to outbid her, so I retreated quietly into the background.

The auctioned artwork is online here by the way.

I also ran into the fair Heather Russell from Irvine Contemporary (their gallery donated quite a few pieces to the auction - well done!) and her cute sister from Richmond. Heather was also bidding madly on a few pieces, including this early Andrew Wodzianski oil (from when he was an MFA candidate at MICA). The painting received at least a dozen bids and went to a very excited couple.

This oil by Sondra Arkin was also attracting a lot of attention, going way over its estimated price.

This signature glass heart by Tim Tate also received fast and furious bids, which extended onto the back of the bidding form, and kept coming even as the deadline approached. It also caused a little controversy, as when the bidding forms were removed from the floor, apparently an extra bid was added on the way down to deliver the bid forms. The loser was heartbroken (pun intended), but it all ended well (I am told) because Tate agreed to donate a second heart and thus everyone is a winner.
sculpture by Josh Levine
The steal of the night?

This amazing sculpture by NYC artist Josh Levine was won by the fair Kristina Bilonick, gallerina for DCAC for let's say... a steal!

Good eye Kristina!

Read Alexandra Silverthorne's report here.

See Anne Marchand's report and many photos here.

Tape Dude in Paris

Mark Jenkins' work has a double page feature in December issue of the Paris-based mag "Etapes."

See it online here.

Art volunteers needed by two projects

There are a couple of art events brewing in our area that are looking for volunteers to assist with the art event itself.
Art by David Page
First of all, for the last few months Catriona Fraser has been curating our first exhibition of 2006. That show, titled "Interface" seeks to present an exhibition of what happens when art and technology meet.

Several new works have been commissioned for the show, which includes work by Kathryn Cornelius, Claire Watkins, Scott Hutchison, Thomas Edwards, David Page, Philip Kohn and others.

One of the artists in the show, David Page (who was the 2004 Trawick Prize winner - one of his projects is pictured above) needs two volunteers 5'8" or smaller, weighing 160lbs or less. They should not be claustrophobic, asthmatic and should be in general good health. Contact David at

And the Hirshhorn is seeking help with a Directions project that they are hosting at the Hirshhorn on Saturday, April 29, 2006. They are in the process of recruiting 40 to 60 residents of the greater DC area to be part of a performance organized by New York-based artist Oliver Herring (b. Heidelberg, Germany, 1964). The group of volunteers will perform simple, creative tasks on the Hirshhorn plaza over the course of eight hours.

The museum need volunteers who are interested in exchanging ideas and developing a sense of community through the arts. They hope to build a group ranging in age from teenagers to seniors and representing different professions and interests. They are looking for both artists and "non-artists."

To learn more about the project please visit this website. There is also a link to project information on the Hirshhorn home page.

If someone is interested in participating, all they need to do is fill out a short form available at the link above. Please feel free to contact Assistant Curator Kristen Hileman at the museum if you have any questions about the project.

If you would like to learn more about the artist, you might visit Oliver Herring’s page on the Art 21 site.

Power of the Web

The Wednesday snail mail delivered a dedicated copy of the 2006 Whitney Biennial catalog!

I am being asked to give video a chance (probably in response to this).

Gee... thanks!

Unclothed Political Art

Nekkid with a Camera has a great discussion going on about political art...

This is why newspapers' days are numbered: Immediate discussion on an interesting issue.

Join in here.

Go Sam! (oops! I mean Samantha)