Thursday, May 01, 2008

Delphine Perlstein at the Maison Francaise

French artist Delphine Perlstein's opening at Anacostia's Honfleur Gallery last year was ruined by the awful events that happened at Unifest -- remember the person who ran her Volvo through the crowds of people attending the street festival, with her 8 year old in the car?

That was the night of Delphine's opening at Honfleur Gallery, and needless to say, most of the guests could not make it as there was utter chaos, road closures etc. in Anacostia that night.

But Honfleur Gallery stepped up to the plate and worked to secure the artist an exhibition at the French Embassy's Maison Francaise in DC, from May 7th to May 23rd 2008.

If you haven't been to an opening at Maison Francaise, then you're in for a pleasant surprise! Please RSVP to attend the opening reception at 6pm on May 7th. Call 202.944.6091 or email to RSVP.

Calling all art undergrads!

As I mentioned several times in the past, I've been retained by the Longview Gallery of Washington, DC to curate an exhibition for them focused on student work.

The exhibition hopes to deliver a survey of the best artwork by undergraduate art students working in accredited art school programs in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia and Virginia.

Over the last few months I have visited a ton of schools up and down the mid Atlantic. In the process, the new Mayer Fine Art Gallery in Norfolk, Virginia liked the concept, and now the DC show will have selected students have art travel down to Norfolk for a second exhibition there.

I will curate the exhibition from both a submission process as well as visits to schools and studios. All selections and invitations will be made at my discretion.

Through this process, the exhibition also hopes to educate the selected students on the process of participating in a commercial gallery art exhibition, including advance preparations, presentation and delivery of artwork, opening receptions, dealing with the press, etc.


May 5, 2008 - Deadline for postmark of entries to me

May 10, 2008 - Invited Artists Notified

June 5, 2008 - Deadline for Delivery of Art to Gallery

June 7, 2008 - Opening Reception

July 5, 2008 - Exhibition Closes

July 6, 2008 - Pick-up of Unsold Work

This exhibition is open to all art students 18 years and older who are enrolled in an accredited undergraduate art school program in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia. At my discretion, the exhibition may also include a piece by the selected students' art professor. All work selected must be for sale and framed and presented professionally to conservation standards. Open to all two and three dimensional media. The size of the submitted artwork cannot exceed 40 inches in any one direction (excluding frames).

There are no fees or charges associated with this exhibition and process. Accepted artists are responsible for any costs associated with delivery and return of unsold work. All preliminary judging will be done from digital entries.

A formal opening and reception for the accepted artists will be held on Saturday, 7 June 2008 from 6-8 p.m. at the Longview Gallery. The gallery is located at 1302 9th street, NW, Washington, DC 20001, Tel: 202.232.4788.

A second formal opening and reception (dates to be announced) will be held in Norfolk for the second show.

All the details and prospectus can be downloaded here. Art professors desiring to contact me to set up a school visit should contact me directly via email:

Looking for DC area studio space?

The Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture is seeking visual artists and nonprofit visual arts organizations to join the Park’s Resident Artists and to lease studio space in the refurbished Chautauqua Tower.

Artists are invited to join them for an Open House on Saturday, May 3 from 10:30am to 1pm for studio tours and more information. Two studios will be available for a 1-3 year lease starting on July 1, 2008. For further details about Glen Echo Park, its resident artists, and to download the Request for Proposals, please visit Responses to the Request for Proposals are due on May 27, 2008.

Art Basel news

"Thanks to the appearance of an exponentially more fabulous Art Basel Miami Beach fair each December since 2002, the once-tattered resort town has gained a new sense of itself as an aesthetic destination. . . . Now members of the local Establishment, enamored with their smart new friends—collectors, artists, and curators from around the world—want to see if they can get them to stick around. It’s partly about wishing to be taken seriously as a cultural alternative to New York and Los Angeles. But it’s also a bet that fertilizing the creative class is good economic-development policy—especially in a city hit hard by the real-estate meltdown. Which is why a local developer and collector, Craig Robins, is starting a free postgraduate art program in Miami."
Read the whole article by Brett Sokol here.

Speaking of Art Basel, Cay Sophie Rabinowitz today resigned as Artistic Director of Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach. Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach will be led now by Annette Schönholzer (formerly Director, Operations and Finance) and Marc Spiegler (formerly Director, Strategy and Development). Both now share the title Co-Director, Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach.

I'm also trying to confirm an interesting ABMB vs MB rumor... more on that later.