Friday, March 03, 2006

Corcoran Director Begins To Plot New Course

The new Corcoran director Paul Greenhalgh announced a few important changes (mostly driven by economic re-structuring) at the Corcoran yesterday.

Departing are chief curator Jackie Serwer, senior curator of education Susan Badder, prints and drawings curator Erik Denker, European art curator Laura Coyle, and traveling exhibitions director Joan Oshinsky, among others.

Update: Both Stacey Schmidt, who is the Corcoran's Associate Curator of Contemporary Art and Margaret Bergen, who has done a great job as the Corcoran's PR guru, are also leaving soon for family reasons.

Irvine in New York

It is art fair time in the Big Apple and Irvine Contemporary has ventured out on their own this time around in NYC, with a program focused on DC/MD/VA trained or based artists. As the fair Heather puts it: "We want to show NY the world-class caliber of the DC and metro area talent here!"

And they have rented a spectacular 3,000 sq. ft Chelsea space for an exhibition, held in conjunction with the opening of the Whitney Biennial, The Armory Art Fair, Scope, Pulse and the LA Artfair-NY.

Irvine exhibition's dates: Friday March 10 - Sunday March 12th, 10:00am - 8:00pm daily. Located at 515 W. 29th Street, 2nd floor (between 10th & 11th Aves).

And (are you NYC bloggers ready for this?) there's a blogger preview Friday, March 10th, from 9-11:00am. VIP Cocktail Reception: Friday, March 10th, 8:00pm-midnight.

The exhibition features new paintings and works on paper by DC/Virginia/Maryland trained or based artists Trevor Amery, Gine Brocker, Ju-Yeon Kim, Peter Charles, Suzanna Fields, Susan Jamison, Christine Kesler, Robert Mellor, Beverly Ress,and Jason Zimmerman.

Also new work by other Irvine artists including Lisa Stefanelli, Kahn & Selesnick, Teo Gonzalez, Dalek, Robert Gutierrez, Frankin Evans, Jenny Laden, Bede Murphy, Amy Ross, Sean Foley and Lori Esposito will be also on view.

Irvine is also working with several prominent artists for the first time (artists that they will show in DC later this year) -- namely New-York based and MICA trained embrodiery artist Orly Cogan, and Brooklyn-based painter Edward del Rosario, (courtesy of Richard Heller Gallery).

They will also feature three surreal videos running simultaneously by CALARTS trained video artist Dane Picard and unique scuptures by MICA trained sculptor Josh Levine, entitled "Trophy Room."

Questions? Email Heather.

Wanna go to an opening tonight?

H Y S T O R I A, curated by my good friend J.W Mahoney and Lisa McCarty and featuring the work of Geoff Bell, Julee Holcombe, Betsy Packard, Jeffrey Smith and Champneys Taylor opens tonight at DCAC with an opening reception from 7-9PM.

There's also an artists' talk on March 12 commencing at 4:00pm.

Beckman on Cupidity

The CP's Rachel Beckman checks in with a nice piece on Neptune Gallery's most interesting Cupidity show.

Read it here.