Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Preview Conner's Pulse Booth

You can preview Leigh Conner's booth at Pulse Miami here. The gallery will be at booth 311 and will feature new digital light sculpture by Leo Villareal, new video and photography by Maria Friberg and large-scale figurative paintings by Erik Sandberg.

Speaking of Erik, his latest works at Conner Contemporary were reviewed by ArtForum's Nord Wennerstrom as "tremendous achievements in figuration - masterfully painted and richly sculptural, they establish the artist as a worthy heir to John Currin and Lisa Yuskavage."

Subject matter aside... say what? Has Wennerstrom ever actually taken a close look at either a Currin or a Yuskavage? Upon close inspection they fall apart as "paintings," and reveal themselves more as flat washes of "straight from the tube" works, which (as any experienced painter will tell you) is often the first gritty evidence of a painter lacking technical skill (few seldom "avoid" it, like Picasso often did).

Sandberg can paint circles around both Currin or Yuskavage, with one hand tied behind his back, an eye-patch covering one eye, and an old brush with only sixteen bristles left in his left hand. His painting skills are in part the result of a lot of hard work, and having benefitted from the amazing teaching and painting skills of GMU's Margarida Kendall (now retired). Since her retirement, Kendall has sort of disappeared from the DC area "scene," while enjoying spectacular success in Europe.

This is a case where the "heir" is far better than the King and Queen.

Washington Glass School's New Spaces

The Washington Glass School's Annual Holiday Party and Glass Sale will be on Saturday, Dec. 9th from 2 to 6pm. Food ,music, class specials and a lot of glass and art for sale as well as a Fire Spinning Performance by Sarah Lovering and her class from 4:30 to 5:30!

They will also be showing off their new space bringing the school's size to a total of 6500 sq ft.!

Having done this in the past, this is a great way to get some great art at incredible prices while having a great time!

What : Washington Glass School Annual Holiday Party and Open House
When : Saturday, Dec 9th from 2pm to 6pm.
Where: Washington Glass School, 3708 Wells Ave., Mt. Rainier, Md. 20712. 202-744-8222

Catch these two three this Saturday in DC

Angela Jerardi's "CONSUME" opens November 30 at the Gallery at Flashpoint. The opening reception for the exhibition is Saturday, December 2 from 5-7 pm. Timed to "coincide with the busiest shopping time of the year, the exhibition features a diverse group of artists from the region taking a playful look at consumption in its broadest terms, exploring what it means to consume, or be consumed, from eating and drinking, to using and squandering, to our obsessive desires to buy, and our consumption of popular culture in its myriad forms. The show will include installation, video, photography, painting, and prints, as well as a "store" selling exclusive 'CONSUME' products."

CONSUME features a video installation by Lani Iacovelli (Washington, DC); mixed media paintings by Chris Lawrence (Philadelphia, PA); an installation (made of blown sugar) by Jessie Lehson (Baltimore, MD); prints by Heidi Neff (Baltimore, MD) - Heidi is "fascinated and inspired by our consumption of and connection to sexuality. Her present project takes inspiration from pornography magazines; through her appropriation of these images they are recreated as quiet, softly colored hand-pulled prints." Finally also photographs and video by Michael Wichita (Washington, DC).

Jayme McLellan's show at the Warehouse Arts Complex opens the same night from 7-9 pm, so it's a nice night to catch two DC openings within walking distance to one another. More on this show later...

Update: Keep on walking and over at Irvine Contemporary you can also see two concurrent exhibitions opening Saturday, December 2: The Trophy Room, a solo exhibition of new sculptures by Joshua Levine, and Three New Chinese Artists: A Preview, featuring new paintings by Li Jian Ping, Liu Jian, and Ye Qiang. Opening Reception, Saturday, December 2, 6-8:00 pm. The exhibitions run through Saturday, January 7, 2007.

With the exhibition Three New Chinese Artists: A Preview, Irvine Contemporary also announces the representation of Li Jian Ping, Liu Jian, and Ye Qiang through their newly-established office and artists’ agency in Beijing, China.

This exhibition is a first preview of three artists whose work has already achieved international importance, and who will be featured in solo exhibitions at Irvine in the gallery’s 2007-2008 program. Li Jian Ping, Liu Jian, and Ye Qiang are already widely recognized in China and Asia. This show is their first US and international exhibition through gallery representation in the US.

Job in the Arts in Philly

The Philadelphia Museum of Art seeks an art historian and experienced leader for the position of Curator of Education for Adult Public Programs.

This position heads up a team of museum educators who plan and implement a broad range of programs for adult and college audiences, and who work with curatorial departments on interpretive strategies such as audio tours, didactic gallery material, and interactive technologies that engage the adult public in learning in and about the collections. The Curator of Education for Public Programs reports to the Senior Curator of Education, and plays a key management role in a 26-person Division of Education. The individual lectures in the galleries and in auditorium settings on a variety of art historical topics related to museum collections and exhibitions and participates in training museum guides. He or she represents the Museum in the regional academic community and in the broader community.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have an MA or PhD in the History of Art and a minimum of five years museum experience. He or she should have strong experience in teaching, working on interdepartmental teams, supervising staff, training volunteers, and implementing programs. Communication, leadership, and organizational skills are important, as is familiarity with new technologies for interactive interpretation. Physical requirements include the ability to stand for 2 hours at a time and climb multiple flights of stairs. Weekend work required. Please send resume and cover letter to: PMA-HR, 215.684.7977 or jobs@philamuseum.org.

Please include salary requirement and JOB TITLE. Resumes will not be considered without a job title in the subject line. No phone calls.

Job in the Arts in DC

Deadline: January 5, 2007

American University is looking for a new Associate Dean for the Arts.

The College of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a tenured position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor to administer the arts programs at the university, beginning in Fall 2007.

The Associate Dean for the Arts will be expected to ensure excellence in each of the arts disciplines and to work collaboratively to create an integrated identity for the arts at American University. Responsibilities include leadership and coordination of arts activities; recruiting students and faculty; teaching in an appropriate arts discipline; fostering inter- and multi-disciplinary academic and public programs; and outreach to the region and the arts communities. Applicants should hold the appropriate terminal graduate degree in an arts discipline represented at American University (studio art, art history, graphic design, multimedia, theatre/music theatre, music, dance, audio technology and production, and arts management) and have a proven track record of academic leadership in the arts. Excellence in teaching and scholarship or creative work required. Experience in both academic and professional settings preferred.

Send letter of application addressing teaching and research interests and experience, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to:

Dean Kay Mussell
Attn: Associate Dean for the Arts Search Committee
College of Arts and Sciences
American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20016

Housing for Artists in DC

Brand new renovation of existing units! Hardwood floors throughout , ceramic tile in kitchen and bath, built-in storage, new stainless steel appliances, central air conditioning, skylights, 500 square feet with one bedroom, 1 bath.

Address: 1706 16th Street SW, Washington DC 20020. They will be renting the units to local artists for $700/month (utilities not included). Qualifying artists can work in visual, performing or literary fields. They do not have to make their full living as an artist, but they must be able to supply documentation of being a working artist, for example a portfolio, recording, writings, etc.

For an application and to make an appointment to view the housing, email bevans@archdc.com or call 202-889-5000 x 113.