Friday, September 07, 2007

Tiny Alien

Below is another tiny little drawing with a big title. It's about 1.5 inches high by one inch across or so. Charcoal on paper.
Campello drawing

"Illegal Alien running across the border street in Brownsville, Texas, hoping that he won't be too late for his job at the Fort Brown Golf Course"
Charcoal on Paper, 1.5 inches by 1 inch.
c. 2007 by F. Lennox Campello

And another new DC gallery

New to me anyway, is the R Street Gallery at 2108 R St. NW, in DC's Dupont Circle area. They will be having an opening reception on Sunday September 16th from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm for the exhibition of Tom Wolff’s portraits and images of the famous and powerful, and Tracey Friedlander’s portraits and documentation of the people of Cuba.

Step One

I'm looking to open a new gallery space in the Philly area... maybe... maybe... and so far I am only working on a draft website.

Here's what and who I am thinking about.

First step: sell my own work to raise funds to pay the exorbitant cost to do some fancy art fairs.

Second step: hopefully make some bucks from the art fairs to open a "bricks and mortar" space.

Third step: Lose money for a while until I establish a Philly presence.

Fourth step: Become a respected Phildalphia gallery.

Fifth step: Open a gallery in Sedona, Arizona.

Sixth step: back to second step.

Oh God!

Move the damned Barnes

After reading this, I join the camp that says move the damned Barnes to Philly and stop whining.

New DC gallery

The Carroll Square Gallery has its grand opening tonight from 6-9PM with an exhibition titled "Botanica," which includes work by 2007 Trawick Prize finalist Mary Early, Susan Jamison, Dean Kessmann, Amy Lamb, Lisa Scheer, Zach Storm and others.

Details here.

The Rich are different... or are they?

Recently I've learned a couple of interesting and very surprising facts about America's rich people.

The stereotype American rich dude is always painted as a Republican, and the Republican Party has always been called "the Party of the Rich." But apparently America's wealthiest zip codes are overwhelmingly Democratic donors. That surprised me quite a bit, which shouldn't have, since my old neighborhood of Potomac, Maryland was and is definately a very pro-Democrat area and one of the wealthiest zip codes in the USA.

Yet another reason why I try really hard to ignore both the "vast right wing conspiracy" and the slightly less vast "left wing nutspiracy."

And now, to add to my confusion, the New York Times tells me that "the rich are giving more to charity than ever."

Roughly three-quarters of charitable gifts of $50 million and more from 2002 through March 31 went to universities, private foundations, hospitals and art museums, according to the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.
Read the NYT story here.

Perhaps the sky is not falling after all...

First Fridays in Philly and DC

There are at least 21 gallery openings tonight in Philadelphia, a city known for "legendary stinginess toward the arts" according to the Daily News' Tom DiNardo.

Details on the gallery openings here.

In DC, Heather Goss details some key gallery openings around the nation's capital, which I think could also be accused of saving a sheckel here and there at the expense of the arts. Check out DCist here.

Another One Bites the Dust

The WaPo's Jackie Trescott covers yet another resignation by yet another director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Judy L. Larson, the outgoing director is the 10th director since the museum was founded in 1987 - that's one every two years.

Clearly something is really wrong with the NMWA, and its inability to keep its directors is just the most visible part of what's brewing under the surface there.

And although Mary Mochary, the president of the museum's board "declined to discuss any circumstances of Larson's departure. 'I can't say what was going on,' Mochary said," rumors have persisted for years about frustrated NMWA directors handcuffed perhaps too tightly to a museum founder (and now chairman of the board) still trying to deliver her vision through them.

I'd love to hear the thoughts of some former NMWA directors on this subject!


Last fall the Philadelphia Museum of Art announced that it had selected Frank Gehry to design an underground expansion beneath the museum’s east terrace on Fairmount Hill. The Gehry expansion will cost around $500 million and add 80,000 square feet of galleries and renovated spaces. No date has been set for the start of construction.

Yesterday the newly refurbished Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building was unveiled and will open to the public on Sept. 15, and the 114,000 foot building was expanded by 59,000 feet at a cost of $90 million dollars.

And, as noted yesterday, thanks to a $500,000 gift from Wachovia, the Museum will offer free admission to its new Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building through the end of calendar year 2007.

Last weekend I walked the perimeter of both buildings, and in spite of the construction eye sores, and the masses of people who get pissed off when they get to to the top of the Rocky museum steps only to find out that the Rocky statue is no longer there (it has been relocated to the right side of the steps as one faces the museum), one still gets a really strong impression of a museum with presence and vision, and the new addition is a smart step forward.

Now let's see how the Gehry addition develops. I am sure that the unfortunate Corcoran experience with its own Gehry non-addition will be studied by Anne d’Harnoncourt and the savvy PMA director will learn from it.