Tuesday, May 06, 2008

AOM Panels

The Pink Line Project will be presenting a series of panel discussions to educate the emerging and experienced art collector at the soon to open a Art-O-Matic. Click on the image below for details.

I have been asked to participat on a panel which will be held on Wednesday, May 21 at 7 pm in the 7th Floor Education Room. It is the "Information Overload: Finding Reliable and Useful Information About Art Collecting."

It will be moderated by DC ubercollector Dr. Fred Ognibene and will include JW Mahoney, Sharon Burton, Martin Irvine and yours truly.

See ya there!

Gallery critic and Washington City Paper part ways

I was very surprised to find out about a few minutes ago that Washington City Paper galleries critic Kriston Capps and the WCP have parted ways in what sounds (from Capps' side of the story) a very silly issue.

Something doesn't make sense here, but I'm sure that regardless of why (in Jeffry Cudlin's words) "the City Paper has given him the boot," Capps will continue to write for plenty of other outlets. He is an erudite, word-savvy, opinionated and educated writer and a budding curator.

Bailey on the subject here.

Cudlin on the same subject here.

The Surgeon and I

Dr. C. Everett Koop, photos by  Keith Weller

Dr. C. Everett Koop and I at a recent art panel in Baltimore. He's in his 90s; I want to look that good when I'm in my 70s! Photo by Keith Weller.

(In)Between Opening Video

A quick video of the opening night for the (In)Between exhibition at Philadelphia's Wexler Gallery.

Job in the arts in a beach town

Delaware's Rehoboth Art League is looking for a new Executive Director. This is a membership-based arts organization and exhibition center; the ED is to "provide overall leadership, direction, and management of the Rehoboth Art League's projects, programs and operations, including staff, volunteers, finances, curatorial, educational and outreach activities, membership, fundraising, and grant writing." Requires ten plus years management experience, ability to building strong community relationships, success in developing and implementing funding strategies.

The mission of the Art League is to provide arts education, promote and enccourage artists,maintain and enhance permanent collection. Founded in 1938, the Art League is on an historic three acre campus featuring an 18th century farmhouse. Rehoboth is a terrific beach town with fine restaurants and a vigorous art community. Email resume and cover letter to mhelms@coachwise.com.

Wanna go to a Tyson's Corner Opening on Thursday?

Noi Volkov opens at Tyson's Corner's Habatat Galleries on May 8 with a reception from 7:00 - 9:30 pm. The exhibition will be on display until June 14th.

Memorial to the medium

It wasn’t supposed to be this way, but “Polaroids: Mapplethorpe,” opening this week at the Whitney, has become a memorial to the medium. Several weeks ago, the diminished Polaroid Corporation announced it will, in 2009, quit the instant-film business.
Read the article by Christopher Bonanos in New Yorker here.

Friday = Artomatic

Artomatic, the art show that art critics love to hate and everyone else loves to visit; the capital area's homegrown art extravaganza, opens to the public at noon on Friday, May 9, with art, performances and special events, including the fire-dancing troupe Flights of Fire and performance art in the form of a new TV game show, “The Road to Success!” in just the first weekend.

From past experience, there will be dozens of parties going on throughout the spaces. This is the DC event this week.

“NoMa is ready to welcome tens of thousands of visitors to Artomatic so they can see the transformation that is under way in NoMa,” said Elizabeth Price, President of the NoMa BID. “NoMa is currently a hotbed of construction activity and now, thanks to Artomatic, the neighborhood will be bursting with the energy and excitement that only the artistic community can create.”

Highlights of Artomatic’s opening weekend include:

• Unveiling of nine floors of 2-D and 3-D visual arts presentations by more than 700 local and regional artists.

• Flights of Fire – a fire dancing performance to be held outside at 9 p.m., Friday, May 9.

• “Electro-acoustic psychedelic world dance music” by Baltimore’s Telesma at 9 p.m., Friday, May 9.

• A Latin dance workshop with professional dance instructor Ibis Villegas, featuring salsa, merengue, samba, and other styles at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 10.

• Progressive rock by Guardians of Iridescence at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 10.

• “The Road to Success,” performance art by Carolina Mayorga in the form of a new TV game show at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 10.

• New wave/indie rock by Plastiq Passion, an all-girl band from Union City, New Jersey at 11 p.m., Saturday, May 10.

• An expressive drawing workshop with Giliah Litwack at 1 p.m., Sunday, May 11.

• "In-your-face" jazz/jam music "with a touch of funk" by Bethesda, JD-based Bassment Breaks at 4 p.m., Sunday, May 11.

A full schedule of events is available at www.artomatic.org/event.

Held regularly since 1999, Artomatic transforms an unfinished indoor space into an exciting and diverse arts event that is free and open to the public. In addition to displays and sales by hundreds of artists, the event features free films, educational presentations and children’s activities, as well as musical, dance, poetry, theater and other performances.

Who will be this year's AOM emerging star? Let's get those "Top 10" lists going!

May 9–June 15 at Capitol Plaza 1
1200 First Street, N.E., (Corner of First and M Streets)
Washington, D.C. 20002
(New York Avenue Metro station: Red line)
Free, but donations accepted

Wednesday–Thursdays: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Fridays–Saturdays: Noon to 2 a.m.
Sundays: Noon to 10 p.m.
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Directions- here.

Looking for studio space in Arlington, VA?

Immediate availability! Reeb Hall Studios has an opening for a fine artist in need of a small studio available June 1st, 2008. Rent/size approx. 12x18'/$230/month. 24 hr. access.

If interested, please send 1 to 3 small jpgs of recent work of yours and/or your website address and a really short letter of interest to: reebhallartists@yahoo.com