Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Asterism at Gallery Four in B'more

Gallery Four's newly renovated 4,000 sq.ft. gallery in Baltimore will feature work by five artists from Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., and Baltimore. The show will include site specific painting and recent sculpture by Maggie Michael, new sculpture and installation by Bryan Savitz, Jan Razauskas, Nikki Romanello, and photography by Steve Nyktas.

Opening Reception: November 8th, from 5 - 10 pm.

New DC gallery

Caos on F is a new artist owned, artist operated collective at 923 F St. NW in DC launched last September as part of F St|arts, the suite of art studio spaces in the newly developed Carroll Square building.

On exhibit at Caos on F for its inaugural show will be the work of painters Michael Berman and Quint Marshall, ceramic artist Joe Hicks and furniture by Matthew Falls. The show continues until January 5 and is open to the public every Friday 2-8 pm and by special appointment.

Starting Friday November 7 and continuing every first Friday, Caos on F will host an open studio event featuring Fine Art, Fine Furniture and Fine Friends. Lively and provocative discussions are sure to abound and will feature wine and treats from our neighbors: gourmet cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery and delectible chocolates from CoCo Sala.

Frieze Report

"Two weeks ago, the Death Star that has hovered over the art world for the last two years finally fired its lasers. It was October 15, the day the stock market fell more than 700 points—again—and a month after Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch collapsed and Damien Hirst pawned off $200 million worth of crapola on clueless rubes at Sotheby’s. Against this backdrop, at 11 a.m., the gates of London’s Frieze Art Fair opened, and in streamed the international traveling circus of bigwigs, collectors, curators, advisers, museum directors, trustees, models, movie stars, and critics like moi.

Talk of financial doom filled the air. Karl Schweizer, UBS’s head of art banking, told one reporter, “We are in a liquidity crisis.” Money manager Randy Slifka added, “There is blood on the streets on Wall Street.” Collectors talked about “sewing up our pockets.” Yet much of the art world was playing on as if nothing had happened. A German dealer told, “This economic mess will all be over by January.” Christie’s Amy Cappellazzo spun her house’s recent sales: “If you bought something, you bought something real.” In truth, most of the speculators are buying something real bad or badly overpriced.

In fact, though, things were different. Those of us who have frequented Frieze could see that something was off. Dealers and assistants who in recent years were always busy with clients now stood or sat quietly. Sales were happening, but slowly, one at a time. The claim of “It’s sold” was replaced by “I have it on several holds.” Although the megagalleries like Gagosian and White Cube teemed with moneyed types and very tall women in very high heels, many younger dealers looked perplexed. A gallerist who entered the field in the go-go aughts and who had sold only two pieces by 5 p.m. that first day asked, 'What’s going on?'"
Read Saltz on Frieze here.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Congrats A few minutes ago CNN projected that Obama wins Pennsylvania, and so let me be the first visual arts blog on the planet to congratulate President-elect Obama. Are CNN holograms cool or what? I predicted this a few years ago, but I bet that a whole new wave or ism or genre in art will be art holograms, and some poor, unknown artist somewhere in the world is toiling away right now building them from scratch, but some rich artist will be the one that pops out as the innovator once he/she buys the technology and starts showing them in a NYC gallery.

Here's a litho of the soon-to-be new Prez that I did a couple of years ago when he was a young Senator from Illinois.

Senator Barack Obama - 2007 by F. Lennox Campello
Senator Barack Obama
2007 by F. Lennox Campello


Stop reading blogs and go vote and make history today.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Opening at Loyola in Baltimore

Julio Fine Arts Gallery at Loyola College will have "Amanda Burnham: Denominator" starting on November 3 – December 10, 2008 with an Opening Reception on Thursday, November 6, 5 – 7 pm.

The new exhibition features the artist’s newest work on paper as well as an installation drawing on site at the Gallery.

Julio Fine Arts Gallery is located on the Loyola College campus at 4501 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210.

Vote Tomorrow

By Tuesday night, you should have voted; if you didn't vote, then until 2012, shut the fuck up.

By Wednesday morning when we wake up, regardless of who wins, history will have been made.

By Wednesday, one of two good Americans will be President-elect of this great nation.

Vote tomorrow... or you could be the guy being discussed below...

Sunday, November 02, 2008



Airborne today and heading home after a wonderful visit to Beantown and a quick studio visit to Magdalena Campos-Pons.

Move that fucking umbrella!

Remember that I told you that Obama came to Widener University a few days ago?

My wife teaches there and is a hardcore Obamista and she braved the cold rain and went to the rally and she video'd Obama.

Problem is that there were a couple of rows of people in front of her, and because it was raining, they had umbrellas. But the people behind her couldn't see Obama and so they kept asking for the umbrellas to be moved, politely at first, and then finally the F-bomb is shouted.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Tim Taunton Opening in C'ville

Tim Taunton's Warchild
Migration: A Gallery will be opening an exhibit of Tim Taunton’s new oil paintings. The exhibit, Through the Looking Glass, will open with a reception on Friday, November 7th from 5:30 – 8pm and will continue through November 26th.

Migration is really setting a new course for Charlottesville's galleries with their super exhibition program and aggressive art fairs presence. They are located at 119 5th St., SE, Charlottesville. More information is available at 434-293-2200 and

Wanna go to a Philly Opening Tonight?

Friday, October 31, 2008



Airborne today and heading to Beantown for a fund raiser function and a studio visit to Magdalena Campos-Pons.

Wanna go to a Halloween Show in Alexandria tonite?

ARTery 717 in Alexandria, VA is having a Halloween show today Friday entitled “EARTH Beings on Exhibit,” with live music, bodypainting, fire dancers, etc. Their last show “Voces de la Tierra” is still up in the front galleries and I hear that it is quite remarkable. Artery 717 is at 717 N. St. Asaph St., Alexandria, VA. 22314. From 8-12PM tonite!

Project 4

DC's Project 4 gallery has a new abode at 1353 U Street NW, 3rd floor and their next show and first there will be a solo exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artist Thomas Müller.

The Opening Reception is Saturday, November 8, 6:00 - 9:00 pm and there's an Artist talk earlier on Saturday, November 8, at 4:00 pm.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

At Studio 4903

21st Annual Washington Craft Show

November 7-9 at Walter E. Washington Convention Center in DC.

Washington’s major fall showcase for the best contemporary American craft arrives November 7 to 9, 2008 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Demonstrating imagination and mastery, 190 artists chosen by jury will gather from 34 states and D.C. to exhibit and sell their one-of-a-kind and limited-edition arts at the 21st Annual Washington Craft Show.

The 2008 show theme, “Making It Personal,” highlights independent styles of both artists and visitors. Each piece, designed and created in the artist’s studio, represents a signature concept in glass, jewelry, ceramics, basketry, wood, furniture, fiber, metal arts, paper, mixed media, and wearable art.

Also new this year:
- In a special display by rising talent, craft students selected by jury from the Corcoran College of Art + Design exhibit their work.
- Artists will be identified who demonstrate Green Vision through creative use of recycled or sustainably harvested materials or renewable energy.
- An evening party, “Master Crafts and Music,” benefits the scholarship and outreach programs of Washington’s Levine School of Music on Friday, November 7. For benefit tickets and information: or 202.686.8000, ext. 1051.

For more Washington Craft Show information, visit or call 800-832-7813.

Washington Craft Show hours are Friday, November 7, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, November 8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, November 9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is $15, seniors and students $13. Children under 12 are admitted free.

Walter E. Washington Convention Center. located at 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, is easily accessible by Metro: Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center on Yellow or Green Lines.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Let me be the first arts blog on the planet to congratulate the Phillies on kicking butt and winning the world series.

Art jobs: Atlanta

Gallery Director for a new Atlanta photography gallery. The Director will manage both the artistic and business sides of this unique new photography gallery in Atlanta. They are looking for someone with at least 3-5 years in a similar capacity. The salary is $50-70K + benefits. Contact George Olmstead at

Iranian Campaign Medal

Tomorrow, Thursday Oct. 30th is the opening for Art Without Frontiers, put together by Joan Belmar to raise funds for The Family Place.

The opening reception is Oct. 30th from 6:30 - 9:30PM at the beautiful Cultural Institute of Mexico in DC. Details here and RSVP required to The Mexican Cultural Institute is located at 2829 16th Street, N.W., Washington, D. C. 20009.

Artists include Sondra Arkin, Joseph Barbaccia, Constance Bergfors, Salvados Casco, Nina Falk, Carles Guasch, Willem De Looper, Adrienne Moumin, Linn Meyers, Martha Jackson-Jarvis, Minna N. Nathanson, Kevin Postupack, Katya Romero, Raimundo Rubio and I am proud to also be part of this effort.

For this show I am exhibiting "The Iranian Campaing Medal Ribbon."

As I've discussed here before, around 1997 I started a series of large non representational paintings which were based on the military awards, ribbons and medals that I earned while serving in the U.S. Navy. In 2007 my focus changed slightly, and I began to design and paint imaginary or futuristic medals, ribbons and awards based on imaginary (some would say anticipated) world events involving the United States of American armed forces.

In a sense my futuristic social commentary on the barbarity and regularity of armed conflict yesterday, today and now, tomorrow.

Iranian Campaign Medal by F. Lennox Campello

"Iranian Campaign Medal", Oil on Canvas, 24 x 48 inches, c.2007
By F. Lennox Campello (from the Digitalia series)

The Iranian Campaign Medal was established by Executive Order 13975 signed by the President on 13 January 2012. It may be awarded to American military and naval personnel for participating in prescribed operations, campaigns and task forces ranging in dates from 2 February 2011 to present.

The area of operations for these various campaigns includes the total land area and air space of Iran, and the waters and air space of the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean within 12 nautical miles of Iranian coastline.

Personnel must be members of a unit participating in, or be engaged in direct support of, the operation for 30 consecutive days in the area of operations or for 60 non-consecutive days provided this support involves entering the area of operations or meets one of the following criteria:

• Be engaged in actual combat, or duty that is equally as hazardous as combat duty, during the operation with armed opposition, regardless of time in the area of operations;
• While participating in the operation, regardless of time, is wounded or injured and requires medical evacuation from the area of operations;
• While participating as a regularly assigned aircrew member flying sorties into, out of, within, or over the area of operations in direct support of the military operations.

One bronze service star shall be worn on the ribbon for qualifying participation during an established campaign. However, that if an individual's 30 or 60 days began in one campaign and carried over into another, that person would only qualify for the medal with one service star. The medal is not awarded without at least one service star.

The executive order provides that service members who qualify for either the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal or the Armed Forces Service Medal for service in Iran between 2 February 2011 and 13 January 2012, remain qualified for those medals. However, upon application, any such member may be awarded the Iranian Campaign Medal in lieu of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal or the Armed Forces Service Medal, but no Service member may be awarded more than one of these three medals for the same period of service in Iran.

The suspension ribbon for the medal's purple and gold colors were suggested by the historical Imperial colors of Iran’s millennial Persian history and the golden sunsets of the Persian Gulf.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The theory: speculation in art (and young art) is over

What is the silver lining in all this cloudiness? Perhaps a return to the importance of museums, critics and alternative spaces for validation and the introduction of new art.
Read Josh Baer's article in the Art Newspaper here.