Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Heading South

The van was packed today, almost everything fit... almost. It will soon head South to Context Art Miami, where we will be in booth E-44 and showcasing the work of British painter Simon Monk, Mexican photographer Dulce Pinzon, and the sculptures of American sculptors (and DMV area artists) Audrey Wilson and Elissa Farrow-Savos.

Oh yeah... had to drop $1600 in repairs to the van just prior to the drive to Miami... better here than on the road!

I fly down on Saturday and will start daily reports on Monday!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Who's going to ABMB this year?

The below list is courtesy of The Center for the Creative Economy

DC Area Artists - Art Basel Miami - 2014

Jennifer Jacobs, Aqua Art Miami Director  jjacobs@art-miami.com
(T) 503.810.7903

Mayer Fine Arts - Aqua Art Miami
Judith Peck judithpeck@prodigy.net (with Mayer Fine Arts at Aqua Art Miami)
Victoria Gaitan (with Mayer Fine Arts at Aqua Art Miami)

Morton Fine Art - Aqua Art Miami
Stephon Senegal (Morton Fine Art, Aqua Art Miami)
Victor Ekpuk vekpuk@yahoo.com (Morton Fine Art, Aqua Art Miami)

Hamiltonian Gallery - Aqua Art Miami - www.hamiltoniangallery.org
Joshua Haycraft <haycraftj@bhbitb.com> (Hamiltonian Gallery at Aqua)
Annette  Isham <annette.isham@gmail.com> (Hamiltonian Gallery at Aqua)

VENUE Context Art Miami www.contextartmiami.com

Alida Anderson Art Projects - Context Art Miami info@alidaanderson.com
Audrey Wilson audreywilson4@gmail.com (with Alida Anderson at Context Art Miami)
Lenny Campello lenny@lennycampello.com (with Alida Anderson at Context Art Miami)

Curator’s Office – Context Art Miami  www.curatorsoffice.com
Larry Cook <larrywcookjr@yahoo.com> (Curator's Office at Miami Context Art Miami)

VENUE Latin American Art Pavilion latinamericanartpavilion.com

Latin American Art Pavilion latinamericanartpavilion.com
Joan Belmar Joanbelmar@gmail.com (The Latin American Art Pavilion at Red Dot Art Fair) curated by Dennys Matos

Contact: Prizm Art Fair www.prizmartfair.com in Miami and the founder director is Mikhaile Solomon
Wesley Clark wclark79@gmail.com
Amber Robles Gordon amberroblesgordon@gmail.com
Jamea Richmond Edwards ejamea@gmail.com
Irene Clouthier, www.ireneclouthier.com
Adrienne Gaither adriennegaither.com

VENUE Art Miami www.art-miami.com/
Connersmith Contemporary http://www.connersmith.us.com/
Erik Thor Sandberg  iconologicart@gmail.com

DC Area Galleries
Alida Anderson Art Projects info@alidaanderson.com
Connersmith Contemporary info@connersmith.us.com
Morton Fine Art - MFA Amy Morton mortonfineart@gmail.com
Curator's Office andrea@curatorsoffice.com
Mayer Fine Arts www.mayerfineartgallery.com

Miami Organizations that have shown DC artists via application (Note: Aqua Art Miami doesn’t show individual artists, but only galleries via a rigorous application process; however, in the past they have vetted individual performance artists)

From Holly Bass - Map from 2012 - Beginners Guide to Art Base Miami

Beginner's guide to Art Basel:

Friday, November 21, 2014

Another scam

This is a scam - they're just beginning to hit artists and galleries with their own domain names:

Subject:   alidaanderson domain and keyword in CN
From:   "David Zhang"
Date:   Tue, November 18, 2014 11:55 pm
To:   info@alidaanderson.com
Priority:   Normal

(Please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks)

We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China. On Nov 17, 2014, we received an application from Huabao Holdings Ltd requested "alidaanderson" as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names. But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it's necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China?

Kind regards

David Zhang
General Manager
YIGUDNS (Headquarters)
B06, Yujing Building, No.1 Jihe Road,
Shanghai 201107, China
Tel: +86 21 6191 8696
Mobile: +86 138 1642 8671
Fax: +86 21 6191 8697

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Quantum of the Seas in NYC

"Channeling Jackson Pollock: Rock, Paper, Scissors” being transported by Quantum of the Seas! by Alan Sislen

Super talented DMV area photog Alan Sislen writes...
I was in NYC this weekend doing some photography.  Last night I was shooting lower Manhattan from New Jersey and heard this enormous ships horn.  Coming up the Hudson River was your "Channeling Jackson Pollock: Rock, Paper, Scissors” being transported by Quantum of the Seas!  In the background is the World Financial Center and the Freedom Tower (One World Trade Center).
Thank you Alan!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Amber Robles-Gordon at the Capitol Skyline tomorrow


November 20, 2014, 7-9pm
South Capitol Street Facade
Capitol Skyline Hotel
10 I (Eye) Street SW
Washington, DC 20024
WPA presents a new work by DC-based artist Amber Robles-Gordon as the second installation in its South Capitol Skyscape series. For the 50-foot banner on the South Capitol Street façade of the hotel, WPA has excerpted a portion of Robles-Gordon's new work entitled At the Altar: Dance of the Serpents. Created through the artist's signature assemblage process combining textiles and found objects, the work takes new form using a recycled hammock as its support and foundation, representing the structural constructs of the past and the restrictive patterns of repetitive thinking.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The next copyright act???

Chris Reed is a former senior policy advisor to the Register of Copyrights and author of Copyright Workflow for Photographers.

Check out his piece here.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Jane Haslem to close after 55 years

Jane Haslem Gallery, the DMV's longest running art gallery will host its last "formal exhibition" after 55 years of operation!

For those of you who don't know, 55 years is close to 873 years in people-years! Haslem's Artline was (and is) one of the planet's first gallery sites on the Internets; it made its debut in 1995, the year before we opened the Fraser Gallery in Georgetown!

When we opened, we already had a website ready to fly hosted on the old Geocities server... back then you could count the DMV galleries with a web presence in one hand and Haslem had set the standard.

November, December 2014 & January 2015
Opening Reception:  December 6, Saturday, 3-7 pm

also exhibiting new watercolors and prints

Check out their last formal show here.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Channeling Jackson Pollock is at sea

Remember this commission for Royal Caribbean's spectacular new ship "Quantum of the Seas"

That amazing new cruise liner is now in its break down maiden cruise and my piece is now fully installed and at sea!

"Channeling Jackson Pollock: Rock, Paper, Scissors"

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Jenkins in the WaPo

The Washington Post's Mark Jenkins reviews the “Lines Drawn: America’s Artists Look Beyond the Politics of Red and Blue,” at Charles Krause/Reporting Fine Art and has a nice mention of my piece "Obama as Atlas."

Read the review here and then come to my talk tomorrow afternoon at 4:30PM as I discuss the piece.

1300 13th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

Sunday, Nov. 16 @ 4:30PM
For all you grubs, refreshments will be served

I will also have a very cool piece of art that I will give to the person who asks me the best question during or after the talk!

"Obama as Atlas" by F. Lennox Campello (2008 -  2014)

Please come ready to discuss (and debate) the piece... beware that I am a Virgo and thus inclined to use facts (with references) in all my arguments.

Also, Art and Circuses, a very cool new DMV art blog by artist Michele Colburn has published a very eloquent review here. Please visit this new blog frequently!

See ya there!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Campello Art Talk This Sunday!

This Sunday I will have the honor to discuss my piece "Obama as Atlas" which is part of the very cool LINES DRAWN: America's Artists Look Beyond the Politics of Red and Blue exhibition at:

1300 13th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

Sunday, Nov. 16 @ 4:30PM
For all you grubs, refreshments will be served

I will also have a very cool piece of art that I will give to the person who asks me the best question during or after the talk!

"Obama as Atlas" by F. Lennox Campello (2008 -  2014)

Please come ready to discuss (and debate) the piece... beware that I am a Virgo and thus inclined to use facts (with references) in all my arguments.

Also, Art and Circuses, a very cool new DMV art blog by artist Michele Colburn has published a very eloquent review here. Please visit this new blog frequently!

See ya there!

Bethesda Art Walk returns tonight!

The Bethesda Art Walk returns this Friday, November 14 from 
6-9pm, showcasing artwork created locally, nationally and internationally. 

Enjoy several galleries by walking throughout downtown Bethesda to learn more about the Bethesda arts scene and featured artists.


Consider It Done
7806 Old Georgetown Road 

Gallery B
7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E 

Studio B

7475 Wisconsin Avenue 

"Tunnel Vision" Public Art Exhibition
Bethesda Metro Station Tunnel

Waverly Street Gallery
4600 East-West Highway 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Art Scam Alert!

The art scammers are all over Al Gore's Internet(s) over the last few days... Beware of these mutants!
From:  Gloria Suellen (garyroberts965@gmail.com)
Good Day,
How is everything with you? I picked interest in your artwork and
deemed it necessary to write you immediately. I will like to know if
you have shipped internationally before and if you have a merchant
that enables you to accept Visa Card or Master Card for payment?.
Could you please respond with your recently updated website so we can
proceed from there
Best Regards
Mrs Suellen

From:  Lindsey Richard (lindsey@lindseyart.com)

Good day,
I want to place an order in your store/Gallery/Company and i will like to know 
if you ship to Singapore and my payment will be remitted via Credit Card Issued 
in United States.
Please let me know if you can assist me with the order,and please do not forget 
to include your website in your reply.Your quick response will be highly appreciated,
I will be very glad if you treat this email with good concern.
Best Regards,
Lindsey Supply Co.
Shun Li Industrial Complex,
603 Sims Drive, #03-10,
Singapore 387384
That last mutant also uses excelshopping.consulting1998@gmail.com as an email address...

Update: Also this email address:  kess.sloa@gmail.com

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Heading to the UK

Because I work my ass off, and because I am lucky to be represented by five very hard working galleries in the US and Europe, and because I am perhaps the most reasonably-priced (and needless to say uber talented) artist on the planet, I manage to sell a lot of work each year.

As a result, I don't usually note individual sales here, but every once in a while (such as in this case) a sale stands out. And the small drawing below is heading to the United Kingdom to the collection of one of the top ten art collectors on Earth!

"Hamas Wants Him Dead"  Charcoal and Conte on Paper. 7x5 inches  2014 by F. Lennox Campello.
"Hamas Wants Him Dead"
Charcoal and Conte on Paper. 7x5 inches
2014 by F. Lennox Campello.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy Veterans' Day!

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Danals
To all American fellow veterans, both those who have served and those who are serving in all corners of the planet while we're home with our families. A well-deserved thank you to all the soldiers, sailors, airmen/women, Marines and Coasties.

This Veteran's Day is especially important in view of increased operations in various parts of the world where our men and women are in harm's way, and we should be even more thankful to those who wear and who have worn the uniform with honor.

Below is Petty Officer Third Class Lenny Campello back in 1975!

Petty Officer Third Class, US Navy Florencio Lennox Campello, circa 1975
And then Lieutenant Commander Lenny Campello back in 1992!

LCDR Lenny Campello, USN circa 1992

Monday, November 10, 2014

Willie on Lance

"I think it is just terrible and disgusting how everyone has treated Lance Armstrong, especially after what he achieved, winning seven Tour de France races while on drugs. When I was on drugs, I couldn't even find my bike.”

Willie Nelson

Opportunity for Photographers

Friday, November 14 to Sunday, November 16, 51 N Street NE, FREE

FotoBazaar returns as the city’s second massive, open-to-all photography bazaar. FotoBazaar offers space for 250 exhibitors on a first-come, first-serve basis and is installed in a 25,000 square-foot space in NOMA, provided by JBG Companies. FotoDC will also select favorite images for an online Festival Gallery, Best of FotoBazaar 2014.
FotoBazaar Opening Party, Friday, November 146:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
FotoBazaar, 51 N Street NE

Guests will hobnob with DC’s photographers, curators and DJ’s, enjoy photobooths, open bar and more! Tickets are available online.

Maryland Art Marketplace Open for Artists

The MSAC is encouraging Maryland artists of all disciplines to sign-up for the Maryland Artist Registry and inviting those with online selling sites for their art, crafts or artistic merchandise to opt-in to the Maryland Art Marketplace during the process.

Once launched, the Maryland Art Marketplace will be promoted by the Arts Council and its partners as a hub for Maryland-made art—including books, music and visual art—that is available for purchase online. Read more.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival
Deadline: December 5, 2014
The Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, scheduled for May 9 & 10, 2015, will be held in downtown Bethesda, a lively urban area renowned for restaurants, shopping, galleries and theaters. Artists from all over the country are invited to apply! 

Festival Application details
Non-refundable Application Fee: $30
Booth Fee: Standard, 10' x 10': $425
Booth Fee: Deluxe, 10' x 20':$850

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Opportunities for Artists

Call For Entry: UNDER $500
MAP’s Second Annual Affordable Art Sale
Deadline: Monday, November 24, 2014

MAP is seeking artists for UNDER $500. The exhibition will include 1-3 works by each artist with each individual piece retailing for $500 or less. UNDER $500 is a great opportunity to get your work noticed and purchased by area buyers & collectors just in time for the holidays!
Participating artists will receive one free ticket to the opening event on Friday, December 12. Selected artists will be issued an UNDER $500 Profile Form in an effort to simultaneously promote the artwork and artist during the event. There is a $10 dollar application fee for non-MAP Members to submit. Click here to learn more about becoming a MAP Member.

Proceeds from the sale of artwork will be split equally between artist and MAP. Proceeds directly benefit MAP, helping to maintain MAP’s annual programs and exhibitions.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Puzzling silence

A few days ago I shared with all of you here and in Facebook the fact that The Gazette newspapers intended to terminate Dr. Claudia Rousseau's visual arts review column today.  As I noted and I now have evidence, this is part of an apparent planned decimation of arts coverage in general by the Gazette newspapers (owned by the Washington Post).

I am somewhat surprised by a couple of things:
  • Seems like most of you don't care - and yeah, there has been some good noise in Facebook postings and a handful of you have emailed, called or otherwise contacted the newspaper in question. But nowhere near enough! There should be dozens and dozens of complaints... if you don't care, then don't ever bitch again about lack of arts coverage... every single one of you who's ever sent a news release about an art show to anyone should be sending a note to the editors of The Gazette.
  • I am less surprised by the fact that I've have not heard anything from Mr. Will Franklin.
We cannot just stand by and meekly allow this to happen. I once again demand that you contact Will Franklin at wfranklin@gazette.net and send him an email on the subject. Here's a copy of the email that I sent a few days ago to Mr. Franklin:
Dear Mr. Franklin,

This note is to express both my disappointment and even outrage at the news that The Gazette intends to terminate Dr. Claudia Rousseau's visual arts coverage in The Gazette as part of an apparent decimation of its arts coverage in general.

While I suspect that the reasons behind these planned coverage cuts are all economic and due to reduction in overall coverage and reduction in size, I shouldn't have to remind anyone in the newspaper business that a newspaper's mission has several critical components that make it a newspaper and not just stuff printed on newsprint.

And coverage of the visual arts is a key one.

Unless you also plan to eliminate restaurant reviews, movie reviews, local events, etc. and reduce The Gazette to coverage of local High School sports, the idea that a "neighborhood" newspaper can be a contributor to its readership and part of the cultural tapestry of that neighborhood without critical components such as Dr. Rousseau's columns on the visual arts is a barbaric lack of understanding of what your readers deserve.

I also suspect, since The Gazette is owned by The Washington Post, that perhaps some of this "guidance" has come from above, most probably from bean counters as far removed from newsprint as possible. This is predictable, as the Washington Post is the only major newspaper in America (and possibly the world) without a visual arts critic in its permanent staff, and for the last two decades, since its last full-time gallery critic retired, has used a dizzying set of rotating freelancers to cover the Greater DC area visual art scene in an ad hoc manner.

Claudia Rousseau has been covering The Gazette's areas visual arts for over 11 years - that span is equaled by just one other published visual arts critic in the region. Ms. Rousseau's knowledge, access and insight into the area's visual arts cannot be lost by a simple reason of economics.

I plan to help rally the DC area's artists, gallerists, curators, collectors, donors and supporters to make sure that The Gazette (and the Washington Post) hear about Dr. Rousseau's termination. And for the first time in the many years that we've known each other, I plan to mix business with friendship and bring this to the personal attention of Jeff Bezos, whom as you probably know, is an ardent supporter of the arts.

I also intend to publish this note in DC Art News, and in the event that I receive an answer from you, or anyone else in The Gazette, will offer the opportunity to also publish your response.

Let me close this note by asking you to bring this issue to the attention of whomever is making this ill-advised decision; it will not happen without a lot of resistance from the DMV's visual art scene.

Warm regards,

F. Lennox Campello