Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Context Art Fair: VIP Preview

In typical Floridian puzzle-weather, it was very rainy up in Hollywood Beach, which is where we are staying as we have for the last few years. A few blocks south, the sun was bright and fully ready to endorse the VIP opening at Context Art Miami.

Once we got to Wynwood, we dropped off a piece for a special exhibit that the Art Miami folks had arranged with the local Marriott hotel. It was a delicate dance of driving in the serpentine challenges presented by Maimi drivers, but we installed the piece (a wonderful sculpture by Elissa Farrow-Savos) and headed back to Wynwood.

We finished off labeling the work, which brings to mind the interesting tidbit that just a handful of years ago, one seldom saw any labels at art shows or art fairs. It was as if all curators and gallerists in the upper artsmosphere of the art world that made a decision to endorse David Parnas' information hiding principle. Today, it is the opposite, as delivering as much information about the work seems to be the trend.

We've always used labels... just sayin'.

I rushed through the fair to try to get a flavor for the quality of this year's Context... and my report is that new director Julian Navarro has done a spectacular job: this is by far the best art fair that we've ever been honored to be part of; Context has set new standards this year... more on that later.

Simon Monk wall at Context Art Miami - Alida Anderson Art Projects
Simon Monk wall at Context Art Miami - Alida Anderson Art Projects
There were long lines waiting for the 5:30 opening at both Context Art Miami and Art Miami, as I was very impressed how the crowds increased as the evening progressed. The Wynwood district where several of the art fairs are staged is a pretty congested area without the art fairs and unless you are savvy enough to dance the traffic dance, it can be challenging on the night when everyone wants to go to the art show. In addition to the two best-known Art Miami fairs, there are several satellite fairs in Wynwood which now use Art Miami as the magnet fair, just as all satellite fairs use Art Basel Miami Beach as the magnet fair.

Almost immediately DMV artist Audrey Wilson broke the ice and at the same time proved my point about the importance of art fairs for artists. Wilson sold a major piece to a collector who has now bought one of her pieces at Context Art Miami 2013, Wynwood Art Fair 2014 and now Context Art Miami 2014. He also bought one of my drawings, which was nice.

It is always good to break the ice on opening night... as the night ended I sold three more of my pieces.

Overall I noticed that all the dealers around us seemed to be making sales, and this is a great indication of the hard work that it takes to get a critical number of collectors to an art event.

Tomorrow the fair opens to the public.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Unloading day

Today it was the typical brutal day as we unloaded and started setting up at Context Art Miami in Wynwood.

After trolling around for a while looking for a parking spot, we found a Doris Day spot nearby the loading docks for the fair. The place was a beehive of workers delivering crates, European gallerists walking back and forth barking worried orders on their cell phones, cleaning crews on a constant battle to keep the place clean, Haitian day workers hanging around hoping for a job, security checking badges and asking for wrist bands, and the savage art sounds of hammers banging and drills drilling and the random and heartbreaking sound of glass breaking somewhere.

Hundreds of trips later we had taken most of the art out of the van with only one casualty - this is the brutal part of driving your work down instead of having it shipped and delivered to your booth.

Ran into the DMV's Andrea Pollan and then Calder Brannock; both are working the fairs.

After a ten hour day we are 90% done... all the work for opening night is hung, and almost all labeled; all the electronics are working, and Simon Monk, Dulce Pinzon and me are on the walls and Audrey Wilson and Elissa Farrow-Savos are on the floor.

The VIP Preview is tomorrow. The fair opens on Wednesday.

At the Embassy of Argentina

Art exhibition at the Embassy of Argentina:
Interpretation of Trees: New works by Felisa Federman
Dec. 3rd to Jan. 30th
Reception: Wed Dec 3rd 6:30-8pm

Embassy of Argentina
1600 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington DC 20009

Sunday, November 30, 2014

View from the room

Another reason why artists need to find a way to get to ABMB in December...

In the land of flowers

Took an Oh-Dark Thirty flight to Florida today in prep for Art Basel Miami Beach week, as we'll be participating at the Context Art Miami fair in Wynwood.

The most able Audrey Wilson arrived last night to Ft Lauderdale and picked me up at the airport.

As soon as you land in FLL you know that you are in the land enriched by the historic Cuban diaspora.

Check out the cuisine at the airport!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Studio Gallery DC looking for new members

Studio Gallery DC now accepting applications for membership. 

Studio Gallery DC, located in Dupont Circle, is the District's longest running artist's cooperative showcasing contemporary work by emerging and mid-career artists living in the DC metropolitan area. 

If you are interested in submitting an application please visit the Studio Gallery website and view the past exhibitions to see if this is an appropriate venue for your work. 

For more information, email the Gallery director.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

ArtsAction DC

A new arts coalition, ArtsAction DC, has been meeting monthly at Arena Stage since the spring of 2014. The coalition of 40 organizations represents performing and visual arts and the creative economy. The group is developing a study entitled "Funding for a Cultural Plan for DC," which the group intends to release prior to the FY16 Budget process next year with the goal of making the case for increased funding for the arts in D.C.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AOM party

You're Invited to the Artomatic Holiday Party on Friday

Please join AOM for Artomatic's Holiday Party this coming Friday, December 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in The Gallery Walk at Reagan National Airport -- the location of Artomatic Takes Flight. They'll share information about exhibiting and volunteering at Artomatic. If you plan to attend, please RSVP here.

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
(T) 503.810.7903

Mayer Fine Arts - Aqua Art Miami
Judith Peck (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 (Morton Fine Art, Aqua Art Miami)

Hamiltonian Gallery - Aqua Art Miami -
Joshua Haycraft <> (Hamiltonian Gallery at Aqua)
Annette  Isham <> (Hamiltonian Gallery at Aqua)

VENUE Context Art Miami

Alida Anderson Art Projects - Context Art Miami
Audrey Wilson (with Alida Anderson at Context Art Miami)
Lenny Campello (with Alida Anderson at Context Art Miami)

Curator’s Office – Context Art Miami
Larry Cook <> (Curator's Office at Miami Context Art Miami)

VENUE Latin American Art Pavilion

Latin American Art Pavilion
Joan Belmar (The Latin American Art Pavilion at Red Dot Art Fair) curated by Dennys Matos

Contact: Prizm Art Fair in Miami and the founder director is Mikhaile Solomon
Wesley Clark
Amber Robles Gordon
Jamea Richmond Edwards
Irene Clouthier,
Adrienne Gaither

VENUE Art Miami
Connersmith Contemporary
Erik Thor Sandberg

DC Area Galleries
Alida Anderson Art Projects
Connersmith Contemporary
Morton Fine Art - MFA Amy Morton
Curator's Office
Mayer Fine Arts

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
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 (
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 (

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 as an email address...

Update: Also this email address:

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