Sunday, April 12, 2015

Chris Kraus on the Ambiguous Virtues of Art School

Art and commerce have always been two sides of the same coin and to oppose them would be false. Instead, I want to talk about a shift that has taken place during the past ten years in how art objects reach the market, how they're defined and how we read them.
Read the whole article here.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Some 2014 drawings and watercolors

"She knew that crying was not the solution" Charcoal

"She knew that crying was not the solution" (Detail)
"Eve and The Lilith" Charcoal

"Fallen Angel" Charcoal
"Fallen Angel" (Detail)
"Fallen Angels" Watercolors 40x30 inches
"Male Nude to the Right" Charcoal

"The Lifestyle" Charcoal
"The Lifestyle" (Detail)
"Woman Being Lowered from The Heavens" Charcoal

"Woman Being Lowered from The Heavens" (Detail)
"The Lilith" Watercolor
"The Lilith" Watercolor

"The Lilith" Watercolor

"Young Pict" Charcoal

"Young Pict" Charcoal

"The Catcher in the Rye" Charcoal
"Superman Naked" Charcoal

"Superman Naked" (Detail)


"A Man Alone" Charcoal
In a private collection in Florida

"Male Nude to the Right II" Charcoal

"Superman Flying Naked" Charcoal

"Superman Flying Naked" (Detail)

"High heel Shoes" Charcoal

"The Lilith Plotting" Charcoal

"Woman Falling from the Sky" Charcoal

"The Last Copy of The Constitution" Charcoal

"Man Overwhelmed by The Light" Charcoal

"Pictish Princess" Watercolor

"Tart" Charcoal


"Woman Falling from the Sky" Charcoal
"Woman Falling from the Sky" (Detail)

"Suddenly, She Was No Longer Afraid" Charcoal

When art meets $$$

Tiffany & Co. has entered into a long term partnership with the Whitney Museum of American Art, making it the lead sponsor of the museum’s influential survey of contemporary art into the next decade.
Details and whole article here.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Victor Ekpuk at MFA

Hip Sistas in Flux: The Visual-Lingual Braid
A solo exhibition of new artworks by VICTOR EKPUK

Asian Uboikpa (Hip Sista) Series #10, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 60"x48"
Asian Uboikpa (Hip Sista) Series #10
Victor Ekpuk
2015, acrylic on canvas, 60"x48"
Friday, May 1st- May 21st, 2015
OPENING DAY RECEPTION 
Friday, May 1st, 6pm-8pm
The artist will be in attendance.
 
Morton Fine Art (MFA)
1781 Florida Ave NW (at 18th & U Sts)
Washington, DC 20009
HOURS
Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 6pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm 

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Alchemical Vessels 2015

Alchemical Vessels 2015

March 27 - May 22, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, March 27 | 7-9pm

Benefit: Friday, May 1 (By Contribution Only)
The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts recently announced the return of the super-popular Alchemical Vessels Exhibition and Benefit in 2015! 

This year's exhibition will run from March 27 - May 22, 2015, with the special by-contribution-only Benefit on Friday, May 1st, where everyone who makes a $150 Benefit-Vessel contribution (beginning Tuesday, March 10th at 10am) can select one of the works in the exhibition to add to their collection! The vessels are selected in the order contributions were made, so the earlier you make a contribution, the earlier you can select your work of art! Below is my piece in the show.


"Eve, Running Away from Eden"


This year's exhibition and benefit features works from over 100 new artists hand-selected by 20 prominent curators. See below for a list of this year's incredible line-up of artists & our invited curators, and visit www.smithcenter.org/benefit to learn more.
Artists:
David Alfuth, Beth Baldwin, Rhoda Baer, Emily Biondo, Ed Bisese, Julia Bloom, Raya Bodnarchuk, Joseph Bradley, Judy Byron, Lenny Campello, Jessica Cebra, Mei Mei Chang, Hsin-Hsi Chen, Patterson Clark, Billy Colbert, Susan Cole, Paula Crawford, Michael Crossett, Sarah Dale, Catherine Day, JD Deardourff, Jennifer DePalma, Robert Devers, Jessica Drenk, Patricia Dubroof, Pam Eichner, Dana Ellyn, Margo Elsayd, Susan Finsen & Michael Holt, Sharon Fishel, Kathryn Freeman, Marcia Fry, Adrienne Gaither, Michael Gessner, Carol Brown Goldberg, Pat Goslee, Matthew Grimes, Andrea Haffner, Courtney Hengerer, Jeff Herrity, Maurice "Mo" Higgs, Ryan Hill, Joseph Hoffman, Jeff Huntington, David Ibata, Martha Jackson Jarvis, Njena Surae Jarvis, Rose Jaffe, Mike Johnson, Mariah Anne Johnson, Wayson Jones, Maria Karametou, Sally Kauffman, Elizabeth Kendall, Joanne Kent, Hana Kim, Micheline Klagsbrun , Kitty Klaidman, PD Klein, George Koch, Yar Koporulin, Peter Krsko, Bridget Sue Lambert, Maria Lanas, Toni Lane, Khanh Le, Jun Lee, Kyujin Lee, Nate Lewis, Mimi Logothetis, Steve Loya, Akemi Maegawa, Alex Mayer, Donna M. McCullough, Kathryn McDonnell, Maggie Michael, Vanessa Monroe, E.J. Montgomery, Lucinda Murphy, Ziad Nagy, Leslie Nolan, Frederick Nunley, Cory Oberndorfer, John Paradiso, Elena Patiño, Miguel Perez Lem, Brian Petro, Thomas Petzwinkler, Jeneen Piccuirro, Michael B. Platt & Carol A. Beane, Pattie Porter Firestone, Tom Raneses, Red Dirt Studios, Ellington Robinson, Carolyn Roth, Bonner Sale, Jean Sausele Knodt, Matt Sesow, Foon Sham, Janathel Shaw, Lillian Shaw, Bernardo Siles, Steve Skowron, Jeffrey Smith, Anna Soevik, Langley Spurlock, Stan Squirewell, Rebecca Stone Gordon, Lynn Sures, Tang, Lisa Marie Thalhammer, Valerie Theberge, Michael Torra, Kelly Towles, Dan Treado, Ruth Trevarrow, Tariq Tucker, Pamela Viola, Ellyn Weiss, Lee Wheeler, Catherine White, Sharon Wolpoff, Sue Wrbican, and Jenny Wu

 
Curators:
Sondra N. Arkin, Artist & Independent Curator | Philip Barlow, Associate Commissioner, DC Department of Insurance, Securities & Banking; Board Member, District of Columbia Arts Center & Millenium Arts Salon | Chuck Baxter, Artist | Robert Devers, Professor of Fine Arts and Ceramics, Corcoran School of the Arts + Design, George Washington University | Thomas Drymon, Curator, doris-mae | Charlie Gaynor, Realtor and Photographer, member of the Mid City Artists | Aneta Georgievska-Shine, Lecturer in Art History, University of Maryland and Smithsonian Institution | George Hemphill, Gallery Director, Hemphill | Francie Hester, Visual Artist | Don Kimes, Professor, Director Studio Art Program, American University Department of Art; Artistic Director, Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution | Zofie Lang, Artist | Mary Liniger, Executive Director, Art Enables | Akemi Maegawa, Artist | Jayme McLellan, Director and Founder, Civilian Art Projects | Twig Murray, Gallery Director, Athenaeum Gallery | Victoria Reis, Co-Founder, Executive and Artistic Director, Transformer | Nancy Sausser, Curator and Exhibitions Director, McLean Project for the Arts | Andy Shallal, Founder, Busboys and Poets | Stan Squirewell, Artist

The finished collaboration

I have finished my collaboration project with the uber talented Jeannette Lilith Herrera; this piece is for a summer show in California; you can see the beginnings here.

This is a new departure for me - as my portion of the work (The Lilith) is "floated" onto the painting by Herrera.

"A Sacrifice for The Lilith"  Mixed Media by Jeannette L. Herrera and F. Lennox Campello  8x10 inches, circa 2015.
"A Sacrifice for The Lilith"
Mixed Media by Jeannette L. Herrera and F. Lennox Campello
8x10 inches, circa 2015.

"A Sacrifice for The Lilith" (Detail)
Mixed Media by Jeannette L. Herrera and F. Lennox Campello
8x10 inches, circa 2015.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Call for Art

CALL FOR ART:  Amazon Web Services Purchase for Permanent Art Collection
 
Amazon Web Services seeks to purchase a wide range of original artwork in various media for their corporate office in Washington D. C. from artists who are either eighteen years and older who live, work, or who have their studios in the Metropolitan D. C. region or artists who are current students, alumni, or faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts) from all campuses.
 
DC Metro Artists:
The entry deadline for DC Metro artists is May 3, 2015 at 12:55 p.m. ET. Notification by email of artwork accepted for purchase consideration will be sent by May 13, 2015. Further key dates and information will be supplied to artists with notification of artwork accepted for purchase consideration.  Click here for complete details or copy the following link into your browser, http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eamhswpr0db5dfc2&llr=uhpd6pcab
 
VCU Students, Almuni, and Faculty:
The entry deadline for students alumni and faculty is April 17, 2015 at 12:55 p.m. ET.  Notification by email of artwork accepted for purchase consideration will be sent by April 25, 2015. Further key dates and information will be supplied to artists with notification of artwork accepted for purchase consideration.  Click here for complete details or copy the following link into your browser, http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eamq825v85fdeb41&llr=uhpd6pcab

Monday, April 06, 2015

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities FY16 Grants

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities' official FY16 Grants Launch is just around the corner. 

The Grant Application Portal is now open!!
 
 
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) offers several funding programs for individuals and nonprofit organizations located in the District of Columbia. Individuals are not required to provide matching funds. Organizations are only required to provide matching funds as indicated for each grant program.
 
You can find more information on our website:
All workshops are free and open to the public; however, participants are strongly encouraged to RSVP online.

Please note admission to workshops are first come, first served. RSVP's are for internal tracking purposes and do not guarantee admittance.

FY16 Grants Deadlines

Monday, May 11Arts Education Program Deadline
Wednesday, May 13City Arts Projects - Individuals Deadline
Wednesday, May 13City Arts Projects - Organizations Deadline
Friday, May 15Artist Fellowship Program Deadline
Friday, May 15Grants-in-Aid Deadline
Monday, May 18Cultural Facilities Projects Deadline
Monday, May 18East of the River Deadline
Wednesday, May 20Sister Cities International Arts Grant Deadline
Friday, May 22UPSTART Deadline
Friday, August 21Public Art Building Communities Deadline

 

Sunday, April 05, 2015

One

Lonely

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Assemblages by Zofie Lang at the Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Gallery

The very talented Zofie Lang's first solo exhibition will be taking place at the Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Gallery from April 3 - May 17, 2015. There will be an opening reception and artist talk on April 18th, from 6pm - 8pm (the talk will start around 6:30).
Certain narratives, such as those in fairy tales, have existed for millennia and maintain a grip on our collective imagination. They are refreshed and reiterated, showing up in popular culture in both familiar and novel ways; similar themes also emerge across cultures and generations. Using photography, digital photomontage, and found object assemblage, Zofie Lang’s work reconstructs these narratives visually by extracting their key elements. Zofie examines the underlying meaning of narratives, including the fairy tales she remembers her Polish grandmother telling her as a child and literature that has inspired her. Her assemblages creates new layers of meaning, consisting of a mix of nostalgia and contemplation of our present popular culture. 
The gallery is located at NVCC, Alexandria Campus, in the Schlesinger Center, 915 East Campus Lane, Alexandria, Virginia 22311 (your GPS will tell you it's at 3001 N Beauregard Street. Don't be alarmed: it is the same place, just a different mailing address). There is a campus parking garage just across the street.

If you need help getting there, please text or call 443-310-3076.

For more information, please check out this link.

You can also rsvp here.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Dulce Pinzon in ArtNews Magazine

Dulce Pinzon Wonder Woman

Collaboration

I'm about to embark on something that I've never done before... a collaboration with another artist. 

Below is Jeannette Herrera's start on the piece... Is gonna get interesting with the current broken wing situation.



But today I started on the below Lilith piece (that's Herrera's middle name). I then intend to cut the below piece out and float it into the left of her work.

The Lilith - 2015 Watercolor by F. Lennox Campello


Thursday, April 02, 2015

Frida Kahlo Love Letters Go To Auction

Love letters from Frida Kahlo to Spanish artist José Bartoli will hit the auction block at Doyle New York on April 15. Kept secretly by Bartoli until his death in 1995, the letters offer new insight into Kahlo's life and career.

Many of the letters, which total more 100 pages include keepsakes like photographs, drawings, and pressed flowers. They are estimated to bring between $80,000 and $120,000.
Read the whole article here.

Jerry Saltz at AU

April 8, 6-7:15 p.m.

Lecture with Jerry Saltz, Senior Art Critic, New York Magazine

Everything you ever wanted to know about the art world but were too afraid to ask. Art Critic Jerry Saltz will pull back the curtain on this thing called the art world. He will talk about making art and share his tales from school and his experiences offering advice to artists. Come learn from a creature in the belly of the art world beast! 

Details here.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Kay Kendall is DCCAH's new chair

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) is pleased to welcome longtime arts and non-profit advocate Kay Kendall as its new chair.

Kendall brings more than four decades of arts, education and community outreach experience and leadership to this vital post. She was a 25-year board member of the Washington Ballet, including eight years as its chair, and is currently on the boards of CityDance and THEARC. As the founder of Kendall+Associates in 2008, she is a consultant on fundraising and non-profit board governance, helping community groups build leadership and organizational structure. Since coming to Washington in 1977, Kendall has also been involved with the Maret School, the Kingsbury Center, Ashoka International and Children's Hospital.

She recently co-chaired the Transition Team on Arts and the Creative Economy for Mayor Muriel Bowser, who said: "Kay Kendall brings an enormous amount of knowledge with her as an arts leader. As a longtime resident of the District of Columbia, she understands the importance of celebrating arts not just in the downtown core but throughout our vibrant neighborhoods."

"I am extremely honored to accept the position of chair of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities," Kendall said. "The arts and humanities make our city great, and the support of the Commission is invaluable in achieving that success. I am proud to be able to do my part to ensure the arts and humanities continue to thrive in the District of Columbia."

Septime Webre, artistic director of the Washington Ballet, praised Kendall's "indefatigable and spirited efforts to secure funds for important artistic initiatives and organizations, and in particular, her championing of access to arts education for young people in the District."

A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., Kendall earned a BA in English from Hollins College (now Hollins University) and worked as a teacher, librarian and social worker before coming to Washington.

The Chair and Commissioners of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities are volunteers who are appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Council of the District of Columbia. They represent the various wards throughout the city. Kendall was confirmed on March 17, 2015 by the City Council and sworn in by Mayor Bowser on March 20, 2015.  

Davis Morton at Zenith Gallery


Where: Zenith Gallery - 1429 Iris Street, NW, Washington, DC 20012

Show Dates: April 3 - May 16, 2015
Meet the Artist Receptions: Friday, April 3, 4-8 pm & Saturday, April 4, 2-6 pm
Information: Margery Goldberg, 202-783-2963, margery@zenithgallery.com
Gallery Hours: Friday and Saturday 12-6 pm, any other times, please call for appointment

Davis Morton - Losing Virginia
As a retired homicide detective and an artist who is world-traveled, the diversity of Davis Morton's life is reflected in his paintings. When he paints horses, there is always something in each painting of the horse that he owned for 30 years. His landscapes often include fields he rode across or islands where his kayak landed. His city scenes and night-life paintings may be reminiscent of Edward Hopper, but they come from streets that Davis knows. And at the heart of every portrait he paints there is a lifetime of making friends and reading people from every walk of life and many different cultures.


"...Although I still can't find an acceptable label or description for myself, I do have a good idea of what I want my work to be.  I have never tried to paint a "charming frozen moment."  I want (my work) to be like a living moment, with a past, a present and a future that moves on unresolved saying something indistinct.  Rather than trying to paint reality just the way it looks or painting my impression of it, I would like my paintings to say something of its essence.  I would like my work to haunt."    

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Another art scammer

Beware of this rip off artist:
Jack Dunham (jackhaminc@outlook.com)
To Whom It My Concern.

I am Jack Dunham, Owner of Jackham Inc. Am interested in some of your products, do you ship to Hungary and accept US issued credit card as payment?, concerning the shipping, i have a shipper that handle all of my shipment, you will contact regarding shipping they will pick up the items at your location and deliver directly to my store doorstep without hassle.

Let me know if i can e-mail you what am interested in ordering.

Jack

Monday, March 30, 2015

Art Scam Alert!

Beware of this mutant! It's a rip off scheme:
fayette Humel (fayette.humel@outlook.com)
Hello,
I am emailing to inquire about availability of artwork for sale in your gallery/inventory, if you can ship international and also if you are able to process Visa and Master Card for payment.
Let me know so that i can communicate with you on the artworks that interest me then you can also indicate to me which of the arts are sold and which are available on your website furthermore you can respond with your recently updated website.
I will be looking forward to reading from you soon.
Sincerely
Mrs Humel

Saturday, March 28, 2015

On the curious case of Montgomery College and Greenfest

As I noted late last night and updated this morning, the potential censorship situation at Montgomery College has been avoided because of the college's administration refusal to censor the show (this art program goes back to 1974).

A Bravo Zulu to Montgomery College for taking the difficult, but correct road. However, I remain very concerned about what this says about the organization that requested and then demanded the censorship and the County Executive's Office willingness to give in to that kind of ignorance.

I will be formally requesting that my Councilmember, Roger Berliner, investigate this issue and ensure that there are no future reprisals against Montgomery College.

Update: The Gazette's article on this issue here.