Monday, July 18, 2016

America Desnuda

From my obsessive series of repeatable drawings... started waaay back in 1981... sold in 1997 and then (after I saw it again, framed at the owner's house), unframed, worked on some more, and re-framed and given back to the owner in 2009.

Odd uh?

I did that because she's was the process of making it available via auction and I was too vain to have it as it was back in 1981... Then she changed her mind after I reworked it and kept it!

And now, the owner has passed on, and soon this work will be at auction somewhere...  full circle of life (art). 

America Desnuda, c. 1981, in progress of being re-vamped from a student drawing

America Desnuda, 4th charcoal layer... drying off from fixative spray and work to bring it up to 2009 skills

America Desnuda... done 1981-2009
Finished and framed drawing at an art auction later this year...

Sunday, July 17, 2016

This ought to...

Arts Panel today

Sunday, July 17 at 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM in EDT
The evolving forms of news media have created a new kind of journalist: an expert in the field whose journalistic objectivity is sometimes suspect. What does it mean when artists are also arts journalists?

Visit with four practitioners and share your thoughts about the role of expert opinion, independent opinion, and self-promotion in arts journalism.

Moderated by DC Arts Writing Fellow Jonelle Walker, this panel will feature:

Lenny Campello – Artist, Art Critic, Art Dealer, & Blogger, Daily Campello Art News
JT Kirkland - Artist & Former Critic
Jenn Larsen - Writer and cultural communications strategist; Ringleader, Connectivity, dog & pony dc; Co-Founder,
John Stoltenberg - Senior Reviewer and Columnist, DC Metro Theatre Arts & Director of Communications, WSC Avant Bard
The DC Arts Writing Fellowship, a project of Day Eight, is made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Humanities DC, Brink Media, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, and DCRE Residential.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Old Pics: Me and The Da Fonze

Me and Da Fonze (Cleto Fontanilla) in either Naples or Palma
c. 1975, USS Saratoga (CV-60)
Sailors at Liberty in Europe Series
Photographer Unknown

Thursday, July 14, 2016

City Paper review and other thoughts...

CP art critic John Anderson pops in with a nice review of the current show at American University's Katzen Museum... read it here.

And also just home from a packed, sold out lecture on the show at the Katzen... moderated by the amazing Jack Rasmussen and some excellent questions by AU Prof Adrienne Pine who wrote the very left-wingy but interesting essay for the exhibition's catalog.
There were also some interesting questions to my Colombian peeps Carolina Mayorga, whose performance at the openings, which you can also see on the video at the exhibition, raised a lot of interesting points.

Third use of the word "interesting" in the last two paragraphs.

Muriel Hasbun brought live heart beats from El Salvador, delivered dynamically across cyberspace and played in the background of the discussion... all part of her ever evolving mixed medias presentations.
I discussed what I call "Cuban privilege", which I define (since I invented the term), as the superior attitude that us Cubans have towards all other immigrants to the US.
Notice that I said "all", not just Latin American immigrants (legal or otherwise).
Cuban privilege: Immediate welcome, quick green card status, middle class entry (thanks to a well established and wealthy Cuban-American community infrastructure), educational/cultural inprints, solid familial and clannish unity, and a lack of "victimism" as an attitude.
Of course, that attitude is defined by a set of singularly unique characteristics that defined the Cuban mass migration the the US in the 1960s: a migration of the upper and middle classes, rather than the impoverished poor strata of most historical migrations to the US, a racial welcome of a mostly white immigrant wave, and the fact that most Cubans identify as Republicans certainly didn't hurt.
A far cry from the daily stresses and legal issues that most illegal immigrants face around our region, mostly very poor Central Americans looking North for a better life away from violence and poverty.
The audience gasped when I told them that my father didn't identify as a "Hispanic" or as a "Latino."
"I am a Cuban," he'd say proudly. And when he became a US citizen he changed that to "En mi corazon siempre sere Cubano, pero desde hoy, en mi alma soy Americano." 
Cubans are archaic immigrants... we love this great nation with a passionate, sometimes dangerous love that often clouds our perspectives and opinions. 

Nuff said!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Racist things Donald Trump could have said (but didn't)

A compendium of racist statements that orange windbag Donald Trump could have said... but didn't:

"...this guy would have been carrying our bags"
- Bill Clinton (referring to Barack Obama) to Ted Kennedy in 2008 

Barack Obama could win the presidency because he is “light-skinned” and speaks “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”
- Senator Harry Reid, 2008

On the House floor, then Representative Harry Reid insisted that “no sane country” would decree that a child of illegal immigrants was a citizen just because he was conveniently born on its soil.
- Harry Reid, 1993

Barack Obama is the “first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”
- Joe Biden, 2008

“... you cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”
- Joe Biden, 2006

 “If Obama was a white man... he would not be in this position.”
- Geraldine Ferraro, 2008
"The black is indolent and a dreamer; spending his meager wage on frivolity or drink; the European has a tradition of work and saving, which has pursued him as far as this corner of America and drives him to advance himself, even independently of his own individual aspirations."

- Che Guevara, 1960s

"Negro de mierda" (means "shitty N-word" in Cuban Spanish)
- Fidel Castro referring to Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista

“White folks was in the caves while we [blacks] was building empires … We built pyramids before Donald Trump ever knew what architecture was … we taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.”
- Al Sharpton
“I give interracial couples a look. Daggers. They get uncomfortable when they see me on the street.” 

- Spike Lee

“We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops. They ought to go.”
- Marion Berry

"The white man is our mortal enemy, and we cannot accept him."
 - Louis Farrakhan

“Hymies” and “Hymietown..."
- Jesse Jackson’s describing New York City while a 1984 presidential campaigner 

“He’s married to a white woman. He wants to be white. He wants a colorless society. He has no ethnic pride. He doesn’t want to be black.” [About Ward Connerly's interracial marriage]
- California State Senator Diane Watson
“[Ted Cruz]... No, I don’t think he should be defined as a Hispanic." (Cruz's father was born in Cuba)

- Bill Richardson 

 “I don’t know what kind of a [N-word] wouldn’t vote with a black man running..."
- Joseph Lowery

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Sam Gilliam, David Kordansky and the gem...

The WaPo's Geoff Edgers checked in over the weekend with a really good (and exceptionally rare) WaPo article on a DMV artist, although as the most causal observer of the planet's visual arts scene would note, Sam Gilliam in not a "local" artist in the pejorative way that some (not me) like to apply that label.

People in the arts love labels!

Sam Gilliam never did, and will never do... and that's a major reason why I admire the DMV's most famous artist.

Sam previous descent into "oblivion" may have been grossly exaggerated, and he certainly never traded art for detergent -- as once claimed in this article (On the other hand, I once traded art for clams when I used to sell my art school assignments at the Pike Place Market in Seattle), but Sam did, apparently trade artwork for dental work.

I currently trade artwork for my laundry services and my laundry guy (who happens to be one of the biggest DMV art collectors, if not the biggest, in the region), has a lot of my work.

But Sam Gilliam's work certainly never rose to the commodity price level that an artist of his stature should command.

If you doubt that, then check what his work goes for in the secondary market, where as late as 2016 you can pick up a signed and numbered litho for $350 (this one went for $140! and this "photoprint" sold for $20 bucks six years ago!), or a bit earlier an original double sided painting for $1,400!

Check out recent past secondary market sales here.

But enough about these small things... there's another gem in this article about Gilliam.

That gem of information is something that I have been hollering about for years... here it is:
Then David Kordansky called. The Los Angeles gallerist was one more person who felt that Gilliam needed more attention. 
When they met in 2012, Kordansky found Gilliam’s work being shown in the District, New Mexico and what he calls “decentralized markets outside the art market essentially.” 
“It needed to be brought to the curators. It needed to be seen at the international art fairs..." Kordansky says.
The bolded words are the gem... bolding is mine, and Kordansky hit the nail right on the head.

Read the whole article here, and pay homage to this great master.

PS - My own secondary market record at the same auction house makes Sam's look great... cough, cough... and they misspelled my name!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Gen-Y 3.0

VisArts presents a juried exhibition of artists ages 17 – 27 in the Kaplan Gallery from July 22 – August 28, 2016. The annual Gen-Y exhibition offers young artists an opportunity to bring their artwork to the public and to experience the process of exhibiting in a professional gallery. Though there are many labels aimed at describing the current generation of 17 to 27 year olds, such as Screenagers, Millennials, and Echo Boomers, VisArts is maintaining the Gen-Y name for its annual juried group exhibition of aspiring artists in this age group.

Drawing, photography, fiber, ceramics, painting, video, sculpture, and interactivity fill the Kaplan Gallery reflecting a variety of approaches to a wide range of content within the context of the digital age.

The 2016 Gen-Y 3.0 artists include: Sobia Ahmad, Katherine Akey, Susie Bae, Amy Berbert, Abbie Fundling, Jared Green, Ashley Ja’nae, Kern Lee, Emmanuel Mones, Richard Munaba, Angelique Nagovskaya, Raheel Raad, Yoon Sun Shin, Qin Tan, and Vivien Wise.

The annual Gen-Y exhibition offers young artists an opportunity to bring their artwork to the public and to experience the process of exhibiting in a gallery. The exhibition was developed to address this demographic of artists who are seriously making art and have little to no experience exhibiting their work in a professional gallery. Many are uncertain about how to proceed with a career in art or what it takes to be an artist. Many are under financial, social and educational pressures that might preclude further study in art. Others are committed to a non-art career track yet are passionate about making art. Most are working under the art world radar of the region. 

A dedicated team of gallery interns and volunteers plan and realize the annual juried exhibition with guidance from the VisArts gallery staff.  “From the call for entry to the preparation and installation of the artwork, the entire process is a learning experience- for the first time exhibitors as well as the organizers of the exhibition,” says Main. “Watching this exhibition take shape is inspiring. The interns embrace the vision to seek out the undiscovered young artists in our community. They are passionate about bringing their peers’ artwork into the public light.”

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Friday, July 22 from 7 to 9 PM in the Kaplan Gallery. The reception and exhibition are free to the public.    

Gen-Y 3.0 
July 22 – August 28
Opening Reception: Friday, July 22, 7 – 9 PM

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Art Scam Alert

Beware of this rip off artist:
Roslyn Hensworth (

From: Roslyn Hensworth (                              
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How is everything with you? I picked interest in your artwork and decided to write you. I will like to know if your artwork can be purchased and shipped internationally?. I can email the artwork of
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Kindly let me know when you are in office and ready to take my artwork order also let me know if you accept either Visa Card or Master Card for payment furthermore you can email me your recently updated website
or art price list in your response.
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My Seattle roommate

No idea why all these early pieces of mine are showing up all of a sudden in bunches, but here's a 1977 watercolor (done as an Art School Assignment) of my then Seattle house roommate, who was a female body builder (and in the crew at the UW rowing gang)... bid for it at this auction at the link.

Note the very early "emoji"... which back then was just the smiley face button... cough, cough.... invented in the 1960s by the legendary Robert Crumb, who never got a penny for it...

Check out all the images and bid here.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award applications

Don't miss your chance to apply! The deadline for 2017 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award applications is rapidly approaching. The Individual Artist Awards are grants awarded to practicing Maryland artists through an anonymous, competitive application process to encourage and sustain their pursuit of artistic excellence.

Categories offered for the 2017 Awards are:

  • Classical Music: Composition
  • Classical Music: Solo Performance
  • Dance: Choreography
  • Dance: Solo Performance
  • Poetry
  • Visual Arts: Sculpture
  • World Music: Composition
  • World Music: Solo Performance
All applications must be submitted online. Applicants can access the guidelines, application, and other application assistance resources by clicking the "Maryland" tab HERE on Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's website.

The deadline for 2017 applications is 4:30 PM on Friday, July 22, 2016.

Questions about Fellowships? Please review the program guidelines and contact Kimberly Steinle-Super at

Friday, July 08, 2016


Artist Journalists Panel

Artist Journalists
July 17, 1:30pm-3:30pm
Mt. Pleasant Public Library, Large Meeting Room
The evolving forms of news media have created a new kind of journalist: an expert in the field whose journalistic objectivity is sometimes suspect. What does it mean when artists are also arts journalists? 

Visit with four practitioners and share your thoughts about the role of expert opinion, independent opinion, and self-promotion in arts journalism.

Moderated by DC Arts Writing Fellow Jonelle Walker, this panel will feature:
  • Lenny Campello – Artist, Art Critic, Art Dealer & Blogger, Daily Campello Art News
  • JT Kirkland - Artist & Former Critic
  • Jenn Larsen - Ringleader, Connectivity, dog & pony dc & Co-Founder,
  • John Stoltenberg - Senior Reviewer and Columnist, DC Metro Theatre Arts & Director of Communications, WSC Avant Bard

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Large 2001 Campello at auction (super low starting bid)

This one is practically being given away! It's a rather large drawing too...

Adam and Eve
c. 2001 F. Lennox Campello
Charcoal on Paper
Bid for it here (starting bid $100)!

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

What It's Really Like to Let People Finger You in Public

Tess Koman interviews artist Milo Moire:
Milo Moiré, a Swiss artist and psychologist, has been performing controversial nude public art for years. In 2014, she rode a bus naked (painted with names of clothing items where they are supposed to go on a body) during Art Basel in Switzerland and stood naked outside an art museum in Cologne, Germany painting a white sheet red with paint-filled eggs stashed inside her vagina.
 Most recently, she paid homage to Valie Export's 1960s nudist work and asked people in London, Düsseldorf, and Amsterdam to touch her breasts and vagina, which were concealed in a large mirrored box with a hole in the middle. She recorded the interactions, and released a highly censored (yet still pretty NSFW) video of her being touched. Moiré spoke to about what it was like to have strangers finger her, the ground rules she laid for those who did, and why she'd rather not have the performance labeled as a feminist piece of art.
Read the interview in Cosmopolitan here

Her work reminds me of some of the early conceptual works (done over a decade ago) by our own Alessandra Torres, specifically the one where she lay naked in an incubator and let people touch her naked body.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

First Show for Newly Juried Torpedo Factory Artist

One of the Torpedo Factory's newest artists, Richard Greenway, exhibits his paintings at The Associates Gallery (TAG) in his first solo show. The show runs from July 19 through August 14 in studio 311.

Decathect: a verb
105 N. Union Street, Alexandria, VA
Studio 311
July 19 – August 14
Open 7 days a week

Facebook censorship

As we have all read all over, Facebook was recently busted for censoring conservative views... but:
But conservatives are far from being the only people who feel wronged by Facebook. They’re simply the loudest. As someone who has followed the issue of online censorship by corporations for more than half a decade, I can say with certainty that this incident has received more attention than nearly any other. For years, activists of many stripes (including conservatives) have complained about the social media platform’s censorious ways. This year, we’ve seen complaints from groups from groups across nearly every walk of life. Here are ten recent examples.
Read the whole article by Jillian C. York here.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Happy Independence Day!

A happy Independence Day to all my fellow Americans, with a special thought to all the men and women at sea serving in America's Navy! We've got your back!

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Campello at auction

Check out this vintage 1995 framed drawing at auction... Click here to see details.  

This 1995 drawing was done from a photo on an old vintage postcard (as I recall).

Bid here.

Women in Love I  c. 1995 F. Lennox Campello  6x6.5 inches framed to 19x23 inches.
Women in Love I
c. 1995 F. Lennox Campello
6x6.5 inches framed to 19x23 inches.