Showing posts with label ART. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ART. Show all posts

Sunday, February 18, 2018



Photos By: Patrick McMullan
Jean Shafiroff

Art Photographer and Explorer Ejaz Khan celebrated the opening of his new photo exhibition Passion with a private preview to toast The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) this week at his gallery in the Fashion District.

Passion Exhibition By Ejaz Khan

The evening was hosted by Ambassador at Large and Honorary Board Member for SASF Jean Shafiroff and featured images of wild horses Khan took in France as well as a slideshow and video from his recent trip to the mountains in Norway, where he photographed the Musk Ox. Passion is set to be open to the public through March 14th and a portion of all sales will be donated to the Foundation.

Irene Michaels

Clifton Knight With Jean Shafiroff And Ejaz Khan

Midway through the evening host Jean Shafiroff and SASF Board of Directors Co-President Clifton Knight took the floor to welcome all guests and animal lovers for joining them to support the shelter and the new exhibition. They went on to speak about their mission to help all homeless animals find loving homes noting their upcoming Unconditional Love Gala, which will take place on Saturday, July 21st and feature a donated work by Khan in the silent auction. It was at that time Khan took the stage to speak about his experience in Norway and how he turned from the catwalk to the wilderness. Khan stated, “I have photographed fashion from the past 20 years realizing I was losing my passion for it, I decided to go out into the wild and rediscover a new one, which in turn led you all here tonight.”

Jared Ahmed With Ejaz Khan And Troy Ahmed

The opening welcomed more than 100 guests including SASF Junior board members Kate McEntee, Sarah Vacchiano, and Isabelle Mercier-Dalphond., Executive Director of SASF Jerry Rosenthal, Spokeswoman for Mayor’s Alliance Stephanie Mattera, beauty expert Irene Michaels, Dr. Christopher Calapai, Nancy Chemtob, Maggie Norris, Harriette Rose Katz, Peter Thomas Roth, Helen Yarmak, Leesa Rowland, Silvia Frieser, Lucia Hwong Gordon and Jennifer Dwork.

As an explorer always looking for his next adventure, Khan will be heading to Ellesmere Island in Canada this April for three weeks to photograph Arctic Wolves. Khan’s gallery is located at 260 W. 36th Street and more information about his work can be found on his website here

About the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation:

Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing for the welfare of homeless pets in our community and, in turn, placing them in permanent caring homes. The SASF’s mission is to provide for the welfare of animals and to reduce the number of homeless pets. The Shelter’s goal is to promote and nourish the bond between people and animals through adoption, education and community outreach. SASF is a nationally recognized shelter. The Shelter has an extraordinary adoption rate of 96%. SASF is an open intake shelter that welcomes stray pets regardless of age, breed, or health providing them with the finest care, food, training, and medical attention.

To learn more, please visit SASF’s website at

Monday, December 18, 2017


They Come to Us without a Word II

Next spring, Tate Modern will present the largest UK survey of work by Joan Jonas (b. 1936, New York), shedding new light on this pre-eminent figure of performance art who continues to influence a younger generation of artists.

Reflecting the way Jonas works across many different disciplines, this groundbreaking survey will be the first of its kind at Tate, combining a gallery exhibition, a ten day program in the Tanks which will feature live performances by Jonas herself, and a film retrospective in the Starr Cinema. It will show her powerful impact on contemporary art and her dedication to pushing boundaries to this day.

Early and late works will be exhibited alongside each other, reflecting Jonas's interest in revisiting her own history as seen in Cones/May Windows (After Mirage), an installation originally created in 1976 which she re-made in 2011.

Photo Courtesy Of Moira Ricci / © 2017 Joan Jonas : Artists Rights Society / Via Tate Modern

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Kim Schmitt Thomas The Race

Englewood, New Jersey – Bergen Performing Arts Center Intermezzo Art Gallery located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey hosts Truth or Dare, an exhibition by NJ-based artist Kim Schmitt Thomas. The art exhibit is in residence at The Intermezzo Gallery on the 2nd floor of the bergenPAC from August 1-31, 2016. The gallery is open to the general public during box office hours Mon-Fri 11AM – 4PM and Saturday 12PM to 4PM and available to patrons of scheduled performances. There is a free reception open to the public on Thursday, August 18, 2016 from 6-8PM.


30 North Van Brunt Street

Englewood, NJ 07631

(201) 227-1030

Truth or Dare: Confessions and controversies are revealed in the spirited solo exhibition of mixed media paintings by Kim Schmitt Thomas, a NJ-based artist whose work is inspired by graffiti and urban art.

While stylistically influenced by graffiti and urban art, Kim Schmitt Thomas chooses subject matters that range from personal to controversial, painful to provocative, ironic to bizarre. Much of what she paints are stories taken from people’s everyday lives, including her own, or statements about common, yet questionable, societal behaviors that have become generally accepted as the norm. Because the “everyday” is something that often gets overlooked or seen with indifference, Schmitt Thomas fills her paintings with commotion, perplexity, exaggeration and over-simplification in order to grab the viewer’s attention and cause them to really observe, decipher, and hopefully see these everyday happenings from a new perspective.

With the use of acrylics, newspaper, magazines, joint compound, spray paint, artist crayons, pencils, etc., she overlaps and intertwine figures, text and objects, which she simplifies down to what is only necessary and relevant to the story, while omitting meaningless details. Her work is filled with action and chaos, while still maintaining a certain balance and control, much like life itself.

Kim Schmitt Thomas was born in 1970 in NYC and raised in Bergen County, NJ, where she currently works and resides with her husband and 3 year old twins. After attending the University of Bridgeport in the late 80s where she majored in illustration, Kim transferred into the Fine Arts program at Montclair State University, while she freelanced as an illustrator designing program covers and logos for small NYC theatre companies, as well as creating animated logos for the TV/film production company, Bert Stratford Productions.

For many years, Kim also worked as an interior artist/muralist with Of The Essence Designs, with whom she painted on-site works in various businesses and private homes in NY and NJ. She also worked in clay, selling her pieces in galleries and boutiques in Ridgewood, NJ, Newport, RI, and Nyack, NY. However, in 2003, Kim decided to concentrate solely on painting, her main passion, and continues to exhibit and sell her work through local art exhibitions and commissions. She also has a background in acting and dance, which she feels has influenced the way she adds movement and drama to all of her figures.

Photo Courtesy Of / Richard Rex Thomas / Bergen PAC

Wednesday, April 13, 2016



Photos By: Annie Watt Photo Agency

Sam Albano

Eleanora Kupencow With Ronnie Anderson And David Sturner

Eleanora Kupencow And Cindy Farkas Glanzrock

Lower Manhattan seemed more like SoHo as art lovers flocked to the opening night reception of artist/sculptor Eleanora Kupencow’s Body Parts exhibition at Anderson Contemporary at 180 Maiden Lane, New York NY 10038.

Over 200 attendees packed the absolutely stunning space that is Anderson Contemporary and reveled in the superbly designed exhibition, presented by Susan Davis Eley, that perfectly highlighted the joy and movement inherent in Kupencow’s work. Guests enjoyed a stunning selection of wine and Prosecco generously provided by Frederick Wildman and Sons, Ltd. and the scrumptious hors d’oeuvres were prepared and presented by Maiden Lane Hospitality in association with Bobby Van’s, which is planning a new location at the 180 Maiden Lane property this spring.

Notables joining Eleanora Kupencow, Susan Davis Eley, and gallery owner Ronni Anderson, were Vadim Prokhorov, Marcia Gomides, Cindy Farkas Glanzrock, Joey Ice, Melony Hope Greenberg, Floyd Landis, Elaine Keane, Isa Arez, Priscilla Silverman, Stanley Kozaczka, Grazyna Kozaczka, Lucy Ofiesh, Hannah Elwell, Jane Seaman, Leslie Middlebrook, Steve Kaplan, Charles Chromow, Monica Huselius, Mercedeh Mirshamsi, Guillermo Silberman, Chris Bellino, Kimberly Sun, Kariley Famer, David Sturner, Chris Martin, Clara Schumacher, Alexandria Hecht, Hannah Hecht, Scotto Mycklebust, Amy Kool, John Scott, Aubrey Reuben, Sheila Katzman, Josy Capkun, Clarissa Diniz, Erica Dingman, Bozena Massey, Jessica Davidson, and William Van Dullemen, among numerous others.

Kupencow’s first solo show since her extraordinary 2011 Italian exhibition at Galerie Pananti in Florence, the Anderson Contemporary exhibition, April 8 - May 1, 2016, features a selection of recent paintings, sculptures, and “Fun Seetz” (sculptures for sitting, reclining and climbing). Some of the pieces included in this exhibition are the paintings “Acrobats” depicting active figures seemingly defying gravity, “Noah’s Ark" a multi-piece painting featuring creatures great and small, each living in a little painted cage all their own, and “Diamond in a Square” a large, very bold painting in gold, silver, black and white, among dozens of others. Two very large pieces of Kupencow sculpture featured in the show are “The Interfacing Couple” and “Jitterbugs,” along with18 sculptural “Maquettes” captured in motion and contained in two large plexi-glass cases. The two “Fun Seetz” on display are “Dash Hound” and “Fat Cat.”

Ms. Kupencow’s paintings, intrinsically related to her sculpture in color, form, theme and scale, feature the common elements of joy and movement. Kupencow's sculptures, "Horsing Around the Arrows of Time," were first installed at Dag Hammerskjold Plaza (2008-2009), and then at The Pearl Street Triangle in Dumbo, Brooklyn (2009-2010), and are now permanently installed at The Children's Museum of the East End, in Bridgehampton, NY (2014). Other Kupencow sculptures can be viewed at the LongHouse Preserve gardens in East Hampton, The Romany Kramoris Gallery, in Sag Harbor, NY, and The White Room Gallery, in Bridgehampton, NY. Six of her “Fun Seetz” (sculptures for sitting, reclining and climbing) are permanently installed at a pedestrian plaza on Old Fulton Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015


Coco Rocha With Bisco Smith

Coco Rocha, April Hunt, and more came to TriBeCa last night to experience the first exhibit of 12 by Bisco Smith presented by Soundwall The Connected Canvas.

Rocha arrived hand in hand with her husband James Conran, looking beautiful in a black cut out fitted cocktail dress, showing off her svelte post-baby bod. Rocha and Conran mingled with artist Bisco Smith, DJ April Hunt, and Soundwall CEO Aaron Cohen, and instagrammed a photo of herself with her favorite piece alongside the caption:

Getting hands on with @BiscoSmith's art at the @soundwallart event! They uniquely combined art, sound and technology in a way that I've never seen or heard before. Worth checking out! #soundwall12

Thursday, December 19, 2013


Jill And Bobby Zarin

Original Housewives of New York former cast member, Jill Zarin and her husband Bobby, welcome their new Upper East Side neighbors, Suttons & Robertsons, a UK based collateral loan company to NYC. Together, Jill & Bobby Zarin and Suttons & Robertsons are teaming up to do some good to help the disaster victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The famed NY duo’s collection of 30 rare pieces of artwork by Al Hirschfeld will be sold off for Typhoon Haiyan Relief benefiting The American Red Cross. The Zarins will donate the profits from the sale of their artwork and Suttons & Robertsons will contribute an additional amount that together will be donated to The America Red Cross. Through the entitled “Hirschfelds for Haiyan” program the Zarin’s 30-piece collection will be sold in-store at Suttons & Robertsons starting January 6, 2014, when the NYC Suttons & Robertsons’ flagship store opens.

When asked about the “Hirschfelds for Haiyan” project, Jill said: “Bobby and I are thrilled to be able to contribute a portion of our personal art collection to do something for people in such dire need.” She added, “My mother taught me, and I have passed it onto my daughter Allyson, that ‘to those much is given, much is expected.’ I only hope that these portraits are cherished and enjoyed by their new owners as much as we enjoyed having them in our homes. They are reminders of our favorite TV shows, movies, Broadway shows and comedians that have given our family and friends hours of enjoyment.”

Opening January 6, 2014, Suttons & Robertsons’ newest store at 875 Third Avenue (at 52nd Street) represents the 240-year-old lender’s first expansion outside of Europe. The breathtaking and luxurious 2,500-square-foot New York space will be home to the corporation’s US headquarters and include retail space and private collateralized lending facilities.

At a time when banks and other forms of traditional lending have become more difficult to access, asset-rich New Yorkers will now have a place to temporarily trade their precious possessions for cash. Collateralized lending is actually one of the oldest forms of banking in the world. The customer simply presents an item of value to an experienced appraiser and will then be offered a loan based on a percentage of the asset’s fair market value. The customer may redeem the item, normally within six months or less, once principal and interest are repaid. While valuable items are in Suttons & Robertsons’ possession, the company holds them in a state-of-the-art secure vault.

Saturday, April 06, 2013



Kevin Berlin's "Woke Up On The Wrong Side Of Bed"

Kasia Kay Art Projects is pleased to present Woke Up On the Wrong Side of the Bed, Kevin Berlin's second solo exhibition with the Gallery. This show follows a breakthrough year for Kevin Berlin with major shows in London, New York and Miami with Kasia Kay Art Projects Gallery. The exhibition features a selection of new large oil on canvas paintings, the artist's most uncensored works to date.

Among the works are Berlin's signature style, mostly black and white, cocktail party scenes such as "The Lonely Girl," "Woke Up on the Wrong Side Of Bed" and the monumental canvas "The Striped Dress." Highlights include a sneak preview of the artist's new "Uncensored" series including several versions of his "F*** YOU" (expressed in English, Italian, and Russian languages) cigarette paintings, packs of Marlboro and Camel with a new interpretation of the warning label.

Kevin Berlin is an internationally recognized artist of enormous talent, with a great eye for bringing to light various intriguing global issues. Whether the subject is cash, cigarettes, cocktail parties, or tigers, his artwork engages the viewer with economic, social and political situations of the day. Berlin's unique style reflects his outlook as "witness" to global popular culture.

Kevin Berlin

Woke Up On the Wrong Side of the Bed
April 11 - May 10, 2013

Opening reception: Friday, April 12th, 6-8PM.

kasia kay art projects gallery

215 N. Aberdeen St., Chicago IL 60607
P. 312- 944-0408 

Berlin is also well known for his sculptural and performance work. The following are links to the artist's performances featured by Kasia Kay Art Projects Gallery at various internationals art fairs:

Monday, July 23, 2012



 Art At Diaspora Vibe 2.0

The Southampton Cultural Center will host "Diaspora Vibe 2.0,” the 16th annual Caribbean Crossroads Series Exhibition, a dazzling display of provocative, contemporary fine art by more than 30 artists from the Latin American and Caribbean Diaspora. The event launches with an artist-interactive fund-raising gala honoring artist advocate Grace Y. Ingelton on Saturday, August 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. The exhibit runs from August 11 to 26.

Ingelton will receive the 365 Art for Change Award at the Gala for having supported, mentored and presented several generations of outstanding artists through the organization she helped found, the Dedicators, including Romare Bearden, Lois Mailou Jones, Benny Andrews, and Roy DeCarava; the Panamanian native was honored by the Smithsonian Institution’s Latino Center in 2010 for her significant impact on American culture. The event will feature an “Art Burst,” a brief theatrical performance, and opportunities for attendees to interact with regional artists. Tickets to the Gala are $125 and can be purchased at

Monday, June 11, 2012


Danny Simmons

Strivers Gardens Gallery and Souleo Enterprises, LLC, an event/media production company, present eMerge: Danny Simmons & Artists on the Cusp. The exhibition will feature the works of renowned visual artist Danny Simmons and nine innovative and visionary contemporary artists from New York City and London repurposing everyday materials into elaborate works of art. Co-curated by Lisa D. Hayes, Esq., manager of Strivers Gardens Gallery, and Souleo of Souleo Enterprises, LLC, the exhibit will run from July 12 through September 7 at Strivers Gardens Gallery.

Anchoring the exhibition is a presentation of abstract-expressionist painter, Daniel “Danny” Simmons, Jr., featuring select works from the last four decades. Each piece exists on a continuum of Simmons’ exploration of the human relationship to spirit. With contemporary and indigenous art as inspiration, Simmons investigates how a spiritual connection is developed and nurtured through the creative process to be sustained beyond the realm of physical art. Featured in this exhibition is Simmons’ The Door (1989), a fusion of painting and poetry on a wooden door that serves as a literal and figurative gateway to the exhibition’s eMerging artists.

“My life's work has been dedicated to providing opportunity to emerging artists. My Rush Arts Gallery has helped to launch the careers of some of the world’s most noted artists of color,” said Danny Simmons. “This opportunity to exhibit with artists on the cusp of entering the global arts discourse is very gratifying and a great way to demonstrate my respect and admiration for new and exciting talent.”

“eMerge will be the first in a series of annual exhibitions featuring the work of new and exciting visual artists,” said Hayes. “This exhibition is a multi-medium exploration of form, portraiture and abstract expressionism using a variety of mediums. Doors, tea bags, pins, sneakers, threads and buttons are transformed from the ordinary to visual expressions of memory and tribute.”

Beau McCall 'Until We're Free"

Artist Beau McCall visually imagines W.E.B. Dubois’ concept of double consciousness in Until We’re Free (2012), a statement that opens the discourse on race, class and politics in the 21st century; McCall combines decorative buttons with glow in the dark thread to transpose the American flag over the color pattern of the Pan-African flag on four panels of crowns, the latter inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In her U.S. debut, Londoner Shirley Nette Williams pays tribute to iconic and tragic women of song in A Nice Cup of Tears (2012), stitching onto teabags portraits of singers Whitney Houston, Billie Holliday, Tammi Terrell and Florence Ballard. Greg Frederick celebrates pop cultural icons and highlights the cyclical nature of pop by creating portraits of Andy Warhol and Notorious B.I.G. with broken record vinyl and record sleeves. Andre Woolery challenges negativity and stereotypes through his thumbtack portraits of Jay-Z (The Tackover, 2010) and Jimi Hendrix (Electric Feel, 2011). Sean Paul Gallegos analyzes ancient cultures and recreates their most sacred objects using mass consumed goods, transforming old sneakers into sacred objects of worship in Giant Paracas Skull (2012). Similarly, David Hollier challenges mass consumption and commercialism through Greenpoint Sky (2012), with images of corporate logos on canvas. Laura Gadson pushes forth the tradition of art quilting in the hip-hop inspired piece Old School Hip-Hop (2010), paying tribute to Kurtis Blow. JaSon E. Auguste incorporates technological resources in the digital age with a tribute to Jean-Michel Basquiat in JMB Code (2011); the interactive piece integrates QR (quick response) codes throughout the work and, with a mobile scanning device, transports viewers into the digital world to explore the history and impact of Basquiat.

Finally, art collective, House of Spoof, utilizes technology to bridge the digital age and traditional mediums for works that capture the fears, hopes and dreams of youth. Featured from the collective are co-founders the late, Glenn “Spoof” Wright and Misra Walker. Walker pays homage to Wright, a community- and family-oriented young man who was brutally murdered at the age of 21, in the stencil portrait Stay Hungry (2011). A collection of Wright’s photography explores the depths of Down syndrome through photo portraits of his special needs brother, Isa Freeman.

“We are very excited to present a platform for emerging artists as a means to increase access to artistic opportunities,” said Souleo, founder and president of Souleo Enterprises, LLC, who is a producer of events and content for a variety of media and nonprofit institutions. “For me it is a way to honor my brother Glenn ‘Spoof’ Wright, whose life was taken away on the cusp of his own emergence. I hope that by including his artwork others will be inspired and empowered by his message of love, positivity and healing which continues to inspire me in my work to support the arts.”

Serving as media sponsor is rolling out, the nation’s largest free urban weekly, and food sponsor is Bobbi Jean’s Catering by Blondie for the Opening Night Reception.

The public is invited to attend the Opening Night reception on Thursday, July 12 at 6 pm, the “Talk with the Artists” on Sunday, August 12 at 3 pm and the Closing Night Reception on

Thursday, September 6 at 6 pm. Opening and Closing Nights will also feature artwork and musical performances from members of CULTURE CRASHERS, the youth initiative created by Souleo Enterprises, LLC, presented in partnership with the Harlem Arts Alliance. The Gallery, located at 300 West 135th Street, is otherwise open to the public by appointment only. For details on the events, visit: or

Saturday, June 09, 2012


 Kevin Berlin Save The Tigers

The world is invited to join Kevin Berlin in London for the official closing party on June 13 from 6:30- 8:30pm for his solo exhibition TIGER TRAINING FOR BEGINNERS.

There is still time to see the exhibition though, which runs thru June 14th at Unit24 at 20 Great Guildford Street SE1 0FD London, on the doorstep of the Tate Modern. For all you London savy travelers, the nearest tube is London Bridge, Southwark.


Internationally renowned Artist Kevin Berlin's works are found in the collections of Kim Basinger, Luciano Pavarotti, David Letterman, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Dudley and Lisa Anderson, Quincy Jones, Buzz Aldrin, Henry Buhl, and General Motors Corp. Berlin, a Yale University Alumnus, studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Shanghai Daily, The Miami Herald, USA Today, MTV, Tokyo Television, BBC Radio and over 40 television stations across the United States. Berlin was honored by President Reagan at the White House as a Young Arts Presidential Scholar in 1983. Kevin Berlin's recent major solo exhibitions include shows in Shanghai, Kiev, and in New York City.

Born: Rochester, New York, 1965.

U.S. Presidential Scholarship, Honored by President Reagan, The White House, Washington DC 1983.
Yale University, B.A., New Haven, Connecticut, 1987.
Slade School of Fine Art, London, United Kingdom, 1988.

Currently lives and works in Florence, Italy and Southampton, New York.

Private Collections:

Buzz Aldrin, Kim Basinger, Henry Buhl, Jimmy Carter, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Harold and Pat Gelber, Jane Joel, Quincy Jones, David Letterman, Howard M. Lorber, Luciano Pavarotti, Ron Rice, Nick Studds, General Motors Corporation, Carnival Cruise Lines, Hawaiian Tropic, Resistol/Stetson Hats, National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts and Nat Sherman Intl.

Visit for more on the Artist.

Photo Courtesy Of: Katarzyna Zill via Kevin Berlin

Wednesday, June 06, 2012


 Natalie Tyler

California sculptor Natalie Tyler opens a new solo show of her unique bronze sculptures in New York City. It begins with a kick off reception this Thursday June 7 from 6 – 10 PM and is open to the public. The show at the innovative Dacia Gallery on 53 Stanton Street runs from June 7th to June 29th. Critics have cited her work as being “one of a kind” and “awe inspiring.”

Saturday, March 10, 2012


Ugly Duckling IV (Winter), 2011

There is a lesson to learn from the infinite variety in nature and the innate complexity in even its most simple forms. Steeped in the Scandinavian tradition of art and design inspired by natural elements, Henrik Simonsen employs the inexhaustible richness of nature as metaphor for the vitality and vulnerability, the passions and weaknesses, inherent in the human experience.

Drawing is central to Simonsen's work, stemming from the directness of the mark-making process and the simple way lines on a surface create shapes and forms. All elements are drawn freehand, even in repetition, to maintain the life and strength of the line and therefore its direct connection to the feeling that motivates it. In recent work, paint and color have developed a greater integrity, especially when poured or thrown at the canvas, contrasting drawn lines with an abstract element and imparting to the work a nebulous quality suggesting the shifting moods at play within formal expression.

Simonsen is interested in the role of history, both as an influence and a creative element in his work. He follows an organic process where elements are allowed to 'grow' onto the canvas in layers, informing one another in their creation. The resulting imagery documents this process while creating a sense of time having passed on the canvas rather than one frozen point in time.

Existing beside the element of history is an increasing sense of stories. For this latest body of work and, in particular the fairytales of Hans Christian Andersen, the tales become intertwined with the plants, flowers and insects on the canvas. Just as many fairytales encompass sorrow, death, evil, and man's follies paired with everyday life themes of love, nature, injustice, suffering and poverty, these paintings do as well. In essence the paintings do not serve as only illustrations of the tales, but the tales at once become imbedded in the life of the paintings.

Decorative elements inspired by 18 and 19 century wallpapers and Japanese and Chinese screen painting and fabrics are at turns obscured or revealed amidst a more contemporary take on the minutely observed taxonomies of naturalist still life. This historical attempt to tame nature in architectural interiors is punctuated by pours and splatters referencing to a sort of mental graffiti betraying feelings too unkempt to be contained in a civilized space. The overall sense is one of contemporary emotions breaking free within the polite restraint of history's drawing room.

Echoing the very nature of its subject matter, Simonsen's new work represents a subtle evolution of form to meet its ever developing function as a field-guide to the artist's observations and experiences along the at-times overgrown path of existence.

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Photo Courtesy Of: Wally Findlay

Thursday, January 05, 2012







Oksana Prokopenko

Jean Shafiroff With Oksana Prokopenko

Oksana Prokopenko presents the final weekend of her exhibit of mosaic icons and paintings on display at the Narthex Gallery at Saint Peter’s Church in New York. The exhibit includes works of mosaic icons, painted icons, oil paintings and mixed media in the tradition of Byzantine masters, and is open to the public daily from 9:00AM-7:00PM through January 8th, 2012.


Oksana Prokopenko’s subject matter and style are rare in today’s contemporary art scene. Her artistic process is similar to artists from hundreds of years ago because of her intense focus to precision, quality and detail. Prokopenko’s masterpiece The Archangels took her two years to complete and contains more than 40,000 tiny pieces of colored glass. Prokopenko is often described as a colorist because her colors inspire the viewer to spiritual and emotional heights similar to those felt by Prokopenko during her creative process, which can be compared and described as a spiritual practice.

St. Francis

Prokopenko’s works have garnered much recognition, especially from The Museum of Russian Art, The Glass Craftsman Magazine and the Russian NTV Network. To learn more about Oksana Prokopenko’s art and collection, please visit Saint Peter's Church is located at 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street in New York City.

Photos By: James Edstrom

Wednesday, January 04, 2012


Wyatt Cenac

Funnyman Wyatt Cenac, correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, will host the new season of AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange. The documentary film series returns to public television on Sunday, January 22.

The comedian and writer will introduce viewers to films profiling men and women from across the African Diaspora in the fourth season of the groundbreaking series. This season of AfroPoP invites audiences to take a journey on roads less traveled as the series spans the globe examining the lives and work of subjects ranging from groundbreaking musicians to young visionaries. From California’s trailblazing punk band Fishbone to beloved Caribbean singer Calypso Rose to award-winning filmmaker Thomas Allan Harris’s search for self in Brazil to a Malian entrepreneur (Daniel Dembélé) and his struggle to bring solar energy and self-sufficiency to his countrymen, the upcoming season of AfroPoP offers television audiences a global voyage—and education—from the comfort of their own homes.

AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange is produced by the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) and co-presented by American Public Television (APT). The series will air on Sundays on public television from January 22 through February 12.

A limited number of interviews with Wyatt Cenac, as well as subjects of this season’s films including members of the band Fishbone, Calypso Rose and director Thomas Allen Harris, are available. Please let me know if you are interested and our office will be happy to help arrange the interviews. Please do let us know if you write about the series.


Wyatt Cenac was born in New York City. After three years of big-city life he had had enough and moved to Dallas, Texas. Missing the big-city life, Wyatt moved to North Carolina. After four years, he realized he got on the wrong plane and moved to the big city of Los Angeles, where he would spend the next bunch of years doing comedy and getting into debt.

While in L.A., Wyatt spent three seasons as a writer on FOX's animated show King of the Hill and also performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and Improv Olympic. In 2008, Wyatt starred in the film Medicine for Melancholy (Strike Anywhere Films), which was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards and lost all three (thanks a lot, Synecdoche, New York).

Wanting to return to the big city he gave the finger to as a toddler, Wyatt moved back to New York in 2008 to join the news team of The Daily Show. His one-hour special Wyatt Cenac: Comedy Person premiered on Comedy Central in May of 2011, and the DVD and CD came out in the fall.



Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone

by Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler

This lively and loving documentary, narrated by Laurence Fishburne, charts the turbulent history of the pioneering all-black rock band Fishbone. Formed in 1979 in South Central (Los Angeles), Fishbone landed a major label record deal soon after its members graduated high school. However, after this early success, the band has struggled for acceptance in a racially stratified music industry, while their unabashedly hybrid style has kept them proudly out of fashion for more than three decades. Through frank interviews with the band, including eccentric cofounders Angelo Moore and Norwood Fisher—as well as Flea, Gwen Stefani, Ice-T, Perry Farrell, Branford Marsalis, George Clinton, Tim Robbins, Gogol Bordello, ?uestlove, and others—the film reveals the creative alchemy, the clash of egos, and the enduring friendships behind Fishbone’s storied career.

After graduating from Beloit College, and taking just five years to design the cities of the future, Lev Anderson left the bureaucracy of Urban Planning and jumped feet first into filmmaking. As a fine art photographer with works exhibited in San Francisco, Japan, and Mexico City, he has honed his unique perspective to create dynamic images with a sharp eye for finding contradiction and beauty where least expected. His first attempt at capturing the magic of music on video was at 12 years old, when, after attending a Suicidal Tendencies concert with his father, the two produced a fully dramatized lip-sync rendition of their song “Institutionalized.”

A graduate of USC with a degree in business and cinema, Chris Metzler made his way in the Nashville country and Christian music video industries, before finally forsaking his soul to commercial LA rock ’n’ roll and winning a Billboard Magazine Music Video Award. He eventually fled to San Francisco to join the independent documentary film scene and start work on his feature length directorial debut, the offbeat environmental documentary Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea, narrated by legendary counterculture filmmaker and "King of Trash" John Waters. Premiering at the Slamdance Film Festival, the film went on to win over 35 awards for Best Documentary and was broadcast nationally on the Sundance Channel; it was named by Booklist as one its Top 10 Environmental Films.


Burning in the Sun

by Cambria Matlow and Morgan Robinson

At a crossroad in life, 26-year-old Daniel Dembélé returns to his homeland of Mali and starts a local business building solar panels. Daniel's unprecedented goal: to electrify rural communities, 99% of which live without power. Burning in the Sun tells his story of growing the budding idea into a viable company and of Daniel's impact on his first customers in the tiny village of Banko. Taking controversial stances on climate change, poverty, and African self-sufficiency, the film explores what it means to grow up as a man, and what it takes to prosper as a nation.

Cambria Matlow is a founding filmmaker of Birdgirl Productions. Burning in the Sun marks her debut as a documentary feature director. Thus far the film has garnered national support from LEF Foundation and the Brooklyn Arts Council. Before her work with Birdgirl, Cambria directed and lensed several short narrative films, including Chapstick and Let’s Do Lunch. In The Sacred Clown, an experimental film about Che Guevara that explores political issues of cultural consequence, Cambria’s directing exemplified a unique crossover style of fiction filmmaking that had a “documentary” feel. Cambria earned a B.A. with Honors in Hispanic Studies from Columbia University and holds a Certificate in Documentary Film Production from Burlington College in Vermont.

Morgan Robinson is a producer at Punched in the Head Productions, an Emmy-winning documentary film production company based in Brooklyn, NY. For MTV Networks, Morgan produced True Life: I'm Being Sent Away by My Parents. Previously he was associate producer on three True Life episodes: "I'm Homeschooled," "I'm a Fanboy" and "I Can't Sleep." Robinson has also field-produced various ads and educational projects, as well as field-produced documentaries for filmmaker John Halpern in Mexico and Kashmir. The award winning film he co-produced, Burning in the Sun, about a young African solar entrepreneur, has played at over 40 festivals internationally.


That’s My Face

by Thomas Allen Harris

A mythopoetic feast of self-discovery that crosses three continents and three generations, That’s My Face traces the filmmaker's journey to Salvador Da Bahia, the African heart and soul of Brazil, as he seeks the identity of the spirits who haunt his dreams. Paralleling the journey his mother made twenty years earlier to Tanzania in search of a mythic motherland, the film incorporates an innovative sound design that uses rap and hip-hop strategies of multi-voice sampling.

Thomas Allen Harris is the founder and President of Chimpanzee Productions, a company dedicated to producing unique audio-visual experiences that illuminate the Human Condition and the search for identity, family, and spirituality. Chimpanzee’s innovative and award-winning documentary feature films—VINTAGE – Families of Value, E Minha Cara/That’s My Face, and Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela—have received critical acclaim at international film festivals, including Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, FESPACO, Outfest, Flaherty and Cape Town, and have been broadcast on PBS, the Sundance Channel, ARTE, as well as CBC, Swedish broadcasting Network and New Zealand Television. Mr. Harris’s video and installations have been featured at prestigious museums and exhibitions, including the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Biennial, Corcoran Gallery, Reina Sophia and London Institute of the Arts. He is a recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including a United States Artist Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Rockefeller Fellowship, as well as CPB/PBS and Sundance Directors Fellowships. A graduate of Harvard College, Mr. Harris lectures widely on the use of media as a tool for social change.


Calypso Rose: Lioness of the Jungle

by Pascale Obolo

Calypso Rose is the ambassador of Caribbean music. A living legend of calypso, this charismatic artist has often been compared to great black singers such as Aretha Franklin, Cesaria Evoria or Miriam Makeba. Born in 1940 in a fishing village on the island of Tobago, Calypso Rose began singing at the age of 15. Since then she has been sharing, with her relentless energy and legendary happy spirit, her stories of daily life in the Caribbean, and singing her repertoire on stages around the world.

Moving along the thread that links her universe with the world, Calypso Rose: Lioness of the Jungle helps us to experience the dreams and disappointments of this amazing and prolific female artist.

Pascale Obolo was born in Yaounde, Cameroon in 1967. At an early age, already involved in various artistic expressions, she studied directing at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français in Paris and then obtained her master’s degree in cinema at the University of Paris VIII (experimental cinema section). A pioneer of urban culture, she filmed the early hip-hop scene and Parisian graffiti painters, self-producing several films about rap, street culture and taggers.

Fascinated by the world music phenomenon, Pascale has specialized in musical documentaries. Her first feature film was Calypso at Dirty Jim's (2005), a tribute to the last big stars of calypso, the soul of Trinidad, and, by extension, Caribbean culture. The film was selected and awarded in many festivals around the world, among them FESPACO, Vues D’Afrique 2006 in Montreal (Special Jury Prize), International Pan-African Film Festival of Cannes, France 2006 (Dikalo prize), Africa in the Picture (Amsterdam), World Music Expo and the African Diaspora Film Festival (New York).

Photo Courtesy Of: Thabi Moyo

Friday, May 20, 2011


The Harmony for Peace International Peace Art Competition Exhibit Overcomes Obstacles of Recent Japanese Tragedy to Open at the Chelsea Art Museum; Exhibit Runs June 3 through June 5th.

State Of Grace

Love Wind

Undeterred by the recent earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan that threatened to scuttle its inaugural International Peace Art Competition, the Harmony for Peace Foundation will announce the winners of the contest at an awards ceremony on Friday, June 3 at the Chelsea Art Museum in Manhattan. Living in an uncertain and combative world, the artists were chosen for their works that visualize and appeal for world peace. The 6 pm event, which will announce the winners of the competition, kicks off the Harmony for Peace Foundation’s Peace Art Competition Exhibit, which consists of 50-pieces selected from 150 entries from around the world. The opening reception and ceremony will close with a musical program by Jamaican classical pianist Paul Shaw, who has been hailed by The New York Times as “both a virtuoso with herculean technical command and a sensitive introspective artist.” The exhibit runs through June 5.

When tragedy struck in Japan, people were displaced and communications went down as preparations for the exhibition were in high gear. The uncertainty of the situation and inability to reach people brought the process to a halt, threatening to throw the event into turmoil. Harmony for Peace, which utilizes the arts to advocate for world peace and nuclear non-proliferation, has strong ties to and an office in Japan since its founder harpsichordist Yasuko Mitsui, whose family was affected by the Hiroshima bombings, lives there. To compensate, the exhibition was pushed back a month while communication was reestablished with Japanese contestants. Though the disaster impacted upon the number of artists who could travel to New York for the awards ceremony on June 3, luckily approximately ten of the 30 Japan artists will be able to attend.

Harmony for Peace has raised funds through its artistic events for the Hiroshima International Council for Health Care of the Radiation-Exposed (HICARE), which has been using knowledge gleaned from the Hiroshima tragedy to care for radiation-exposed populations in various parts of the world. Recently HICARE has sent healthcare professionals to the Fukushima nuclear plant area to assist those there who have been exposed to radiation.

Artists from nine countries participated in the International Peace Art Competition. The pieces chosen for the exhibition were selected for their depiction of world peace, global awareness or peace making and the connection their artist statement had to these themes. Judges include renowned visual artist Senju Hiroshi;

Curator of Contemporary Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Julien Robson; environmental

conservationist and conceptual art photographer Dr. Joe Zammit-Lucia; and Harmony for Peace Board Members Mark Di Paolo and Dr. Alexander Motyl. The winner, to be announced on Friday, June 3, will take a $1,000 prize, the second-place winner $500 and the third place winner $300. Two honorable mention selections will be made.

“We wanted to create a visual dialogue about peace, a place where diverse artists, whether emerging or experienced, could freely express their hope for peace and define what it means to them,” said Tomoko Torii, Harmony for Peace executive director, who spearheaded the competition. “The common bond the participating artists seem to share is an understanding that their role is to capture and convey a feeling of love and happiness and, thus, inspire people to manifest this peace in the world.”

The exhibit, which runs on Saturday, June 4 from 12–5 pm and Sunday, June 5 from 12–4 pm, is free; however two special events, benefits for the Harmony for Peace Japan Relief Fund, are planned. From 2–4 pm on Saturday, June 4 there will be an Afternoon Tea Reception and classical music mini concert with Daniel Maimone (tenor), Asako Tamura (soprano), and Drago Bubalo (piano); works from Puccini and Schubert, as well as select Japanese classics will be performed. Sunday‘s Afternoon Tea Reception runs from 1–3 pm and includes a classical music performance by Gideon Broshy (piano), and a jazz set by Wataru Niimori (piano) and Akiko Sasaki (koto, a Japanese traditional stringed instrument). For entrée to one of the special events, make a donation of $25 or more to the Harmony for Peace Japan Relief Fund.

Art enthusiasts around the world can view and purchase the pieces featured in the exhibit, which range from $150 to $8,000), by logging onto A price list of the artwork is available on the website to download and also is available by calling 484-885-8539 or emailing A portion of the proceeds will go to Harmony for Peace’s Japan Relief Fund, which is dedicated to helping those affected by the devastating March earthquake and tsunami get the medical attention they need.

The Chelsea Art Museum is located at 556 W. 22nd Street in Manhattan. To get to the museum, take the C or E subway to W. 23rd Street.

About Harmony for Peace:

The Harmony for Peace Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, seeks to promote cross-cultural understanding through music and the other arts, serving as a bridge among nations to promote mutual respect, nuclear non-proliferation and a common path to world peace. In keeping with its mission, the organization has presented several successful musical events in top concert halls like Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, and venues in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Sunday, February 20, 2011


Internationally Acclaimed Artist
Donald Sultan’s Soot & Shine Debuts
at Mary Ryan Gallery in Chelsea

Story By: Tony Vargas

Andrew Hart Adler With Carolyn Beegan And Donald Sultan

It was hardly surprising that the usual Chelsea gallery first-nighters were out numbered by the legions of Sag Harbor artist Donald Sultan’s fans and friends from the East End. East Hampton artist David Gamble fresh from his regular commute to New Orleans quipped,” I feel like I’m in the Hamptons”, after noting so many familiar faces. But then Donald Sultan has always been a much admired and well liked figure on the Hamptons art scene, indeed, around the world. “Soot and Shine”, an exhibition of new works by Sultan, is his sixth solo show at the prestigious Mary Ryan Gallery and it is definitely a winner The collection is comprised of eight new paintings and two drawings that highlight the versatility, sensuality and dramatic elegance of black. In Sultan’s hands black takes on many dimensions.

Trumpet vines with their enormous blooms swirl voluptuously across masonite board spilling over the edges and giving a deckled effect. Interestingly, his models came not from nature but from the floral patterns on cheap Chinese lanterns. Working with such untraditional artistic materials such as enamel, tar and vinyl tiles, Sultan pushes the boundaries of painting as he virtually sculpts the painting into pictures that are minimal but opulently rich.

Longtime admirers and fellow Sag Harbor artists Andrew Hart Adler and Carolyn Beegan were very enthusiastic about the new work. Mr. Adler who is collaborating with Ms. Beegan on a new series of mixed media works which they will soon present told us, “Interestingly, Donald and I were both in the graduating class of ’73 at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill but our paths had not crossed. In the late ‘70s, I was introduced to his work and have followed his career since then”.

A breathless Terrie Sultan, Executive Director of the Parrish Art Museum and sister of the artist arrived with her husband artist and writer Christopher French and promptly rushed to her sibling to explain her delay, ”People were stopping me at the door telling me how wonderful your show was”, she exclaimed proudly.

When we caught up with Ms. Sultan, she said she had a picture she wanted us to see and reached into her purse for her cell phone, she flashed us a topography shot. Like a new mother, she smiled and said, “That’s the Google Earth photo of our new museum in Water Mill”. Ms. Sultan assured us that despite needing to raise in excess of $9 million, the new Parrish Art Museum will be open by summer 2012.

Also on hand for the openings were artists John Torreano and Eric Fischl, author Michael Gross and his wife fashion designer Barbara Hodes.

Born in Asheville, North Carolina, Sultan lives and works in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York. After receiving his BFA from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, he attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he earned his MFA. In 2010 Sultan received the distinguished North Carolina Award, the highest honor awarded by the state. He has exhibited all over the world, including solo exhibitions at the Fort Worth Museum of Art, TX, the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art, CA, the Museum of Modern Art, NY and most recently "Donald Sultan: the First Decade," at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, OH.

His art is in the permanent collections of over 50 institutions, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Tate Gallery, London. In 2008 Donald Sultan, The Theater of the Object, a monograph, was published by the Vendome Press, New York, which includes essays by Carter Radcliff and John B. Ravenal.

“Soot and Shine” will be on view until April 9. 2011 at Mary Ryan Gallery, 527 West 26th Street, New York. Call 212-397-0669 for Gallery hours and more information.

Sunday, November 28, 2010


John Tsunis And Kimberly Taff At The Art Gallery

Following in the footsteps of the Bellagio's Steve Wynn, John Tsunis has opened an art gallery at the Holiday Inn Express. Mr. Tsunis, the owner of the Holiday Inn Express Stony Brook - the first Holiday Inn Express in the world - was inspired by other prominent, innovative hoteliers who constantly think outside the box and create not only hotels but community centers for locals and tourists alike to enjoy. Mr Tsunis plans to keep the art gallery open indefinitely in the lobby of his hotel and to only feature the work of artists from the region. The gallery's mission is to provide exposure to local artists, whose work can be viewed and purchased by the tens of thousands of guests who visit the hotel annually.The gallery's current exhibit features two dozen pieces by artists Barbara Bilotta and James Jahrsdoerfer. The recent Grand Opening was an enormous success, attended by nearly 500 elected officials, businesspeople and community leaders. A portion of the proceeds of art sales at the event, including Bilotta's Tender Harmony, benefited the Stony Brook Children's Hospital.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010


Internationally Acclaimed Sculptor Peter Rubino to Unveil New Work To Honor the Centenary of Artist and Arts Patron the Late Caroline Newhouse

Peter Rubino

To honor longtime colleague, mentor and friend, internationally acclaimed sculptor Peter Rubino will unveil his latest creation, a bust of the artist and arts patron Caroline Newhouse. The unveiling will take place November 8, 2010 at the Career Transition for Dancers 25th Anniversary at the New York City Center. Prior to her passing in 2003, Caroline Newhouse was a long-time Career Transition for Dancers (CTFD) supporter and Board member, whose support helped establish The Caroline H. Newhouse Scholarship Fund, as well as, The Caroline & Theodore Newhouse Center for Dancers Career Transition for Dancers is a nonprofit organization that enables dancers to define their careers possibilities and develop the skills necessary to excel in a variety of disciplines when dance is no longer an option. Based in New York with offices in Los Angeles and Chicago, CTFD has helped over 4,600 professional dancers in 47 states identify their unique talents in preparation for establishing new careers. “Career Transition for Dancers and its Board of Directors are thrilled to accept Peter Rubino’s bronze sculpture of our beloved Caroline H. Newhouse, and how befitting that this art work will reside at The Caroline & Theodore Newhouse Center For Dancers in New York City next to one of Caroline Newhouse’s own bronze sculptures,” said CTFD Executive Director Alexander J. Dube in a statement. Peter Rubino’s relationship with Caroline Newhouse began in the mid-1970s when they met at Dominic Ranieri’s sculpture casting studio, where both were working on their own sculptures. Mr. Rubino was just beginning his career and Mrs. Newhouse was a seasoned professional; a bond was immediately established. Of Mrs. Newhouse, Mr. Rubino said “She was a gracious, generous and caring friend who always encouraged me to follow my own path. This labor of love ‘The Bust” is my gift, in honor of my dear friend Caroline’s centenary and commemorating Career Transition for Dancers, a non-profit arts service organization that was very dear to Caroline’s heart”. A world renowned sculptor, Rubino’s creations include Angel, a 35-foot figure created for the Walt Disney Company; Mother of Life, a 10-foot historical monument at Israel’s Ben Gurion University of the Negev, plus sculpted portraits of President Barack Obama, Davie Brubeck and sports legends Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth. Rubino is also the originator of Symphony in Clay, a high-energy “extreme sculpting” performance piece where Rubino speed sculpts a 250-pound monumental bust of Beethoven in 20 minutes, choreographed to the beat of the composer’s music. As an artist educator, Rubino has taught for over 35 years including at The National Academy School of Fine arts in NYC, and the Brooklyn Museum Art School. For more information, please visit