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Thursday
Nov032011

preserving belkin's mural: new york

Murals are about the communities and neighborhoods that they becomes a part of—not to mention the building walls. Whether indoors or outside, inherently they’re one of the most fragile types of artwork created.

And as public art, or street art, there’s no museum staff or board of directors to protect them. Or to preserve them—one of the biggest challenges for outdoor works which are exposed to harsh elements 24/7.

Thankfully, the Heritage Preservation—a DC based national organization—is recognizing the need for such preservation and restoration at the local, community level.

Earlier this month it assessed Against Domestic Colonialism, a 50’ x 60’ outdoor mural in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen. Painted in 1972, the stucco—or canvas of the mural—is separating from the building’s wall, most likely due to water seepage between the two. Over time, colors have faded and large areas have simply fallen off looking like missing puzzle pieces.

Over the past few years, Hell’s Kitchen has been getting more attention and rehabilitation. But it was over 30 years ago that CITYArts, inc., found Belkin to create a work on one of the building walls overlooking May Mathews and Alexandra Palmer Park.

Other major cities also have mural arts programs such as Los Angeles and Chicago—but in Philadelphia, where hundreds of murals can be found, their Mural Arts Program employs hundreds of artists, gives tours, and generates millions for the local economy.

Referring to artist Arnold Belkin’s mural as not only his only outdoor work in the US, but also one of the most endangered public murals in the country in need of urgent preservation efforts. Today, Heritage Preservation considers about a dozen equally significant murals to be highly endangered.

Thanks to skip, soho sales, for the photo.

Thursday
Oct272011

artist profile: camille holvoet

Created in collaboration with San Francisco’s Creativity Explored—a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art—couple print is a colorful expression of affection.

Oil pastel artist Camille Holvoet teaches a way to deal with life’s anxieties—through the repetition of favored objects like desserts, Ferris Wheels, and cross-eyed expressions—by allowing the joy of the creative process to alleviate negative or frightful thoughts.

For the past 10 years, Camille’s been luring fans into the studio with her charm and honesty—we think she’s having her cake and eating it too.

To spend one minute with Camille Holvoet in the Creativity Explored studio, go here.

Tuesday
Oct112011

bob dylan's asia series: new york

photo by: jewell willett What: Bob Dylan, The Asia Series
When: now thru October 22
Where: Gagosian Gallery, Madison Avenue

Singer, songwriter, folk icon—visual artist. Since the 60s, Bob Dylan has influenced popular culture with his provocative lyrics, earthy demeanor and a blend of folk and rock that is uniquely Dylan.

And while he’s been creating visual artworks all along, it’s only been within the past few years that small exhibits have shared his works publicly—catch it while you can!

Tuesday
Oct112011

richard serra retrospective: san francisco

photo by: rjhuttondfw What: Richard Serra Book Signing
Where: Haas Atrium, SFMOMA
When: October 13, 6:00pm

What: Richard Serra Talk
Where: Phyllis Wattis Theater, SFMOMA
When: October 13, 7:00pm

The talk is sold out but a simulcast will be available in the Koret Visitor Education Center on a first-come, first-served basis.

What: Richard Serra Drawing, A Retrospective
Where: SFMOMA
When: October 15 thru January 16, 2012

This first-ever retrospective of drawings by Richard Serra is a chance to see his ideas in a completely different medium, creating an entirely different perspective.

Using black paintsticks to build stark, densely layered two-dimensional forms—they evoke a terrific sense of mass and gravity not unlike his intense and weighty three-dimensional sculptures. The exhibition traces Serra’s evolution from the 70s on and also features some of his earliest sculptures in lead, rubber, and fiberglass.

Thursday
Sep082011

artist profile: thomas pringle

Artist Thomas Pringle was born in California in 1941 and in 2006 he joined San Francisco’s Creativity Explored—a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art.

Bold close-ups in vibrant acrylics are what fills Pringle’s portfolio—which is exactly what attracted us to woman in white sweater.

The first step in his portraiture process is to observe. Inspired by beautiful women and celebrities, he draws and simplifies their likeness into strong colorful shapes as he sees them—only later shifting focus to details like hairstyles and clothing.

To spend one minute with Thomas Pringle in the Creativity Explored studio, go here.