FYA Benefit Edition at Soho House

March 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

March 28, 2011

Joni, Sidney and Kalyn celebrated the first issue of ForYourArt’s Benefit Edition, a selection of artworks published in support of various non-profit organizations across Los Angeles, at the Soho House on Monday evening.  As part of their ongoing mission to cultivate arts patronage and cultural engagement, ForYourArt Founder Bettina Korek and Exhibition Coordinator Sarah Williams curated an exhibition of 128 editions from over 100 artists.

Hanging on the twisting hallways of the SoHo house were artworks by Gemini artists Jonathan Borofsky, Chris Burden and David Hockney.  There were also works by John Baldessari, Toba Khedoori and Bill Viola, all printed by Gemini G.E.L. to benefit the Orange County Museum of Art, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles and the Ojai Music Festival, respectively.  The Toba Khedoori etching was the artist’s first collaboration with the Gemini workshop, made in 2005 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Big Brothers Big Sisters Los Angeles, for which Joni is a long-time board member.  Ayn and Ellen Grinstein and Gemini Sales Director Kenturah Davis were in attendance along with Getty Deputy Director Andrew Perchuk.

For additional information on available editions, visit benefitedition.com.

Photo: Joni & Sidney with Toba Khedoori’s Untitled

Vija Celmins Returns to Los Angeles

March 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Vija Celmins and LACMA Director Michael Govan, 2011

March 16, 2011

Sidney and I attended the reception at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in honor of Vija Celmins.  An exquisite, intimate showing of Vija’s early paintings is on view there through June 5th, having traveled from the Menil Museum in Houston.  The paintings and sculptures are mostly gray, with one fiery red-orange painting and one painted sculpture punctuating the otherwise monochrome installation.  All created in her Venice Beach studio between 1964-66, many of the works were exhibited at (and bought from) her graduate school exhibition at UCLA.  After the reception, Vija’s dealers, Renee and David McKee, hosted a dinner at one of our favorite LA restaurants, Campanile.  Gemini artist Sophie Calle accompanied us to the reception and the dinner; Sophie had just arrived from Paris to begin a collaboration with the workshop on a new project.  The night prior to the LACMA opening, we attended a lovely dinner held in the home of a private collector, where Vija reconnected with many of her long-time LA artist-friends.  She also spent time chatting with museum Directors Michael Govan and Annie Philbin, as well as collectors, several of whom had spotted her talent in the 60s and had bought (and kept) works from that period.  It was a joyous homecoming for Vija.

Vija Celmins at Gemini artists’ workshop, 2002

(Photograph by Sidney B. Felsen © 2002)

Joni and Ellsworth Kelly

March 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

March 3, 2011

This past week, on all 3 floors of Gagosian Gallery at 980 Madison, an opening reception was held for their current exhibition Malevich and the American Legacy.  It was a very lively opening with a star-studded guest list.  Artists such as John Chamberlain and Richard Serra were in attendance and stopped into Joni’s gallery to say hello and take a look at the current Ellsworth Kelly exhibition.  Kelly himself stopped by and was nice enough to take a pause for an impromptu photo-session.

Photo: Joni & Ellsworth with Black Panel (Photograph by Chris Santa Maria)

John Baldessari Print Retrospective at the Palm Springs Art Museum

March 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

February 25, 2011

Joni, Sidney and John Baldessari packed up Joni’s Volvo and took off on a road trip to the Palm Springs Art Museum for the opening of JOHN BALDESSARI: A Print Retrospective from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, on view through June 26th.  The trio welcomed the sight of sunny desert weather as they arrived for a weekend of conversation and an after-hours filming at PSAM.  The exhibition is graciously on loan from noted Portland art collector Jordan D. Schnitzer, and presents a comprehensive survey of Baldessari’s printmaking, with highlights spanning four decades of Baldessari’s collaboration with prestigious print publishers across the globe, including our own Gemini workshop.  Friday evening, Joni and Sidney had the pleasure of walking the museum’s Contemporary Art Council through the exhibition, and principals from the Mixografia workshop as well as Jean Milant of Cirrus added brief comments about their own workshop’s collaborations.  Later that evening, in a packed auditorium, Baldessari participated in a spirited conversation with Schnitzer and Museum of Contemporary Art of San Diego Director Hugh M. Davies.  On Saturday morning Joni and Sidney accompanied Baldessari and Schnitzer for a video-taped walk-through of the exhibition.  Sidney and Gemini Master Printer/Workshop Manager, James Reid, eventually joined in the conversation, at which time the artist recounted stories from his collaborations with Gemini, including the 28 editions that are on view.

Attending the weekend’s festivities were Sidney’s daughter, jewelry designer Suzanne Felsen, and Joni’s West Coast Director Kalyn Olson.  Also in the audience Friday night were James Reid’s wife, Liz, and Ellen Grinstein-Perliter, daughter of Gemini co-founder Stanley Grinstein, accompanied by her husband Chuck.

Photo: John Baldessari in front of Person with Guitar (Orange)

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