IPCNY Spring Benefit, 2011

May 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

From left to right: Terry Winters, Bill Goldston, and Jordan Schnitzer

May 19, 2011

On Thursday, our gallery staff members Chris and Jae-Min attended the International Print Center New York’s (IPCNY) 2011 Spring Benefit.

The evening began with a pre-reception event at the IPCNY’s gallery space to view their current exhibition, Artists Collect: Prints from the Collection of Sol LeWitt, Kiki Smith, Philip Taaffe, Richard Tuttle, and was followed by cocktails and dinner at Cedar Lake. This year, the IPCNY honored artist Terry Winters, ULAE publisher Bill Goldston, and collector Jordan Schnitzer for their enormous contributions and achievements in the print world.  It was a cheerful and celebratory evening with Christopher Gaillard as Master of Ceremonies, and Lisa Phillips, Christophe Cherix, and Joseph Goddu as presenters.  There was also no shortage of notable attendees such as artist Vija Celmins, Chelsea gallerists Larry Shopmaker and Betsy Senior, Jim Kempner and Dru Arstark, and Mary Ryan, plus respected art advisors Janice Oresman and Sharon Coplan Hurowitz, and IFPDA Executive Director, Michele Senecal.

The first and only non-profit institution devoted solely to the exhibition and understanding of fine art prints, we congratulate the IPCNY on their 10th anniversary!



Rauschenberg’s Stoned Moon Series in Chicago

May 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Collector Stephen Dull with 3 prints from his complete "Stoned Moon" series

May 5, 2011

Sidney and I have flown to Chicago for one quick evening to attend the opening of Robert Rauschenberg Stoned Moon Series at the Joel Oppenheimer gallery. For the first time since its publication by Gemini in 1969, and for only three short days this weekend, the Stoned Moon Series – comprised of thirty-three extraordinary lithographs – is being presented in its entirety.

The Stoned Moon Series is arguably one of Rauschenberg’s largest and most beautiful bodies of work. In July 1969, Rauschenberg was invited to visit the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to observe the launching of the Apollo 11 spacecraft which eventually landed on the moon. From NASA, Rauschenberg requested and received photographs which became the foundation of the imagery in the series. Collaborating with the Gemini workshop in a marathon 2-month period, Rauschenberg added considerable rubbings and tusche-painted additions to the photoplates.

The exhibition has been made possible by Stephen Dull, an executive with the VF Corporation who has passionately assembled an in-depth collection of the very best American prints. Stephen approached Joel Oppenheimer, a Chicagoland gallerist best known for his authorative knowledge of Audubon prints, to conserve and frame the series. The result of their collaboration has resulted in a magical and memorable exhibition, one that allowed Sidney and I to fully comprehend the remarkable breadth and complexity of this series. Rick Axsom, Curator of Collections at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and Rauschenberg authority, spoke briefly to the nearly 100 guests in attendance at the reception this evening, and we very much felt Bob’s presence in the room. After Rick’s remarks, we raised a glass of Bob’s favorite beverage, Jack Daniels, and toasted the man and this remarkable body of work.

Joel Shapiro shares views on David Smith

April 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Joel Shapiro leading walk-through of David Smith exhibition at LACMA

April 26, 2011

Joel Shapiro spoke to an intimate gathering of high-level LACMA supporters on Tuesday evening, walking them through the David Smith sculpture exhibit on view at the LACMA Resnick Pavilion through July 24.  He spoke eloquently and with considerable animation about the importance of Smith’s work in the history of American sculpture, and his own relationship to Smith’s work.  He kept the audience fascinated with his discussion of numerous creative associations between Smith and fellow sculptors including Giacometti, Calder and other.  After the walk-through, a small group of collectors were invited to dine at Playa, the hot new restaurant by John Sedlar who is known for his innovative Mexican cooking.  Crafting a special menu for the evening, Chef Sedlar greeted the diners, which included LACMA Director Michael Govan and his wife, fashion PR powerhouse Katherine Ross, Senior Curator Stephanie Barron, Gemini client and celebrity interior designer Rose Tarlow, and several LACMA trustees and patrons.  Joel is in Los Angeles, collaborating with Gemini on new prints to follow upon his highly successful 2009 series Boat, Bird, Mother and Child.

Richard Serra at The Met

April 15, 2011 § 1 Comment

Photo: Metropolitan Museum curators Magdalena Dabrowski and Gary Tinterow flanking Richard Serra, in his Union (2011), a work specially commissioned for the exhibition

On a very cold and rainy Monday night, Sidney and I attended the opening reception for Richard Serra’s retrospective of drawings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  On view from April 13 – August 28, 2011, the retrospective will travel to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from October 15 – January 16, 2012 and ends its tour at its organizing institution, the Menil Collection from March 2 – June 10, 2012.

Beginning with early drawings that are very much about process, and progressing to large-scale works, one of which is drawn directly onto the museum’s walls, the exhibition is a comprehensive and powerful presentation of Serra’s drawings – an art form independent (yet very much linked) to his sculptural practice.  The rough, raised surfaces of his Paintstik drawings compel viewers to experience them in a very physical, almost three-dimensional manner – a sensation familiar to those acquainted with Serra’s editioned prints.  There is an immediacy and confrontational presence in these works that underscores Serra’s interest in weight and gravity.

After the reception, Serra’s dealer, the Gagosian Gallery, hosted a dinner at The Mark for close friends of the artists, including Paul Schupf, whose nearly complete collection of Serra prints has been shown extensively, most prominently at Colby College in Maine.

Elizabeth Murray at Pace

April 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

(Photograph by Sidney B. Felsen © 2004)

March 31, 2011

When the announcement for Elizabeth Murray’s painting show at Pace Gallery arrived in the mail, I couldn’t help but pause to think about Elizabeth and how much we all miss her passion and artistic spirit.  It has been over 3 ½ years since Elizabeth’s passing and nearly 5 years since she graced the Gemini workshop.  Sadly, Elizabeth succumbed to lung cancer, but fortunately she lived to see her career retrospective at MoMA and receive the public recognition she so richly deserved for an extraordinary body of rigorous but jubilant paintings.   Pace will have a public reception on April 7th, where undoubtedly many of Elizabeth’s friends and fellow-artists will stop in to celebrate her work.  Unfortunately Sidney and I do not arrive in New York until the following week, but we will look forward to viewing this exhibition of Elizabeth’s brilliant creations.

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)

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