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As the art industry and world shifts daily, if not moment-by-moment, this has been a great period of time for SunStorm Arts Publishing Co. Inc. and Fine Art Magazine. We weathered the hurricane, floods, earthquakes and landslides as we put this issue to print, all the while advancing into the world of “new media” but not neglecting our roots. In July, we held our first live-streaming Fine Art Online Juried Art Exhibition. A big thank you to all of our Facebook artists, fans and Twitter followers. Our blog has grown and we now network 15,000, as we receive 30,000 plus direct views to our active online media portals. The Fineartmagazine.tv site will house our growing collection on this hub. Our extended coverage of film festivals with blog reports is gaining a following. In this issue, we cover intriguing and gifted artists such as the group exhibiting at The Museum of Russian Art. Marilyn Goldberg has new and exciting coverage of Brigitte Bardot. Houston Fine Art looks to be an exciting new venue created by Rick Friedman. I see the world of art changing and merging as new leaders offer wonderful showcases in which to enjoy the arts. I am very appreciative to be able to cover and share with our readers, followers and fans this wonderful fine art experience. –JAMIE ELLIN FORBES
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Marcia Gay Harden, Alec Baldwin, and ROC Gold award-winning Director Marilyn Agrelo at the ROC party held at The Hedges in East Hampton for the HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. The 2011 19th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival dates are October 13-17th. HIFF was founded to provide a forum for independent filmmakers from around the world to express their vision. The festival is held for five days in mid-October at venues from Montauk to Southampton, attracting some 18,000 visitors annually. Approxmately 100 films from 25, countries are represented.
Paul Giamatti brings some star power to HIFF
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Julian Schnabel (painter, filmmaker) & Stuart Suna (HIFF chairman)
Esther Anderson and an attendee at the screening of her documentary on Bob Marley at the Rhode Island Film Festival Before the ’60s became the ’70s, Esther Anderson was Jamaica’s biggest star. Her award-winning turn with Sidney Poitier in A Warm December assured that. Right around then, Chris Blackwell gave the Wailers $35,000 to make an album. They produced their classic Catch A Fire and split ten thousand each. The follow-up, Burnin’, came out with the iconic photo of Bob Marley on the cover, 11 x 11 inches, shot by Esther Anderson. This image—and the music—clicked with the US record buying public, “bubblin’ under the top one hun-DREAD”—and when Clapton covered I Shot The Sheriff, Bob became wealthy overnight. Esther was there for all that—contributing lyrics and love to go along with her great photos. Her documentary Bob Marley: The Making Of A Legend is making the film festival rounds in Europe and America to universal accolades with neverbefore-seen footage, an intimate portrait of a true legend in the making. visit http://www.facebook.com/BobMarleyFilm
Claudia Higgs, Esther Anderson, Jamie Ellin Forbes, Camille Ellsworth, Nikiki Bogle (Caribbean Education Foundation), Luis Contreras (Architect from Peru) at Rhode Island Film Festival, Providence, RI, August 2011 Fine Art Magazine • Fall 2011 • 5
Cindy Lou Wakefiled, Ann Chwatsky, Rick Friedman
Another Tour de Force for Rick Friedman This year’s ArtHamptons was the best ever. On five bucolic acres in a state-of-the-art hi-tech tent—a new and improved 50,000 square foot modular museum (fully air-conditioned)—everybody inside was cool. With an abundance of equally cool neighborhood folk mingling with the artists, dealers and visitors from all over the world, the fair was an unbridled success. People were actively buying, and I hadn’t seen such “gold rush” energy since the glory days of Marilyn Goldberg’s Marigold “art mall” back in the 80s. The collectors out in Bridgehampton for ArtHamptons seemed to be enjoying disposing of their their disposable incomes on a wide variety of paintings, photographs and sculpture. The art here was not comprised of zillion dollar trophies, but rather a varied mix of excellent work by people who care for what they created, how they created it and how it is brought to market. You can’t ask for more than that. “International in scope, the fair showcases renowned art dealers from more than ten countries, including the UK, Spain, Germany, Canada, Argentina, Mexico, Israel, Russia, Japan, China and Korea. ArtHamptons’ Selection Committee admits only galleries with compelling art programs, excellent reputations and those that exhibit the utmost in integrity,” reads the press release, and certainly Rick Friedman, CEO/President Hamptons Expo Group Management, agrees. The element of celebrity was represented by the inimitable Ultra Violet in attendance, autographing her memoirs, on her way to the 15 Minute exhibition at the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. The Simmons Brothers — media mogul Russell and artist/author Danny—were also on hand to receive The 2011 Arts Patron of the Year Award, a result of their tirelelss work as co-Founders of the Rush Philanthropic for the Arts. Of course, we could have done with a little less full-frontal Kate Moss, but maybe not. Rick Friedman is an amiable and dedicated host with a kind word to all and penchant for delivering the goods for his exhibitors and attendees. Next stop: Houston! — VBF
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Marilyn Goldberg of Museum Masters International with living art
Warhol’s famed starlet/muse Ultra Violet brought her considerable cache of starpower to her exhibition where there was a Northeast premiere of the short film “Full Circle: Before they Were Famous,” featuring Warhol superstars Ultra Violet and Taylor Mead who greeted attendees and signed their books. The documentary chronicles the astonishing journey of the images taken by fine art photographer William John Kennedy in the early 1960s of Robert Indiana and Andy Warhol with their iconic works. The negatives sat in a box for nearly 50 years, rarely seen by the world or his subjects until now. The film is full of personal anecdotes and remembrances by many of the principals of the story, and includes appearances by Indiana, Ultra Violet, and Mead as they view their images for the first time. The film is a presentation of the KIWI Arts Group. Note Warhol’s floral paintings in background.ssell Simmons,
A family affair with Cindy Lou Wakefield and Rick Friedman, CEO/President Hamptons Expo Group Management
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David Kusnir, Vered, Victor Forbes, and film makerVicki Herbert
Victor Forbes & artist/author Danny Simmons with Zaluski on harp in his Sphere
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David Datuna, Viewpoints of Millions [Vuitton], mixed media wall sculpture, Westwood Gallery, New York City, at Art Hamptons; Photo: Allison L. Mauch
Publicist extraordinaire Liz Derringer, Candy Ceravolo, Victor Forbes, Jim Ceravolo and Brazilian artist Bermano Fine Art Magazine • Fall 2011 • 7
‘15 Minutes: Homage To Andy Warhol’ At The Pollock-Krasner House
Jeff Gordon, Project Director of 15 Minutes: Homage to Andy Warhol, and Helen Harrison, Director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, at the opening.
Viewing the Pollock-Krasner studio, with Jackson Pollock’s fabled floor.
15 Minutes: Homage to Andy Warhol, shows Warhol and Dylan in the Factory with one of Warhol’s Elvis paintings in the an exhibition in sight and sound, is on view background. Dylan’s song, When I Paint My at the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Masterpiece, critiques the Warholian notion Center, 830 Springs-Fireplace Road, East of fame and success. In Silk Scream Liz, Hampton, through October 29, 2011. Beckley channels the voice and persona of This is the exhibition’s first venue of an Elizabeth Taylor, the subject of Warhol's international tour, which will include the first portrait of a Hollywood icon. Gordon’s Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. screen print modifies one of Warhol’s Organized and produced by WuBrillo Box sculptures Shan, Inc. ( Jeff Gordon as a visual analogy to and Path Soong), the his sound piece, which exhibition features loops excerpts from a silkscreen prints and Warhol interview and o r i g i n a l re c o r d i n g s , lasts for the proverbial ranging from spoken 15 minutes. word to music and sound, Two pieces of Warcreated by prominent holiana: an autographed artists, writers and Campbell’s soup can performers who knew, (Cream of Asparagus, worked with, or were 1986), lent by Annette inspired by Andy Warhol. Hinkle, a writer for the Included are Bob Sag Harbor Express; and Dylan, Patti Smith, Ivan Karp, Billy Name, Ultra 15 Minutes artists Ultra Violet and Yura Adams. an autographed copy of the July 1979 issue of Violet, Lawrence Weiner, Interview magazine, lent by Bryan Boyhan, Carter Ratcliff, John Giorno, Vincent the newspaper's editor. Fremont, Alexander Heinrici, Brigid Berlin, The 15 Minutes Box, sponsored by Christopher Makos, Yura Adams, Nat Sony and released through Sony’s Legacy Finkelstein, Connie Beckley, Susan Breen, Recordings, is available for sale in both Soong, and Gordon. Deluxe Edition and Regular Edition versions. Each artist has created a 12 x 12 inch The Deluxe box, an edition of 85, contains visual image and an audio work, often 16 signed and numbered silkscreen prints, referencing Warhol and his circle. Smith’s three CDs, four vinyl records, and notes. The poem, Edie, muses on the life and death Regular box, an edition of 1,964, contains of Warhol Superstar Edie Sedgwick. offset prints. To order, call 631-324-4929. Finkelstein’s screen printed photograph 8 • Fine Art Magazine • Fall 2011
Sculptor Hans Van de Bovenkamp and art historian Phyllis Braff
Anthony Hayden Guest, and Renee Dahl
Artist Roy Nicholson, Helen Harrison
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Getting Wild in The Hamptons for The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center
Looking out for Long Island wildlife – Rescued Barred Owl
Jean Shafiroff, Bruce Richards, Avis Richards
he Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center, an East End organization known for rescuing and rehabilitating the region’s injured native wildlife, added excitement to this year’s Hamptons season with its Summer 2011 Benefit, Get Wild! The event, chaired by Beth Ostrosky Stern, Avis Richards, and Marcy Warren honored the late Evelyn Alexander as well as celebrated the rehabilitation of thousands of Long Island wildlife. Friends, family and guests gathered at the waterfront estate of Leslie Alexander and Liz Brown in Southampton. During the event, host Leslie Alexander thanked everyone for their attendance and explained how happy his mother, the late Evelyn Alexander, would be for the growth of community involvement within the organization. Founder of the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center, Ginnie Frati, also thanked guests for their generous support and donations to the center and how they will benefit the animals in need. “We can better maintain our medical equipment, get the best veterinary care, and gather skills and training to increase our success rate. We are able to offer state-of-theart care to our wild neighbors that so richly deserve it because they are usually injured by human activities.” The animal-friendly event featured
Beth Ostrosky Stern, Howard Stern
Isabel Fernandez, WNBC-TV news anchor Chuck Scarborough, Ellen Scarborough
Leslie Alexander, Ginnie Frati
gourmet hors d’oeuvres and cocktails from Mayan Woods Catering, and also hosted a silent auction featuring exclusive items such as a two night stay at Distinctive Resort and Residences at the Panoramic View with dinner at 75 Main, an overnight stay at Southampton Inn, an European facial at Alma G Salon & Spa, a Manhattan to Montauk dining experience at restaurants Colicchio & Sons, East Hampton Grill, Driver’s Seat and Navy Beach with a signed copy of The Cookbook Introduction by Top Chef Tom Colicchio, a night out on the town in New York City at La Petite Maison and Lair NYC, dinner for two at Primola, four tickets to Mamma Mia, four tickets to the Bridgehampton Polo Championship Game, two season tickets to theHampton Theatre Company’s 2011-2012 season, four “Empire” tickets to a Mets game, an at-home private dining experience with Top Chef contestant Danny Gagnon and John, the wine guy from Lieb Vineyard, a studio tour of Sirius/ XM Studios and a sitin on Howard 100’s The Wrap Up Show with Gary Dell Abate, a handmade duck sculpture from Dianne Marxe, a custom designed shawl from Kimberly Towers, a cashmere blanket from Christopher Fischer, a designer coat from Laundry by Shelli Segal, a men’s wool jacket from Nautica, an original oil leopard
print by artist Connie Oshrin, a diamond and ruby white 14-karat gold peacock ring, a blue topaz and sapphire 14-karat yellow gold bird pendant, and a signed Rangers’ jersey of Henrik Lundqvist. Sponsors include Brugal Rum, Magnolia Cupcakes, Redbull, Tara Allmen, M.D., Jan Linhart, D.D.S., P.C., Andrew Sabin Family Foundation,Prudential Elliman Southampton, The Texas Browns, Equinoxe Graphics, Blue Point Brewery and North Fork Wine. The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center, is a grassroots not-for-profit wildlife hospital dedicated to the rehabilitation of wild animals impacted by human encroachment on their habitat. The Center is a full-time professional wildlife hospital staffed by licensed rehabilitators, biologists, animal behaviorists and volunteers. Located in a unique and irreplaceable ecosystem, the facility consists of salt and fresh water wetlands, pine barrens, deciduous forest and meadowland. The hospital at the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center is designed exclusively for wild animals. Unlike veterinary hospitals, the space is free of any ambient noises or smells to stress the animals that are recovering within. For further information about The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center, visit www. wildliferescuecenter.org. Fine Art Magazine • Fall 2011 • 9
Artexpo, NY Goes Further
Artexpo celebrated its second year on the Pier
Jeannette Korab at SunStorm/Fine Art booth
Artexpo CEO Eric Smith, Fine Art Magazine publisher Jamie Ellin Forbes, Dino Danelli, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer exhibits his art at the SunStorm/Fine Art magazine booth.
It was a cosmic alignment of the stars. Artexpo NY was the same weekend F URTHER, the Bob Weir/Phil Lesh aggregation was in town at Radio City Music Hall and at our booth we had Robert C. Matthews and Rock Scully showing Jerry Garcia’s print of a painting he made when he was a seventeen year-old art student. Far out it was and a great weekend for all. Artist Samir Sammoun and Barbara Nino, gallerist, art dealer
Artist, educator, collage guru Michael Albert holding his book with Victor Forbes
Exhibiting artist Paul Hertz, DDS, with Rock Scully at the SunStorm/Fine Art booth 10 • Fine Art Magazine • Fall 2011
Janet Saleby, Robert T Matthews, Patricia Figuccio, Dr. Bill Akpinar, Rock Scully at the SunStorm/Fine Art booth
David Schluss interviewed by SunStorm/Fine Art publisher Jamie Ellin Forbes at Smart Publishing booth
The Montréal Four - unstoppable, unflappable!
The Protsouks, Andrei & Dennis, stalwart exhibitors PHOTOS BY ANDREA HOFFMAN
Sean M. Flynn, filmmaker, photographer, exhibiting at Coral Canyon Publishing alongside his mother, Jane Seymour
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer from the Young Rascals, Dino Danelli, checks out an image capture of one of his drawings
Legendary Grateful Dead engineer/producer Robert C. Matthews, publisher of Jerry Garcia’s limited edition lithograph, In The Chair, at the SunStorm / Fine Art booth.
Actress/artist Jane Seymour, at Artexpo - a regular exhibitor on Fine Art Youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsT4zixXKLI
Rock Scully played an integral part in the management and development of the Grateful Dead into a major touring attraction. He came to New York to visit Artexpo where Robert C. Matthews’ Jerry Garcia lithograph was unveiled and to attend the FURTHER concert at Radio City Music Hall
JEF interviews Canadian Expressionist Photopgrapher Malteste. All the interviews from Artexpo and many more are viewable on the Fine Art Youtubechannel
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CHINESE PAINTING WITH RUSSIAN SOUL
The Delicate Power of Valentina Battler
Achieving quiet harmony in flight During the day, Two cranes, as in a dream, Soared in the rays. The sun observed their snowy souls And spilled The evening dusk across the sky As all grew still.
BY VICTOR BENNETT FORBES
HE MYSTICAL REVELATIONS of the ancient art of Chinese Brush Painting are explored and unearthed in delicate yet strong detail via the work of Valentina Battler who invokes classic traditions of the Orient dating back to the their origins at the rise of the Han dynasty some 2200 years ago. The artist’s inspiration has evolved out of a deep study of Chinese and Eastern art based on her love of not only the art itself, (an intense concentration on motif and form) but of the philosophy, as well. “In these paintings,” she said in a recent interview preceding her solo exhibition Music of Silence at the at Rogue Space Gallery in New York City’s Chelsea art district, “I find myself leaping from a river bank into the water, when the distance to the water keeps increasing instead of decreasing. You plunge towards the river and you fall into a bottomless abyss, infinite space. For someone quite unacquainted with color theory to start with the most difficult of all tasks, Chinese painting, is tantamount to an attack on art itself.” It is a method where ink, brush and paper are the only instruments and material that can be used and when you are ac12 • Fine Art Magazine • Fall 2011
complished, you can express everything—even Western subjects. “The method is the only point that makes us understand whether it is Chinese painting or not,” says Battler, who is well aware that each and every stroke has a very specific meaning based on feeling. “Chinese painting is an art form,” she continues, “that we cannot imitate at all because each stroke depends on your mood. A soft stroke reflects an internal feeling of tenderness. If you paint orchids, it should be very gentle and feminine. Chinese art has it’s own content in the strokes.” Battler studied Chinese philosophy, Chinese poetry, and painting as one element of “Co-creation.” In seeking to solve this enigma (it is, afterall, symbolic art), she invented three kinds of touching in which ink is pushing out to create a kind of a threedimensional effect. With its very elegant and very light imagery, in Chinese art “You will find no blood, no guts, no distortion and it is a very natural way to catch nature through a symbolic understanding. For exampe, bamboo means not only bamboo, but friendship, strong support. Cranes, stand for fertility, good life. Classical Chinese painting is not modern, but contemporary. A Chrysanthemum stands for wisdom, and if you connect a soft stroke and a very strong stroke, it is feminine and masculine together in wisdom. I am amazed by this art. It is not what we see—it is inside, an enigma. All viewers co-create the content with the artist as we try to undertsand what is between the strokes. It is poetic not only in words and rhyme but meaning.”
Transcending Reality. Part 2, Temptation
Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum, like a chaste young lady, Bends down, majestic, calm and steady. Translated into English by Andrey Kneller “Chinese art is the most complicated art—in the simplicity, there is very complicated matter inside: sybolism, philosophy and very interesting geometry You cannot paint as you want but rather undertand the space as you spread your imagination on the surface. There is geography as well, cosmic geography. And handwiting, all artists have a handwriting.” Valentina’s infatuation with this intricate painting technique began in Canada where, as a concert pianist and graduate of the prestigious St. Petersburg Conservatory, she first encountered scroll paintings on the walls of a students’ home. “I could physically feel my body vibrating as I walked past them. Every time I rushed eagerly to that house in order to see—no, not to see but to feel—this strange magnetism it was exactly like love.” Battler maintains that she could never have painted in “in Chinese” if she had known even a little about it beforehand. She sought to understand what was going on but found no one to share with her the secrets of how to do it. “They will explain to you what is what,” she says, “But no one will tell how to do it because you can’t imitate your feelings, you have to have it inside. That’s why it is impossible for an artist to repeat himself in this art form. People can copy subjects, but it is impossible to copy a mood.” Battler calls her version of the art form “Chinese painting with Russian soul.”
Pink and Blue Paris
for more information visit www.valentinabattler.com Battler solo exhibition is on view at the Rogue Space Gallery September 7-12, 2011 508 W. 26th St., Studio 9F • email@example.com Fine Art Magazine • Fall 2011 • 13
Anna Sidorina “If Everything Were Predictable, There Would Be No Creativity” The light sighing of A n n a’s l i g h t a n d the wind in the grass, the ethereal works from the barely perceptible splashing cycle The Poetry of Nature of water, sunlight glaring possess a depth that makes over old cathedrals—as one peer again and again if the world has stopped, into the fanciful play of oblivious of the big city’s the colors, and immerse buzz. One can say that, oneself in a boundless today, only a watercolorist space breathing in the can afford not to entice and sensation of true freedom. entertain the public, but For some, the paintings rather invite the viewer to like The Fog may become the space where, at least for a source of meditation a moment, one can dissolve and inner concentration. into the vague and slightly For others, they generate quivering air. Aquarelle bright joy and a feeling of is not the most popular love for the world. painting technique today. Like many Russian Many artists are eager masters of painting, Anna to invent new “original is of course in love with The Fog, watercolor on paper, 15.7” x 19.7”, 2002 forms of the 21st century” Italy. She devotes to that where they strive to shed country her two cycles, all connections with the past. However, watercolor is still alive, and Holidays in Rome and The City on Water. In her watercolor it is precisely this technique that can give us that feeling of peace and Reminiscence, Anna’s Venice is depicted with a light shade of sadness inner concentration, which we lack so direly today. appearing so familiar, but always slightly detached. The carnival is Going against the mainstream over, the crowds have dispersed, is the choice made by the Russian and the paints have dissolved into watercolor artist Anna Sidorina. this damp and somewhat heavy air. Before becoming an artist, she However, Rome appears very followed her parents’ career and differently on Anna’s painting graduated from the Moscow A Recollection of Rome, which is Aviation Technology Institute, as painted in wide brushwork and bright colors—as if being woven an aircraft testing engineer. Then out of sunny linens. The city either she made a sharp professional blinds one with its cathedrals or turn, which allowed her not only entices one with hidden streets, and to experience personally the real it will take more than a lifetime to sensation of flight and soaring grasp the entirety of its grandeur over the trivial details of life, but to and history. communicate this feeling to all those A Russian Souvenir, one of who see her works. Anna’s most distinctive cycles, It was no surprise that Anna wonderfully combines her elegant chose watercolor, since aquarelle, technique and bold color palette. unlike any other technique, best Unlike any other, these ver y conveys her inner world, her contemporary works can express the freedom of improvisation, and her famous “Russian spirit”, “Russian desire to present people with a sense soul”, and “Russian charm”. of tenderness and harmony. This cycle originated from That being said, Anna is not music. Sergey Skripka, one of afraid of experimenting. One can the most well-known Russian see in her works traces of baroque, conductors, recorded an album avant-garde, and abstractionism. of Russian melodies with the Anna’s faultless skill and amazing Zhukovsky Symphony Orchestra. ability to feel the world around her The album included such wellallow her to create such emotionally known folk songs as Kalinkaand compositionally diverse works. Samovar, watercolor on paper, 17.7” x 13.8”, 2008 malinka, The Evening Bells, and The “It is important to me not only to Steppe is All Around, among others. capture my vision of the world, but These songs inspired Anna to paint distinctive illustrations to this also to reintroduce watercolor to my contemporaries” reflects Anna. • Fine Art Magazine • Fall 2011
Kalina, watercolor on paper, 31.5” x 19.7”, 2008
Reminiscence, watercolor on paper, 13.8” x 7.9”, 2004
music. That was how these Russian-themed watercolors appeared— contemporary and generous in color, yet preserving memories of the past and full of tenderness, and of that deep-seated strength, which initially produced these songs. The painting Samovar presents relaxed late spring tea-drinking in a country house where everything is still in the air —anticipation of summer, the tender whiteness of blossoming trees and the soft sounds of conversation. And here one can see the sun in its heyday—it is the ripe and red berries on the iconic Russian Kalina evoking hot nights and the relishing of the short Russian summer. Anna is not afraid of leaving white space, and she takes risks in choosing a composition uncharacteristic of watercolors. Therefore, her works seem even more exquisite and free. “I am used to the fact that my work always ‘leads’ me, and I try to trust my intuition. Often, I am surprised by the results. And that is pure joy. If everything was predictable, there would be no creativity and it would be uninteresting to live,” maintains Anna, and who would argue with that?
A Recollection of Rome, watercolor on paper, 23.6” x 27.6”, 2003
More of Anna’s work may be viewed at www.annasidorina.ru Fine Art Magazine • Fall 2011 • 15
The View From The Window, Sunrise, 50x50 (19.68x19.68 inches), oil on canvas, 2011
ELENA SHAKHOVSKAYA GALLERY Moscow Rublevo-Uspenskoe shosse,Gorki-2, Building 11, Russia.
Self-portrait, 50x60 (19.68x23.62 inches), oil on canvas, 2004 16 • Fine Art Magazine • Fall 2011
Window, 60 x 80cm (23.62x31.49 inches) oil on canvas, 2011
The Emergence of Gasoyan
By JAMIE ELLIN FORBES
Voskanjan Andrey Valerevich known, as GASOYAN, was born in Yerevan, Russia. He graduated the Yerevan State Art Academy in 2004, specializing in easel painting and continued his studies at the The Moscow State Art V.I. Surikov College, majoring in monumental painting. He began his teaching career in 2007 at the Academic School of Design (Moscow), all the while participating in international exhibitions. Named laureate of the 2008 Art-Week Moscow competition, his works are in private collections and galleries in Europe and Russia.
hat with fruit attached to the underside as a fashion or statement from a by-gone era. This young man is not in his own time and element. He stands outside the limits, somewhere within his imagination. In Red Chair, Gasoyn uses the composition of the chair in red to contrast the green cloth draped over the rail. The yellow background and the curve of the window lend a still life sense of careful asoyan’s images work to tell a story. New perspective has construction. Even though the subject matter is mundane, this image allowed him to develop ideas and concepts unfiltered by delivers interest to the viewer. Window is most related to a pre-Soviet the dictates of state-ruled style and the feel and style in the cool blue room opening up to demands of censored art. Schooled in the finest of a road offering a view of a road with the sky trees Russian technique, Gasoyan’s style is a clear and and in shades of ochre. The light outside offers a clean expression of form, subject and objects as an possible path for the obscure subject to find his or experience, a reflection of an interior landscape her way out to a brighter moment. well-executed in his paintings. His color palette The suggestion of abstracted areas within all of and construction are integrated to achieve thoughtthe paintings holds one way for Gasoyn to further ful abstractions, bordering at times on surrealism. explore his impressions, which at times begin to A child balances an orange on his head as he border on extrapolations of color planes and pure peers in from an outside widow. Obviously he is structure using contrasting hues, instilling power to waiting to see more fruit that is on the table and create a lively mood. All of the works shown here is ignoring the surf, sand and water that is his discuss temperament being explored. summer’s day backdrop. A young man sits in a As a young artist, one of the new regime of chair in his striped pajamas. It could be a Sunday Russian painters, part of an up-and-coming group or any free day for him without distraction. His of young artists who received their schooling after look suggests this is a day spent in leisure or the fall of the Soviet Union, Gasoyan has many years ahead to hone his obvious talent and it will contemplation with no constrictions in time, as Red Chair, 60x80, (23.62x31.49 be interesting to see which road he chooses. may be his habit. No place to go, nothing to do. A inches) oil on canvas, 2011
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Home to twelve museums, including worldclass institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Menil Collection, Houston’s vibrant art scene is primed for the inaugural Houston Fine Art Fair, Sept. 15 – 18, 2011. Some 80 leading galleries from across the US, Latin America and Europe will be gathering under one roof for Houston’s first international art fair, held at the George R. Brown Convention Center. World-renowned collectors, curators and art patrons will experience an exciting and Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Old Faithful, 2010, mixed media and oil on canvas diptych diverse collection of art galleries and installations overall 56 x 56 inches, hv36112, Courtesy Haunch of Venison, New York from around the globe. The Houston Fine Art Fair (HFAF) will offer a broad spectrum of artworks from 1950 to the present, with painting, drawing, print editions, installation, sculpture, and photography at price points that will appeal to both novice and experienced collectors. International in scope, the fair will also showcase a wonderful selection of the best in classic and contemporary Latin American art. The exceptional roster of prominent exhibitors includes galleries from 13 European and Latin American countries including Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Germany, Mexico, Spain, and Venezuela representing a stellar line-up of blue-chip and emerging artists. US cities represented by participating galleries include Albuquerque, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, Santa Fe and St. Louis. Stellar contemporary galleries include: Haunch of Venison, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, Margaret Thatcher Projects, Schroeder Romero & Shredder, Schuebbe Projects, Oscar Cruz Galeria, Diana Lowenstein Fine Art, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Ginocchio Galeria, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, June Kelly Gallery, Pan American Art Projects and Richard Levy Gallery. Among the younger generation of galleries presenting cutting edge international work, HFAF presents Dot Fiftyone Gallery, NOW Contemporary, Hardcore Contemporary Art Space, Amstel Gallery, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, and MasArt Galeria. Veteran galleries with a stronger focus on modern and contemporary masters include: Hollis Taggart Galleries, Thomas Louis Gonzalez-Palma, Portrait, c.1990’s McCormick Gallery, Vincent Vallarino Fine Art, Cernuda Arte, Gold-Tone print, Courtesy Peter Fetterman Gallery, Los Angeles Arevalo Gallery, Louis Stern Fine Arts, Jerald Melberg Gallery, Babcock Galleries, and Birnam Wood Galleries. The spotlight on Houston, the nation’s third largest art market, will showcase esteemed local galleries Anya Tish Gallery, Barbara Davis Gallery, Hiram Butler Gallery, McClain Gallery, Meredith Long & Company, Moody Gallery and Sicardi Gallery, among others. “Houston’s thriving art scene offers a wide range of styles, from the hottest contemporary art stars, to blue chip artworks, big-name photographers, and the best national and regional artists working today,” said Fair Organizer Rick Friedman, President of Hamptons Expo Group Management. “Clearly the city’s collectors, institutions and art patrons are serious in their commitment to making Houston one of the major art centers in the country today.” Cultural partners supporting the city’s first international fine art fair include The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Center for Photography, Fotofest International, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, DiverseWorks, Project Row Houses, Art League Houston, Houston Museum of African American Culture, The Orange Show for Visionary Art, the McNay Art Museum and Artpace San Antonio. “Based on the enthusiasm and incredible support we have received from the sophisticated art community here, we anticipate 10,000 visitors to the fair, with as many as 2,000 coming from outside of Houston,” says Fran Kaufman, Director of the Houston Fine Hans Hofmann, Serenity, Oil on Canvas, 29x32 inches Courtesy Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York Art Fair which is organized by Hamptons Expo Group Management. 18 • Fine Art Magazine • Fall 2011
Carol Hunt: Utterances By Janet Goleas "… lend your ears to music, open your eyes to painting, and … stop thinking! Just ask yourself whether the work has enabled you to “walk about” into a hitherto unknown world. If the answer is yes, what more do you want?"
ike Kandinsky, the artist Carol Hunt is drawn to ik dinsky, the aHer tis theKmetaphysical. Ca ol H nt i dr paintings writhe with syncoo th that me dive aphysic pated rhythms in andl Her pain ing wr th w th out of deep space and the dense syncopa ed rh thm hat textural fields that layer di here in nd t o d ep sp ce and canvases. The language of her the den e tex ur fi lds tha gestures, variously precocious, laye and h r canv es. he l nguage crisp at the same time filled of her ges u es, va with lyricism, is one thatiously revels p ec ci us, cr sp nd a and the in abstraction’s freedoms sa e tim f d w t ly ic m its ability to elicit a range of is ne tha re e s in a tr c i n emotions. Her works seem to reedom nd ts abi it t e i chronicle a life of the mind andi a ange of emotion . He work all its raptures and seductions, se m o chronicle its frenzy and rage. dHunt nd ’sa spontaneity it rapt es nd is seductions its frenzy r ge. remarkable both for its and freshness H uthe n sense s s p of o nstructure taneit and for iin which rema ka e bo h fo the it it exists. Like f eshnes d fo he sense o seminal second-generation s ruct re n hi h it e is s Like Abstract Expressionists that he preceded min s c nd ai n have her — Joan A b s r a t E x p r e s i o ist Mitchell, Sam Francis, Helen th t a e pre d he Frankenthaler — there is J n Mi che l, rancis succinctness and m clarity of Hel n r nke ha er the purpose in her compositions, i uccinct s andand cl in ri yherf her pictorial sense purpose n h c mp it be ns delivery. Her works can her pictoria sens and in her “nervily loose,” to quote the poet del ve y. Her comments ork can on Bill Berkson’s n r i l ose, to q e the poe Elaine de Kooning’so portraits, or they can exude the sublime.
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T H E R O A D T O S H A N G H A I Neil Zukerman and Tom Shivers, CFM Gallery of Chelsea, New York City, at the Great Wall, on the road to the Shanghai Art Fair
Anne Bachelier Lisa Lichtenfels, Elephant Polo
New York City’s CFM Gallery announced that works of two world class masters, Salvador Dali and Leonor Fini, will be exhibited at the American Pavilion-Shanghai Art Fair. Also on view at CFM’s space is the fantastic work of French artist Anne Bachelier and the soft sculptures of American Lisa Lichtenfels. The gallery will also showcase paintings, drawings, sculptures, original graphics, and collectibles in the prestigious traditions of Hieronymus Bosch, the Italian Renaissance, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, The Symbolist and the Munich and Viennese Secessionist movements. “The criterion is to present only those artists and work that possesses fine technical virtuosity coupled with an originality of vision
that speaks simultaneously to the emotional, intellectual and creative core of our clients,” said Neil Zukerman, Publisher and Director of CFM Gallery. “We are excited to share this work with the expanding Chinese market,” he added. One of the most prestigious and eagerly awaited events on China’s cultural calendar, the Shanghai Art Fair is universally hailed as being atop the most important international art events taking place in Asia every year. The American Pavilion is curated by Aldo
Castillo, an established fine art dealer and art curator with more than 25 years of experience in managing, marketing and developing the arts. Among his most recent accomplishments, Castillo served as the Associate Director of the Miami International Art Fair. Castillo brings a singular expertise that will convey to the Shanghai Art Fair a unique combination of personal curatorial vision for cultural exchange, which unites forward thinking galleries while providing opportunities for economic development. Castillo’s concept is enhanced by a bold approach to social networking coverage that applies bleeding-edge technology on a truly global scale. The Shanghai Art Fair is extremely popular with over 50,000 visitors attending each year exchanging millions of dollars in sales. www.cfmgallery.com Fine Art Magazine • Fall 2011 • 21
JEANETTE KORAB Interview with the Artist/Photographer
Peacock Golds © 2011 Jeanette Korab
Pink Lady © 2011 Jeanette Korab
Harlequin © 2011 Jeanette Korab
By JAMIE ELLIN FORBES How did you arrive at combining your experience as an accomplished and well-known photographer into the fine art world? I studied art in my early years as well as photography. I never left the art arena as I combined techniques for private commissions throughout my career. It is a natural progression for me to move forward in fine art. When did this process begin? In the 90s, I created 3D art borders that I incorporated to create different effects using art with photography and hand painted prints. You have used multimedia to create an effect of realism in your unique compositions, yet your images seem to be ethereal, bordering on the surreal. Is this the intent? My love of ar t and the experience of photography—sharpening my eyes and skill of composition—led me to this special effect. I know of no one else embracing this style or subject matter in today’s market. How did you develop these themes? I have always striven for the unusual and less traveled paths. My gift of photographing people and fashion combined with color and textures makes for my natural style. You are having success in today’s market. To what do you attribute your acceptance as a newly marketed yet not new artist during these challenging times? My experience in marketing and working closely with my late husband Vladimir Gorsky in the art world helped provide me with the knowledge of how to market art in difficult times. I surround 20 • Fine Art Magazine • Fall 2011
Red Dress in Silver © Jeanette Korab
myself with supportive friends and focus on what I am most passionate about. What brought about your interest in the “Carnevale” as a primary subject matter? The Carnevale de Venezia celebration is exciting and glamorous and I felt a natural gravitation to use my experience drawing from my fashion photography eye. I have a different view of how I see the images to create art. What new areas of subject will you explore? Having created and branded my style, I am moving forward in other areas of interest. I have a love for flowers and nature. As my art evolves, I keep my mind open and look forward to new opportunities.
DARIA DESHUK: FROM THE STUDIO
“Just Be – Create Heaven on Earth”
n a recent Photographical Art Series, entitled “Heaven on Earth,” magic was made. The inspiration of divine essence took place at local “Fabulous Hampton’s”™ Sagg Main Beach, on the ocean in Bridgehampton. Spiritual oneness was captured on film and images were later created via digital mixed media. The images emanate ethereal beings in every present moment. I strive to create a flowing presence and a marriage of self to being present symbolized by the crown floating above the figures surrounded by white light. This is a valuable concept in reconnecting to our “I AM” presence of mind, body and spirit. “Heaven On Earth” asks you to feel the power moving through your collective consciousness in and out to the world as spirit beings. The future has more to come with the “Heaven on Earth” project. Future
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collaborative photo shoots are scheduled with Project Creative Director Danielle Franz. These ideas will be born with fabrics, colors and the raw organic energy of the creative process. Participation is welcome for community projects. Join us on our website and stay connected. The Heaven on Earth Project is referencing Lao Tsu’s statement: “The Nameless is the origin of Heaven on Earth.” “Heaven on Earth is the dwelling place of the Son of God. It is merely an awareness of perfect oneness and the knowledge that there is nothing outside this oneness and nothing else within.”… VI: Beyond the Body, from A Course in Miracles. “Don’t say ‘Here it is,’ don’t say ‘There it is,’ “The Kingdom of Heaven is within you and it is without you.”… from The Gospel, and brought to us musically by Dion in “You Can Do All Things” from his Kingdom in the Streets CD.
“A Stitch In Jewish Time” at Vered Gallery The many artists in A Stitch in Jewish Time, on view at East Hampton’s Vered Gallery, change our conception of materials, form, construction and creative reach. In the realm of conceptual fine art, each is outstanding and leaves an indelible impression that expands our perceptionst and enhances our understanding of Jewish history, experience, and values. Individually, the artists address issues of memory and reflection, interpretations of history and ritual, and links between the past and present. They delve into aspects of the Holocaust, war, patriotism, celebration, prayer, feminism and sexuality—frequently through the inclusion of Biblical texts and sometimes challenging traditional forms. Artists in A Stitch in Jewish Time are both male and female, Jewish and non-Jewish. The initial concept for the exhibition was developed by Laura Kruger, Director at Hebrew Union College. The present exhibition at Vered Gallery incorporates selected works from the HUC exhibition in addition to textile works and photographs expressing that whether woven or photographic, all visual arts enhance memory. For further information, contact Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY, firstname.lastname@example.org; 631 324 3303 www.veredart.com
Lili Almog, Revealed Portrait I, Silver pigment print 2011 Edition 1/3, 66 x 44 inches, Signed Almog’s photographs are included in public collections at The Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; The Norton Museum, FL; The Houston Museum of Fine Arts, TX; Victoria and Albert Museum, England; Milwaukee Art Museum, WI; Museé de la Photographie, Belgium; and numerous private collections. Her work has been included in several monographs including, Bed Sequence (Hertzeliya Museum of Art 2002) Perfect Intimacy (powerHouse Books 2006) and The Other Half of the Sky (PowerHouse Books 2009).
Karen Gillerman-Harel, Past & Future in our Hands, 2008 Chromogenic print, 19.6 X 27.5 inch 50 x 75 cm (b. 1970 Tel Aviv, Israel) Gillerman-Harel completed her studies at SVA NY in Documentary Photography and University of London, Goldsmith’s College in Media and Communication. Her work has been exhibited widely including the Tel Aviv University Art Gallery; Kennedy Center, Washington DC and The Warhol Factory (Dec.2004). Past & Future in our Hands was the winning photo in artistic expression given to the Israeli flag for Israel’s 60th Independence day. With great sensitivity and meaning, Karen has captured Dora Dreiblatt, an Auschwitz Holocaust survivor born in 1922 in Poland and her great-granddaughter Daniela Har-Zvi born 2007 in Israel, to show the past and future of the Israeli Nation and people.
Amy Zerner, A Coat of Many Colors, Fabric collage 2011, Full length coat. In her collaged creations, Zerner preserves bits and pieces of the past and present and incorporates them into images that are beyond time. She gathers, arranges, links, and layers each piece. Cutting, sewing, balancing, placing and replacing, she also paints, dyes, and colors directly. Zerner’s unique garments are imbued with dazzling colorations, patterns, jeweled details and images. Art critic Rose Slivka on Amy’s work: “At the core of Amy Zerner’s vision, art and spirit are so inextricably bound to each other that they are the same.” Fine Art Magazine • Fall 2011 • 23
THE SPHERE MAKES THE ROUNDS
The age old question asking why an artist would spend countless hours welding a thousand stainless steel cut-outs into a mobile sculpture designed to bring love, hope and fun to the world readily answered in the photo above. Sculptor Zaluski stands caged in his HUMANSHPERE, a la Kafka’s Hunger Artist, much to the pleasure of two German admirers at the Bridge Gardens Sculpture Show in Bridgehampton.
The HUMANSPHERE: It was the center of attention at ArtHamptons
Rolling in the “HUMANSPHERE” at the Channing Family Sculpture Garden Summer Solstice event in Bridgehampton 10 • Fine Art Magazine • Fall 2011
TYhe HUMANSPHERE: It was the center of attention at ArtHamptons
Zaluski interviewed by Jamie at Artexpo — photos by TIM SMITH
Then & Now
Ailene Fields At Artexpo, NY, 1980s
By JAMIE ELLIN FORBES On the occasion of the publication of Ailene Fields’ monograph, Out of The Nowhere Into the Here (CFM Gallery, Chelsea, NY 2011) Fine Art publisher Jamie Ellin Forbes reflects on her many years of friendship with – and admiration of – the artist. I met Ailene Fields for the first time in the mid 1980s when Fields was exhibiting her sculptures at an international art fair. While I was walking the aisles at the event, the mystique and alchemy of Ailene’s enlivened works caught my eye. As I approached the stone and bronze creations I noticed that old mythic friends had come into being, accompanied by new imaginative creatures and animals imbued with the possibilities of Fields’ unfettered imagination. Gathered together and arranged for presentation, these sculptures as abstracted, symbolic, figurative bronzes and works done in stone impressed me as masterful, artistic compositions. I can still remember the artist standing in her booth, connected to the atmosphere she and they created. I walked toward Ailene to introduce myself, as if the muses had called me to witness the parade provided by the cornucopia of Field’s imagination laid out for display. Halcyon, Leda, and Cassandra may have been among the early works I was viewing. For the moment, I was drawn into each one, participating in a symbiotic creative event between artist, artwork and art appreciator. As if they had arisen from the common ground of universal dreamscape, Fields sculptures came to life. All uniquely capturing the possibilities of Fields’ unrestricted imagination. Sculptures rooted in classical style and form became a composite of whimsy and elegance molded together—the expression of her line dancing as each piece spoke to the fancy of my own imagination. Personalizing her accented universal vision of metaphor is the defining genius of Fields pieces, which she couples with uncanny ability to breath animation into the inanimate form. I was mesmerized. Thus began my odyssey of learning about and from Ailene Fields directly; her love for sculpture and story telling as a mythic, symbolic, abstracted or figurative means of conveying personal messages of value resulting in a rich historical and individual experience all can share when connecting through sculpture as a complete visual metaphor of experience. As the artist defined her mission statement, I understood Fields’ work is set apart due to her enhanced technical prowess and connective story-telling ability. Fields’ sculptures offer a unique encounter she is sharing with the viewer as living experience. Each stone, when sculpted, speaks to her and unfolds its intend form. Fields, through her chisel, channels the messages contained therein. The works deliver a serious compositional concept, yet playful humor runs rampant, outlined in the messaging of the work, contained and easily seen
In her studio, 2011
in most every piece. Birth Of Magic is Dragons in bronze dwarfed holding a massive Alabaster egg which has begun to crack open. In Conversation, a dragon has bent to converse with a waiting listener who happens to be a caterpillar. The plethora of beloved mythical and fabled friends alike unfold three dimensionally while storybook memories from childhood are channeled into sophisticated renderings of the classic sculptures like Beauty and the Beast. Elemental figures are explored in works such as Drawing Down the Moon, Sanctum Solar, Sun Set 2 with clarity and power. Julia’s Rose, Coral Flower, Cicada, and Blue Fish display a reverence seen and captured for the beauty in nature. The luminosity of the stones unfolding, as in Octopus, Orange Blossom, and Agate Cat are lent an ethereal quality by the way Fields’ carving has brought the light into them. A friendship was sealed that has run the course of time. I am honored as a professional to know such an outstanding creative and prolific talent as Ms. Fields. It has been my privilege to write about these works. As I was lucky enough to meet Ailene Fields that day over 27 years ago, I am still duly inspired by the messages of grace, creativity and beauty Ailene has shared with me—and the world—through her voluminous outpouring. Every time I see the works contained and published within the pages of her new book, my heart alights anew traveling down the path of imagination. Special kudos to CFM Gallery Director Neil Zukerman for his stalwart effort in compiling some 500 photographs of Ailene’s sculptures in this comprehensive survey. I am sure there will be many more works to come requiring a second volume. I will wait for mine with enthusiasm. Fine Art Magazine • Fall 2011 • 25
L NDA PINO, PHOTOGRAPH
RALPH GABRINER, PHOTOGRAPH
Untitled brooch, 24k,18k, 14k, sterling, enamel on fine silver
Lunar Intrusion, cuff bracelet, 18k, sterling, amethyst
RALPH GABR NER, PHOTOGRAPH
Linda Pino’s Sculptured Adornments
RALPH GABRINER, PHOTOGRAPH
Little Islands, 24k, fine silver, sterling, enamel
BOB BARRETTE, PHOTOGRAPH
Multi “Mosaic” bracelet, Fine silver, sterling, enamel
Clover Dance, 24k, 18k, enamel on fine silver
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Linda Pino is a renowned award-winning jewelry artist, working in precious metals, stones and classical cloisonné enamel. She employs repoussé on gold and silver while additionally using the method of heat treating metal known as reticulation, lending texture to her art pieces. Pino sees her work as sculpture to wear. Her masterful command of combining these difficult methods demonstrates her distinctive style. It is this sense of design that allows Pino’s work to stand apart as she builds jewelry upon the organic and geometric forms she observes. Pino’s works have shown and sold in ANA 22, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT; the Aaron Faber Gallery, New York, NY; and the Museum of Art and Design, formerly known as The American Crafts Museum. She has accrued awards and acknowledgments, which span coast to coast over the last fifteen years including the following venues: the Women Artists ‘92, Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, CA., Columbia University Craft show NY, Art Rider Park Avenue Armory and Crafts at Lyndhurst,NY, Crafts On Stage Purchase College NY, Crafts at Lincoln Center NY, and Crafts at Gramercy Park, NY. Pino’s silver cuff bracelet, Lunar Intrusion (above), won the award of Excellence Members Exhibition, at the Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery, Art league of Long Island, Dix Hills, NY. Pino celebrates nature, and utilizes the rich colors and fluidity offered by her materials in combination with expert command of her process. This approach allows her the artistic freedom needed for each work. The creative result of her use of natural gemstones combined with metals are these unrestricted art-to-wear sculptures. By focusing on, and utilizing the natural elements in such works as Little Islands, Pino weaves free-floating islands of lavender, dark grey, orange and yellow segments, into a beautifully crafted art ornament. The use of glass enamel as classical cloisonné, offers this piece the creative process necessary to express her artistic attunement to nature. Many of Pino’s bright colors come alive in her use of geometric art forms. Original doodles and sketches evolve into a driving action of movement, which Pino places into her completed work. “Many of my pieces capture a small slice of a more complex space that is not revealed. I incorporate a rhythm in the design to produce a feeling of fluid motion that projects into the unseen space. I try to evoke a mood or emotion with each piece, and to create a symphony of color in enamel and precious metals.” Pino’s spark and drive for her inspired process began when she was a student at Skidmore College, where she enrolled in an enameling course taught by renowned jewelry artist Earl Pardon. She was intrigued by the color and luminance of enamel, and continued to study enameling and jewelry techniques. Thus began her thirty-year artistic journey. Ms. Pino is an adjunct professor at Adelphi University and has been teaching jewelry classes there since 2004. Linda Pino’s studio is on Long Island. She continues to evolve her art and explore new forms and techniques for more of Linda’s work visit her website, www.lindapino.com —JEF
Denis Ponsot, Summer, transparent watercolor Jacinthe Lacroix, La Vénusé, bronze,
Brenda D. Johnson, Bachelor Blues, acrylic
Fine Art Online Juried Exhibition At Deshuk-Rivers Gallery Sally Hanreck, Recovery, oil on canvas Fine Art Magazine’a online Juried Art Exhibition was on view and live-streamed from the Deshuk-Rivers Gallery in Bridgehampton in July. Hosted by Daria Desuck during ArtHamptons week, some 200 party-goers viewed a selection of digitally printed reproductions of the 54 works entered in the competition by Fine Art magazine’s Facebook and online art friends, as well as a thesis exhibit in the adjoining gallery by the graduating Sam Rivers, son of Daria and legendary painter Larry Rivers. Winners were Bachelor Blue, by Donna Johnson acrylic painting; Sally Henreck original oil painting on canvas; Denis Ponset, watercolor painting, Summer; Jacinthe Lacroix, La Vénusé Kristina Gale, Langt ude I Skoven, Photograph sculpture; Sue Flask, graphite drawing on paper; and Monica Veraguth Fairy Nouveau Moon Struck, original digital graphic. “I love our Facebook artists and wanted Fine Art publisher Jamie Ellin Forbes each and every participant to have a special and originated the concept of live-streaming the event unique experience within our event. All in all, to encourage the interactive audience from the I was pleased with the final outcome and the 5,000 strong active Fine Art magazine Facebook opening night party. We met the challenges of fan page and the fineartmagazineonline.com the sound system, streaming issues and crowd internet followers incorporating the traditional management our first time out and printed live studio exhibition with a high tech twist. all of the participants’ images for display in a
Monica Veraguth Fairy Nouveau Moon Struck Digital illustration 2011
Sue Flask Patrick’s First Bath, graphite drawing
beautiful gallery space. The jurors—Yvonne Murphy, DariaDeshuk and myself—arrived at the winning selections. I thought why not display all of the works in addition to the PowerPoint presentation stated on the original open invitation . We will do this again for the fall. Fine Art Magazine • Fall 2011 • 27
A moving—and soulful—tribute to Black History Never before have gospel music and Black History come together as evocatively as they do in I See The Rhythm Of Gospel (Zonderkidz; December 2010; $16.99). The dream team behind the Coretta Scott King award-winning I See the Rhythm, illustrator Michele Wood and writer Toyomi Igus, blend the rhythm of gospel with the remarkable history of African Americans to deliver a powerful message to young readers across the globe in this new picture book. With vibrant illustrations inspired by the beautiful retelling of monumental moments in Black History, I See The Rhythm Of Gospel teaches young readers about the history of America as inspired by the energy of gospel music. From the beginning of slavery in the 1500s to Eli Whitney’s invention of the cotton gin in 1793 to the civil rights movement to the inauguration of America’s first AfricanAmerican president in 2008, I See The Rhythm Of Gospel brilliantly recaptures milestones in history. Complete with a bonus CD that features five gospel classics— including “I Will Move On Up A Little Higher” by gospel icon Mahalia Jackson— I See The Rhythm Of Gospel is a book readers of all ages can appreciate. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Toyomi Igus is the author and editor of several books for children, including Two Mrs. Gibsons and the award-winning books Going Back Home and I See the Rhythm. A former editor and publications director for UCLA’s Center for African-American studies, Toyomi has been honored for her work in promoting literacy among children. She lives in Los Angeles, California. ABOU T THE ILLUSTRATOR: Michele Wood is an artist whose work defies boundaries. As a painter, illustrator, designer, and writer, she has gained wide recognition in the United States. Wood has been honored with the prestigious American Book Award for her first book, Going Back Home, and by the American Library Association with the 1999 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for her book I See the Rhythm. Her work, which has been exhibited in major venues nationally, reflects an essential sense of history and place. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. www. michelewood.com Zonderkidz™, a division of Zondervan, inspires young lives through imagination and innovation. As the leader in Christian children’s communications, it produces bestselling and award-winning Bibles, books, board books, graphic novels, audio, video, and digital products that awaken the hearts and touch the souls of kids under 16 and the people who love them, from family members to educators. Zonderkidz is the publisher of the NIrV (New International Reader’s Version) 28 • Fine Art Magazine • Fall 2011
SEE THE RHYTHM OF PLANTATION SUNDAYS: “Quietly we walk past the fields we worked all week and into the forest just beyond the creek. Master’s going to church and so are we, but quietly, quietly. The we are clear—no one around. Only us to hear. Mama hums, low and strong. Eyes closed, we hum along. Feet shuffle, arms wave and voices life our spirits higher and higher. Quiet no more, we clap our hands and stomp our feet. “Glory!” she says and “Glory!” we repeat and repeat as our souls fill with song and rise to greet the heavens, the one place where we belong.
I SEE THE RHYTHM OF OUR HOPE: Former slave Harriet Tubman helped other slaves escape through the”Underground Railroad” to freedom in the North, moving secretly from town to town. They were helped along the way by abolitionists, people who opposed slavery. Here, the red and white stripes and maple leaf on her skirt symbolize the flag of Canada. It is believed that Tubman used spirituals as signals to slaves preparing for escape. The spiritual “Wade in the Water” instructed slaves how to throw the slave trackers’ bloodhounds off their scent by walking through water. Illustration by Michele Wood.
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Picasso and Brigitte Bardot: The painter studying proportion of Bardot’s head. From film made in France in the 1950’s. © Bettmann/CORBIS
Brigitte Bardot’s Life Of Love On Her Own Terms We need more beauty in this world... Beautiful words.... Beautiful music..... Beautiful art...... And beautiful minds... —SONYA FE, artist
BY VICTOR BENNETT FORBES In the annals of our society’s ongoing and relentless obsession with popular culture, few have reached the heights of Legend, Icon, Superstar and managed to maintain their lofty position for more than the proverbial “15 Minutes.” Over the course of her life, spanning nearly eight decades now, Brigitte Bardot has done so, initially for her youthful beauty and sensual fervor, and now for her dedication to all creatures great and small who are at risk from mankind’s insensitivity and wanton destruction of their natural habitat. Bursting upon the scene in her then-husband Roger Vadim’s film classic, And God Created Woman (1954), which attained such status as a result of the fabled Bardot beauty—a central element of all her movies—she instantaneously became an international celebrity rivaled only by her American counterparts Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield and Italy’s Sophia Loren. Through her work as actress, model and occasional songbird, Bardot influenced a generation of young woman and seduced the world. Glamor, fame, riches, lovers and husbands—she had it all. French President Gen. Charles de Gaulle once said that she was an export more important to his country than the Renault or Peugoet.
“When the music’s over,” Jim Morrison sang, “turn out the lights.” For Bardot, when her film career ended (on her own terms at the age of 39 with over 50 films) a new light went on, brighter than any that ever emanated from a celluloid image on a theater screen when, in 1986, she founded the Brigitte Bardot Foundation Welfare for the Protection of Animals and became a vegetarian. She raised three million francs to initiate the fund, which over the years has evolved to lead a strong battle in favor of pet and wild animal protection worldwide. Today the Brigitte Bardot Fondation has over 57,000 donors living in over 60 different countries as well as 323 inspectors, headquartered in Paris and run by 30 employees. Even in retirement, Bardot was revered. Andy Warhol, according to the Christie’s auction catalog blurb, had known Bardot since the mid-1960s and “as he had done with his two other portraits of 1960s screen goddesses, Marilyn Monroe and Liz Taylor, Warhol chose this moment of Bardot’s descent from the glare of the spotlight to commemorate and idolize her by painting her portrait. Bardot was as beautiful and as famous as ever, her blond hair, heavy eyeliner and pouting lips an instantly recognizable trademark of her free-spirited energy and sexual allure. In this work, Bardot’s image has not been transformed into a cold, impersonal and possibly dead Pop icon or commodity of mass consumerist culture. Warhol appears to be celebrating Bardot as a living and breathing icon—and she remains one till this day.” As a timely tribute on the occasion of Brigitte Bardot’s September 28 birthday celebration, Marilyn Goldberg president of Museum Masters International (MMI) and Mary De Vivo of Le Reservoir Fine Art Magazine • Fall 2011 • 29
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in Paris (Bardot’s exclusive World Wide Master Licensee) have joined Flying Point beach barefoot in the sand as she does there. I stay fit because forces to preserve the immortal beauty of Brigitte Bardot and her total it is so important to care for ourselves and to influence the people that we authenticity as a woman of magnificence and integrity. Elements of love to care for themselves. Brigitte was the epitome of health and beauty a world tour exhibition L’Amour Brigitte Bardot— produced by Ms. and a very strong influence for me as I grew into a woman.” Goldberg and curated by Mme. De Vivo—are currently in development. It is a perfect confluence of influences that brings Ms. Goldberg Consisting of paintings, photographs, films, music and personal artifacts and Mme. Bardot together at this time. Their mutual love of animals is of and relating to Brigitte Bardot and the many important people certainly a factor in this relationship and the gain will be for those who and events in her life, the initial event of Exhibition L’Amour Brigitte cannot help themselves via ARF (Animal Release Fund) as beneficiary. Bardot will premiere in Hollywood, “ I love the warmth and Spring 2012 in a venue to be comfort that animals bring to announced. This will be followed people who love them. It relieves in the Hamptons next summer at a all the pressures and anxiety of major art fair. The Animal Rescue life. A kitten in your arms and a Fund (ARF) will be the major puppy that curls up to you have beneficiary of revenue generated essentially given the purest form from sales of merchandise, prints, of love. Twenty years ago, when I bought a house in Watermill, NY, I paintings and a portfolio of Brigitte created by master artist Sid Maurer went outside one winter night and and renowned photographers. MMI, found ten baby kittens born in a with international credentials in wood pile in the midst of the snow. art marketing and licensing from I contacted ARF and they helped me care for the animals and have Warhol to Haring to Picasso, to name but a few, will publish and them neutered. I couldn’t bear for distribute the collection. them to be outside another winter “My fascination with Brigitte so I built them little houses with Bardot dates back to when my rain awnings and sun roofs, which Parisian father left his hometown are now known as the Kitty Condos to come to America. He loved of Cobb Hollow. I love them and I beautiful women and his favorites cherish the story and as the kitties were Brigitte and Marilyn Monroe. get too old for their condos, ARF Since I was born in America, they gives them a retirement home. So named me after Marilyn, but it is only fitting that my life at the Brigitte was always a family favorite Mary De Vivo, CEO and Marilyn Goldberg, Pres. at closing of the formation Hamptons beaches, with memories of Brigitte Bardot International, at Le Resevoir Paris France, May 2011 and remains so to this day.” Marilyn of my French heritage on the Cote photo © Museum Masters International NYC and her family spent every summer d’Azure, Brigittes life in St. Tropez in the Cote D’Azure and she idolized where I spent summers in a villa Bardot growing up as did so many other girls of a certain with our french family , my 20 years in France of Pablo age at that time. Picasso licenses and International Museum Exhibitions “The way she looked and took care of herself was just completed in Rome, has suddenly all woven into inspirational. She invented the bikini and changed each other and created the best of my tapestries. Now women’s feelings about their bodies, which was very my universe seems to have embellished this combination important to me. She created the Tanga in Brazil which of beauty, art, fitness, health of my total family, treasured became so famous that there are giant bronzes all over friends, who are all caring for the planet the endangered Brasilia of Brigitte wearing one. She was a role model species as one. This Celebrity series has soul! It has for me of what every young girl goes through when we embellished to fruition my most treasured marketing are changing from girl to a woman. I came from a very project. I love working with a live superstar! Bravo proper European upbringing in which a daughter wasn’t Brigitte!” exclaims Ms. Goldberg whose recent triumphs free to be herself unless she had a husband. I used to long included a tour of European museums last spring with a to have the freedom that this woman had. After reading Tamara Lempicka retrospective and a Marilyn Monroe Fear of Flying, I learned from Erica Jong to just fly into exhibition in Spain. the sky, be who you are and not be concerned about what From her beginnings as the seminal “sex kitten” the world thinks. Brigitte Bardot was an influence in my Marilyn Goldberg’s Southampton Brigitte Bardot went on to great acclaim, conquering Kitten Condos by Sid Maurer own creation of myself—doing things on my own terms. the world of the flesh with a pout, a cute accent and a “I love doing things for people, doing things for physique that drove men wild. Victorious in that world, animals. I love people and I love art and I appreciate her genuineness. To Mme. Bardot has turned to the spiritual realm of loving and caring for this day I live my life in Southampton as she did in St. Tropez, walking on the earth and its endangered species’, perhaps her greatest role yet. 30 • Fine Art Magazine • Fall 2011
All images above are paintings by Sid Randolph Maurer © 2011 Sid Maurer / Museum Masters International
DEFENDING THE WOLVES: Bardot’s Letter to Gov. Palin
Sid Maurer’s Grey Wolf
Governor, More than two years ago, I contacted your predecessor to denounce the cruelty of aerial wolf hunting. Today I am shocked to learn that you firmly support this cowardly practice, both morally and financially. Your fight to keep polar bears off the Endangered Species list even though they are threatened by global warming demonstrates your total irresponsibility, your inability to protect or even respect animal life, but it’s true that for you, a good animal is a dead one! By campaigning for drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, you are putting an already fragile habitat at risk, as well as all the biodiversity of a sensitive area that must absolutely be preserved. Governor, by denying man’s responsibility for global warming, by being a proponent of the right to bear arms and shoot anything that moves, by making numerous declarations of alarming stupidity, you bring shame upon women and represent, all on your own, a terrible threat, a true ecological catastrophe. Defending life means showing compassion for all the beings that populate this ailing earth. Since we are only on this earth for a short time, think of what you are leaving behind for future generations... To finish, I beg you to no longer refer to yourself as a ‘pit bull with lipstick’, since I can assure you that no pit bull, no dog, nor any other animal is as dangerous as you. In the name of the respect and preservation of nature, I hope that you lose this election, because then the whole world will win! Brigitte Bardot, President
Brigitte Bardot with paintings by Pablo Picasso, at the artist’s studio in Vallauris on the Cote d’Azur, during the Cannes Film Festival, April 1956. (Photo by Jerome Brierre/RDA/Getty Images) Fine Art Magazine • Fall 2011 • 31
Alice Cooper’s portrait gets us back to Madison Square Garden in New York. The photograph that Ceravolo worked from was an image of Alice taken in Connecticut by noted rock photographer Dagmar which everyone loved so that was the one used for the painting which was unveiled to Alice backstage at The Garden, after his concert performance.
BACKSTAGE WITH CERAVOLO
Portrait commissioned by Rod Stewart in 1975 and presented to him backstage in New York at his Madison Square Garden concert. The photos for the oil on canvas portrait were taken by Ceravolo at The Pierre Hotel in New York City. The finished painting measures 7 1/2 feet tall by 6 feet wide.
Elton John’s portrait was Ceravolo’s second Rock and Roll commission. Meeting with Elton several times to select the photo to work from, Elton chose the image that was used for the inside sleeve of his then new “Caribou” LP. Elton got his first view of the completed painting several months later, backstage at the Arena club in The Nassau Coliseum on Long Island New York during his sold out multiple day shows.
In 1977, Jackson Browne’s portrait was one of six that were commissioned by The Palladium Theatre concert hall on 14th street in New York City (the old Academy of Music). Concert Promoter Ron Delsener and Mateus Wines were renovating the theatre and thought that it would be a good idea to have Ceravolo create portraits for the lobby to be on permanent display. Delsener said that “When an artist of tremendous stature played the Palladium, we would thank them by commissioning Ceravolo to create one of his large scale portraits.” Some of the other Ceravolo portraits that could be seen at the theatre were Frank Zappa, Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt, and Hall and Oates.
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Ceravolo, who paints from his studio in the Hamptons, with esteemed guitarist Kim Simmonds of Savoy Brown at Artexpo in New York City where Simmonds’ paintings were exhibited at the Fine Art Magazine booth in 2008.
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f there is one word to describe Dr. Bill Akpinar, it would be “Healer.” Referred to by many names in various cultures— doctor, medicine man, shaman—the core of the essence is the same: a restorer of health through knowledge, faith, hope and love. Although Dr. Bill, as he is affectionately known to many, possesses numerous degrees in different healing specialties, perhaps his greatest attributes are those which true healers embody: compassion, dedication and the willingness to share his skills with all who are in need. He welcomes challenge with the spirit of a warrior, grateful for the divine blessings of opportunities to expand his healing experience globally through his practice, his books and his University of Health and Spiritual Sciences. He writes, “I truly believe that all great prophets, saints, yogis and other spiritual masters were able to perfect—either consciously or through some innate ability—the power to tap into, absorb and assimilate endless universal energy through the infinite storehouse of the collective unconscious and perhaps were even able to experience the joys, pain and suffering of humanity by reaching the state of perfection, or enlightenment, by cutting short the normal learning time required of normal mortals. They learned to cultivate their minds through mastering the science of breath. You can too. Our mind is the greatest force on this earth. One who can control his mind can gain mastery over self.” This may be one of our greatest challenges and when mastered, our greatest joy.
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