'During our visit, Whitten shared many stories from over the years and talked with unbridled enthusiasm about the portion of every year that he and Mary spent at their house on the Greek Island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea. The island's isolation from Europe, Africa, and Asia, he said, resulted in a truly unique landscape with an interesting biodiversity. If I'm remembering correctly, he and Mary had olive trees that they cared for and he described in great detail their flavors that few of us would ever have the opportunity to encounter. Whitten was a gifted orator, and I think I could have listened to him talk about anything for hours; I don't even particularly like olives.'
Tickets are now available for the 2018 Inprint Poets & Writers Ball! Attended by like-minded Houstonians recognizing the value of reading and creative writing, the evening includes lively readings, a talk by iconic travel and fiction writer Paul Theroux, book-themed table decorations, and engaging conversation with fellow literary enthusiasts. Stay after the gala for Postscript; drinks with writers at the Houstonian bar.
Proceeds from the 2018 Inprint Poets & Writers Ball make possible Inprint’s low-cost or free literary performance activities for adults and children; writers workshops for the general public, senior citizens, K-12 teachers, veterans, healthcare providers, and more; and support for the nation’s top creative writing students in Houston.
Want to give the gift of art? Here are a few ideas for the art lover in your life.
1. For the beginning collector or friend who desperately needs art on their wall, think about their passions and leisure activities. Do they love to hike in the great outdoors? This print by Ed Ruscha might be just the thing.
2. Love your friend, but don't want to break the bank? Ruscha also designed this fun apron that features his famous original recipe for Cactus Omelette. That is kinda like two gifts for the price of one.
3. I've always been a fan of Polaroid and am thankful for the Impossible Project's efforts to keep this unique medium alive. The l-1 camera is the first new camera system in over twenty years that uses the original Polaroid® format. It gives instant photographers new levels of manual control through the companion I-1 App, which allows for complete photographic control of aperture and shutter speed and lets you try out creative techniques like light painting and double exposure. It has a ring flash that provides soft, diffused light, and an autofocus system that makes it perfect for portraits. Just remember, despite what Outcast says, do not actually shake your polaroid picture.
4. Brooklyn-based company Massif Central has done a line of 100% silk scarves by contemporary artists including Trudy Benson, Jonas Wood, Rashid Johnson, David Shrigley Joshua Abelow and Tal R, just to name a few...
These beauties are in limited edition, so get yours now.
5. Robert Storr's newly released Intimate Geometries: The Art and Life of Louise Bourgeois spans the artist's 75-year career as a sculptor, painter, printmaker and writer. At 800-plus pages, with more than 1,000 reproductions, the book is ginormous, just the right size to commemorate a genius.
6. Bourgeois was an insomniac for most of her life and described sleep as ‘paradise’. This eye mask features the phrase ‘Key to insomnia: peace or trust‘, referencing a note written on the back of one of Bourgeois’s Insomnia drawings from the mid-1990s.
Curling up with both sounds like paradise to me.
7. Artist I Want To Sleep With notebook - Because where else are you going to keep this list?
8. Small-scale sculptures make a perfect present, like this Adam Parker Smith from The Hole.
9. Don't forget the kids. Choose a colorful abstract or an image with their favorite animal, like this photograph of a Dancing Bear by Keith Carter. It will ignite the imagination and, depending on the piece, grow in value as the child grows too.
10. Or get this super cute onesie for your emerging artist.
11. Contemporary artist Katherine Bernhardt collaborated with curator and interior designer, Maria Brito to produce their objets d’art, a drool-worthy clutch and the perfect addition to any ensemble.
12. Andrea Zittel's A-Z West Containers are hand made ceramic bowls that serve all eating and drinking functions. Zittel has been using “containers” in daily life since the early 1990s. This series was hand produced in the A-Z West studio and then fired by BKB ceramics. Income generated by the container series will fund the purchase of a kiln for the A - Z Studio, becoming another resource available to those in the local creative community.
13. Los Angeles–based artist Laura Owens has pioneered an innovative approach to painting that has made her one of the most influential artists of her generation. Her bold and experimental work challenges traditional assumptions about figuration and abstraction, as well as the relationships among avant-garde art, craft, pop culture, and technology. Owens' Whitney exhibition is still on view, but if you can't make the trip to New York, you can get this limited edition set of three color sugar lift, spit bite and soap ground aquatints published by Crown Point Press. For a client discount, please contact Bowdoin Projects.
It's that time of year. Bowdoin Projects will be in Miami next week for the art fairs. Email me at email@example.com for details on attending the fair or follow me on IG @katharinebbarthelme to see highlights from Art Basel, Untitled, Art Miami, NADA, and more.
See you in Miami!
On November 15th, 2017 Christie’s sold Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” or “Savior of the World”. The painting, dating from around 1500, went for $450.3 million with fees and set the new record for any work of art sold at auction. In 2013, Sotheby’s sold the painting privately for $80 million to Yves Bouvier, a Swiss art dealer and businessman. Soon afterward, he sold it for $127.5 million, to the family trust of the Russian billionaire collector Dmitry E. Rybolovlev. Mr. Rybolovlev’s family trust was the seller on Wednesday night. Christie's brilliant marketing campaign included this video in which you can see viewers and reacting to seeing the work for the first time. To add to the sensationalism, Jerry Saltz wrote an incendiary article published days before the sale. Clearly, this did not effect bidders but only added to the media circus surrounding the work.
Next week is the Art League Gala Myth & Symbol honoring the brilliant Lynn Goode as Patron of the Year and Trenton Doyle Hancock as ALH's celebrated Artist of the Year. If you haven't already, tickets and tables can be purchased through the Art League website: http://www.artleaguehouston.org/2017-gala/ or by calling directly at 713-523-9530.
In addition to the gala, the online auction is now live! For more information and bidding, please visit: https://paddle8.com/auction/art-league-houston/.
Fresh Arts, a nonprofit organization in Houston is pulling together #texasartistsstrong, a pop-up exhibition & fundraiser for local artists impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The event will be on Saturday Sept. 9th, 2017 at Spring Street Studios with Cocktails and light bites from 2 to 7pm.
Guidelines and submission information can be found here.
Thank you, Glasstire for spreading the word!!!
Texas is an amazing place to live. During this horrible Harvey disaster, our community has pulled together in vast numbers to take care of one another. No one has been forgotten, including our local artists. Lawndale Arts Center has become a temporary depository for those in need of a dry place to store their artwork during the upcoming recovery period. Meanwhile, Fresh Arts and Dennis Nance from the Galveston Arts Center have both compiled a comprehensive list of Artist Disaster Relief Programs for those affected by Harvey.
For individuals interested in making a financial contribution here is a list of local organizations:
Stay strong, Houston.
Former director of Pulse Art Fair, Helen Toomer, has announced she will open an artist in residency program STONELEAF RETREAT with her husband, Eric Romano, as a continued effort to develop the vibrant community they amassed over the past ten years in New York City.
Immersed in the idyllic Catskill Mountains of upstate New York, this program provides artists with a quiet space for collaboration and creation. The inaugural cohort is comprised of three female artists, all who have an interdisciplinary practice. Leah Dixon, Macon Reed and Mia Taylor will share their residency work at the Stoneleaf Summer Fête, on Saturday, September 2nd, 2017. All are welcome.
On June 18th, 2017 Samsung launched a TV designed by Yves Behar called 'The Frame.' The motion censored device comes with an invisible connection cable and no gap wall mount, so it resembles a framed work of art. When switched into 'Art Mode' it will display a high res image that the owner can upload or select from the Samsung database. For an additional subscription, buyers may also access the Samsung “Art Store” which currently has 300 works curated by a handful of international organizations, galleries, and museums (oh hey, Barry McGee). While this solves some serious installation issues, it comes with a comparable price tag.
Surveying the scope of critical art writing today, the board, advisory board, and editors of Gulf Coast recognize the significant lack of venues and support for young and mid-career writers working across the United States. The Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art Writing seeks to address this lacuna by bringing exposure to writers who are dealing with the spirit of the age and unafraid to ask difficult questions.
Grounded in both scholarship and journalism, critical art writing occupies a specific niche. The best examples appeal to a diverse readership through an accessible approach and maintain a unique voice and literary excellence. The Prize will consider submissions of work that has been written (or published) within the last year. A variety of creative approaches and formats to writing on the visual arts are encouraged and can include thematic essays, exhibition reviews, and scholarly essays.
There will be one first place prize of $3,000 dollars and two runners-up awarded $1,000 each. Prize winners will be featured in GC’s printed journal, as well as online. Our inaugural juror is for the prize is Darby English. English is the Carl Darling Buck Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago.
For more information visit Gulf Coast Journal
Sangra’s artwork is recognizable through its use of appropriated mass media collaged together. Often drawing over vintage porn magazine images, his pieces are populated with indiscreet streams of consciousness and commentary. This collection of work is from a 4 year period, gathered from his travels. He continues to find vintage magazines that offer new images for him to manipulate and re-contextualize.
Opening Reception on June 1st, 2017, 7:00 - 10:00PM
2028 East 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Contemporary artist, Titus Kaphar will be on TED Talk on April 28th, 2017 at 8pm EST
As Titus Kaphar says of his work: “I’ve always been fascinated by history: art history, American history, world history, individual history -- how history is written, recorded, distorted, exploited, reimagined, and understood. In my work I explore the materiality of reconstructive history. I paint and I sculpt, often borrowing from the historical canon, and then alter the work in some way. I cut, crumple, shroud, shred, stitch, tar, twist, bind, erase, break, tear, and turn the paintings and sculptures I create, reconfiguring them into works that nod to hidden narratives and begin to reveal unspoken truths about the nature of history."
His latest works are an investigation into the highest and lowest forms of recording history. From monuments to mug shots, this body of work exhibited at Jack Shainman gallery December-January 2017 seeks to collapse the line of American history to inhabit a fixed point in the present. Historical portraiture, mug shots, and YouTube stills challenge viewers to consider how we document the past, and what we have erased. Rather than explore guilt or innocence, Kaphar engages the narratives of individuals and how we as a society manage and define them over time. As a whole, this exhibition explores the power of rewritten histories to question the presumption of innocence and the mythology of the heroic.
This is not to be missed.
With almost 100 exhibiting galleries from all over the world, here are the 20 best pieces from the 2017 Dallas Art Fair:
"Snow White is tired of being "just a horsewife" to Bill, Dan, Edward, Hubert, Henry, Clem and Kevin, who, in her estimation, "only add up to the equivalent of about two real men." While the seven men toil in commercial real estate and manufacture exotic high-end baby foods, she whiles away her days reading Mao Tse-tung, drinking vodka with orange juice, and impatiently waiting for the prince promised to her by history."
The Catastrophic Theatre is proud to announce the World Premiere production of Snow White on April 7th, a theatrical adaptation of the groundbreaking, experimental novel by iconic, postmodern novelist and poet Donald Barthelme. The play will be produced in association with the Barthelme Estate, Brazos Bookstore, Inprint, University of Houston Libraries and University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. The singular novel was adapted for the stage by Barthelme himself but has never been shared with the public until now. This is a passion project for Catastrophicfavorite Greg Dean, who is directing from Barthelme’s adaptation and notes.
Snow White runs Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 8 pm, from April 7 - May 6, 2017, at The Match, 3400 Street. For tickets and information click here.
More than anything, I love to learn and am constantly adding to my own library. When clients and friends ask for book recommendations on art, I like to point them to the basics first. Here is a short list of essentials that cover art history, a little bit of theory, the fundamentals of the art market and a really nifty guide to deciphering 'ArtSpeak".
To jumpstart your own art library, Phaidon has bundled a great starter selection for you. GENIUS.
The Story of Art: Luxury Edition: Exquisite cloth-bound edition of the classic art-history text – the perfect gift for every art connoisseur and student.
Vitamin P3: The next installment in the popular Vitamin series - the world's hottest painters, selected by international expert.
The Art Book: An accessible A–Z guide to artists from medieval times to the present day.
Painting Beyond Pollock: A lively and accessible history of European and American painting from the mid-20th century onwards.
Body of Art: The first book to celebrate the beautiful and provocative ways artists have represented, scrutinized and utilized the body over centuries.
Art Cities of the Future: Forget New York, London and Paris – the old establishment is being challenged by a new order of art communities seizing the contemporary art agenda around the world.
Art in Time: An up-to-date guide to the most significant art styles and movements from the present to antiquity.
Art & Place: The most spectacular, uplifting and outstanding examples of site-specific art in the Americas.
Cave Art: A comprehensive, accessible guide to prehistoric art in Europe and beyond.
The Elements of Sculpture: The essential viewer’s guide to experiencing sculpture.
The 21st-Century Art Book: A complement to the landmark The Art Book, The 21st-Century Art Book is an accessible guide to the best of contemporary art made since 2000.
Sculpture Today: A comprehensive and beautifully illustrated overview of contemporary sculpture.
Wild Art: From pimped cars and graffiti to extreme body art, ice sculpture and flash mobs, this book has them all.
An Anthology of Changing Ideas says it all. Art in Theory 1900 - 1900 is the companion book to Art in Theory 1648-1815 and Art in Theory 1815-1900. A complete survey of the theories underpinning the development of art in the modern period.
In it's Seventh Edition, The Visual Arts: A History is an authoritative survey of up-to-date and wide-ranging history of art available in a single volume.
Taschen's Art of the 20th Century is your be-all, end-all guide to art of the 20th century
Written by eight of the most highly respected curators working today, Defining Contemporary Art, tells the story of two hundred pivotal artworks from the past quarter century.
I really like Michael Findlay's book, The Value of Art: Money, Power, Beauty and recommend it for new clients who are interested in collecting art. It breaks down the contributing elements, including commercial, social and essential qualities that determine the value of an art work in an easy to digest guide.
We have all picked up and then immediately put down the onerous gallery press release. Laden with International Art English or ArtSpeak, art writing gets a bad wrap. In it's third edition, critic Robert Atkins defines various terms and ideas in ArtSpeak: A Guide to Contemporary Ideas, Movements, and Buzzwords, 1945 to the Present. This is a great reference for beginners and seasoned professionals.
Author Ossian Warn is Head of Content at the Lisson Gallery and one of Britain's best known art critics. Ways of Looking: How to Experience Contemporary Art provides a straightforward guide to understanding contemporary art based on the concept of the tabula rasa – a clean slate and a fresh mind.
I have no idea if this book is any good, I just really like the title.. Why Your 5 Year Old Could Not Have Done That is Susie Hodges passionate and persuasive argument against the most common disparaging remark levelled at modern art.