Saturday, November 27, 2010

Ciprian Muresan Show Highlighted in ArtForum

Ciprian Muresan @ Mihai Nicodim Gallery through Dec.
image via Artforum
Ciprian Muresan, whose 2009 work Dog Luv is featured in After the Fall, has been recently highlighted in a review by Artforum. The article profiles Muresan's solo show at Mihai Nicodim Gallery in Los Angeles. His second solo show in the States, the article praises the "reexamination of monumentality in the wake of modernism."

Like most of Muresan's video work, Dog Luv is composed of a series of brief vignettes that make use of simple gestures to address the more weighty issues concerning violence, consumerism, and existential struggle. It was a central piece at the Romanian Pavillion during the 2009 Venice Biennale.
Dog Luv (2009), DVD-PAL, run time 30 minutes.
image via

Throughout the film, dog puppets exchange in a conversation about politics and art education as if it were a primal need, an animal instinct that both propels society as well as miring it in unnecessary blather. A projection of fragments of a world of transformation, a world in which aspects of security, control, and individual choice are brought to the forefront.

Mureşan's cross-genre work considers the ways in which post- communism and globalization endlessly complicate each other. Deeply reflective of Romanian Art Education in the 1990s during the era of political freedom, Mureşan works to imagine a dialogue between Western and local art aesthetics that goes beyond a rejection of the neo-orthodox style, the popularized method of art making before the fall of Communism. This is talked more at length in the Artforum piece. 

Monday, November 22, 2010

"At Auction" Published in FlashArt Online

HVCCA Co-Founder Marc Straus and Board Member, Sarena Straus, were featured on the web edition of FlashArt, where together they offer a first-person account of the November contemporary art sales in New York. The article features advice and guidance for navigating the major sales, as well as remarking on the misleading numbers boasted by Christie's and Sotheby's. "The big Lichtenstein price at Christie's," they write, "was in fact a disappointment; bought by the lone bidder, who guaranteed its sale."

Roy Lichtenstein, Ohhh...Alright..., 1964. Oil and magna on cavas. 

Read the piece online here.

Monday, November 15, 2010

On the Radar

There are some upcoming events from HVCCA friends that should be on everyone's radar. Check out the google calendar in the right of blog sidebar to see all these and more.

In.flec.tion Artist Kadar Brock Subject of a Solo Show: At Thierry Goldberg Projects, Kadar Brock will be featured in "Unclaimed Space." This collection of abstract paintings revists past work, and transforms the canvases through "the process of erasure." In part an exercise of seeing what remains, the new work consists of residues, traces, specters - evidences of what's left over. It opens on November 19 at 5 Rivington St in the Lower East Side.

Holiday Sale Fundraiser for the Peekskill Education Foundation: The Hat Factory in Peeksill will sponsor a first annual fundraiser event in support of programming for Peekskill Education Foundation. Works by the region's best clay artists, potters, and the children of the Peekskill Middle School will be on sale the weekend of December 10 - 11. There will be a bake sale with complimentary hot cider and cocoa on December 11th from 11: 30 AM to 6:00 PM.

After the Fall Artists Featured in a Two-Person Show: Croatian aritsts Goran Skofic and Marin Majic will be featured in a two-person show at Ana Cristea Gallery in Chelsea, New York. Though a multi-media artist and painter respectively, both share "an interest in employing processes that rely upon today's digital possibilities in order to create work that remains firmly grounded in a pre-digital context." The opening will take place on Thursday, November 18, from 6:00 -8:00 at 521 W 26th Street.

Peekskill Project Artist Upcoming Show & Event: Peekskill Project artist Joe Diebes will be featured in an interdisciplinary exhibition at Paul Rodgers gallery. Featuring Scherzo, a video installation that "explores the limits of human virtuosity and the convergence of human and machine," the show will run from October 14 to December 16. HVCCA members are invited to a behind-the-scenes discussion with Diebes on December 7th, immediately preceding the Collectors Education Program lecture.

Film, Exhibition, & Literary Festivals: Check out the December events at the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR-NY) - there are range of activities planned, including the 5th annual Romanian Film Festival.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Livia Straus on Darby and Friends

Tomorrow night HVCCA Founder and Acting Director Livia Straus will be a featured guest on 1490 wgch, where she wil be discussing upcoming events, HVCCA programs, and After the Fall.

The program, Darby and Friends, "is a weekday talkshow that explores community issues and subjects that interest and affect local residents." Livia's segment will be brodcasted live from 5:00 - 6:00 PM. People are invited to  listen live, and call in to ask questions or make comments at 203.661.5051.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Collectors Education Lecture with Payal Chaudhri

Tyeb Mehta was one of the several artists that
HVCCA guests were able to see.
Last night Collector Payal Chaudhri hosted the second lecture in the Collectors Education Series sponsored by HVCCA. Guests were invited to tour Mrs. Chaudhri's art collection of historical and contemporary Indian art, that includes works by Tyeb Mehta, Vasudeo S Gaitonde, and MF Husain. At the end of the tour, guests took part in a free-from question and answer session about how to build a collection from your own art historical pursuits and interests.

From November 14, 2009 to August 22, 2010 the collection of Paral and Rajiv Chaudri was subject of the exhibition Barat Ratna! at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The show featured many artists of the Progressive movement including Gaitonde and Mehta. The press release referred to the show as "an exciting dialogue between the evolving modernism of western art and the deeply rooted traditions of India and the multiple different approaches that Indian artists took, in the aftermath of independence, to define their own and 'Indian' art. The progressive artist group in India is characterized by vivid hues and abstract imagery, and almost always is reflective of the period of transition post 1947 independence.

Perhaps the most exciting part of the evening was the juxaposition of historical and contemporary Indian works together, and hearing Mrs. Chaudhri's explanations on how their symbiotic placement complemented one another. It was an incredble sight not often seen in public displays.

After the event, many of the attendees dined together at Cafe Ronda, who put together a special spread for the Museum. A good time was had by all! There are still three more lectures in the Series, with the December 7th lecture featuring a talk by Collectors Joel & Sherry Mallin. Contact HVCCA to make a reservation!

Friday, November 5, 2010

one of my favorite paintings in 'After the Fall'

Daniel Pitin, The Old Swimming Baths,
Oil on Cavas, 2009
One of the paintings in 'After the Fall' that keeps intriguing me, is Daniel Pitin's, The Old Swimming Baths, made in 2009.

Where is the woman coming from, where is she going and what is she carrying? What are her surroundings? Is that a blackboard? Why is the pool next to a blackboard and why is everything in shambles?

These are just a few questions that come to mind when looking at this marvelously painted piece of art, and the answers.... well they are yours to figure out!

There are 3 more paintings by Daniel Pitin in 'After the Fall' and he is working in Peekskill at the moment on many more exquisite paintings which will be on show as of January 9, 2011.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Peekskill After Dark this Friday

Innovative Arts on South Street in Peekskill has launched "Peekskill After Dark" with the cooperation of close to twenty Peekskill businesses and galleries. On the first Friday of every month, Peekskill will be open additional hours (until 9:00 PM), so the extended community can take part in what has become a prolific nightlife here in town.  Some places have special events planned for the occasion, including Flat Iron Gallery on South Division Street, who will be a hosting a cocktail reception. Antonia Arts, also on South Street, will offer a spoken word open mic. Bean Runner Cafe on South Division and Esther, will feature the music of the Steven Frieder Quintet.

HVCCA at 1701 Main Street will be open as well. Staff will be available for guided docent tours of After the Fall, on view in our main gallery, and Leondaro Silaghi: Artist-in-Residence, mounted in the mezzanine space upstairs. Come join us after hours!