Month: November 2012

The Artist as Jeweler

posted by – 11/28/12 @ 4:32pm

While flipping through an issue of Art in America a few months ago, I came across an article about rare pieces of jewelry designed by prolific artists like Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. Jewelry isn’t usually featured in a typical art history class, and it was such a (lovely!) surprise to discover these beautiful pieces that I knew nothing about. Upon further research, I discovered that artists like Georges Braques and Max Ernst also dabbled in jewelry, partnering with jewelers and goldsmiths to create pieces echoing many of the themes in their artwork. A show on the artist as jeweler was featured this past spring at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, which featured over 187 pieces by 124 different artists, with many of the pieces coming from the curator’s personal collection. Check out some of our favorite pieces below, and click here to see more. Though the pieces were originally much harder to sell, they are tough to find these days, so consider yourself lucky if you happen to have a piece of this truly wearable art.



Brooches by Picasso

A New Take on Sound Art

posted by – 11/27/12 @ 12:01pm

Bill Seaver and Nathan Moore have long collaborated in the digital recording studio, creating the New Mediology podcast in which they discuss new media and technology. One day however, they were inspired to take this technology itself and transform it into a work of art. While recording a new episode, the two began to notice the captivating patterns of the sound waves displayed digitally on their audio software. This was the start of their new artistic venture, Epic Frequency. They take famous quotes, songs and sayings and display them in a visual format that can be hung on the wall. Iconic quotes range from Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech to Barack Obama’s Inauguration speech, and everything in between. The erratic lines are not only visually pleasing, they also reveal interesting historical facts. Seaver explains, “In the ‘I Have A Dream’ speech you can see all of the points where Dr. King really inspired the crowd and you also get a sense of his speaking style in short, staccato phrases. It is very rhythmic and fascinating to see in its entirety.” Works can also be customized with personal quotes in individualized colors. In addition, a QR code is embedded in each piece, allowing viewers to listen to original recordings of the sound waves that they are seeing. Seaver and Moore’s creations are a unique synthesis of audio and visual art, with an interesting technological spin. More information about Epic Frequency can be found at their website.

Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have A Dream"


Raeanne Rubenstein’s photographs included in Christie’s Warhol Auction Catalog

posted by – 11/14/12 @ 2:38pm

After an announcement in September of plans to disperse of its entire collection to raise funds for its grant-making program, the Warhol Foundation began its first round of auctions at Christie’s on November 12. Over $17 million dollars in sales were brought in for 354 works, the most expensive of which was Warhol’s 1980s butterfly print “Endangered Species: San Francisco Silverspot” which sold for $1.2 million. Seven of Tinney Contemporary artist Raeanne Rubenstein’s photographs were featured in the auction catalog, though they were not for sale. Rubenstein, who now lives in Nashville, shot Warhol and his contemporaries as a young photographer in the 1970s. More auctions are planned over the next five years, with private sales in Hong Kong and France planned for late 2012 and early 2013 followed by online sales beginning in February.

The auction catalogs are available online here, and this photograph of Raeanne’s is featured on page 32 of the photography catalog:

Meet the Artist: Hyunmee Lee

posted by – 11/13/12 @ 12:04pm

Hyunmee Lee was born in Seoul Korea, where she studied modern art and calligraphy at College of Fine Arts at Hong-Ik  before moving to Sydney, Australia to complete her training. In 1997, Lee relocated to the United States where she teaches art and continues to focus on her practice. Her abstract compositions with bold brushstrokes and rich fields of color reference her early training in calligraphy and reflect her concern with gesture. Lee describes her own work as making use of the “meditative gesture”. While meditation is a slow and relaxed process, gesture is associated with spontaneous and quick movement. The two terms may seem contradictory, but they reach a harmony in Lee’s canvases. Her abstract forms are painted without restraint and embrace a sense of freedom. At the same time, her use of bold fields of colors dominates the canvas, grabbing our attention and drawing us in. Truly alluring, Lee’s paintings are full subtle nuances; a thinly painted, transparent line may suddenly meet a dense, opaque block of matte black. Lee’s work fully embraces the spiritual unity of opposites, a prominent principle in the Taoist and Buddhist religions. Hyunmee Lee’s art is ultimately an exploration of the self, drawing from her Eastern and Western influences as well as her unique explorations of space and gesture. Hyunmee Lee’s show Silent Gestures will open at Tinney Contemporary this Saturday, November 17.

Zwirner Gallery Embraces the Theme of Destruction in the Aftermath of Sandy

posted by – 11/08/12 @ 12:25pm

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, New York galleries are racing to clean up their spaces, install new shows, and get back to business. David Zwirner has rallied to the task, and will open a new show this Friday, which appropriately explores the theme of destruction. The exhibition features a video installation by Diana Thater of the damage wrought by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe. Thater’s images of the man-made tragedy are especially poignant in light of the recent natural disaster. Her use of film self-consciously explores the ability of the artist to construct the way we view things and think about the world. Through her lens, we see not only the destructive power of man, but also the regenerative forces of nature. The way disaster is recorded and perceived is a theme that will resonate with everyone in light of recent events.

Information on how to help out the hard-hit gallery areas such as Chelsea, the Lower East Side, and DUMBO is available through the Art Dealers Association of America. For those looking to help from TN, a list of non-profits to donate to is available here.

Thater, Music Classroom, Chernoby




The Tannersville Paint Project

posted by – 11/07/12 @ 3:44pm

Residents of the 1.1 square mile town of Tannersville, New York have witnessed an incredible transformation of their home over the past several years. Local artist Elena Patterson, a native South African, was inspired to reinvigorate the town with paint after renovating her own home and receiving much positive attention for it. This led to the foundation of the Tannersville Paint Project, where Patterson now works with local business owners on the town’s main street and comes up with ideas and color schemes that everyone is happy with. Using unconventional colors and funky details to refresh the buildings, the project was founded not only with the mission of achieving some much needed renovation, but also of spurring local economic growth.  Stripes, flowers, and eccentric illustrations liven up the sides and façades of buildings, bringing a new sense of cheer and vibrancy to what had become quite drab. To see the results of the project yourself, check out Today’s video.

Tannersville, NY

New York Galleries Emerge from the Flood

posted by – 11/06/12 @ 11:55am

Hurricane Sandy devastated New York last week, and the galleries in lower Manhattan were not spared. The Chelsea neighborhood is home to one of the largest concentration of galleries in the world, and most of them suffered crippling damage from flooding. Spaces such as David Zwirner and Gagosian experienced up to 4 or 5 feet of flooding. While all were damaged in some capacity, some galleries were more prepared than others. Many were able to move works to higher levels, or to off site storage locations. However, the unlucky ones had pieces on the ground floor or basement levels, which are now completely destroyed. In addition to valuable artwork, flooding damaged the spaces themselves and many were left without electricity for days. Many owners still have a positive outlook. Most paintings can be restored and already walls and floors are being repaired. Gallery owners agree that the biggest struggle going forward will be to hang new shows in time for auction week in mid-November, and the upcoming Art Basel Miami fair in December. With collections depleted and limited display space, these events will be crucial for galleries to make up the losses they experienced in the storm. The destruction of this center of the art world will certainly have effects on the New York art market at large. One gallery owner, Magda Sawon, who spoke to The Daily Beast, “worried that, overall, the effect on the art world might be profound. ‘It’s the collapse of the middle class, extrapolated to the gallery world,’ she said. She was voicing a thought heard from many of her peers: that international megadealers will pull through just fine, and that the tiny baby spaces will find a way to survive, but that the gallery scene’s middle—‘where the most interesting art happens,’ according to Sawon—may get hollowed out”. Large and small, all galleries were effected, but in the spirit of recovery many have rallied to help.  Volunteers helped clean up the basement of the beloved Printed Matter gallery and bookstore. In addition, national organizations such as the Art Dealers Association of America have put together aid programs. Artists too are receiving support from a number of organizations, both private and public. A full list of resources is available here. The full effects of Sandy on the art community of New York remain to be seen, but in the meantime recovery is underway and our thoughts go out to those in need.


Inspirational Artist Wayne White

posted by – 11/01/12 @ 11:29am

This Halloween, artist Wayne White spoke at the Nash-Up symposium to celebrate the end of Artober. The event focused on Nashville’s growing art scene and creative engagement with the community. Tennessee native Wayne White delivered an inspirational speech emphasizing the fun side of art. White is a prominent painter, puppeteer, set designer and art director, whose achievements include three Emmys awards for  art direction on Pee-wee’s Playhouse. After leaving Hollywood, White began to focus on painting. He became well know for his word paintings, in which he paints brightly colored sayings over cheap thrift store landscapes. White’s work is extremely playful and has an almost sarcastic element to it. His 2012 documentary “Beauty is Embarrassing” further describes his aesthetic and philosophy.  In it he outlines his main career goal, to bring humor into fine art. White is an inspirational speaker who encourages all to follow their hearts and live a fulfilling and pleasurablel life.

Wayne White "Hot Shots and Know-It-Alls"