Sunday, April 5, 2015
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (New York, 1960 – 1988) filled numerous notebooks with poetry fragments, wordplay, sketches, and personal observations ranging from street life and popular culture to themes of race, class, and world history.
The first major exhibition of the artist's notebooks, Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks at the Brooklyn Museum features 160 pages of these rarely seen documents, along with related works on paper and large-scale paintings. The exhibition runs from April 3 through August 23, 2015 in the Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 4th Floor at The Brooklyn Museum - 200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052.
A self-taught artist with encyclopedic and cross-cultural interests, Basquiat was influenced by comics, advertising, children's sketches, Pop art, hip-hop, politics, and everyday life. Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks emphasizes the distinct interplay of text and images in Basquiat's art, providing unprecedented insight into the importance of writing in the artist's process.
The notebook pages on display contain early renderings of iconic imagery—tepees, crowns, skeleton-like figures, and grimacing faces—that also appear throughout his large-scale works, as well as an early drawing related to his series of works titled Famous Negro Athletes.
Photo credits:1. Untitled, 1986. Acrylic, collage, and oilstick on paper on canvas, 941⁄8 x 1362⁄5 in. (239 x 346.5 cm). Collection of Larry Warsh. Copyright © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, all rights reserved. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Photo: Gavin Ashworth, Brooklyn Museum 2. Untitled (Crown), 1982. Acrylic, ink, and paper collage on paper, 20 x 29 in. (50.8 x 73.66 cm). Private collection, courtesy of Lio Malca. Copyright © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, all rights reserved. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Photo: Mark-Woods.com
Friday, April 3, 2015
Santa Fe-based artist Richard Kurtz is a renowned mixed media artist most recognizable for his prize fighters, super heroes and seductive women painted with Kurtz' signature style.
His work is a narrative in color, "My role is to speak truth through images. My challenge is to do so without being appropriated by an unforgiving system."
Scrap metal, discarded paper, fallen pieces of material life - these are the materials allow the artist to reassemble through collage a true image, with a coherent meaning, and a reminder for us all.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Sirona Fine Art presents 'Innerscapes and Landscapes' exhibition featuring the coveted works of Miami-based artists Jean-Paul Mallozzi and John Sanchez. This highly anticipated show reveals the dream-like personal narratives of Mallozzi’s figurative works and the depths of Sanchez’ mesmerizing slice-of-life landscapes.
Miami Art Scene™ announces Sirona Fine Art’s high profile art exhibition ‘Innerscapes and Landscapes’, from Saturday, April 11 – Sunday, May 10, 2015 in the heart of The Village at Gulfstream Park. The show presents a sublime exhibit featuring the works of highly sought after Miami-based artists Jean-Paul Mallozzi and John Sanchez. The Opening Reception takes place from 6-9pm on Saturday, April 11th and includes complimentary cocktails and hor d’oeuvres. Please rsvp to: email@example.com
Jean-Paul Mallozzi was born and raised in Queens NYC, and received a scholarship to attend the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). He graduated with B.F.A in Illustration. His works have been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally including Los Angeles, New York, and London. Jean-Paul's work balances the fine line of combining highly rendered figures with expressionistic bursts of energy. Mallozzi creates psychological portraits, with symbolic colors and vibrations that physically resonate from within his subjects to reveal some deeper essence. The incorporation of iridescent pigments and animal familiars take the figures out of the mundane and into a world where the veil between realities is pulled away. His work is included in the art collections of high profile people such as actress Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman, and the Director of the Long Beach Museum of Art, Ron Nelson.
John Sanchez was born in Passaic, NJ and grew up in the blue-collar town of North Bergen, New Jersey. His background informs the humanist realism he brings to his work. Sanchez blends traditional painting techniques with a contemporary subject matter, creating paintings of seemingly unremarkable moments that, when bathed with the atmospheric drama of light, dark and brilliant color becomes something more. Sanchez attributes the bulk of his training from the prestigious Arts Student’s League of New York and is a graduate of Miami International University of Art & Design, and holds a Masters of Fine Art degree from Florida International University. His work has caught the attention of collectors including Debra and Dennis Scholl, Bill Bilowit and Grela Orihuela and Tom and Trish Kennedy. He is also in the permanent collection of the Perez Art Museum in Miami, the Frost Art Museum at FIU, as well as having an international following. He lives and works in South Florida.
“The art of Jean-Paul Mallozzi and John Sanchez embody so much of what I was looking for in this new gallery: Florida-based artists who have classically solid talents, while at the same time being contemporarily relevant with distinctive visions.”, said Timothy Smith, Gallery Director of Sirona Fine Art.
Sirona Fine Art is a grand showcase located at 600 Silks Run #1240 at The Village at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida 33009. The gallery is ideal for artists who embrace academic structure and technique, yet have an understanding and facility within the modernist landscape in which their work is viewed. Art can appeal to the senses, the emotions and the intellect equally or separately, as long as it connects. Creators who skillfully present their ideas and personalities, constructed with a masterly hand, these are the artists Sirona Fine Art represent.
For media inquiries, to schedule an interview or receive additional information, please contact: Kat Wagner, firstname.lastname@example.org, (786)571-6112. See more at: www.sironafineart.com or phone: (954)454-9494.