Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Phillips Dropshop Announces First Bronze Sculpture by Emily Mae Smith, Gazer


Phillips Dropshop Announces First Bronze

Sculpture by Emily Mae Smith, Gazer


To be Exclusively Released on 10 October at 10am


Close up of Gazer


NEW YORK – 3 OCTOBER 2023 – Phillips’ October Drop features Emily Mae Smith’s first bronze sculpture, Gazer. The Drop will take place on 10 October on dropshop.phillips.com at 10am. Known for her virtuosic paintings featuring surreal images, art historical references, and wry commentary, Gazer takes inspiration from many of the same subjects as her paintings, ranging in influence from the Arts and Crafts movement to surrealism. Gazer is a sculpture representing a traditionally useful, yet humble tool – a broom, relieved of their labor duties, and elevated to a moment of leisure and self-reflection having emerged in this new setting.


Emily Mae Smith said, “I have always painted about the potential of objects. This is why I often say my work is most related to still life. It was only a matter of time until one of my subjects emerged in three dimensions. Gazer revisits a beloved theme from my oeuvre – a broom with a mirror. This subject first appears in my work in a 2015 painting titled The Mirror and appears again in my 2020 painting Cassiopeia, the model for this sculpture. Mirrors, portals, and windows recur in my work to speak about subjects such as the gaze, voyeurism, objectification, power, and agency. This broom with the mirror symbolizes a powerful transformation – a common tool gazes at themself in an act of self-love and recognition of possibility beyond the intentions of their maker.


With this sculpture I wanted to work in a material as enduring and historic as oil painting, thus Gazer is bronze; a storied, weighty medium able to hold a myriad of patinas. My utmost respect and gratitude go to the master craftspeople at the foundry who have spent many hours with me and are painstakingly executing each of these bronze works through the magic of metallurgy. Gazer invites the viewer on a journey through the art historical cannon in the timeless interplay of form and symbolism as seen from the Arts & Crafts movement to the Surrealists to new millennium imagists like myself.”



Emily Mae Smith’s slyly humorous and riveting compositions nod to art historical movements such as Symbolism and Art Nouveau, with a distinctly 21st century spin. Her genre-defying work operates through a lexicon of signs and symbols to address timely subjects including gender, class, and violence. Smith tackles art history’s patriarchal myths and creates from a feminist perspective. Emily Mae Smith is represented by Petzel, Perrotin, Rodolphe Janssen, and Contemporary Fine Arts.


Smith has had solo shows at Pond Society (2023); Petzel, NY (2022); Perrotin, Paris (2021); Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels (2021); Savannah College of Art and Design (2020); Marion Art Gallery, Rockefeller Arts Center (2020), among others. Select, recent group exhibitions include: The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (2022); The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (2022); 58th October Salon, Belgrade Biennale (2021); Columbus Museum of Art (2021). Smith’s work is included in collections such as The Brooklyn Museum; Columbus Museum of Art; The Consortium Museum; Dallas Museum of Art; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; MOCA Los Angeles; Museum Brandhorst; Pond Society; Powerlong Art Museum; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art; and Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. 



Dropshop, Curated by Phillips, offers exclusive Drops by creators, for collectors. Dropshop’s limited-edition releases of primary market art and objects are exclusive to the company's digital platform and conceived in partnership with the artists, collaborators, and brands shaping contemporary culture. Items are available through a timed “buy now” e-commerce model at www.phillips.com/dropshop. By redefining the dynamics of the traditional art market framework, Dropshop's goal is to connect artists, galleries, curators, institutions, and non-profit organizations with a global collecting community. Further, creators will receive a resale royalty commission for any work purchased from Dropshop that is subsequently re-offered at Phillips — an industry first.



Phillips is a leading global platform for buying and selling 20th and 21st century art and design. With dedicated expertise in the areas of 20th Century and Contemporary Art, Design, Photographs, Editions, Watches, and Jewelry, Phillips offers professional services and advice on all aspects of collecting. Auctions and exhibitions are held at salerooms in New York, London, Geneva, and Hong Kong, while clients are further served through representative offices based throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. Phillips also offers an online auction platform accessible anywhere in the world.  In addition to providing selling and buying opportunities through auction, Phillips brokers private sales and offers assistance with appraisals, valuations, and other financial services.

Visit www.phillips.com for further information.


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January 20 – April 28, 2024


(October 2, 2023 - CHICAGO) The Elmhurst Art Museum is proud to announce A Love Supreme, a solo exhibition by Norman Teague inspired by legendary jazz musician John Coltrane, with an adjoining intervention in Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House by Chicago-based BIPOC designers. Teague uses Coltrane’s album “A Love Supreme” as a personal, cultural, and spiritual touchstone to consider design influences from his life-long home in Chicago, exploring how the power of bold improvisational jazz and unapologetic Black aesthetics have expanded the minds and inspired creative communities of color. Celebrating BIPOC designers and a variety of cultural influences in Chicago at a time when the country is reckoning with racial inequities in representation across industries and disciplines, A Love Supreme takes place at the Elmhurst Art Museum from January 20 to April 28, 2024.


In A Love Supreme, the main galleries will feature new works with African-influenced objects. The solo exhibition culminates in Teague’s version of a large-scale African round house containing multiple organically designed objects that nod to his Midwest influences, like the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), the Wall of Respect, and sculptor Martin Puryear.


In the McCormick House, Teague asks, “What is your Coltrane story? Who awakened you personally and artistically?” Work in the McCormick House will include furniture, blown glass, and custom leather pieces that transform the house from the picture of upper-class, white suburban living to a space celebrating alternative aesthetics, including acknowledgments of overlooked historical figures from Chicago reimagined through an alternative lens by BIPOC architects, designers, and artists.


“I believe there is a quest for craft from the imaginations of Black America that needs to be heard, seen, and felt as safe, desired, and beautiful. And it can only come from us. This turning point of awareness in American history will only get greater as time goes on—and design history will follow,” says Teague.


Teague and his collaborators will draw on their own history and cultural inspirations, including designers such as Chuck Harrison, sculptor Martin Puryear, and Emory Douglas. Throughout the exhibit, Teague mines the empowering musical legacy of the Civil Rights Era, acknowledges overlooked historical BIPOC figures, and creates opportunity for today’s generation to acknowledge and reclaim the historical absence of Black design history in America. A Love Supreme seeks to provide a new narrative about the bold, bright, and vast number of designers who are the future of American design.


In line with his highly collaborative practice, Teague in A Love Supreme will uplift other creatives while expressing joy through design, musical performances, public talks, and other creative expressions by designers and artists. Jazz and jazz-influenced performances throughout the run of the exhibition will further underline the influence of avant-garde music on Chicago design. 


A Love Supreme is part of Art Design Chicagoa citywide collaboration initiated by the Terra Foundation for American Art that highlights the city’s artistic heritage and creative communities. It is sponsored by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. A Love Supreme is supported in part by a grant from the League of Chicago Theatres and ComEd.


A Love Supreme: McCormick House Reimagined is co-curated by Norman Teague and Rose Camara. This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Chipstone Foundation.



The Elmhurst Art Museum is located at 150 South Cottage Hill Avenue in Elmhurst (IL), 25 minutes from downtown Chicago by car or public transportation (Metra). On the museum’s campus is the McCormick House, a single-family home designed in 1952 by Mies van der Rohe, one of the great architects of the 20th Century. The McCormick House is one of only three residences designed and built by Mies in the United States – and one of only two open to the public.

The Museum is open Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Friday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Regular admission prices are $18 for adults (ages 18+), $15 for seniors, $10 for students, and $5 for children. For more information, please call 630.834.0202 or visit elmhurstartmuseum.org.

Image: Norman Teague, Installation view of “Objects for Change,” Art Center Highland Park, 2022. Courtesy the artist

Monday, October 2, 2023

Three-Artist Exhibition Bound by Nature


Dena Seiferling, Lisa Ericson, and Yulia Pustoshkina

L-R: “Bear and Mouse Music Box” by Dena Seiferling, “Territorial” by Lisa Ericson, and “Hunters' Pact” by Yulia Pustoshkina

Click here to download a sample of exhibit images




October 7, 2023 | 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm



October 7 – November 11, 2023



571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033

Open: Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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On Saturday, October 7th, downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) will proudly unveil a three-artist show, titled Bound by Nature, featuring new works by Canadian illustrator and author Dena Seiferling, Portland-based hyperrealist naturepainter Lisa Ericson, and Russian born/Sydney-based painter Yulia Pustoshkina. 


Regarding her new series, titled Small Creatures Big Feelings, Dena Seiferling shares:“This collection consists of a variety of imagery/sculpture work brought to life through self-reflection and an effort to use subject matter that inspires a bright side to dark emotions. The narratives are about finding ways to be hopeful and holding onto purpose in a climate of uncertainty. I wanted to highlight the empowerment in acknowledging parts of ourselves, or experiences that we are a little afraid of, through the animals I chose to feature.” Adding, “In this series, I embraced the slow-paced and time-intensive nature of needle-felting to focus on smaller sculptures meant to be viewed up close. In addition to using vintage or antique objects to create context for my sculptures with, I wanted to incorporate movement into several of the sculptures which involved a collaboration with my dad to build small crank devices to move parts of the sculptures.”


Seiferling is a highly acclaimed picture book author, illustrator, and needle-felt artist who graduated with a B.F.A. and Visual Communications Degree from the Alberta University of the Arts, where she now works as an educator. She is the illustrator of Night Lunch, written by Eric Fan, which was awarded a 2022 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Picture Book of the Year award. The Language of Flowers marked her debut as both author and illustrator.

“One Bat” and “Aster, Marigold, and Lavender (in detail)” by Dena Seiferling



Artist, illustrator, and designer Lisa Ericson blends her hyperrealist painting style with a vivid imagination, resulting in fantastical combinations of plants and animals. Regarding her new works, titled Doom & Bloom, Ericson shares: “The subjects in these pieces are survivors rising from the smallest of habitable spaces…or the last of their kind, barely holding on…again in the darkness. Exploring themes of deforestation, dwindling habitats, and the ravages of climate change on the natural world, all of these pieces live in the tension between darkness and light, hope and despair, doom and bloom. Which will win, we don’t yet know. We’re all on the precipice together.” She adds, “My ideas are often science-inspired, but with a surreal twist. I may read or hear about a scientific or environmental phenomenon and it provides a kernel of inspiration which can lead to a painting or an entire series. I use the black background to create the drama of the spotlight on my chosen subject. It singles them out, exposes their every tiny detail, and creates a void of the unknown around them. In that way, each piece becomes an intimate portrait. I think of the animals in my paintings as simultaneously representing the natural world and also reflecting our own human struggle and emotion. I like to draw parallels between the two.”

“Edge of Night” and “Extinguish” by Lisa Ericson



Yulia Pustoshkina’s latest series of oil paintings, titled Meowzers, features feline family characters, and the inspiration for this choice of subject matter came from the artist's travels through Egypt and Japan. Despite the vast cultural differences between these two countries, both celebrate the nature of the cat animal. Cats are known for their enigmatic behavior, independence, and having a mind of their own. Pustoshkina's characters exhibit anthropomorphic characteristics, and the scene compositions suggest a story that allows the viewer to sense what is unfolding and pick up on the mood of the painting. The artist's signature style is infused with a flair of humor and the main objective of these artworks is to promote kindness and acceptance of all living creatures.


Pustoshkina's artistic style is naturally influenced by her Russian background. Her current painting technique is a result of extensive practice in working with miniature paintings, which are common in folklore depictions. She has managed to carry out high detailization of imagery onto large canvases as well and has come up with her own title for her artistic style, Folkloric Surrealism. The artist's anthropomorphic characters exhibit facial expressions and the viewer can pick up on the mood of the painting. The compositions add to the story that unfolds. The artist prefers that the viewer decides for themselves the interpretation of each artwork. Most often, her characters are on the go somewhere, which probably explains her own love for travel, where she picks up new inspirations for her work. Her main objective is for her paintings to bring joy and promote kindness and acceptance of all living creatures. 

“Tiger of the Year” by Yulia Pustoshkina



Open to the public and free of charge, Bound by Nature is set to debut on Saturday, October 7th from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm in CHG’s Gallery 3. Opening the same night in the Main Gallery will be a solo show by the award-winning, international renowned German artist duo Mark Landwehr and Sven Waschk [coarse], titled Because I Wanted You To Know, and a solo show by Japanese artist Kazuki Takamatsu, titled Parallelization Era. Plus, the gallery’s second installment of their Literartistry group show, Literartistry: Art Inspired by the Written Word will be premiering in Gallery 2. All shows will be on view through November 11th.


About Corey Helford Gallery:

Established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer/creator Bruce Helford (The ConnersLopez vs. Lopez, Anger ManagementThe Drew Carey Show, and George Lopez), Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goal as an institution is to support the growth of artists, from the young and emerging, to the well-known and internationally established. CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today's pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti, and Street Art. Located in downtown Los Angeles (571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033) in a robust 12,000 square-foot building, CHG presents new exhibitions approximately every six weeks. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit CoreyHelfordGallery.com and follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube. For available prints from CHG, visit CHGPrints.com.




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