Sunday, September 30, 2012

Extraordinary Close-up Photographs Reveal and Amazing New Perspective on Seeds, One of the Smallest Units of Life

Time Capsules of Life
Rob Kesseler & Wolfgang Stuppy
Preface by Prince Charles HRH The Prince of Wales
ISBN: 978-1-60887-111-7
Hardcover | $35.00 | 264 Pages
October 2012
Extraordinary Close-up Photographs Reveal and Amazing New Perspective on Seeds, One of the Smallest Units of Life

SAN RAFAEL, CA, October 2012 - The power of seeds as small pods that are self-contained life forces is as fascinating as their artfully functional structure. The sublime images in Seeds afford an unprecedented view into a most astonishing microcosm, where even the tiniest examples are exquisitely beautiful and sophisticated.

Seeds are the most complex organs plants produce. The first seeds appeared some 360 million years ago. Since then they have developed into highly sophisticated propagules that have enabled plants to dominate the earth's surface and conquer almost every possible habitat, from the Antarctic to the hottest deserts. The diversity of shapes and sizes encountered in seeds is nearly endless and ranges from the impressive Seychelles nut at 44 pounds to the dustlike seeds of the orchids. No matter how small, packed into every seed is the complete genetic information needed to give rise to a new plant, whether it is a tiny herb or a giant rainforest tree. True time capsules of life, seeds may travel thousands of miles and, if necessary, wait for hundreds of years before germinating.

Seeds constitutes an essential source book not only for those fascinated by the natural world, but also for artists, designers, and anyone interested in the development of biological structures. Scientists and critics around the world have called visual artist Rob Kesseler's work "mystifying," "astounding," and "awe-inspiring." Seeds' majestic bright, popping colors, mesmerizing geometry, and accessible text make it a coffee-table treasure. This brand-new edition features a preface by His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, who is an avid conservationist.

Wolfgang Stuppy is the seed morphologist at the Millennium Seed Bank Project, an international initiative dedicated to seed conservation managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He holds a doctorate in comparative seed morphology and anatomy and lives in London.

Visual artist Rob Kesseler is a professor, lecturer, and a NESTA Fellow at Kew. His artwork was featured in solo exhibitions at the V&A Museum (London) and the City Museum and Art Gallery (Stoke), among others. He lives in London.

His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, serves as president of the Prince's Charities, the largest multicause charitable enterprise in the UK. This group of twenty not-for-profit organizations actively works to improve education, public health, and the environment.

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Jasper Joffe's Greatest Hits

October 4 - November 3, 2012
Jasper Joffe's Greatest Hits

Selected works from across the years by one of Britain's most high
profile and often controversial contemporary artists. Joyful,
irreverent, vibrant canvases exhibited for the first time in Ireland.

Hillsboro Fine Art
49 Parnell Square West
Dublin 1

Telephone: +353.1.8788242

Friday, September 28, 2012

Lectures by Bakhyt Kenjeev - Date Correction!


Date Correction: Tuesday , October 2  at 7pm

Lectures by Bakhyt Kenjeev

Cocktail reception

The Museum of Russian Art invites you to attend a gala poetry reading/discussion by the notable Russian poet Bakhyt Kenjeev and an art exhibition at:

The Museum of Russian Art,
80 Grand Street Jersey City, NJ 07302. 
The museum is open Thursday - Sunday 2-6 PM and by appointment 
from September 20 - October 4

Mr. Kenjeev, one of Russia's leading traditionalist poets, will lead two interactive discussions on Russian poetry, with topics including "Poetry and the Internet" and "Poetry Amateur and Professional."

This poetry evening coincides with the prize exhibition of the Winners of the 2012 International Art Festival, which opened at MoRA earlier this month. The artists whose works are on view include Russian-American painter Nikolai Zalevsky; art photographer Zeno Chen from the Republic of China (Taiwan); and Joan Hus and Benjamin Sack, who shared the Graphics award. These artists will be featured in an article about the competition scheduled for an upcoming issue of Fine Art Magazine. A reception will follow.

Bakhyt Kenjeev is a leading Russian poet and prize-winning author of twelve poetry books published in the USA, Russia, and Kazakhstan. Bakhyt Kenjeev is a frequent participant in major international festivals and currently lives in Montreal, New York, and Moscow.
 Among Russian poets of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Bakhyt Kenzheev enjoys a reputation as a traditionalist. Predominantly lyrical, his verse touches upon a wide range of modern phenomena. He is renowned for his ability to represent mundane life in an intensely Romantic style, creating a mystical dimension to human existence. Many critics acknowledge that his poetry incorporates the European and Central Asian mythological traditions as well as specifically Russian literary trends. Projecting traditional imagery on the minutiae of contemporary life, Kenzheev's poetry harks back to the Russian rhyming styles most brilliantly represented by figures such as Aleksandr  Pushkin, Aleksandr  Blok, and Osip  Mandel'shtam.
We will honor the winners of our inaugural juried competition.
These outstanding artists represent diverse backgrounds and a wide variety of artistic styles:  
 The exhibition will feature:
Zeno Chen (Photography); Nicolas Zalevsky (Painting);  
Joan Hus and Benjamin Sack (tied in Graphics).  
Each artist will present a solo exhibition featuring the winning works and some additional works representing career highlights.

All works available for purchase

Writing Space
Joan Hus| Writing Space | Graphics

Nicholas Zalevsky | The Stairway Where My Brother Fractured a Finger | Painting

The Pretender
Zeno Chen | The Pretender | Photo
Apollo and Dionysus
Benjamin Sack | Apollo and Dionysus | Graphics

International Art Festival, Inc. was established in 2012 for the purpose of identifying and jump-starting the careers of outstanding contemporary artists. Over the past few months, we received for consideration works from artists all over the world: from the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. The four award winners are great examples of dedication and creative achievement, and we hope you will be able to join us in honoring and supporting their achievement.

Thanks and best regards,  
International Art Festival Committee
The Museum is located in the historic district of Jersey City,
walking distance to the PATH train or the Battery Park ferry.
Minutes away from Manhattan.
Contact for more information: 
Margo Grant: (917) 449-2842,
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Liao Yibai: MADE IN CHINA   
October 18, 2012 - November 24, 2012

Mike Weiss Gallery is pleased to present MADE IN CHINA, Chinese artist Liao Yibai's third solo show at the gallery. Inspired by China's lucrative fake antique industry, twenty-two hand welded stainless steel sculptures displayed on "antiqued" pedestals tell the artist's version of China's rich history through three unique series: Fake Antiques, Fake Evidence, and Legends. The title MADE IN CHINA is not only a reference to the origin of the works and the traditional Chinese objets d'art that inspired them, but also to the ubiquitous "MADE IN CHINA" tag found on the majority of goods imported into the United States. By producing innovative fakes, Yibai exposes the value of truth.

Liao Yibai
/ Dragon Vase Earth / 2011 / Stainless steel
38 x 23 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches (96.52 x 59.69 x 59.69 cm)

Yibai replicates treasures from the Ming, Qing, Yuan, and other dynasties as he marries ancient forms with pressing contemporary issues in his Fake Antiques. Embellished with playful characters from his previous series, often donning slippers and boxing gloves, large vessels such as Ding, Dragon Vase Ocean, and Dragon Vase Earth are emblazoned with nuclear clouds, swine flu viruses, and acid rain in a beautiful visual tango with traditional lotus and dragon motifs. Chairman's Chair, a life-sized throne riddled with arrows, is the artist's wry summation of 5,000 years of China's history and its constant struggle for power.

Liao Yibai / Chairman's Chair / Detail view / 2011 / Stainless steel
55 5/8 x 52 1/2 x 65 1/2 inches (141.29 x 133.35 x 166.37 cm)

Yibai's ironic story telling continues with his Fake Evidence presented in the form of dragon and panda eggs, skulls, and dinosaur fossils. In Panda's Egg, a cracked egg hatching a panda bear sits in an intricate nest of twigs, while Dinosaur's Fossil shows an entire family of dinosaurs tangled with diamonds. Alluding to the false sense of security one feels in accepting what is presented as factual archeological evidence, the artist goes to great lengths in attempting to prank future museum patrons.

Liao Yibai / Panda's Egg / 2012 / Stainless Steel
18 1/4 x 40 1/4 x 41 7/8 inches (46.36 x 102.24 x 106.36 cm)

Liao Yibai / Dinosaur's Fossil / 2011 / Stainless steel
34 3/4 x 54 x 22 1/4 inches (88.27 x 137.16 x 56.52 cm)

Parrot, Chinese Legend and Machine Gun belong the Legends series, in which Yibai recontextualizes well-known Chinese mythology to tell cautionary tales, like the story of the emperor's famed talking pet parrot that has outlived the emperor and is passed onto the emperor's son. The parrot serves as a lone witness for the past emperor's acts, both good and bad. In an effort to silence the truth, the emperor's surviving son chains and binds the parrot's mouth shut in a literal attempt at censorship. Chinese Legend, a large Ming style cabinet, sets the stage for great myths and tales, such as the adventure of the Monkey King, the ill-fated story of the Butterfly Lovers, the building of the Great Wall and the Cult of Mao, to name but a few.  It is a gleaming tribute to the splendors and trials of China, as well her majestic landscape that is now under threat.

Liao Yibai / Parrot / 2012 / Stainless steel
32 5/8 x 33 1/2 x 26 1/2 inches (82.87 x 85.09 x 67.31 cm)

Liao Yibai / Chinese Legend / 2012 / Stainless steel and copper
75 3/4 x 36 1/8 x 12 1/4 inches (192.41 x 91.76 x 31.12 cm)

"Liao's museological hoax is the latest in his irreverent, irresistible series of 'Real Fakes' that, coming full circle, end as they begin as independent works of art, rather than fake."

-Lilly Wei. "The Real Fake Annals of Liao Yibai," in MADE IN CHINA catalog

Liao Yibai graduated from the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in 1997. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout China, United States, and Europe.  Yibai currently lives and works in Chongqing, China with his wife and daughter. 

A fully illustrated catalog accompanies the exhibition.

If you have questions about any of our artists please contact Anna Ortt, Director, at

Mike Weiss Gallery
520 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011
Tel: 212-691-6899
Hours: Tues-Sat 10am to 6pm

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Last Call for Submissions - Deadline September 30th
One competition, 80 categories for arts, design, architecture:
Submission Requirements: Main Image, 3600 x 3600 pixels 72dpi, JPEG, up to 4 Optional Images 1800 x 1800 pixels, 72 dpi JPEG. 
The A' Design Award is an annual showcase for the world's best art works, artistic concepts, architecture and design products. The primary aim of the award is to create publicity, PR push and advertisement opportunities for award winners while supporting the global design and art culture, creating incentives for entrants to come up with superior designs for a better future.
Winners Receive the following:
• Extensive PR Campaign
• Press Release Preparation
• Press Release Distribution
• Communicated to Magazines
• Communicated to Blogs
• Newsletter Announcement
• Award Trophy
• Winners' Certificate
• Winners Badges
• Competition Logo
• Participants' Certificate
• Content Distribution through IDNN
• Competition Statistics
• Score Sheet
• Yearbook Publication
• Gala-Night Invitation
• The Annual Yearbook
• Physical Exhibition of Selected Projects
• Feedback Notes by the Jury
• Winner Services
• Option to Sell Winning Designs
• Sales Listing for Winning Products
• Inclusion in Designer Rankings
• Proof of Creation Document
• Winners' Manual
• Inclusion in Business Network
• Marketing and Consultancy 
Previous winners here:
Subsidizing and supporting arts, A’ Design Award & Competition has a limited-time discounted nomination ticket for fine art submissions. To purchase this ticket to nominate your designs visit:
This offer is only valid for fine art submissions, photography works and art installations. The offer is valid 4 days only: between 24–27 September 2012. Tickets can be used till 30 September meaning: you can get a discounted nomination ticket to nominate your art works now and you can nominate your works later before 30 September. The offer is valid for designers, artists and architects, but not valid for companies, enterprises or large studios. 
For more info contact A’ Design Awards.
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Liquid Identities | Venice (Italy) - Opening Today!

Liquid Identities | Venice (Italy)
Opening: September 28, 2012
Liquid Identities, an international video-art festival and photography exhibition, will be held in the city of Venice. The Scoletta di San Giovanni Battista e del SS. Sacramento in Bragora, the venue of the event, will open its doors on Friday, September 28, until Sunday, September 30Fifty-seven artists, thirty-two video artists and twenty-five photo artists from different countries have been selected to be part of this project.
Click here to download the invitation card!
The selection has been based on the main concept of “Liquid Identities” based on fluidity, motion, changing networks and cities transformations. In contemporary society boundaries are getting more and more fleeting, and also the identity; what makes every person or place a recognizable entity, turns out fluid, multiple, making the cultural, religious, ethnic borders changeable too. This change, this mutation has allowed to cross the inside of the identities creating new possible crossings, new blends. And it’s just this “contemporaneity” that makes our civilization conceived as subjected to a process of continuous evolution and cultural hybridization. There is no more limit between an identity and the other one but it is possible to walk, to cross a passage and to find oneself halfway through it, in a non-place, in a non-identity. This project is about temporary roles in changing rules, thinking about liquid borders in new evolving worlds.
.organizer: International ArtExpo.curator: Luca Curci
.project coordinator: Biagio Ciraldo
.exhibition & screening places: Scoletta di San Giovanni Battista e del SS. Sacramento in Bragora, Venice
.dates: September 28-29-30, 2012
.opening: 28th of September, 2012 at Scoletta di San Giovanni Battista e del SS. Sacramento in Bragora at6:00 pm, Castello 3811/B - Campo della Bragora, Venice - Italy
.press Office: It’s LIQUID Group
Yuko Asai . Japan | Petronio Bendito . USA | Mattar Bin Lahej . UAE | Hans Michael Bittner . Austria | James A. Cook . USA | Josephine Durkin . USA 
| Tom Estlack . USA | Leonardo Etero & Katia Gorini . Brazil | Lucia Flego . Italy | Padelis Frantzis . Greece | Mar Garrido . Spain | Mark Krawczynski . Canada | Kadet Kuhne . USA | Serena Labate . Brazil | Renata Barros . Brazil | Kate MacDonald . Canada | Andreas Mares . Austria | Leonella Masella . Italy | Edita Matan . Croatia | Sybille Neumeyer . Germany | Diana Page . Turkey | Daniel Pesta . Czech Republic | Michael Poetschko . Austria | Nazia Andaleeb Preema . Bangladesh | Linda Riseley . Australia | Dione Roach . Italy | Lueder Schruff . Germany | Melinda Šefčić . Serbia | Gregory Steel . USA | Cal Thompson . USA | Zaneta Vangeli . Macedonia | Colin Vernon . Canada
Anna Böhm do Nascimento . Germany | Åsa Bostrom . Sweden | Yuri Corrêa de Souza . Brazil | Claudia Dias Elias . Brazil | Gildardo Gallo . Messico | 
Cacheila Soto Gonzalez . Puerto Rico | Claudia Hirszman . Brazil | Martha Fernanda Jimenez . UAE | Mark Krawczynski . Canada | Oan Kyu . Italy | Maria Luisa Imperiali . Italy | Robert Lackerstein . United Kingdom | Jesus Marin . Spain | Ana Mireles . Mexico | Sabine Mittermeier . Germany | Benjamin Nash . France | Sybille Neumeyer . Germany | Isaac Percal . Israel | Loredana Raciti . Italy | Blanca Estela Rodriguez . Italy | Nora Schoepfer . Austria | Christiane Spatt . Austria | Dodi Tabbaa . Jordan | Hannu Uusluoto . Finland | Ipek Yeginsu . Turkey
.winners of Computer Graphic CompetitionJawshing Arthur Liou . USA | Christopher D’Andrea . USA | Marco De Gregorio . Spain | Kalos&Klio . Greece | KOI . Italy 
International ArtExpo is a not for profit organization that provides a significant forum for cultural dialogue between all artists from different cultures and countries. We depend on the support of you. ArtExpo is grateful to all of the institutions, corporations, and individuals who support our efforts. We work with a number of national and international galleries as well as publishers, museums, curators and writers from all over the world. We help artists through solo and group exhibitions, gallery representation, magazine reviews and advertisements, press releases, internet promotion, as well as various curatorial projects.
more details
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Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 33
70122 Bari (Italy)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Call to Artists - South Miami Rotary Art Festival

South Miami Rotary
Art Festival

Call to Artists   

What: South Miami Rotary Art Festival 2013

Where: Downtown South Miami on Sunset Drive between Red Road and US#1

When: February 23-24, 2013, Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM - 6 PM

  • *Load-in and out at booth space. 
  • *Free parking for artists. 
  • *Cash awards of at least $3,250 will be presented. 
  • *Automatic acceptance for winners the following year. 
  • *Complimentary continental breakfast both mornings. 
  • *Booth sitting available for brief breaks.
    *Fees: Application - $30
              Booths - $295, $350,& $395

    *Drive-up to booth space for load in and out

    *Cost to public: Free admission

    The 29th annual South Miami Rotary Art Festival is a juried two day outdoor festival that takes place in the vibrant downtown area of South Miami on Sunset Drive from US1 to Red Road (57th Avenue). The area is filled with historic buildings, restaurants and unique shops. Just 3 miles south of Miami's Coconut Grove, South Miami borders the University of Miami and the upscale neighborhoods of Coral Gables and Pinecrest.

    For online directions to show site search for 5750 SW 72 St., South Miami, FL 33143.

    Started as a small show in 1984, the event has grown into one of Miami-Dade County's most anticipated festivals. Dozens of friendly and dedicated Rotary volunteers staff the event, ensuring a pleasant experience for exhibitors.

    The festival attracts a diverse group of art lovers numbering in the 25,000-30,000 range. Public admission is free and includes live mellow music throughout the weekend and an international food court.

    The proceeds of the festival benefit South Miami Rotary charitable efforts including college scholarships for local school students as well as international and local community service projects. 
  • Application deadline - October 31, 2012 
  • Notifications emailed - November 19, 2012 
  • Booth fees due - December 14, 2012 
  • No refunds after - January 4, 2013 
  • Show dates - February 23 & 24, 2013 
  • Set up - February 23, 2013 - 6:00 a.m.  
    Must be completed by 9:45 a.m. 

  • Email questions to

    The Curator’s Eye and Michael Backman Discuss Art and Technology

    The Curator’s Eye and Michael Backman Discuss Art and Technology

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    As the art world expands into emerging markets and younger generations do more and more research online, The Curator’s Eye is poised to facilitate these initial virtual connections. Today, collectors from Monaco, India, France, Brazil, and Russia are among the registered users from over eighty countries. To view outstanding items available from the top dealers across the world, visit
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