Friday, June 27, 2014

SAVE THE DATE OPENING: Friday 4. July, 7—9 pm

SAVE THE DATE OPENING: Friday 4. July, 7—9 pm

Rafael Cidoncha  Fragments

The Spanish ambassador, Mr. Pablo Garcia-Berdoy, will inaugurate the exhibition.

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A knowledgeable artist, speaker and educator whose enthusiasm for observing and understanding the natural world is contagious. 
The Source

Vivid colors of copper coated wire combine with fluid forms give her wall hangings a bright, playful spirit.
Tital Meander

 "Art can and should serve as a reminder of the natural beauty around us"

"My paintings have always been involved with people in urban spaces."
Café Figaro III

"My goal as a sculptor is to create freedom - freedom of form and thought."
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“CERULEAN SURVIVORS – The Life of a Sea Turtle” by Laura Palermo

Opening reception for Laura Palermo at Mary Martin Gallery August 1, 2014

“CERULEAN SURVIVORS – The Life of a Sea Turtle” by Laura Palermo
Mary Martin Gallery, 103 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401
From 5 pm to 8 pm on August 1st, 2014, the public is invited to the opening reception of “CERULEAN SURVIVORS – The Life of a Sea Turtle” by Laura Palermo at Mary Martin Gallery, 103 Broad Street.
Mary Martin continues her history of introducing talented emerging artists to the Charleston art scene, as compelling works by emerging artist, Laura Palermo showcasing the plight of sea turtles will be on exhibit through August 31st.
Palermo, new to Charleston, fell in love with sea turtles after an encounter with two turtles while fishing off the coast of Sullivan’s Island.  That encounter inspired Palermo to further learn about the life and threats the turtles face daily.
“I have spent endless hours studying sea turtles and visiting the aquarium and turtle hospital,” states Palermo.  This close interaction with sea turtles led Palermo to create paintings, which some have described as “portraits” of these special creatures as paintings in the exhibit depict individual rescued sea turtles at the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital.
“Amelia,” acrylic on canvas, depicts a juvenile green sea turtle rescued in Hilton Head. Amelia was cold-stunned from being exposed to frigid water temperatures for several days, which caused her circulatory system to slow to the point where she was unable to swim or function properly.  The SC Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital took Amelia in and nursed her back to health, and in a few short months she was released back into the ocean.
This collection is dedicated not only to raising awareness of the endangerment and the threats sea turtles face, but also to raise money for the sea turtle hospital. Ten percent of all sea turtle art sales are donated to the South Carolina Aquarium's Sea Turtle Rescue Program.
Palermo received her degree in studio art from Mercyhurst University, Erie, Pennsylvania.  During her college years,Palermo studied abroad as well; and while living in Florence, Italy, traveled extensively throughout Europe.  “Traveling through and being a part of these European cultures has been a further inspiration for me to pursue my career in art,” states Palermo.


 Laura Palermo, represented by Mary Martin Gallery in Charleston.
Mary Martin Gallery, 103 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401.
PRESS CONTACT: To arrange an interview with the artist, request print resolution images or additional information, please contact:
Elaine Hruska   843-723-0303
Mary Martin  843-723-0303
Laura Palermo 412-352-2535


This Painting is named after Amelia, a juvenile green sea turtle rescued in Hilton Head by a family in early January 2014. When she was found, air temperatures were near freezing and the water was approximately 50 degrees, which is far too cold for sea turtles. Amelia was cold-stunned, which happens when sea turtles are exposed to frigid water temperatures for several days, causing their circulatory system to slow to the point where they become cold-stunned and unable to swim or function properly.  The SC Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital took Amelia in and is slowly nursing her back to health.
Ollie was rescued on Folly River immediately after being struck by a boat, and was transported to the hospital to receive treatment for his injuries within two hours of the accident.  Ollie had been struck on the top of his shell and on the top of his jaw. After closer examination they also found some older wounds on the rear of his shell and a severe lesion on his underside that penetrated all the way through the bone.  He was administered fluids, pain meds, and antibiotics, and after a week of treatment he was resting comfortably.  Thanks to the generosity of donors, Ollie was able to receive companion K-Laser therapy on his wounds, which is a non-invasive and pain-free laser treatment which expedites the healing process.  After six months of care, Ollie was released in Florida with 52 other sea turtles.


Art Market Hamptons

Art Market Hamptons Exhibitors
Art Market Hamptons returns for its fourth season to the Hamptons from July 10 - 13, 2014.

Centrally located at the Bridgehampton Historical Society, Art Market Hamptons is at the cultural hub of the Hamptons and welcomes returning residents and new visitors to our spacious fair. We will return with our newly designed tents whose expansive and generous layout welcomed over 9,500 visitors last year. This expanded space allows for optimal viewing and a memorable fair experience.

Returning and new galleries will be presenting the finest in modern and contemporary art to the Hampton's elite collector base. In addition our partnerships with LongHouse ReserveNorwoodRoberta'sRed Hook Lobster Pound and Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream will make this the best fair of the season at the Hamptons.

Art Market Hamptons

We are very happy to announce this year's list of participating exhibitors for Art Market Hamptons 2014:

Aureus Contemporary
Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts
Birnam Wood Galleries
Catinca Tabacaru Gallery
Center Street Studio
Clark Priftis Art
Eric Firestone Gallery
Freight + Volume
Forum Gallery
Galerie Mourlot
Gitana Rosa Gallery
Grenning Gallery
JHB Gallery
Jen Bekman Gallery
Joshua Liner Gallery
Joy Wai Gallery
Kathryn Markel Fine Arts
Lyons Wier Gallery
Mindy Solomon Gallery
Morgan Lehman Gallery
Muriel Guépin Gallery
Neoteric Fine Art
Pentimenti Gallery
Red Truck Gallery
Reserve Ames
Rosenbaum Contemporary
Sara Nightingale Gallery
Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects
Tally Beck Contemporary
Timothy Yarger Fine Art
Two Rams
Vered Contemporary
Vered Gallery
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We look forward to seeing you at Art Market Hamptons 2014!

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Monday, June 23, 2014

VOLTA10 Basel

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VOLTA10 Basel
June 16-21, 2014
Markthalle's cupola dome frames VOLTA10's decade edition in Basel
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BASEL, JUNE 23, 2014: VOLTA10 set the gold standard in the 2014 Basel art week, formulating an ideal ratio of emerging and established artistic talent and presenting the 70-gallery array within a renowned local landmark. Markthalle's central location created a noticeable bump in visitor numbers, as guests passed under the soaring cupola dome, engaging with the art on view and discovering compelling -- and covetable -- creative output beyond the usual art-world trends. 

"The three rules of a successful business have always been: location, location, location... and this year proved it for us," said VOLTA Artistic Director Amanda Coulson. "With the confirmation of the return to Markthalle, coinciding with our tenth year, we secured the return of key anchor galleries, and with such a strong foundation, we were able to construct a better fair, one that was easy to reach and therefore a must-see for most of the major collectors at Art Basel Week." 
Private collectors and public institutions alike were attracted to VOLTA10's plethora of cogent projects. Patrick Mikhail Gallery (Ottawa) took a bold move by enveloping their booth in the immersive mixed-media project Animate Grounds by young Brooklyn- and Quebec-based artist Amy Schissel, a year's worth of output distilled into a wildly abstract wall work, plus related abstract paintings and digital media. Beyond sales of the more portable works, the gallery generated green-lights toward two major commissions, one for the Warsaw branch of a Washington architecture firm, and the other to a Toronto bank, for a combined total of over $130,000. "This wouldn't have happened at home," commented Mikhail. "And here, it happens like this." He snapped his fingers. "Our experience here has a yearlong affect for us back in Canada. It's epic." Ron Mandos (of his namesake Amsterdam gallery) noted major interest in Peter Feiler, moving eight of the young Berlin-based artist's meticulous and macabre works on paper to collectors from New York and Germany, as well as attraction from a Dutch museum in Feiler's pièce de résistance, the 4.6 x 3 meter mural Omnes Redeunt ad Origines.Whatiftheworld (Cape Town) practically sold out their solo project of young South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga's latest output, moving four of his archival inkjet prints (three small-scale and one extra-large), plus two of his monumental and vibrantly colorful figurative tapestries, for approximately 50,000 EUR total. As well, gallery director Ashleigh Mclean clocked major museum exhibition interest for Ruga, including a private New York foundation, as well as an Israeli collector pursuing Ruga's largest work to date, a 5-meter-square tapestry still in progress in the artist's studio.
Ashleigh Mclean, director of Whatiftheworld (Cape Town) engages a client in front of Athi-Patra Ruga's monumental tapestryThe Versatile Queen and Autocrat of all Azania, click on the image to enlarge
Coherent booth concepts and curation indicative of gallery platforms reflected both rewarding discoveries and sustained sales throughout the week. "We have a well-defined program, a relationship between society and art," said Miguel Angel Sánchez, director of adn galería (Barcelona). "So in that sense it's a peculiar program, but in the end it helps us differentiate from the rest." The gallery sold multiple works in various mediums from exhibiting artists Carlos AiresMarcos Ávila ForeroAdrian Melis, and Eugenio Merino to an international audience, with much of that going to new clients. Meanwhile, Laura Bulian Gallery's (Milan) focus on Eurasian artists, particularly the dual-generational dialogue between Vyacheslav Akhunov's '70s era Socialist criticism and Alimjan Jorobaev's post-Soviet photography. "It's a different narration of the same story," commented Bulian, "and people immediately recognized this." The gallery sold three of Akhunov's deconstructed propagandist works on paper to a Spanish collector residing in Moscow and another to a collector from Chicago, plus the gallery noted interest on both artists from new clients of Swiss and American foundations. Galerie Mario Mazzoli's (Berlin) booth attracted crowds to Kristoffer Myskja's intricate machine sculptures since opening day, and owner Mazzoli noted the many new contacts who came through the fair: "We do something very different and not everyone gets that. But the ones who do, they get hooked on us."

"At the beginning we were aware visitors were maybe not familiar with Ukrainian artists," commented Kateryna Filyuk of Dymchuk Gallery (Kiev). "So our first thing was to make them visible and familiar to people versus simply selling works. First we educate." Her three-artist presentation of Arsen SavadovVasiliy Tsagolov, and Igor Gusev -- all sociopolitical modernist mainstays in Ukraine whom participated in Contemporary Ukrainian Artists at Saatchi London last autumn -- encouraged dialogue from fair visitors throughout the week. "I'm absolutely satisfied with the fair," Filyuk added, noting the international scope at VOLTA: "Here, I can see what's going on in the world." Dymchuk's presence as one of Basel's only post-Soviet galleries emphasized this distinction. Both TEZUKAYAMA GALLERY's (Osaka) ambitious booth project -- Tomohiro Kato's true-to-scale, all-steel Japanese tea-room TETTEI -- and the tea ceremonies held within the Taro Okamoto award-winning installation throughout the first half of the fair, incurred many great reactions from inquisitive visitors and institutional figures alike. Along with selling several steel and spraypaint paintings, the gallery plans to stage Kato's tea-room in London next Spring. Speaking of their solo focus on Frohawk Two Feathers' vintaged figurative works on paper from his ongoing Frenglish series on colonialism and conflict, Kelly Freeman of Morgan Lehman Gallery (New York) noted "our project is 'different', and we know that." Considering the gallery's weeklong sales, she elaborated, VOLTA's platform helped the gallery in closing deals with noncommittal New York clientele: "They were like, 'oh you're bringing Frohawk to Basel?' and they closed the deal." The gallery directed new clients to their artist's activities as well, which Freeman enthused about: "a lot of our goals had to do with relationships, and new opportunities for Frohawk in Europe. So we've crossed off most of our goals in terms of marketing." She added, "we loved it! We're coming back!"
Tomohiro Kato (left, showing with TEZUKAYAMA GALLERY, Osaka) and officiant Momoko Tsujimoto lead a traditional Japanese tea ceremony within Kato's steel tea-room installation TETTEI, click on the image to enlarge
Markthalle itself -- its city-centre status and iconic domed cupola -- activated projects and generated much attention as backdrop to the 70 international exhibitors on view. From opening day, Stijn Ank's site-specific sculpture 08.2014, a plaster-cast monolith in craggy white presented by Michael Janssen (Berlin/Singapore), caught both the days' cyclical sunlight through the Markthalle skylight and attraction from many fair visitors, complementing the gallery's sublime and minimalist 2D works by Monique van Genderen and Jeremy Sharma. Jesper Elg, director of veteran VOLTA exhibitor V1 Gallery (Copenhagen), also sensed the magic of the new location, which will house the fair for at least the next few years. "The location is fantastic! With all the natural light, it couldn't be more ideal." Elg noted clients purchased from multiple artists, with Geoff McFetridge selling particularly briskly, and a dozen ceramic sculptures by Rose Eken heading to different clients, along with Troels Carlsen's entire elaborate works on paper series of art-historic women to the 21c Museum. "We've had such a positive response," added Elg. "For collectors seeing our different gallery artists in this context" -- under the gallery's ensemble concept "Gimme Death" by Trash Talk -- "generates attention to each of them." He noted much institutional interest in young Swedish artist Sara-Vide Ericsson, as well toward her debut solo gallery show after the summer holiday. Longtime and first-time galleries alike enthused about the return to Markthalle. David Risley (of his eponymous Copenhagen gallery) has participated in the fair since its inception, and his point-of-view on the week carried a profound wisdom: "Almost everything is better," he said, "the galleries overall, the venue, and the location." He sold well, from a booth of new works featuring both 2002 Turner Prize winner Keith Tyson (subject of an autumn exhibition at the gallery) to young Philadelphia-based artist Alex Da Corte. New to the VOLTA fold, Honor Fraser (of her namesake Los Angeles space) agreed: "People look forward to coming to this space because of its space." Her booth presentation, centered around a dynamic suite of new assemblages by Brenna Youngblood, received consistent traffic throughout the week with sales to match. "The community aspect is notable," Fraser added, "and this VOLTA community is very strong."

Cumulative sales greeted galleries as the week concluded. SLAG Gallery (Brooklyn) sold all three of Romanian artist Dan Voinea's large-scale sumptuous oil paintings by midweek (plus another fresh from the studio and available as image only), plus two of Brooklynite Tim Kent's abstracted architecture paintings and a realist work by Hannah Cole for approximately 50,000 EUR in total sales. Miriam Jesske of VOLTA co-founder Loock Galerie (Berlin) noted huge interest in Jonathan VanDyke's composed overdyed canvas patchworks, as well as pigment print documentation of his intense paint-related performances -- all of which sold to an international clientele. Jesske added that collectors were all mistaking Natalia Stachon's photorealist drawings for actual black-and-white photographs, though that did not stymie them from purchasing Stachon's entire output from her series Study for History of Aberrations. Takeshi Tatematsu, owner of Standing Pine (Nagoya), was thrilled by continental reactions to Shinji Ogawa's meticulous, mid-sized works on paper of European landmarks, selling three to new clients for a total of approximately 79,000 EUR. Second-time exhibitor Gallery H.A.N. (Seoul) built on their experience in Basel last year with a six-day selling, led by a German collector they met at VOLTA in 2013. The gallery cleared practically their entire booth, selling a combination of mixed-media relief book sculptures by Kyeongsig Yang and multiple abstract paintings from Myungil Lee's series To Exist, or To Sustain? to new international clients, with an additional five works from Lee on order. "I want to be back with you!" enthused director Sungwon Kim. "I love Switzerland!"
Sungwon Kim, director of Gallery H.A.N. (Seoul) interacts with a client, with mixed-media relief sculpture by Kyeongsig Yang as backdrop, click on the image to enlarge
Luis de Jesus (of his eponymous Los Angeles gallery) noted much curatorial interest and contact with advisors from major European institutions on the gallery's LA-based three-artist photography project, featuring Whitney Biennial artists Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst alongside Masood Kamandy and Chris Engman. "We're exposing our artists to a European audience." After their opening-day triumph, BERLONI (London) continued the momentum throughout the week, selling two additional neo-AbEx paintings by William Bradley fresh from the studio (via photographs) plus Carl Randall's Tokyo Portrait (20,000 £, approx.) to a prominent foundation in France."We've had good people coming through all week -- and that's a good thing!" said Gitte Johanessen of SPECTA (Copenhagen), selling Daniel Svarre's mixed-media sculptures to new clients from Turkey and Belgium, as well as several of Thordis Adalsteinsdottir's surrealist paintings. PONCE + ROBLES (Madrid) had completely sold out of Portuguese artist Manuel Caeiro's large-scale geometric compositions by mid-week, and the gallery's technique-based concept -- artists who use painting to sculpt (Caeiro), photography to paint (Irene Grau), and sculptures to draw (Raúl Díaz Reyes) -- garnered attention and conversation from the opening onward. Across the halleBrunnhofer Galerie (Linz) engaged much attention from their dual-artist concept, "Fantastic Housing", selling all of Lorenz Estermann's painted wood architectural sculptures to a prominent and private Swiss collection, as well as young Karlsruhe-based artist INDRA.'s largest spatially-blended canvas, Teaceremony, plus owner Stefan Brunnhofer noted further interest in both artists' works. Nearby, longtime exhibitor Erika Deák Gallery (Budapest) fielded concerted interest in their classic master-student pairing of prominent Moldavian metaphysical painter Alexander Tinei and young Hungarian artist Éva Magyarósi, alongside mesmeric oils by Attila Szücs, Tinei's kindred who has exhibited separately with both artists. The gallery sold from both Tinei and Szücs while commencing long-term relationships with new clients. "I get the sense that people were unhappy at Liste and were more intrigued by VOLTA," said Deák, adding "it´s more exciting at VOLTA."

Throughout the week, a coterie of distinguished guests flocked to Markthalle: Susan and Michael Hort (New York, in their second trip to VOLTA10 that week); Susan Goodman and Rodney Lubeznik (Chicago, on their second VOLTA trip during the week); Renee and Robert Drake (Wassenaar, NL); Luc Bouley (Basel); Karin Pernegger (Director, Kunstraum Innsbruck, AU); Knight Landesman (Publisher, Artforum, New York); Steve Shane (New York); Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson (co-founders, 21c Museum, Louisville, KY); Jasper Sharp (Curator, Vienna); Vincent De Smedt (Ghent); Pieter and Marieke Sanders (Amsterdam); José Diaz (Curator of Exhibitions, Bass Museum, Miami Beach); James Barron (South Kent); Henriette Strasoldo (Wachtberg-Villip); Rolf Auf der Mauer (Zurich); Thomas Collins (Director, Pérez Art Museum Miami); Marie-Jenny Koch-Burckhardt (Zurich); Laurence Sillars (Chief curator, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK); plus representatives from La Sucrière (Lyon), Sammlung Boros (Berlin), Bonnefanten Museum (Maastricht), Conde Nast Publications International (London); as well as many other international patrons, institutions, and critics.

Summing up the VOLTA10 experience, Coulson channelled Spinal Tap: "We couldn't have wished for a better tenth year. But now there is only one thing to do: go to eleven."

VOLTA was founded in Basel in 2005 by dealers Kavi Gupta (Chicago), Ulrich Voges (Frankfurt), and Friedrich Loock (Berlin).
A full list of exhibitors can be viewed below or on our website



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Correction of Exhibition Reception at NAWA

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Correction of Exhibition Reception at NAWA

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Mission Creek Houseboats, acrylic, 12"x12"
The N.A.W.A. Small Works Exhibition reception is on Wednesday, July 17th, 5-7pm. I can't be there but maybe you can see the show. It runs July 9 - 31, the gallery is open Tuesday thru Friday10 – 5. The N.A.W.A. Gallery is located at 80 Fifth Ave., Suite 1405, NYC.
Mission Creek Houseboats is a bird's eye view of tightly packed docked houseboats and an attached boat. The houses and roofs are vibrant in color. The painting combines elements of abstraction and representation, pattern and grid, surface and illusion.
Til' next time.
Best wishes, Toni