Fine Artist Louise Mellon Portrays 2013 Kentucky Derby Winner in
Orb Will Fly for Roses
Wellington, FL - July 28, 2014 - And they're off! The 2013 Kentucky Derby 3-year-olds are put to the test. Orb gallops coolly and confidently at the back of the 19 horse pack under jockey Joel Rosario. Third to last coming into the backstretch and hanging behind until the homestretch, Orb rallies at the eighth pole, bounding with a huge step up the center of the track. He presses past Golden Soul - he wins by 2 1/2 lengths in a time of 2:02.89! History is made for Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaugheywith his first career Kentucky Derby winner.
Orb flew for the win of the mile and a quarter long Kentucky Derby. And according to artist Louise Mellon, he will fly for roses too.
Mellon was commissioned to portray Orb by Howard Slatkin, a family friend of owners Ande andOgden Mills "Dinny" Phipps. The portrait was intended as a surprise gift for the couple in time for the one year anniversary of Orb's 2013 victory.
Orb Will Fly for Roses
"It is a great pleasure to commission Louise Mellon to create a picture," said Slatkin. "She makes itso easy, and it is fascinating to see the way she works, requesting pictures that convey the personality of the animal. Her interest is in capturing what is unique and personal to that animal, and she achieves her aim brilliantly!"
Using the few pictures available to her of Orb in action, Mellon placed her bets on what she thought Orb's personality might be like. The bright and whimsical painting is a fun portrayal of the famous Thoroughbred.
"I studied the photos we had to get an idea of him, then let my vision propose his imagined exuberance," said Mellon. "Seeing a great bit of mischief in his eyes, I portrayed him leaping joyfully off the ground, just having overturned a stable bucket of red roses, and showing off by waving a few in his teeth."
Mellon has an incredible sense that allows her to capture the life of the subjects in her paintings. She utilizes creative colors and concepts along with humor, a hallmark of her impressionist work. She creates a piece that portrays each animal's soul in a way that shows her joy for art while also bringing joy to the owners.
"Orb's owners, Dinny and Ande Phipps, were over the moon with the gift from their friend," said Mellon. "They commented that I had captured the horse's personality perfectly! Orb Will Fly for Roses was really fun to paint, and I'm delighted and honored to have been chosen to be the artist!"
Slatkin has plenty of praise for Mellon's philosophy, artistic process, and final product.
"There is no better gift in the world than commissioning Louise Mellon to do a portrait of a horse or pet," said Slatkin. "Not only does she bring a lifelong love of animals to her work, but also her deep knowledge of the unique personality of each animal, which she brilliantly and sensitively captures in each picture. With her extraordinary exposure to art, and her great talent, she somehow creates pictures that are unique and unlike any others - genius, I suppose. A rare and original talent."
About Louise Mellon
Mellon was born to a family of artists who encouraged her creativity. She was raised in Middleburg, Va., where she rode and drove horses. Mellon's keen visual sense led her to a career as a commercial photographer and artist. Her work has been seen branding numerous products and covers of prize lists, racing programs and publications. She flew airplanes, helicopters and aerobatics, has resided in several parts of the country, and has traveled the world studying fine art. She has served on several boards, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and the Collector's Committee of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA. She moved to Aiken, S.C., and custom-built a very special studio, where she works, welcomes visiting artists and hosts local events. Mellon's unique view of the world is demonstrated through all her work. Her style is instantly recognizable and certain to bring enjoyment, laughter and wonder.
Known for bridging classical and modern idioms, Gleich Dances has been the featured company since inception of Fete de Danse in 2004. The company is the vehicle for the creative, collaborative, and educational work of choreographer, teacher and director Julia K. Gleich and has presented in New York City and throughout the United States and Europe. A renowned ballet choreographer and instructor, Ms. Gleich is currently lecturer at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, and the Head of Choreography at London Studio Centre. Ms. Gleich’s choreographic residencies have included: Brooklyn Ballet, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, VT, University of Northern Colorado, CO, Island Moving Company, RI, University of California-Irvine, CA, Dancer’s Workshop, WY, and recently Norte Maar, Rouses Point/Plattsburgh, NY, among others.
Noted for their awesome atheletism and contemporary blend of theater, drama, and dance, MADBoots was co-founded in August 2011 by Jonathan Campbell (Juilliard ’10) & Austin Diaz (N.Y.U. Tisch ’11). The Company has been presented at festivals such as the Alto Jonio Dance Festival (Italy), Springboard Danse(Montreal), David Parker’s Soaking WET, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out Series, TOES for Dance (Toronto) & DANCENOW Joe’s Pub Dance Festival (2012 Challenge Winner). Dance Magazine featured the company in their Vital Signs segment in December 2013. The 92nd Street Y presented MADboots as part of their inaugural Dig Dance: Weekend Series in December 2013, and Jacob’s Pillow granted the company a Creative Development Residency in February 2014. MADboots is looking forward to performing at Socrates Sculpture Park, NYC as part of Norte Maar’s Dance at Socrates in August 2014.
Under the artistic direction of Rachel Cohen, Racoco Productions creates theatrical experiences that combine movement, the visual arts, burlesque, cinematic styles, everyday objects, and musical composition. Movement phrases and traditional forms translate textures of emotion, transporting audiences through the looking glass to where the ordinary is iconic, the mundane mysterious, and the silly sacred. Recently, Racoco has created idiosyncratic explorations of interactions between the human body and inanimate materials—e.g., clay, flour, taffy, paper, chewing gum—collaborating with composers and visual artists to blur the boundaries between the real and the imaginary.
Francesco Pignatelli exhibits for the first time in Bologna. Working on the photographic reproduction with the aid of various manipulations, the artist forces the viewer to reconsider and revise elements already assimilated into his memory, which can be familiar cityscapes, Renaissance paintings or arcadian forests. In a constant reinterpretation and transformation of known figurative languages, the artist tries to reveal their depth freeing them from worn-out meanings and then arousing in the viewer the need for a new confrontation.
GIORGIO DE CHIRICO De la Metafisica à la Neo Metafisica
itinerant exhibition in Japan from June to December 2014
IWATE Museum of Art: June 21 - August 22, 2014 HAMAMATSU City Museum: August 30 - October 19, 2014 PANASONIC Shiodome Museum, Tokyo: October 25- December 26, 2014
104 masterpieces by De Chirico are exhibited, coming from the collection of Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (donated by Isabella de Chirico), from some private collections in Europe and Japan, and on loan from Galleria d'Arte Maggiore in Bologna.
THE CONTEMPORARY AUSTIN PRESENTS A LARGE-SCALE SOLO EXHIBITION OF ARTIST DO HO SUH FOR FALL 2014
Do Ho Suh - September 20, 2014 - January 11, 2015
The Contemporary Austin - Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave., Austin, TX
The Contemporary Austin Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th Street, Austin, TX
JULY 25, 2014, AUSTIN, TEXAS - Renowned Korean-born sculptor and installation artist Do Ho Suh will present his first major solo exhibition in the US in more than a decade at The Contemporary Austinfrom September 20, 2014, through January 11, 2015. An influential artist operating within a distinctly twenty-first-century global mode, Suh crafts evocative and visually stunning works that reflect ideas of home, identity, and personal space. The exhibition at The Contemporary Austin encompasses the museum's two distinct sites and includes both existing works and newly fabricated pieces from several of Do Ho Suh's discrete but related bodies of work. Large-scale sculptures, installations, and works on paper will be on view at The Contemporary Austin - Jones Center at 700 Congress Avenue and at the museum's Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th Street in Austin, Texas. More information can be found at thecontemporaryaustin.org.
Do Ho Suh's work draws on the artist's personal experiences growing up in Seoul, South Korea, studying art in the US, and moving homes several times over the course of his life. He now lives a global and "nomadic" existence, with homes in New York, London, and Seoul, and an exhibition schedule that reflects this, taking him all over the world. Inspired by his personal history and biography, the artist's sculptures and installations reveal a range of powerful themes, including notions of public versus private space, global identity, memory, and displacement. At the same time, Suh's works strike viewers with their delicate monumentality, subtle beauty, and intricate construction techniques. This distinctive combination of technical skill, striking visual appeal, and universal resonance has led to both critical and public success for the artist.
"As I seek to bring a new breadth and depth of international contemporary art to the city of Austin, I could not ignore the significance of Do Ho Suh," said Louis Grachos, Ernest and Sarah Butler Executive Director of The Contemporary Austin. "His poetic works resonate with individuals from across the globe. With a population that has always been identified by its creative class, it makes sense that Austin should host one of the most highly respected and critically acclaimed artists working today. I believe that our city will both inspire and find inspiration from Do Ho Suh."
Do Ho Suh added, "The Contemporary Austin offers me a unique opportunity to show my work across two spaces-both inside and out. I can share a body of work that deals with home, displacement, personal space, interpersonal space, and public space, and can articulate these ideas in completely different settings. I have been making fabric homes that I have been adding to over time and this particular series is now concluded, so The Contemporary Austin is the first opportunity I have had to share this addition to my New York home. You can't always show a new work in any space as all the conditions have to be right, but the Jones Center at The Contemporary Austin has provided me with this, which I'm excited about. It is also a particular pleasure to work with Louis Grachos again, and I am grateful for his support."
DO HO SUH AT THE CONTEMPORARY AUSTIN - JONES CENTER
The Do Ho Suh exhibition will transform The Contemporary Austin's downtown site into two very different spaces showcasing related works. The museum's upstairs gallery will be a brightly lit area containing large-scale installations that replicate the artist's apartment spaces from a single building in New York City, created in swaths of luminously colored polyester fabric held together by a subtly incorporated stainless steel armature. Three combined installations--Apartment A, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA (2011-2012), Corridor and Staircase, 348 West 22nd Street New York, NY 10011, USA (2011-2012), and Unit 2, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA (2014)--encourage the public to wander through an ephemeral, dreamlike representation of a piece of the artist's personal history, rendered in blocks of translucent color that at once conceal and reveal the details articulated within. A long, salmon-colored corridor connects to a bright red stairway suspended from the ceiling. A veil of blue walls contains a kitchen, bathroom, and living spaces with details including window moldings and interior fixtures. And in Unit 2, the artist's latest and final work in the series--newly fabricated and never before exhibited to the public--yellow walls describe additional rooms, which the artist has added to his New York apartment and that served alternately as his studio space and living quarters.
"In his 348 West 22nd Street series, Do Ho Suh invites viewers to travel on a literal and psychological journey through these vast and mysterious passages," said Heather Pesanti, Senior Curator at The Contemporary Austin. "Along the way, he addresses notions of globalism, nomadism, immigration, and 'home' that will resonate with audiences who have come to accept a more 'nomadic' lifestyle as the current norm, while they recall issues of immigration that are at the forefront of recent political commentary."
In contrast to the airy and bright space upstairs, the lower gallery at the Jones Center will include dark, intimate chambers punctuated by glowing light boxes containing works from the artist's Specimen Series (2013). These pieces replicate appliances and fixtures in exacting detail and, like the larger installations upstairs, are constructed entirely out of polyester fabric over a stainless steel framework. For instance, in Specimen Series: Corridor, Radiator, 348 West 22nd Street, APT. New York, NY 10011(2013), exterior elements such as the precise ridges of a control valve are rendered with meticulous realism. At the same time, the ghostly translucency of the crimson-colored fabric comprising the sculpture lends a delicate, otherworldly air to what would otherwise be a heavy cast iron fixture.
The installation at The Contemporary Austin - Jones Center will also include a range of large- and small-scale thread, watercolor, and pencil drawings, along with videos and a model from Do Ho Suh's 2012 work Secret Garden-1.
DO HO SUH AT THE CONTEMPORARY AUSTIN - LAGUNA GLORIA
At The Contemporary Austin's Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria, Do Ho Suh will re-create the kinetic installation Net-Work (2010-2014), first created for the Setouchi International Art Festival in Japan. Reconfigured and refabricated by the artist for this unique site along Lake Austin, Net-Work recalls the fishing nets the artist observed stretched across the shoreline in Japanese seaside villages. Upon closer inspection, however, viewers will find that this "fishing net" comprises thousands of delicately fashioned gold and silver human figures, joined at the hands and feet to create a seamless, tightly woven whole that shimmers in the wind and sun.
In speaking about his work in WSJ. Magazine, Suh explained, "Everything starts from an idea of personal space--what is the dimension of personal space. What makes a person a person, and when does a person become a group? What is interpersonal space-space between people?"
DO HO SUH BIOGRAPHY
Born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1962, Do Ho Suh currently lives and works in London, New York City, and Seoul. Suh received Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in Oriental Painting from Seoul National University before moving to the United States, where he received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (1994) and an MFA from Yale University (1997).
Suh's recent solo exhibitions and projects include Home within Home within Home within Home within Home, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (2013); Do Ho Suh: Perfect Home, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan (2012-2013); In Between, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima(2012); Fallen Star, Stuart Collection, University of San Diego, California (2012); and Home within Home, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul (2012). The artist represented Korea at the 2001 Venice Biennale.
The artist's work is included in museum collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Tate Modern, London; the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art and Artsonje Center, Seoul; the Museum of Contemporary Art and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, among many others. In 2013, Suh was named WSJ. Magazine's Art Innovator of the Year.
Support for this exhibition comes from Korean Air, Agnes Gund, the Moody Foundation, and the Linda Pace Foundation, with additional museum support from Oxford Commercial, Pedernales Cellars, and Vinson & Elkins LLP. This project is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and in part by the City of Austin Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division, believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin's future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.
THE CONTEMPORARY AUSTIN
The Contemporary Austin reflects the spectrum of contemporary art through exhibitions, commissions, education, and the collection. The museum has two distinct yet complementary locations, the Jones Center in downtown Austin at 700 Congress Avenue, and Laguna Gloria, a twelve-acre site on Lake Austin at 3809 W. 35th Street, which is home to the Driscoll Villa, the Art School, and the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria.
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Do Ho Suh, 348 West 22nd Street, Apt. A, New York, NY 10011, USA, 2012. Polyester fabric and stainless steel tube. 271 2/3 x 169 3/10 x 96 1/2 inches. Edition of 3. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.
Do Ho Suh, Specimen Series: Corridor, Radiator, 348 West 22nd Street, APT. New York, NY 10011, 2013. Polyester fabric and stainless steel wire. 48 3/5 x 37 1/3 x 17 1/3 inches. Edition of 3. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.
Do Ho Suh, Net-Work, 2010. Gold and chrome plating with polyurethane coating on ABS plastic and nylon fishing net. Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.
Do Ho Suh, Specimen Series: Toilet, 348 West 22nd Street, APT. New York, NY 10011, USA, 2013. Polyester fabric and stainless steel wire. 44 1/10 x 33 1/10 x 38 inches. Edition of 3. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.
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Coming of age in the 1960s, John Wojtowicz' libido was unrestrained even by the libertine standards of the era, with multiple wives and lovers, both women and men. In August 1972, he attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover's sex-reassignment surgery, resulting in a fourteen-hour hostage situation that was broadcast live on television. Three years later, John was portrayed by Al Pacino as “Sonny,” and his crime immortalized in one of the most iconic New York movies of all time, Dog Day Afternoon. The film had a profound influence on Wojtowicz (who pronounced his name "Woto-wits"), and when he emerged from a six-year prison sentence, he was known by his self-imposed nickname: "The Dog." Drawing upon extraordinary archival footage, the film shuffles between the 1970s and the 2000s. Touching upon the sexual revolution of the 1970s, we gain a first-hand perspective on New York's historical gay liberation movement in which Wojtowicz played an active role. In later footage, he remains a subversive force, backed by the unconditional love and headstrong wit of his mother Terry. The hows and whys of the bank robbery are recounted in gripping detail by Wojtowicz and various eyewitnesses, and don’t necessarily always align with one another.
Directors Allison Berg & Frank Keraudren began filming The Dog in 2002, and their long-term dedication pays off in this unforgettable portrait capturing all of the subject's complexity. John is, by turns, lovable, maniacal, heroic, and self-destructive. To call him larger than life feels like an understatement. Passionate and profane, The Dog makes no apologies for being who he is: "Live every day as if it's your last and whoever doesn't like it can go fuck themselves and a rubber duck."
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Directed by: Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren Running Time: 101 Minutes Distributor: Drafthouse Films Theatrical Release For NY & LA: August 8th VOD: August 15th