Monday, June 17, 2024

Last Chance to See D’Lan Contemporary's Exhibition of Australian First Nations Artist Daniel Walbidi in New York Gallery Ends tod

Last Chance to See
D’Lan Contemporary's Exhibition
of Australian First Nations Artist
Daniel Walbidi
in New York Gallery

Yurlupirti - Forever Without End (eternal)
April 25 – June 15, 2024 in NYC

Daniel Walbidi, Winpa, 2023, synthetic polymer paint on linen, 80.7 x 67.1 inches (205 x 170.5 cm). © Daniel Walbidi c/o Short St Gallery, 2024.

New York, NY — June 12, 2024 — D’Lan Contemporary's inaugural exhibition ‘Yurlupirti - Forever Without End (eternal)' by Yulparitja / Mangala contemporary artist Daniel Walbidi is closing on Saturday, June 15th at the Australian gallery’s new space at 25 East 73rd Street in New York. This sellout exhibition, featuring 10 new paintings by Walbidi, has had a successful run since the opening of the gallery's new space on April 26, 2024.
This exhibition follows the successful launch of D’Lan Contemporary's first New York space in May 2023, where the gallery hosted its first exhibition of Daniel Walbidi, marking Walbidi’s premiere in NYC. ‘Yurlupirti - Forever Without End (eternal)’  presents a new body of larger-scale works and delves deeper into Walbidi’s personal beliefs and cultural perspectives grounded in the land. This marks the D’Lan Contemporary’s second collaboration with Walbidi and the artist’s primary representative Emily Rohr and Short St. Gallery (Broome, Western Australia), highlighting the significant demand and appreciation for Australian First Nations art in the global art market.
Daniel Walbidi creates art that acts as a bridge to the spiritual and ancient wisdom of the desert, deeply rooted in Australian First Nations’ perceptions of reality and the importance of land acknowledgment. Employing a vivid, layered abstract style, he explores profound questions about life through this new body of work. With water as a central theme, Daniel mirrors the fusion of coastal and desert environments through an intense color palette, offering a visual narrative that pays homage to his Yulparitja/Mangala heritage.
“My ambition is not only to be a successful artist but also to be someone who is able to make our culture​ known and understood and to give a different perspective​ of what land is to Aboriginal people. The laws of the land extend to New York. There is a long tradition through the​ Native American community, which I often think about​… The fundamental laws for existence are all written in the land.​ My aim is to share our perspective because it will shift the approach and understanding of Western people. If you are born in the land, you are of the land,” says Walbidi.
Daniel Walbidi is from Bidyadanga, a coastal community 250km south of Broome, Western Australia, home to the Karrajarri people. Originally the La Grange Mission, this remote area in Western Australia served as a settlement for Indigenous people migrating from the desert to assist in building cattle stations. “Daniel's upbringing fostered a deep appreciation for his people’s traditions and cross-cultural connections. As we prepare to see Daniel’s paintings grace the walls of our new space in New York, his art and words offer a poignant reflection on the importance of preservation and the enduring resilience of Australian First Nations cultures,” says Lucy Foster, Gallery Manager of D’Lan Contemporary, New York.
D’Lan Contemporary was founded in 2016 by D’Lan Davidson, a leading international Australian First Nations art consultant, dealer, and gallerist. The gallery has since dedicated itself to showcasing exceptional works of art by leading and emerging Australian First Nations artists globally. Since first discovering Daniel's work during his tenure at Sotheby’s Australia, D’Lan has been determined to collaborate with the artist and showcase his remarkable paintings to a broader audience. “Following Daniel’s first sellout solo exhibition in New York last year, we are thrilled to welcome him back to reveal an exciting new body of work in his artistic journey. Our expansion and second collaboration with Daniel is a testament to the momentum in his work and the growing appreciation and appetite for Australian First Nations art internationally,” saysDavidson.
The Australian gallery’s opening of a second space in New York signals a new direction in programming strategy. This additional space will present curated exhibitions featuring living Australian First Nations artists, alongside a schedule of events and educational talk programming. The 81st Street location will remain open by appointment with a focus on exhibiting exceptional secondary market works of art for private sale.
‘Yurlupirti - Forever Without End (eternal)’ will be on view through Saturday, June 15, 2024, from 11 AM to 6 PM. The opening reception took place on Thursday, April 25, where the artist was present and participated in a discussion with his primary representative, Emily Rohr of Short St. Gallery, hosted by D’Lan Davidson and New York Gallery Manager, Lucy Foster.
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About Daniel Walbidi         
Daniel Walbidi (b. 1983) is from a small coastal community 250km south of Broome called Bidyadanga, the traditional homeland of the Karrajarri people. Formerly La Grange Mission, it is where people were brought into from the desert to help build the cattle stations there. This is how Daniel's desert parents came to live at the coast. Bidyadanga has five tribes living within the community. Daniel says, "We all speak and understand each other's languages and live together as one big family."
At the age of 16, Daniel actively sought to exhibit his work. He was painting on wood boards, old doors, off cuts and anything he could find to express himself. He urged the elderly people in the community to start painting so that he could learn about his people's history and cultural background. He has since become initiated and continues to paint and exhibit his work around Australia.
Taking colors from nature—both from the desert and the ocean—Walbidi’s artistic practice has been deeply rooted in Australian First Nations perceptions of reality and the importance of land acknowledgement, as well as his people's traditional teachings and experiences.

Walbidi won the painting prize at the National Indigenous Art Awards at the Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory in 2014. He was named among the Top 50 of Australia's Most Collectable Artists by Australian Art Collector in 2011. His work has been collected by significant institutions and exhibited globally including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York). A documentary titled "Desert Heart," showcasing his work and his people's story, aired on ABC in March 2008. He continues to display a complex understanding of his traditional country in the Great Sandy Desert of Western Australia.
About D’Lan Contemporary
D’Lan Contemporary was founded by D'Lan Davidson in Melbourne, Australia in 2016; a leading art consultant, dealer, and gallerist specialising in Australian First Nations art for over 20 years. Representing Australia's most dynamic art movement, D’Lan Contemporary presents regular exhibitions of modern and contemporary art by leading Australian First Nations artists alongside a program of educational talks and events, to celebrate and promote the rich art and culture of the country's first peoples.
In 2023, D'Lan Contemporary expanded to New York’s Upper East Side, enabling the gallery to further foster awareness of and appreciation for Australian First Nations art internationally. The 81st Street location will continue to operate by appointment, focusing on private sales of outstanding secondary market artworks.
D’Lan Contemporary maintains strict ethical practices and exclusively exhibits and sells works of art with impeccable provenance to protect the artist, the buyer, and the market from fraudulent sales or unethical procurement.
The gallery is committed to creating a sustainable marketplace and generating positive industry change; the gallery gives back 30% of its net profits to communities.
D’Lan Contemporary New York (73rd Street Location)
Tuesday–Saturday, 11 AM–6 PM
25 East 73rd Street
Upper East Side
New York NY 10021
D’Lan Contemporary New York (81st Street Location)
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Upper East Side
New York NY 10028
D’Lan Contemporary Melbourne
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Saturday, 11 AM–4 PM (during exhibitions)
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VIC 3000
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About Short St. Gallery
Established in 1998, Short St. Gallery, located in the heart of Chinatown in Broome, Western Australia, is the country's leading contemporary Art Gallery specialising in Aboriginal Art. The gallery sources works ​directly from remote Indigenous communities and Art Centres from the Kimberley, Tiwi Islands, the APY and NG Lands, Central Desert, Pilbara and throughout regional Australia.
The gallery seeks to educate and proudly showcase the stylistic diversity of the different cultures which make up Australia. From the saltwater to the freshwater, to the desert people, Short St. Gallery offers a glimpse at the sophisticated and dynamic landscape which is Australian art.
Short St. Gallery represents over 15 different artists directly and over 100 artists through their art centres, including the acclaimed Yulparitja/Mangala artist, Daniel Walbidi.


Friday, June 14, 2024

IN THE STUDIO WITH DANIELLE KLEBES A Kool-Aid Colored Journey with a Pit Stop with The Spice Girls



Communications & Such


A Kool-Aid Colored Journey with a Pit Stop with 

The Spice Girls 

By Victoria Hood

Standard Space is pleased to exhibit the paintings of Danielle Klebes, and her new show, "Hurricane Becomes a Cloudy Day," is a series of vibrant oil paintings in which beauty and uncertainty collide. Klebes uses bright appealing colors to depict potentially uncomely subjects including old, dented, and broken down cars, storm clouds, and solo cups littered on the ground. The scenes hint at a subtle unease, as if they are on the cusp of impending change. The paintings explore themes of loneliness, nostalgia, and a sense of the in-between.

In her recent interview, Klebes takes us on a journey from visiting Boston art museums, to 1990's music sensations, and stray cats resting on rusting cars. She expresses herself with energy and optimism, while highlighting the importance of mentoring and communities. Though her works at times depict the sad shadow of life, like her Koolaid-Aid choice in hues, her future looks very light and bright indeed.

Danielle Klebes, RV Window, oil on canvas, 30 x 40", 2024

Where did you grow up and what is your first impactful memory of art?

I moved almost every year growing up. I mostly lived on the east coast in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, and Florida, but also lived in Japan for a year. I definitely have an art-loving family, so I was exposed to a lot of art and music and literature as a kid. For instance, my family went to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston a lot. John Singer Sargent was always my favorite when I was a kid, especially his painting The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit. I was also always making things – lots of quilting and painting and writing. 

Danielle Klebes, Bonfire, oil on panel, 20 x 16", 2024

What was one of your favorite bands and songs growing up? Do you feel their influences in your work today? 

As a small child it was 1000% The Spice Girls. I distinctly remember being like 8 and daydreaming about finding some way to get them back together. By late middle school, my favorite band was Modest Mouse, and they’re probably still my favorite band. They played Mass MoCA in the fall with Cat Power and the Pixies and I genuinely got emotional seeing them. I hadn’t seen them in concert since like 2016 I think. 

I think music has a major influence on my work. My paintings start to look like whatever I was listening to in the studio. If it was like a rowdy pop day, they’ll be loose and colorful. If I’ve been listening to Radiohead or something, they’ll be more moody. Or if I was watching a tv show, they’ll be more tightly rendered.

Danielle Klebes, Target Practice, oil on canvas, 59 x 53", 2019

When did you know you wanted to pursue your career in art? What path did you take to become an artist?

Art has always been my favorite subject. In school I absolutely lived in the art classroom - like I would eat lunch in there and everything. I majored in art for undergrad and grad school. For undergrad, I went to University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL. I had two professors in undergrad, Louise Freshman Brown and Jason John, who really guided me and made me feel like pursuing art wasn’t a crazy thing. I went to Lesley University College of Art and Design for grad school, and I mainly worked with Laurel Sparks as my advisor and David Humphrey as my mentor. They were both amazing. 

Klebe's 2023 Show at the Wassaic Project

When did you move up to Wassaic, NY? Tell us about your involvement with the Wassaic Project.

I moved to Wassaic a little over 3 years ago. I’m the Programming Coordinator at Wassaic Project, so I help with the Exhibition program and the Residency Program. I’m super excited to be working at Wassaic Project. I first visited in 2019 because I had just done the Vermont Studio Center residency and some friends had been talking about how great Wassaic is. I came to see the Summer show and was blown away. After that, I so badly wanted to be involved with Wassaic in some way, so I applied for everything. I was accepted to the residency and exhibition, but both were delayed for covid. When they posted the Programming Fellow job opening, I applied immediately. I did get to show with them last Summer, and it was an amazing experience. I transformed the top floor of the 7-story gallery space into a queer man cave with almost 150 individual artworks. 

Danielle Klebes, A Summer of Wanting Impossible Things, oil on canvas, 50 x 72", 2024

How does it feel to have your first solo show at Standard Space? What is the inspiration behind the works?

It’s very exciting! When I first moved to the area, it became immediately clear that Standard Space was a hub of activity. The openings were the most vibrant and fun and the shows were consistently great. I deeply wanted to have a show, so I am so excited it’s happening!! 

The works depict potentially uncomely subjects including old, dented, and broken down cars, storm clouds, and solo cups littered on the ground. The series started when a friend sent a photo of a car rusting out in a field covered in cats (which I painted - A Summer of Wanting Impossible Things). The car was one I had painted at least 5 times before, but when it was still functioning. Seeing it in its current broken but beautiful state really made me want to explore themes of loneliness, nostalgia, and a sense of the in-between. 

Danielle Klebes, Spanish Moss, oil on canvas, 50 x 38", 2024

Tell us about your chosen medium and your use of bright and electric colors?

I use spray paint to cover the surface of the canvas, then I’ll throw some house paint in there to block out shapes, and then I use oil paint for the final layers. The spray paint is really just to get a bright starting point. The house paint adds a nice texture. Oil paint is my favorite medium. I love how long it takes to dry, I love the texture, I love the blending and details I’m able to achieve with it. For color choice, I’m sure my surroundings and what art and movies and things I am consuming for sure impact what I’m into. I spent 6 years in Florida and lived by the beach and thought the surfer aesthetic was very cool, and I think those pinks and teals and blues still creep into most of my paintings. I also spend a lot of time playing in the woods, and I think that really shows. 

Danielle Klebes, Nova Star, oil on panel, 16 x 20", 2024

What do you have next on the horizon?

I have two shows coming up that I am very excited about! I am installing at Delaware Valley Arts Alliance tomorrow for my solo show Home Life, which opens this Saturday, June 15th. After that, I have a solo show A Dyke Cabin of One’s Own, which opens in July, and will be an immersive installation at Mother in Law Haus in Germantown, NY, curated by Elijah Wheat Showroom. 

Danielle Klebes, Cat 02, oil on cut panel, 20 x 12", 2024

Any last words of advice to aspiring artists?

I think being a fan of artists and their art is so important. I think showing up for openings and cool weird pop-ups is both what makes being in an art community fun and in my opinion is the key to building your art community. I also am very pro-residency. Doing residencies has been the most impactful thing for my career. It’s such a great way to meet dedicated talented artists and it definitely kept me excited about making. 


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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

The White Room Gallery June 18-Jul 14, feature photography Grg Lotus




June 18 - July 14

Opening Reception Sat. June 22nd 5-7pm

Featuring Italian Vogue Photographer


“The Black Room” features pop artist



‘When Lewis Carroll sent Alice through the looking glass, she entered a fantastical world replete with an engaging ensemble of characters and everything including logic, in reverse.  

In our ‘Through the Looking Glass’ exhibit the viewer is also transported and there is also an engaging ensemble of characters, but nothing is in reverse.   Unless, of course, you back up to get a closer look. 


Featured artist Italian Vogue fashion photographer Greg Lotus creates a world where it is perfectly normal for a sophisticate to be across from a large, perfectly coiffed poodle enjoying a champagne lunch or to witness a giraffe striking a pose or to come upon a woman disguised as a peacock lounging on a crimson divan.   


Drawing inspiration from classical paintings and a wide array of sources and life experiences, Lotus reinterprets in his own evocative way the use of light and shadow, playing with angles and composition to enhance the graphic quality of his images. 


Lotus is a master of allure.  All his narratives draw the viewer in.  Why did that woman dive through the front window of that ’58 corvette? Are those two lovers or does he work for her or both?  Why is that woman eating an enormous egg?  And what’s up with the spaghetti?


In The Black Room another world presents itself only now with words telling a story alongside the characters as mixed media artist John Joseph Hanright presents a heart asking who is the victor and vivid pink lips questioning what is fabulous and Mickey Mouse as a possible bruiser.  


Hanright is a painter and assemblage artist who brings together a combination of vintage pieces from the 40s, 50s, and early 60s alongside contemporary imagery to form paintings that reflect on history while commenting on current times. 


Though Hanright’s work mixes paint and collage while Lotus is all seen through the lens the two artists come together beautifully in this exhibit with vibrant and engaging creations and unlike Alice, you don’t have to climb through a mirror to see them.’


Taylor Smith

Josh Mayhem

Rafaelle Ferrari

& more 


Russell Young

Nelson De La Nuez

Craig Alan

Markus Klinko

Punk Me Tender

Additional images attached 

Greg Lotus-Photography
-Champagne Poodle
-Through the Window

John Joseph Hanright- Mixed Media on Panel
-Time to Play

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The White Room Gallery

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