BJ Spoke Gallery is proud to announce an exhibition of selected limited edition artworks by Pioneer of Neo-Pop art, Steve Kaufman’s “Spring has Sprung” exhibition opens on April 4 and runs thru April 29, 2018.
Just back from a successful European tour, Dana Blum and Diana Vaccier will talk about Steven his work and and impact on the art scene of the 1980s and beyond. The public is invited to attend a special reception at the BJ Spoke Gallery on Saturday, April 7, from 6-9 PM. Refreshments will be provided. The event is free of charge.
Steve Kaufman worked in Andy Warhol’s studio and his limited edition prints are collected worldwide. Although Kaufman died in 2010, his creations have taken on a life of their own in the art market.
In another of BJ Spoke Gallery room exhibit at the same time is the Members’ show “Spring Fever” Popular artists include:
Richard Anelo, digital painter John Bell, metal sculptor Phyllis Baron, Abstract painter, Katherine Criss, surreal artist Liz Ehrlichman, painting and mono prints Christine Greene, paintings Barbara Grey, painting and photography Barbara V. Jones, drip abstractions Karen L. Kirshner, abstract painter Robert Korval, photography Kevin Larkin, abstract expressionism Joanne Leftsky, floral abstraction.
All artists are welcome to BJ Spokes’ Artist Circle, a discussion group is centered on creativity and the sharing of art with colleagues. meet twice a month – on Sundays, March 25, April 8, April 22, May 6, June 3, June 17.from 11am – 1 pm iRSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Poets Aloud, at the gallery, monthly, on the second Friday at 7:30-10 pm.
BJ Spoke Gallery, the popular Huntington Co-op Art Gallery announced it’s annual event,Artist’s Choice
Date/Time Jan 18, 2018 – Feb 25, 2018
The artists of BJ Spoke gallery each selected an artist they respect and admire to show with them. The two artists curated which pieces to pair and based their selections on the way the art complements or contrasts, and demonstrates each artist’s style best.
The member artists and their guest artists participating in the exhibit:
Richard Anello- Kate Kelly, John Redlich, Shaul Tsemach Phyllis Baron- Joyce Kubat John Bell- Susan Tiffen Lorraine Carol- Vincent Joseph Liz Erhlichman- Joyce Bressler Barbara Grey- Juli Grey-Owens Barbara V, Jones-Galina Sheetikoff Karen Kirshner- Caroline Kaplowitz Kevin Larkin- Pamela Waldroup Nicolette Pach-Valerie Zeman Gia Schifano- Martha McAleer
Please join the artists, their guests and friends and art enthusiasts at the reception!
Professor Thomas Germano gave a fascinating, comprehensive lecture and visual presentation of David Hockney’s vast body of work and all of its stages, as the exhibit of his work is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art thru February 25, in honor of Hockney’s 80th birthday. This year he has been simultaneously honored at London’s Tate Museum, and in San Francisco, in addition to New York.
Whether it was the swimming pools or the landscapes, or the “joiners” (photo collages), portraits, drawings, or so much else, David Hockney creates art daily and hasn’t succumbed to old age in the size and scope of his work. Originally from London, England, he migrated to California and maintains homes in England and the US. He has been open about his homosexuality even when it was illegal in the 1960s England. That same courage is expressed in his original creations. His diploma from the Royal Academy of Art was threatened when he refused to write a paper, holding his position that he was an artist and writing a paper wasn’t appropriate. He held his ground and succeeded. Not only did he receive the diploma, but he was invited back years later and granted an honorary doctorate!
The fact he perceived his early years in the rake of William Hogarth’s, having left home to find his fortune and failed, he did not fail at all. And fantastic modernized versions of William Hogarth’s etchings by Hockney have been the result.
His “Secret Knowledge” about the secret techniques, (e.g. use of mirrors) by the great masters, such as Vermeer and other early realistic painters) was discussed. David Hockney’s book created quite a stir int he art world . His theory and demonstration is also is available on You Tube.
Professor Germano covered so much of Hockney’s work that it wet my appetite for more. I must get to the Metropolitan Museum of Art ASAP! So must you, if you haven’t seen the exhibit. It’s showing along with Michelangelo!
Cultural Reporter, The New York Times with focus on photography
Art Talk January 25 at 7:30pm with Juror for Awards Yvonne Berger
Out of 481 images submitted by 101 artists exhibition Juror Rena Silverman selected only 60 to hang in the gallery.
Juror for Awards, Yvonne Berger has selected seven of the participating artists for Awards of Excellence and Honorable Mentions. Yvonne Berger will be giving a Gallery Talk to discuss her award selections on Thursday, January 25, at 7:30pm.
The following have been selected for awards:
Awards of Excellence
Jake Lambroza, “I Read the News Today, NYC, 2015”, Digital Photograph
Robin Appel, “Ivory”, Digital Photograph
Paul Mele, “Surgical Building Bedroom”, Digital Photograph
Howard Stevens, “Saffron Dye Workers”, Digital Photograph
Ennid Berger, “Runner (Fusterlandia – Havana)”, Digital Photograph
Sylvia Kirk, “Slow Day at the Office”, Digital Photograph
Christina Stow, “Lonely Girl”, Digital Photograph
Narrative art is art that tells a story, either as a moment in an ongoing story or as a sequence of events unfolding over time. It uses the power of the visual image to ignite imaginations, evoke emotions and capture universal cultural truths and aspirations. The Art League asks photographers to use their cameras to portray a moment in time, and invite the viewer to, perhaps, imagine themselves in the situation.
In the Studio: Art by MoMA’s Online Learning Community. is showcasing its students’ work. Long Island artist, Caroline Kaplowitz’s “Fusion I,” a watercolor painting/drawing will be exhibit at MOMA, during this event at the Museum of Modern Art’s Education & Research Building at 4 West 54 Street, New York, New York on January 8, 2018 from 6-8 pm for an opening reception. All online learners and instructor Corey D’Augustine and guests will celebrate the creativity and achievement.
The MoMA Education exhibition will be on view from January 5–22, 2018. Entrance is free and does not require purchase of museum admission.The images will be displayed on four screens in the gallery (and alphabetized by last name).
Modigliani unmasked, exhibition of Modigliani’s artwork is on display at the Jewish Museum thru February 4, 2018. In anticipation, I attended an enlightening lecture by the entertaining, brilliant Inez Powell, of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The lecture was free, at the Shelter Rock Library on Friday, December 15.
The Jewish artist never sold his work while alive. His benefactor, Dr. Alexandre who ran a home for artists, known as “Delta House” had provided a roof over his head and made sure the hard drinking, drug abusing painter and others were productive. He purchased paintings for pennies, certainly not the millions of dollars they are worth today, and which his descendants were enriched. In fact, son of a merchant, Modigliani rarely had the money to feed himself. He’s be stated by to know his painting “The Amazon” of 1909 sold in 2013 for $20 million dollars.
Dashingly handsome, Amadeo was known as Modi” by is friends. He had many lovers, favorite among them was the 6-foot tall, Russian poetAnna Akmatova (1889-1966), whom he drew often. (He was merely 5’7″and he associated her with Egyptian art. Both shared a passion for it and a “union of spirit.”
Modigliani learned sculpture from Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957) and the sculptor’s face is said to be that of “The Chellist,” a painting by Modigliani in 1909. had many lovers, but no wife. He suffered with breathing problems since childhood, which restricted him to study at home, where he first realized he loved to draw and art became his passion. He died of tuberculosis in 1920, aged 36. At his funeral, Ms. Powell said, the art collectors were gathered, ready to buy up what they could.
Unique to Modigliani, was his style of elongating the heads of his models. He had an affinity for and was strongly influenced by Egyptian, Greek, African and Khmer sculpture and art. His drawings and paintings and limestone sculptures of unnaturally long heads, were similar to African masks.
The Jewish Museum presents an exhibition of early drawings by Amedeo Modigliani—many of which are being shown for the first time in the United States. Acquired directly from the artist by Dr. Paul Alexandre, his close friend and first patron, these works illuminate Modigliani’s heritage as an Italian Sephardic Jew as pivotal to understanding his artistic output.
Amedeo Modigliani, c. 1912, Image provided by PVDE / Bridgeman Images, New York
Modigliani Unmasked considers the celebrated artist Amedeo Modigliani (Italian, 1884-1920) shortly after he arrived in Paris in 1906, when the city was still roiling with anti-Semitism after the long-running tumult of the Dreyfus Affair and the influx of foreign emigres. Modigliani’s Italian-Sephardic background helped forge a complex cultural identity that rested in part on the ability of Italian Jews historically to assimilate and embrace diversity. The exhibition puts a spotlight on Modigliani’s drawings, and shows that his art cannot be fully understood without acknowledging the ways the artist responded to the social realities that he confronted in the unprecedented artistic melting pot of Paris. The drawings from the Alexandre collection reveal the emerging artist himself, enmeshed in his own particular identity quandary, struggling to discover what portraiture might mean in a modern world of racial complexity.
The exhibition includes approximately 150 works, those from the Alexandre collection as well as a selection of Modigliani’s paintings, sculptures, and other drawings from collections around the world. Modigliani’s art will be complemented by work representative of the various multicultural influences—African, Greek, Egyptian, and Khmer—that inspired the young artist during this lesser-known early period.
Among the works featured are a mysterious, unfinished portrait of Dr. Alexandre, never seen before in the United States; impressions of the theater; life studies and female nudes, among them the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova; and drawings of caryatids and heads, which are telling of Modigliani’s sculptures, which he created over a five-year period from 1909 to 1914.
Modigliani Unmasked is organized by Mason Klein, Senior Curator, The Jewish Museum.The exhibition was designed by Galia Solomonoff and Talene Montgomery of SAS/Solomonoff Architecture Studio.
Modigliani Unmasked is made possible by The Jerome L. Greene Foundation.
Additional support is generously provided by Barbara and Ira A. Lipman, the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, Capital One, an anonymous gift in memory of Curtis Hereld, and the Robert Lehman Foundation.
The exhibition is also supported by the Centennial Fund, the Horace W. Goldsmith Exhibitions Endowment Fund, and the Stanley, Marion, Paul and Edward Bergman Family Foundation.
The catalogue is made possible by endowment support from the Dorot Publication Fund.
Winter always comes around and temps plummet. The question is, are you inside where it’s cozy or are you outside with the elements? We asked our LIMarts members to answer that question and create that world. With more than 100 LIMarts members, there could be more than 100 ways to say, “Baby, it’s cold outside!”
It’s the 4th annual LIMarts members exhibition so come and see how each artist depicts winter. On display in the Visitors Center from December 1, 2017 through January 28, 2018. Free admission in January! Click here to see photos from the opening reception held Friday, December 1.
The Long Island Museum’s art exhibition , Baby, It’s Cold Outside is currently open to the public for viewing. To mark the closing of the exhibition on Sunday, January 28, 2018, the LIM is hosting an Artists’ Meet & Greet Open House from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Visitors Center. The public is invited to participate. Visitors will have the special opportunity to meet the artists who inspired the exhibition and give them a first-hand look into their creative minds. This will be a casual afternoon with no formal program. Artists will be present in the gallery to answer questions and mingle with visitors.
The Huntington gallery’s “Harvest of Artists”for 2017 showcases an exceptional array of Long Island artists exhibiting their talents in painting, watercolor, graphics, photography, multimedia, printmaking, sculpture and more. The exhibition runs December 2, 2017 thru January 14, 2018. There is something that will appeal to everyone. Great time to make your holiday gift purchases!
Artists on exhibit include, the works of the late pop artist (associated with Andy Warhol),Steven Kaufman, the popular watercolorist, Lorraine Rimmelin, and Caroline Kaplowitz, whose artwork has been displayed in Soho and an exhibit of her sculptures and paintings-in the Nassau County Museum of Art, Caroline Kaplowitz, and many more prominent artists in the Long Island community. Among them is Simon Hickey, the gifted two- time winner of the MOMA assistant curator juried EXPO exhibition (Hosted annually by BJ Spoke Gallery). besides the illustrious members of the community participating in this exhibition.
Members of the gallery will not be exhibiting during this Harvest of Artists Event. The response from the LI Artist community has been so great that the BJ Spoke Gallery’s members have generously decided not to turn any artist away. Every artist who entered on time will be exhibited. Forty-five artists from all over LI are showing their work, each with one or two entries. “We’ve handed over the keys” to empower our fellow artists, especially those who’ve never shown in a gallery before.
Gallery members’ have been widely exhibited and usually show in the gallery every month, except during Expo and Paperworks exhibitions. Some members have been featured in The Hamptons‘ Dan’s papers, ( Cindy Shechter, most recently), the Long Island Pulse (John A. Bell) other Long Island and New York publications, and television. The BJ Spoke Gallery has been nominated as Best Gallery on Long Island by the Long Island Press. All art aficionados are welcome.
The popular and venerable co-op gallery is a non-profit organization, completely owned, managed and operated by artist members. It is usually open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 AM to 5 PM.
The reception for the Harvest of Artists has been rescheduled, due to inclement weather. The Reception is set for Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 6 to 9 PM. Refreshments will be served.Please join the celebration and mingle with the artists.
Enter one work for $50 and the second one is at half the usual entry fee. Two for $75. You must not exceed 36 inches in any direction. You can do it. You can download the loan agreement, and you can even register and pay online or in person. Just come on down to BJ Spoke Gallery at 299 Main Street, Huntington, NY with your artwork and get into the show, before the wall fill up!
The December reception will be fun, and friends and family are all welcome. It’s likely you will spark interest in your work and even a sale is likely, during the holiday shopping season.