Monday, November 30, 2009


The DADA MAMA Collage on canvas. Exhibited at The Orange Dot Gallery, London, 2010.

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Holiday Show AT The Front Room Gallery

The Holiday Show show features local artists from the southern Maine area represented by Jon White's Front Room Gallery.

This exceptional Holiday Show features work by the Fluxus-oriented and inspired Reed Altemus, and a host of others who have created artworks for the holiday spirit. The exhibition runs from November 13 - December 31, 2009.  

The Front Room Gallery
378 Cottage Road
South Portland, Maine USA
Gallery Hours: 

Thursday- Sunday 12 - 5 PM

The Front Room Gallery, established in 1997, is the showplace for Odd Inq pottery and tile. Located in South Portland, the gallery is also home to Jon White’s ceramic studio, as well as Crown Plane, the business of Jon’s brother James.

In addition to the ceramics of Odd Inq, The Front Room Gallery displays the artwork of local artists.

Artist shows run on a bi-monthly basis from February to December. "If you are in the region of southern Maine, come on by for a visit!" says Jon White. Tell Jon that Store Front Windows sent you.

The Front Room Gallery is located at 378 Cottage Road in South Portland, right on the way to the historic Portland Headlight at Fort Williams.  If you get lost, call or e mail from your iPhone.

Tel : (207) 767-3835 E mail :

Sunday, November 29, 2009

My Old Master Download

Drag this high end art work off the page (after clicking it).  Title: My Old Master After Jorma Puranen. (He photographs Old Masters.  This is my photograph of his photograph of an Old Master).

Friday, November 20, 2009

Rubens Rounding Third : The Art Of Baseball

Matthew Rose takes a swing at the art of baseball in his prize-winning art stamp sheet, Rubens Rounding Third. Printed on gummed paper and perforated, the stamp sheet is the artist's ode to baseball, art, Rubens, stamps in a sexy twist on turning the corner, in this case third base.

This collector's piece is headed for Cooperstown, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Upstate New York, as well as a permanent place at the Philatelic Museum of Oaxaca (MUFI), which awarded the artist first prize in their world wide competition for 'Baseball Philately + The Art Inspired by Philately'.

"My guess is that Americans of all sizes will be interested in this work, not only those who love baseball and art," said Matthew, "but also those who grew up playing the game and found themselves distracted by some attractive fan in the crowd."
  • Printed on gummed stamp sheets
  • Signed and numbered by the artist
  • Limited edition of 1000
  • 296mm by 407mm (11½ by 16 inches)

Direct From the Artist: Price: 35 euros. Pay Pal accepted.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Jeanne-Claude, Christo Collaborator, Dies

Jeanne-Claude, 74, American artist and resident of New York City, died suddenly November 18, 2009 as a result of of complications due to a ruptured brain aneurysm.

Christo is deeply saddened by the passing of his wife, partner and collaborator and is committed to honor the promise they made to each other many years ago: The art of Christo and Jeanne-Claude will continue.

Christo is dedicated to completing their current works in progress: Over The River, Project for the Arkansas River, State of Colorado, and The Mastaba, Project for the United Arab Emirates, as Jeanne-Claude would wish.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude met in Paris, France in November, 1958, sharing the same date of birth and have worked together for 51 years creating temporary works of art.

It is Jeanne-Claude's wish that her body be donated to scientific research.

A memorial will be announced at a later date. Christo requests that flowers not be sent. Memorial gifts may be made to the charity of your choice.

Images: Above left, Jeanne-Claude; above, right, Pont Neuf Wrapped, Paris, 1975.  Courtesy : Christo & Jeanne-Claude


Saturday, November 14, 2009


Angela Ferrara, an artist based in São Paulo, Brazil, created this film 
for the exhibition A Book About Death. Angela, contributor to 
A Book About Deathsee her art here – worked tirelessly to not 
only learn new software applications but to curate the original 
show into themes and sync it all to the beautiful music of 
Garry Schyman – his piece, Praan.
Visit The Music Of Garry Schyman

Bhulbona ar shohojete
Shei praan e mon uthbe mete
Mrittu majhe dhaka ache
je ontohin praan
Bojre tomar baje bashi
She ki shohoj gaan
Shei shurete jagbo ami
(Repeat 3X)
Shei jhor jeno shoi anonde
Chittobinar taare
Shotto-shundu dosh digonto
Nachao je jhonkare!
Bojre tomar baje bashi
She ki shohoj gaan
Shei shurete jagbo am

Praan (English Translation)

The same stream of life
that runs through my veins night and day
runs through the world
and dances in rhythmic measures.

It is the same life
that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth
in numberless blades of grass
and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.

It is the same life
that is rocked in the ocean-cradle
of birth and of death,
in ebb and in flow.

I feel my limbs are made glorious
by the touch of this world of life.
And my pride is from the life-throb of ages
dancing in my blood this moment.

Use of Garry Schyman's music for Praan – originally written for Where The Hell Is Matt? – has been generously granted by the composer.

Lyrics adapted from the poem "Stream Of Life" from Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore.

Music Credits: Music By Garry Schyman.  Drums and Engineering Dan Blessinger. Vocals Palbasha Siddique. Guitars and bass Kevin Dukes. Concertmaster Belinda Broughton. Orchestral contractor Ross DeRoche (DeRoche Music Inc.).  Vocal Contractor Melissa Nixon.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Anonymous Gallery : Rising Pop Star

Police Barrier Star by artist Kostas Seremetis (above) is one of several works by the artist, along with many works by  Ronnie Cutrone, Rammellzee and Romon Kimin Yang aka Rostar at the unusual art space, Anonymous Gallery, on the Bowery in New York City.

Their show, Subcultural Capital (Oct 14 - Nov 15, 2009) is described as the cultural knowledge and commodities acquired by members of a subculture, raising their status and helping differentiate them from members of other groups.

"Characterized by themes drawn from popular mass culture, such as advertising, comic books and mundane cultural objects, the exhibition, Subculture Capital integrates subculture and mass culture, pop art and post modernism," says the press release on this show. "Using techniques that include appropriation, collage, painting, sculpture, film, and performance, these four artists individually refine and stylize their cultural influences, manipulating them into embodiments of personal compilations."

While I'm very familiar with Ronnie Cutrone, an old Andy Warhol assistant who famously shot the "Scull photos" for Warhol's silkscreens among other pieces, the artist is more famous for his dastardly take on Woody Woodpecker and the American flag.  Carlo McCormick organizes a panel discussion on this show (tonight! Tuesday Nov 10, from  7 - 9 PM, 169 Bowery - Collective Hardware) and all the things it touches, pop and cop included.

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Philly Blahg Wars

Philadelphia has a new brand of cream cheese.

The newly launched artblagh is taking on the venerable in what seems like a brawling battle of the Philadelphia art blogs.

Thing is the artblagh is fiction. Blagh of course is "blague," joke en françaisTrès continental. And hey! Check out those ads! Are they paid? I clicked on the link for the media kit and felt like I was playing Asteroids with the plug pulled out. No link!

The authors of the artblagh are "harry and henrietta falloff" a loving take-off on the artblog's roberta fallon and libby rosoff.

In a recent post, the author "likesomebodycares" announces: "We will have a lot more little inside stories to share with you from time to time. They come out of our upcoming book, Filly Art World Memoir that we are working on. It will name names and we will not be spare anybody. We can't wait to start cashing in on it!!!"

Read and enjoy...them both!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sentinelles : Une Oeuvre de Victoria Klotz

Victoria Klotz: Curieuse des rencontres que font les hommes avec la part sauvage du monde, Victoria Klotz mène, depuis 1997, un travail plastique qui interroge notre rapport à l'homme et à l'animalité. Artiste plasticienne, elle développe plusieurs pratiques : installations in situ, films vidéo, bandes audio, photographies et écrits.Sur la place du Junqué à Jurançon, elle propose de « mettre en scène des présences animales dans la ville. Plus exactement de véhiculer l'idée de niches écologiques dans le tissu urbain : la ville est aussi un écosystème, certaines espèces animales ont déjà investi ce territoire même si la plupart d'entre nous ne les voient pas : renards, rapaces, insectes jouent à cache-cache dans les interstices de la ville.  Nous continuons à penser les villes comme un espace exclusivement humanisé, alors que les observations des naturalistes et écologues ont analysé le phénomène des zones-refuges et quantifié cette présence animale invisible pour le quidam. 

« Pour matérialiser cette présence, je propose une série de dix structures autonomes : des mâts de bateau avec leurs balconnets d'observation où sont perchées des sculptures animalières hyperréalistes. Cette forme m'intéresse parce qu'elle est porteuse de rêves : la vigie d'un bateau voit les dangers et aussi l'espoir de la terre ferme.  Situer les animaux sur ces « nids de pie » les met en position d'observateurs, de sentinelles de notre monde. Cela les met aussi dans une position ambiguë, au milieu de nous et hors d'atteinte. Les animaux ont cette qualité de présence particulière : proches et inaccessibles à la fois. » Victoria Klotz

Le PCI a diffusé en janvier 2009 des appels à projets dans le domaine des arts visuels  pour la production d'interventions artistiques dans l'espace public. « En 2009, le PCI invite des artistes à occuper l'espace public afin de proposer un regard singulier sur l'espace de la ville, l'interroger et la bousculer dans sa stabilité apparente, en révéler l'invisible, découvrir des chemins de traverse, et peut-être quelques utopies. »

De très nombreux artistes ont manifesté leur intérêt pour cette résidence de création puisque 123 dossiers sont parvenus au PCI. En avril dernier, le jury s'est réuni et quatre artistes ont été retenus pour le sérieux et la pertinence de leur dossier et la qualité de leur démarche artistique.  Il s'agit de : Jocelyn Cottencin, Séverine Hubbard, Julien Celdran, Victoria Klotz.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Rubens Rounding Third: Artist Stamps Win First Prize

American artist Matthew Rose won the first place prize in the Philatelic Museum of Oaxaca (MUFI) world wide competition for: BASEBALL PHILATELY + THE ART INSPIRED BY PHILATELY. The stamp sheet, Rubens Rounding Third, brings art to baseball and baseball to art. A special print of the work, in a limited edition by the artist, is signed and dated and numbered (1000) available for purchase. The stamp sheet is A3 size, with perforations and a gummed back.

Price: 35 euros for the first 150 orders; 50 euros for each after. For all information on the signed art work, please contact: MATTHEW.ROSE.PARIS [at] GMAIL [dot] COM. Pay Pal accepted.

Below is the official press release from MUFI.

OAXACA, MEXICO–The Philatelic Museum of Oaxaca (MUFI) and the Baseball Academy Alfredo Harp Helú, launched earlier this year the Art Call BASEBALL PHILATELY, earning an International response of 100 entries.

Under the concept “The art inspired by Philately” the Philatelic Museum of Oaxaca launched earlier this year the Art Call BASEBALL PHILATELY + THE ART INSPIRED BY PHILATELY with the Baseball Academy Alfredo Harp Helú, which opens next month.

The turnout was large and diverse. Participants from countries like México, United States, France, Ukraine, Canada, Russia, Brazil, Colombia and Denmark did MUFI reach a total of 168 pieces which were reviewed by members of the Selection Jury.

The jury, made up of artists Jan Hendrix, Demián Flores and art critic Patricia Mendoza, who on Saturday, October 10 gathered at MUFI to examine the pieces and complete the selection stage at 12:00 hrs. October 10, 2009. The winning artists were:

First Place:
Artist: Matthew Rose (Paris, France)
Title: Rubens Rounding Third

Second Place:
Artist: Janice Lowry (Santa Ana, CA. USA)
Title: Baseball Philately

Third Place:
Artist: Luis Carlos Hurtado (Mexico, DF, Mexico)
Title: The King of Sports

Three Honorable Mentions:

Artist: Marco Abarca (Oaxaca, Mexico)
Title: The baseball postman Marco Abarca

Artist: Ricardo Hernández (Oaxaca, Mexico)
Title: Guerreros de Oaxaca

Artist: Marsel Onisko (Uzhgorod, Ukraine)
Title: One Player’s Dream

The next stage will be the exhibition of all participating works and delivery of stimuli and Honorable Mentions. This will be held on November 12, 2009 at the Baseball Academy Alfredo Harp Helú in San Bartolo Coyotepec, Oaxaca.

For more information contact the Philatelic Museum of Oaxaca
+52 (951) 5142366, 5142375 and 5168028 or email:

Reforma 504, Centro Histórico, Oaxaca, Oax.