BWW Reviews: BronxArtSpace Benefit
Some of the best ways to collect art at reasonable prices is to make a habit of going to the many art sales aimed at benefitting an important arts organization. Usually these sales bring together a group of artists around an organization that are vested in the space, the area or the scene. This Monday July 22 from 5-9pm you can sip some wine, have an hors d-oeuvre or two and meet and see works by some 50 artists that have congealed around the BRONXARTSSPACE.
If this smells of self promotion-it should a bit. I am an ex-pat of sorts these days in the South Bronx though I was never fully patriated. Am I crossing the line by writing about and promoting an event I am a part off? -Yes. But it is a good line to cross for this exhibits includes a group worth seeing at a price you won't see at their associatEd Galleries or in the future as they follow their own unique paths in the art world.
I like large group shows, the de rigueur of the summer. Though you lose the depth you get from a one-woman show you get a larger setting of the landscape. Hopefully at a Bronx show you would see some themes and materials crossing as many of these artists have sprung from roots fed from the same dirt, the same visual influences of the land.
John Ahearn: the actual art is a small part of a larger experience of community
John Ahearn and Lisa Kahane bring to mind Fashion Moda and more. They have integrated the regular people of the neighborhood since the early 1980's in a very real-street way. Ahearn's sculpture is literally cast on Bronx kids and Kahane's photography is at heart a documentation of the Bronx as they both freeze Bronx moments in time. Tim Rollins founder of K.O.S-Kids OF Survival -well the name says it all, has a concern for arts, education and community. He is a Lehman Maupin bright light and this is the opportunity to buy slightly below Chelsea prices. Bronx arts educators and gallerists are a part of this mix : The beautiful and warm Carry Clark of 'The Point' in Hunts Point and Susan Hoetltzel, head of Lehman Colleges art gallery are here as artists.
Tim Rollin's K.O.S at work