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
One of Anthony Haden Guests top 5 to watch in 2011 is in the exhibit- Matthew Burcaw. Indeed many good friends and talented artists are in this show including, Tyko Kihlstedt, Melissa Calderon, Hatuey Ramos Fermin, Xaviar Figueroa. Showman Hastanan, Juanito Lanzo, Laura Napier and others.
But you decide what you like and see if you want to make a tax deductable acquisition. Meet Linda Cunningham and Mitsu Hadeishi to see how two people can make a difference over 15 years of sweat drained daily from youth to bind, to unite, to create and make something that lasts, has history and is apart of many artists lives.
There is a silent auction. For details:
BRONXARTSSPACE 305E140th, 1B
Tel/Fax 718 401 8144
Subway: #6 to 138th st...piece of cake
Closing reception August 4
Gallery Hours Wed-Fri 3:30-6:30pm, Sat 12-5pm
John Ahearn Benton-C Bainbridge Elena Bouza Mathew Burcaw
Melissa Calderón Pablo Caviedes Carry Clark Dennis Darkeem
Med Duguid Maria Estevez Hatuey Ramos Fermin Michael Ferris
Xavier Figueroa Glenn Fischer Michelle Frick Melvin Guzman
Elizabeth Hamby Katharine Hargreaves Skoman Hastanan
Daniel Hauben Nora Herting Susan Hoeltzel Michael Kamber
Tyko Kihlstedt Lisa Kahane Grace Kim Barbara Korman
Barry Kostrinsky Juanita Lanzo Rejin Leys Inna Linov
James Luckett Ira Merritt Laura Napier Osjua Newton
Glass Olive Fernando Penaloza Lauren Post Louis Riso
Tim Rollins Amanda Savinon Shadagga Terry Towery
Sarah White Katie Williams Tammy Wofsey Joanna Wrzaszczyk