Friday, June 29, 2007

July 2007 N*des-of-the-Month

New York, NY – June 29, 2007 – announces the publication of July 2007, the eleventh calendar in the N*des-of-the-Month series. It was curated by Alberto Magnan founder and director of Magnan Projects and Magnan Emrich Contemporary, two galleries in New York’s Chelsea art district. The 31 artworks (one for each day of the month) were selected from over 300 entries. N*des-of-the-Month July 2007 is in previews for members only and viewable by the public beginning July 1, 2007 at

About the Artists in the N*des-of-the-Month July 2007 calendar:

Alberto Magnan especially liked the photography entries. He chose Spanish photographic artist, Laila Escartin for the honor of both launching and closing July in a blaze of red heat. Other artists he also favored are Jean Marcellino (New York) and Hector Olvera (Mexico). Donna Cleary (New York) and Gerard Elleboudt (Belgium) each got an especially enthusiastic nod from Alberto as he selected their pieces.

The artists represented (with day of month in parentheses) are: Donna Cleary (6), Denise deGoumois (25), Gerard Elleboudt (18), Laila Escartin (1, 30, 31), Tony Lee (15), Lucinda Luvaas (7, 8), Jean Marcellino (2-5), Chris Miller (26), Linda Moses (14), Ephraim Natkins (21, 22), Hector Olvera (9-12), Peter Ramon (16, 17), Emily Rich (23), Clare Shepherd (27), Ilene Skeen (28, 29), Jack Sullivan (13), Randy Thurman (20), Haydee Torres (24), Yukako (19).

For the complete press release, click here

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Richard Pionk -- April 26th, 1936 - June 5th, 2007

Richard Pionk, the much-loved President of Salmagundi Club died on Tuesday, June 5th, in New York City. He was 71. Mr. Pionk, a talented artist, a revered teacher and engaging wit, guided the Club for the last 13 years.

The members of Salmagundi, and so many others, join in sorrow at the loss, and yet, gather strength through shared memories of Richard and his love of the classical form. The Club benefited from his tireless attempts to get others to share that commitment through membership. If, in the end, his life radiated a sturdy sense of self, in the beginning as a young man, his path was not that clear.

According to his sister, Audrey Rustad, Richard left the family farm in Kerrick, Minnesota, for the Navy, and left the Navy for the Franciscan Monastery in St. Joseph, Missouri. An excellent, dedicated student, Richard was ready to take his vows. Yet, when the Brothers gathered for a last meeting, they decided that Richard had fallen more in love with art than with the church. Richard left for New York and for a life as an artist.

Gary Erbe, honored at the last President’s dinner, testified to Richard’s continuing love of art. Gary said Richard had a passion for collecting, particularly drawings, and a love for fellow artists. But particularly of teaching: “He mastered many mediums, but his language of painting was simple. So his students learned quickly.” Toward the end of his life, Richard, known to his friends as Dick, was faithful to his responsibilities, and never let his own difficulties get in the way. Gary quoted him: “I need it; I have to be out there, teaching my students.”

Featured in many magazines, exhibitions and books, and recipient of many (over one hundred) awards, * Richard was inducted into the Pastel Hall of Fame in 1997. His painting of an Asian woman hangs in the permanent collection of the Butler Institute of American Art. His classes at the Art Student’s League and at Salmagundi were regularly over-subscribed.

We were lucky to have Richard Pionk as our President and as our friend.

The Salmagundi Club

Richard Pionk curated the barebrush October 2006 N*des-of-the-Month calendar. He was supportive and enthusiastic toward the barebrush concept. I will always be grateful for his kindness, wisdom and understanding.

Ilene Skeen

To see the entire article, click here

To visit the Richard Pionk memorial web site, click here

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Lucinda Luvaas, “Something’s Old and Something’s New”

Lucinda Luvaas

“Something’s Old and Something’s New”

Mixed Media Solo Exhibition
Curated by Catherine Lugo
Closing Reception: Friday, June 8, 6-10pm(Screening of new videos at Closing Reception)

The Continental Gallery 408 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (On the corner of Fourth and Spring Street; easy parking across the street)

Some of the nudes that are on barebrush are in this exhibition!

Monday, June 04, 2007

Call for Entries -- Alberto Magnan of Magnan Projects and Magnan Emrich Contemporary to curate July N*des-of-the-Month

Deadline June 21. All visual artists are encouraged to submit art of the nude to the for selection by Alberto Magnan of Magnan Projects and Magnan Emrich Contempory, Chelsea, New York, for the July 2007 N*des-of-the-Month exhibition.

New York, NY – June 4, 2007. announces today that Alberto Magnan of Magnan Projects and Magnan Emrich Contemporary in the Chelsea art district of New York City will select and curate the July 2007 N*des-of-the-Month virtual exhibition. The entry deadline for the July 2007 calendar is June 21. Art must be uploaded to on or before June 21 to be eligible for the June exhibition.

About Magnan Projects, Magnan Emrich Contemporary and Alberto Magnan

Magnan Projects was founded in May 2005 by Alberto Magnan and is managed with his partner Dara Metz. The gallery exhibits artists of diverse international backgrounds working in a broad range of medium. Magnan and Metz work closely with their artists assisting with fabrication and installation projects as well as promoting the artwork through collaborations with various institutions, organizations and corporations.

For over a decade, Alberto Magnan has sought out and developed the careers of cutting edge emerging and mid-career artists. After having established one of the first Chelsea galleries in 1997, Magnan left, in 2000, to pursue a career as an independent art advisor, taking collectors on international tours as well as filming a documentary on Cuban art. He decided to return to the gallery world in 2005. Dara Metz brings over fifteen years of experience in contemporary arts and design. She has worked in numerous galleries in New York City and as an independent curator and consultant to museums and non-profit organizations in the arts. Metz holds a Masters degree in Art History.

Magnan Emrich Contemporary was established by art dealer Alberto Magnan and his business partner Ed Emrich in 2006. The Gallery is dedicated to showcasing contemporary Latin-American art and special projects. In addition to establishing its own program, the Gallery invites guest curators to inject new concepts and knowledge of Latin-American art. Alberto Magnan continually searches for new and exciting artists in an effort to expose Latin-American arts and culture to a wider audience.

When asked about his expectations and what he would like to see from the artists for the barebrush July calendar, Alberto stated: “ I am looking for nudes that are portrayed in the most cutting-edge, non-traditional ways. I want to see the extent to which artists are playing with nudes in both concept, design, and materials."

Ilene Skeen, founder and CEO says, "Alberto Magnan's shows are always provocative and on the edge. He once told me that he is very cautious about getting aboard a trend -- he likes to make sure it is going to last. I am thrilled that Alberto has agreed to be guest curator for our July 2007 N*des-of-the-Month calendar and I am eager to see barebrush artists take up his challenge."

To see the complete call for entries including gallery addresses, click here