Saturday, July 28, 2007

Art Opportunity:The New Nude -- deadline August 15th

This is an an art opportunity from Christiania Vodka:

On 4 September 2007, a major billboard will be unveiled in downtown New York displaying the winning submissions of the "NEW NUDE" competition and honoring the artist(s) responsible. There will also be a major event honoring the winner and the runners up.

The winning work will be chosen according to Christianias's guiding principles, collectively known as "Purism" -- by a panel of influential leaders of the art world. All art mediums will be considered, including painting, photography, animation and film. Work may only be submitted at And worthy submissions will be on display on the site.

Full list of rules at, click here

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Lecture on Figurative Art -- July 31st at the Salmagundi Club

The Salmagundi Club gives free lectures on topics of interest to artists and art patrons. On Tuesday, July 31st, the Salmagundi Club will host a lecture by John Bowman. Click on the image to the left for more information about the Salmagundi Club.

Varieties of Pictorial Rhetoric in Recent Figural Painting

July 31, 2007, 6:15 pm, Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue (at 12th Street), NYC

In his lecture “Varieties of Pictorial Rhetoric in Recent Figural Painting,” John Bowman will discuss and analyze the persuasive methods and strategies employed in the construction of meaning in recent figurative painting. The painting of single figures and images representing the social mass will be considered, as will issues of memory and history, gender and body image, and distortion and temporal dislocation. Though related to surrealist techniques of representation, these works create a new argument for the function of signs in recent painting. This “rhetoric” is a critical response to the conditions and prospects of contemporary art practice and human experience.

John Bowman’s paintings and drawings have been featured in many solo exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Among them were exhibitions at various venues in New York City, including The Holly Solomon Gallery, Lang O’Hara Gallery, and The Tibor de Nagy Gallery. His work has also been exhibited at The Curt Marcus Gallery in New York, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, The Queens Museum, The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, and The Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. His most recent exhibition, “More,” opened February 20th at The Winston Wachter Gallery in New York .

Bowman has taught at the New York Academy of Art, and is presently an Associate Professor of Art at Pennsylvania State University.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Times Square Church Seeks Bare Butts Ad Ban

Times Square Ad with Naked Derrieres Faces a Judges Scrutiny

by Sewell Chan, New York Times

At what point do buttocks — no matter how cheerfully presented, and in the service of selling a bathroom fixture moreover — become too tasteless for public display?

That is the question facing a Manhattan judge, as Anemona Hartocollis reports today. The Times Square Church, an interdenominational congregation established in 1987, filed a lawsuit last month to block a billboard advertisement showing a row of naked derrières from going up on the side of 1657 Broadway, a Times Square office tower where the church is a tenant....

The church vehemently argues that having the ad hover over Times Square would be unacceptable. In a five-page affidavit [pdf], Neil Rhodes, the church’s associate pastor, wrote:

It is instantaneously obvious that this advertisement is too indecent for public display. It consists principally of photographs of the nude back sides of several people. It is certainly unsuited for public exposure to children, and antithetical to the values of our congregation and church. That anyone thought it suited for display on a church building is astonishing.

Van Wagner, the outdoor advertising company that was trying to put the ad up, replied with a 24-page memo [pdf] in which its lawyer, Adam C. Silverstein, adamantly disputed that the ad was inappropriate. He wrote:

....The Times Square Church is entitled to find the advertisement distasteful and objectionable. But it is not entitled — under the plain terms of its lease or the common law of nuisance it invokes — to dictate the contents of the advertisements that appear on the building it occupies.

To see the complete story, click here

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Art Opportunity: Caribana in Toronto, Canada

A member of barebrush has an opportunity to share

July 15 Entry Deadline

Mahogany Essence is proud to announce their first inaugural exhibition to
be held at the Lennox Contemporary Gallery in Toronto, Ontario on August
1st, 2007 - August 5th, 2007.

We are looking for the best figure artwork of women of African origin. We
encourage all artists, whether established or emerging, to submit works
for consideration. Eligible media is all 2D artwork including: paintings,
drawings, fine art prints, photography, computer-generated prints, and
mixed media.

This exhibition is set to coincide with the Toronto's largest Caribbean
festival, Caribana, held over that same period. Over 1 million visitors
travel to Toronto for this festival giving us an amazing opportunity to
reach a wide number of people.

To see the website, click here
To download the prospectus and entry form, click here

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Art News: Call for Entries -- Artists Invited to participate in N*des-of-the-Month August 2007...

curated by art historian and researcher, Della Clason Sperling, Salmagundi Club, NYC

Deadline July 22. All visual artists are encouraged to submit art of the nude to the for selection by Della Clason Sperling, art historian and researcher, the Salmagundi Club, New York, for the August 2007 N*des-of-the-Month exhibition.

New York, NY – July 3, 2007. announces today that Della Clason Sperling of the Salmagundi Club in New York City will select and curate the August 2007 N*des-of-the-Month virtual exhibition. The entry deadline for the August 2007 calendar is July 22. Art must be uploaded to on or before July 22 to be eligible for the August exhibition. Artists are strongly encouraged to upload their entries early and avoid being closed out due to overflow in the closing days of the contest.

About Della Clason Sperling

Della Clason Sperling earned a doctorate in Art History with a specialization in Late Nineteenth-Century Victorian Painting from Columbia University. Her dissertation was: “Enigma and Narrative: The Late Paintings of William Quiller Orchardson (Scottish, 1832-1910).” She worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, cataloguing the Nineteenth-Century Paintings in the Department of European Paintings for eleven years. Della headed the Provenance Research Project for nineteenth-century paintings, reviewing history of ownership for possible seizure during World War II, and she help to institute a relational database for the department. Della was a contributor to the exhibition catalogue, From Van Eyck to Brueghel: Early Netherlandish Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum. She also does private research for other scholars, and and is USPAP certified in Appraisal Studies. Della is currently cataloguing the art collection of the Salmagundi Club.

When asked to provide some insight into her ideas for the August calendar, Della wrote,

"Art that will appeal most to my eye and sensibility will have implications of
narrative, because to me we each exist within an unfolding story-line, whether
or not we choose to read it. I will be expecially interested in work that is able to suggest something about the circumstances surrounding the pose and place the figure of the nude in a larger narrative context."

Ilene Skeen, founder and CEO says,

"Della Clason Sperling comes to barebrush with an art historian's perspective.
Her sensibility of the importance of narrative takes visual art to the next
level -- the level of critique and scholarship. I'm excited for this challenge,
that Della encourages us to think of our art as having an historical context --
the art of the nude in this, our generation, in the 21st century. The August
2007 N*des-of-the-Month will be the twelfth in the barebrush series. How
fitting that barebrush completes its first year with an eye on history."

To see the complete call for entries, click here