Monday, June 30, 2008

N*des-of-the-Month July Calendar

Design aesthetic is the premise behind the July 2008 calendar. Guest curator, Tim Newton, is a dedicated and enthusiastic collector. He is the founder and curator of "American Masters at SCNY," an annual exhibition. For the July calendar, the process was daunting. Over 600 artworks were submitted and Tim deliberated over each choice. Long and careful is a good description of his afternoon's work. His selections are notable for the variety of approaches and their consistently strong images.

Tim selected 31 pieces by 26 artists mindful of the curator's guidelines. "Good design," he said during a break, "Is the major factor." In the end, only four artists were selected for multiples: Guenter Knop, Jean Marcellino, Jennie Rosenbaum and Sara Swan. For placement, Tim selected "Amy" by Sara Swan for July 1st honors, "Elyssa" by Jon Rettich for July 2nd, and "Fit" by John Luce Lockett for July 4th. About Sara's work, Tim noted simply, "I am a fan."

The artists represented for July 2008 are: Roger Cummiskey, Donelli J. DiMaria, Carmiah Frank, A. Galbon, Edd Harnas, Guenter Knop*, Trisha Lambi, Serge Lis, John Luce Lockett, Jean Marcellino, Joseph Mays, Mercadoocasio*, Jacqui Morgan, Linda Moses, Richard Rabkin, Jon Rettich*, Jennie Rosenbaum, Chanit Roston, Ilene Skeen, Cindy Sibilsky, Christopher Smith*, Sara Swan*, Haydee Torres, Jim VanKirk, Tim Woodhouse, Yukako.

Each of the artists selected for the calendar receives two (2) complimentary listings. Five artists, indicated by asterisks (*), are nominated for the Curators Choice Awards (box at right). Each nominee receives 8 additional complimentary listings and is in the running for cash prizes as well. YOU CAN VOTE NOW. Winners announced August 1st.

The calendar is in previews now (for members only) , and will go live to the public on July 1.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Barebrush Artist, Dan McCormack Demonstrates Digitized Pinhole Photography

Free Public Event (reservations)
Thursday, June 19th, 7:15 pm
Salmagundi Club of New York

Dan McCormack began his studies in 1964 at the Institute of Design, Chicago and has been exploring various photo techniques for over 40 years. In the late 1990's, he began to work with an oatmeal box pinhole camera, shooting in black and white.

"With its extreme wide angle and distortiuon, the camera gives results that are constantly a surprise. I develop the B&W negatives, scan them into Photoshop, then colorize the image. This imagery, rooted in 16th Century pinhole optics, juxtaposed with 21st Century digital print manipulations, is a hybrid of Photography and Printmaking."

Come join us on Thursday, June 19th, for both a PowerPoint presentation and a demonstration of this unique photographic process.

The Salmagundi Club was founded in 1870. Located in a landmarked building in Greenwhich Village, it continues to be a center for art and art fellowship in New York City. The Club's bar opens at 5:00 pm and the dining room opens at 5:30 pm for this event. On event nights, these Club facilities are open to the public.

Free Public Event (reservations)
Thursday, June 19th, 7:15 pm
Salmagundi Club of New York

47 Fifth Avnue (at 12th Street)
New York, NY 10003

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Art News: June 23 Barebrush Call for Entries Deadline July N*des-of-the-Month

Prizes. Deadline June 23, 2008. Automatic Entry into August & September Contests

New York, NY – June 5, 2008. All visual artists are invited by BAREBRUSH's founder and CEO, Ilene Skeen to submit art of the n*de for the July 2008 N*des-of-the-Month calendar contest.

Art collector, independent curator and active Salmagundi Club member, Tim Newton will serve as guest curator. Tim has been a passionate lover of the arts all his life. As a dedicated and enthusiastic collector, Tim nurtures his collection with frequent trips around the country to view and buy art.

Widely regarded as a designer, juror and curator, he is perhaps best known in his role as founder and curator of "American Masters at SCNY". This annual show and sale held at the prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York City exhibited over $1,600,000 in fine art this past May. Sales for this inaugural event were impressive.

"I have a strong leaning toward representational art, whether it be a line
drawing, painting or a sculpture. That being said, solid artistic work in
any form stands on it's own."

When asked to curate the July N*des-of-the-Month calendar, Tim responded with a resounding, "I'd be delighted!"

The deadline for contest entries is June 23. All artists who work in this controversial genre are encouraged submit their art . As part of the Barebrush Summer Promotion, art entered on or before June 23, 2008 will be automatically considered for the July, August and September 2008 N*des-of-the-Month contests. The curators for these future shows include a museum curator and a Chelsea art dealer respectively. Announcements of the guest curator for each month are made the first week of the deadline month. The curator for the August contest will be announced July 3.

For more information: Call For Entries (PDF)

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Controversial Painting takes Curators' Choice

"Man's Point of View" by Francien Krieg (Netherlands) Wins N*de-of-the-Month

New York - announces the N*de of the Month, May 2008. The winning oil painting, Man's Point of View is by Francien Krieg of the Hague, Netherlands who says, "In my work I am looking for a way to show beauty of the body and to discover what we consider as beautiful." The painting will grace the front page of the barebrush website until the end of June.

The controversy began on May 2nd, when barebrush's long-time press release company saw and objected to Krieg's painting as N*de-of-the Day and summarily dropped barebrush from its roster. "We had a mad scramble to find another PR firm, " says CEO Ilene Skeen, "And after all the commotion, the fact that Man's Point of View was voted Curators' Choice is a vindication of the painting's power.

The May 2008 N*des-of-the-Month calendar was curated by multi-disciplinary artist, Robert W. Pillsbury, who also selected the nominees for the Curators' Choice Awards. All previous barebrush curators were sent ballots to rank the selections. The poll opened for public voting on the nominees May 1st and closed May 30th. The winners were determined by a statistical combination of the curators and popular vote. All nominees receive complementary listings. First, second and third place are also awarded cash prizes. The results are below:

1st: Man's point of view by Francien Krieg

Man's point of view by Francien Krieg


2nd: Loves Lisp by Jennifer Mazza

Loves Lisp by Jennifer Mazza


3rd: Looking at the Bright Side by Jean Marcellino

Looking at the Bright Side by Jean Marcellino


Honorable Mention: RICHARD HC by Jon Rettich

RICHARD HC by Jon Rettich


Honorable Mention: Mannequins by Donelli J. DiMaria

Mannequins by Donelli J. DiMaria


Congratulations All!

To see the May 2008 N*des-of-the-Month calendar and further details, click here.

To see the archives and all the barebrush curators, click here

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