Thursday, January 31, 2008

N*de Art-Friendly Website Continues Monthly Success

via MMD Newswire

New York, NY – Feb 1, 2008 – Barebrush.com announces that its eighteenth N*des-of-the-Month Calendar, (February 2008) is released to the public at the website, barebrush.com , dedicated to the art of the nude. The calendar was curated by Peter Scott, founder and director of SHAG in the Chelsea art district of New York City. Over 400 artworks, (all media, all nude) were submitted by artists world-wide. The barebrush website is owned and operated by ILS Designs, LLC.

About Peter Scott, the Selection and the Artists:

Peter Scott has built his professional career in the art world by specializing in secondary market dealing. Now he is excited to discover and promote the work of progressive multimedia artists ...."SHAG is an exciting small gallery in Chelsea, with big ideas," says barebrush CEO, Ilene Skeen. "I am very pleased that Peter enthusiastically agreed to participate in barebrush. Peter has a quote on his website which resonates with the artist and art lover in us all:

"Art is what lifts us above daily life. It makes us more human, more refined and
more intelligent."
The artists represented for February 2008 are: Roger Cummiskey (28, 29), Donelli J. DiMaria (20-22), Charmaine Frost (16), Jean Marcellino (11, 23), Martina Shapiro (26), Dan McCormack (10), Jacqui Morgan (15), Emily Rich (1-5), Jennie Rosenbaum (6-9), Ilene Skeen (27), Suhas Tavkar (25), Randy Thurman (14), Haydee Torres (18, 19), Judith Volkmann (12, 13), Tim Woodhouse (24) and Yukako (17).

To view the entire press release, click here.


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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

S H A G -- ARTists' RECEPTION

S H A G
JAN 31st

ARTists' RECEPTION at 547 w 27th st 5th fl 6-9
harlem-born-brooklyn-based
presenting
bobby hill and ernest rosenberg
january 17 – february 22, 2008

S H A G is excited to present the harlem-born-brooklyn-based street bobby hill and ernest Rosenberg in person at the artists’ reception on January 31st from 6-9.

Both artists have never had a full fledged gallery show before. Neither has a formal education from an arts college or university. Neither has won any prestigious awards nor juried competitions. What they both have in common is a raw, visceral and quite appealing visual vocabulary completely developed and personalized directly from the street. Both artists have surfaced from the underground world of graffitti-based expression and have found their own potent and thought-provoking visual style now translated on canvases, and in mixed media.

S H A G once again continues to bring artists into the gallery setting from the streets of brooklyn and like the september 2007 show "can I get a witness," launches the careers of a couple of real "emerging" artists.

The image is "Animal House" by Bobby Hill.

For the SHAG website & further info, click here



Friday, January 25, 2008

David Kassan Teaches Figure Drawing at the Salmagundi Club

David Kassan, artist and teacher, is now teaching the Wednesday night open studio figure drawing at the Salamagundi Club. In his own words:

I've been teaching a number of classes and workshops lately. Pretty much
all over the place from Austraila to Santa fe, as well as in my own neighborhood
here in NYC. It's such a cool experience to get out of the studio to share and
develop painting concepts with students from all over the world. We are all on
this journey together from the most novice painter to the greatest technician,
everyone brings something new and unique to the table in the form of new
questions to be answered. Everyone gains in this collaborative to have the tools
to express ourselves as well as fighting our own creative battles. Its an honor
to participate in this open discourse on the technical and conceptual methods of
picture making.

The Wednesday night class session is 6:30 to 10pm. $15 per class with instruction and $10 without. The class is built around long poses so students can concentrate on gaining observational experience with the model.

For the flyer on the class, click here

For more about David's work, click here

For more about David's instruction schedule, click here

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Artist Wins Court Case in Vandalism of N*de Statue

Penticton ordered to pay artist over nude statue

JOHN MOORHOUSE
The Canadian Press
January 23, 2008 at 3:35 AM EST

PENTICTON, B.C. — An artist who created a nude statue called the Baggage Handler that caused so much controversy that it made international headlines will be awarded nearly $15,000 in damages.

Artist Michael Hermesh sued the City of Penticton and the Art Gallery of the South Okanagan after they refused to pay for the damage done to his piece, which was also known as Frank.

After the statue of the middle-aged man surrounded by several old suitcases was unveiled in 2005, members of Penticton council claimed they were unaware the sculpture was to be nude and a steel plate was placed over the figure's genitals. The controversy spawned international media attention which intensified after vandals lopped off the figure's penis.

The next month, after more vandalism, Mr. Hermesh took the sculpture down for repairs which the city refused to pay.

He was awarded $14,386 total in damages....

In her reasons for judgment, Judge Jane Cartwright said by agreeing to temporarily install the sculpture in the traffic circle, the city was in effect “renting” the artwork and Mr. Hermesh retained ownership.

Judge Cartwright ruled the city was negligent in failing to protect Frank from damage....

In addition to the vandalism involving Frank's penis, the sculpture's left ankle was fractured and the left calf cracked. A few weeks later, his groin area was spray-painted green. Art gallery employees tried to remove the paint, without consulting Mr. Hermesh, who claims they unintentionally did further damage....

To see the complete article, click here

PS: Maybe this will have the effect of municipalities not ever letting nude statutes be displayed in public place, or taking a more positive outlook, maybe this will have the effect of giving cities and towns incentive to catch vandals in the act and make them pay for their damage and narrow-mindedness. What do you think? Let me know or comment here. Ilene


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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Winners Announced: N*des-of-the-Month December '07

The winners of the monthly competition for the barebrush Curators Choice Awards and the popular "My Favorite N*de" contest are announced today on the website, barebrush.com, dedicated to the art of the n*de.

The December N*des-of-the-Month calendar was curated by Tria, the Suchman-Bart-Metheny Gallery in Chelsea, NYC. All historic barebrush curators were sent ballots to rank the selections for the "Curators Choice" Awards. The results are below:


1st: Nude20 by Suhas Tavkar


Nude20 by Suhas Tavkar

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2nd: Sometimes by Haydee Torres


Sometimes by Haydee Torres

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3rd: Sleeping Diane by Donelli J. DiMaria


Sleeping Diane by Donelli J. DiMaria

...[more]


Honorable Mention: The Puzzle by Georgette Backs


The Puzzle by Georgette Backs

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Honorable Mention: Beyond by Randy Thurman


Beyond by Randy Thurman

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My Favorite N*de

The winners of the "My Favorite N*de" contest were selected on the basis of popular votes. Voting was open to the public from December 10th through January 15th. The results are:



1st: The Puzzle by Georgette Backs


The Puzzle by Georgette Backs

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2nd: God Lamenting the Death of his Son by Leon Nicholas Kalas


God Lamenting the Death of his Son by Leon Nicholas Kalas

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3rd: flight from the earth by Joost Remeeus


flight from the earth by Joost Remeeus

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Honorable Mention: Joseph's Back Meets the Drapery by Jean Marcellino


Joseph's Back Meets the Drapery by Jean Marcellino

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Honorable Mention: Dress Up by Haydee Torres


Dress Up by Haydee Torres

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Congratulations All!


To see the December 2007 N*des-of-the-Month calendar, click here

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Active Artists Report Sales of Work on Barebrush

New York, NY -- Barebrush.com announces member artists who have recently reported sales of work appearing on barebrush. The mission of barebrush is to provide an exciting venue where artists may show their work at resonable cost and connect with dealers and collectors.



The goal of barebrush to to help artists take control of their selling efforts. I found in my research, prior to starting barebrush, that art dealers have a stong preference for artists who will provide them with sales leads, that is people interested in their work. Barebrush is designed with precisely this in mind.



Many artists cannot sell or "close" as they say in sales -- but no matter, that is the job of the art dealer. If you can promote your art and get people interested in your work, you will have a better chance of finding a dealer. Your dealer can sell for you -- but in today's fast paced world, the dealer often needs the artist to find the initial leads -- until sales momentum builds.



Congratulations all!


These works are reported sold:

Amber Too by Jacqui Morgan


Amber Too by Jacqui Morgan

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Turmoil by Jennie Rosenbaum


Turmoil by Jennie Rosenbaum

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Storm by Jennie Rosenbaum


Storm by Jennie Rosenbaum

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Luminous by Jennie Rosenbaum


Luminous by Jennie Rosenbaum

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Flow by Jennie Rosenbaum


Flow by Jennie Rosenbaum

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Statuesque by Jennie Rosenbaum


Statuesque by Jennie Rosenbaum

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Freedom by Jennie Rosenbaum


Freedom by Jennie Rosenbaum

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Billie by Roger Cummiskey


Billie by Roger Cummiskey

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Elegant Nude by Emily Rich


Elegant Nude by Emily Rich

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Seated Roman by Jean Marcellino


Seated Roman by Jean Marcellino

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Fierce Monk by Jean Marcellino


Fierce Monk by Jean Marcellino

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Manwood by Tony Lee


Manwood by Tony Lee

...[more]








Here is a note from a barebrush artist on how she uses the site to promote her art:




“It is very useful to have a personal Barebrush blog as a vehicle for displaying thumbnails of my artwork, I’ve found. Although I’ve never had a “cold call,” that is, an inquiry from a total stranger who just happened to find my work on the Barebrush website, it has been a very welcome tool.

Whenever I meet or see someone who says, “I’d love to see your work,” I give them the link to my blog. And, I keep a “Barebrush Viewers” list in my e-mail’s “Address Book,” which now has nearly 100 names.

As I upload new work, upon confirmation that it has been posted, I then notify them all of that fact, and invite them to have a look. At the very least, it is a nice boost to have a number of complimentary messages then appear.

Anyone who prefers not to look, or acknowledge the announcement, is welcome to delete my message as spam. Nonetheless, I keep ‘em coming.

Recently, one of the recipients of my notice, a man I haven’t seen in some time, wrote back to say that he’d seen my site, and was intrigued by one of the images. I then invited him to come to my apartment to see that piece in person. To my delight, he purchased it, along with another drawing. This was gratifying, and I hope the experience is repeated.” (JM, NY)


Does it pay to have a dealer if you can post the art on the internet and sell it direct? The answer is a resounding YES! The participation of a dealer in your art career is a validation of your artistic merit and relevance in the art world. And in my experience, dealers prize energetic artists who provide leads to people interested in their work.



Barebrush advertising efforts are focused on the collector (the Gallery Guide) and the media to impress the collector ( MMD Newswire). The artists lead the way, interesting bold collectors and increasing the popularity of the art of the n*de. The dealers follow as they see viability of the site to their own business and their ability to sell this art .

Expose your n*des on barebrush, dedicated to the the art of the n*de. Promote yourself, promote your art.

Let barebrush know about your sales. barebrush takes no commission unless actively involved in your selling process.

May your best efforts multiply and your troubles be divided. Best of luck, Ilene

Saturday, January 05, 2008

In Memoriam -- Aviva Stone 1948 - 2007

The notice below is from Ken Platnick of the Art Students League in NYC. The drawing, by Jean Marcellino, is on the barebrush website, NOTM Curators Choice (2nd, September 2007).

The notice was revised at the request of Aviva's closest friends to more accurately reflect the situation.

Our beloved model, AVIVA STONE, died last weekend – in her studio in Union City.

She had so many friends here at the League who loved her for her joyful spirit and concern for others. Aviva had limited funds. She was hard working, always giving. There was nothing "small" about Aviva, if you knew her. She was big in her heart and big in her spirit.

Now burial costs and related expenses must be paid, and her friends would like to buy a stone to honor her memory. Students and members who would like to contribute are urged to deposit their donations in the folder set up for that purpose in the Gallery on the second floor.

Many thanks for your concern and your help.

Ken Platnick
January 6, 2008

Aviva, too soon gone, we will miss you....
Memories of you will stay with us always, in our art work and in our hearts. (ILS)

To see the detail of the drawing pictured above by Jean Marcellino, click here.

For a website devoted to art of Aviva, click here.

For those of you who can't get to the League or want a record of your contribution (the League is accepting only cash), you may make a donation here using the link below -- all receipts collected will go to help honor her memory.





Comments, artwork with Aviva, welcome.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Art News: Call for Entries -- N*des-of-the-Month February 2008 -- Challenge to lift us "above daily life" -- for the 18th BAREBRUSH calendar

Deadline Wednesday, January 23. All visual artists are encouraged to submit art of the nude to the barebrush.com for selection by Peter Scott, founder and director of SHAG, Chelsea, NYC, for the February 2008 N*des-of-the-Month exhibition.

New York, NY – Jan. 3, 2008. barebrush.com announces today that Peter Scott, founder and director of SHAG in the Chelsea art district of New York City, will select and curate the February 2008 N*des-of-the-Month virtual exhibition. The entry deadline for the February 2008 calendar is Wednesday, January 23. Art must be uploaded to barebrush.com on or before Wednesday, January 23 to be eligible for the February 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 Peter Scott and SHAG

Peter Scott has built his professional career in the art world by specializing in secondary market dealing. Now he is excited to discover and promote the work of progressive multimedia artists hidden in Brooklyn and beyond. In this first year, SHAG plans to present a combination of contemporary New York-based and internationally talented artists from Europe, Latin America and Asia....

"SHAG is an exciting small gallery in Chelsea, with big ideas," says barebrush CEO, Ilene Skeen. "I am very pleased that Peter has enthusiastically agreed to participate in barebrush. Peter has a quote on his website which resonates with the artist and art lover in us all:

"Art is what lifts us above daily life. It makes us more human, more refined and more intelligent."
When asked what art he would like to see for the February 2008 calendar, Peter said that he does not want February 2008 to be predictable or easy. He'd like to see art which exposes the artist's negative sexual experiences. He was specific: no pornography, meaning no art that celebrates depraved physicality, but rather, in his words, "Works related to individual trauma where personal violation and emotional scars and pain are manifested through art."

The artists of barebrush should get their work to barebrush as soon as possible. New artists are welcome to join. Artwork uploaded to the site during this contest period will be in consideration for both the February and March calendars.

To see the entire Call for Entries, click here

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year -- Barebrush N*des-of-the-Month #17

This is the text of the press release going to MMD Newswire.

New York, NY – Jan 1, 2008 – Barebrush.com announces that its seventeenth N*des-of-the-Month Calendar, (January 2008) is released to the public at the website, barebrush.com, dedicated to the art of the nude. The calendar was curated by Alexander Katlan, conservator, author and collector in NYC. The 31 artworks (one for each day of the month) were selected from over 400 works submitted by 39 artists worldwide.

About Alex Katlan, the Selection and the Artists:
Alexander Katlan, MA, MFA, founder of Alexander Katlan Conservator, Inc. provides in-depth museum quality conservation, documentation of fine paintings and research....

"In keeping with our policy to select barebrush curators from a variety of art backgrounds, I am very pleased that Alex Katlan agreed to curate the January 2008 show for barebrush," said CEO, Ilene Skeen. "Alex is unflagging in his enthusiasm for art, his attention to detail and his commitment to preserving both art and art-related history. He comes to barebrush with a lifetime of experience in preserving, appreciating and collecting fine art."

Alex painstakingly reviewed each of the 400+ artworks submitted for the January show. When it was over, he said, "I was looking for competence in the execution of the work, not so much the style." The January calendar selection is evidence of his flexibility and interest in a variety of media and approaches. Alex was especially interested in the oil paintings, but also chose work which crossed over between two art forms, mentioning specifically, Chanit Roston's Uplifted, (painting and sculpture), and Dan McCormack's Annelise... (photography and digital). Alex selected Marc Kehoe's oil, Above Ancona, for the important first Saturday of the month. He admired Jean Marcellino's, graphite portrait, Bellisima, which, perhaps with a tribute to its title, starts the New Year. Jacqui Morgan's Darlinda & Pinky celebrating Christmas made him laugh out loud. He also liked Ephraim Natkins solid pen and wash drawing of a seated man, which has the honor of ending January.

New at barebrush beginning this month, all of the artists selected for the calendar receive two (2) complimentary 60-day listings. Also the Curator's Choice Award nominees announcement moves to the 10th of the month (when voting begins). Each of the Curator's Choice Award nominees receive a total of ten (10) complimentary 60-day listings at that time (8 additional) and are eligible for Curator's Choice Award cash prizes as well.

The artists represented for January 2008 are: Roger Cummiskey (3), Donelli J. DiMaria (25), Cassandra Einstein (21), Isabela Gabrielson (14), Kasper Holten (7), Leon Nicholas Kalas (11), Marc Kehoe (5), Francien Krieg (15), Tony Lee (12), Lucinda Luvaas (22), Jean Marcellino (1, 6, 30), Dan McCormack (16), Mercadoocasio (2), Jacqui Morgan (19), Ephraim Natkins (23, 31), Frank Olesen (17), Jon Rettich (24), Emily Rich (4), Jennie Rosenbaum (18), Chanit Roston (8, 9), William Rothstein (27), Ilene Skeen (20), Suhas Tavkar (28), Randy Thurman (29), Haydee Torres (13), Escha van den Bogerd (10), and Yukako (26).

To see the full press release, click here.

To see the press relase from MMD Newswire, click here .

To see the calendar that these artists are in, click here.