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Alexander The Great

Andy Warhol’s friend & mentor. Thanks WHATWELIKENYC.

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Gallerist Alexander Iolas first met seventeen-year-old Andy Warhol in 1945, and seven years later gave him his first gallery exhibition in New York City. Their friendship lasted their entire lives until they both passed away, less than four months apart, in 1987.  Stand out Warhol works along with many of the major artists whose careers were defined by showing with Iolas are included in Alexander the Great: The Iolas Gallery 1955-1987 currently on show at Paul Kasmin Gallery in Chelsea.

Iolas played a pivotal role in the art world in America, recognized for being among the first to introduce American audiences to Surrealism. The exhibition contains incredible Surrealist pieces including iconic works by Magritte.  With Iolas having helped shape the careers of arists such as Ed Ruscha, William N. Copley, Victor Brauner, Max Ernst and of course Andy Warhol, this collection feels like a whirlwind journey through some of the twentieth century’s…

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Central Park Clouds

Denver has a ‘Cloud’ sculpture that was installed in 2010, by former Colorado resident artist Christopher Lavery.

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DSC_9043 Olaf Breuning’s “clouds” installation near the 5th Avenue entrance to Central Park, is a cheerful injection of hope for the warm weather ahead.  The blue clouds, the color of a perfect sky rather than actual clouds, are placed above brown limbed trees which are still waiting for their spring foliage to arrive.

Constructed of painted polished aluminium, Breuning had the idea from one of his earlier staged photographs.  The clouds transform this hectic corner of Central Park in to a stage.  The day we visited, we chanced upon a group of people dancing beneath, with Breuning’s dramatic and childlike clouds wafting above like a carefully conceived background set for New York.

Olaf Breuning. Clouds. Central Park at 60th and 5th Avenue. NY.


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Everyday People

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Butterfly Boy, NYC, 1949 Photographer Jerome Liebling (1924-2011) grew up in Brooklyn. In 1948 he became a member of the Photo League, a group of socially aware photographers who took to the urban streets to document life. This month Liebling’s daughter, filmmaker Rachel Liebling, has curated a retrospective of his work on show at Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea.

With many of the pieces never having been exhibited until now, there are works spanning almost 60 years.   There’s nothing posed or forced in Leibling’s work, but rather the beauty comes in the spectacular honesty of his subjects. “My sympathies have always been with the everyday people; they are the center of my photography,” Liebling said.  Whether shooting on the streets of New York City or at a summer camp in Massachusetts, Leibling manages to capture the extraordinary in the ordinary wherever he points his camera.

Jerome Liebling: Matter of Life and Death. Steven Kasher…

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The Amazing Art Collection of Reinhard Onnasch

Click on all the links to view an extraordinary art collection and gallery. Not surprising, dear Clyfford Still, Denver’s adopted art guru, is part of the collection.

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WESLE59358 We sometimes wonder if art dealers are able to nab the best pieces from their artist’s work and upon seeing the exceptional collection of Reinhard Onnasch (he had legendary galleries in New York and Germany) our theory may actually be right!   Hauser & Wirth Gallery has created 10 unique rooms in their vast Chelsea space to present the extraordinary private collection of Reinhard Onnasch .

Each room sums up a movement in recent art history with the exhibition focusing on works from 1950 through to the 1970s, a time when New York’s cultural influence was unrivaled.  This thoughtfully curated show sums up  some of the most important artistic movements of the 20th century with iconic pieces from Pop Art to minimalism to Abstract Expressionism.  If you’re a lover of modern art then is exhibition is not to missed.

Re-View. Onnasch Collection. Hauser & Wirth. 511 West 18th Street. New…

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Demeter’s Choice: A Portrait of Artist Mary Lawrence Tonetti

Great read on this cold, snowy day. If you love sculptor Malvina Hoffman, you’ll love this story of an American sculptor in Paris. Cannot wait to read the book, Demeter’s Choice: A Portrait of My Grandmother as a Young Artist

American Girls Art Club In Paris. . . and Beyond


Demeter's Choice

Demeter’s Choice: A Portrait of My Grandmother as a Young Artist is the story of a young American sculptor named Mary Lawrence Tonetti who began studying under Augustus Saint-Gaudens at a very young age. She came of age in the art studios of New York and Paris in the late 19th century, and is most famous for her sculpture of Christopher Columbus for the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893.

The author is the sculptor’s own granddaughter, Mary Tonetti Dorra, who had access to wonderful personal information to make the story rich with detail and insight. There are even copies of some of Mary Lawrence’s original pen and ink sketches and travel notes.

Demeter’s Choice tells the story of one woman’s choice between art and love. Mary Lawrence led a remarkable, artistic life both before and after her big choice. It’s a life worth knowing more about. And for the…

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14 Thoughts For 2014

In case you haven’t made your 2014 list of to-do’s, Hey Girl says it all. I have made a daily schedule for writing time, blog posts, work (for $), creating my on-line gallery, and for the first time set a time-line for self-publishing a book this year…by damn! Best of luck to you all who want to accomplish something significant in 2014. We must stay on track and remember, these are our goals, no one else.



Hey Girl, welcome to 2014. I think this time of year is the most exciting, it rustles with the whispers of new promise and dreams to chase. While I love the potential a new year holds I don’t like resolutions because most of them set us up for failure. A couple years ago I decided to adjust my perspective, ditch resolutions, and start celebrating every small victory throughout the year. Instead of defaulting to the  generic resolutions people try to stick to (you know these: eat better, lose weight, work out, drink less, stop calling/texting/Facebook stalking that one person you should have forgotten about months ago) I think smaller and more specific. I think about what is going to make me a more confident, grateful and loving human being…and then I go forth and conquer from there. So here are my 14 commitments to 2014:

1. Call People On the…

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Art and obsession

As we head into 2014, I wish you all a prosperous and productive New Year. I am so grateful for your follows and Likes and comments. You’ve made 2013 a lovely year of friendships, learning, blogging and discovering the most fantastic art, artists and bloggers.

Christian Mihai posted ‘Art and Obsession’ yesterday. It reads beautifully and appropriate for artists trying to paint a masterpiece with oils or words to hear the word O B S E S S I O N. Think about the word as 2014 unfolds. When you are stuck in your art remember the word obsession. 2014 will be the year you accomplish the art you are capable of doing.

Remember, life is short; art is long. Good luck to you in 2014.

Our hand of Buddha has bloomed!

I’m sharing this new blog from my friends in France. Hugo is a well-known master garden designer experimenting and researching hydroponics – the process of growing plants in sand, gravel, or liquid, with added nutrients but without soil. It should be of great interest to Denver. The city has a legal and continuing passion for growing hydroponic weeds in warehouses. : )



For the past three weeks, our Hand of Buddha, Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis, was covered in buds.
This morning, joyfully, four buds bloomed.

The hand of Buddha is a thorny small citron tree  (usually less than 7 feet tall) originating from India. He bears amazing fingered fruits.

The fruit have thin skin and little to no flesh . In China and Japan, it was known to be used as a fragrance for the home or to freshen the laundry. In occidental countries, we use the zest for cooking.

The citrus family plants, especially lemon trees are prime candidates for indoor growing, perhaps  the only fruits trees. They appreciate indoor climate and their fruits have many medicinal and flavouring properties. Within the lemon, everything can be useful, juice, rind and pulp.

Be aware! Spider mites love these plants and preventive treatments should be applied. My recommandation is neem oil twice…

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Robischon Gallery featuring John Mc Enroe

January 17 through March 2, 2013

“Object | Nature

Featuring Concurrent Solo Exhibitions:

John McEnroe “Half-Life”

Karen Kitchel “Walking through the Fire”

William Lamson “Action for the Paiva”

and Tyler Beard “Otherscapes”


William Lamson Action for the Paiva video still

 Robischon Gallery is pleased to present four, concurrent solo exhibitions where each individual artist considers the long view of our cultural identity from the vantage point of the natural world. Including: a John McEnroe sculptural installation, Karen Kitchel paintings, William Lamson videos and Tyler Beard collages along with video constructions by David Zimmer and Kim Dickey ceramics.

Also featuring: Recent work by David Zimmer and Kim Dickey

January 17 through March 2, 2013

Opening Reception for the artists: Thursday, January 17, 6 – 8 pm



Before I die I want to…write on a wall

Our wall is installed on the grounds of the McNicols Civic Center, corner of Colfax Avenue and Bannock Street.
Candy Chang’s “Before I die’ wall first appeared in New Orleans in 2011. Today there are over 75 walls installed in cities and countries around the world: San Francisco, Scotland, Hong Kong, Paraguay, New Zealand, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Raleigh, N.C., Spain, Canada, Des Moines, Australia, Italy, Peru, Argentina, New York City.
 Everyone is invited to pick up a piece of chalk, add reflections on your life and share your personal aspirations in a public space. Read more about Candy Chang and how this beautiful art project began below.
Denver’s Before I die wall was brought to the city through a partnership of Arts & Venues, Community Coordinating District, Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design and Denver Design Build, LLC

What is it?

Before I Die is an interactive public art project that invites people to share their hopes and dreams in public space. After artist and urban planner Candy Chang lost someone she loved very much, she painted the wall of an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans with chalkboard paint and stenciled it with a grid of the sentence  “Before I die I want to ______.” Passersby can use chalk to write directly on the wall. The project has since spread worldwide and walls have been created by communities in Mexico, the Netherlands, Australia, Kazakhstan, and beyond. The project is about remembering what is important to you, creating a public space for contemplation, and reimagining how our public spaces can better reflect what matters to us as a community and as individuals.

Who made it?

Candy Chang. She’s an artist, designer, urban planner, and co-founder of Civic Center, a civic design studio in New Orleans. She created the wall in her neighborhood in New Orleans after she lost someone she loved very much. Read her full bio here. Additional installation assistance by Kristina Kassem, Alan Williams, Cory Klemmer, Anamaria Vizcaino, James Reeves, Alex Vialou, Sean Knowlton, Carolina Caballero, Earl Carlson, and Gary Hustwit.


Made with primer, chalkboard paint, stencils, spray paint, chalk. Self-initiated with permission from the property owner, residents of the block, the neighborhood association’s blight committee, the Historic District Landmarks Commission, the Arts Council, and the City Planning Commission. With generous support from the Black Rock Arts Foundation.


The original installation was created February 2011 and lasted until October 2011. At that point the property was purchased and the house is currently being renovated and turned into a home again. Happy ending! The project continues to grow, with new walls being made around the world every month.


The first installation was created on an abandoned house in Candy’s neighborhood in New Orleans, at the corner of Marigny St and Burgundy St (900 Marigny Street).

What’s Next?

After receiving many requests from people around the world, Candy and her Civic Center colleagues created this project website and a Before I Die Toolkit to help people make a wall with their community and share their wall online. A book about the project will be published by St. Martin’s Press and released in 2013. Learn more here. (2012)

TERMS OF USE: Selected high-resolution photographs and portions of the written material included here may be included in original print/web content to be created by the licensee. The portrait of the licensor, Candy Chang, shall be used as a positive example and appear unaltered in this and any derivative works. Unless stated otherwise, the acknowledgement beneath the screenshot shall read: “Copyright © Civic Center” and, where feasible, links to http://candychang.comand


The Before I Die presskit contains the complete project overview and history and a selection of high resolution photographs. Due to the large photo sizes, the package comes in at around 30MB. Download the Press Kit here. To download an individual hi-res photo, click the image you would like and scroll down to the download link.

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