August 7, 2014

4 New Guardians Have Arrived!


Once again I’ve jumped continents for another cross-country US summer trip that blends the perfect amounts of both work and relaxation.  

Hangin’ out and talking shop with Seattle artist Beth Gahan on a personalized tour of her site-specific installation pieces created for Bellwether 2014 Public Art Program.


But before I jumped on my flight from Paris to Seattle I managed to make two shipments of brand new paintings from The Guardians to my gallery, Morton Fine Art, in Washington DC. 

I just finished these new paintings a month ago so they’ve never been exhibited, and they haven’t even made it onto my website yet, but I'll share 2 of them with you here:


Luki, 2014. Mixed Media on Canvas. 20 x 28 inches. (50 x 70 cm.)



Elini, 2014. Mixed Media on Canvas. 24 x 24 inches. (60 x 60 cm.)

For more images and my full 2014 price list, you should call or e-mail Morton Fine Art.
 
I plan to be off-grid this month for as long as reason (and the sunshine) will allow, but the gallery staff is on stand-by to give you all the information you need to add one of these brand new Guardians to your collection.


BIG Summer Love,








p.s. The members of my invite list got a sneak peek of all 4 new paintings 3 days ago. 

If you want to receive previews of my work in your inbox, you should join here: 
http://keshabruce.com/2014preview

March 16, 2014

March Studio Sneak Peek.

Technically I'm still on my annual blog hiatus, but I thought I'd stop by to share a sneak peek into my studio.



I have about 15 canvases, in various stages of completion, strewn about my studio space.

My work table and studio floor are a jumble of coffee cups, water bottles, sharpie markers, hair ties, nail clippers, rubber bands, half-filled wine glasses, and dirty work clothes.  



To say the least, magic is happening!





To be continued...


BIG Love,





 

December 27, 2013

That's a Wrap. See you in the Spring!


  • Attendance at 20+ International Art Fairs.
  • 14 artworks acquired by the Smithsonian.
  • 12 new paintings shipped across the Atlantic.
  • An entire month as an Artist-in-Residence at the CAMAC foundation in France.
  • 4 works on view at AQUA Art Miami Art Fair.
  • A packed schedule of events and during Art Basel Miami Beach.
  • And last but certainly not least, a wildly successful exhibition at Morton Fine Art. 


To say the least, 2013 was a great year. But now I’m ready to reward myself with some much needed time off.  My gift to myself: A 2-month blog hiatus so I can rest and re-energize.

But before I go, I wanted to thank all of you for making my 2013 so spectacular.

I love you THIS much!

Ok, that's a wrap. I’ll catch up with you in 2014!

Big Love + Happy New Year!

-k

BIG Love,



 


December 19, 2013

A Bit of Love + Pics from the Opening of The Guardians.

At this moment I'm feeling incredibly grateful to all of the friends, family, and collectors who came out to Morton Fine Art last week to see The Guardians.










Thank you to everyone who ventured out in the less than ideal weather conditions to see this work.  It was my pleasure to share it with you.

Thank you for all of your thoughts, comments, and truly insightful questions during my artist talk.

I can hardly wait to see you all again.

BIG Love,



 

December 13, 2013

Join me tomorrow in Washington DC for the opening reception for "THE GUARDIANS".

In the fall of 2011 I awoke in the early morning hours to see a figure hovering silently at the foot of my bed.

This moment of terror and fascination has been the obsessive focus of my work for nearly two years.

Kiska  23.6 x 23.6 inches (60 cm x 60 cm.)  Mixed media on canvas.


To date, I have completed nearly 200 works based on The Guardians—a group of solemn, mysterious figures who act as watchers, keepers, and protectors.

For an artist, the opening reception for your new work is always a special occasion, but tomorrow's opening will be especially exciting for me--- I’ll be showing the entire Guardian series together for the very first time.


Duunas  27.5 x 19.6 inches (70 cm x 50 cm.)  Mixed media on canvas.


Come join me tomorrow for a few hours of fun and celebration. 

THE GUARDIANS
December 14, 2013 – January 8, 2014.
Opening Reception: December 14th, 2-6 PM.  (Artist Talk  at  4 PM)
 
Morton Fine Art
1781 Florida Avenue NW
Washington DC. 20009

www.MortonFine Art.com


A glass of champagne is waiting for you!


BIG Love,



 

December 9, 2013

My Tops Picks for This Season's Contemporary Art Exhibitions You Simply Should Not Miss.

Even if you missed out on the Art Basel Miami Beach art fair insanity there's still plenty of great contemporary art viewing to be had yet this season.

This month has a lot to offer when it comes to art viewing on an international scale.  My top picks:

“Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey."
October 11, 2013–March 9, 2014.


"Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey is the first survey in the United States of this internationally renowned, Brooklyn-based artist. Spanning from the mid-1990s to the present, the exhibition unites more than fifty pieces, including Mutu’s signature large-scale collages as well as video works, never-before-seen sketchbook drawings, a site-specific wall drawing, and sculptural installations."
  Read the New York Times review by Holland Cotter here: http://nyti.ms/1fpAHk9



Wayne Lawrence
Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera
October 13, 2013 - February 16, 2014



"The Bronx is considered one of the most diverse communities in America, as well as the home of Hip Hop and Salsa. For the families who have called this borough a home, Orchard Beach remains a treasured respite from the sweltering confines of the concrete jungle.  Lawrence’s portraits of these summertime regulars celebrate the pride and dignity of those who frequent Orchard Beach."



I Always Face You, Even When It Seems Otherwise
Tiwani Contemporary - London.
11 October – 14 December 2013.

Simone Leigh. "You Don't Know Where Her Mouth Has Been", 2012. Stonewear, porcelain and wire.
"I Always Face You, Even When It Seems Otherwise features the work of US-based Nigerian artist Njideka Akunyili and American artist Simone Leigh. 
The artists will present new works in painting, ceramic and sculptural installation. The pieces further their respective explorations and engagement with disparate, yet overlapping ideas including contact zone, language and lived experiences, as well as in the process and materiality.”
You can read an interview with both of the artists here: http://bit.ly/1c48eMY



Mixing Metaphors: The Aesthetic, the Social and the Political in African American Art, Works from the Bank of America Collection.
October 5, 2013 through January 5, 2014.



"Curated by art historian and photographer Deborah Willis, Mixing Metaphors is composed of more than 90 paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, sculptures and mixed media works by thirty-six artists. Willis explores visual metaphor through the artists’ varied experiences, visions and techniques.  
Body politics, race, class and gender are a few of the topics that surface in these works of art, which depict moments from the extraordinary to the mundane. The title Mixing Metaphors is used to highlight ways in which art and storytelling illuminate and cross reference real life stories and experiences."



Women of Vision: National Geographic 
Photographers on Assignment.
October 10, 2013 – March 9, 2014.



“Some of the most powerful and impactful stories of the past decade have been produced by a new generation of female photojournalists. They are as different as the subjects they cover but all share the same passion and commitment to storytelling. 
Women of Vision features the work of eleven photographers. From the elegant landscapes of the Mongolian steppes and American West to war torn battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan; from the last great wildernesses of Africa to the lives of people from the Arctic to the Jersey Shore, their stories explore modern realities and what it means to be human in the 21st Century.”




The Studio Museum in Harlem (November 14, 2013–March 9, 2014).



“Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art is the first exhibition to survey over fifty years of performance art by visual artists of African descent from the United States and the Caribbean. Black performance has generally been associated with music, theater, dance, and popular culture.

While the artists in Radical Presence draw on these disciplines, here their work is considered in relation to the visual arts. The show begins with examples dating from Fluxus—a loose international network of artists from the 1960s and ’70s—and Conceptual art of the same period, and continues up to the present day.


So much beauty, so little time.

Enjoy!

BIG Love,



 

November 21, 2013

The Guardians Have Arrived! Meet Me in Miami + Washington DC!




The new paintings from The Guardians have crossed the Atlantic and finally arrived at Morton Fine Art safe and sound. Phew! *wiping sweat from forehead*

Now the fun begins...

UPCOMING EVENTS

Miami-- Morton Fine Art will be previewing several brand new, large-scale paintings from The Guardians as part of  AQUA Art Miami Contemporary Art Fair.  I’ll be there holding court for a casual “Meet The Artist” session Saturday, December 7th from 3-7 PM.

Washington D.C.--December also marks the much awaited exhibition of my latest work at Morton Fine Art. 



The Guardians

December 14th, 2013 - January 8th, 2014.

Opening Reception: December 14th, 2013. 2-6 PM 
Artist talk at 4 PM.

Morton Fine Art
1781 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009



For AQUA Art Miami VIP Passes or for images and pricing of the new work, contact Morton Fine Art. 

BIG Love,



 

November 14, 2013

Ancestors, Guardians, and Guides + Big News!

It’s always exciting when one of your works finds its perfect home, but when that home is one of the most celebrated museum collections in the United States, it’s just that much more… better.

It is with much, much pleasure and excitement that I share the news that 14 of my artworks from the (Re)calling and (Re)telling series were recently acquired for the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

That They Might Be Lovely, 2008. Archival Pigment Print. 9 x 12 inches. Edition of 15.


If you happen to live in the Washington DC area you can also see several pieces from the series in the exhibition Ancestors, Guardians and Guides which opened November 10th.

Ancestors, Guardians, and Guides.
November 10 – December 15, 2013.


The Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives.
17th & M Street  NW.   Washington, D.C., 20005.

Secrets in the House #2, 2008. Archival Pigment Print. 9 x 12 inches. Edition of 15. 

 Curated by Jarvis DuBois, Ancestors, Guardians, and Guides,  features work that offer the reflections, perspectives, and meanings of ancestors as experienced by the participating artists.  

For details on how to buy a work from the (Re)calling and (Re)telling series for your own collection, contact me at: studio@keshabruce.com.

You can also visit Morton Fine Art at 1781 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009. 

BIG Love,


 

September 23, 2013

Looking at Art is Not a Passive Act.

Giant babies in PlaceVendome in Paris

I have seen them with my own eyes. 

After checking out a few galleries in the Belleville neighborhood this weekend, I ended up strolling through the 1st arrondissement of Paris where I ran into an outdoor installation of work by Taiwanese artist Li Chen.



The spectrum of my reaction to the work went something like this: Shock, overwhelm, confusion, annoyance, curiosity, and finally pleasure.

Here’s the thing: Not all artwork reveals itself to you quickly. 
Sometimes you have to reach for it.

Looking is not a passive act.  Art rewards those who are willing to engage the work on its own terms, rather than comparing it to something else, or what we think it should be.

Regardless of our subjective likes, and dislikes, and expectations, there is always something to be discovered.

The most important thing to remember is to keep looking, exploring, and trying to understand art---the good, the bad, and even the incomprehensible. Because the next piece of art that absolutely thrills you and gives you goosebumps could be literally just around the corner.


BIG French Love,



 

July 4, 2013

The Artists' Declaration of Independence.



“In order to change the world,
you have to get your head together first.”

– Jimi Hendrix




I claim independence from negative thoughts and self-criticism and the need to compare myself to others instead of focusing on how to be the best at what I do.


I claim independence from the judgments of others.  I will not be diminished by those who seek to make me feel small or limit my ability to truly shine.

I claim independence from the unyielding desire for the approval of others at a cost to my personal well-being and sense of purpose.

I claim independence from the fear and doubt that keeps me from creating my most beautiful and most powerful work.

I claim independence from a life of struggle and difficulty.  Instead, I choose optimism, success, and possibility.

Now, over to you:

What would you like to claim independence from? 


BIG Free Love,