January 20, 2015

Under the Big Top: My Personal Art Picks from Art Basel Miami Beach.

No matter how elegantly they are designed, the huge white art fair tents
 always make me think of the circus.
 


This year during Art Basel Miami Beach I took thousands of photos. Thousands. Like most people, I use my camera as a type of visual notebook. Collecting images, names, works, people..... 

I take pictures of all kinds of seemingly nonsensical things so they may later serve as a reminder to go back and look at or research something again once I've recovered from "Fair Fatigue".

Just last week I finally had the time and energy to sort through what I captured. 

I can't even begin to share half of what I saw, but I wanted to take a moment to at least share a short list of art that I really enjoyed.





Shinique Smith at James Cohan Gallery.  (New York City)
Shield Maiden, 2014. 
Acrylic, fabric and collage on canvas over wood panel.






Hank Willis Thomas at Goodman Gallery. 
(Johannesburg and Capetown)
Raise Up, 2014.
Bronze.







Enoc Perez at Danziger Gallery.
Selected images from “Summer Job”, 2014.
Collage on paper.










Jean Lowe at McKenzie Fine Art (New York City).
Casein on Paper mache.










Chris Ofili at Osborne Samuel Art (London).

Afro Muses: Harem 1, 1995.
Series of 9 portraits, Unique, Signed.
Watercolor, ink and pencil on paper.








Erik den Breejen at Freight Volume Gallery (New York City).
Richard Pryor, 2014.
Acrylic on Linen.












Aime MPane at Haines Gallery (San Francisco).
Kinoct & Icono-Jeremie series, 2011-2014.
Acrylic and Mixed-Media on wood panel.











Squeak Carnwath at Seager/Gray Gallery (Mill Valley, CA.)
Confidence, 2014.
Oil and Alkyd on panel.








Vanessa German at Pavel Zoubok Gallery (New York City).
Considering the End, 2014.







So much beauty, so little time. Until next year...
























BIG Love,



 


January 12, 2015

New Year, New Ink!

One very early morning, while I was in Miami for Art Basel, I got a rapid fire succession of texts from my mom. Complete with a whole lot of exclamation points.

“You didn’t see the Facebook post!?”

“Check your email!!”

“I sent you the link!!”


Early morning text messages always make my heart race. It's frequently bad news. But this time it turned out to be very pleasant news indeed.

"Din Une Tres Belle Negresse 2.  By artist Mickalene Thomas.


Washington D.C. based writer Nneka M. Okona of Hor Harriet, was kind enough to include me on this amazing list "10 Contemporary Black Women Visual Artists You Should Know"  thboasts the likes of Kara Walker, Renee Cox, Xaviera Simmons, Wangechi Mutu and Mickalene Thomas---which also happens to be the guest list at my dream dinner party.


And then just last week I received a 8 am text message, followed by a Google alert, that Caroline Jones over at Washington City Paper had done a nice little write up about my solo exhibition at Morton Fine Art.




A very pleasant way to usher out one year and ring in the new!



BIG Love,



 

January 6, 2015

Everything I Ever Wanted + More: A Year's Worth of Photographs from the Charmed Life of an Artist.

My solo exhibition at Morton Fine Art just ended earlier this month, but I wanted to share a few images.

Wow! To say the least, 2014 was a year filled with so much joy and passion and laughter and tears and love that I’m having a really hard time finding the words to talk about it.


So I’ll stop trying.


Instead I’ll give you pictures. Lots, and lots, and lots, of pictures.

Where the magic happens.



Stuff I saw, did, ate, drank, and/or bought in Paris.




 Morton Fine Art Booth at AQUA Art Fair during Art Basel Miami Beach.  Me and my Art Posse: (from left to right) Liz Tran, Yours Truly, Natale Cree Adgnot, and Eddie Granger.









 Special thanks to Curator, Writer, Critic, and Producer Extraordinaire Cathy Byrd from 
Fresh Art International for working her special brand of magic and landing me 2 passes to the legendary PULSE Art Fair VIP Brunch.  Which as it turns out.....is actually a  proper brunch!




TOP: The taxi situation during ABMB attained critical mass this year. I was not impressed.  

BOTTOM: Walking the red carpet with my art dealer Amy Morton of Morton Fine Art  at 
The 2nd Annual Fly Beyond Awards dinner, honoring Smithsonian curator Dr. Tuliza Fleming, 
Artist, Art Historian, and Scholar David Driskell, as well as BET CEO Debra Lee.



TOP: Obligatory Duck-Face with friends on The Aqua Hotel terrace.

BOTTOM: Even Solange Knowles showing up to DJ at this year’s Jack Shainman Gallery party at the Surfcomber Hotel couldn’t keep me awake. Sooo tired. So ver, very tired.




Even a bit of beach time and 12 hours of sleep can't fix what ABMB does to you.  
No time to recover.  Onward to my solo exhibition in Washington DC!






New Work from The Guardian Series.









I had just enough time in Washington DC to help artist Dafna Steinberg organize and hang her latest show, eat a slice of pizza, and throw back a couple of cocktails to celebrate my successful opening before hoping on a plane to Phoenix!









Stopping by to see the lovely people at Bonner David Gallery in Scottsdale’s downtown Arts District to show my mom a few paintings by my art BFF, Seattle artist, LizTran.  



First day in my own bed in 5 1/2  weeks. I'm done!

















BIG New Year's LOVE,