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Jack Dowling

Jack Dowling – painter, printmaker , and writer was named the
first Westbeth Icon. See video of the celebratory evening on Nov 19, 2017.

Jack Dowling

Jack Dowling

Westbeth Icons is a project sponsored by Westbeth Artists Residents Council from a grant provided by NYC Councilperson Corey Johnson.

The project seeks to celebrate Westbeth’s senior artists who continue to produce work and in so doing provide inspiration for us all.

The first Westbeth Icon is Jack Dowling, who in addition to his painting, and printmaking, and writing short stories for the Hamilton Stone Review, among others, served also as the Westbeth Gallery Director for over 12 years. In that capacity he helped numerous artists with hanging their shows, curating their work, and writing letters of support to grant-giving cultural organizations.

On November 19, 2017, was an evening of celebration. It consisted of a filmed interview by Terry Stoller, heart-felt speeches by Beverly Brodsky, Jayne Holsinger, William Kennon, Christina Maile, and Jack’s brother, Douglas. The evening ended with a presentation of a Tiffany pen from Westbeth Artists Residents Council President, Geo Cominskie.

A video of the evening was filmed by Ted Timreck and Christina Maile, and edited by Tim Timreck

VIDEO

Karin Batten at June Kelly Gallery, 166 Mercer Street, NYC, “Celebrating 30 Years”, Gallery Artists, Drawings and Photography, from December 21, 2017 to January 30th, 2018.

THE GIFT Karin Batten

THE GIFT Karin Batten

The many different materials I use create complex and poetic works layered with meaning of open seas and land.
I play organic shapes against geometric patterns. Some forms are scraped and layered while others are fully present. I work spontaneously and intuitively.
Since I moved to New York City I have been fascinated by the scale of its buildings, reminiscent of mountains and deep valleys. The seemingly fragmented city merges into one cohesive unit, that needs the collective in order to continue to evolve, grow, and prosper. However, it is not until the many layers, textures, strokes and colors intertwine that the composition comes into focus and the true magnificence of New York City’s skyline and terrain is captured.

More info on Karin Batten HERE</strong>

THE GIFT Karin Batten

Karin Batten and Christina Maile featured in the Spring 2018 print edition of San Francisco Peace and Hope Journal

THE GIFT Karin Batten

THE GIFT Karin Batten

San Francscio Peace and Hope is a literary journal devoted to poetry and visual art.

The current political climate is one of the most unsettling in the history of our country. Politicians throw words around carelessly and dangerously – and this year Trumpism has brought forth a sad new model.

The fact is, words matter. Images matter. If anyone understands this, it is the poet and the artist. We need words and images that pave the way for evolution; words and images that can be part of history, that one hundred, two hundred, one thousand years into the future, people will look back on and be inspired.

HISTORY OF THE WORLD Part 1 Christina Maile

HISTORY OF THE WORLD Part 1 Christina Maile

At SF Peace and Hope we believe that the most important moment is now. How shall we use this moment in time? We need to choose carefully. Every word, every image, every action makes an impact for ourselves and the world. With a creative act there is always a new beginning, always a fresh hope when a poem or painting is created.
– Editor, Elizabeth Hack

Juanita McNeeley  photo by Dean Kaufman

Juanita McNeeley, Westbeth artist,
featured in NYT T Magazine, Feminist Pioneers Making Provocative Art about Sex Oct 31, 2017 edition

Juanita McNeeley  photo by Dean Kaufman

Juanita McNeeley photo by Dean Kaufman

Excerpt from the T Magazine article
by Rachel Corbet

Now, though, some of the most revelatory art on sexual themes is being made by women like Bernstein, Betty Tompkins, Juanita McNeely and Joan Semmel, best known for their paintings, and multidisciplinary artists like Schneemann and Valie Export, among others, all of whom have been producing their work for decades to little notice — if not outright persecution — from critics, curators and audiences.

Read entire article HERE

Michelle Weinberg "Dining Table Democracy"  2017

Michelle Weinberg’s work is featured in SURFACE 5, at ARENA at Brooklyn Dermatology, now to February 2018

Michelle Weinberg "Dining Table Democracy"  2017

Michelle Weinberg “Dining Table Democracy” 2017

Surface 5: featuring the work of Josiane Dias, Jill Galarneau, Borinquen Gallo, Lucy Mink and Michelle Weinberg
Where: ARENA at Brooklyn Dermatology – 440 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn

Show Dates: Now to February 2018

Surface 5: is the fifth in a series of exhibitions curated by Renée Riccardo at a contemporary art gallery within a dermatology space, ARENA at Brooklyn Dermatology. Riccardo is continuing the mission of presenting new work by emerging artists that she had developed in her previous gallery, ARENA.

While drawing and painting are the point of origin for all her projects, Michelle Weinberg produces art for interiors, architecture and public spaces. The stage-set spaces she invents are fictitious architectures populated with stylized forms, eccentric perspectives, flickering patterns and saturated pastel and hothouse hues. Responding to the sublime geometry underlying natural forms, Weinberg also incorporates familiar details from the observable world. Her objective is to create vivid backdrops for human activity, conforming to her own playful physics. Weinberg’s output includes paintings on paper, hand-marbleizing, hand-bound books, the design of tiles, textiles, installations of papier maché objects, indoor and outdoor murals, mosaics, terrazzo floors and more. Her more than 64 hand bound drawing books form a library of notes/working drawings inspired by everything from digital game space to early camouflage, to arabic calligraphy, window display, fashion design, curio cabinets, Warner Bros. cartoons and more. Weinberg’s creative practice is very flexible, and she has participated in multi-disciplinary projects with dance, theater and film artists. A recipient of numerous awards and residencies, Weinberg has exhibited in galleries, museums and community arts spaces. She is an experienced independent curator, arts educator and curriculum consultant to museums and non-profits. Her activities working with young people, seniors and families is a vital aspect of her career, fully integrated and inseparable from her artistic practice.

Weinberg received her BFA from School of Visual Arts in NYC and her MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She is the recipient of awards, fellowships and residencies including a Creative Learning Grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, a Wavemaker Grant from Cannonball Miami, a South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship in Visual & Media Art, an Individual Artist Fellowship and Artist Enhancement Grant from the State of Florida, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, residencies at Franz Mayer of Munich in Germany, MacDowell Colony, Millay Colony, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, homesession and Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain, and Altos de Chavon in the Dominican Republic. Exhibitions of her work include: FIU Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian Museum, design sublime and Emerson Dorsch Gallery in Miami, Cyan Gallery in Barcelona, Curatorial + Co in Sydney, The Hewitt Gallery at Marymount Manhattan College and Open Source in NYC, The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Edison State College in Fort Myers, FL, The Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown, MA and Islip Art Museum, NY. Commissions include murals for Young at Art Museum, The Wolfsonian Museum-FIU and Facebook offices in Miami, public art projects for Miami-Dade County, City of Tampa, City of Pembroke Pines, Cultural Council of Jacksonville, and City of Hollywood, all in FL. Weinberg is Creative Director of Girls’ Club in Fort Lauderdale, and a consultant to museums and non-profits, developing exhibitions, education programming and more.

Brooklyn Dermatology was started in 2005 by Dr. Sourab Choudhury. It is dedicated to world class dermatology in a modern friendly environment. The practice now consists of multiple dermatologists and physician assistants who handle all facets of dermatology including adult, pediatric and cosmetic dermatology. Brooklyn Dermatology has recently moved to a brand new facility to accommodate the growth of the practice to this location. The new office, located on the ground floor and lower level of 440 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn was designed by Paul Bennett Architects.

Renée Riccardo is an independent curator. She was an adjunct curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York from 1987 to 1988 and independently organized shows of postmodernist photography from 1985 through 1990, including the traveling exhibition Acceptable Entertainment for Independent Curators Inc. In 1991 she opened ARENA, a gallery dedicated to emerging artists working in all media, and in 1996 and 1997 she co-organized with John Good The Art Exchange Show, an New York art fair that focused on new art, music and performance that took place in two abandoned Wall Street office buildings. Riccardo continued her gallery, ARENA through 2004, having it sited in Soho, Cobble Hill, Williamsburg, and Chelsea at various times launching many artists very early in their careers such as Joanne Greenbaum, Rachel Harrison, Kim Beom, Fabian Marcaccio, Jason Middlebrook, Marilyn Minter, Vik Muniz, Wangechi Mutu, Mickalene Thomas and Kehinde Wiley among dozens of other now well known artists. In 2004 she established ARENA Projects, a roving curatorial and consulting entity. She has since curated dozens of exhibitions including a series entitled, Wrap Around at ARENA@Suite 806, a gallery within her therapist, Lee Shapiro, Psy.D.’s office at 89 Fifth Avenue, NYC. In June 2017, Riccardo and Paul Laster curated the exhibition, Maker, Maker at the CMA (Children’s Museum of the Arts), NYC.

For further information regarding Surface 5 please contact Renée Riccardo at
arenagalbyreneericcardo@gmail.com or call 646 734 2261.

Directions: Take the G, A, or C to Hoyt-Schermerhorn, the 2, 3, 4 or 5 to Nevins St., B, D, Q or R to Atlantic Ave. – Barclays Center.

ARTSY. NET article 12 artists in Group Shows who Deserve Solo Shows featured Tommy Kha who exhibited in this summer’s in DISCURSIVE SELVES in Westbeth Gallery

Tommy Kha

Conventional wisdom holds that the bonanza of New York summer shows is little more than a sleepy pause before the fall season kicks into gear. But it’s also a terrific time to scout group exhibitions for the lesser-known talent on the cusp of wider recognition—artists who will, with any justice, soon be given their own solo-show spotlight in the city.
But don’t despair if you’ve been hiding out at the beach for the past two months: we’ve done the hard work for you. Below, we take a look at 12 discoveries—including a painter of video game aesthetics, a photographer of Elvis impersonators, and a sculptor inspired by seaweed—that the art world will be buzzing about before long.

tommy kha 2

Tommy Kha
B. 1988, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE; LIVES AND WORKS IN NEW YORK AND MEMPHIS.
SEEN AT: “DISCURSIVE SELVES” AT WESTBETH GALLERY, 55 BETHUNE STREET, NEW YORK, JUL. 21–AUG. 11, 2017.

Read the article here:
https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-12-artists-summer-group-deserve-solo

ARTNET names Westside Exposure : Whitney Summer Show at the Westbeth Gallery as one of the 30 hottest shows seen this summer.

photograph by Alexandra Bono

photograph by Alexandra Bono

The show which closed recently featured innovative dynamic work by Whitney Museum staff. Westbeth Gallery is honored to have presented the exhibit.

Congratulations to the Whitney staff of artists, and to curators, Michelle Donnelly and Melinda Lang

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/new-york-summer-group-shows-2-1002044

ONE PLANET

ONE PLANET ONE FUTURE Gallery has opened at Westbeth.
The Gallery features the work of Anne de Carbuccia documenting human caused threats to the environment

ONE PLANET

One Planet One Future is artist Anne de Carbuccias ongoing project using photography, videos, and conferences to create images of cultural and spiritual relevance that powerfully depict what we have and what we may lose. Climate change is decimating the habitats of Earth’s most beautiful and majestic creatures. The time to act is now. One Planet One Future aims to document the Earth’s beauty and frailty, and inspire sustainable behaviors and habitats.

one planet with anne

Anne de Carbuccia’s photographs are taken on location and are both an homage to their subjects—water, disappearing environments, endangered species and cultures—and a hard examination of the often ruinous effects of pollution and war. They record what is fast disappearing for future generations while serving as a plea to reimagine a new world.

Website: oneplanetonefuture.org

Further Information:
Halina Warren, Gallery Office Manager halina@oneplanetonefuture.org
James Addison Gallery Manager at james@oneplanetonefuture.org

Visit:
One Planet One Future’s permanent exhibition in the West Village of Manhattan is open to the public for free guided visits Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm.

ONE Art Space
461 West Street
between Bank and Bethune Sts
NY, NY 10014

or enter at Westbeth Courtyard at 155 Bank Street between Washington and West Streets.