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Karen Ludwig interviews Marin Ireland at New School for Drama on March 31, 12:45PM – 1:45PM Free

Marin Ireland - About The Work Poster

ABOUT THE WORK is a series of interviews with prominent actors, directors and writers,for the purpose of educating and inspiring students at The New School.
hosted by Karen Ludwig

Artists from Westbeth are welcome! The events take place on a Friday from12:45 – 1:45 in the
New School for Drama’s theater – 3rd floor. A free event.

SIMON CARR in solo painting show “Scenes and Stories” at Bowery Gallery opening February 28

Snow, by the Hudson River  50 x 77 inches 2015

Snow, by the Hudson River 50 x 77 inches 2015

Simon Carr
Scenes and Stories: Recent Painting

February 28 – March 25, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday 5-8pm on March 2, 2017
Artist Talk: Thursday 6-8pm on March 11, 2017
In Conversation with Thadeus Radell

Bowery Gallery presents the recent work of Simon Carr Feb 28-March 25, with an opening reception Thursday March 2 from 5-8. There will also be a gallery talk Saturday March 11 at 4pm, “Simon Carr in Conversation withy Thaddeus Radell.” Carr and Radell will discuss the show offering insights into the methods and techniques of a contemporary figurative painter.

Simon Carr’s work over the last ten years has centered on human environments and situations. From street scenes to working on a farm, Carr begins with drawings. Drawings on the spot note figures, environments, details, he then assembles them into larger drawn compositions in the studio. The paintings are done from these drawings. The process itself allows for memory and experience to enter the paintings, worked on for long periods of time, rather than transcriptions of things seen in a particular moment.

The paintings are evocative of the light, colors and atmosphere of the different locales. The artist writes in the catalog that accompanies the show, “This show attempts to reveal the relationships and rhythms that unite groups of figures and bring them into harmony.”

The Bowery Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm. For more information contact the gallery at 646-230-6655 or info@bowerygallery.com

See more work by Simon Carr HERE

GRISELDA STEINER’s poem HUDSON RIVER appears in February issue of Scene 4

photo by Sandy Hechtman

photo by Sandy Hechtman

The Hudson River
New York City

This is the river

My river

The mighty famous river

Whose coasts grow tall weeds of steel

That reflect glittering lights at dusk

This is the river

My river

Whose source is named “Lake Tear in the Clouds”

Called “The River” by the Iroquois

And Mohegans named “The River that Flows Two Ways”

This is the river

My river

Whose tides bear down to the ocean

My ocean

Whose salt waters

Life’s womb

A baptism of spirit

My ocean

Carrying boats, tankers, kayaks

Tugboats, yachts, cruises ships

Sailboats north, south in the sunset

That navigate the currents

Sharing their colors with the clouds

Grey, green, blue, teal, pearl, red, purple

Orange and yellow beams

Become a violet and pink seduction

That turn black with stars hovering

Over secret war planes

Whose engines low roar

Steal their way to foreign wars

As massive river tankers

Read the rest of the poem HERE AT SCENE 4

Karen-Ludwig- WHERE WAS I

KAREN LUDWIG in solo performance WHERE WAS I? at Joe’s Pub on Thursday April 13th at 9:30pm

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WHERE WAS I? tells the funny and poignant story of a lifetime spent in one of our most passionate and public professions. From playing Meryl Streep’s lover in Woody Allen’s Manhattan, to her heart-rending film portrayal of Ethel Rosenberg in Citizen Cohn, to her many memorable theater performances, Karen Ludwig has shared the New York stage and screen for over four decades with some of Broadway and Hollywood’s biggest stars. WHERE WAS I? is a moving and often hilarious journey of a dedicated artist in search of her identity. It is a vital and compelling story of a lifetime working in the arts.

WHERE WAS I? is directed by two-time Emmy Award winning Dorothy Lyman.

KAREN LUDWIG, actor, director, writer and teacher has appeared on Broadway in Craig Lucas’, PRELUDE TO A KISS with Steve Guttenberg and John Randolph, Neil Simon’s BROADWAY BOUND with Joan Rivers, THE DEVILS with Anne Bancroft, THE BACCHAE with Irene Pappas. Her many Off-Broadway performances at The Public Theater include MUSEUM by Tina Howe and, as a member of Andre Gregory’s Manhattan Project for two years, she performed in THE SEAGULL and Wallace Shawn’s OUR LATE NIGHT traveling with the Company throughout the United States and Europe. She was in the world premiere of MOONCHILDREN at The Royal Court in London as well as playing Lady McDuff in MACBETH at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada; both directed by Peter Gill. Her first film was Woody Allen’s MANHATTAN, (Meryl Streep’s lover), SPIDERMAN 2, THIRTEEN DAYS opposite Kevin Costner, THE FIELDS, opposite Cloris Leachman and THAT AWKWARD MOMENT with Zach Efron. Ms. Ludwig is very proud of her work as Ethel Rosenberg in HBO’s CITIZEN COHN opposite James Woods after which she helped raise money for the Rosenberg Foundation for Children. TV includes NYPD BLUE, ER, PARTY OF FIVE, JUDGING AMY, BLUE BLOODS, ELEMENTARY and many LAW AND ORDER episodes.

WHERE WAS I? is part of the 15th Anniversary season of the Theater series at the Downtown Urban Arts Festival.

TICKET INFO AND RESERVATIONS:
Joe’s Pub

ELISABETH CONDON UnNatural Life

Elisabeth Condon solo show
UNNATURAL LIFE at Emerson Dortch Gallery Feb 10 – March 31, 2017

ELISABETH CONDON UnNatural Life

“Condon ‘hates’ the birds and flowers’ reference to stifled, feminized, upper class tastes. At the same time, their tasteful ornamentation is her ‘secret sin.’ As both conceptual and visual problems, the images are loaded with implications that sabotage the perfection of the pours. Like Philip Guston’s late-1960s break from pure abstraction, however (Guston: ‘I got sick and tired of all that Purity!'(1)), Condon’s attempt to integrate recognizable images with abstraction revels in difficulty, rather than retreating from it.”

“With their gorgeous colors, over-bloomed flowers, and zones of glitter, Condon’s paintings can be judged hastily as pretty, decorative, and not at all serious. Getting lost in their sumptuous painting passages can mask a disdain for references to a specific combination of gender, age, class, and taste. Though decoration symbolizes everything Condon railed against as a young woman, she felt it necessary ‘to go back in’ and reclaim her experience, and to give voice to women whose creative expression has been confined to women’s work.”

“Condon’s injection of feminine elements into the predominantly male ‘grand gesture’ of large-scale abstract painting manifests a feminist acknowledgment of individual experiences. Recalling Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s proclamation, ‘I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femininity,'(2) Condon’s paintings permit birds, flowers, and decoration to sit alongside expressions of angst and tensity, as well as beauty, as part of women’s, and human, experience.”

excerpts from
Elisabeth Condon’s Unnatural Life
by Erica Ando
1. Robert Storr, Guston (New York: Abbeville Press, 1986), 52.
2. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists (New York: Anchor Books, 2014), 39.

ABOUT ELISABETH CONDON
Elisabeth Condon is a painter, traveler, and Chinese scroll aficionado, whose work re-interprets Chinese principles of balance for an information-saturated world. Awards and fellowships include a Hanban Confucius Institute Understanding China Fellowship, the PULSE Prize, Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, Florida Individual Artist Grant and numerous University research grants. Upcoming and recent artist residencies include Wave Hill’s 2017 Winter Workspace residency in Riverdale, NY, Art & History Museums, Maitland, FL, a Hemera Foundation Tending Spaces Artist Fellowship, the Florida Everglades (AIRIE), Swatch Art Peace Hotel Shanghai, Grand Canyon National Park, Wupatki National Monument, Corporation of Yaddo, Fountainhead and Red Gate, among others. In 2017 she will complete a public art commission for Tampa’s International Airport.

Condon has exhibited in venues such as the Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg, FL, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, Shenghua Art Centre, Nanjing and 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, New York. Condon’s work is held in public collections including the J.P. Chase Collection, the US Embassy Beijing, Swatch Art Peace Hotel Traces Collection Shanghai, and The Sweeney Print Collection at the Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg, FL. She has shown with and been represented by Emerson Dorsch of Miami since 2006.

ABOUT EMERSON DORSCH
Emerson Dorsch reflects the generative partnership of founder Brook Dorsch and curator Tyler Emerson-Dorsch. The contemporary art gallery represents select South Florida-based artists, and we also host leading visiting artists, curators and musicians to do projects at and around the gallery at least once per year. EDG began as Dorsch Gallery on Coral Way in 1991, moved to Wynwood in 2000, and re-opens in Little Haiti in 2017.

Emerson Dorsch represents a core group of select South Florida-based artists. We believe in the joys of an artful life, of experiencing art close to the source. The gallery also has an invitational program for national and international artists to explore and seed new partnerships. Through all the gallery’s activities, we foster art patronage and artistic community.

Image:
Elisabeth Condon
Unnatural Life, 2016
acrylic and ink on linen
57 x 72 inches
Courtesy Emerson Dorsch Gallery

General inquiries:
info@emersondorsch.com
305-576-1278

EMERSON DORSCH | 5900 NW 2ND AVE | MIAMI, FL 33127

JOAN HALL

Joan Hall solo show of collages
HOMENAJE opens Feb 4, 2017 at
Interseccion Gallery of Contemporary Art, Fabrica la Aurora, San Miguel de Allende

JOAN HALL

She will also present a lecture/slide show at the Biblioteca on February 14th on Collage: Past & Present.
This lecture will also be presented at Westbeth this coming spring.

Part 1: Collage & Assemblage, Past & Present
Part 2 : The Art of Joan Hall

Collage has rapidly gained popularity as an art form in the United States. I believe that there are sociological reasons for this. Everyone is in a hurry and the medium of collage conveys a feeling of spontaneity. With the advent of the computer and the Internet, our world had become fragmented. This is reflected in the bits and pieces that make up a collage and assemblage. Based on this, I have compiled a lecture/slide show on collage and assemblage from 12th century Japan to contemporary digital photo illustration
Part 1 includes works by Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Cornell, Rauschenberg, and many other artists. You will see how artists recycled everyday materials into artwork, using spare tires, shredded money, and even ones own blood! The use of collage in illustration has become a familiar sight. You will learn how collage artists cope with some hilarious, yet frustrating experiences in the publishing workplace. This program is both entertaining and educational.
Part 2 consists of my own artwork.

Native New Yorker Joan Hall’s artwork has appeared on covers of Time Magazine, The New York Times and numerous other publications. Her collages and assemblages have been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including The Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City. She was commissioned by the American Cultural Center of the US State Department to lecture, exhibit, and conduct workshops in France, India, Brazil, and Mexico.

PAT LASCH: NY Times article – Ars Longa Except When MoMA Throws It Out

PAT LASCH in NYT

ARS LONGA by Randy Kennedy for New York Times January 21, 2017

The New York sculptor Pat Lasch has spent her career making work that plays with the distinction between ordinary things and things belonging in museums: realistic-looking ball gowns made from dried acrylic paint; plaster eggs; towering decorative cakes fashioned from wood and paper.

Her fascination with cakes grew out of a notion of them as markers of time’s passage, through birthdays, weddings and other occasions. And cakes have also helped her remember her father, a German-born pastry chef who gave her some life advice when she worked in his bakery as a teenager, piping the icing: “If you make a mistake, put a rose on it.”

Recently Ms. Lasch, 72, discovered a mistake that even the loveliest rose is unlikely to fix: The Museum of Modern Art, which commissioned a 5-foot-2-inch-tall cake sculpture in 1979 as part of its 50th anniversary, appears to have discarded the piece, which Ms. Lasch wanted to borrow for a retrospective of her work opening in March at the Palm Springs Art Museum in California.

Ms. Lasch, a first-generation feminist who started working in the early 1970s, said she contacted the Museum of Modern Art last fall after the curator in Palm Springs, Mara Gladstone, was unable to find records of the cake sculpture in the archives at MoMA. “Mara said, ‘Pat, I don’t know how to tell you this,” Ms. Lasch recalled in a recent interview.

Read more here
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/20/arts/ars-longa-except-when-moma-throws-it-out.html

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LORRAINE O’GRADY stars in a new music video from Anohni’s recent album, Hopelessness.

Conceptual artist, Lorraine O’Grady stars in the new music video by Anohni,from the album, HOPELESSNESS. The video features the song Marrow as lip-synched by Lorraine O’Grady.

My thanks to Anohni for her dangerous and desperately needed work. It’s been a privilege to be a small part of her project — which at first seems so simple, but then layer by layer reveals how the many mutually reinforcing “isms” are buffeting and driving us to perhaps an unavoidable end. Stay strong.

– Lorraine O’Grady

See more of Anohni‘s videos from the album Here

A wonderful review of the video by Jillain Steinhauer has just been published
in Hyperallergic

Indeed, what makes the video so powerful is that O’Grady does more than just lip-synch along; she seems to be absorbing the music in the moment — both the lyrics and the breaks — and then transmitting it to the viewer, acting as a kind of mediator between the contents of the song and us.

Read More Here.

Anohni is a transgender woman. In 2016, Anohni became the second openly transgender person nominated for an Academy Award; she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, along with J. Ralph, for the song “Manta Ray” in the film Racing Extinction. Her debut solo album, Hopelessness, was released in May 2016 to wide critical acclaim, including another nomination for the Mercury Music Prize. (Wikipedia)

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ARLENE GOTTFRIED’s MOMMIE
selected by TIME Magazine as one of the best photograpy books of 2016

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MOMMIE is a remarkable photographic portrait of three generations of women in the family of photographer Arlene Gottfried and an intimate story of the inevitable passage of time and aging. Pictured within, we are introduced to Gottfried’s 100 year old immigrant grandmother, fragile mother, and reluctant sister over the breathtaking course of 35 years.

An artist turning their eye on their own immediate family is a well explored theme, but Gottfried has achieved the sublime with a multi-decade long commitment to document the intimate lives of her nearest kin. Gottfried succeeds in creating a complete twentieth century portrait of four lives inextricably interwoven through relation, sickness, need, love, and the absence of her father—who passed away while Arlene was still young.

Living as many mid-century Jewish New York families did, the Gottfrieds were not wealthy and lacked any trappings of luxury. Close examination of their world on Avenue A in Manhattan’s Lower East Side reveals a dimly lit small apartment, cartons of budget saltines and groceries, chipped paint, damaged floor tiles, guarded loose change, and well worn clothes – details natural to the lives of many families of immigrants in New York.

Mommie is testament to the passage of time, changes in the generations, losing loved ones and a familial experience at once both similar and unique to all.

Source: Amazon

Link: http://time.com/4580692/best-photobooks-2016/

Dolly Unithan works acquired by the Metropolitan Museum, NYC.

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The Metropolitan Museum recently acquired two of Dolly Unithan’s works. (Accession numbers 2016.411 and 2016.410 ).

“I am sincerely honored to find my contemporary artworks listed in the company of such ancient, magnificent art collected, but also deeply humbled by the fact that my two collected contemporary artworks could have found a place at all, to be listed and slotted in by the curators under the category and geographic region, Asia, Malaysia”.

– Dolly Unithan