vineri, 12 decembrie 2014

From US with Love

Paul Hitter moved over to California.

This is his new website. You can fallow his work, order prints, buy originals or simply check his blog.
Starting December 19th our Gallery will extend to Pasadena California. For more info about our new location visit our site

duminică, 9 noiembrie 2014

Tomasso Cristofaro - The Man Behind The Lights in our Gallery

Sixth Annual Passion for Freedom Art Festival Launches in London

The 6th annual Passion for Freedom Art Festival takes place in London from 5th -15th November in the Embassy Tea Gallery (close to Tate Modern) in London. The annual festival is a rare collection of works of "courageous artists" who have answered three pivotal questions: What is freedom? How easy is it to lose it? How difficult is it to get it back?

This year at the festival there will be collection of 15 films, 10 books, 10 journalists and 51 artworks from all over the world: Peru, Venezuela, Iran, Israel, Syria, Taiwan, China, South Korea, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Greece, United Kingdom, USA & Australia. The youngest artist is 18 years old, the oldest – 64. Some of the artists use pseudonyms because of threats imposed on them, some of them can’t come because they are imprisoned, cannot leave their country or cannot give interviews. 

The founding body comprises of a group of friends of different nationalities, predominantly Polish, Hungarian, Russian and Danish, who for the last 6 years have been saying, “We are checking the status of freedom of speech and artistic expression in Europe”.  They have clear message – promotion and protection of human rights using the means of aesthetic expression.  The festival itself, which is in direct contrast with the political correctness so prevalent within our society, is growing in recognition and prestige. The PFF Festival is supported by world-famous artists such as Ai Weiwei, Mehdi-Georges Lahlou and Iranian director Jafar Panahi.

Ai Weiwei as we all know is a Chinese artist and performer who posted a blog report exposing the corruption within the Chinese Communist Party and challenging the government over the poor construction of schools in Sichuan, which led to death of more than 5 thousands pupils. In 2011 he was kept imprisoned for 81 days without any official charges and beaten by the police officers. Even today he can’t travel or give interviews as a result of alleged business fraud.

29 years old Mehdi-Georges Lahlou of French and Moroccan origin in one of his artworks presents fragments of the Quran and the Bible depicted on a naked body.  In many Muslim countries and in Morocco itself his art hailed a storm of protests and death threats, even though his works have not been shown there.

Jafar Panahi, the Iranian director, has been imprisoned more than once for promoting women’s freedom and for his anti-Iranian activities and convicted for the films he made. Since the trial he can only make his movies in his own apartment and he solely can be his own protagonist. Everyone who has worked with him has been harassed and now has restrictions on leaving Iran.

This year 3 general awards as well as Freedom Film Award will be given for art and film productions. Also during the Private View the audience will have a chance to choose their favourite piece of art and give People’s Choice Freedom Award. The jury panel comprises of: Gary Hill – one of the most prominent American artists in video art, Sarah Maple – a provocative young British artist, Deeyah Khan – Iranian pop star and activist anointed by the media as the “Muslim Madonna”, Lee Weinberg – curator, art researcher and lecturer at Goldsmith University

For the first time this year along with films, sculpture, painting, photography and installations there will be 10 books and 10 journalists recognised (3 British, 2 Russian, 2 Canadian, 1 Danish, 1 Polish and 1 Indian) during the Festival.

In 2003 an Islamist disguised as a postman tried to kill Lars Hedegaard in his home. He did not succeed and the assailant fled. Danish Prime Minister condemned the attack saying that the attempt to assassinate a journalist was highly serious as its motive was aimed not only at Hedegaard, but also at damaging his work defending freedom of speech.

Special Guest Artists include: Miriam Elia – is a visual artist and Sony nominated surreal comedy writer. After graduation from the Royal College of Art her diverse work has included illustrated books such as ‘We go to the gallery’ and ‘The Diary of Edward the Hamster,’ as well as prints, drawings, short films, radio comedy and animations.

Daniel Arzola - coming out as a gay in Turmero, Venezuela, was a nightmare. Daniel’s graduation project consisted of series of posters sending out strong messages against homophobic bullying. With his country hit by deep political, economic and social crisis, Daniel is considering moving to Argentina. His life is in danger in Venezuela. Being a human rights activist in Venezuela equals being a public enemy.

Image Right: Johan Wahlstrom "Don´t Die As A Virgin" Painting shortlisted in Visual Arts/Paintings.

miercuri, 29 octombrie 2014

Painterly Dogg, Doggy Dogg: Snoop Shills Swedish Socks in Salacious Studio Scene

4 hyperallergic by Benjamin Sutton on October 28, 2014

“My process when I get ready to paint? I definitely gotta have a blunt, because the blunt is inspiration to the creation,” so says Snoop Dogg during a new commercial for a Swedish sock company that placed the rap legend in a studio equipped with your typical art-making paraphernalia: blank walls, blank canvases, paint, brushes, spray paint cans, tennis balls, water guns, boxing gloves, water balloons, three skimpily clad assistants, and at least one blunt.

“For many years I’ve always felt like painting was something that I wanted to do, but I never had time to do,” Tha Doggfather explains. “Painting gives me an emotion like no other. I could cry while I’m painting. I can laugh while I’m painting. I can be serious while I’m painting. I don’t have no parameters. When I’m rapping there’s certain things I can’t do. When I’m acting there’s certain things I can’t do. There’s certain things I won’t do. But with the painting, there’s no limit.” Accompanying slow motion footage of Snoop (legal name Calvin Broadus) in the studio shows him laughing and being serious while painting, though any evidence of tears shed over the sublime beauty of his Willem de Kooning-lite compositions apparently wound up on the cutting room floor.

 The erstwhile Snoop Lion’s works appear to fall predominantly in an abstract vein, borrowing from the canonical Ab Ex painters like Jackson Pollock as well as more contemporary figures like Julian Schnabel. Despite their non-figurative imagery, Snoop’s paintings are informed by very real, lived experiences

“My mind is somewhere else where it was a colorful time,” he says, “where these colors and these patterns and these ideas really mean something to me and what I was going through as a kid or maybe what i was going through yesterday, or maybe right now.”
 Though this marks — as far as we know — Snoop’s debut as a painter, he appears to be just as confident in the work coming out of his painting studio as he is of the pieces he makes in the recording studio. Not surprising, considering that a painting he made earlier this year sold for $10,200 on eBay. In fact, Snoop seems so confident in his art, you might say he’s ego trippin’

“I know that I’m an artist, I know that my paintings mean something and people are going to be interested in them and they’re gonna want to buy them, and, you know, have them hanging up on their walls in their favorite spots because it’s an expression of somebody who has been giving the truth from day one,” he says. “They’ve been riding on this journey with me so it’s another piece of the puzzle, it’s like a piece of Snoop that we can take with us forever.”
In other words, be on the lookout for Snoop’s paintings in Miami in December

miercuri, 15 octombrie 2014

Rare Opportunity to Acquire Matei Serban's New Work

The "Grand Circus" series of Matei Serban will be displayed for five days at Pleshoo Contemporary.
The purpose of this event is to introduce few new small works of Matei in the context they've been created, as part of The Grand Circus theme. 
Therefor we gladly invite the public to visit the gallery daily between 6 PM-10 PM.
This show focuses on committed buyers, collectors and business professionals. 
Price ranges:
 6.500 -12.000 euro for the large format paintings
 800 - 1.500 euro for the small new one
100 euro for the limited edition print on canvas signed by the author 

duminică, 5 octombrie 2014

Five Rules for Viewing a Gallery

The trigger of this article is our recent show at ArtXpert. Being sick and tired of people coming to visit the gallery just because, sometime we offer good quality wine and service, and not because they really have a strong interest in the artist displayed we decided to share with those five steps when you visit a gallery:
1. Take Time
… lots of it, because you’ll need it. The most important thing when visiting a museum is to see as much artwork as possible, since, let’s be honest, you don’t manage to go that often, do you? Yeah, didn’t think so.

The best way to ensure that you see enough art is to set an Instagram quota for yourself for the day’s visit. Think about how many photos you posted on your last art outing and try to up the number by some reasonable amount, like 10. Bonus points if all the photos are selfies, but keep in mind that this might be difficult to achieve if you don’t have enough selfie experience. Maybe try starting with a selfie with every work in one specific gallery, for instance. Be aware of your strengths and limitations, and of those of your Insta followers. #awesome
In order to leave yourself enough time, line up at the entrance to the museum at least half an hour before opening time. Plan to spend the entire day with frequent breaks and trips to the various cafes and restaurants within the institution, since food is the new art anyway. Make sure to Instagram those meals, too — your warm goat cheese and toasted walnut salad alongside your favorite newly discovered Minimalist sculpture might make make for a slightly ironic but also intriguing visual comparison.

2. Bring a Friend
For art critics, the way to process art is through writing; for laypeople, it’s through talking. Bring a friend or a date to help you talk your way through whatever art you’re planning to see — conversation in front of a painting inevitably produces fresh insights. If you can’t find an equal, think about bringing a child, either your own or one borrowed from a friend. You’ll be amazed at what thoughtful art viewers kids can make.
If that’s not an option either, visit alone but plan to be bold and make acquaintances (famous artworks are best for this: there’s always a crowd around the “Mona Lisa”). This has its advantages: strangers can offer perspectives you might never even dream up — plus, you never know what might happen. A long, involved, unbelievably romantic story of how you met your future spouse while seeing art will make for a great entry on your future wedding website.

3. Go with an Open Mind
And by that I mean really open. Some people say you have to read and learn about art to understand it, but that’s really only if you’re a critic or an academic. Everyone else (the lucky bastards) gets to just see and experience art, rather than having to think about it so hard. If you’ve looked at the work and still want to know more, read the wall label. If that’s not enough, you could consider a docent-led tour, definitely a good way to meet people and engage in conversation.
But there are more interesting and original ways to open yourself up to art and commune with it. Try talking to the work, or moving around in front of it, letting your limbs lead you into a freeform improvisational dance. If you see a vibrant red and it inspires lust, run with it. Find a way to express the feelings the art stirs within you before, like everything else, they’re gone.
Later, when the museum’s about an hour from closing time, visit the gift shop. Try to find the mouse pad, calendar, umbrella, watch, or water bottle that most embodies your experience that day, and buy five of them: one for you, four to share with your closest friends who really get you.

4. Don’t Worry Much about Remembering Things
Back in the day before the internet, people had to remember any and everything they thought was worthwhile — texts, how to cook a chicken, their age, etc. Now that the digital blessings of computers and smartphones have been bestowed upon us, we’re able to free up that memory space for day-to-day minutiae, like whether or not we forgot to turn off the stove last night.
The same applies to art: it used to be you had to remember the names of specific pieces and artists you like, but thankfully now it’s all just a Google Image search away! Instagram also comes into play here: the more photos of artworks you post, the fewer you’ll have to remember. This is also why it’s good to visit with a friend — if you can’t remember enough to get a solid Google/Google Image search going, just text them. Between the two of you, you might just be able to figure out who made that immersive installation filled with found trash, flickering lights, and taxidermy that you took selfies in and what it was called.

5. Seek Out Art that Fits Your World View
These days there’s so much art being made and shown, it can be hard to know where to start. I find it’s always good to seek out art that reflects your own ethos and approach to life. Art can be many things, but it’s probably most effective when it’s a mirror — either literal or figurative — reflecting yourself and your ideas back at you. If you’re into abstract art but find its politics hard to decipher, just look at the institution that’s showing it and you should get some answers.
Some say art is meant to be beautiful; others argue it should seek to enlighten or enliven. It doesn’t really matter what camp you’re in as long as you’re in one. Seeing art is worthless until you walk away with four things: a story to share about your experience, an opinion about what it meant, a larger lesson to draw from it, and at least one Instagram. This is how you effectively view art in the age of social media.