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Thursday, October 20, 2011

 American Ceramics: Voulkos, Reitz, Soldner. 

Influenced by the Abstract Expressionist Movement, Peter Voulkos (19924-2002),  Paul Soldner (1921-2011), and Don Reitz, revolutionized the art of American Ceramics. 

Don Reitz

Don Reitz is one of the most important and influential ceramic artists of the 20th century and one of the most important living ceramist today. Born in 1929, he was trained at Alfred University in the early 1960s.  He is represented in numerous museum collections. Click here to see his work at the Gallery.

 Reitz has pursued a life-long investigation of salt and wood firing preserving the energy and freshness of his artistic marks and gestures. Reitz is credited with almost single-handedly reviving the technique of salt firing, and through long experimentation developed a range of colors and surface effects previously unknown.  His passionate approach to salt and wood firing has been widely influential over the past fifty years.  

Here are some images Reitz sent us of him making beautiful work in his studio!

Paul Soldner:

Paul Soldner has made numerous invaluable contributions to the field of ceramics, including developing what has been come to be known as "American Raku", and a technique known as "low-temperature salt firing". His involvement with raku, for which he is now internationally known, came by chance.

  Soldner in the Gallery:

Paul Soldner
Ceramic Raku Platter 
19"w x 4"h

Click here to see Soldner's work. 

Peter Voulkos:

Voulkos started his career making large vessels until he encountered the work of Abstract Expressionist painters.  They inspired him to reinvent ceramics as he knew it, a decision that yielded a lifetime of monumental and bold sculpture that had tremendous influence on the field of ceramic art worldwide.

Voulkos and Reitz currently have work in The Arvada Center: Uncommon Ground, Impact and Influence. The show will be up until November 13th! 

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

6 Art Fairs Around the World Coming Up That Everyone Should Check Out!

Sandra typically goes to Art Basal Miami to stay current on contemporary art and what's happening!

Many times art fairs can seem can seem repetitive and dull. These art fairs are nothing of the sort; in fact art fairs are an excellent place to broaden your education. In a short period of time you can see a broad range of work. In these art fairs you can expect to see quality work because the art fair organizers are selective as to whom they invite and allow.

Attending the opening night will allow you with the best selection to purchase, as well as an enjoyable, social evening in an art community.

Here are the events! Click on the name for more information.

1. Fine Art Asia 2011 (Hong Kong) October 3 - 7, 2011

Xu Lei (b. 1963)
Far and Close
Ink on xuan paper
25.6 x 69.3 in (65 x 176 cm)

    Frieze Art Fair features over 170 galleries from around the world, providing a unique opportunity to see and buy work by leading artists.

    LEFT: Manuel Caeiro - Divina Precariedade #2, 2010. acrylic on canvas, 78.74" x 59.06". Courtesy of Crown Gallery
    RIGHT: Pieter Hugo - Mallam Mantari Lamal with Mainasara, Nigeria, 2005. From the series The Hyena and Other Men. Courtesy of GRIZZLY, New York

    Visual artist Sarah Sze and choreographer Trajal Harrell bring their practices together in a unique performance where dance meets sculpture and choreography meets installation art.

    October 22 - 28, 2011
    Torso of a Crouching Aphrodite
    exhibited by Ariadne Galleries Inc.

Bradley Harms
Acrylic on canvas 36" × 48"

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Sandra's Pick of the Month for October

The gallery is always filled with a great variety of artwork. At the beginning of every month, I will be posting images and information about Sandra's Pick of the Month, whether it is an exciting new work, or a hidden gem.

This month, Sandra picked Anna Kaye's 2011 Time Lapse Video, which will be shown in the upcoming show with Lorelei Schott, "Touch the Earth." In 2010, Anna created a time-lapse video of the new spring/summer growth in the devastating 2002 Hayman fire area. Click here to watch the renewed growth on the forest floor in her 2010 videos!

Sandra said, this is her pick because she vividly remembers the devastation and tragedy of the Hayman fire which destroyed thousands of acres of forest life. Anna's video portrays new growth, hope and possibility.

Anna near the 2010 time-lapse site, in the Hayman area near Deckers, CO.

Here are a few previews/photos from her 2011 time lapse videos!

"In one of the new time lapse videos, the camera captures a chipmunk jumping over the equipment," Anna said.

Anna also spoke of how more vegetation sprouted up from heavy summer rain showers and both videos capture grazing cattle.

Anna Kaye
"Pulse" detail
charcoal drawing on paper

I hope this preview influences you to stop in to see Anna's new video, as well her beautiful detailed drawings. Anna Kayes work makes me reflect on the importance of our ever changing world, and how profound the subtle changes in nature are that may generally be overlooked.

Hope you have a chance to come and experience Lorelei Schott and Anna Kaye in "Touch the Earth" opening night October 6th up through November 19th.

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