Art: November 2006 Archives


Joshua Johnson's excellent blog has been a little quiet of late, as he was preparing for a solo exhibition in Williamsburg. It opens tomorrow night at Riviera. We plan to drop by and see his new paintings.

[image grabbed from Riviera's website]

Art benefits are a great way to do good, add to your collection, and discover new artists. We have met a lot of artists by first buying a work of theirs at a benefit. Good things happening over the next few weeks:

White Box Toy Box Holiday Benefit Auction: Thursday, November 30, 6 - 9 pm

We've found a lot of great work at their benefits. Unfortunately their site is down at the moment. Joy Garnett has some more details.

Visual AIDS Postcards From The Edge Benefit 2006

Friday, December 1 from 6-8PM:

Preview Party on World AIDS Day
Sneak peek only -- NO POSTCARD SALES. $75 admission includes one raffle ticket. One Lucky Winner will select any postcard that evening! Additional Raffle Tickets $25. Other prizes donated by Twin Palm Press, Steidldangin, PowerHouse Books, Printed Matter and more. Participating artists attend free.

SILENT AUCTION of specially selected artworks by Jenny Holtzer, Barton Lidice Benes, Richard Renaldi and others.

Saturday, December 2 from 12-6 PM:

Benefit Sale (Opens)
Over 1000 original postcard-size works of art! ONLY $75 EACH. Buy four cards and get one free. First come, first served. CASH and CHECK ONLY -- sorry no credit cards. $5 Suggested Admission.

Sunday, December 3 from 12-4 PM:

Benefit Sale (Last chance)
Less crowds, but still plenty of great art! Still only $75 EACH – same as above.

Hosted by:
Sikkema, Jenkins & Co.
530 West 22nd Street, NYC

d.u.m.b.o. arts center (dac) Winter Auction 2006

Preview reception: Monday, November 27, 6 – 9 pm
Preview and silent bidding: November 27 - December 2, 10 am - 6 pm

Live Auction: Saturday, December 2 at 8 pm
Auctioneer: Christopher Gaillard of Sotheby's
Pre-auction reception: 6 – 8 pm
Silent Auction closes after Live Auction

d.u.m.b.o. arts center (dac) Gallery
30 Washington Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

View works online: from November 27 at
All major credit cards accepted.

vertextList benefit: Thursday, Dec 14th, 2006 7-10pm

This vitally important gallery focused on new media is having a benefit to raise money to help pay their rent over the next year. You can still attend the party without buying raffle ticket. Raffle tickets are $200 ($150 for participating artists). All tickets guarantee a piece of art.

Aidan Savoy Gallery

Annual Holiday Benefit Party
Thursday, December 14th, 9pm
With live music by Kate Diamond
Proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity

Artists donating work to be raffled: Lee Bakofsky, Jud Bergeron, Terry Ekasala, Matt Hansel, Pamela Henderson, Jordin Isip, Julia Marchand, Jennifer Perlmutter, Martha Rich, Paul Richard, Jean-Pierre Roy, Nina Savill, Amy Shawley, Jill Simonsen, Aaron Smith, Wendy Weston, Eric White and more artists TBA!

Raffle tickets are $10 each. Even if you can't come to the party, you can still purchase raffle tickets. Images and details will be posted online soon.

The Second Annual WAGMAG Benefit Art Show

Admission is free, Tickets for artwork drawing are $150
Tickets can be purchased at the gallery or online

Advanced Viewing: December 2nd-December 16th
Reception and Raffle of work Saturday Dec. 16th, 7-9
Viewing hours: Fri-Sun 1-6

WAGMAG (Williamsburg and Greenpoint Monthly Art Guide) is pleased to present it's Second annual benefit to support it's mission to promote the over fifty galleries throughout Williamsburg and Greenpoint, to enlighten gallery goers as to art events and give recognition to the exhibiting artists through current listings and reviews.

All galleries included in WAGMAG are have been invited to participate in this exhibition, as well as some prominent artists from the neighborhood. The resulting show will not only generate funding for WAGMAG but also reflect the spirit and personality of the Williamsburg art community.

Works will be on view from Saturday, December 2nd through Saturday, December 16th. Tickets available during viewing and on the benefit evening. A ticket for $150 guarantees a work of art, a drawing decides the order in which ticketholders select an artwork. Benefit evening, Saturday December 16th 7-9, drawing begins at 8:00.

Since I stared having gallery ads on ArtCal, I've tried to be rather picky about what other ads are on the site. Given that my ads cost a fraction of those on Artnet, I was surprised, when looking at the magazine page today, to see an animated Acura ad at the top. Here is a (non-animated) screen grab.


We attended the preview tonight of the NY Art Book Fair and had a great time. I nearly ran out of money as I ran around buying books. It runs through Sunday and is free for the rest of the weekend. Don't miss the upstairs, which is the more "alternative" part with Friendly Fire, described as "a curated selection of independent publishing by artists." It includes LTTR, Retard Riot, Cinders, Kate Glicksberg / Ridykeulous, and much more. It was near these that we saw j. morrison's area with manpurses screened while you waited -- viewer participation encouraged.

j. morrison at NY Art Book Fair

Afterwards we trudged home through the heavy rain, ate some pizza, and watched MTAA's DC 9/11 - The Evildoers' Remix. We got it via a donation to Turbulence.

We have two more great blog reviews of Dangling Between The Real Thing And The Sign In The Window. Some choice excerpts are below.

Tom Moody, 11/4/2006

Inside the gallery, the mood swings back and forth between the dire and the ebullient.

Heart As Arena, 11/6/2006

The show successfully investigates the difference--or the lack thereof--between hawking and hawking in our disastrous times. Jaishri Abichandani's works are a riot, but I'm not saying that they're funny. Jacques Louis Vidal's amusement park terrorscapes started as eyerollers and turned into love at second sight. The real jaw dropper though is waiting out back, like a bad dream.

We'll be at the gallery 7ish on Friday (it's open 3-8 on Fridays) and 3-6PM on Sunday. This is the final weekend.


I just launched the first gallery client outside of the U.S., Galerie Open in Berlin. They are also one of the most customized sites.

Like a lot of busy tech types, I use RSS feeds to keep up with a lot of sites. What's RSS you ask? FeedBurner has a good explanation. Basically they are feeds published by a website that can be read by an external website or program. I use feeds to keep up with blogs and news sites so that I see when they have new items without having to actually visit the 100 different websites I'm tracking. My favorite applications for tracking RSS feeds are

My webhosting service for artists and galleries, ArtCat, automatically generates RSS feeds for my clients so that it's easy for me to see when galleries have news or have added exhibitions, or when artists have new works and news items. Until ArtCat, I had never seen a gallery other than sixspace with a feed. It appears that sites running the exhibit-E software now are capable of generating RSS feeds if they wish. I first noticed this when visiting the Gagosian site to look at information on the Warhol shows.

I would like to think that ArtCat and ArtCal (which has several feeds) helped start this trend, but I doubt anyone's likely to say so out loud.

While we're on the subject of websites, what's the deal with big name galleries that don't have websites? I know they want to keep things "personal" for their collectors, but it really interferes with the ability of the less fortunate to get information on their artists and exhibitions. Marianne Boesky Gallery has a new building, but no website at the moment? Cohan and Leslie has taken down their old site and now there is just a placeholder. It's amazing to me that galleries don't work on a site at a temporary URL while keeping their old site up. It's not that hard. When galleries move their sites to ArtCat, they work on a temporary site until they have brought enough information over to launch. We don't relaunch with a blank site that says "coming soon."


I haven't seen many mentions of this fair yet, but I've received a few emails from various galleries and non-profits that are involved.

It's in a pretty convenient location, as The Tunnel is the space in the middle of the building with all of the 27th Street galleries between 11th and 12th Avenues (plus Black & White on 28th). I remember the nightclub. It's where I first saw Ru Paul perform, at some kind of ACT UP benefit.

November 2–5, 2006

Opening Night Preview to Benefit P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center: Thursday, November 2, 6–8 PM, Ticket info

FREE to the Public: Friday - Sunday, November 3-5
Hours: 11 AM - 7 PM Friday & Saturday; 11 AM - 4 PM Sunday

On Sunday, Mark Roth and Janna Olson of tinsquo (there is no status quo) took us up on our offer of a tour of Dangling Between The Real Thing And The Sign In The Window for any interested art bloggers. Their wonderful review of the show is here.

We will be around this coming Sunday as well from 3-6PM.

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