Friday, October 31, 2008

ARTWALK NY Studio Tours, Saturday November 1, 2008

In addition to the ARTWALK NY auction and benefit, which takes place Monday, November 3, 2008 (further details are in my previous post) ARTWALK NY offers an insider's look at New York's art community, in a series of studio tours featuring some of the city's most prominent artists.  Here are the details:


Free to the Public/Saturday November 1, 2008

RSVPs are required.  To reserve a spot, please contact (212) 776-2056 or

Tour 1:  Chelsea:  Begins at 2:00 pm at 526 West 26th Street, NY

Tour leader Robert Ayers has written extensively on painting, sculpture and the interdisciplinary arts for Art & Auction, Art Monthly, ArtInfo, ArtNEWS and countless other publications.  Ayers has enjoyed a remarkable career, gaining a reputation not only as a writer, but as a teacher, curator, producer and as a tireless advocate for the contemporary arts.

Louise Fishman Studio
Louise Fishman is recognized as one of the greatest American abstract painters of her generation.  Her work is held in the permanent collections of the world's foremost institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Carnegie Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

William Steiger Studio
William Steiger paints icons of the American landscape such as grain elevators, tramways, railroad cars, roller coasters and ferris wheels.  The combination of muted atmosphere, graphic style and an undefined and limitless space implies endless narrative without supplying story line.  His work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art.

Tour 2:  Brooklyn:  Begins at 2:00 pm at 20 Grand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Tour leader Naomi Beckwith is Assistant Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem.  Prior to joining the Studio Museum, Beckwith was a project coordinator for BAMart at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, a Helena Rubenstein Critical Studies Fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and, most recently, the Whitney Lauder Curatorial Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary ARt, University of Pennsylvania.


Mickalene Thomas Studio
New York-based artist Mickalene Thomas is known for her elaborate paintings adorned with rhinestones, enamel and colorful acrylics.  Her depictions of African American women explore notions of black female celebrity and identity while romanticizing ideas of femininity and power.  Thomas' work is included in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Shinique Smith Studio
With unexpected juxtapositions of everyday items, Shineque Smith's work evokes the spiritual qualities that exist in sometimes overlooked, mundane corners of  life.  Smith questions the relationships that contemporary societies have with the inanimate and the intimate.  Smith's work is included in the collections of the Denver Art Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Margulies Collection and the Rubell Family collection.

Nicole Cherubini Studio
Nicole Cherubini is a sculptor known for her exploratory merging of raw building materials, structural forms and surface ornamentation.  Cherubini is a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award recipient and currently has two concurrent exhibitions, one at D'Amelia Terras and the other at Smith-Stewart.

Michael Brown Studio
Michael Brown makes mixed media sculptures and drawings, often using found objects in his work to discuss ideas of loss and change.  Brown has exhibited at Yvon Lambert New York, David Zwirner Gallery, the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art and The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art


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