Artinfo was super quick to pick up the story, but for those of you who don't read our newsletter, Mixed Greens is thrilled to announce that we've added Conor Backman to our list of Represented Artists! Please stay tuned for Conor's upcoming solo exhibition at Mixed Greens this Fall 2013.
The Alliance for Sustainable Arts Professional Practices (ASAPP), a consortium of service organizations focusing on offering professional practices programming to artists, has launched its new website artflock.org.
artflock.org offers artists access to an extensive calendar of professional development opportunities and events from ASAPP member organizations around the New York City area.
Artists can visit artflock.org/calendar to view events and opportunities organized by date, topic, and host organization.
MoMA is really into celebrities. Jerry Saltz comments on Tilda Swinton's naptime event as well as the general trend of celeb culture infiltrating the museum here.
And Jerry's not making this up...James Franco was tapped by Klaus Biesenbach for a "Summer School" project two summers ago that sort of fell flat. The celebrity nature of the programming over at MoMA and PS1 is no joke.
Most interesting thing I've seen/experienced all week...and before you click on the link, don't start trying to close all of the pop-up windows. Also, this might best be viewed on your home computer (I can't imagine this flying in a super strict work environment). Click here to enjoy!
AFC's "The show could use some improvement." Ouch. You harsh.
So what exactly IS VIP Art now? No longer an art fair, right? I get more emails from it than anything. I'm confused and overwhelmed.
Smack Mellon resumes business as usual with Aude Moreau's Sugar Carpet! MUST SEE!
And there's a Call for Flatware! see below
Recycle your metal flatware for upcoming exhibition. Jean Shin invites you to be a part of the creative process and donate your unwanted metal flatware (forks, knives, spoons, serving utensils, and cutlery) to be transformed into a large sculptural installation.
The artwork will be featured in a solo exhibition at Montclair Art Museum in Fall 2013.
To participate, please drop off unwanted flatware (all conditions welcome, must be METAL) at:
--Cristin Tierney Gallery in Chelsea at 546 West 29th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues.
--or send an email to make alternative arrangements firstname.lastname@example.org
Materials will be collected until March 1st, 2013. www.jeanshin.com
MG ladies at the opening of COLOR SHIFT last Thursday evening. Thanks Elisa for the picture!
IN OTHER NEWS:
Chelsea Galleries were back up to full speed, with 27th Street openings last Saturday night. Here's a great ArtInfo article about Hurricane Sandy's lasting effect.
Be sure to check out Kimberley Hart's work in the upcoming group exhibition, It's the End of the World as We Know it (and I Feel Fine) curated by Amy Lipton, at Ramapo College.
(MAHWAH, NJ) - An art exhibition exploring environmental concerns "It's the End of the World as We Know it (and I Feel Fine)" opens at Ramapo College on January 30 in the Kresge and Pascal galleries on campus. There will be an opening reception on January 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. Artist and curator's talks begin at 6 p.m. The exhibition continues through March 6. Additional programs will be announced.
The somewhat ironic title is taken from a 1987 song by the band R.E.M.
The 14 artists on view explore contemporary views of nature and habitat expressed through paintings and drawings of the landscape. They envision the natural world in relationship to pressing environmental issues such as climate change, industrial pollution, loss of habitat, consumption of natural resources and human-caused disasters.
Whether imagined or literal, the images in this exhibition directly confront feelings of shock and even despair at the forces of such radical changes taking place on our planet.
Exhibiting artists include George Boorujy, Adam Cvijanovic, Peter Edlund, Joy Garnett, Kimberley Hart, Eve Andree Laramee, Sarah McCoubrey, Jason Middlebrook, Aviva Rahmani, Lisa Sanditz, Charlotte Schulz, Eva Strubel, Sarah Trigg and Marion Wilson.
According to exhibition curator Amy Lipton, "Artists often have a prophetic role, and throughout history they have alerted us to problems that are unforeseen or overlooked. The artists in this exhibition attempt to meet the challenges of the new ecological imperative by bringing attention to the need for protection, preservation, and action. Using realism, fantasy or process as a source for imagination and transformation, they seek to create an awareness of loss and beauty in the marginal, the overused and the threatened."
Lipton is an independent curator and co-director of ecoartspace, a non-profit organization that creates opportunities for addressing environmental issues through the arts. Formerly
a New York City gallerist, she has organized exhibitions in museums, galleries, sculpture parks, environmental centers and in the public realm. Her writing has appeared in numerous books and publications, and she frequently lectures on art and environmental issues. Recent and past projects include "BiodiverCITY," a public art project in Washington, DC in 2012; "Nurturing Nature" at Concordia College in Bronxville, NY; "Ecovention" at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, OH; "Imaging the River" at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY; and "E.P.A., Environmental Performance Actions" at Exit Art in New York City.
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Kresge and Pascal galleries are located in the Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts at Ramapo College. Hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, 1 to 7 p.m. For more information call 201.684-7147.
It seems completely appropriate that 2013 MIGHT be the year for another season of the eternally creepy and visually revolutionary Twin Peaks. This might all be rumor, of course, but it's a rumor I don't mind believing.
Fantastic news for the West 27th Street galleries: Foxy, Eller, Bailey and Winkleman are all reopening on January 12th with exhibitions. They were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, but have made a major rebound!
At last night's NurtureARt Benefit (which was fabulous, as always), I was saddened to hear more first-hand accounts of water-logged studios. Chelsea is very thankfully on the mend, but I want to make sure that our friends in Red Hook, DUMBO and the Rockaways are not forgotten 'cause it is still very clearly a mess over there.
Mixed Greens was spared by Hurricane Sandy, but some of our close friends and neighbors were not so lucky. While some of the galleries on 24th street seem to be pretty far along in their rebuilding process, I know that the smaller galleries on W 27th Street are still without power and are hurting. So if you're looking to help out, please don't forget 27th Street! They might just need your help the most.
If you're keeping up on the news in our neighborhood, I recommend reading Jerry Saltz's posts over at NYMAG. Here's his latest.
Fingers crossed that the whole neighborhood will be back to normal very, very soon. And to those of you who reached out to us, we appreciate your concern! We are bewildered by the destruction around us, and are feeling so so thankful to have come away from the ordeal unscathed.
The New Yorker's description of Bravo's Gallery Girls says it best:
Bravo’s “gallery girls” are unpaid interns at mediocre galleries, recent college grads blowing their trust funds on vaguely artistic pursuits. There’s mild nudity, there’s cattiness, there are really expensive shoes. There is practically no mention of art.
There's been a lot of grumbling about Gallery Girls, mainly that it wasn't about art. But why isn't there more chatter about the fact that these unpaid internships are totally illegal??
The art, design and fashion worlds have long depended on the labor of interns. But the current lawsuit involving a former Hearst intern has made it pretty apparent that those days are long over. And don't think you're going to get off easy by calling your unpaid helpers "volunteers". For-profit entities CANNOT have volunteers.
So what IS an intern? A legal one, that is...
According to the Fair Labor Standards Act, there are circumstances in which an individual may "intern" at a for-profit entity without receiving compensation. The following 6 criteria must apply:
1. The internship is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment.
2. The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern.
3. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff.
4. The employer that provides the training receives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern (and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded).
5. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job upon completion of the internship.
6. The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.
There are at least 3 specifications above that would contradict a majority of the "internships" in the art/design/fashion field. It's impossible to argue that sending your intern to pick up a sample swatch did not somehow benefit you, the employer. But don't start mourning the loss of labor yet. You can still have unpaid interns--but they must be students receiving school credit.
What's great about the current crackdown on this practice is that it will force companies to pay the young labor force. Those of you graduating college finally have a fighting chance at getting paid right away! No more interning for year(s) just to build up street cred.
My prediction for Season 2 of Gallery Girls (if, uggh, there IS a Season 2), is that Maggie sues Eli Klein for 3 years of back wages for her time spent interning. Now that's a storyline I'd tune in to watch.