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Guest curator Alex Katlan, art conservator, author and collector, painstakingly reviewed each of the 400+ artworks submitted for the January show. When it was over, he said, “I was looking for competence in the execution of the work, not so much the style.” The January calendar selection is evidence of his flexibility and interest in a variety of media and approaches. Alex was especially interested in the oil paintings, but also chose work which crossed over between two art forms, mentioning specifically, Chanit Roston’s Uplifted, (painting and sculpture), and Dan McCormack’s Annelise... (photography and digital). Alex selected Marc Kehoe’s oil, Above Ancona, for the important first Saturday of the month. He admired Jean Marcellino’s, graphite portrait, Bellisima, which, perhaps with a tribute to its title, starts the New Year. Jacqui Morgan’s Darlinda & Pinky celebrating Christmas made him laugh out loud. He also liked Ephraim Natkins solid pen and wash drawing of a seated man, which has the honor of ending January.
Alex Katlan’s latest book is The Black and White Exhibitions of the Salmagundi Sketch Club 1878 to 1887: A Guide to Etchings, Engravings, Drawings, Sculpture, Ceramics, Oils and Monotypes.
New at barebrush beginning this month, all of the artists selected for the calendar receive two (2) complimentary 60-day listings. Also the Curators’ Choice Award nominees announcement moves to the 10th of the month (when voting begins). Each of the Curator’s Choice Award nominees receive a total of ten (10) complimentary 60-day listings at that time (8 addtional) and are eligible for Curators’ Choice Award cash prizes as well.The 31 artworks represented in January, 2008, in day order are by: 1 Jean Marcellino, 2* Harvey Mercadoocasio, 3 Roger Cummiskey, 4 Emily Rich, 5 Marc Kehoe, 6 Jean Marcellino, 7 Kasper Holten, 8 Chanit Roston, 9* Chanit Roston, 10* escha van den bogerd, 11 Leon Nicholas Kalas, 12 Tony Lee, 13 Haydee Torres, 14 Isabela Gabrielson, 15 Francien Krieg, 16* Dan McCormack, 17 Frank Olesen, 18 Jennie Rosenbaum, 19 Jacqui Morgan, 20 Ilene Skeen, 21 Cassandra Einstein, 22 Lucinda Luvaas, 23 Ephraim Natkins, 24 Jon Rettich, 25* Donelli J. DiMaria, 26 Yukako, 27 WILLIAM STEPHEN ROTHSTEIN, 28 Suhas Tavkar, 29 Randy Thurman, 30 Jean Marcellino, 31 Ephraim Natkins.
*Curators' Choice nominee. Nominees for the N*de-of-the-Month were selected by the guest curator as Curator's Choice. All barebrush curators have an opportunity to rank the Curator's Choice in their own special poll. Winners determined by a statistical combination of the curators and popular votes.