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Classical Surprises— Guest curator Bob Mueller, curator at the Salmagundi Club, successful artist and designer, prides himself on his classical training and point of view. However, after selecting nearly 60 pieces on the first pass and then eliminating all but 30, when the selection of art for the Barebrush November 2010 N*des-of-the-Month was complete, he remarked, “Some of the works I picked surprised me. I lean toward the academic, but I like the oil that looks like a woodcut, [La naturaleza by Hector Olvera, Etor]. I’m also surprised to see that abstract, Exposed in Chaos [by Penelope Przekop] still there.” He also thought Funny by Tony Lee was unusual fun.
For his five Curators’ Choice nominees, Mr. Mueller picked A Mom’s Tattoo by Tai Lin to start the month because it has “impact.” Mueller paid classical homage to Jean Marcellino’s Manou’s Brief Return. He selected Red Hat #4 by Donelli J. DiMaria, mentioning the painting’s “nice flow across the canvas.” He also selected Layers of Memory by Michael Seif, saying “I’ve never seen [something like] that! I love it.” Finally, in a choice between two buff butts, he struggled for a while, eventually choosing Bottoms Up by Terry Hinkle over the more “in your face,” I Lean by Tim Woodhouse. Three popular works will be retired after this calendar, having been in three calendars: Taking the Rays by Roger Cummiskey, Greeting the Day by Lucinda Luvaas, and New Hope by John Luce Lockett.
Barebrush founder and CEO, Ilene Skeen remarked, “There is something edgy and very male about this calendar, once again proving the wisdom of having a variety of guest curators. Bob selected for Barebrush December 2006 (calendar #4). Now (with calendar #51), there is much more art from which to choose, the automated system makes it smoother and easier, but still, and most of all, the guest curator concept continues to prove its validity.”The 30 artists represented in November, 2010, in day order are: 1* Tai Lin, 2 Hector Olvera, Etor, 3 Anthony Gordon, 4 Bill Teitsworth, NWS, 5 John Luce Lockett, 6 Tony Lee, 7 Sara Swan, 8 Roger Cummiskey, 9 Christopher Smith, 10 Matthew Smith, 11* Jean Marcellino, 12 Cindy Sibilsky, 13 Darien Bird, 14 Penelope Przekop, 15 Mollie Kellogg, 16 Angelique Moselle Price, 17 William Thierfelder, 18* Michael Seif, 19 David Michael Hollander, 20 William Jobling, 21 Alex Knowlton, 22* Donelli J. DiMaria, 23 Damian Huntley, 24* Terry Hinkle, 25 Emily Stedman, 26 Lucinda Luvaas, 27 Guenter Knop, 28 Dan McCormack, 29 Tim Woodhouse, 30 Gary Paul Stutler.
*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.