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September Seasoning— September 2012 launches the 2012-2013 art season in NYC, the seventh such art season launch for Barebrush.com, the unique art calendar contest, online since 2006. Our guest curator, Vaughn Lewis, is gallerist and preparator for MagnanMetz Gallery in the Chelsea art district of Manhattan. Lewis is a seasoned curator for Barebrush as well, having previously selected calendar art for two summers (four calendars): July and August 2009 and 2011. He is also an enthusiastic participant in the curators’ special monthly voting for Curators’ Choice awards. When asked to supply a personal statement about how he would select the art for September, Mr. Lewis wrote poetically:
Through spontaneity and directness, what’s gone and what’s left behind, I am interested in the investigation of love, anger, compassion, grace. The artist has a lot to say. I will be listening.
True to his intention, Lewis gravitated towards art from which he felt a strong emotional impact. For his Curators’ Choice selections, he lauched the month (and art season) with an acrylic/oil painting, Girls Night Out, by New York artist, Judith Carlin, making her calendar debut. Lewis said that he thought of this piece as “women's struggle” and found it “empowering.” He selected the disturbing pastel, I Never Meant to Upset You by Penelope Przekop of Philadelphia, remarking, “rough, but strong emotion.” Lewis was very enthusiastic about Belle’s Back, a pastel by Bethsda, MD artist, Barrie Ripin. Lewis loved the colors and the way the body slashed through the page. About Deep Red #1, an oil by Brooklyn artist, Daniel Maidman, Lewis said simply, “This is pure lust. So intense, so close up.” For the charcoal/carbon, Spring Studio Saturday by Robin Kappy of New York, Lewis said “stoic,” but then added that he couldn’t decide whether the subject was “carrying the weight of the world” or was simply contemplative. “Hard to read,” was his overall comment, “but also intriguing.”
MagnanMetz Gallery is co-owned and directed by Alberto Magnan and Dara Metz. The gallery exhibits international cutting-edge,emerging and established artists working in a broad range of media. Magnan and Metz work closely with their artists to develop and promote their careers and support complex and unique projects in both the private and public sphere. Gallery co-founder, Alberto Magnan, participated in the original anthropological research study (2004-2005), from which Ms. Skeen defined the founding principles of Barebrush.com, launched in September 2006. In addition, Magnan selected the calendar art for July 2007.
Five artworks are retiring this month, having now been selected for three calendars: Cindy by Michael Apice of Long Island, NY; Twisted Limbs by Gil Conradis of Melbourne, FL; L'Autre Bout Du Monde by Bruce Erikson of Mainesville, OH; Cheeky by Alex Knowlton of New York, NY; and Caution by Tracey Padron of Elgin, IL.Two artists are making their calendar debut: Judith carlin (previously mentioned) and Tracey Ippolito of Milltown, IN with The Neverending Self-Portrait. Congratulations all, and Happy Sixth Anniversary Barebrush!
The 30 artists represented in September, 2012, in day order are:
1* Judith Carlin, 2 Jean Marcellino, 3 Jacqui Morgan, 4* Penelope Przekop, 5 Pacifico Palumbo, 6 Tracey Ippolito, 7 Brian Crede, 8 Tracey Padron, 9 David Schulz, 10 Kathy Ostman-Magnusen , 11 Victoria Coyle, 12 Michael Apice, 13* Barrie Ripin, 14 Janet A. Cook, 15 Gil Conradis, 16 Tai Lin, 17 Alex Knowlton, 18 Ione Citrin, 19* Profile Deleted, 20 David Michael Hollander, 21 Will Ellis, 22 Joy Becker, 23* Robin Kappy, 24 Elinore Bucholtz, 25 Merrill Brace, 26 Stephanie Fuller, 27 Chuck Miller, 28 Bruce Erikson, 29 Emily Stedman, 30 Ilene Skeen.
Each of the artists selected for the calendar receives two (2) complimentary listings. Five artists, indicated by asterisks (*
), are nominated for the Curators Choice Awards. Curators’ Choice nominees receive 8 additional complimentary listings. The top three artists receive additional prizes.
Viewers can also vote for “My Favorite N*de,”
a poll which includes all of the art in the calendar. The top three artworks in My Favorite N*
de win one (1) complementary listing for their artists. Winners announced October 1st.
The Barebrush Provenance for each artwork is viewable by clicking on the calendar thumbnail (above) or on the caption under the artwork from each artist’s Barebrush Gallery page. The Barebrush program of retiring artworks that have been selected for three calendars is designed to encourage all artists to show their best new work and keep their online galleries fresh and interesting.
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*Curators' Choice nominee