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Summer Marathon:High Energy Push/Pull — The guest curator charged with selecting the art for the July and August Barebrush calendars, was Robert W. Pillsbury, artist, teacher and First Vice President of the Salmagundi Club. Mr. Pillsbury runs the Salmagundi semi-annual Drawing Marathon as well as hands-on sessions in non-toxic etching techniques, both of which are proving quite popular. Founded in 1871, the Salmagundi Club is one of the oldest art organizations in the United States. Housed in an historic brownstone mansion in Greenwich Village, New York City, the Club offers programs including art classes, exhibitions, painting demonstrations, and art auctions throughout the year for members and the general public.
Mr. Pillsbury selected Profiled by New Mexico photographer and artist, Peter King, to launch July. In selecting the artworks, Mr. Pillsbury emphasized composition, sense of the picture plane and emotion.
I admire classical [poses], but I like to see what people do to push the media to another level.He thought that Peter King was pushing the media with his classic models in unusual poses which fill the picture space pushing the compositions. He selected Un beso en el Paraíso by Tony Lee of Panama, and several others of his photographs. “Nice,” he commented. Mr. Pillsbury liked Dan McCormack’s pin-hole photography efforts, the effects, including the poses with weapons. “Nude with machete,” he said about Stephanie_T_6-10-12--01AC. Some of the images in this calendar show models in repose. Others are active. All make great use of the picture plane to push the media and tease out message and emotion, going beyond the ordinary to each artist's unique vision. Included is the mysterious entry for July 31, by Anthony Gordon of Toronto, which might look the the PhotoArt Nude that isn't there, but it is!
Several years ago, Barebrush instituted a unique program in which artwork appearing in three calendars is “retired” from competition. This program designed to keep the Barebrush contests fresh and lively for the art-viewing public. Nine PhotoArt Nudes are retiring with this calendar: two by Joseph Mays of Kentucky, Sunday Night It Rained and Numbers Station; Yeah! Just wake up that night by Gabriel Sanchez of Mexico; Dance for two by Guenter Knop of New York City; Becca by Matthew Smith, also of New York City; Self Contained by Dan Simoneau, ISAP, of Wisconsin; Dolphins by Allan Teger of Florida (Mr. Pillsbury laughed out loud when he saw it); untitled by David Morrow, San Francisco, California, and HellFire by Corrie Ancone of Sidney, Australia. “I like her work,” he said. Clicking on the thumbnail, the viewer will see a larger image of the art as well as the Barebrush provenance.
The 31 artists represented in July, 2012, in day order are:
1 Peter Wong King, 2 Peter Wong King, 3 Peter Wong King, 4 Tony Lee, 5 Tony Lee, 6 Tony Lee, 7 Guenter Knop, 8 Gabriel Sanchez, 9 Dan McCormack, 10 Tony Lee, 11 Guenter Knop, 12 William Thierfelder, 13 David Morrow, 14 Matthew Smith, 15 David Morrow, 16 Joseph Mays, 17 BlindWolf Photography, T. F. McDonald, 18 Bare Ass Art Studio-Gabe Edwards, 19 Corrie Ancone, 20 Joseph Mays, 21 Peter Wong King, 22 Dan McCormack, 23 Anonymous, 24 Guenter Knop, 25 Dan Simoneau, ISAP, 26 William Thierfelder, 27 Allan Teger, 28 Anonymous, 29 Anonymous, 30 Dan Simoneau, ISAP, 31 Anthony Gordon.
Each of the artists selected for the calendar receives two (2) complimentary listings for each artwork included in this calendar.
Viewers can also vote for “My Favorite PhotoArt N*de,”
a poll which includes all of the art in the calendar. The top three artworks in My Favorite PhotoArt N*
de win one (1) complementary listing for their artists. Winners announced August 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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