Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Pin the Tail on the Dog
Acrylics on foam core and board

This is a toy I made for my daughter.  Her birthday is on Saturday. She asked me to make her a pin the tail on the dog toy so she could play with her friends at the party.  I made her one with a tail you can attach and detach with velcro.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Aljira Fine Art Auction, 2009

May 14, 2009

The Aljira Fine Art Auction 2009

Art is an enduring investment and the Aljira Fine Art Auction is always a great party. 

Featuring extraordinary art by emerging and established artists, The Aljira Fine Art Auction 2009 is the art event of the season. Proceeds from the Auction enable Aljira to support emerging artists and to provide transformative experiences for teens.

For complete information click here.



Friday, May 8, 2009


Ann Lowe is a painter and graphic designer who went to art school in London, England and lived for many years in New York City.  She has exhibited at Conlon-Siegel Gallery in Santa Fe and won a New Forms Regional Initiative Grant for her road signs she installed on HWY 61 in the Mimbres Valley near Silver City.  Her work is eclectic and she will stop at nothing to carry through her artistic visions, including an exhibit she convinced the Wal-mart manager to show in the crafts department called “I Found My Dreams in Wal-art.”  She is currently exploring her doodles and transforming them into classically executed oil paintings.  The resulting images are enigmatic and humorous.

Ann will show new abstract oil paintings in a series called “Marginalia.”  The images are based on her doodles and inspired by the odd drawings found in the margins of Medieval manuscripts.


Ann’s imagination Story Cards are a great tool to help unlock your creativity.  Make up fantastic stories with your family or friends.  Only $15.95. www.imaginationstorycards.com

Ann Lowe

1316 West St.

Silver City, New Mexico


Member of the 

Silver City Gallery Association

Monday, May 4, 2009

Exhibition: Jackie Lipton at Corinne Robbins

Corinne Robbins, whose space has functioned, for some 5 years, as a furniture showroom, has opened her first fine art exhibition with the ambitious and energetic paintings of Jackie Lipton.  Ms. Lipton works in oil paint, cold wax and alkyd media.  Her press release speaks about her commitment to process, which is evident in her canvases.  It also speaks of her as an abstract cityscape painter.  This may be less evident, but an abstract painter residing in New York City, as she does, may be an abstract cityscape painter, not literally, but psychologically.

There’s nothing wrong with a little straight ahead abstract expressionism and Jackie Lipton gives it to you.  The notion that pictures made in certain genres already noted in the art history books are passé carry no weight here.  The painter Nell Blaine, for example, made great, very energetic fauvist paintings this side of World War II.  She’s due much recognition from those who like their paintings to demonstrate such energy.  Ms. Lipton’s paintings, too, are generally intense, and give pleasure to those who rock to that aesthetic.

“Because the Night,” 2005, makes the most of its under layers.  Its bumps and ridges achieve a uniform, atmospheric crudeness.  If you could work yourself up you could call it ugly.  If the surface were a sound it would possess the chronic raspyness heard in Bob Dylan’s late recordings.  It evokes a dusty, pocked and neglected plaster wall (abstract cityscape, anyone?)  Its narrow palette, the consistency of its scratchy brushwork, and the singularity of its appearance among Jackie Lipton’s work, make for a savory picture viewing experience.

That painting, measuring 52” X 64”, along with others in that size range, among them “Whirl Away,” and “Ghost Dance,” show Ms. Lipton is comfortable working on a large scale.  In them, she effects a bold gesture that carries at a distance.  Forcefully executed statements on this scale say, “monumental.”  When I stand before these I experience the artist’s bravery in the exploration of pictorial issues.

Given works disappoint me, though such works are in the minority.  “Christopher,” 2007, one of the large ones, is one such picture.  For me, the relentless and over saturated yellow that runs throughout this surface gives the other colors, all of which look wan, by comparison, “no chance to talk.”  Color is always a matter of relationship, regardless of the content.  For that yellow’s expressiveness to bloom it might have to congregate with other, equally strident colors, on some other canvas.  But, again, as I looked around the show, I found much to enjoy.

Some of Jackie Lipton’s notable smaller statements include “Breath to Breath Series #6, 2007, with the colors and texture of watermelon pulp, which may cause you to salivate in anticipation of a tasty summer treat.  Also, “Up There Down There #11, 2006, with it’s subtle and alluring tonality.  Looking at this one you may forget, momentarily, that Ms. Lipton is adept at play with more flamboyant colors.

Corinne Robbins is off to an exciting beginning with her fine art exhibitions.  We should also expect many more ambitious and satisfying statements from Jackie Lipton.  The current show continues to May 17, 2009.

Corinne Robbins Gallery

147 Atlantic Avenue (Between Clinton and Henry)

(718) 855-1672

E-mail Corinne Robbins at: corinnerobbinsartdesign@verizon.net.

Transportation: #2, #3, or #4, #5 Trains to Borough Hall, or R Train to Court Street.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Announcing: SOULEYMANE KEITA - RECENT PAINTINGS: Ndokalé Gorée / Homage to Gorée

SOULEYMANE KEITA - RECENT PAINTINGS: Ndokalé Gorée / Homage to Gorée

May 7th – June 13th, 2009
Start Time:
Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 6:00am
End Time:
Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 6:00am
529 West 20th - Fifth floor
New York, NY
Homage to Al Loving I, 2007, Mixed media, 98.5”x79”(250X200 cm).

Skoto Gallery is pleased to present Ndokalé Gorée / Homage to Gorée, an exhibition of recent mixed media work by the Senegalese-born artist Souleymane Keita. This will be his first New York show since his last appearance in the 1990 landmark exhibition Contemporary African Artists: Changing Tradition at the Studio Museum in Harlem. The reception is Thursday, May 7th, 6-8pm and the artist will be present.

Souleymane Keita’s recent work is characterized by a carefully structured and organized rhythm of dynamic lines and organic forms, a mastery of the nuances of color and composition, a deep sensitivity to texture combined with a display of emotional intensity. Widely regarded as one of Africa’s most accomplished artist of his generation, he has consistently explored the expressive possibilities of abstraction in his encounters with history and global transformation over the past three decades, and in the process developed a completely personal and original style whose true significance lies not merely in formal arrangement but in the spiritual meaning underlying the symbols, signs and metaphors in his work, while simultaneously broadening his vision and making his belief in the human experience visible.

This exhibition continues Souleymane Keita’s long-standing attempt to synthesize his search for creative excellence with a versatile, aesthetically potent ways of knowing and affecting the world around him. He has always worked in series: this selection builds on recent exhibitions in Dakar (Senegal) and Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire), and he pays homage to the Island of Gorée, his birth place, situated off the coast of Dakar. They possess tactile qualities that are imbued with both personal and collective meanings. Also included is Homage to Al Loving, 2007, a hung and un-stretched canvas sewn into geometrical shapes and saturated with color that makes a compelling venture in a trans-Atlantic dialogue and a fitting paean to the late African-American abstract expressionist artist Al Loving whose work also thrived on experimentation and improvisation.

Souleymane Keita was born 1947 in Gorée Island, Senegal and studied Fine Art at the Ecole des Arts du Senegal in Dakar 1960-64 and proceeded to the Atelier de Céramique, Senegal 1964-67 for further studies. His instructors included the late Senegalese modernist painter Iba Ndiaye. He is a widely traveled artist and lived in New York in 1979-85, a period during which he further strengthened his philosophical and improvisational approach to art-making. He has exhibited extensively in Africa, Europe and the Americas. Awards include the Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts, République Française, 2003, Pa Académie des Arts et lettre du Sénégal, 2003, Chevalier de l’ordre Nationale des Mérites, 2006, Membre du Conseil d’Administration de Gorée Institut, Membre du conseil scientifique de la Biennale de Dakar and Coréalisateur du drapeau de la tolérance de l’UNESCO, Paris. His work is represented in several private and public collections at home and abroad, and presently lives and work in Dakar, Senegal with his family.


Souleymane Keita is an artist who has put together a unique synthesis of forms, shapes, tonal environments via liquid flow of acrylic wash color tone stains of earth environment and life experience. The mechanics of textile applique color collage sewing, wrapping keys and hooks fisherman’s knots and net pattern of the sea. The hunter’s shirt is point of departure born in the historical struggle for creative human progress. The linear poles support the weight of the cloth and support the aesthetics and art of the journey itself. His canvas support structure has been square, round, rectangular, and loosely suspended in space. Souleymane Keita has achieved his dynamic synthesis by continual experiment with personal methods of creative construction.

Melvin Edwards
New York City, April 2009