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Portraits of the New Architecture 2

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Richard Schulman, SVACE Photographer instructor, has a new book! Portraits of the New Architecture 2 is out now, published by Assouline!  This is his second book, and with a foreward by Paul Goldberger, it features thirty-two architects and firms whose projects are “shaping the architectural landscape of tomorrow.”

Richard has been teaching at SVA for 20 years; look for his SVACE classes in Fall 2015!

Big Tent

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

So dominant that it inspired the catchall “Frieze week,” Frieze New York is the elite art fair of spring.  It is to other New York fairs what MFA shows are to BA shows.  It’s the prima donna to the groupies.  It returns to Randall’s Island Park this weekend.


Jonathan Horowitz at Gavin Brown

But actually, there’s no comparing Frieze to other New York fairs.  Frieze is a different beast.  It’s a destination in the growing experience economy.  Visitors escape from New York to a springtime leisure bubble.  Chic restaurants are there waiting for you.  So are 200 leading galleries from around the world.  If wealth is fractal, then Frieze floats on the finest facet of the finest facet.  That’s why it’s on an island.


More demand than supply: Roberta’s Pizza

To divert hierarchies, Frieze builds taxonomies.  This year’s fair will introduce the exhibitor category of Spotlight, a new section of solo presentations of 20th century art from around the world, limited to fewer than 20 galleries. Spotlight takes place alongside  established frameworks for “fostering a community of galleries throughout all stages of development.” These include Frame, a section dedicated to artists represented by emerging galleries under eight years old; and Focus, which features curated projects and artworks specially conceived for Frieze New York.

In addition to these sections of the fair, visitors will find Frieze Projects, a program of artists’ commissions, Frieze Talks, a series of panel discussions and lectures, Frieze Sounds, and even Frieze Education.

But aren’t you here to see the art? Here are highlights from Frieze New York.

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All Frieze Needs is a Hotel


Lotta NADA

Friday, May 15th, 2015

NADA New York 2015, the fourth edition of this fair, is up this weekend at Basketball City. Staged by nonprofit group New Art Dealers Alliance, NADA showcases new art from around the globe, with an emphasis on emerging artists.

This year’s fair will feature NADA Presents, a program of interdisciplinary performances and events. Composer Jay Israelson kicked things off with his Tachyon Path, followed by Contemporary Fashion, with Cheryl Donegan, Richard Haines, and NADA x PAOM. Curated by Sam Gordon, Contemporary Fashion was a collaborative fashion show presentation that included a selection of new and recent NADA x PAOM collaborations from Sarah Braman, Bjorn Copeland, Daniel Heidkamp, and Amy Yao. The pieces, each an edition of 50, will be available to purchase at the NADA Shop and online at


Artists modeling in “Contemporary Fashion”


In addition to these events, Aeromoto of Mexico City and Wendy’s Subway of Brooklyn will present A+WS, a collaboratively curated library and reading room​ designed by Tyler Polich and Hannah Wilentz​, Artist Melissa Brown will host Eyes in the Sky Hold ‘Em, a poker scheme that enables NADA visitors to assist cheatin’ poker players in a game off site.  For more of the NADA schedule, visit the NADA website.

Here are some highlights from NADA New York 2015:

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Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Find a sculpture by Barbara Segal, SVACE faculty member, at the SELECT Art Fair this weekend!

Babara Segal’s handbag sculpture at SELECT (Image: Michael Wolf Sculptor)

Her sculpture, a 3D-printed Chanel handbag, will be with Sculptors Guild, booth #411.  It’s part of the exhibition,  Zero to One: There is an infinity between nothing and everything,” curated by Joseph Anastasi from Tabla Rasa Gallery.


Course of Empire

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Keith Mayerson, longtime SVACE faculty member, is included in America is Hard to See, the inaugural exhibition at the new Whitney Museum of American Art.  Keith’s historical paintings are finally getting the historical stature they deserve, after his inclusion in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, several solo shows, and his ambitious curatorial efforts, such as this and this.


Keith Mayerson, “9/11,” 2007


Keith’s powerful 2007 painting, 9/11, is shocking.  Every 9/11 image is chilling, but 9/11 pinpoints the exact moment where history derailed.  Of the images available, Keith could have chosen the first plane, the fiery impact, or the dramatic collapse of our Twin Towers.  Instead, he focuses on the approach of the second plane, the flash of a moment where our abeyant incomprehension switched over to recognition.  That is, after the first plane struck at 8:46 am, many of us were confused:  What kind of plane was that?  Was it an accident? What just happened? But when the second plane struck at 9:03 am, confusion vanished.  It was an attack.  People had died. More attacks were plausible.  Our presumptive safety in the world was gone.

The rest is history.


Keith Mayerson, “9/11,” 2007 (IMAGE: Tom Powell Imaging)

Carter E. Foster, Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawing at the Whitney, describes the place of 9/11 in the exhibition:

“Keith’s 2007 painting, 9/11, is in a section of the show called Course of Empire.  There’s a Mark Bradford painting related to Hurricane Katrina, an Ed Ruscha painting about the decline of America’s global dominance, and Aleksandra Mir drawings that depict Osama bin Laden as their subject matter.  Course of Empire explores the post-9/11, post-Katrina, post-financial collapse years: gloomy times in America.”


Installation shot of “America is Hard to See” at the Whitney (IMAGE: Keith Mayerson)


“Keith’s painting makes an explicit reference to these subjects, and it gels with other Course of Empire works, which take different angles.  Consequently, 9/11 is a great summation of that room, while representing a type of history painting.”


Installation shot of “America is Hard to See” at the Whitney (IMAGE: Keith Mayerson)


Regarding the personal and communal functions of 9/11, Keith writes:

“The 9-11 painting was a watershed work for me.  Although I didn’t personally take the photograph it is based upon, I did witness the event.  I used the image as a talisman for my own memories and deep feelings towards that day, the victims that were lost, and how the world changed because of the sublime atrocities of that day (and the subsequent travails we are still living through and with because of everything the event stands for and is surrounded by). ”

“I painted the picture because I ‘had to,’ to relieve myself of the anxieties of my nightmares and fears, and also because I finally wanted to bring the honesty of expression that I have strived for since the beginning of my career to the forefront.  I’m glad to have been able to express myself in this manner, and also grateful for the reaction of people who have been moved by the work, as I feel I am relating with them our shared experience and feelings, while also being able to bring to an oil painting an historical event of our contemporary times.  I hope it helps others remember this day and everything that it conveys symbolically and emotionally, and I truly hope it honors those who were lost and affected by one of the most tragically important mornings in our nation’s history.”

“It was my hope that a museum in New York City would acquire the work, as I didn’t want it to go to a personal collection, and that it would be safely in a museum in the city that was directly affected by the events of that morning.  I am very honored that the Whitney Museum of American Art would want to have this painting in their permanent collection.  That they would choose to exhibit it in the Course of Empire chapter of America is Hard to See, their inaugural exhibition, is most moving to me.”



Keith Mayerson, “9/11,” 2007, detail (IMAGE: Tom Powell Imaging)