"Destination Unknown" Art Exhibit, August 2013

"Destination Unknown" Art Exhibit, August 2013

“I find it fascinating that an image, specifically a painting, has the ability to stimulate many levels of the human psyche.  The long history of painting has proven that the imagery and consideration of materials is as varied as the people who paint.  This history offers a healthy challenge to me as a maker of objects and images.  It is my passion to foster a better understanding of the world I live in through the medium of painting.”   – Ari Lankin

RL Fine Arts is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by New York based artist Ari Lankin. This is the artist’s second show with the gallery, and shows his evolving mastery of the medium of painting. Working for the first time on larger canvases, these exciting paintings are testament to Lankin moving his art and expression into new and dynamic areas, constantly pushing the limits of his technique and sense of composition to produce paintings full of joy and energy. The cycle/series of these works is very much entwined with Lankin’s sense of spirituality. 

It is an ambitious and thoughtful series that, for the artist, brings a varied expression that encapsulates his very personal and unique style, honoring the brilliance of abstract art that precedes him, but also approaches new territory. The works explode with energy and physicality, pathways and mindscapes for the viewer to commune with. Ari Lankin has a great respect for art history and exploration of materials.

August 1 to August 31 201
RL Fine Arts,

Between 5th and 6th Avenue.
New York, NY
EDO POP: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints

EDO POP: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints

On exhibit now at the Japan Society, Edo Pop – The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints.
 Edo Pop playfully juxtaposes classic ukiyo-e prints from masters like Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige with contemporary works inspired by these artists and their works. Delve into worlds created by the power of Edo period and contemporary popular culture.

On May 12 the Japan Society is hosting a family-friendly printmaking workshop inspired by the works found in Edo Pop. Included is a discussion of selected works in the exhibition and an explanation of woodblock printmaking techniques. A printmaking workshop devoted to a variety of techniques follows, with time for show-and-tell with all participants.

Gallery Hours: Tues.-Thurs. 11 am-6 pm; Fri. 11 am-9 pm; Sat. & Sun. 11 am-5 pm; closed Mon. & major holidays. Docent-led walk-in tours are conducted Tues.-Sun. at 12:30 pm.
Japan Society
333 East 47th Street
New York, New York 10017

Armory Arts Week

Armory Arts Week

It’s that time of year again – Armory Arts Week – when the city celebrates its unparalleled artistic communities.

This annual fine art fair has works from over 100 international modern and contemporary fine art galleries. You can attend many other fine art fairs that are running concurrently with the Armory, including the ADAA’s Art Show, The Independent, Moving Image, and VoltaNY. There are hundreds of other free arts events happening across the city, ranging from special receptions, open studios, art tours, museum discounts, performances, panels, artist discussions and parties.

Location: Pier 92 & 94
Dates: March 7 – 10, 2013
Information: You can see all the schedules online…

Arman: Cycles

Arman: Cycles

The Paul Kasmin Gallery (10th Ave @ 27th St.) is hosting an exhibit of Armand Arman’s art. The show – Cycles – runs through to April 6, 2013.

Arman fashioned unusual, provocative art out of everyday items – sneakers with bright red laces, charred violins encased in plexiglass, automobiles in concrete – that sometimes created disturbing commentaries on society’s excesses … but mostly were just plain funny.

“The Scream” on View at MoMA This Fall

Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” one of the most well-known and expensive paintings in the world, is coming to the Museum of Modern Art this fall. You can see the artwork from October
24 through April 29

Bought by a private collector in May this year NY financier Leon Black paid $119.9 million for the art work, the highest price ever bid for a painting, 

The pastel-on-board version
owned by Black, painted in 1895, is one of four created by Munch
between 1893 and 1910. Black’s is considered the most vibrant and
colorful.  “As an iconic image, The Scream has garnered worldwide attention for
its stark portrayal of the human condition,” said Glenn D. Lowry,
Director of The Museum of Modern Art.

MET Museum American Wing Ready to Open

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s American Wing reopens January 16 after a major four year renovation
that included an overhaul of the way it displays its vast collection of
home-grown masterpieces.  
The third, and final, phase of a $100
million overhaul of the American Wing completed 26 galleries and created
a chronological installation of the American paintings and sculpture.
new galleries, comprising 30,000 square feet, celebrate Colonial
portraiture, the young Republic and the Civil War Era. The Hudson River
School, the West and American Impressionism also get their due.
the splashiest installation is of one of the most iconic images of the
American history — Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze’s “Washington Crossing the
George Washington Crossing the Delaware
Prisoners from the Front, Winslow Homer

Linda McCartney: My Life in Photographs. An Exhibit on the Beatle’s Former Wife


This past weekend I took my 3 children to see Rain – On Broadway. Rain is a tribute to the Beatles. I feel it my obligation to ensure that they not only know this great music but also understand the affect this band left on our culture. The show seemed like a good place to start that education. Today, to continue the theme, I visited the Bonni Benrubi Gallery to view a retrospective photo exhibition of Linda McCartney.
Linda McCartney is best known for the intimacy and ease of her portraits. Her massive collection includes vintage photos of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Willem de Kooning, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and Michael Jackson. Linda and Paul McCartney had been married nearly 30 years when she died of cancer in 1998.  The exhibit accompanies the release of a book of the same name, published by Taschen.
It was a small but powerful exhibition – all pieces available for sale. The staff were helpful and generous in giving me as much information as I needed. They’ve an iPad that is loaded with her contact sheets from each of the shoots, adding to the context of the images hanging on the walls.
It was a wonderful experience. Go.
Bonni Benrubi Gallery , 41 E 57th @ Madison Ave., St # 1300, Jun 02 –  Jul 29