“The New Year is upon us, and as always, artists and their art will help define who we are in this moment. It plays a major role to help show ourselves to ourselves, a reflection of our innermost feelings and current times,” says gallery director Joi Jackson Perle. “The challenges of last year—a near-perfect storm of pandemic, upheaval and uncertainty, led us to a new way of living, socially distanced but connected through and grounded by the arts. Art speaks of change, renewal and endless possibilities in the world we share, and we are excited to see where art leads us in the next 12 months.”
For the last 10 years, Oriti has taken the same route to work and has driven by the basketball hoop pictured in his painting The Last Shot. He always appreciated its tarnished state, having gone through all the seasons in Cleveland, year after year. He finally pulled over to get a closer look and took photographs. “About a month after I stopped off to capture this basketball hoop, I drove past it one morning and realized it was taken down,” he shares. “This painting now stands as the proof—not just that the hoop once existed, but that perhaps it made someone’s childhood. It taught someone. It passed someone’s time.”
Alessi’s painting Between Us was inspired by Diego Velázquez’s Las Meninas, which Alessi describes as “an enigmatic work that lures the viewer in time and again with its layered presentation of realities and relationships. In the background of Las Meninas, the viewer can perceive that the queen and king of Spain have the same point of view as our own.”
He continues, “The figures in Between Us are set inside an elevator and the foreground seems to fall apart and deconstruct, but behind them, there is a mirror that reflects them intact, and still behind them is a figure that opens the door that has the same point of view as ours.”
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Arden Gallery is looking to 2021 with hope and positivity with their January group show Floral Still Life, signifying unity and rebirth.
The World We Share
As 2021 arrives, RJD Gallery curated an exhibition that helps define inner feelings and the current times. The show, titled The World We Share, will feature artwork from artists such as Geoffrey Laurence, Julia Chen, Matt R. Martin, Salvatore Alessi, Margaret Bowland and Frank Oriti.
CINDY RIZZA - Recorded History
A pile of lovingly made and lovingly used quilts and afghans on a chair in the afternoon sun is a comforting sight. It might inspire remembrance of things past or the idea of curling up underneath one of them for a nap.
Scottsdale & VICINITY
While other states in the country prepare for their cold, winter months, Arizona comes alive with its dynamic, diverse art scene. It’s not all tumbleweeds and dusty earth but rather a burgeoning art destination from the small northern towns of Flagstaff, Prescott and Sedona, to the larger cities of Phoenix, Tucson and Scottsdale.
Garvey|Simon in New York is a private dealer and art advisory service in New York. In 2016, it’s co-founder Elizabeth K. Garvey devised an innovative Review Program “to open a dialogue between artists and galleries, a practice that has long been anathema to gallery orthodoxy.”
MOMENTS IN TIME
COLLECTOR'S FOCUS STILL LIFES
Using the elements as his guide, Michael Scott examines the changing landscape in two exhibitions.
Engaging with the Arts
The 31st annual Celebration of Fine Art returns January 16 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
BETSY EBY Mystics
The American Quaker John Greenleaf Whittier wrote a poem about the Vedic practice of consuming a hallucinogenic drink in rituals. As a Quaker he advocated, rather, waiting for “the still small voice of calm.”
Learning to Fly, by Spanish sculptors Coderch & Malavia, depicts a boy leaning forward, poised on tiptoe, confident that his dream of flying will be realized by his wings of corrugated cardboard, bamboo and rope that will carry him above the trees and the sea.
Bumper UK race fleets forecast
A bumper racing season in the UK is being predicted this summer as the easing of restrictions to social gatherings meets pent up appetite for competitive events. The largest is likely to be the Round the Island Race, which takes place on 3 July, followed by Cowes Week and the Rolex Fastnet Race in August, both of which could see boosted fleet numbers.
Workers Fired From Google Plan Federal Labor Complaint
Four workers fired from Google last week are planning to file a federal labor complaint against the company, claiming it unfairly retaliated against them for organizing workers around social causes.
A busy first year for free speech campaign
A FREE speech campaign group set up a year ago is now dealing with 20 new cases a week.
‘Mums still thank me over 20 years on from my role in Joseph!'
This week’s columnist: Theatre star Maria Friedman
The multi-media artist on her new book, journaling and keeping motivated. Interview: REBECCA BRADBURY
5 slurry application tips
Farmers can choose to use slurry and digestate rather than fertiliser on crops and grass land.
Can a groundbreaking expedition locate a legendary shipwreck?
Titanic mysteries solved
HE WAS heroic Morpheus in The Matrix film franchise, fighting the mysterious machine intelligence that kept mankind confined to a dream world.
Thanks for all the memories
Even in a year of frustrating restrictions, there is some consolation in reflecting on glorious shooting days
A timely study has confirmed what many of us already knew — a sense of belonging to the countryside community is good for our well-being