Mykhailo Deyak: Recent Works March 17 – April 2. I’ll let the Ukraine Institute whose palace on 79th street and fifth avenue get credit for bringing this Living Artist onto the concrete pedestals of New York. What a fireball with color he is! His later work is three-dimensional, popping off the canvas. He is definitely a painter turned sculptor. I shall include here photographs of his huge work which has up to now been only shown in Europe. He makes color into an actor on the stage – and makes color and texture dance as no dance company has ever imagined. In fact one small annoyance is that someone decided to fence in three of his Great Floods of color with black tape. That should be easily dispensed with. I knew I’d lucked out when he opened his phone to show me the gargantuan creations – living creature of color – that have invaded the grand exhibition spaces that only Europe still offers. The high culture setting of the Ukraine Institute is truly a great place to see this work. Please hope this Living Artist stays for now in the Khusts region he comes from. Let him simply derive his color and atavistic constructions of color-come-to-life from the wilderness surrounding him. The translator he had at his disposal did him aa superb service. She waited for the whole thought to come out – and gave me a considered response. This man knows what he’s doing. He’s courageous. He’s strong. He brought to mind the Picasso who had yet to move to Paris. I know Deyak will – but I hope he delays the move and instead visits Paris and all the other world capitals who need so desperately the art he creates. He seems still above it all, simply in love with art – capricious, and “artful” – full of art – and all that promises much to come.
Two blocks north of T Tower, the dark hole of culture in NYC, lies the block deep complex of a French refuge for world culture. For $99 a year you can rent it as an individual, $75 as a senior or academic, $35 as a student. For families and a mere $150 this is an oasis. Its benefits to you will far outweigh these low costs. You get each week a film (in French, but subtitled) from the very best of French cinema. The past two showings of the current series sold out – but all is reservable and free to members. FIAF seems determined to provide culinary or cultural excuses for its members get to know one another – and speak French if the occasion arises. There are monthly gatherings in a glass topped sky room – treats and wine included – and after each film where again treats and wine are included. Wine and good food flow fast at this oasis. Chocolate and champagne pairings this coming Monday, March 20th. Take a look at this month’s calendar – it’s crammed with those movies we’ve always loved or wanted to see: Un + Une, A Man and a Woman, Lola plus a feature on the taking of Mosul with a talk by its director. A beautiful library designed by a famous architect gives you access to 25,000 French books, 1500 DVDs of French cinema. Moreover, its location at 60th and Madison is the gateway to art openings on the upper east side (check out http://www.LarryQualls.blogspot.com) and to gallery row all along in the single digits to the west and east of Fifth Avenue. Let FIAF be your cultural home base. You could not get one better than this.
I’ve few claims to expertise in the art world except decades addicted to looking at it, wandering around it, living with it – and wondering about it. I pay especial attention to art that tells a story, art that delights, and art that reveals the human condition.
What I can say is that at this point I’m a world citizen. Lived in Paris 10 years, two years in Montreal, a year in India but excluding the monsoon, a summer in Brussels, two summers in Budapest, three summers in Sardegna, five summers on the Cote d’Azur, pilgrimages to Amsterdam for 47 years + off&on citizenship in Boston for 25 years. And I’m a citizen for 40 years of that world state called New York City.
I’ve always come to a field from the outside. And somehow that leverage point sometimes moves mountains and reveals fault lines in traditions – even those as incestuous as an ingrown toenail. Let it be said I’m non-academic though as someone trained far too long at the Wharton School I’m naturally focused on the marketing of art and art as a business – and I remain in utter admiration of artists as the ultimate entrepreneurs.
Out with the old Paris dealers, Italian patrons, Dutch middle class decorators, middle class art fairs, Mad Ave star system and monetized art in general. In with the online, the happenings, the feeding of art addicts, the incubators. Incubators mean turning factories into art studios renting for $500 a month – as our friend Press has done in New Orleans. Art everywhere means street art, starting with those magnificent 3D artists, computer compositors and those who simply celebrate the forms a human body can take.
I’m an art bum. I wander the world in search of the special kind of experience of walking into a room, feeling I’d stumbled in on a reunion of very old friends, losing all sense of time, utterly in rapture at the assemblage, lighting, placement, limits on what was shown. I hang out in artist studios, sit in Buddhist meditation in front of works of art for no important reason. I guess I’m in love, with art.
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The word on Asia Week is Go. Now. And now means NOW – starting this evening. We of the press spent two days just visiting the highlights of the 50 galleries presenting. And I’m glad to report that visiting these galleries is made exceedingly easy to do since they’re located on the east side – pretty much within a ten block area. Take a look at tonight’s openings! the times are generous – from 5-9pm – and there’s not much walking to do – just meander up and down Mad Ave from the mid 60s to the mid 70s – with a few below and a few above. Here’s my grouping – thanks to Larry Qualls’s art blog, always a reliable and inspiring source (www.LarryQualls.blogspot.com):
Laurence Miller 20 W 57 Toshio Shibata Harmony 5, Pace 32 E 57 Lee Ufan 6-8, and DAG Modern 41 E 57 The Art of Bengal 6-9
Dai Ichi Arts 18 E 64 The West in the East 5-7, Littleton & Hennessy Asian Art at Daniel Crouch Rare Books 24 E 64 Littleton & Hennessy – 21 Years 6-9, 19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop at R P H Bookshop 26 E 64 Masterpieces of Early Chinese Photography 6-9
A BIG chunk of art is in the mid-60s: Phoenix Ancient Art 47 E 66 The Diffusion of Buddha in Antiquity 6-9 [fascinating], Dr. Robert R. Bigler at Dickinson Roundell Inc 19 E 66 exhibition: Dynasties and Identities: Tibeto-Chinese Buddhist Art of the 13th to 15th Centuries 6-9 [stupendous; read his books; have your eyes opened to the real sources of culture in China!], Erik Thomsen 23 E 67 Post-War Japanese Calligraphy 5-9, Michael C. Hughes Gallery Vallois America 27 E 67 Chinese and Korean Works of Art 6-9, Robert Hall Asian Art at Gallery Vallois America 27 E 67 Chinese Paintings, Works of Art and Snuff Bottles 6-9, Hioco at Leslie Feely Fine Art 33 E 68 New Acquisitions in Indian Art and Himalayan Art 5-8, Carlo Cristi at Leslie Feely Fine Art 33 E 68 Art of India, Tibet, Central Asian Textiles 5-8
Schlesinger 24 E 73 exhibition: BachmannEckenstein JapaneseArt presents Japanese Art—Pre-Modern and Beyond 5-9, Navin Kumar 24 E 73 Himalayan and Indian Art 5-9, Susan Ollemans Oriental Art at Les Enluminures 23 E 73 Ancient and Modern Design in Asian Jewels 5-7, M. Sutherland 7 E 74 6-8, Nayef Homsi Ancient Art of Asia 7 E 75 Recent Acquisitions 6-8
Dalva Brothers 53 E 77 Onishi presents Japanese Art and Modern Living 6-9, Joan Mirviss 39 E 78 Timeless Elegance in Japanese Art: Celebrating 40 Years! 5-8:30 [priceless presentation based on her decades of experience]
Giuseppe Piva at Adam Williams & Moretti Gallery 24 E 80 Japanese Art and Antiques 4-8 [amazing], Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch 9 E 82 Indian Court Painting 5-7
*The following galleries not on the schedule but can be visited starting March 10:
The Art of Japan at The Mark Hotel, 25 East 77th Street, Suite 215; Andrew Kahane – also at The Mark Hotel, 25 East 77th Street, Suite 1207
Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints The Carlyle Hotel, 35 East 76th Street, Suite 1806
BachmannEckenstein, Gallery Schlesinger, 24 East 73rd Street, 2nd floor; Sue Ollemans, 23 East 73rd Street, 7th floor