David Kramer is the ultimate pairing of art and irony. His works are inspired by vintage magazines and the portrayal of the seductive characters within them. As described by Kramer, the artist depicts "what life was going to be like soon", as imagined by his younger self.” These painted glimpses of the ever-elusive "good life" consist of color, humor, and reflective text. His recipe for art has gained notice on national and international levels. This has led to his numerous solo exhibits, such as First World Problem (Brussels, Belgium), This is what it’s like… (Paris, France) and Epic Memories, (New York City, USA). His work has been exhibited on three continents and in seven countries. David Kramer is outspoken, creative, and bold, and his art consistently reflects these characteristics. His signature juxtaposition of an eye catching color palette and a sarcastic, self-deprecating sense of humor merge to create a cohesive body of work, entirely unique to the artist.
This exhibit showcases several new and different works by Lobyn Hamilton, Indianapolis-based vinyl record artist. Already in several notable collections - the Indiana State Museum, Kanye West, Nas, Johnson & Johnson, and Fox's hit show "Empire", to start - Lobyn's signature style encompasses portraits created with hundreds - sometimes thousands - of vinyl shards. He is perhaps best known for his celebrity portraits, be that of Lauryn Hill, John Mellencamp, or Jimi Hendrix.
Join us for a First Friday opening of this exhibit - sponsored by Conrad Indianapolis - on March 2nd from 6:30 to 9:00pm.
Join Long-Sharp Gallery as we celebrate women in the arts with "Athena Shrugged Remix." The exhibit opens Friday, November 10 from 6:30-9:00pm and will be followed by a panel discussion Saturday, November 11 from 10:30am-12:00pm.
Exploration of the role of women in the contemporary art world has been a year long project at Long-Sharp Gallery. Indeed, “Athena Shrugged Remix” is the 5th installment of a five-part project that began earlier this year in Long-Sharp Gallery’s New York Project Space. Parts I-IV of the series constituted solo exhibits in LSG New York, each focused on the work of one female artist: Constance Edwards Scopelitis (Indiana, Part I), Jamea Richmond-Edwards, (Maryland, Part II), Sabina Klein (New York, Part III), and Tatyana Fazlalizadeh (New York, Part IV).
The series ends in Indianapolis with Athena Shrugged Remix. This final group exhibit includes works by the artists exhibited in New York this year (Scopelitis, Richmond-Edwards, Klein, Fazlalizadeh) and adds invited Indiana artists Anila Quayyum Agha (Indianapolis) and Cagney King (Greenfield), Amy Kirchner (Indianapolis), and Mary Pat Wallen (Warsaw).
A panel discussion on Women in the Arts will take place Saturday November 11, 2017 from 10:30 am - 12:00. The discussion will be moderated by Shannon Linker, Vice President of the Indianapolis Arts Council and the Curator for Gallery 924. Panelists will be Constance Edwards Scopelitis, Amy Kirchner, Anila Quayyum Agha, and Cagney King.
The exhibit and panel discussion are sponsored by Conrad Indianapolis, Evan Todd Salon & Spa and Pattern Magazine.
“Andy Warhol: Pre-Pop” will be on exhibit at Long-Sharp Gallery Indianapolis through November 4, 2017. Over two dozen original drawings created by Andy Warhol during his first decade in New York City will be on exhibit; most will be available for acquisition. Each of the works has a provenance of the Estate of Andy Warhol and has been authenticated by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; none has ever been privately owned.
Andy Warhol graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1949 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Pictorial Design. That same year, his work debuted in Glamour Magazine and he moved to New York City with the goal of becoming a commercial illustrator. He became one of the most successful illustrators of the next decade. His unique whimsical style of drawing garnered much attention and awards for his works were plentiful. The 1950’s also marked Warhol’s most productive decade for books; he published eight between 1952-1960.
The drawings exhibited will reflect Warhol’s different interests and experiences during the 1950’s. Collectors will find drawings (and some paintings) of Warhol’s iconic shoes from the 1950s, drawings from his first trip abroad, along with study drawings for some of his completed and never finished books.
If you would like an e-catalogue of works to be featured in the exhibit, please contact the gallery at email@example.com.
Opening September 8, 2017 at Long-Sharp Gallery Indianapolis, “Dale Enochs: On The Rocks” celebrates Bloomington, IN based limestone sculptor Dale Enochs’ decades of sculpting as well as his recent important public sculptures and museum acquisitions. The exhibit runs through September 30.
Enochs entered the art world in 1981, when he graduated with his Masters in Fine Art from Indiana University (Bloomington). Since then, he has created large-scale works for public installations from Indiana to China. Since 2015 alone, Enochs has been commissioned to create monumental sculptures for the Monroe County Courthouse (Bloomington, IN), Logs Peak (Westminster, CO), Bicentennial Plaza for the Indiana Statehouse (Indianapolis, IN), and Indianapolis Firefighters Campus (Indianapolis, IN). In 2016, he was selected as one of the 200 top artists in Indiana’s history and created a piece for the Indiana State Museum’s Bicentennial exhibit; that piece was later acquired by the museum for its permanent collection.
Long-Sharp Gallery will honor Dale and his accomplishments with a month-long exhibit featuring more than twenty pieces including free-standing sculpture and wall-works. The exhibit will showcase sculpture ranging in height from eight inches to 9.5 feet. The First Friday opening is sponsored by Conrad Indianapolis and EvanTodd Spa & Salon.
Whether paintings, prints, sculpture, or drawings, "Back to Basics: Art 101" explores the wide variety of media used to create art today. Art newbies, young collectors and art veterans alike will tap into their inner art enthusiasts at this exhibit featuring works of art by Warhol, Miro and other modern masters alongside works by fine art contemporaries.
Long-Sharp Gallery presents "Back to Basics: Art 101" in partnership with Pattern Magazine. The exhibit kicks off with a First Friday opening on June 2 from 6-9pm. The opening is sponsored by Conrad Indianapolis.
Long-Sharp Gallery presents "Contemplate", an exhibit featuring abstract works by Indiana-based artists Amy Kirchner, Mary Pat Wallen and David Michael Slonim alongside portraits by British artist Russell Young. The exhibit opened March 16 and will remain in the gallery through early June.
The exhibit will be open for First Friday on April 7th.
“Forms | Shapes” explores art beyond color. This group exhibit invites collectors to view the shapes and forms that serve as the foundation for works of art, rather than focusing on the pallet used to give the works their color. The nine-artist exhibition includes works by blue chip artists Victor Vasarely and Robert Indiana. Freestanding sculpture by Vasarely, Gino Miles (New Mexico), Thalen & Thalen (Belgium), Dale Enochs (Bloomington, Indiana), and Mary Pat Wallen (Warsaw, Indiana) serve as the cornerstone and most logical foundation for the exhibit. Wall sculpture by the United Kingdom’s Chris Bracey (found objects including neon) and Alex Echo (whose milled wood frames inform the composition) add to this category. Works on canvas exploring form will be limited to new paintings by Stutz artist Amy Kirchner (Indianapolis, Indiana). Kirchner, a traditional graphic artist, has begun to recently explore form on canvas. Kirchner was invited to participate in this exhibit by Long-Sharp Gallery owner Rhonda Long-Sharp.
The exhibit will open on November 16, 2016 and remain up through February 25, 2017.
New works created by Robert Indiana (b. 1928) will be on exhibit at Long-Sharp Gallery (Indianapolis) from October 14 though November 12, 2016. Through over two dozen works - most created in the last eight years and some created as recently as this year - "Robert Indiana: More Than Words" explores how Robert Indiana's art speaks to the times. Of particular note are a pair of works titled "Shout For Peace" created in 2013, and a second pair of works created in partnership with Bob Dylan just this year. The opening for this exhibit will take place on October 14th from 7-9pm.
“Robert Indiana: More Than Words” will include paintings on canvas, unique works on paper, sculpture, works on aluminum and limited edition signed prints. The price point of works on offer will range from $8,000 to $200,000. This exhibit marks the artist's first solo gallery exhibit in Indianapolis this century. In the past five years alone, Indiana has had a retrospective at New York's Whitney Museum and a print retrospective at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. His works are in the permanent collections of top tier museums worldwide.
Nelson Mandela is internationally recognized for his compassion, advocacy, and revolutionary political and peace-making efforts. Lesser known about Mandela's life is his foray into the arts in the years before his death - in which he documented, among other things, his 18 years of imprisonment at Robben Island. Mandela wrote inspirational texts to describe many of his drawings -- drawings which were published as original lithographs during Mandela's lifetime and signed by him. In his Artist’s Motivation for his first series of work, Mandela wrote, "...even the most fantastic dreams can be achieved if we are prepared to endure life's challenges."
In September of 2016, Long-Sharp Gallery is profoundly honored to present "Nelson Mandela: The Artist" featuring drawings and lithographs by the indelible Nelson Mandela. It will also include photographs by renowned photographers Jurgen Schadeberg and Greg Bartley. The exhibit is presented in partnership with Belgravia Gallery (Mayfair, UK) who worked with Mandela on this project during his lifetime.
We will round out the exhibit with a First Friday event sponsored by Conrad Indianapolis. The event will take place on October 7 from 6-9pm. For more information, see: https://www.facebook.com/events/537362823126306/?notif_t=plan_user_joined¬if_id=1474837086492150
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"Crossroads New Media" showcases works by Myers (Logansport), Michael Lasater (South Bend), and Constance Edwards Scopelitis (Indianapolis). The exhibit has been extended through summer 2016.
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Long-Sharp Gallery is pleased to announce our latest exhibit, "New York, New York". Showcasing pieces from the gallery’s blue-chip inventory, this exhibit highlights original works by Roy Lichtenstein, Jean-Michael Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Andy Warhol -- all of whom set the tone and creative direction for New York’s art scene in the 1960s, '70s and '80s. A peek into the exhibit will transport the viewer to a time of graffiti, pop art, and radical political commentary. The exhibit then comes back to the present, as the gallery welcomes up-and-coming New York artist Edward Holland. The event will also celebrate the launch of Long-Sharp Gallery’s new project space in none other than the Big Apple. The reception will be held on March 4th from 6:00-9:00 PM during the Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association’s First Friday event.
Prior to his international fame, the native Manhattanite pop art legend Roy Lichtenstein was influenced by advertisements and comic books early in his career. He became known for his bold colors, thick lines, and use of comic strips in his works.
Born in Brooklyn, Jean-Michel Basquiat began his career as a graffiti artist. He later became a part of the neo-expressionist movement in the early 80s by commenting on racism, poverty, drugs, and political movements through his artwork.
After moving to New York, Keith Haring also became known for his pop art and social activism, by utilizing bold lines and vivid colors in his chalk drawings and graffiti on the NYC subways and streets. His work commented on political issues and views concerning the Berlin Wall, AIDS awareness, and the cocaine epidemic.
American legend Andy Warhol moved to NYC after graduating from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Institute of Technology, where he studied commercial art. After he relocated, Warhol began painting daily objects of mass production, such as Campbell’s Soup cans and Coke bottles, as well as silkscreen prints of famous personalities such as Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. Warhol also mass-produced his work when he founded The Factory in 1962, an art studio where his employees manufactured his prints and posters. Up until his death in 1987, Warhol’s art conveyed the impact of media on the American civilization and commented on the culture of television and commercialism.
Last but not least, the exhibit will feature the works of young New York artist Edward Holland. Influenced by collage artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Holland works on paper and canvas, adding found objects to his compositions.
Named one of the top 500 galleries in the world, Long-Sharp Gallery debuts its first 2016 exhibit, “Valentin Popov: Reflections." The Reception for the Artist will be held on February 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. during the Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association’s First Friday event. The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Conrad Indianapolis and Ferguson Lighting. For a comprehensive artist resume, please click here.
The exhibit runs from February 5 through March 5, 2016.
Valentin Popov (Ukrainian, b. 1956)
A Ukrainian-born artist currently living in California, Valentin Popov decided to pursue art at an early age. Born into the family of one of Kiev’s most famous artists, Popov was formally trained at the Kiev State Art Institute (Academy of Fine Art of Ukraine) and at the Kiev State School of Art. Throughout his career, he has worked in a wide range of media and subject matter, combining satire, reality, humor, and parable within his stunning works. In 2003, he shifted away from creating collages that displayed phrases, words, and historical references, which were often seen in his earlier pieces. Instead, he began producing numerous paintings of scenes from Venice and other European cities, often using his own photography for inspiration for the paintings.
Popov is also well known for a series entitled Face: Portraits by Valentin Popov. Inspired by Andy Warhol to create numerous portraits, Popov used consistent formatting for each portrait and managed to capture the personality of each individual within the portraits through his distinctive skilled technique.
Long-Sharp Gallery is pleased to welcome Valentin Popov and present his work within the gallery space. Popov’s incredible works have been featured in private and public displays around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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Long-Sharp Gallery debuts “The British Are Coming”, an exhibit comprised of the works of six contemporary British artists on October 2, 2015.
Long-Sharp Gallery began working with Chris Bracey (1955-2014) before his untimely death in November 2014 but did not publicly exhibit his works until SCOPE Miami in December 2014. Long-Sharp is honored and humbled to continue to exhibit Chris’ works. Bracey made his mark on the art world by combining neon with found objects to create his signature pieces, which often consist of popular phrases and song lyrics. Britain’s Tracey Emin has credited Bracey with teaching her the neon medium. David Spiller (b. 1942), considered one of the grandfathers of British pop art, combines familiar phrases and lyrics with clean lines, strong color, expressive drawing, and freehand words or text. Whether riffing on Beatles lyrics, adding cartoon characters, or utilizing a strong geometric construct, Spiller can make audiences see a cultural fragment with new eyes – and new style. Wayne Warren (b. 1950) conceptualizes art into an exploration of consumerism and materialism. Aptly stating that “all art is about making sense of the world we live in,” his work wittily combines miniaturized everyday items – bottle tops, used razor blades, spoons, small toys – painted gold and transformed into treasured objects of desire. He plays with the balancing act of consumer desire and its implicit moral cost. Russell Young (b. 1959) uses a visual language of pop-culture to explore our celebrity-obsessed society, with a nod to Andy Warhol. His point of view is that of an “outsider” – a British-born, American culture enthusiast. His exploration of American culture seeks access to the quintessential “American dream,” at the same time reflecting a certain nostalgia for a time when individual imagination provided the fuel for these dreams.
Invited to participate in the exhibit are artists Alex Echo and Christian Furr. Alex Echo (b. 1958) endeavors to encapsulate into his pieces “ballet between light, water, colour, and time.” His works, each created with a unique technique comprised of resin and paint, reflect an appreciation for nature, history, and environmental sustainability. Christian Furr (b. 1966), best known for being the youngest artist commissioned to paint the Queen of England, explores the beauty of explosions in his newest series.
Young's exhibit spans both the Conrad lobby and Long-Sharp Gallery. The gallery exhibit, "Russell Young: Rock N' Roll Works on Paper," features screenprints of icons like James Dean, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, and others. The lobby exhibit, "Russell Young: Diamond Dust Monochrome," features Young's glittering works on linen, and depicts famous faces like Marilyn Monroe, Muhammad Ali, John Wayne, and more.
Our first Friday event takes place from 6-9 pm in Long-Sharp Gallery. Food and beverages will be provided. We would love to see you there!