Long-Sharp Gallery returns to Masterpiece London

Long-Sharp Gallery is honored to be exhibiting once again at Masterpiece London. Located on the South Grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the fair will take place June 29-July 5. We will exhibit several never-before-seen drawings by Andy Warhol alongside works by Edvard Munch, Jean Cocteau, Robert Indiana, and Mel Bochner. For more information about the fair, be sure to read: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/phillip-hewatt-jaboor-interview-995432

Installation of 99 works by Jason Myers featured as Entrance to Art New York 2017

Jason Myers' "The 99%: United We Stand" is an installation of 99 of Myers' small paintings. The installation will be featured at the entrance of Art New York this year [Pier 94, May 3-7]. Long-Sharp Gallery and Myers will donate 1/3 of the proceeds from the sale of each piece to Direct Relief, a charity providing humanitarian medical aid. Congratulations, Jason!

 

Thanks to Hamptons Art Hub for the coverage of Jason Myers' installation: http://hamptonsarthub.com/2017/05/06/art-fairs-critics-view-art-miami-brings-strong-fair-to-new-york/

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Dale Enochs' "Time Flow" at the Indiana Statehouse

Monumental sculptures by Dale Enochs are once again getting richly deserved recognition.  Primarily working in Indiana Limestone and various metals, Enoch’s work “Time Flow” was selected as the work to signify the 200th birthday of the State of Indiana.  It stands on the grounds of the Indiana Statehouse.  Enochs was also selected by the Indiana State Museum as one of the 200 most important artists in the State’s two hundred year history.  His work, Indiana Totem, was exhibited during the museum’s bicentennial exhibition and has since been acquired by the ISM for its permanent collection.   For a view of other works and the artist’s full bio, please see www.daleenochs.com.  Long-Sharp Gallery is honored to represent Dale.

Long-Sharp Gallery announces representation of two Indiana-based artists

March 28, 2017: It is with great pleasure that Long-Sharp Gallery announces its representation of two enormously talented abstract painters: David Michael Slonim and Amy Kirchner. 

The Gallery will represent David Michael Slonim alongside other important galleries in the United States. Those galleries include: Muriel Guepin Gallery (New York), Newbury Fine Arts (Boston), Altamira Fine Art (Jackson Hole and Scottsdale), Anne Louks Gallery (Chicago). 

Long-Sharp Gallery is honored to announce its exclusive representation of Amy Kirchner.  Kirchner is the first American painter to be represented exclusively by the Gallery. 

 

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Russell Young + Long-Sharp Gallery release the “Obama Legacy Portrait Series”

Indianapolis, Ind. (February 6, 2017) – In 2006 artist Russell Young was inspired to pick up his camera and photograph then underdog presidential candidate Barack Obama.  Over the next few years Young created a series of works based upon those photographs. The works remained in Young’s archives until just weeks ago when he was contacted by gallery owner Rhonda Long-Sharp.  Long-Sharp watched Young create many of the Obama portraits almost 10 years ago.  Together they now launch the renamed “Obama Legacy Portrait Series.”

 “People will debate the importance of Barack Obama’s actions as the 44th President of the US,” said Long-Sharp, “but what is beyond debate is his legacy as the first person of color to be the leader of the free world.” Long-Sharp, who grew up in a multi-racial neighborhood, was inspired recently when she heard it expressed that there are children in the United States who have “never known anything but a Black president.  I can’t get that thought out of my mind.  It makes me very proud to be an American.  It also strengthens my confidence that no matter how difficult times seem, justice and fairness will prevail if we fight for them.” 

In honor of his legacy, Long-Sharp Gallery and Young will donate 25% of the purchase price from the "Obama Legacy Portrait Series" to a charity supported by the Obamas in 2015.  According to their tax returns, the Obamas donated to multiple charities of diverse goals, concepts, and missions.  Each collector acquiring a work from the series will be asked to select a specific charity to which the donation will be made.  That list includes the following five organizations supported by the Obamas:  

American Red Cross: The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief and education in the United States. http://www.redcross.org

Aids United: AIDS United’s mission is to end the AIDS epidemic in the United States.  https://www.aidsunited.org

Habitat for Humanity: works in communities across the United States and Canada, building strength, stability and independence in partnership with families. http://www.habitat.org/where-we-build/united-states-america

St. Jude's:  a leading children's hospital pioneering research and treatments for kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.  https://www.stjude.org

Calvary Women's Services: offers housing, health, employment and education programs that empower homeless women in Washington, DC to change their lives. https://www.calvaryservices.org

Long-Sharp Gallery is the exclusive 2017 representative for the works.  Charitable donations will be made for all works purchased during this period.

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Each Amy Kirchner painting acquired at Forms|Shapes exhibition.

In her first exhibit with Long-Sharp Gallery, Amy Kirchner’s paintings can still be viewed, but none are for sale.   Kirchner’s works are the first in the gallery’s history to have sold out in one evening.   Well over a hundred guests attended the official opening celebration of “Forms|Shapes” on Friday February 3, 2017.  The event was sponsored by Conrad Indianapolis.  By evening’s end, every painting by Kirchner was spoken for.   An additional work was sold before the opening celebration.  Gallery owner Rhonda Long-Sharp was pleased “but not surprised.”  Long-Sharp Gallery is not known to add to its roster of artists often.   Amy Kirchner’s future with the gallery does not seem to be in question.  Long-Sharp says “an announcement in this regard will be made in April 2017.” 

Thalen & Thalen to design entrance for Palm Beach Art, Antique & Jewelry Show

Long-Sharp Gallery will present a stunning show entrance designed by Thalen & Thalen, creators of contemporary silver objects, at the 13th Annual Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach from February 15-21, 2017.

With locations in both Indianapolis and New York, Long-Sharp Gallery represents international in solo and thematic exhibitions and participates in Fine Art Shows all over the world. Each and every one of the artists they represent are remarkably unique, and Thalen & Thalen is no exception. Renowned Dutch sculptors Rob and Jaap Thalen are famous for their hand crafted sculptural vessels, raised by hand from sheets of fine silver (999/000).   Having exhibited at over a dozen museums, father and son are accustomed to having thousands view their works.  At the 2017 Palm Beach Art, Antique, and Jewelry fair, guests will have the unusual opportunity to walk through two of their sculptures.

The Palm Beach Show Group commissioned Thalen & Thalen to design the entrances for their signature show in Palm Beach. Each entrance is designed to reflect the historical importance of vessels.

 “We surround ourselves with vessels.  The Romans did.  The Greeks did.  When we visit a museum on ancient culture, we are inspired by the way vessels were cherished.  The pure beauty of them; the precision in the way they were made.  Vessels housed treasures, be those precious oils, metals, or anything desired to be kept safe,” stated Rob Thalen.

The entrances to the 2017 Palm Beach fair, designed with this inspiration, are over 22 feet deep, 14 feet tall, and 20 feet wide.  Each is created out of hand brushed aluminum tubes.  According to Thalen & Thalen, “visitors are invited to walk into the vessels that give way to the treasures of the fair.”

The works of Thalen & Thalen as well as other contemporary artists represented by Long-Sharp Gallery will be on view at the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show which opens February 15 with an Opening Night Preview Party. The evening will afford a first glimpse of more than 150 international exhibitors representing multidisciplinary collections. 

Please contact the gallery for more information or for tickets to the fair.

Art Museum of Greater Lafayette acquires work by Jason Myers for permanent collection

It is our privilege to announce that an etching by Jason Myers went into the permanent collection of the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette this past week. The museum has graciously offered to allow the piece, "Don't III", to remain on exhibit on the second floor of Conrad Indianapolis for the remainder of the summer.

About the museum: Since its humble beginning in 1909, the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette has grown in both size and influence -- engaging, educating, and inspiring the Indiana community through art. Established by Lafayette citizens as a response to the time’s widespread awakening of art interests throughout the state and country, the Museum continues to demonstrate a profound interest in serving the Indiana community.

The Museum connects Indiana to art through its various exhibits, programs, and classes. “Indiana Now 2016: the Bicentennial”, one of three current exhibits at the Museum, celebrates 200 years of Hoosier history and is “the only juried statewide exhibit of current work by Indiana Artists.” The Museum also spearheaded ArtSmart: Indiana, an educational program through which Hoosier youth learn about the state’s history through art, and about art through the state’s history.

To learn more about the museum, visit http://www.artlafayette.org

 

British Pop Artist David Spiller in ArtNet's "Top Ten"

Every month, ArtNet lists the top 300 artists that users search on their database. Modern masters like Picasso, Lichtenstein, and Warhol typically occupy the upper echelon, accompanied by other contemporary artists like Banksy and - this month - British Pop artist David Spiller. Spiller came in at number 7 out of 300; that is, he was the seventh-most searched artist on ArtNet this month. Congratulations, David! 

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Long-Sharp Gallery's Glass Booth In Palm Beach, February 2016

Long-Sharp Gallery debuted its largest booth to date at the Palm Beach Art, Antique & Jewelry Show in February of 2016. This glass-encased booth housed sculpture by Gino Miles and Thalen & Thalen, neon by Chris Bracey and paintings by David Spiller and Alex Echo, among other works. For more information, see http://www.artfixdaily.com/artwire/release/6036-2016-palm-beach-jewelry-art-and-antique-show-wows-top-collectors-

"GRAPHITE TO GIGABYTES" AT SCOPE MIAMI

“GRAPHITE TO GIGABYTES” PREMIERES AT SCOPE MIAMI DURING BASEL WEEK

Long-Sharp Gallery Explores Materiality and Pop Culture Through A Social Lens – Dec. 2 – 7, 2014

Among the contemporaneous constellation of fairs that occupy Miami during December art week, Long-Sharp Gallery presents a survey that explores materiality and pop culture with “Graphite to Gigabytes” – a new exhibit at SCOPE Miami Beach during Art Basel. Whether applying pencil to paper, sanding down lines of steel, repurposing found objects, bending light or incorporating digital media, the chosen means of communication is integral to each artist’s personal vision in this exhibit. Parallel themes of celebrity and culture are especially compelling in this context at SCOPE Art Fair, which for a second year will be taking place on glossy oceanfront of Miami Beach.

“Graphite to Gigabytes” will be on view at Booth D25 at SCOPE tents between 9th and 10th Streets at 910 Ocean Drive. The VIP and Press Preview takes place on December 2, and the fair will be open to the public from Wednesday, December 3 to Sunday, December 7.

Selected by gallerist Rhonda Long-Sharp, the show’s eight participating artists are internationally recognized for their mastery of material and for their unique ability to address issues about how society uses language to express cultural influences on human interaction. Emerging largely from a contemporary pop sensibility, the presence of words, conversation or code is a theme that especially connects “Graphite to Gigabytes” artists.

It all begins with Andy Warhol, the iconic and seminal figure who has influenced generations of artists and irrevocably changed how people look at celebrity and culture.  Highlighting two of his famed screen prints created for the music industry (Miguel Bose and Rats and Star), “Graphite to Gigabytes” examines the next phase of pop-influenced artistic expression.

David Spiller and Chris Bracey employ entirely different working practices to examine societal truisms, and also both adopt fragments of poetry, iconic song lyrics, or popular phrases that often go unquestioned by the mainstream.  Spiller takes pop expressions that have slowly entered the cultural consciousness, giving them new immediacy 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.

Similarly for Bracey, his choice of neon literally illuminates these sentiments; he combines old found neon with his own formed words and images, creating objects that both simplify and explicate these universal concepts.

Exhibiting work for the first time during Art Basel week, artist Wayne Warren aptly states, “All art is about making sense of the world we live in.” Largely exploring our fixation on consumerism and materialism, Warren’s work wittily combines miniaturized everyday objects – 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.

David Kramer takes a more personal approach, dealing with issues of self-exploration tinged with a healthy dose of neurotic musings and self-deprecation. His outlook is urban, truthful, a tilted look at the American dream framed against the reality of coping with the everyday.  Incorporating his own writings – often diaristic in nature – juxtaposed against expressively painted and drawn images, his paintings present both a sense of place and a state of mind that can produce the best kind of awkward laughter.

Gino Miles has consistently been interested in the classic harmony between man and nature, using spare visual language for his small and large-scale aluminum, stainless steel and bronze sculptures, creating lyrical forms in tight balance with the negative space around them.  His latest series moves into new territory, distilling common acronyms – FYI or MIA for instance – into the symbolic dots and dashes of Morse code.  These simple phrases are completely transformed in the process, an elegant twist on how we see and use language, the literal vs. the poetic.

The works of video artist and painter Jason Myers often start with a single figure, contained in a space that is both physically constrained and psychologically weighted, symbolizing himself or people important to his own history.  In “Visual Noise” an ambiguously drawn black stick figure is slowly covered by hand-written words and phrases, until, overwhelmed by the barrage of information, the figure is obliterated, gradually re-emerging from the scribbled darkness in a different form.

Russell Young 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, looking for access to the American dream, at the same time reflecting a certain nostalgia for a time when individual imagination provided the fuel for these dreams. Young’s images use a palette of pinks, silver, black, yellow and blue filtered through a scrim of diamond dust, a symbolic and lyric vision of our collective cultural preoccupations.

“Graphite to Gigabytes” presents a dynamic view of how artists creating in a range of mediums have developed their own visual vernacular to interact with audiences. Based in Indianapolis, Long-Sharp Gallery’s participation at SCOPE Miami Beach arrives on the heels of their successful premiere at the New York edition, which took place in March 2014.

“Graphite to Gigabytes” by Long-Sharp Gallery at SCOPE Miami Booth D25

First View (VIP & Press): Tuesday, December 2 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Cardholders only.

Show Hours: Wednesday, December 3 to Sunday, December 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

910 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33130

For more information about admission and the fair, visit www.scope-art.com.