Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Lucian Freud's $33 Million Painting Sets Sale Record for Living Artist

At Christie's Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Sale last night, "Benefits Supervisor Sleeping" (1955) by Lucian Freud (Sigmund's grandson), went for $33 million. It beat the record auction price for a living artist—the last record was set by Jeff Koons' "Hanging Heart" sculpture, sold for $23 mil at Sotheby's last November. (P.S.: Fat- and appearance-mockers will be executed!)

Monday, May 05, 2008

Seo-Bo Park

Seobo Park 2008
May 1, 2008 - May 31, 2008
Reception: May 1, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Arario New York is pleased to present Empty the Mind, a solo exhibition of new works by Park, Seo-Bo, the father of Korean abstract painting. The exhibition will be on view from May 1 through May 31, 2008, and a reception for the artist will be held at the gallery on May 1 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Since beginning his artistic career in the 1950s, Park, Seo-Bo has been at the forefront of contemporary Korean art. He is considered his country’s preeminent artist, credited with introducing Modernism to Korean art. Park’s innovative combination of traditional Korean sensibility with the Western abstract art movements of Minimalism, Art Informel, and Color Field painting has made him an influential figure to generations of Korean artists.

Empty the Mind will feature the brightly-colored, monochrome abstract paintings for which Park, Seo-Bo is best known today. Through a labor-intensive, multi-step process, the artist creates Minimalist paintings with complexly textured surfaces. Several layers of mulberry paper – known in Korea as hanji – acrylic paint, and ink are built up onto each canvas. Before the layers dry, Park uses a pencil or a narrow bamboo stick to incise thin parallel lines across the entire surface. In each painting, rectangular spaces are strategically carved away, revealing a vivid under layer of paint and creating what Park calls “Breathing Spaces” amidst the sea of lines. In keeping with Park’s understated style, these new works juxtapose pattern and emptiness, restrained form and exuberant color, and Eastern and Western aesthetics.

Park, Seo-Bo’s work has been on view throughout Asia, Europe and the U.S. for more than fifty years. Among his retrospective exhibitions is, Park, Seo-Bo’s Paintings: Its Forty Years, at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul in 1991. He has received numerous awards, such as The National Medal of Korea (The Medal of Seokryu) in 1987, The Order of Cultural Merits, Korea in 1994, and the Seoul Metropolitan Cultural Award in 1995. His work is in the collections of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; The Seoul Museum of Art; The Contemporary Museum of Hongik University, Seoul; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, and the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, France. In 1994 he founded the Park, Seo-Bo Art and Cultural Foundation. He lives and works in Seoul, where he was a Professor at the College of Fine Arts, Hongik University. This is the artist’s first exhibition at Arario Gallery New York, though he has previously shown at Arario Beijing.

My first impression of pretty colors. I came close and saw the artist's work. The textures were amazing. It plays well with the two monochrome colors. It revolutionized what Mondrian's abstraction works. I got to speak the artist. He had a translator but I managed to use the little Korean I learned in college. I sort of impressed the translator. After a great champagne later, I bought the autograph poster.

James Lahey - Skulls

James Lahey: New Works
May 4, 2006 - June 4, 2006
J. Cacciola
531 W 25th St
New York (Chelsea)

I love James' skulls and the concept of "You want to start over" Its has a playful theme of having to think about your life and self esteem. For me, it makes me contemplate how we will live life regretting in the end. Do we want to start over? Yes. Or no. What would happen if we could change, then what would happen next. Would it be better or not. Then would we want to start again until we are satisfied. When will we ever be happy?

I stood next to my own reflection with a text says "This will make you beautiful". Does it help standing by the mirror? Will the people standing next to me will think that I possessed a low self esteem standing in front of it? It helps that the artist understand a person's self image.

Ye Yong Qing

China Square
545 W. 25th St.
8th Flr. Chelsea Arts Tower
New York, NY 10001

May 1st - May 31st
May 1st 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Through Ye’s clever stroke, the poetic impression of his birds unites the dreams and mythologies
the world over. Recreating the immediacy of his sketches, in large sweeping gestures, Ye develops
a style that is both traditional and anew. This series of paradoxical structures curve the frames
of birds: depicting stillness and movement. His ephemeral stroke shows a studied knowledge of
form and gesture. Like the scholarly art of calligraphy, his exacting movements breeze through
the picture plain. Unlike literati art, his stroke stands formed yet fragmented, elegant yet rough,
controlled yet whimsical, thick yet thin. These distorted frames of Ye’s create the image of birds
and the expansive connections of mythologies. Birds symbolize the power of spirit and are found
throughout legends, both east and west. His birds breathe reality and fantasy, living a world of

acrylic on canvas
110 x 150 cm / 43.31 x 59.06 in.

Joy No.2
acrylic on canvas
200 x 200 cm / 78.74 x 78.74 in.

oil on canvas
200 x 300 cm / 78.74 x 118.11 in.

acrylic on canvas
300 x 200 cm / 118.11 x 78.74 in.