Thursday, October 28, 2010

AUCTION HOUSE PRE-SALE EXHIBITIONS - What a difference two years make

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"What a difference two years make"       photo: Artchick1 2008

To accompany this wonderful Indian Summer climate we are enjoying, why not drop by Sotheby's, Christie's and Phillips DuPury within the next two weeks. "Pre-Sale Exhibitions" will be showcased for viewing with open access to the public.
"...Before the big sales, the auction houses will be filled with multimillion-dollar masterpieces and blue chip contemporary artwork, and are open to everyone, not just the art elite..." New York Times
Take the opportunity to indulge yourself in a wonderful viewing experience that will be a monumental memory.  This artwork consigned for sale to the public at auction arrives directly from private collections - some of it hasn't been seen for decades, and perhaps will never be seen again in your lifetime.
This Fall Auction Season is expected to be exceptionally strong due to the state of the global economic climate.  Many international buyers are expected to be on board for the chance to acquire the objects of their passion or asset investment allocation.

Be there, or be square!

The Fall Auction Season - Slide Show -

For further information check websites for dates and location

Viewing hours vary by day and auction house. Usually the viewing ends the morning of the sale, but Web sites should have the details.

CHRISTIE’S 20 Rockefeller Plaza (49th Street between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas). Impressionist and Modern art viewings, Friday through Wednesday morning; postwar and contemporary art viewings, Nov. 6-10 (morning); (212) 636-2000,

SOTHEBY’S 1334 York Avenue, at 72nd Street, Manhattan. Impressionist and Modern art viewings, Friday through Tuesday morning; postwar and contemporary art viewings, Nov. 5-9 (morning); (212) 606-7000,

PHILLIPS DE PURY & COMPANY 450 Park Avenue, at 57th Street. Contemporary art viewings, Saturday through Nov. 7 (sale Nov. 8); (212) 940-1200,

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


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    Photo: Marlborough Gallery, Chelsea, NY

I remember the first time I saw an exhibition of this artist's work way back in the day when SOHO was the art world capital in NYC.  How wonderful, I thought, this glass, this glowing glass sculpture back lit in a dark gallery. Exquisite!
Dale Chihuly, who was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1941, has become an internationally celebrated personality in contemporary art and design whose prominence in the field of contemporary studio glass is unmatched. He is a generous and charismatic individual with a forceful personality, who ceaselessly promotes himself and his material—glass—to audiences around the world. He has championed the use of blown glass as a vehicle for sculpture, focusing on the vessel in his explorations of color and form.
An exciting exhibition of his work opens at the Marlborough Gallery in Chelsea, 545 W 25th Street, on September 16th, 6-8PM and continues through October 16th.
This is a remarkable installation at the Marlborough Gallery, Chelsea, one that you too will remember.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

"Success in Art Through Lifestyle Choices"

Diane Leon/Artist

An article written by one of our salon members Diane Leon states:
"Follow your dreams in a realistic way and you can balance life without feeling cheated...(more) 

Thursday, September 17, 2009



Collage Portrait Artist, was good enough to bring a selection of her latest artwork to share with us on Sunday.    We discussed her process at length and we are convinced that this is not a case of clipart...We are grateful for her loyalty and attendance at the SALON.  If you wish more details regarding her artwork, please contact ForbesArtConsult

Image Photography

We welcomed a new member of the SALON who attended Sunday and brought an impressive print portfolio of his work to share.

We enjoyed an enthusiastic reportage' and were extremely impressed by his many funny stories, long career and expertise.

Check out more of his impressive work  when you view his website @

Monday, July 27, 2009


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In spite of the overwhelming tradition to buy and make famous only the male artists, it is sincerely hoped that change is near...very near as stated in the last two lines of this controversial post @

Thursday, May 14, 2009


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A lively (read heated) exchange of commentary at the SALON regarding Sophie Calle's exhibition "TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF" at the Paula Cooper Gallery in Chelsea is duly noted in our hearts and minds and warranted a mention in ARTS RAVEL. Here is the link to the blog article that is written by one of our Salonistas' elegantly furthering that discussion: I enjoyed reading Arts Ravel and learned some stuff! It's always a pleasant journey for me to follow the links that are posted, and this time I unexpectedly found an "ANSWER" which clarified my own queries about the CALLE exhibition (which I personally loved), and the numerous pieces in the installation.
This is it !!!
For those of you who have seen the installation of the numerous artworks... OULIPO: History: (read later)
WHAT IT IS ? (read this first)
Some examples of Oulipian writing: Queneau's Exercices de Style is the recounting of the same inconsequential episode ninety-nine times, in which a man witnesses a minor altercation on a bus trip, each unique in terms of tone and style.
Plaisirs singuliers by Harry Mathews (the only American member of Oulipo) describes 61 different scenes, each told in a different style (generally poetic, elaborate, or circumlocutory) in which 61 different people (all of different ages, nationalities, and walks of life) masturbate.
Queneau's Cent Mille Milliards de Poèmes is inspired by children's picture books in which each page is cut into horizontal strips which can be turned independently, allowing different pictures (usually of people) to be combined in many ways. Queneau applies this technique to poetry: the book contains 10 sonnets, each on a page. Each page is split into 14 strips, one for each line. The author estimates in the introductory explanation that it would take approximately 200 million years to read all possible combinations.



Monday, May 4, 2009


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Art historians claim Van Gogh's ear 'cut off by Gauguin'
Angelique Chrisafis in Paris, Monday 4 May 2009 21.55 BST
Article history

Vincent van Gogh's fame may owe as much to a legendary act of self-harm, as it does to his self-portraits. But, 119 years after his death, the tortured post-Impressionist's bloody ear is at the centre of a new controversy, after two historians suggested that the painter did not hack off his own lobe but was attacked by his friend, the French artist Paul Gauguin.

According to official versions, the disturbed Dutch painter cut off his ear with a razor after a row with Gauguin in 1888. Bleeding heavily, Van Gogh then walked to a brothel and presented the severed ear to an astonished prostitute called Rachel before going home to sleep in a blood-drenched bed.

But two German art historians, who have spent 10 years reviewing the police investigations, witness accounts and the artists' letters, argue that Gauguin, a fencing ace, most likely sliced off the ear with his sword during a fight, and the two artists agreed to hush up the truth.

In Van Gogh's Ear: Paul Gauguin and the Pact of Silence, published in Germany, Hamburg-based academics Hans Kaufmann and Rita Wildegans argue that the official version of events, based largely on Gauguin's accounts, contain inconsistencies and that both artists hinted that the truth was more complex.

Van Gogh and Gauguin's troubled friendship was legendary. In 1888, Van Gogh persuaded him to come to Arles in the south of France to live with him in the Yellow House he had set up as a "studio of the south". They spent the autumn painting together before things soured. Just before Christmas, they fell out. Van Gogh, seized by an attack of a metabolic disease became aggressive and was apparently crushed when Gauguin said he was leaving for good.

Kaufmann told the Guardian: "Near the brothel, about 300 metres from the Yellow House, there was a final encounter between them: Vincent might have attacked him, Gauguin wanted to defend himself and to get rid of this 'madman'. He drew his weapon, made some movement in the direction of Vincent and by that cut off his left ear." Kaufmann said it was not clear if it was an accident or an aimed hit.

While curators at the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam stand by the theory of self-mutilation, Kaufmann argues that Van Gogh dropped hints in letters to his brother, Theo, once commenting : "Luckily Gauguin ... is not yet armed with machine guns and other dangerous war weapons."

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Subscribe to Le Petit Salon by Email BARRY LE VA
Le Va, whose pioneering scatter pieces on the floor, started in 1966, made him 
one of the first of the so-called “Process” artists, started, in 1969, to create 
works with cleavers embedded in the wall or the floor. Three wall pieces will 
be shown, each made by thrusting a cleaver into the wall at intervals equiva- 
lent to a large side step; if located at the top of the wall, the cleaver is pro- 
pelled from the artist’s right-side-up position, if on the bottom of the wall from 
the artist’s downward-facing and back-to-the-wall position. The works are 
clear, direct, unadorned manifestations of a simple physical process, created 
without self-conscious aesthetic intention. Indeed, Le Va has said that these 
and other sculptures similarly fraught with danger and created between 1968 
and 197l, such as Within the Series of Layered Pattern Acts created by shat- 
tering sheets of glass on the floor, were more about exploring mathematical 
givens in relation to time and space than about threat of danger. In the case 
of the Cleaver pieces, those givens are the artist’s height and the fixed radius 
of the arc of his arm’s thrust. Of course, these works were originally created 
during a time of great violence in our culture. 
The configuration of the sculpture is dependent upon the space it is created in.  
Only two Cleaved pieces have previously been seen in New York, one at the 
exhibition space 112 Greene Street in 1969, and one at the Whitney Museum 
of American Art exhibition Contemporary American Sculpture, in 1970. 
The exhibition, at 745 Fifth Avenue, will run through 16 May 2009.

Sunday, April 12, 2009


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Thursday, April 09, 2009
Art Market Trends 2008 2008 was a wild ride for the world art market with the financial crisis catching up with auction sales. called it a year that started with "speculative euphoria" and ended with a "violent contraction." The Art Market Insight by Artprice is an annual publication that looks back at art auction prices for the year. Listed in the report is the top 10 artists, the top 100 auction sales, and a list of the top 500 artists by turnover for the year. Here's a list of the top ten artists by total turnover for 2008. I expect that dead masters like Picasso and Monet would sell $100 million+ over 12 months, but what impresses me are the living artists like Hirst, Richter and Koons that are selling similar amounts. PICASSO Pablo (1881-1973) $262,366,349 from 1764 lots sold at auction BACON Francis (1909-1992) $256,208,073 from 100 lots sold WARHOL Andy (1928-1987) $236,749,034 from 1164 lots sold HIRST Damien (1965) $230,887,159 from 445 lots sold MONET Claude (1840-1926) $174,695,716 from 25 lots sold GIACOMETTI Alberto (1901-1966) $132,631,043 from 111 lots sold RICHTER Gerhard (1932) $122,211,095 from 166 lots sold DEGAS Edgar (1834-1917) $111,835,132 from 81 lots sold FONTANA Lucio (1899-1968) $95,589,589 from 227 lots sold KLEIN Yves (1928-1962) $91,868,098 from 59 lots sold
An introduction to the Art Market Trends report can be found, with the full 37 page Pdf file of the report

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


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TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2009 IS IT OR ISN'T IT ? Now, you tell me...
All of the hype about "Is it Art?" ... after viewing this exhibition of Lisa Yuskavage at Zwirner it was difficult to say? My own feelings are prejudiced because I abhor women being objectified, however, on the other hand, the artist really knows her craft and paints like a Flemish angel. Yes, there is a niche for this work, and the billionaire Steve Cohen, who is exhibiting part of his fabulous collection "The Women" at Sotheby's has "ONE"! Albeit, a conservative piece at that, but non the less erotic. However, the only cartoon-y reference in Cohen's piece, NIGHT 1999-2000, is the face and the ass, or should I say "cheek-y"comes to mind. LIKE I SAID...this woman can paint...Yuskavage's inclusion in the COHEN COLLECTION is not a surprise, I am sure she has already made her mark on 21st Century art, however one has yet to decide if she is a "keeper" or a member of the flavor of the month club. It is hard to get serious about this work being a female in the 21st Century and to think that this painting NIGHT depicts the modern woman painted by another woman through a man's eyes. To me, not a critic per se, seems "too illustrative and decorative" to be serious art...Helene

Monday, April 6, 2009


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collection of Steve Cohen

Monday, March 2, 2009


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ANYTHING FOR ART...although the weather report was ominous and we were expecting 10" of snow, the SALON  prevailed as we were proven to be indeed ART WARRIORS...check out the Slide Show Photos for Sunday, March 1, 2009 (scroll down)
Discussions regarding Jeff Koons, why do we always have to get on to him and Damien...I suppose because we are such least some of us are.  
With the contribution of our SPECIAL GUESTS... Manish Vora, co-founder of
International Photographer, Asca S,R, Aull
Links to the artists that we discussed :
Artwork shown by one of our members Abby Levine
Even though the weather and bad colds scared off our core member group of Julie, Kirby, JB, Steve, and Leanne...  there was much more wine and snacks to share...which is always a good thing! 

Friday, February 6, 2009


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No question about it, we were not A-lone... there was a presence in the room, formally known as  The Other!
...The synergy, the ambiance, the knowledge, the was all there and so was everyone else...together in the moment ideas flashing, laughter booming, and then our Guest Artist speaking about her practice and demonstrating a piece of artwork ....sounds intriguing, you are thinking....demonstrating artwork? Ah, so strange, you say?  Wasn't that the perception in Gertrude's Salon?    Emerging talent, breaking from tradition, doing weird things with art...being supported by a group of their peers...
The discussion rolled out!  
Marlene Dumas, at MoMA...the daughter of a member of the SALON, a well known art critic, interviewed  her, it was read and discussed... Koons, Is it Art? (there is always that one), Women  artists from the 50's coming out of the shadows into the prominent galleries, at long last ... Hirst, Is it Art (always about him) ... China's long history of artisans... Artists we love...Artists we know...Gossip about ???
Of course, of course...there was more, much, much much much more...
"A Rose is a Rose is a Rose is a Rose" ...Gertrude Stein, poem
SHE was absolutely positively THERE...
in other people's words (link  below)

Monday, January 26, 2009

LE SALON des Artists...

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Awesome people showed up...15 Art Enthusiasts who did not know each other!
Exactly at 2PM the door bell door...hang coat...I turn slowly...
Guests, one by one, immediately enveloped in the buzz buzz buzz... greeting and exchanging smiles... there is much intermittent laughter...a little white wine, some cruedite'... the Soiree had begun... the ART SALON was no longer an apparition! There are no strangers in this room?
There are artists, writers, a contest show celebrity, musicians, composer, collectors, enthusiasts, art bloggers, creatives of urban planning and architecture, published author, all of us intimately engaged in a lively conversation, asking questions, divulging secrets, showing artwork, sharing themselves, feelings, jokes, information on openings, exhibitions, performances, recommendations on upcoming events of interest to the arts community...truly enjoying each others company and most importantly... laughter, lots and lots of laughter!
Just a snippet of our conversation for the afternoon, a take on the game of "Truth or Dare" I suppose...
Recommendations for events were mentioned and among them dePury,
Also, Calder Circus at the Whitney Museum and Calder Jewelry at the Met
I am in the process of editing the video footage that was taken at the SALON ... seems to be too long to post in its current state!
Check back to see how discrete I've been ...

Monday, January 19, 2009

I'll HUFF and I'll PUFF...

...Can't blow this house down!
At the SALON  discussing and looking at Art is always  affordable, actually it's FREE, therefore, the one thing I am not "worried" about "because worry is not preparation" for anything, just a drain of positive energy,  is the doom and gloom reality of the art market relating to our economic circumstances. 
Truly, many a writers' column was negative, however, those by art critic, Jerry Saltz regarding the '08 ART FAIRS were not as thorough.  
The re-created SALON  exists independently of the external world  and lives only through the energy of an artistic internal reality...again
Counting down to Sunday, January 25 at 2PM

Friday, January 16, 2009


All set up for the first SALON at the end of the month here in NYC...great response...20 people may show up!  My long time dream of having an ongoing SALON, and channeling Gertrude Stein, is "really happening"...
Some very interesting artists, writers, video/filmmakers, poets, musicians, and art enthusiasts will be gathering for conversation and sharing ideas and god-knows-what-else, on Sundays.  I requested that they answer a few pertinent questions and post their websites...I am overwhelmed with the quailty of this  fantastic group's work which will be a part of the content of this Blog.  
... Are you interested in participating?

Wednesday, January 7, 2009




NO doubt, Alice Lipping, abstract colorist extraordinaire would be interviewed ... NY Magazine no less, and here is only one of the reasons why...her paintings glisten on the walls of the Private Dinning Room in one of the best restaurants in NYC as featured recently in The New York Times
ALICE LIPPING has been a friend of the "SALON" since it's inception, supporting the concept and helping me gather in the community of artists, writers, critics, and other art enthusiasts in a unique environment that has successfully re-recreated an important part of what has been missing from the art community for quite some time...a certain AMBIANCE and CULTURAL INTELLIGENCE for sincere and direct commentary regarding our feeling and aspirations for our own works, but mostly sharing  our favorite exhibitions, museum shows, art events, philanthropic endeavors we've instigated and pursued on behalf of others...
and mostly channeling GERTRUDE STEIN through the personae of the founder of LE PETIT SALON, Private Art Advisor/Consultant  HELENE FORBES
And, WOW, do I get headaches !

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Talk is Cheap...

Looking at art is free...
In spite of the disarming news of the economy, and with the resources, disposable income, depleted for the art market now, I am determined to turn this SALON into a way for Art Enthusiasts to come together, discuss art in general, exchange ideas, recommend gallery shows, and perhaps even bring a piece from your own collection for brave!

Monday, December 22, 2008


If you don't want to go to a Museum check out the restaurants to see the spectacular art murals.
12 Murals Not to Miss have a drink or only a peek, it's worth it!