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September 29, 2009

It's Art Benefit Season, So Check Out.. The Photography Center at Woodstock!

The Center for Photography At Woodstock has their 2009 Benefit Gala Honoring W.M. Hunt on Sunday October 11, 2009 in Woodstock. Yes.. MAO knows its too crazy far, hours a bit far away for just a benefit... BUT!!

This has been one of the best places for emerging photography in the UISA, and every year they hold one of the most interesting "think opportunity to buy something very cheap" art photo auctions.

It's a wonderful organization.. and they could use your help in these difficult times! So Please Check it out, you might find something great for your photo collection.



It's quite amazing..  they have photos donated by 80 artists..

Click here to preview and bidon the great auction items.. not all of them are online yet.. but the list is most impressive.

This year's event will honor our 2009 Vision Award HonoreeW.M. Hunt, collector, curator, educator, gallery owner, writer, and emerging artist advocate  and features CPW's 31st annual benefit auction of contemporary and classic photographs beginning at 4pm.

Benefit Gala proceeds directly support the creative programs of the Center for Photography at Woodstock, a not-for-profit arts and educational organization. Please support the arts.

There are Two Tiers of Admission for CPW's 2009 Benefit Gala. To order Tickets or a Catalog, please call CPW at (845-679-9957).

(A) GALA tickets are $100 per person. 
They include attendance the 2009 Vision Awards Wine and Food Reception in honor of our recipient W.M. Hunt, which will begins at 2pm, a complimentary copy of the 2009 Benefit Auction Catalog. Attendees receive preferred seating for the live benefit auction.

GALA Tickets must be purchased in advance, by Thursday October 8, 2009.

(B) To attend the AUCTION only, admission is by purchase of the catalog for $35 ($25 for CPW members) plus postage. 

Doors open at 4pm for Auction attendees. Catalogs may be purchased by phone, and fax orders. Payment may also be sent via mail. Catalogs are currently in production and will be available after September 21.

Benefit Auction
Catalogs may be purchased via phone, fax, email order, in CPW's gallery, and on the day of the sale at the Bearsville Theater.

To order Tickets or a Catalog, please call CPW at (845-679-9957).

September 28, 2009

An Art Event Not to Miss.. The NY Art Book FAIR this Weekend at P.S.1

One of the next best things to looking at Contemporary Art.. is sex is looking at new Contemporary Art Books!


We can't wait for the next 2009 New York Art Book Fair.. cause MAO can never have enough art books.

(Photo #1, Mickey Smith, More Books, 2008, Archival Pigment Print)

FYI.. they moved the fair this year from Phillip's Auction House in Chelsea to Art World Siberia Long Island City at P.S.1

Here are the details

LOCATION   P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center
22-25 Jackson Ave at the intersection of 46th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101 (map)

Friday/Saturday, October 2 & 3, 2009, 11am - 7pm
Sunday, October 4, 2009, 11am - 5pm
The NY Art Book Fair is FREE and open to the public.

Some of the cool events to see :

Richard Prince Calling All Readers (Books & Posters)
John McWhinnie curates a survey of the books and posters of Richard Prince, from the 70s to today.

2. Great Contemporary Artist book Signings!


Friday, October 2, 2009:
2pm Steven Miller [DECODE]
3pm Joan Lyons [Visual Studies Workshop]
4pm David Benjamin Sherry [Printed Matter]
5pm AA Bronson [Printed Matter]
6pm William E. Jones signs Tearoom[2nd Cannons]

Saturday, October 3, 2009
12pm Sherin Neshat [MUSAC]
1pm Peter Sutherland [Gottlund Verlag]
2pm Ariana Page Russell [DECODE]
3pm Brad Buckley/John Conomos [NSCAD]
4pm Vince Aletti [DAP]
5pm Ryan McGinley [Morel]
6pm Gregg Bordowitz [Printed Matter]

Sunday, October 4, 2009
2pm Sarah Morris [Witte de With]

3. The ClassRoom
The Classroom is a full-schedule of informal artist talks, performative lectures, and other lessons of impromptu spirit with free, continuous enrollment for all fair-goers. The faculty includes: Center for Book Arts, Dexter Sinister, Fillip, free103point9 with Brett Ian Balogh and Tarikh Korula, Friends of the Fine Arts (FFARTS), Jason Fulford, Rick Myers, Michalis Pichler, Red 76, Carson Salter, Jennifer Sullivan, Three Star Books with Haim Steinbach, Triple Canopy, Ugly Duckling Press, Western Exhibitions with Miller & Shellabarger, and others. The Classroom is curated by David Senior, Museum of Modern Art Library.

4. If you feel the need to Party like an rock star on Thursday Night.. and get a limited edition work of art.... there's something for you too!

Following the, PREVIEW: The Fair opens for preview October 1, 6-8 PM at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center.

Deitch Studios, Long Island City, will generously host a benefit for Printed Matter, featuring industrial punk-and-dub duo, I.U.D.(Lizzi Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance and Sadie Laska of Growing). DJs Tim Lokiec and Gary Murphyplay vintage house. Tickets begin at $20 and include limited artist editions by Elmgreen & Dragset, Jutta Koether, Tom Sachs, and Mungo Thomson.


Deitch Studios, 4-40 44th Drive, Long Island City

$20 - benefit plus ticket edition by Tom Sachs, edition of 450.
Available here
$150 - benefit plusedition by Jutta Koether, signed and numbered edition of 150.
Available here
$150 - benefit plusedition by Mungo Thomson, signed and numbered edition of 150.
Available here
$3,000 - benefit plusportfolio of 26 prints by Elmgreen & Dragset, signed and numbered edition of 26.
Available here 

OK... see you all at the FAIR!

September 18, 2009

Melanie Schiff, A Young Rising Art Photography Star, her New Show Opens!

Melanie Schiff... A Young Rising Art Photography Star's new show opens in Chicago.

So.. check this artist's new work out! She truly paints with light like no other young new photographer.

As you all probably know, MAO got to meet this young photographer about 3 years ago, when she had just graduated from Art School and was having her very first gallery show. As a contemporary art collector one of the greatest joys is getting the opportunity to watch a new young artist's career take off.

Her credits already including shows at the Chicago MCA, and the 2008 Whitney Biennial,

Melanie has a new body of work now opening up in Chicago at the Kavi Gupta gallery. (Photo #1, Melanie Schiff, Light Pipe,2009,digital c-print mounted and framed,31 1/2" x 35" framed,edition of 5)


Solo Exhibition
The Miror,
Kavi Gupta
, Chicago, IL

September 11 - October 24, 2009

Plus, here's just a recent list of things "happening" for Melanie.. in the near future.

Elements of Photography
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL
June 13 - October 4, 2009

Between Spaces
October 21 - Winter 2009

Solo Exhibition
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
Spring 2010

Seattle Museum of Art, Seattle, WA
May - Sept. 2010

2010 Chinati Foundation Artist in Residence, Marfa, TX 


(Photo #2, Melanie Schiff, The Mirror,digital c-print mounted and framed, 2009,17” x 13 3/4” image; 30 1/2” x 34” framed
Edition of 5 with 1 AP)

And now, after her last NYC gallery crashed and burned closed during the Great Art Recession of 2008, Melanie has a hot new NY Art Gallery representing her. 

Horton & Liu Gallery, who? C. Sean Horton's new Chelsea expansion of his hot cutting edge L.E.S. Sunday Gallery is now representing Melanie Schiff in NYC. Yes..my little MAO-ettes, SOME contemporary art galleries are actually expanding into Chelsea!!  They will be having Melanie's first NYC gallery show debut in mid-October..

Melanie Schiff :

Mirror & Mastodon : Oct 15 – Nov 14, 2009

In fact they've already put out the press release..!!

Horton & Liu is pleased to present a new series of photographs by Los Angeles-based artist Melanie Schiff. Mirror & Mastodon is the artist’s New York solo debut and the artist's first major exhibition since her inclusion in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. The exhibition also coincides with her inclusion in Between Spaces at PS1 / MOMA.... read more here..

Amazing...and Congrat's to Melanie Schiff, we can't wait to see your photo work on NYC gallery walls!

September 17, 2009

The MAO Art Buy of the Month - Sarah Pickering Print at Aperture!

This one is going too fast already we almost didn't want to post it.

But, if you're a pyrotechnic maniac Sarah Pickering Fan like MAO.. you better act now! Those smart longtime MAO readers know Pickering.. she's a total blast! We've been following her career at MAO for sometime.

In fact, the last time pre-Art Market Crashthere was a benefit print from Sarah Pickering featured as a MAO ART Buy of the Month, the entire edition Blew Out in just 2 days!  

But, for those who don't know this British Bombshell Sarah's work.. check out her website here..

Sarah also has a new think high profile photo monograph coming out from the Aperture Foundation in the Spring 2010. 

Anyway, this smokinprint was just officially posted last week for sale.. and it has already sold out of the first 10 from the edition of only 30 photo prints.

Sarah_Pickering_ARTILLERY Artillery, 2005
edition size: 30 and 5 artist's proofs
Signed and numbered by the artist
image size: 12 x 12 in.
paper size: 14 x 14 in.

Note : The First 10 prints : $550, Nos. 11-20: $700, Nos. 21-30: $850

Right, now the print price is at only $700. So if you like it, you better order this one ASAP

<Click Here> to Buy... or it will be gone.

Or you can email... The Aperture Print Manager..

Kellie McLaughlin [email protected]

Oh.. And be sure to tell them MAO sent you.. cause then they'll give you the MAO special discount treatment.

September 16, 2009

An Important Photography Show Not to Miss... Keizo Kitajima at Amador Gallery

OK.. My little MAO-ettes. For the new hot Fall Art Season, there are a ton of great new gallery shows around NYC.  But for anyone interested in historic B&W or Japanese photography, one show not to overlook is the Keizo Kitajima show which opened last night at the Amador Gallery on 57th street.

Keizo_Kitajima_tokyo_018 The show is a full retrospective of this almost unknown in the US Japanese master's portrait work. MAO was particularly taken to the cleaners by his earliest Tokyo series.

(photo #1, Keizo Kitajima,


12" X 8 1/2" , gelatin silver print edition of 7)

So, now, only 28 years after the renegade days of Image Shop CAMP with Daido Moriyama where rooms became a giant collage with the works enlarged and developed on the walls using sponges and plastic sheeting (per photo #2) Keizo Kitajima finally has a Museum retrospective at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo,a new 874 page monograph (published by Rate Hole in Japan)  and a full exhibition at the Amador Gallery in New York.

Kitajima_TOKYO-060 Keizo Kitajima

The Joy of Portraits

September 15 - November 7th

Amador Gallery at The Fuller Building - 41 East 57th street, 6th floor

In 1976 Keizo Kitajima made his impressive debut with photographs capturing Koza in Okinawa, a town near the US military base, in the period just after the end of the Vietnam War. Subsequently, he expanded his purview to include Tokyo, New York, Eastern Europe, and the Soviet Union, just as that nation was on the verge of collapse.

The Joy of Portraits, featuring portrait work from each of these series, presents the most complete picture to date of the extraordinary photographer Keizo Kitajima's work from 1975 - 1991, including many previously unseen images.


September 09, 2009

Welcome Back Art World!! Tonight the L.E.S Galleries Open Up..!

Yes..It's the start to the busy Fall Art Season in NYC. Yea!!

To start it off right.. tonight all the uber hip galleries on the Lower East Side, have joined forces for a joint night opening extravaganza.

FYI.. Much to MAO's surprise.. It would seem they've also signed a deal with the devil, aka Big Money with The Armory Show for some added media exposure. We'd guess the regular flood of gallery applications for their NeXT Art fair might have slowed down to a trickle a bit, perhaps..?? Anyway.. it's great to see such a coordination... should make for a fun night.

SO..  MAO got this curious invite a few nights ago with the very full gallery list of openings..  So we will be doing the rounds tonight, bring your roller skates cause there's so many (14) to see in 2 hours! See you there!... and WELCOME BACK everyone!

Josh_azzarella_Fantasia (Photo by Josh Azzarella, Untitled #100 (Fantasia), 2007-2009, High-definition video, ed. of 5 + 1 AP, 12:06 )

September 9, 6-8 pm

The Armory Show invites you to join us at this year's Lower East Side season opening evening. Downtown galleries kick-off the fall season with over a dozen exhibition openings September 9 from 6 - 8 pm.
29C Ludlow Street
Tina Hejtmanek: Day without a Name
Through October 25


Nicelle Beauchene
163 Eldridge Street
Rachel Foullon: Grab a Root and Growl
Through October 18


Lisa Cooley
34 Orchard Street
Jon Pestoni and Zak Prekop
Through October 18


195 Bowery
Castaneda/Reiman: Sculptures of Paintings of Places We've Never Been
Josh Azzarella: Untitled #100 (Fantasia)
Through October 11


Eleven Rivington
11 Rivington
Adam Shecter: New Video
Through October 4


Thierry Goldberg Projects
5 Rivington
Khalif Kelly: Metamorphosis
Through October 11


14A Orchard Street
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: 30 Years of Being Cut Up
Through October 18


Museum 52
4 East 2nd Street (and Bowery)
Jacob Robichaux
Through October 10


On Stellar Rays
133 Orchard Street
212.598 .3012
Zipora Fried: Trust Me. Be Careful
Through October 25


Simon Preston
301 Broome Street (between Forsyth and Eldridge)
Caragh Thuring: Assembly
Through  November 1


Salon 94 Freemans
1 Freeman Alley
Carter: And Within Area Although
Through October 24


Sue Scott Gallery
1 Rivington Street (at Bowery)
Franklin Evans: 2008/2009 < 2009/2010
Through October 24


Small A Projects
261 Broome Street
Michael Patterson-Carver
Through October 18
Rachel Uffner Gallery
47 Orchard Street (between Grand and Hester)
Sara Greenberger Rafferty: Tears
Through October 25