Beez And Honey
By Nicollette Ramirez
The Beez and Honey Podcast, or The Podcast for short, is an oral history of the contemporary art world covering everything about Art. I’ll be inviting people from all areas of the art field to discuss everything from sustainability to technology. Expect input from artists, curators, collectors, gallerists, art dealers and unexpected voices not part of the mainstream discourse which often centers around the price of art.
Wildriana Paulino: To Never Ache
Wildriana Paulino (b.1999) was born in San Francisco de Macorís, Dominican Republic. She is currently residing in New York City, where she recently received her BFA form the School of Art at The Cooper Union. Her research on femicide -the killing of women for the condition of being women- has led her to work with themes of femininity, violence, trauma, and alienation. Wildriana’s interest in the female experience stems from her own experience growing up in the Dominican Republic, where she grew up in a house with only women, no men. Growing up in a matriarchal household was then contrasted with the way female life is treated in the country. Femicide is a normalized crime in the Dominican Republic and little to no justice is done for the victims. After being exposed to this kind of violence, Wildriana began to relate the female body with earth itself. In this way, given the female experience the autonomy that is stripped away through femicide. To represent such accounts, she utilizes printmaking, painting, drawing, photography, and installation.
May 17, 2022
Juan Puntes: WhiteBox Art Space Inaugural East Village Exhibition “Off the Cloth”
EXODUS VIII: Off the Cloth Curated by: Karen Cordero Reiman and Juan Puntes March 25 – May 4, March 25 Installation premiere starts April 1. Opening Reception. Panel Discussion and Performances 5 to 8 pm Off the Cloth, curated by Juan Puntes and Karen Cordero Reiman, inaugurates the new downtown location of Whitebox. The exhibit forms a part of Whitebox’s ongoing “Exodus” series highlighting the work of émigré artists living and working in New York City. The show will present an intergenerational dialogue between thirteen women artists whose work refers to their transcultural heritage through the use of or reference to textiles as material and metaphor, and will have a six-week run from the end of March through mid-May 2022. The goal of the exhibit is to establish a sense of communion between the artists’ practice and the audience’s sense of identity, as a consequence of shared cultural, gender-bound or social experiences. Off the Cloth will also include panel discussions with the artists, performances and other activities that will contribute to an active interchange with the community. These artists use aesthetics as the ultimate weapon of political resistance in the face of a fragile and tumultuous world, stitching together our differences. In their work, textiles, combined with other disciplines and media, become a vehicle or reference point for exuberant narratives. The selection highlights the diversity of the participants’ cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and engages in and broadens the timeless dialogue between craft and art. Women’s artistic deployment of skills such as sewing, knitting, and weaving, that are traditionally relegated to the status of domestic craft and separated from “high art”, are celebrated and embraced here without condition. The exhibit will also generate spaces and a variety of instances for multi-directional conversations between the participants and with the curators and other interlocutors, in order to enrich and expand the dialogue generated by the show. Participating Artists: Shiva Lynn Burgos | Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow | Blanka Amezkua | Christine David | Isolde Kille | Sandra Eula Lee | Simonetta Moro | Qinza Najm | Aurora Pellizzi | Eva Petric | Yohanna Roa | Amanda Valdez | Lilia Ziamou WhiteBox established as the first alternative, internationalist art space in nascent Chelsea September 1998 on west 26th street. 1998-2008 Chelsea 2008-2018 LES 2018-2221 East Harlem 2022 - 2033 Alphabet City
April 03, 2022
Ernesto Neto’s Ultimatum at Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris
Ernesto Neto (*1964, Rio de Janeiro) lives and works in Rio de Janeiro. The artist participated in the Venice Biennale in 2001 and 2017. In recent years, his work has been the subject of solo exhibitions in public institutions including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2021); Centro Cultural La Moneda, Santiago (2020); Pinacoteca de Sāo Paulo, and Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires - MALBA (2019); Fondation Beyeler, in the Zurich Main station (2018); Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2017); Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary - TBA 21, Vienna (2015); Aspen Art Museum, Colorado, and the Guggenheim Bilbao (2014); Espace Louis Vuitton, Tokyo (2012); and Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010), The Art Museum of Nantes (2009); The Panthéon, Paris (2006); among others. Neto’s work is represented in institutional collections worldwide including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate, London; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo; Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Hara Museum, Tokyo; Contemporary Art Center of Inhotim, Brumadinho; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Centre Pompidou, Paris. Ultimatum at Galerie Max Hetzler 57, rue du Temple, 75004, Paris 12 March —16 April 2022
March 06, 2022
Lawrence B Benenson: Charitarian
Lawrence B. Benenson is dedicated to several charitable and educational institutions that are working to increase truth, fairness, creativity and logic in New York City and everywhere. Mr. Benenson is currently a member of the Board of the Mosholu Montefiore Community Center in the Bronx, The Lincoln Center Real Estate and Construction Council, Inner-City Scholarship Fund, Center for Arts Education, American Folk Art Museum, ART / OMI International Arts Center, The Realty Foundation of New York, New York Junior Tennis and Learning, Al Hirschfeld Foundation, Ad Reinhardt Foundation and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Lawrence Benenson gives money to organizations focusing on reducing hunger, increasing reproductive rights, safeguarding the environment, enhancing arts education, housing the homeless and kindness.
November 28, 2021
Marcin Dudek: The Transformative Power of Art
Marcin Dudek (b. 1979, Poland) lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. Art as a strategy for living; Marcin Dudek’s practice builds from autobiographical experience and expands to explore the broader phenomenon that shaped it. These include the rituals of subculture, DIY economy and crowd dynamics – how one gets pulled into many and what control is lost as a mass gains momentum. Often working with found, salvaged or repurposed materials, Dudek constructs objects, installations, painting and performance, touching upon questions of power and aggression in the context of sport and cultural spectacle. His paintings offer insight into his overall approach, which incorporates a rather obsessive work ethic, meticulously slicing and manipulating medical tape, rubbing images into the cloth and building up a painting through collage. The level of detail and craft is manic and neurotic, meditative and thoughtful, as violence becomes an energetic aesthetic reflecting a lived experience. After leaving Poland aged 21, he studied at the University Mozarteum, Salzburg and at Central Saint Martins, London, graduating in 2005 and 2007 respectively. His work has been exhibited internationally at institutions including the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Salzburger Kunstverein (AT), the Arad Art Museum (RO), Bunkier Sztuki Gallery in Krakow (PL), the Goethe-Institut Ukraine, and The Warehouse Dallas (US). His installation "The Cathedral of Human Labor" (2013) is on permanent view at the Verbeke Foundation in Belgium. In 2018, he presented a large installation at Manifesta 12 Palermo, which was followed by a solo exhibition at the Wrocław Contemporary Museum. Current and upcoming exhibitions include the "Psychic Wounds" at The Warehouse Dallas (US) curated by Gavin Delahunty and a group exhibition at 180 The Strand/ Vinyl Factory, curated by OOF, London (UK).
May 17, 2021
Oséias Castro dos Santos: Beija Flor
Beija Flor means hummingbird in Brazilian Portuguese and it is said to be the means by which our prayers are taken from Earth to the Spirit World. Oséias Castro dos Santos is an Artisan of Light and works with plant medicine, creating sacred objects for ritual use. Here he speaks about his life experiences and his work.
May 04, 2021
Akuzuru: The Divine Feminine as Creator
A k u z u r u is an Avant Garde artist who produces through a TransDisciplinary praxis straddling multiple approaches . Her thought provoking works invokes the unseen , where the material and the immaterial are as connectedly interspersed as the immanent and transcendent . Primarily environmental using vast spaces in the natural world and connected into the spatial appropriations of interiors of building spaces , her other- worldly forms in her installations or 'spatial works ' and expansive Performative AkTivations inoculates into the viewer deeply indelible emotive experiences . A k u z u r u has established a multi-faceted lexicon of performative works which include her Ak-tionisms, Spontaneous Art, Spatial Works, Gesture Works, Experiential Art, whether live or on film. With the natural world and metaphysics being central to her process, her immersive complex presentations are expansive , often multi-locational , involving a multitude of persons whom she calls her co-performers, as well as deeply engaging solo expressions. Having lived, studied and practiced in Trinidad, the UK and Nigeria for many years, her Total Art experiences are conceptually and physically intense - integral - often interak-tive, multi-genre constructions, emphasizing performance art's radical axis as a dynamic and powerful art form. This Environmental-Transdisciplinary artist has become known for her multi-genre works and her many performances including her iconic healing chambers and large sculptural-installations consistently presented worldwide at prestigious institutions and powerful natural environments including the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Asia and the United States. A pioneer in the radical presence-ing of performance art in Trinidad and the Caribbean, her evolvement as an artist during a thirty year practice, has exhibited a steady embrace of performance art as her primary focus in her TransDisciplinary visions, a metaphysically dynamic intersection of the human and natural world; encapsulating the science of space, light, sound, silence , movement, gesture and nuance . The artist has been the recipient of numerous International awards from the Prince Claus Fund- Netherlands , the City of Munich- Germany and the Commonwealth Foundation- UK . Significant solo presentations at important institutions include the National Museum of Trinidad & Tobago, PAMM - Perez Art Museum Miami in the US and the Buchheim Museum - Germany. A k u z u r u was also Art Lecturer for experimental practice at the University of the West Indies during fifteen years. Her project -Earthology- is an epic ongoing global opus. © A k u z u r u 2021
May 04, 2021
Tinko Czetwertynski: Capturing the Beauty of Our Natural World
Artist Tinko Czetwertynski has traveled the world capturing people from all continents. Recently his work has centered around Nature (of which we are a part) but listen to him discuss the full body of his oeuvre and be inspired.
April 18, 2021
Timur York Creates Love on the Streets of NYC
Timur York is a New York based multidisciplinary artist. He was born in Uzbekistan, and immigrated as a teenager to New York City, where he was accepted into Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts, majoring in Fine Art. Upon graduation, he attended School of Visual Arts, with focus on Graphic Arts. The experience of fusing Fine Art principles and Graphic Design aesthetics had formulated a unique way in which he approaches his subject matter. His artistic area of interest is centered around the concepts of Time, Place and History. He depicts issues facing contemporary society through the use of graphic iconography, photography, painting, sculpture and mixed media. Timur’s work is on permanent outdoor display at Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, D.C., as well as museum and private collections. @timuryorkart | www.timuryork.com
March 16, 2021
Bryan McFarlane: From Jamaica to The World
McFarlane’s art is in collections nationally and internationally. Born in Moore Town Portland, Jamaica, Bryan studied at The Edna Manly College of Art in Kingston, Jamaica and completed his MFA Degree at Massachusetts College of Arts and Design. Professor McFarlane has exhibited and lectured as visiting artist at numerous universities and museums throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean: The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston; The National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston and The Museum of The National Center of African American Artists. In The East: Hunan Normal University in Changsha, China; the University of Architecture and Technology in Xi’an China and Northeastern University in Shenyang, China. He has lectured and presented major works at The China Art Museum in Shanghai; Sunshine International Museum, Beijing with solo exhibitions entitled “Circular Journey”. Other Institutions include: World Art Monument Museum in Beijing; “Around Café” at the Guangdong Museum, M99 Art Center of Shanghai University, Promo- Arte Gallery in Tokyo, Japan and The Ferry Arts International Center in Beijing. In The West: Rose Art Museum, the Museum of the National Center of African American Artists, Du Sable Museum, Chicago; Harvard University, Cambridge, Lamont Library; The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design; The Federal University of Bahia, Brazil; The Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art, France, and City Hall, Paris- France; The Edna Manly College, Jamaica; The Nebraska Art Museum; The Loma Linda Medical School, California; Museum of the Americas, Washington DC; The Commonwealth Institute, London; The Free University of Berlin, Germany; The University of Kumasi, Ghana; The Painting Center New York City, NY; The National Gallery of Jamaica; Canzares Gallery, Brazil; the Museum of The National Center of African American Artists, Boston; The Dusable’ Museum, Chicago; The George Adams gallery, New York City; The Commonwealth Institute, London and The College of The Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts. Professor McFarlane is currently a member of the African American Master Artists in Residency Program at North Eastern University, Boston and is represented by Gallery Naga in Boston. McFarlane has received numerous awards, including the prestigious: “Silver Musgrave Medal” in the Arts, with a Citation from The Institute of Jamaica. He has received two Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation Awards for 2011 and 2005 in New York City; a Gold medal from the Chinese Government for entry in the “Olympic Fine Arts Exhibition 2008” in Beijing; nominee for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award in 2004 and 2005; The Louis Comfort and Tiffany Foundation in 1992. He received a 1997 Purchase Award from the National Gallery of Jamaica. In 1986 and 1987, McFarlane was commissioned by Miller Brewing Company/Phillip Morris in New York City to paint portraits of 12 leading African-American Journalists, which were reproduced in the Gallery of Greats calendar and is now in the permanent collection of the DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago, Illinois.
March 14, 2021
Hash Halper aka New York Romantic at Art of Our Century
Hart Halper aka New York Romantic is an artist primarily known for his chalk graffiti hearts, over 100,000 in downtown NYC. Hash started drawing hearts dotting the i in the “ Bialy” on his morning delivery bags at a Lower East Side bakery. He noticed that it gave him an uplifting feeling, so he shared the powerful symbol with downtown. Halper has drawn tens of thousands of chalk hearts on New York sidewalks because he feels New York is losing its romance, with people looking at phones instead of looking at each other. The artist hopes that chalking hearts (and words like “unity,” “peace” and ”love”) around the city might positively influence New Yorkers’ behavior and decisions. “Blueberry Herring” is Halper’s first solo exhibition. It is a romantic landscape with interactive chalk landscapes and paintings. The exhibition is open at the gallery Art of Our Century (137 w14th #3) until the 28th of February. https://artofourcentury.com/
February 16, 2021
Sunny Setton de Poortere: Translating Art As Jewelry
Sunny Setton De Poortere is the most stable Gypsy you’re likely to meet in NYC. A mother, jewelry designer, wife and friend, she’s always ready with a smile and bright twinkle in her eyes, reflective of the expansive generous spirit that gave rise to Gazza Ladra jewelry. The shiver of camel bells, the temples of Phoenicia, the mountains of cappadocia, the scent of jasmine trailing a desert caravan, the unblinking eye of Horus casting it's benevolent gaze from Luxor over the Nile valley, cool lapis, warm coral... These are some of the Gazza Ladra's inspirations. A magpie attracted to shiny objects, Sunny designs with a migratory spirit and a sense of endless gratitude for the cultures on this breathtaking planet.
February 09, 2021
Middle Women: How the Art World Runs on Them
Middle Women are the midwives who give birth to ideas, support artists, inspire people in the art world, forge deals and introduce people to each other to help them advance in the world. An example of this is one African American artist, after receiving help from an advisor to get a residency etc, no longer bothered to answer her calls or emails once he started selling well. This episode is about my experience. This episode is personal.
February 03, 2021
Arshiya Lokhandwala: Contemporary Art Between New York City and Mumbai
Dr. Arshiya Lokhandwala is an art historian and curator and [Ph. D. Cornell University] Master’s of Arts in Curating, Goldsmith College, London], and the founding director/curator of Lakeeren Gallery, Mumbai, India. Her recent museum curatorial projects include The Future is Here: Art and Technology in Millennial Age , Beyond Transnationalism: The Legacy of Post –Independent from India at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai [April 2017] and Raza Foundation, Delhi [January 2017], India Re- Worlded: Seventy Years of Investigating a Nation  for which she was awarded the curator of the year award by India Today, Given Time: The Gift and Its Offerings  both at Gallery Odyssey, Mumbai. After Midnight: Indian Modernism to Contemporary India 1947/1997  at the Queens Museum, and Of Gods and Goddesses, Cinema Cricket: The New Cultural Icons of India for the RPG Foundation in Mumbai, and Against All Odds: A Contemporary Response to the Historiography of Archiving Collecting, and Museums in India at the Lalit Kala Academy, Delhi . She was been teaching South Asian Feminism in the Art Institute of Chicago, USA in the Art History department since 2019. She has curated over 150 shows at Lakeeren Gallery, which included an international program of artists from India, Pakistan, Iran, and Germany & Mexico City. She was been teaching South Asian Feminism in the Art Institute of Chicago, USA in the Art History department since 2019. Dr. Lokhandwala writes on globalization, feminism, performance and new media with a specialization in biennale and large-scale exhibitions. Arshiya Lokhandwala lives and works in Mumbai and New York.
January 09, 2021
Olivier Varenne: Weaving A Wide Tapestry Between Private and Public Art Collections
Olivier Varenne is a curator and independent art dealer with over 20 years experience working with leading contemporary artists, sourcing and placing quality artworks on behalf of individual collectors and art institutions, and curating exhibitions for museums and galleries. Olivier has collaborated with established artists including Marina Abramovic, Matthew Barney, Wim Delvoye and Gilbert & George as well as championed emerging contemporary artists like Toby Ziegler, Ryoji Ikeda, Chiharu Shiota and Conrad Shawcross at the start of their career. Olivier is currently Director of Acquisitions and Curator at MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), after having held the position of Director of Exhibitions and Collection for 13 years. Prior to joining the new museum in 2006, Olivier spent his formative years in London working amongst the Gagosian sales team. Olivier Varenne will be at Art Geneve 2021. www.Varenne.art
December 24, 2020
Rachel Vancelette: Art X Puzzles
ArtXPuzzles is the brainchild of Rachel Vancelette who is currently the owner of Vancelette Global Art Acquisitions Corp, a multi-faceted contemporary art and fashion creative agency dedicated to uniting contemporary and modern art, art, travel, lifestyle, design, and fashion. Vancelette provides global art acquisition services focusing on both modern and contemporary art markets and provides consultation to international art collectors and art and fashion industry clientele. She has remained a contributor for Vogue Italia since 2010, along with Vogue International reaching multiple global markets. She continues to contribute as a top art industry specialist for both arts and fashion industry magazines including Metropolitan Magazine, Mandatory, Urban Mindz, Sculpture among others, focusing on the ongoing conversation between the art and fashion industries. With experience in the international art market in France, Italy, Spain, London, Korea, Japan and New York, Ms. Vancelette has held positions as senior director including Curatorial Director De Buck Gallery, NYC, Managing Director at fordPROJECT, Curator/Manager of the Domus Collection Beijing/New York, Senior Director of Barbara Gladstone’s 21st Street Gallery, and Senior Director for Yvon Lambert, New York. In 2007, she opened Yvon Lambert Gallery 21st Street location with artist Richard Jackson, working alongside noted architect Richard Gluckman. Ms. Vancelette launched the Gladstone Gallery 21st Street location in 2008 with artist Anish Kapoor, a gallery designed by architect Annabelle Selldorf. With a certification in art appraisal and expertise in blue-chip, mid-career and emerging artist sectors of the contemporary art market, she has provided private art consultation services including acquisition, sales, appraisal, and curatorial management for leading art collectors, artists and art advisors; multiple private and public art collections; non-profits, art foundations and museums in Asia, Europe, South America and the United States. ArtXPuzzles.com for more info
December 24, 2020
Bulltardia: A graphic novel about Bitcoin by Dim Zayan
Dim Zayan is an artist and creator of the Bitcoin fable and graphic novel Bulltardia. Out now on Citadel21 www.citadel21.com/bulltardia-ep1 and www.Bulltardia.com for free this graphic novel is reflective of our time and current world situation. You can also purchase Bulltardia with Bitcoin.
December 21, 2020
Kristian Mondrup: Art Life in Copenhagen and Beijing
Kristian Mondrup is a writer, composer, and visual artist, who lives and works between Copenhagen and Beijing. In 2012 Kristian released his first solo al- bum under the moniker Kala-OK. Since then, his artistic practice has moved towards the field of video, Painting, and installation, often in collaboration with his wife Liu Shiyuan. The work of Kristian Mondrup has been featured in exhibitions at Louis Vitton Foundation, M-Woods, in Frieze Magazine, Art Review Asia, amongst others.
December 21, 2020
Hans Op De Beeck: An Artist For All Time
Hans Op de Beeck (BE) produces large installations, sculptures, films, drawings, paintings, photographs and texts. His work is a reflection on our complex society and the universal questions of meaning and mortality that resonate within it. He regards man as a being who stages the world around him in a tragi-comic way. Above all, Op de Beeck is keen to stimulate the viewers’ senses, and invite them to really experience the image. He seeks to create a form of visual fiction that delivers a moment of wonder, silence and introspection. Hans Op de Beeck was born in Turnhout in 1969. He lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. Op de Beeck has shown his work extensively in solo and group exhibitions around the world. He had substantial institutional solo shows at the GEM Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hague, NL (2004); MUHKA Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, BE (2006); Centraal Museum, Utrecht, NL (2007); Towada Art Center, Towada, JP (2008); Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, US (2010); Kunstmuseum Thun, CH (2011); Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos, Burgos, ES (2011); Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, IE (2012); Kunstverein Hanover, DE (2012); Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, US (2013); Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL, US (2013); FRAC Paca, Marseille, FR (2013); MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, US (2014); MOCA, Cleveland, US (2014); Sammlung Goetz, Munich, DE (2014); Screen Space, Melbourne, AU (2015); Château de Chimay, Chimay, BE (2015); Espace 104, Paris, FR (2016); Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, DE (2017); Fondazione Pino Pascali, Polignano a Mare, IT (2017); Kunstraum Dornbirn, DE (2017); Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, DE (2017); Galleria Continua, Boissy-le-Châtel, FR (2018); Scheepvaartmuseum, Amsterdam, NL (2018); Kunsthalle Krems, Krems an der Donau, AT (2019); … Op de Beeck participated in numerous group shows at institutions such as The Reina Sofia, Madrid, ES; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona, US; ZKM, Karlsruhe, DE; MACRO, Rome, IT; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, GB; PS1, New York, US; Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR; Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Köln, DE; Hangar Bicocca, Milano, IT; Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, JP; 21C Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, US; The Drawing Center, New York, NY, US; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, AT; Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, CN; MAMBA, Buenos Aires, AR; Haus der Kunst, Munich, DE; Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna, IT; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, DE; Den Frie Center of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, DK; Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels, BE; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, DE; Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, DE; … His work was invited for the Venice Biennale, Venice, IT; Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, CN; Aichi Triennale, Aichi, JP; Singapore Biennale, Singapore, SG; Art Summer University, Tate Modern, London, GB; Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, IN, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, US; Art Basel Unlimited, Basel, CH, Setouchi Triennale, Shodoshima, JP, and many other art events.
December 08, 2020
Paul Laster: A Wonderful Life In Art
Paul Laster is a writer, editor, independent curator, artist, and lecturer. He is a New York desk editor at ArtAsiaPacific and a contributing editor at Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art. He was the founding editor of Artkrush and Artspace; started The Daily Beast's art section; and was previously art editor of Flavorpill and Russell Simmons OneWorld Magazine. He is a frequent contributor to Art & Object, Time Out New York, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Galerie, Sculpture, Architectural Digest, Surface, Garage, New York Observer, Cultured, ArtPulse, Upstate Diary, Conceptual Fine Arts, and has written for Art in America, Artnet, Interview, Paper, Flash Art, Newsweek, Modern Painters, Bomb Magazine, Flatt Magazine, ArtInfo, Avenue, Tema Celeste, amNew York, 99 Percent, Two Coats of Paint and On-Verge. A former Adjunct Curator at New York’s P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (now MoMA PS1), Laster has organized exhibitions for galleries and nonprofit institutions since 1985. His curatorial projects from the past five years include Santero: Sculptural Works by Jorge A Valdes (2015) at Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn; Adam Frezza & Terri Chaio: Paper Islands (2015) at Humanities Gallery, LIU Brooklyn; A Weekend in the Country (2015) at Magnan Metz Gallery, New York; Maker, Maker (2017) at Children’s Museum of the Arts, New York; Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim (2019) at Outsider Art Fair, Paris; Relishing the Raw: Contemporary Artists Collecting Outsider Art (2020) at Outsider Art Fair, New York; Five Artists, Five Mediums, Five Days – A Curated Selection for One Thing (2020) at Intersect Aspen; An Alternative Canon: Art Dealers Collecting Outsider Art (2020) at Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York; Now's the Time: Eight African Painters (2020) at Scope Immersive; and The Desire for Transparency: Contemporary Artists Working with Glass (2020) at Intersect Chicago. An exhibiting artist, Paul Laster has had 17 solo exhibitions in the United States and Europe, and participated in numerous group shows worldwide. His works are in many public and private collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Art Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, Philadelphia Art Museum and Whitney Museum of American Art. As a lecturer and visiting critic, Laster has spoken on art and curatorial practices and the use of the Internet and social media for building careers at Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Sandberg Institute, New York University, New York’s School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute, California Institute of the Arts, Otis Art Institute, University of California in Riverside and Santa Barbara, Florida Atlantic University, Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Brooklyn Museum, National Academy Museum, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Cyan Museum of Art, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Art Omi, Expo Chicago, the Armory Show, Art Chicago, Marc Straus Gallery, New York Academy of Art, Tyler School of Art, Residency Unlimited, Soho Beach House, Rizzoli Bookstore, Wave Hill, ESKFF at Mana Contemporary, Outsider Art Fair, Trestle Art Space, Pioneer Works, Intersect Aspen, Scope Art Fair and Intersect Chicago. Relatedly, Laster worked in Publications (1977-88) at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and was Publications Manager (1995-98) at Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York. LINKS to writing online: https://www.artandobject.com/authors/paul-laster https://whitehotmagazine.com/contributors/paul-laster/750 https://www.galeriemagazine.com/author/paul-laster/ https://muckrack.com/paul-laster
December 08, 2020
Mathias Kessler’s Timely Reminder of Our Place in The World
Mathias Kessler’s installations and photography draw inspiration from Nature and with his work he highlights Man’s place as co-creator and collaborator in the unfoldment of the Planet.
November 23, 2020
Ronni Anderson: Expanding what it means to be a gallerist
In these challenging times we must all acknowledge the great work of gallerists showing up everyday to support artists and the creative life of NY. Ronni Anderson is one such gallerist; showing up and doing great work. Visit her at http://www.andersoncontemporary.com/
November 22, 2020
Guto Ajayu: An artist reminds us of our common roots and to be optimistic in times of uncertainty
Guto Ajayu was born in La Paz, Bolivia and now shares his studio time between Madrid, Spain and Paris, France. Listen to him speak about his work and future projects and be inspired by art history in the making.
November 22, 2020
Michele Gambetta: ArtCondo
Michele Gambetta has created a real estate platform (www.ArtCondo.com) to help demystify the real estate market for creatives. Noticing how across NYC and other major urban areas in the USA and around the world, artists make neighborhoods desirable only to be themselves pushed out when real estate prices rise, Michele encourages artists and other creatives to educate themselves, save and buy their own live/work spaces.
November 21, 2020
Tanja Grunert: On the Move in Hudson, NY.
Tanja Grunert’s career as a gallerist spans many years and she’s worked with many talented artists across the world. Listen to her story and find out what’s going on upstate NY in the art world, and beyond.
October 26, 2020
Nemo Librizzi: Personification of The New York City Art World
Nemo Librizzi’s current exhibition at 22 Ludlow Street, NYC, runs till October 30. Here he shares the gems of three generations in the NYC art world. Enjoy!
October 26, 2020
John Simon Jr “Drawing Air” at David Richard Gallery
Artist John Simon Jr’s wall sculpture and an inspired new digital software work are up until November 8 in East Harlem, NYC. Listen to him describe his process and evolution as an artist. You can see his daily drawings at http://iclock.com
October 24, 2020
Carolina Conforti: Art Talks
Carolina Conforti has offered us her unique perspective over the last few months on the European art circuit, covering studio visits, gallery exhibitions and fairs with her Art Talks. Listen to her here and follow her on IG @cricrihamlet for more art world happenings
October 24, 2020
Matt Nuccio: A Man of Many Talents
Matt Nuccio is President of Design Edge Inc. a leading American toy co based in Long Island, NY. Here he speaks about his art and design, his music and how the toy world and the art world sometimes meet https://www.designedge.net/ IG PROFILE @sketchface_sketchbooks
October 23, 2020
All1Union and Vague d’Amour present a global festival of Union November 1, 2020
Loic Chal Ummo speaks to us about the 48 hour festival of Union November 1, happening from New Zealand to Alaska. Find out more at www.all1union.be and www.vaguedamour.net
October 13, 2020
Satya Cipta: From Bali with Love
Art pervades every aspect of Balinese culture. Satya is one Balinese artist who touches on all aspects of art in her practice; painting, dance, music and acting. She’s considered a bit of a rebel in her home because with her work and life she pushes the limits of patriarchy to make a more equitable place for women in Bali.
October 13, 2020
Aya Uekawa: A Japanese Artist on Her Work in America
Uekawa paints beautiful mythical women and recently dream like landscapes. Listen as she explains her process of integration into America and into the art world.
September 27, 2020
Vadis Turner at Geary Contemporary with Cups and Grids
A new body of work produced during the first months of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown in some US states is the basis of our discussion. Turner’s current solo exhibition is up until the end of October on the 208 Bowery in NYC.
September 27, 2020
Robert Adanto: Art Films That Capture The Spirit of the Contemporary Art World
No other filmmaker working today has captured the female contribution to contemporary art as much as Robert Adanto. His films include “The Rising Tide” which focused on the Chinese contemporary art scene. His second feature length film was about contemporary art inside and outside of Iran (Pearls on the Ocean Floor), his 2015 release (The F Word) captured the demise artists working in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and his most recent film Born Just Now is about artist Marta Jovanovic. Upcoming screenings for Born Just Now include: Glendale International Film Festival September 25- October 1, 2020 https://www.glendaleinternationalfilmfestival.com/ Twin Cities Film Fest October 22-31, 2020 https://twincitiesfilmfest.org/ Arpa International Film Festival November 12-22, 2020 http://www.arpafilmfestival.com/
August 17, 2020
Lowell Boyers: American Painter in NYC
Lowell Boyers’s paintings of mystical, mythical landscapes capture not only the exterior of his characters but also the interior landscapes. Grounded in the figurative these paintings stimulate a world of non literal feelings and philosophies often dwelling in the realm of the spiritual. Listen in as Lowell shines light on Art’s precious role of creating community. We also discuss Lowell’s recent work, his past, the future of the art world and NYC.
August 10, 2020
Michael Rees: Creating Joy
Michael Rees took the concept of artists making change to the physical manifestation of making PPE for hospital staff during the coronavirus crisis this past spring in NYC. Listen to him discuss everything about his latest exhibition around Joy and how we can contribute to a better world starting with our own lives.
July 18, 2020
Marta Jovanovic: Performance Art at its Best
Working primarily as a performance artist Marta has moved with ease and grace between grueling performances live and captured in virtual reality. Her work has been documented in a film by Robert Adanto (Born Just Now) which recently won a prize at the Brooklyn Film festival. In addition to her art Marta shares her gifts with the community in many ways.
June 20, 2020
Simon de Pury: Renaissance Man
Simon de Pury is one of those names synonymous with Art. Having reinvented the art of auctioneering with an energetic style all his own, Simon has a wealth of experience, including brokering private sales and working with institutions and organizations all over the world, as well as having a range of private pursuits like photography and DJing. Listen to him speak about his fascinating life in Art.
June 07, 2020
You’re Not Getting My Money Anymore: Art Institutions Must Stand Up for Justice
It’s not enough for institutions to do politically correct “diverse” programming while remaining silent in the face of racial injustice with no comment on roiling social upheavals around the world calling for change in America.
June 06, 2020
Giancarlo Canavesio: Expanding Consciousness Through Filmmaking
Giancarlo Canavesio has evolved over the years from Collector to Documentary filmmaker. You can find Neurons to Nirvana, Monogamish, and many other of his documentaries on Netflix and his own platform mangu.tv
May 26, 2020
Eva Ruiz: A Local Approach to Art in A Global Art World
Eva Ruiz’s eye for Art has been refined over many years of working with artists in her gallery and traveling the world looking at Art. She’s a big advocate for returning to the life blood of the art world which is the gallery and the studios of the artists. Listen in for more of her unique perspective.
May 24, 2020
Introduction to Season 3
In the upcoming episodes we expand our view to note established names in the art field. We won’t abandon our emerging art crowd but it’s also good to give kudos to those who have worked for years and made their mark in Art.
May 22, 2020
Johann Haeling Von Lanzanauer: Art as a means of Unification
Johann Haeling Von Lanzanauer has been a fixture of the Art world for many years. In addition to his galleries in Berlin and Hamburg he recently started an artist residency in the Alsace region of France (La Maison des Temps) and has launched the Arts and Nature Social Club, bringing people from all walks of life together to raise awareness of the need for us as collective humanity to once again integrate and live harmoniously with Nature.
May 05, 2020
Florian Wupperfeld and Leading Culture Destinations
Florian Wupperfeld is the founder of Leading Culture Destinations, a culture travel network connecting cultural nomads to cultural destinations worldwide. Once a year he hosts the LCD awards or “the Oscars for museums”. Florian discusses LCD and the current challenges of the world in terms of culture, travel and the coronavirus pandemic.
May 03, 2020
Krista Kim: Light and Color Through the Lens of Technology
Krista Kim’s art embraces technology as a means of bringing humanity together. Color and light merge in her visually beautiful works which seem specifically made for our time. Listen to her point of view on social issues, art, fashion and technology.
April 22, 2020
Louisa St Pierre: Portrait of a Woman
Louisa St Pierre is an illustrator who has worked with some top global talent representing them as an agent on commercial as well as fine art projects both in the USA and abroad. Here she speaks to us from home where she is currently collaborating with her daughters on an illustrated story book.
April 14, 2020
Arshak Sarkissian: An International Artist From Yerevan, Armenia
Arshak’s paintings, drawings and sculptures are timeless works of art. We caught up with him at his studio in Yerevan to get a feel for how his practice has been impacted by the pandemic and quarantine.
April 06, 2020
Joy Setton: Natural Dye Design and Textile Print Studio
Joy Setton is a Renaissance Woman whose practical arts make the world a more beautiful and healthy place. Enjoy this podcast which maps the global influences on her art and design
April 03, 2020
Hannes Bend: Deep Breathing Meditation
This is the second time Hannes has been on the Beez and Honey Podcast. This time we see one form of his art practice. Following his mentor Wim Hof’s method Hannes offers us all a means of strengthening our immune system and calming our minds in this time of world upheaval during the coronavirus pandemic.
March 16, 2020
Leroy Brothers: An Art Practice Way Ahead if its Time
The Leroy Brothers have worked together with social media and internet based art since the early 2000s. Their collaborations have extended from individuals to music bands and their creations have tapped into art historical references in pop art like Warhol and fellow contemporary artists like Richard Prince who appropriates content.
March 10, 2020
Anne Herzog and the Mystical Mountain of Snaeffelness, Iceland
Anne Herzog is a French artist who has worked in Iceland for many years. Her work explores the myths and legends of the powerful countryside around Snaeffelness, a region in Iceland where she often works outdoors.
February 28, 2020
Philippe Thill Through His Daughter Vanessa Thill
French artist Philippe Thill passed away in 2010 and his daughter, an artist herself, speaks about his legacy and the work she’s doing to get his work out to a new public.
February 21, 2020
Andrew Edlin: Inside the World of Outsider Art
Andrew Edlin is owner of the Outsider Art Fair and Andrew Edlin Gallery. He’s well regarded in the art world as an expert in outsider art. Here is his story.
February 13, 2020
Zoe Charlton: The Subtle Power of Drawing
Zoe Charlton joins us from her studio in Baltimore, MD, and illuminates is about the art scene there and about her own work in the studio and outside in academia.
February 06, 2020
Clarina Bezzola: The Rewards Of A Full Creative Life
Clarina Bezzola joins us from her home and studio in the Gowanus neighborhood in Brooklyn. Clarina recounts her history from Switzerland to New York and while describing her work, offers some wise words to consider regarding Art.
January 31, 2020
Hannes Bend: BREATHE
Hannes Bend has had a successful practice for many years which still sustains in him terms of paintings and photography creation but his most recent body of work involving breath, consciousness and technology has brought his work to a whole new level
January 24, 2020
Xaviera Simmons on the rising tide of African American Art
Xaviera Simmons has forged a place for herself on the international art circuit for many years before it was fashionable (and profitable) to collect African American Art. Listen as she speaks about the importance of this time and what it means for the future of Art.
January 21, 2020
Olga Shurygina on a visit to the continent of Africa
Olga Shurygina, another artist from Moscow, revisits her roots in Uzbekistan and discovers things about herself while revealing things to the native Uzbekis about themselves.
January 02, 2020
Bravo Cattelan Banana
Happy New Year and Thank You
December 30, 2019
Alex Kuznetsov: Graffiti Art to Abstract Art
Moscow based artist Alexander Kuznetsov describes his life, his work and the challenges of being an artist in Russia while looking forward to a new studio in a community of artists and some exciting upcoming exhibitions.
December 14, 2019
Annabel Daou Tells My Fortune
Before the end of her current residency at Signs and Symbols on 102 Forsyth Street, Lower East Side, New York City, where her next solo exhibition opens January 10, 2020, I caught up with Annabel Daou about her current, past and future work. Listen in for a unique experience as she reads my palms (silently.)
December 08, 2019
Art Fairs: A Conversation With Alain Servais
Speaking again with collector Alain Servais. Always a refreshing and stimulating point of view about everything about Art. Listen to this conversation from Jakarta where he visited more than 16 art studios while visiting Art Jakarta.
December 01, 2019
The work of artist Vadis Turner is specific to her vision and unmistakably her own. She “paints” without traditional tools a body of work that’s uniquely her own and reflective of our world now. On a recent trip to her old hometown New York the artist took time to discuss her work.
November 25, 2019
November 20, 2019
November 20, 2019
Alessandro Del Pero in Conversation With Nicollette Ramirez
An unscripted discussion with Alessandro Del Pero, an Italian Artist, who describes his work and the art world as we know it right now.
November 19, 2019
In the Studio With Paolo Pelosini
Paolo Pelosini and I have a conversation in his Harlem studio in anticipation of his solo exhibition with Philip Hoerle Guggenheim. Please note this episode has expletives so don’t listen if your sensibilities are delicate.
November 11, 2019
Stephen Bliss: Bridging the Gap Between His Private Practice and Commissions
Stephen Bliss has been the Senior Artist at Rockstar Games for many years and through his agency has been able to fulfill commissions for clients which allow him the financial freedom to do his own work in the studio. Here the artist discusses how he’s built a life in Art and what he’s working on now.
November 09, 2019
Ivan Gaete: Weaving a world from works on paper.
Describing the early stages of his development from working with paper in installations, drawings and sculpture, the Chilean artist expands on his growing practice in textiles as his creative tool of choice. The art scene in the Bronx, NY, comes alive in this episode through conversation with artist Ivan Gaete.
November 01, 2019
Lindsey Nobel: An LA Artist With A Big Heart
In an era of the “art product” as opposed to Art, Lindsey Nobel’s work stands out for its beauty and intellectual rigor. Listen to the artist discuss her practice and her experience of the Burning Man community, her time at the Chelsea Hotel in NYC and her recent residency during the 2019 Venice Biennial.
October 27, 2019
Blanca de la Torre Garcia: Curator with an Emphasis on the Environment
Blanca is a curator and writer who works with artists whose work contributes to the dialogue about sustainability and environmentalism. Her work has appeared in museum and gallery catalogs and she’s recently published a book on sustainability in cultural institutions.
October 20, 2019
Lucio Salvatore: Black Square at Space Gallery Soho NY
Lucio Salvatore describes his process from idea to creation. The native Italian and Brazilian artist discusses art history and sustainability and how his work fits into the art of our time.
October 20, 2019
Reid Stowe: Artist, Sailor, Shaman, Mystic
After a voyage of more than 1000 days at sea without touching land, Reid Stowe, recounts his years as an artist in an exhibition in Chelsea, NY, At Paul Calendrillo Gallery, that includes work from his various journeys and days in NYC and around the world.
October 18, 2019
Sari Dienes Through The Memories of Rip Hayman
Sari Dienes was a female artist doing female art at a time when it was a compliment for a female artist to be told that she did art like a man. Part of the Cedar Tavern crowd, Sari influenced artists like Jasper Johns. Hear Rip Hayman, a natural storyteller, Sari’s good friend and roommate and now in charge of Sari’s estate and the Sari Dienes Foundation, describe the artist, her work and her world in New York City.
October 17, 2019
Sara Kay: Gallerist and Art Dealer
Sara Kay is the personification of “You are what you have been becoming.” From her days as an intern in an auction house Sara describes her path to entrepreneurship and owning her own gallery in the East Village, New York. Her story should inspire everyone, in the art world and out.
October 11, 2019
Susan and Michael Hort: Patrons
Susan and Michael Hort have been supporting emerging artists for decades. Their collection harkens back to the days of true patronage where the financial support they offer to artists creates the foundation for the art world to thrive and thus contributes to the evolution of art history.
October 05, 2019
Uri Dotan: The Early Years of Digital Art
Israeli American Artist Uri Dotan talks about the early years of his career in digital art In New York City in the 1980s and how his art practice evolved.
September 28, 2019
Georg Bak On The Evolution of Digital Art
Curator, collector, independent dealer and Director of Sales for 4 Art Technologies joins us to discuss the evolution of digital art and the most recent developments in art technology.
September 21, 2019
Alain Servais: Collector Extraordinaire
Belgian collector Alain Servais discusses his philosophy of collecting and the methods he uses to build a contemporary collection in light of recent developments in technology.
September 15, 2019
Artist Carla Gannis’s Digital Art Practice
Artist Carla Gannis describes her digital art practice and advances in the field of New Media Art. We discuss the work of some of her idols as well as the enthusiasm and inspiration she shares with her students.
September 07, 2019
Beez and Honey
This episode introduces you to me and to the Beez and Honey Podcast and tells you a little about what topics on Art we will cover in the upcoming weeks and what to expect from the first few episodes.
September 02, 2019