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Joshua Liner Gallery Presents: “Art For Tibet” A Silent Auction (Manhattan, NY)

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ARTISTS UNITE TO SUPPORT TIBETAN FREEDOM AT 3rd ANNUAL NEW YORK CITY ART SHOW & SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER
Contemporary US and International Artists Joined by Tibetan Peers

What:     Art for Tibet III     (www.artfortibet.com / Facebook: http://ow.ly/6IxHq)
Where:     Joshua Liner Gallery, 548 West 28th Street, 3rd Floor NY, NY 10001 http://joshualinergallery.com
When:     October 14, 2011: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

New York – More than 50 acclaimed artists will exhibit art works together in support of the Tibetan freedom struggle on October 14th at the Joshua Liner Gallery in Chelsea, New York City. The third-annual Art for Tibet show will feature top contemporary Tibetan and international artists, including Shepard Fairey, Pema Rinzin, Richard Gere, Ryan McGinness, Tenzing Rigdol, Swoon, Gonkar Gyatso, The Sucklord (star of Bravo Network’s “Work of Art” Season 2) and many more.

All artwork in the show will be sold via a silent auction on the evening of October 14th.  The evening event will feature a live-painting demonstration, DJ sets by Spirit Bear, and a silent auction that will offer excellent works with low opening bids. Drinks will be generously provided by Beerlao.  Pre-bidding will be available online at www.artfortibet.com beginning October 7th.

“Art for Tibet aims to expose the persecution Tibetan artists and intellectuals face under China’s occupation. At the same time, it is a celebration of their defiance and commitment to free expression in spite of the Chinese government’s severe repression and censorship,” said Tenzin Dorjee, Executive Director of the New York-based Students for a Free Tibet (SFT).

This event is made possible by the support of Honorary Committee members Shepard Fairey, Richard Gere and Professor Robert A.F. Thurman, as well as Benefit and Curatorial Committee members Simeon Lipman (The Art Hustle), Joshua Liner, Pema Rinzin, Tenzing Rigdol, Bruno Levy, Joseph Ian Henrikson (Anonymous Gallery), John Peet (Union Gallery), Andrew Lockhart (prō jekt′ : nyc), Jonathan Hulland, Makiko Onda, Lisa Shimamura (Colab Projects), Kurt Langer (Colab Projects), Zahra Sherzad, Stefanie Rogers and Tenzin Dorjee. Auction and event information and a full list of participating artists are available at www.artfortibet.com.

BACKGROUND ON TIBET: Since Chinese troops invaded Tibet in 1949, China has denied Tibetans their rights and freedom while systematically attempting to wipe out Tibetan culture and identity. In March 2008, just months before the Beijing Olympics, protests against Chinese rule swept across the Tibetan plateau. Chinese authorities responded with brutal force in a crackdown that continues to this day and has left thousands of Tibetans in prison, dead or disappeared.

In defiance of this repression, Tibetan artists, writers and intellectuals in Tibet and in exile are engaged in a Tibetan cultural renaissance, using new technology and mediums to create and share their work. In response, the Chinese government has escalated the crackdown on writers, artists and intellectuals. Dozens of Tibetan artists and writers have been arrested, tortured and imprisoned since 2008.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Students for a Free Tibet, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with international headquarters in New York. Through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action, SFT campaigns for the Tibetan people’s fundamental right to freedom and independence: www.studentsforafreetibet.org.

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Ryan McGinness “Black Holes” Draw You Inside and Outside

Since 2004 artist Ryan McGinness has been at work on a series of round paintings on canvasses and on wood panels he calls “Black Holes”. He completed the series in 2010 and, since December,  twenty-four of these paintings have been running at the Phillips de Pury galleries in the Meat Packing District of Manhattan. Influenced by skateboard culture, poster design, and graffiti, the artist synthesizes the energy from the street in this entrancing collection.

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Ryan Mc Ginness  “Black Holes” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The Black Holes paintings, blasting flourescent arabesque patterns too crisp for hippy psychedelic reveries, will instantly mesmerize you and draw you ever further into them. It’s a natural high, and suddenly it is apparent why they are called “Black Holes”.

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Ryan Mc Ginness  “Black Holes” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The labyrinthine floor plan of the galleries assists your light infused discovery of increasingly vivid contrasts and pattern and color until suddenly you find yourself lost in a dark universe of exploding stars. From the gallery’s press release we learn that the panels comprise layers of screen printed concentric symmetrical “event horizons” which McGinness defines as the “point in space-time before which everything disappears into the black hole”.

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Ryan Mc Ginness “Black Holes” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ryan Mc Ginness “Black Holes” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ryan Mc Ginness “Black Holes” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ryan Mc Ginness “Black Holes” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Go Outside!

As the sun is setting on the public walkway called The High Line that rises above this part of Chelsea, you can enjoy the show from your vantage point in the public sphere as well.  McGinness has created ten site-specific large-scale paintings positioned along the gallery windows facing the High Line and at night these paintings are illuminated from inside the gallery to give the public an experience of a black-lit extravaganza.

As the outside light fades the flowering glow of rich pungent color punctures the pale winter grays – rather, laser cuts it. The paintings escape from the confines of the canvas and run like newly freed ivy through the windows to meet you, a surreal garden of exotic flowers no longer behind glass.

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Ryan Mc Ginness “Black Holes” viewed at night from The High Line (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ryan Mc Ginness “Black Holes” viewed at night from The High Line (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ryan Mc Ginness “Black Holes” viewed at dusk from The High Line (photo © Jaime Rojo)

If you do go to view this portion of the installation from the High Line, it’s good to know two things; the park closes at 8:00 pm and the last entrance to the park is 7:45. Also, to see the paintings from the High Line one must look up slightly as the pieces are not precisely at eye level and the bottom portion of the paintings is lost. If they were hung a little higher the windows could better frame them without cropping from this vantage point, but maybe that would have made the indoor show off-kilter. You could also wear platform boots.

“Black Holes” is up until March 8

Phillips de Pury Gallery
450 West 15th Street
New York, NY 10011-7097
(212) 940-1200

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Images Of The Week 01.16.11

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Our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring CBS Cru, Ryan McGinness, Kopye, Gaia, M-City, Wing, UR New York, Sonni, Tati, Nekst, Sera, Tizie, Wing and Clown Soldier.

brooklyn-street-art-gaia-jaime-rojo-01-11-14Gaia (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-CBS- crew-jaime-rojo-01-11-10CBS Cru. Primary Flight, Miami 2010 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-ryan-mcginness-jaime-rojo-01-11Ryan McGinness Miami 2010 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-vintage-RV-miami-2010-primary-flight-jaime-rojo-01-11-3Wynwood District Miami 2010 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-Kopye-jaime-rojo-01-11-9Kopye. Primary Flight at the Old RC Cola Factory (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Praise the Lord and pass the paint can – This Gospel Montage Break brought to you by Ms. Aretha Franklin

brooklyn-street-art-m-city-jaime-rojo-01-10-1M-City Primary Flight Miami 2010 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-m-city-detail-jaime-rojo-01-10M-City Detail (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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brooklyn-street-art-shin-shin-jaime-rojo-01-11-18Wing and Shin Shin (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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brooklyn-street-art-shiro-sand-one-jaime-rojo-01-11-2Sand One and Shiro Primary Flight Miami 2010 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sonni at Primary Flight Miami 2010 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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brooklyn-street-art-tati-jaime-rojo-01-11-12Tati (detail) Primary Flight Miami 2010 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-vizie-jaime-rojo-01-11-6Tizie, Nekst, Primary Flight Miami 2010 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-sera-jaime-rojo-01-11-8Sera, Wywood District, Miami 2010 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-artist-jaime-rojo-01-11-4Wynwood District Miami 2010 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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San Diego’s Streets Alive as “Viva la Revolución” Opens at MCASD

Opening night at MCASD's first Street Art Exhibition - a crushing crowd in two lines which formed an hour before the doors opened. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
Opening night at MCASD’s first Street Art exhibition this weekend – a crushing crowd in two lines which formed an hour before the doors opened. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

“Never Trust Your Own Eyes. Believe What You Are Told,” says the ironic slogan in the freshly wheat-pasted graphic piece by street artist Shepard Fairey on the side of a clothing store in San Diego, the town that chased him out for doing street art. One may believe Fairey’s politics to be Orwellian reference. Just as easily it could be applied to the academics, historians and would-be art critics struggling daily to describe with any authority what street art is and how it should be regarded. Luckily, we have been able to trust our eyes to make this analysis so far.

Read more (and leave your comments) on The Huffington Post

Invader and friends in San Diego (image © Geoff Hargadon)
Invader and friends in San Diego (image © Geoff Hargadon)

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