ISSUE 3 | VOLUME 6 | June 2017    

Art Career News – June 2017


Marybeth De Filippis, New Executive Director at Historic Huguenot Street

We're delighted to announce our recent placement of Marybeth De Filippis the new Executive Director of Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz, NY, one of the country's most significant historic sites. An award-winning museum professional and the former Associate Curator of American Art at the New-York Historical Society, Marybeth has extensive experience in restoration and conservation projects in addition to her skills in interpretation, exhibition development and community building.

Bonney Hartley, Stockbridge-Munsee Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, presents Historic Huguenot Street with a traditional woven blanket representing the Hudson River.

A Huguenot descendant herself, she is delighted to be heading the most comprehensive repository of French Huguenot culture and history in the United States, an open-air museum of over a dozen major buildings dating from the 17th Century onward which is also the oldest street in the US to retain all of its original houses.

We joined Marybeth with Board Chair Mary Etta Schneider and the whole community at HHS in a wonderful commemoration of the Esopus Munsee, the Native American people of the New Paltz region. The event featured the opening of an authentically constructed wigwam, built entirely of local and naturally sourced materials by Munsee Native American crafts expert Barry Keegan, which will serve as the permanent focal point for the study of the Munsee and their history. Stockbridge-Munsee Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Bonney Hartley spoke at the event and presented the museum with a beautiful Munsee blanket that honors the link between the Munsee and the Hudson River Valley.

Golden sunlight, delicious drinks and hors d'oeuvres and a program of Native American music made for a memorable fundraiser – the first presided over by the new Executive Director. Congratulations, Marybeth!

Spring blossoms at Historic Huguenot Street

Donald Wood-Smith Joins De Buck Gallery as New Sales Director

We are pleased to announce the recent placement of Donald Wood-Smith as Sales Director at De Buck Gallery! With past Director roles at both aAg Advisory Group and the Alan Stone Collection, Donald brings an encyclopedic knowledge of contemporary art and its related markets to De Buck's growing roster of talent and joins Gallery Founder David De Buck and Gallery Curator Rachel Vancelette in the ongoing development of one of New York's most significant international galleries.

(From left) Artist Juan Garaizabel, Curator Rachel Vancelette, ArtForum Publisher Knight Landesman and Gallery Founder David De Buck

The gallery's current exhibitions include Build a Story. Urban Memory of the Lost Tuileries, the first New York solo show by Spanish artist Juan Garaizabel, a remarkable series of sketches, production patterns, and sculptures that recall the lost Palais des Tuileries and its surrounding gardens in Paris. Part of the artist's Urban Memories series, the works seek to valorize and capture fragments of architectural foundations that have been lost or destroyed over the course of time.

Also on view is Bernard Aubertin: Matches, a series of iconic fire paintings created in 1974 by French artist Bernard Aubertin (1934-2015). A member of the French ZERO group, Aubertin became known for partially incinerating his own work, using the destructive power of fire to transform and create.

Both shows are on view from June 8th through July 15th.

Donald Wood-Smith discusses works by Bernard Aubertin with a visitor

Barbara Chase-Riboud, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery at Frieze Art Fair

(From left) Frieze patron, Artist Barbara Chase-Riboud, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery Director halley k. harrisburg and Thomas & Associates, Senior Associate David V. Griffin

A highlight for us at this year's Frieze Art Fair was the stunning display at the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery booth of works by the esteemed African-American artist, author and poet Barbara Chase-Riboud. For many years, we travelled exhibitions for the Studio Museum in Harlem and included her work in Explorations in the City of Light: African American Artists in Paris.

Barbara Chase-Riboud, Matisse's Back in Twins, 1967/1994 polished bronze and silk on painted steel base 75 1/4" x 39" x 18", as on view at Frieze Art Fair 2017

Born in 1939, the European-based Chase-Riboud is celebrated for her output in multiple mediums, including drawing, sculpture, poetry and fiction, and for her interest in exploring dichotomies in history, identity and sense of place; the booth featured a number of monumental pieces in fiber and metal as well as a selection of drawings, the majority of which were previously unseen in the US.

Later this year, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery will be presenting Barbara Chase-Ribaud – Malcolm X: Complete, the artist's second large-scale solo exhibition at the 100 Eleventh Avenue location. On view from September 7 through November 4, 2017, the exhibition will focus on Chase-Ribaud's "Malcolm X" steles, which she began producing in 1969.

We look forward to seeing the exhibition!

Calatrava Show, Marlborough Gallery

A striking display of works by Santiago Calatrava at Marlborough Gallery

Another incredible recent show is the present exhibition at Marlborough Gallery, "Santiago Calatrava: Recent Work". Featuring drawings and sculptures from the world renowned Spanish artist and architect, the exhibition is open through June 17, 2017, and is the first solo show for the artist at Marlborough since 2014, when a number of his large-scale metal works also appeared on Park Avenue. Our summer intern, Kirk Patrick Testa, captured this shot of one of the strikingly dynamic large-scale creations.

Geri Thomas, President
David V. Griffin, Senior Associate
Kirk Patrick Testa, Intern

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