Saturday, March 6, 2010


I am casting one last line into the fray here to say THANK YOU to those who have followed me loyally/attentively/blindly/accidentally in this forum. It has been a pleasure writing for you. More importantly, I want to draw your discerning eyes to a new blog, whose subject and substance is the upcoming exhibition ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK.

The outstanding summary below was written by my new project assistant, Sarah Humphrey. She has summed up my feelings exactly about Escape From New York. I hope you will join us at the new site.

Follow us here:


I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that our manifest destiny on this continent has long since been fulfilled; the railroads have been built, and the shores of the Pacific Ocean from Malibu to La Jolla have been peppered with the condominiums and bronzed progeny of the Western pioneers. You’ve seen the sublime American landscape of Fredric Edwin Church and Thomas Moran, from Niagara Falls to the Chasm of the Colorado, and you’re pretty sure the terrain has been stomped conclusively into submission under the incessantly pounding feet of Dancing with the Stars. As the natural synecdoche of the rest of the nation, this also applies to New York. You know this because your once-charming pied-à-terre in Bushwick is now a J.Crew, and you’ve heard that there will soon be subway service to alphabet city.

And though perhaps you have never been, you assume things are pretty much the same in New Jersey. Empire has run its course, so to speak, so you might as well just stay east of the Hudson and suffer the congested homogeneity of a Thursday evening in Chelsea.

The exhibition ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK offers both a literal and theoretical alternative to the threat of absolute homeostasis in the artistic biology of the five boroughs. It proposes that the answer lies in moving Westward, into the historic landmarks and wide open spaces of Paterson, New Jersey, and other cities like it. It presents the work of more than 30 contemporary artists in the sprawling space of what was once a silk factory. It seeks to transform the Western fringes of New York City from a locus of exile to a haven of exodus, and to expose the artificiality of the Hudson river border.

Follow this link for previews of the participating artists, curatorial musings, and the show’s vital stats:

-Sarah Humphrey

Monday, September 28, 2009

Anki King

Anki King, Curled Cat (edition of 20), 2009, etching, 10 x 8 inches, $85

Thursday, September 24, 2009

An Xiao

An Xiao, Coney Island Street Haiku, 2009, 16 x 20 inches, $500.00

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Mary Pinto

Manhattan Avenue Botanicals series, 2007-2008,
unique c-prints, 14 x 11, each $500.00

Bouquet, 2009, unique c-print, 16 x 20 inches, $600.00

Chemical Landscape #18, 2005, unique c-print, 16 x 20 inches, $600.00

Chemical Landscape #8, 2005, unique c-print, 16 x 20 inches, $600.00

Chemical Landscape #3, 2005, unique c-print, 16 x 20 inches, $600.00

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Derek Piasecki

Derek Piasecki, St. George, 2007, colored pencil and ink on paper, 20 x 15, $300.00

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Max Carlos Martinez

Self-Portrait, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 8 x 8 inches, $100.00