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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Yola Monakhov

Elegance and Eloquence from the series Empire Pictures;
Plain View from the series Once Out of Nature © Yola Monakhov

There is something about Yola Monakhov's work. I just can't really put my finger on it, can't really put it into words. For me the magic in her work comes from what I interpret to be an empathetic anthropological (quest for) understanding. So much photography is detached and never offers anything valuable, but Yola Monakhov stirs emotion.
Her images always make me linger and transport me.

Yola Monakhov has an opening at Sasha Wolf Gallery next Thursday and the following week Rona will present an interview with Yola on the Nymphoto Blog for our Conversations series. Stay tuned.

Girl with Plane from the series Photography After Dante © Yola Monakhov

Yola Monakhov
Photography After Dante
Sasha Wolf Gallery
10 Leonard Street (Tribeca)
New York, NY
January 14 - March 6, 2010
Opening Reception: Thursday January 14, 2010, 6-8 PM

Friday, January 8, 2010

Beth Cavener Stichter @ Claire Oliver

Time flies. Last year I meant to write about Beth Cavener Stichter, after I saw her show at Claire Oliver. But alas I never got around to it.
We came across her work by accident by walking through Chelsea after seeing the excellent Walton Ford show at Paul Kasmin Gallery. Both the husband and I loved Beth Cavener Stichter right away. Anything anthropomorphic is always up my alley and anything provocative always interests my husband.
But her work offers much more than that. It was exciting to see such accessible work that was so well executed and displayed such clear vision.
Here are some images of her sculptures that were exhibited last year at Claire Oliver Gallery. The show was titled On Tender Hooks.

On Tender Hooks by Beth Cavener Stichter

You can find out more about artist Beth Cavener Stichter at: www.followtheblackrabbit.com (what a lovely url!).

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Do You Baggu?

courtesy Baggu

I shop as much as possible at the Farmer's Market and shop in the bulk section of markets & health food stores to avoid packaging. I bring bags with me when I go shopping. And my favorite bag is a marine themed blue & white striped one by Baggu.
The very sturdy Baggu bags come in several sizes and in many many colors -- and fold up small enough to stuff in my purse, so I always have one handy.
My favorite Baggu is a marine inspired blue & white striped Big Baggu (note to self: get one of these for Chad).
Coolhunting has a great video with Baggu founder & designer Emily Sugihara.
Watch it below:

courtesy Coolhunting/Baggu

You can purchase Baggus at: www.baggubag.com.

Also my friend Adelka makes bags out of recycled clothes, checkout her blog: www.reinventyourpants.blogspot.com.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Versus @ Hous

it didn't just grow by itself courtesy Hank Willis Thomas

Ruben Natal-San Miguel, auteur of Art Most Fierce, in conjunction with Hous Projects presents:


Brian Ulrich Vs. Alex Leme
Mickalene Thomas Vs. Nadine Rovner
Hank Willis Thomas Vs. Cara Phillips
Amy Elkins Vs. Molly Landreth
Matthew Pillsbury Vs. Kris Graves
Phil Toledano Vs. Elizabeth Fleming
Zoe Strauss Vs. Ruben Natal–San Miguel
Jen Davis Vs. Eric Ogden
Michael Wolf Vs. Gina LeVay

Curated by Ruben Natal-San Miguel

Hous Projects
31 Howard Street, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10013
Opening Reception: Thursday January 7, 6 PM

Fierce line-up, Ruben - Congrats!
PS: Head over to Culturehall to see Ruben's feature there: www.culturehall.com.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Viviane Sassen

Really intrigued by the work of artist Viviane Sassen. You can see some of her photographs at www.vivianesassen.com. Ms. Sassen will also have her first New York Solo show at Danziger Projects this March.