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Image above: Vik Muniz

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère after Édouard Manet, from the Pictures of Magazines 2 series, 2012.

Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life. Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, painted in 1882, explores the treachery of nineteenth-century Parisian nightlife through the depiction of a bartender attending to a male patron reflected in the mirror behind her. Muniz plays on Manet’s style, replacing Manet’s visible brushstrokes with the frayed edges of torn paper and lending the work immense visual interest.

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DOG STAR is the creation of a high school English teacher in New York City. This blog began in 2008 as an online community for a journalism class and has since evolved into a curated site on the creative arts, arts-related news and a guide to free and low-cost events for teens. Our mission is to offer teens real-life options for enjoying all the creative arts in New York City. May wisdom guide you and hope sustain you. The more you like art, the more art you like!

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

College Wrestler Loses NCAA Scholarship After Positive Rap Message


Dog Star thinks that the NCAA should be embracing this guy the NCAA instead they will make sure they control every potential penny to be earned from one of their players.  Still, we think he needs to "play by their rules" (which he clearly refuses to do) or face the consequences...Hey, his rap game is not going to put Hov out of business...his female singer is pretty good...the beat is VERY commercial and infectious (in a good way) and his message is everything you would your child to hear as an antidote to Lil Wayne, ASAP Rocky and MMG (which needs to be called "Makes Musical Garbage").  We read about him in the NY Times and this is a recent Sport Illustrated piece:

Every year during the NCAA men's basketball tournament, the NCAA bombards us with ads that remind us that most college athletes will go pro in something other than sports. It's a great reminder that most of the athletes the organization serves are not headed for seven-figure contracts, and it serves as a de facto explanation for why the NCAA tries to limit the athletes who are headed for those deals from realizing their market value while in college.

Unless he develops a character and wows Vince McMahon, Minnesota wrestler Joel Bauman is not going to make millions from any iteration of his sport. Bauman, a redshirt sophomore from Kerkhoven, Minn., wants to go pro in Inspiration. At the moment, he's trying to do that through music and motivational speaking. Bauman has recorded some songs -- syrupy stuff that would be right at home on gospel radio -- that seek to encourage rather than tear down. Bauman was adopted as a one-month-old. As a kid in rural Minnesota, Bauman faced taunts and funny looks as the black child of white parents. But he overcame discrimination, and he wants to let young people know they can overcome any circumstance and succeed.

That's the message that could be silenced by an NCAA rule.


Bauman embodies everything for which college athletics should stand. He should be the face of the NCAA. But the NCAA wants to make sure it is the only entity that can make money off Bauman's face. Fearing an NCAA reprisal, Minnesota officials have asked Bauman to take his name off his songs and remove his image from the videos if he wants to remain eligible to wrestle at Minnesota.

He has two more years of eligibility remaining, but he is willing to sacrifice his scholarship rather than go by an alias in his music. "Now that I have a message," Bauman said Wednesday, "I'm not going to go by an alias to deliver my message. ... If I stop, what would that show people? If I just made an alias, what would that show people? That I'm going to quit what I started?"

This is the NCAA in a nutshell. When it isn't busy hijacking a federal bankruptcy deposition to gather dirt in defense of its flawed model of amateurism in an infractions case involving Miami, its schools use that same flawed model as the rationale to attempt to crush a young person's non-sports career. Never mind that if Bauman were a minor league baseball player instead of a singer, the NCAA would allow him to keep his baseball earnings and still wrestle. Apparently, those 99-cent iTunes downloads of Bauman's Ones In The Sky represent a threat to the purity of college athletics, even though Bauman has yet to make a cent of profit. "I've not broken even on anything I've done," he said.


Dog Star Selects Romare Bearden's "Eden Midnight"


Dog Star saw the real thing (Eden Midnight, 1988.) last week at ACA Galleries (sadly, it's no longer on view...).  Look at the tiny little yellow star in top right...woman bathing in center left foreground (pink hair!)...those red palms!...so alive!  We really like Bearden's use of paint, pen and collage (torn bits of wall paper, magazine cutouts, art papers) to create this incredible imaginative fantasy landscape.

Words to Live By


FREE! New City Park Honors F.D.R. & His Famous Speech "Four Freedoms"



Dog Star admires F.D.R. and knows he is an important man during the Great Depression and at the start of World War II.  He is also the former governor of New York State.  His family's estate north of New York City - Hyde Park - is open to the public and a great way to spend a Summer or Autumn Saturday with your family.  Of course, F.D.R.'s wife - Eleanor Roosevelt - is also an important figure and she had a huge role in drafting the Universal Human Rights delivered at the United Nations.



It's been 40 years since New York has been planning a memorial park for 32nd President Franklin D. Roosevelt on the east end of Roosevelt island. Originally designed by Louis Kahn in 1974, New York's almost bankrupt economy put the project on hold until the release of the documentary "My Architect" when enough support was fostered to fund the completion of the project carried out by local firm Mitchell Giurgola Architects.  


The triangular site of the 'FDR Four Freedoms Park' funnels visitors along a white granite plinth lined in linden trees to an open-air courtyard, at the entrance to which is thick block with a 28-inch bronze bust of FDR's head, sculpted by Jo Davidson, facing the united nations headquarters only 300 meters away. On the backside, the four freedoms speech is engraved as a symbol of the president's legacy to the building blocks of contemporary democratic principles. The project is planned to expand in the future, transforming a 19th-century small pox hospital to an auxiliary visitor center. The park is now open to the public.


Read more about F.D.R. here.

Go here for directions to the Four Freedoms Park!



The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park is an enduring tribute to the life and work of President Roosevelt. In the late 1960s, during a period of national urban renewal, New York City Mayor John Lindsay proposed to reinvent Roosevelt Island (then called Welfare Island) into a vibrant, residential community. The New York Times championed renaming the island for President Franklin D. Roosevelt and constructing a memorial to him, remarking: "It has long seemed to us that an ideal place for a memorial to FDR would be on Welfare Island, which...could be easily renamed in his honor... It would face the sea he loved, the Atlantic he bridged, the Europe he helped to save, the United Nations he inspired."



FDR's Famous Speech on The Four Freedoms On January 6, 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a speech that shaped this nation, now known as the Four Freedoms speech. He looked forward to a world founded on four human freedoms: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.  Today, by building Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, we have the opportunity to honor this man and these essential freedoms.




Five Paintings We Love @ The Frick - Bring your friends and family!

Dog Star enjoys The Frick Collection because it NEVER changes its permanent collection - it always has on view the paintings Henry Clay Frick selected and placed within his home.  This does not mean the Frick doesn't have room for special exhibitions; it has separate spaces for temporary little shows.  We want devoted readers to visit the Frick to see these paintings in person - for yourself.  The descriptions of the paintings are taken from the museum's website.  Here is a photo of the West Gallery - imagine having this room in your home as your private art collection.  This is just ONE of the rooms you will see at the Frick:
 


   
The Frick welcomes quiet and respectful teens who put away all electronics, check their coats and bags and enjoy this very special museum as if they are visiting a stranger's home.  The Frick is open to ALL NEW YORKERS!

The Frick Collection (more here) is EASY TO REACH at 70th Street and Fifth Avenue - take the 6 train to 68th Street / Hunter College and walk over to 5th Avenue from Lexington & 68th. Admission for teens is $10 (students with valid identification).  Dog Star says go early on Sundays and pay just $1!  On Sundays, pay what you wish from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Learn more about the Frick family and origins of the collection and museum here.  The museum was planned as a permanent art collection to be open to the public by its founder Henry Clay Frick!



PAINTING #1 - ABOUT THE PAINTING ABOVE:  Lodovico Capponi painted by Agnolo Bronzino. This proud young aristocrat is Lodovico Capponi (b. 1533), a page at the Medici court. As was his custom, he wears black and white, his family's armorial colors. His right index finger partially conceals the cameo he holds, revealing only the inscription sorte (fate or fortune) — an ingenious allusion to the obscurity of fate. In the mid 1550s Lodovico fell in love with a girl whom Duke Cosimo had intended for one of his cousins. After nearly three years of opposition, Cosimo suddenly relented, but he commanded that their wedding be celebrated within twenty-four hours.   

WHY WE LOVE IT: We like to think that Frick chose this painting of Capponi because of its association with one of the most powerful families in history.  The Medici family of the Italian Renaissance ruled over the region of Florence / Tuscany and nobody did anything without their permission.  They made a fortune owning farms, mills, textile (tapestry) companies and family members were even connected to the Vatican in Rome.  Frick most likely admired this young man and may have seen an aspect of himself in the picture:  bold, proud and ready for the upper classes!


PAINTING #2 - ABOUT THE PAINTING ABOVE: Gilbert Stuart  (1755 - 1828) George Washington, 1795-1796  Stuart earned a fortune producing replicas of the three portraits he painted from life of the first President of the United States. The Frick canvas is thought to be one of two copies painted by the artist for the Philadelphia merchant John Vaughan. It belongs to the group known as the “Vaughan type,” although it differs from the related versions in the color of the coat and in the treatment of the background. Stylistically the portrait recalls the work of Stuart’s English contemporaries, such as Romney and Hoppner.

WHY WE LOVE IT: The first thing to know is that the portrait of Washington on the one dollar bill is by Gilbert Stuart - same artist.  We like this painting because it shows our first president in a red velvet coat and we like to think Frick liked that, too.



PAINTING #3 - ABOUT THE PAINTING ABOVE: Johannes Vermeer  (1632 - 1675) Mistress and Maid, 1666-1667  The subject of writing and receiving letters, which recurs frequently in Vermeer’s work, is given an exceptional sense of dramatic tension in this painting of two women arrested in some moment of mysterious crisis. The lack of final modeling in the mistress’ head and figure and the relatively plain background indicate that this late work by Vermeer was left unfinished. Nevertheless, the artist seldom if ever surpassed the subtly varied effects of light seen here as it gleams from the pearl jewelry, sparkles from the glass and silver objects on the table, and falls softly over the figures in their shadowy setting. Bought by Mr. Frick in 1919, the year of his death, this painting was his last purchase and joined Rembrandt’s Self-Portrait, Holbein’s Sir Thomas More, Bellini’s St. Francis, and Velázquez’ King Philip IV among his favorite acquisitions.

WHY WE LOVE IT: Frick had exquisite taste and bought the very best paintings.  His taste in art is strongly conservative; by the time of his death in 1919 cubism and abstratcion were very popular but he would never have bought those kinds of pictures - he did not have a taste for "modern" art.  But there is just no disputing the beauty of a Vermeer - the way he handles the light so delicately!



PAINTING #4 - ABOUT THE PAINTER/ING ABOVE: Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn  (1606 - 1669) Self-Portrait, 1658.  Rembrandt first studied art in his native Leyden and later worked under Pieter Lastman in Amsterdam. Around 1625 he returned to Leyden, but in 1631/32 he settled permanently in Amsterdam. Although he enjoyed a great reputation and pupils flocked to him, he suffered financial difficulties that led to insolvency in 1656. By 1660 most of his debts were settled, and his last years were spent in relative comfort. Rembrandt painted many portraits, biblical scenes, and historical subjects.

WHY WE LOVE IT: This painting was completed about ten years before the painter died.  By the time he painted it his career had long been over.  And yet Rembrandt makes himself look so majestic, so regal like a king who is still at the top of his game.


PAINTING #5 - ABOUT THE PAINTING ABOVE: Jean-August-Dominique Ingres  (1780 - 1867) Comtesse d'Haussonville, 1845Louise, Princesse de Broglie (1818–82) and granddaughter of Madame de Staël, married at the age of eighteen. Her husband was a diplomat, writer, and member of the French Academy, and she herself published a number of books, including biographies of Robert Emmet and Byron. For her time and her elevated social caste, she was outspokenly independent and liberal. This portrait, begun in 1842, was the fruit of several false starts and a great many preparatory drawings, including full-scale studies of the raised left arm, the head, and its reflection. According to a letter written by the artist, the finished work “aroused a storm of approval among her family and friends.” Ingres appears to have surprised the young lady in the intimacy of her boudoir, where she leans against an upholstered fireplace, having just discarded her evening wrap and opera glasses.  


WHY WE LOVE IT: This painter's last name is pronounced eng-ah.  It's so easy to see why Frick would have loved this painting and why we love it, too.  The Comtesse is so beautiful and so charming in this portrait while also hinting that she is ready and willing to have an intelligent conversation.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Tyler, the Creator featuring Jasper Dolphin & Taco – TreeHome & Domo 23 (Live on Fallon)

FREE! New Creative Arts Program for Teens!




Art 2 Art is an exciting new opportunity from High 5 for teen artists who want to share their unique vision and show the world how they experience the arts--and all for FREE

What are we talking about? Creativity inspiring creativity. A2A will give you the chance to explore the city and experience some of the best theater, dance and music New York's got to offer! 

Afterwards, we want to see your artistic response to the performance, in whatever medium you want to express yourself; be it a comics page, a water-color, a charcol sketch or a collage—A2A is all about your vision, your voice, your art.

Join us for A2A's first event on March 9th, 3:00 p.m. at the Rubin Museum of Art's Samsara Night--an interactive art-making event, created by RMA's Teen Council, about the Buddhist Wheel of Life

For more about the event, please see below, but since space is limited, you must RSVP to info@high5tix.org to claim your spot for our inaugural event!

Why I Hate Social Media!



Dog Star re-posts this from the publication the Village Voice:

Why I Hate Social Media! Don't 'Like' This Column!
By Michael Musto

I communicate every day with dozens of people I've never met. Meanwhile, real friends never call.... People beg you to "like" their page, as if that will somehow add substance to their yearning existence. Sadistically, I withhold all "liking." Hahahahahaha.... Gushy people in the provinces message you that they adore your work and are dying to be "friends" because you're so witty and amazing and they just want to soak in the glow of your greatness. You approve them, then they instantly start pitching their graphic novel that they're desperate for you to write about.... My "friends" usually comment on the titles of my posts without bothering to read the link. It's irritating, but I guess you're supposed to be grateful that they did that much.

The hardest trick in town is to write a nasty comment in response to someone who's left some hate on your page, then quickly "unfriend" them so they can't respond to your response, but I've got it down to a science.... Whenever someone on a Facebook thread is losing an argument, they put in their last bitter words, then sign off with "Off to the gym." That's code for "I'm dying here, so I'm going to act like I won the battle and pretend to not read the rest of the comments." As if they couldn't add some more whiny remarks from the gym anyway! ... Facebook messaging opens you up to a world of numbing conversational ice breakers like "Hey" and "How r u?" I'm deeply lonely, but not so much that I'd answer those inane come-ons.... Facebook friends kiss your ass all day and post dozens of photos of you, giving you the illusion of international fame. Then you leave the house and realize no one knows who you are.

When I write a pleading comment like "Let's leave Lindsay alone for a second," someone will immediately reply, "She should die in a car wreck, the low-life skanky cooze." ... Also, if you post something about, let's say, the 100 best child stars of all time, no one will comment on any of those choices, but people will line up to squawk, "You forgot Anna Chlumsky! And the kids from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!" ... Being tagged in a photo that has nothing to do with you is a nightmare, and you can't untag yourself since it was posted by someone you're having lunch with the next day.

All day long I get requests from a parade of whiners begging me to join LinkedIn. This has gone on for five years! I ain't linking in, people! ... But I am on Twitter, and I even tried putting hash tags on every tweet to get extra followers, but it didn't work, so I stopped that. Besides, why add bells and whistles to a brain flatulence when the whole point is to keep things short and insubstantial? ... Tweeting a lot is supposed to help your career, but the more you do it, the more people think, "He doesn't have a life, does he?" (They seem to forget that they're sitting there reading them all day.)

Celebrities hardly ever answer serious tweets from a respected journalist—or from me—but they'll reply to any bozo in the hinterlands who happens to offend them. ("My mother sucks cocks in hell? Oh, yeah? Well, it's your mother's cock!") They'll even respond to people with nine followers! ... My followers "favorite" my tweets all the time. WTF good is that gonna do me? That's the equivalent of "liking" something on Facebook. Either retweet it or just mind your own freakin' business.... If I tweet "I just made potato leek soup," it gets as many retweets as one of my breaking stories that could change cultural history. Maybe I should just stick to recipes.... Blocking Twitter nightmares after you tell them off is as rapid-fire a game as unfriending the Facebook haters, and it's every bit as gratifying.

I've "followed" people as a complete charity fuck, only to realize they never followed me back. I usually decide to unfollow them, then start wondering if it's worth giving them that much power.... You lie and tell someone you have to stay home and work the night they're having a birthday party, only to have people tweet that you're actually at Whole Foods, then a club, then an after party, then riding your bike in circles. Busted times four.... Why look at cute photos of cats on Instagram when you can see them actually moving and making sounds on YouTube?

The "yawn" trolls, "Does it matter?" gnomes, and "Slow news week?" creeps are the most annoying people in Christendom. Nothing is more boring than some dullard who spends the day pissing on other people's parties. When you write "Man killed on subway" and they reply "yawn," you want to bash in your screen but settle for a quick blocking action.... Social media provide the irritating chance for people to spew the same exact things in different places. When I dressed like Angelina for the year-end Voice cover, a guy Facebooked me that I actually looked like Stockard Channing, then he tweeted the same hilarious observation, and then he e-mailed me, "Happy New year! I thought it was Stockard Channing on the cover, lol." Fuck off. Fuck off. Fuck off.... At the theater, a guy I hung with last year kept saying, "I'm one of the few people who's not using you. I like you for you." Then I noticed him looking down and tinkling the ivories on his cell phone. It turned out he was putting on Facebook, "I'm with Michael Musto!" ... Even more tragically, I was flattered....

Dog Star Art Breaks: GO SEE Jean-Michel Basquiat @ Gagosian Gallery (It's FREE - Bring your friends!)


Dog Star is very excited about this exhibition now open at Gagosian Gallery on West 24th Street.  This FREE and rare opportunity allows fans and admirers to see Jean-Michel's paintings in an intimate setting outside of a museum institution.  This gallery show is going to feel special because we will see paintings we have never seen before and hung together in fresh and interesting ways.  Before or after your gallery visit, be sure to go upstairs to The High Line Park (go here) - a free landscaped pedestrian-only (no bicycles or cars) park on a former elevated railroad tracks.  Artwork above:  Untitled (Skull), 1984.


Jean-Michel Basquiat

February 7 - April 6, 2013

555 West 24th Street New York, NY 10011
212.741.1111
Hours: Tue-Sat 10-6

Link to Gagosian Gallery for more information including an artist's bio - go here

Discover more about Basquiat's paintings at this interactive site

Read about Jean-Michel Basquiat on Wikipedia

Watch trailer of REAL FOOTAGE of Basquiat in his last months, documentary RADIANT CHILD

Watch trailer of biopic with Jeffrey Wright as Basquiat and David Bowie as Andy Warhol - highly recommended

Words to Live By


ORIGAMI (Splendid short film - worth 10 minutes!)

Dog Star loves this film!  Devoted readers will enjoy it, too!  A young boy spends time with his grandfather and the difference between the generations cannot be more marked. Yet combining skill and imagination is something that cannot happen without inspiration and the young boy must take a journey in to his mind’s eye to connect both to his art and his grandfather. This visually stunning animation was created by five ESMA students, Joanne Smithies, Eric De Melo Bueno, Michael Moreno, Hugo Bailly Desmarchelier and Camille Turon.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Words by Lemon Andersen

Such a Young Hopeful,


If you spent

the same amount of time daily

To open up a word

as you do gutting and splitting

open a Vanilla Dutch Master,

With such craft in a decades time

you will gain a Voice

For the critics to boil in oil

and not lose your mind

... in the dark patches of your lung...

L.Andersen

OPENS TODAY! Impressionism, Fashion & Modernity @ the Met



Dog Star isn't so much interested in how these paintings show fashion in a changing time but we are excited to see borrowed paintings by Monet, Renoir, Manet and Degas, among many others.  See, what happens is a curator or art scholar conducts research and makes a proposal for an exhibition.

In this case, they are presenting the idea  that these artists "responded to the dictates of fashion between the 1860s and the mid-1880s."  These are all Impressionist painters - meaning they are all French from the mid to late 19th century and all departing from traditional Academic-style painting. 

In truth Degas, Renoir and Manet never FULLY left behind traditional painting.  Only Monet pushed his paintings toward what we would consider a "modern" look, almost approaching abstraction.  We won't see any of those kind of pictures in this exhibition.  This is going to be all pretty girls in frilly dresses and lunch parties and cafe scenes.

But the real joy comes from seeing paintings the Met Museum has borrowed for the exhibition:  they got on the phone to museums around the world and said, "We want this one, that one and the one over there" for our special exhibition.  We would never see all these OTHER paintings unless we visited all those OTHER museums.  We hope that's enough reason to go.  Maybe the fashion part of it already convinced you.  Don't miss it.  From the Met's website on the exhibition:

This stunning survey, anchored by many of the most celebrated works of the Impressionist era, will illustrate the extent to which artists responded to the dictates of fashion between the 1860s, when admiring critics dubbed Monet's portrait of his future wife "The Green Dress," and the mid-1880s, when Degas capped off his famous series of milliners and Seurat pinpointed the vogue for the emphatic bustle.

Highlights of the exhibition include Monet's Luncheon on the Grass (1865–66) and Women in the Garden (1866), Bazille's Family Reunion (1867), Bartholomé's In the Conservatory (circa 1881, paired with the sitter's dress), and fifteen other key loans from the Musée d'Orsay; Monet's Camille (1866) from the Kunsthalle, Bremen, Renoir's Lise–The Woman with the Umbrella (1867) from the Museum Folkwang, Essen, and Manet's La Parisienne (circa 1875) from the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, which have never before traveled to the United States; Caillebotte's Paris Street; Rainy Day (1877) and Degas's The Millinery Shop (circa 1882–86) from the Art Institute of Chicago; Renoir's The Loge (1874) from The Courtauld Gallery, London; and Cassatt's In the Loge (1878) from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 

Alongside both masculine and feminine costumes, a full complement of period photographs and illustrations will serve to vivify the ongoing dialogue between fashion and art, and afford a sense of the late nineteenth-century Parisian milieu that inspired, provoked, and nurtured the talents—and often the ambitions—of the painters of modern life.

Health Tips: 20 Healthy Habits To Adopt Before You Turn 20

Dog Star likes this very sensible "slideshow" from HuffingtonPost Teen (go here for details).  From the post:  Your teenage years are often when you're at your healthiest: You're young, probably haven't experienced a big health scare yet, and any unhealthy habits may not taken a toll on your body. But that doesn't mean that you should take good health for granted. Adolescence is arguably the most important time in your life to start developing healthy habits that will benefit you years down the road. From the annoying stuff you've been told a million times (remember to floss! eat your veggies!) to big preventative measures that can set the stage for great health later in the life, we've compiled 20 nutrition, fitness and wellness habits that everyone should adopt by the age of 20.

1.  Learn to love your veggies.
2.  Protect your skin.
3.  Limit your sugar intake.
4.  Get active.
5.  Get serious about sleep.
6.  Stop worrying.
7.  Moisturize.
8.  Maintain a healthy weight.
9.  Develop strong relationships.
10.  Floss regularly.
11.  Monitor your screen time.
12.  Eat breakfast.
13.  Put safety first (i.e. seatbelts).
14.  Drink lots of water.
15.  Ditch the processed food.
16.  Stay away from smoke.
17.  Listen to your body.
18.  Protect yourself (i.e. condoms).
19.  Learn when to say "no."
20.  Accept your body.

We're going to post this every few weeks to remind devoted teen readers (and some who aren't teens anymore but like the reminder to stay healthy) of these great healthy tips!

Words to Live By


Imaginary Dog Star Soundtrack: We're bumpin' to Das Racist's "Girl"

Monday, February 25, 2013

Harlem Shake (Peanuts Edition)

FREE! Meet Legendary American Artist FAITH RINGGOLD @ ACA Galleries on Saturday! Bring your family and friends!


  Above:  Black Light Series #12: Party Time, 1969, Oil on canvas, 60 x 84 inches


Dog Star is excited to spread the news that legendary American artist Faith Ringgold will be at the Opening Reception of a special exhibition called "Red, White, and Black: A Selection of Faith Ringgold's Paintings of the 1960s."

We visited the gallery last week and received a warm and welcoming invitation to teenagers, children and their families to visit the gallery.  This exhibition of Faith Ringgold's artwork offers a unique opportunity to re-discover an American master through her powerful and engaging 1960s period.  

Many people know Faith Ringgold's children's book TAR BEACH (go here) - so here's a chance to meet her AND see artwork that will be fresh, new (to our eyes) and exciting!  We think everyone will enjoy the exhibition - make a plan to go to the gallery on Saturday!

BRING YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS on SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2013 2-5pm. 

ACA Galleries is EASY TO REACH at 529 West 20th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10011 between 10th & 11th Avenue.  Before the Opening Reception, visit The High Line Park (it's FREE always for everyone - go here) - there's a stairway entrance right at the corner of 20th Street and 10th Avenue. 

Find out more on Faith Ringgold's official website here.

Read more about Faith Ringgold's life here.

Watch Faith Ringgold talk about visual art in this video here.

ACA Galleries is pleased to present Red, White, and Black: A Selection of Faith Ringgold's Paintings of the 1960s, on view March 2 through April 27. This exhibition features selected works from American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold's Paintings of the 1960s, a show organized by the Neuberger Museum in Purchase, NY.


Red, White, and Black: A Selection of Faith Ringgold's Paintings from the 1960s 
March 2 through April 27
Opening Reception
Saturday, March 2, 2 to 5 pm