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MoCCA Fest 2011

MoCCA Fest 2011 takes place April 9 - 10, 2011 at Manhattan's historic 69th Regiment Armory in New York City. A MoCCA, Festival, Peter Kuperfundraiser for the Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art (MoCCA), the Festival is celebrating the Museum’s 10-Year Anniversary.

MoCCA Fest attracts thousands of comic art lovers and creators from around the globe to celebrate the worldʼs most popular art form. Since 2002, the MoCCA Festival offers a unique venue to experience comics, mini-comics, web comics, graphic novels, animation, posters, prints, original artwork, and more.

In addition to the hundreds of creators who exhibit, the Festival hosts dozens of established and emerging creators, scholars, and other experts who participate in two days of lecture/discussion panels on a variety of comics and cartoon topics.

Read more: MoCCA Fest 2011

Asian Contemporary Art Week 2011

Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) is running March 21 - 31, 2011 at Asia Society Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, and other locations around New York City.

Now in its seventh edition, ACAW 2011 launches Dialogues in Asian Contemporary Art, a series of discussions with 25 specially invited influential international artists, curators, and scholars to examine current discourses both inside and outside of Asia.

Kicking off the week, at the Museum of Modern Art, Mariam Ghani tells of her investigations of city reconstructions, cultural reinventions, and the public and private narratives that influence it all.

Asian Cultural Council 2011 grantees/artists Rahraw Omarzad (Afghanistan), Firoz Mahmud (Bangladesh), Chaw Ei Thein (Burma), and Fong Wah Phoebe Hui (Hong Kong, China) convene for a panel on the evolving societal roles and responsibilities of artists in their ever-globalizing local spaces. 

Highlights of the ACAW Dialogues include:

  • Rashid Rana and Pooja Sood discuss the much-celebrated chronicle of Indian art history, The Khoj Book at Sotheby's (March 22)
  • M.F. Husain and Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian at Asia Society Museum (March 23)
  • David Elliott, Massimiliano Gioni and Suzanne Cotter at the Guggenheim Museum (March 25)
  • Ushio Shinohara and Tomokazu Matsuyama at Asia Society Museum (March 28)
  • Artist Liu Xiaodong (China) discusses his nostalgic journey to his hometown, as documented in Hou Hsiao-Hsien's latest film (Home Town Boy) at the Guggenheim Museum (March 29)
  • Xie Xiaoze talks with Robert Hobbs about his Chinese Library Series and its examination of the documentation of history and current events, at China Institute (March 29)
  • Yang Jiechang and Zheng Shengtian in conversation with Jane DeBevoise at Museum of Chinese in the Americas (March 31)
  • Almagul Menlibayeva at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art (March 31).

Another highlight is a dramatic installation by New York-based Korean artist Atta Kim, who will create a 5-1/2-ft-tall, 1,300 pound ice sculpture of a seated Buddha that will slowly melt in Rubin Museum of Art’s spiral lobby from March 25 through 27.

The 8th Annual Erasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art Exhibition of the Diaspora features work by 43 artists whose origins can be traced to the Indian subcontinent. Chosen by curator Vijay Kumar, this group of multinational and intergenerational artists reflects a broad range of life experiences and aesthetic values in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, video, sculpture and installation.

The opening reception at the Queens Museum of Art (QMA) is scheduled for Sunday, March 27, 2011 when selected artists will present their work to QMA director Tom Finkepearl, followed by a Kuchipudi dance performance by Pratibha Vuppuluri and her accompanist.

Several Bienniales are happening all over the world. Here to talk about them are curators:

  • David Elliott (Sydney Biennale 2010),
  • Massimiliano Gioni (Gwangju Biennale 2010)
  • Suzanne Cotter (Sharjah Biennial 2011)

The week closes with Asia Art Archive's new documentary film From Jean Paul Sartre to Teresa Teng: Contemporary Cantonese Art in the 1980s to be screened at Museum of Chinese in America.

For more information, visit

Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW)
March 21 - 31, 2011

Where Asia and America Meet
725 Park Avenue

New York, NY 10021-5088
(212) 288.6400

The Artist Project NY 2011

The Artist Project New York is running March 17-20, 2011 at Pier 92 in New York City. This exhibition of fine art by a selection of unrepresented international artists makes its debut in New York City.

Whether one is buying one's first work of art or is a seasoned collector, visitors can meet face-to-face the emerging and established talent of The Artist Project New York. Sensations in regional art capitals around the world, these 150+ artists converge for their first major showing in New York City.

Unlike art fairs that only allow art galleries to exhibit, The Artist Project provides artists with the opportunity to reach the contemporary art world directly in spaces that maintain gallery and museum-like production values with state-of-the-art exhibition walls, lights and generous public spaces.

Artists include

  • Serge Strosberg
  • Peter Bynum
  • Rachelle Kearns
  • Mark Mackinnon
  • Randy Shull
  • Gerald Siciliano
  • Todd Alexander
  • Shih Ming Wang

Chicago artists are also participating in The Artist Project NY. "Given the importance of the fine art market in Chicago, we are pleased to bring the works of Chicago-area artists to New York City. Each of these self-representing artists will present and sell a wide array of fine art at the March fair," said Reed McMillan, show director, The Artist Project New York.

The Chicago artists include

  • Alex Menocal
  • Armando Pedroso
  • Deborah Maris Lader
  • DeMarcus Purham
  • Ilana Frank
  • Shauna Angel Blue
  • Yvette Kaiser Smith

Special Features include:

Art Walks
Docents take visitors on a fast and informative 20 minute guided exploration of the show where to meet artists, learn about their inspiration and how they create their amazing artwork.

Butterfield Cafe
Since 1915, Butterfield Market has offered New York City the finest in fresh food and culinary expertise. The Butterfield Café's three locations throughout Pier 92 and Pier 94 offer a range of specialty foods, including homemade sandwiches, salads, breads, pastries, coffees, fresh produce, and more.

Rizzoli Bookstore

Attendees can shop a wide selection of books on art, photography, design, and more at the Show's bookstore, provided by Rizzoli. Since 1964 Rizzoli has been the leading source for books on the arts in New York.

Show Lounge

Attendees can relax in the Show Lounge, designed by KILU with furnishings provided by Cassina. KILU’s design incorporates a series of Lightbodies and encourages guests to experience their mysterious presence while enjoying a break for a coffee or cocktail at the Crystal Stone bar.

The Artist Project New York is a co-participant with the AIPAD Photography Show and the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in the New York Design Festival.

For more information, visit

The Artist Project New York
March 17-20, 2011

Pier 92
55th St. at West Side Highway

New York City

AIPAD 2011

The 31st anniversary AIPAD Photography Show is being held March 17-20, 2011 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. The AIPAD Photography Show New York is the longest running and foremost exhibition of fine art photography.

Presented by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD), this event features more than 75 of the world’s leading fine art photography galleries present a wide range of museum-quality work including contemporary, modern and 19th century photographs, as well as photo-based art, video and new media.

The Show opens with a Gala Preview on March 16 to benefit the John Szarkowski Fund, an endowment for photography acquisitions at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

A wide range of the worlds leading fine art photography galleries are exhibiting at The Show. In addition to galleries from New York City and across the country, the Show includes a number of international galleries from Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Argentina, Israel, Japan, and China.

Galleries exhibiting for the first time include:

Galerie f5,6, Munich
VERVE Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe
Vision Neil Folberg Gallery, Jerusalem

New exhibitors are

June Bateman Fine Art, New York
Paul Cava Fine Art Photographs, Bala Cynwyd, PA
James Hyman Photography, London

Several new works are presented this year by:

  • Chris JordanPlastic Bags (2010) from his series Running The Numbers: An American Self-Portrait. The photograph depicts Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus using 230,000 plastic bags, the estimated number of plastic bags used around the world every ten seconds. To be shown as the highlight at Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles.
  • Abelardo Morell – new work includes images of a landscape in Florence and a rooftop view of the Brooklyn Bridge made with a camera obscura. On view at Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York.
  • Sebastiao Salgado –a one person show of new work. Presented by Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
  • Victoria Sambunuris – new landscapes from her recent Border series, exhibited at Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York.
  • Alex Prager – new works also on view at Yancey Richardson Gallery.

Color this the Year of the Portrait. A number of important portraits are on view, including:

  • Gary Edwards Gallery, Washington, DC – The portrait of Chairman Mao, from 1963 by an unknown Xinhua Agency photographer. Reportedly printed in over 100 million copies, this is the basis for the gigantic portrait hanging on Tiananmen Gate, facing Tiananmen Square in Beijing. This is also the portrait that inspired Andy Warhol’s Mao screenprints of 1972.
  • Lee Marks Fine Art, Shelbyville, IN – Artist William Kentridge, as photographed by Mariana Cook last July in South Africa.  Cook is known for her portrait of Barack and Michelle Obama.
  • Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto – Canadian artist Fausta Facciponte's portrait of a doll, Anna (2010). Facciponte examines the way objects are preserved, decayed, or forgotten as they are passed along from one owner to the next.

Some other exhibits:

Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York – Naomi Leshem’s Sleepers series, taken over a four-year period in Israel, Germany, Switzerland, France and the US. Leshem photographs teenagers in their homes as they sleep. After waiting about an hour and half, the sleepers enter a period of tossing and turning that Leshem calls the "dance in the night."  During this time, she captures their portraits as her subjects drift between conscious and subconscious.

Yossi Milo Gallery, New York – Sze Tsung Leong's ongoing series Horizons depicting the spare beauty of seascapes and landscapes.  Leong was born in Mexico City and now lives and works in New York.  

Robert Morat Galerie, Hamburg – Richard Renaldi’s Smashed Water Tower, Electra, Texas (2005), from his acclaimed series and publication Figure and Ground (Aperture, 2006). Renaldi takes an element of the quintessential American landscape one step further, documenting its sculptural quality and inherently making a statement about American society today.  

Julie Saul Gallery, New York – Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao’s Nathan’s (2010) from his Coney Island series focusing on the urban landscape.  

Galería Vasari, Buenos Aires – the work of such photographers as Annemarie Heinrich and Juan Di Sandro, who immigrated to Argentina between the 1930s and 1950s. Originally from Europe, they belonged to a generation that had been trained at the most refined avant-garde schools and played a fundamental role in the development of modern photography in Argentina.

Michael Hoppen Gallery, London – work by the Japanese artist Sohei Nishino (born 1982).  This is the first time his work is being shown in the United States. His Diorama Map series is an ongoing project to map the world's great cities using a unique process of photography and collage.  

Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ – Fiona Pardington's series Ahua: A Beautiful Hesitation uses large-scale photographs to document the sculptures of indigenous peoples encountered by French explorer Dumont d'Urville during his 1837 voyage to the South Pacific.

Deborah Bell Photographs, New York – Andy Warhol (c.1981-86) black-and-white photographs taken from street life, providing insight into "Andy's eye."

Monroe Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe, NM – Grey Villet's gelatin silver print "The Little Rock Nine enter classroom to register after escort from Army's 101st Airborne Division, September 25, 1957". Villet was considered a master of the classic "fly on the wall" style of photojournalism.  

John Cleary Gallery, Houston, TX – Maggie Taylor's most famous image, Girl with a Bee Dress (2004), along with work by Ansel Adams and Andre Kertesz.

James Hyman Photography
, London – From Talbot to Fox, a curated exhibition surveying the history of British social photography over the past 150 years. Exhibit highlights a unique form of photography which has concentrated on themes of class, society, consumer culture, and the British political landscape.

Charles Schwartz Ltd.
, New York –a collection of more than 100 photographs and ephemera relating to the capture of Jefferson Davis.  Soon after he was apprehended at the end of the Civil War, it was reported fictitiously that Jefferson Davis had attempted to escape by disguising himself as a woman in his wife’s dress and bonnet.  Once this rumor was released and taken up by the media, it spread like wildfire, as the country found an easy target for its anger and loathing of Davis.  In addition, the Republicans in the North wanted to degrade the former President of the Confederacy in any way they could, so they encouraged this false report with such vigor that it soon became generally accepted as the truth.

Seminars and panels include:

AIPAD and the iPad: New Technology and Photography
A look at how all forms of new media technology are affecting the field of photography, from bloggers and Facebook to Flickr and YouTube.  

Photography Now: How Artists Are Thinking Today

Issues facing contemporary photographers and artists now.  

Pictures Into Pages: Photography Book Publishing Now

Now more than ever, beautiful photography books are in demand, coveted by many, and considered an important part of a collector’s repertoire.  

New Curators/New Directions

The work of a photography curator at a top museum.  Curators discuss their goals and reflect on how photography has become more integrated into both exhibitions and collections over the last 10 years.  

The Voice of Experience: Behind the Scenes at AIPAD Galleries

How leading AIPAD dealers organize exhibitions and work with collectors.  

The AIPAD Photography Show is a participant of this year's New York Design Festival, a series of exhibitions, educational programming and special events celebrating New York City’s role as the leader in the fields of art, architecture and design.

For further information, visit  

AIPAD Photography Show
March 17-20, 2011

The Park Avenue Armory
Park Avenue at 67th Street

New York City

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