Bill Leigh Brewer & Osceola Refetoff
Curated by Shana Nys Dambrot

TWO DAYS ONLY April 18-19 12-5pm
Opening Reception April 18 7-10pm

Chungking Studio 975 Chung King Road LA Chinatown, CA 90012


Los Angeles (March 2015): During the historic drought hitting Southern California, two photographers focus their lens on the same topographies of desert and industry. Please join us at Chungking Studio on April 18th and 19th during the Month of Photography LA for an exceptional exhibition featuring the work of Bill Leigh Brewer and Osceola Refetoff.

The curator of the exhibit, art critic Shana Nys Dambrot writes about the exhibition, “The pairing of work by photographers Bill Leigh Brewer and Osceola Refetoff — contemporaries working independently — explores photography’s paradoxical capacity to simultaneously document and interpret the world around us, to elicit fresh details and construct new experiences and narratives from its raw materials. The interaction between their work is particularly well suited to exploring this dynamic, because Brewer and Refetoff are uncannily drawn to many of the same specific topographies of desert and industry, yet they return with vastly different works of art.”



Salvador Dali’s Christmas Card not a hit by the public back in 1960

Salvador Dali’s Surrealist art proved a little too avant garde for the Hallmark shoppers of 1960.

Joyce Clyde Hall, the founder of Hallmark, began reaching out to several companies in the late 1940s to begin reproducing paintings and designs from contemporary artists on Hallmark cards. Hall’s mission was noble: sharing artistic masterpieces with average Americans. “So, through the ‘unsophisticated art’ of greeting cards, the world’s greatest masters were shown to millions of people who might otherwise not have been exposed to them,” Hall wrote in his autobiography.

By 1959, Dali had agreed to join the fold, submitting 10 potential designs to the company. Hallmark felt that two of them might have public appeal. The image above, “The Nativity,” was put into production and sold in stores alongside another of the Madonna. But while Dali’s creations would have been wildly successful in an art gallery, in the card aisle they caused a public outcry, and Hallmark ultimately pulled the cards from the racks. The several hundred that remain have become collectors’ items.

Dali designed a variety of Christmas images for other companies: He created 19 different Christmas cards for the Barcelona-based company Hoechst Iberica between 1958 and 1976, as well a Christmas-themed cover for Vogue in 1946 that is still reprinted as a card today, according to Rebecca Bender, a professor of Spanish at Grinnell College who has compiled a collection of the images.

The image above is reprinted courtesy of the Hallmark Archives, Hallmark Cards, Inc.

The Article is via Washington Post.

Banksy mural appears on Folkestone park wall


A mural by the street artist Banksy, of a woman staring at an empty plinth, has been painted on a wall in Folkestone, Kent.

The image, called “Art Buff” was discovered on Sunday evening in Payers Park during the town’s two-month long Triennial Festival.

The artist confirmed it was his work by posting it on his website.

His spokeswoman said “Art Buff” was a play on words because the piece of art on the plinth at had been “buffed” out.

She said: “It is up there for everyone to enjoy.”

Source BBC.


Barcelona International Art Fair 12-13 Dec 2014 – Now open for submissions

New York Art Dealer Claims that Russian Oligarchs Returned 35 Artworks as Fakes

Condign ArtIn a $62 million lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, a New York art dealer claims that Russian oligarchs returned 35 artworks to him as fakes that he had purchased from another dealer.

The gallerist, Gary Tatintsian, claims that Connecticut dealer Lev Nussberg sold him the fake works along with about 165 other fakes starting in 2006.

Nussberg says that Tatintsian, or the Russians, switched the real works that he sold with fake ones that were returned. Many of the works were by the Russian avant-garde master Kazimir Malevich.

The case will be heard by a Manhattan jury in October


Newly discovered Van Gogh, Picasso, Dali, and a new version of ‘the Scream’… Does this sound too good to be true?

Lawrence’s story is that he inherited 200 paintings by such masters as Rembrandt, Picasso, Degas, and Dali Picasso, Degas, Cézanne, Henry Moore and Dalí, from his grandfather… What do you think? Hoax?

Mark Lawrence with an alleged copy of Edvard Munch's <em>The Scream</em>. Photo: via the <em>Telegraph</em>.

After his story and once pressed, Lawrence admitted that the painting was not a family heirloom, and that he had only purchased it two years ago. HOWEVER Lawrence maintained that the work is authentic…

Including Lawrence’s supposedly undiscovered copy of The Scream. Of which curators are highly skeptical that the work could be real.

… What do you think?



Artist Creates Artworks Out Of Human Hair And Dust

The incredibly talented Japanese artist, Takahiro Iwasaki, has recently began creating a completely unique, and indescribably detailed body of work. His current piece, which was part of an exhibit this past year at the Kawasaki City Museum, entitled “Out Of Disorder” is designed using cloth fibers, human hair, and dust.


32-Ton Marble Vagina Traps US Exchange Student

vaginaAn American student waiting for firefighters to free him from Fernando de la Jara’s marble vagina sculpture, Chacán-Pi (Making Love), at Germany’s Tübingen University. Photo: Erick Guzman, via Imgur.

It seemed like a great photo op, but a dare ended in embarrassment for an American student who got trapped inside a large sculpture in the shape of a vagina at Germany’s Tubingen University, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

At about 1:45 p.m. on Friday, firefighters were called to the scene, where, they were told, someone was “stuck in a stone vulva.”