Jamie Diamond (MFA '08) Reviewed in New York Times, July 30

Jamie Diamond (MFA '08) has a video piece in East Coast Video at Ramis Barquet. The show was reviewed by Ken Johnson at the New York Times. The show is still up until August 14.

"This smart, cool show, organized by Nick Kilner, presents five videos by six artists. With one exception, each involves a straightforward shot of human performers. In “With Open Arms” (2005), the artist and performer Kate Gilmore repeatedly flings her arms wide as though about to burst into song, at which point she is pelted by tomatoes thrown from off-camera. Her determinedly cheerful bravado is funny and sad.

In “Test Run” (2004), Alex McQuilkin films her face as bathtub water rises and covers it. For a long time she holds her breath underwater. A dreamlike feeling creeps in. Then she suddenly erupts to the surface, gasping for air.

Rashaad Newsome’s “Shade Compositions: Screen Tests 1 & 2” (2008-9) is loaded with sociological complexity. Following instructions from an off-screen director, young black women perform gestural, facial and vocal mannerisms commonly associated with black women. It’s a wry comment on racial stereotyping and identity politics.

Jamie Diamond’s “Untitled, From the History of the Portrait Series” (2009) is more enigmatic. Two monitors show the same well-dressed, male-female couple sitting on a couch from the neck down. For undisclosed reasons, they move closer, hold hands and move apart, generating a frustratingly lukewarm sexual tension.

Finally, the team of Caraballo-Farman offers “For a While We Were All Protagonists” (2007), in which colorful, battery-driven vibrators — some of which light up — run until exhausted. It is not profound but it is fun to watch for about half a minute." KEN JOHNSON

Read the review online at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/31/arts/design/31gall.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

Ramis Barquet
532 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10-6 PM


Joshua Mosley (MFA Faculty) is Enlightened at the Edinburgh International Festival Opening August 6

Joshua Mosley (MFA Faculty) will participate in The Enlightenments at the Edinburgh International Festival.

"Edinburgh epitomizes the ideals of the 18th century Scottish Enlightenment with its neo-classical beauty and places of learning, law and finance.

Edinburgh also exists as a series of warrens and darker places. The city's enlightenment edifice is built upon a maze of intriguing geological fissures, labyrinthine architecture and iniquitous underworlds.

Against this backdrop of the city and its philosophical history the artworks that make up The Enlightenments offer contemporary observations on subjects including religion, philosophy, superstition, architecture, literature, natural history, the cosmos, scepticism, stoicism and social manners.

Every August, the Edinburgh International Festival transforms one of the world's most beautiful cities, presenting three exhilarating weeks of the finest creators and performers from the worlds of the arts - for everyone.

Edinburgh's six major theaters and concert halls, a few smaller venues and often some unconventional ones too, come alive with the best classical music, theatre, opera, dance and visual art from around the globe.

The atmosphere in the city is something special. The Daily Telegraph said - ‘not just the most thrilling, beguiling, preposterously enjoyable place on Earth; it is also wonderfully addictive.' Or as The Spectator suggested, ‘you can sleep in September'.

Outside the buzz of those three weeks the Festival has a year-round program of education and outreach work, aimed at all ages from primary school pupils to adults."

Festival Dates: August 7 - September 27, 2009

For more festival information, visit www.eif.co.uk

To see more of Joshua's work, visit http://joshuamosley.com


Jessica Clauser (MFA '09) in Exhibit at Soho20 Opening Thurs. July 23

Jessica Clauser, Video Still, 2009

Jessica Clauser (MFA '09) will have work in a show titled Boxing Gloves and Bustiers at Soho20 Gallery Chelsea. It is an exhibition of works that explore the many faces of heroic female figuration through the lens of contemporary video. The show, which was curated by artist Kate Gilmore, reflects a shift in women’s relationship to power and the subsequent critique this change entails. The videos range from heroic narratives to short and snappy “music videos”, all of which evoke from the viewer empathy, intrigue and laughter.

Opening Reception: Thursday July 23 5:00 - 7:00pm
Exhibition Dates: July 21 - August 14, 2009

511 West 25th Street, Suite 605
New York, NY 10001

Nathlie Provosty (MFA '07) in Exhibit at Gallery Satori through August 16

Nathlie Provosty, Untitled 1 and Untitled 2, 2009

Nathlie Provosty (MFA '07) is exhibiting ink drawings in a group show at Gallery Satori. The show is titled Fresh Asphalt and features thirteen artists. "Like freshly poured steaming asphalt in the middle of a hot and sticky summer the artworks in the show all share a rich dark black element. However in contrast to this dark facade they put forth a cool crisp presence that breathes slowly and meditatively.

"Beginning with material realism, the works in this exhibition deal with the transformation of our notions of the familiar. Some portray organic forms that mysteriously emerge out of darkness while others introduce minimalist shapes that are stripped of all evocative elements except their own luminous presence. From an organic gestural large-scale charcoal drawing to shiny computer manipulated nightscapes of Shanghai and Tokyo, the show presents a wide array of media including Sintra and melamine paintings, ceramic automobiles and mixed media leather sculptures."

Exhibition Dates: July 8 - August 16, 2009

Gallery Satori
164 Stanton St
New York, NY 10002

See more of Nathlie's work at www.nathlieprovosty.com


Amy Kaufman (MFA Alum) Exhibition Opening Tonight, Saturday July 18

Amy Kaufman will be exhibiting recent work at the Left Bank Gallery in Wellfleet, MA.

"I keep coming back to pears and flowers in my art. I enjoy reinventing the brushstrokes and color in my work, expressing them in new ways each time I paint. Having that one pear surrounded by gestures, colors, textures and patterns, or having a grouping of pears all relating to each other, creates a complex and interesting composition. The flowers always bring me happiness as they give me an emotional feeling of life in its glory - whether it is a bouquet or a field of flowers. With the layering and mixed media in my art, you see more as you keep looking. Each work is one-of-a-kind original." - Amy Kaufman

A native of Newton, Massachusetts, Kaufman received her B.A. from Brandeis University, where she learned printmaking from Michael Mazur, and her M.F.A. from University of Pennsylvania. She continued her studies at Massachusetts College of Art and School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Kaufman has participated in workshops with Eric Fischl, Wolf Kahn, Larry Rivers, and Lois Tarlow. She is also a Corporate Artist for the DeCordova Museum Corporate Program as well as a member of the Monotype Guild of New England; Medici Society at SMFA, Boston; and Cambridge Art Association. She has worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Art New England magazine. Kaufman's art is in many collections nationwide. She has received awards and has exhibited extensively in museums and galleries, including the Provincetown Art Association and Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her art was in Dream Home/2008, at the Boston Design Center. You can see her paintings in the Hollywood movie Bride Wars with Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway directed by Gary Winick. Recently, her art was featured on TV NECN Dream House: Elderly Home.

Opening Reception: July 18, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: July 18 - 31, 2009

Left Bank Gallery
25 Commercial Street
Wellfleet, MA

Represented at Commercial Street: 508.349.9451


Kim Brickley, Rebecca Sargent, and Nicole White (All MFA '09) in Exhibit at Rodger LaPelle, Opening August 7

Kim Brickley, Limb, 2009

Rebecca Sargent, Port Authority Bus Depot, 2009

Nicole White, Drainage #2: Scope, 2009

Recent MFA graduates Kim Brickley, Rebecca Sargent, and Nicole White will show in an exhibit titled Fractured Territory at Rodger LaPelle Gallery in Philadelphia.

Opening Reception: Friday, August 7, 5:00 - 10:00pm
Exhibition Dates: August 1 - 30, 2009

Rodger LaPelle Galleries
122 N Third Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 12:00 - 6:00pm

See more of Kim's work at http://kimbrickley.com/home.html


SAVE THE DATE: MFA '09 Artists will exhibit at Michael Steinberg Fine Art, NYC... Opening Thurs. July 23rd


Exhibition Dates
: July 23- August 15, 2009

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 23rd from 6-8pm

Expansive and challenging, the artwork presented in this exhibition deals with a diverse range of subject matter, realized in various media. Experiments in activism, examinations of subjective realities, America’s rusting industrial and recreational Edens, deadpan re-creations of childhood, chest-beating, pleasure and enlightenment all combine to form a unique body of work from an outstanding group of young artists.

The Artists: Kim Brickley, Edward L. Carey, Jessica Clauser, Jennifer Ruiz Copeland, Jaimeson Daley, Kurt Freyer, Tia-Simone Gardner, Elizabeth Hoy, Tetsugo Hyakutake, Jules Joseph, Kate Kaman, Antonio McAfee, Jessa McFarlane, Nicolas McMahon, Aaron Metté, Evi Numen, Cecelia Post, Jaime Roth, Rebecca Sargent, Peter Schenck, Emilie Selden, Laura Shema, Nicole White, Ricardo Zapata

Many of the twenty-four emerging artists in this exhibition have received special recognition from prestigious organizations for their recent endeavors. Highlights of their collective accolades include numerous exhibitions throughout the United States, a Dedalus Foundation Award, Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, Fulbright Scholar, and Whitney Independent Study Award.

Michael Steinberg Fine Art
526 W. 26th St. Suite 215
New York, NY 10001

t: 212-924-5770


Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11-6pm


Marc Blumthal (MFA '10) and Peter Schenck (MFA'09) in Vox V Exhibit, Opening July 10

Marc Blumthal (MFA '10) and Peter Schenck (MFA '09) are in the Vox V Exhibit at Vox Populi Gallery opening Friday, July 10. VOX V is a group exhibition juried by Ryan Trecartin, artist, and Larry Mangel, the founder of Cerealart.

This is Vox Populi's fifth annual exhibition of emerging artists and features 51 national and international artists, including many from the greater Philadelphia area. The artists were selected from a pool of over 400 applicants and will exhibit works in a variety of media: painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, installation, video, animation, and ceramics.

The exhibition will feature nearly 100 individual works and will fill the gallery in a playful, sprawling installation designed by Trecartin and Mangel.

Opening Reception: Friday, July 10 from 6 - 11pm
Exhibition Dates: July 10 - August 2

Vox Populi
319 North 11th Street
3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

See more of Marc's work at http://marcedmundblumthal.blogspot.com/

See more of Peter's work at http://peterschenck.com/

Jamie Diamond (MFA'08) in East Coast Video Exhibit at Ramis Barquet, Opening July 9

Jamie Diamond (MFA '08) is in a group exhibition of recent work by six young New York City based video artists, curated by Nick Kilner, at Ramis Barquet in New York titled East Coast Video.

Since Andy Warhol's 1960's experiments with his 16mm Bolex, the moving image has played a significant part in New York's art scene. His Screen Tests, unedited four minute long living portraits on film, saw a variety of sitters performing themselves for the camera, and helped establish a language of voyeurism that is still relevant in video today.

Like the Screen Tests, all the work in East Coast Video takes place in front of a stationary camera in a privatized space and is for the most part shot in one unedited take. The emphasis here, however, is firmly on performing for the camera, engaging the viewer directly and in some cases implicating them in the final product. Themes of voyeurism, sincerity, endurance and an overwhelming desire to please unite the work that ranges in tone from the humorous to the severe. Exhibiting artists are Caraballo-Farman, Jamie Diamond, Kate Gilmore, Alex McQuilkin and Rashaad Newsome.

In With Open Arms (2005), Kate Gilmore, standing in front of a wall decorated with silver duct tape stars and dressed in a pretty frock, doggedly attempts to perform while being pelted with tomatoes from behind the camera, continually flinging her arms wide open and maintaining a winning smile as she wipes the pulp from her eyes. In Test Run (2004) Alex McQuilkin draws the viewer into a suicidal fantasy as she slowly sinks beneath the surface of her bathwater and remains there until running out of breath, all the while holding the camera at arms length.

Rashaad Newsome’s Shade Compositions: Screen Tests 1&2 (2009) present a series of black women auditioning, with varying degrees of success, culturally specific or stereotyped gestures under the artist’s direction, while in Jamie Diamond’s Untitled (History of a Portrait series, 2009) the artifice of the pose of two strangers, acting as a couple for the camera, is exposed by capturing aspects of its construction in real time. Finally, in Caraballo-Farman’s For A While We Were All Protagonists (2006), 15 vibrators dance until their batteries run out.

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 9 from 6 - 8 PM
Exhibition Dates: July 9 – August 14, 2009

For more information or images contact Amanda Alvarez at amanda@ramisbarquet.com.
Ramis Barquet
532 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10-6 PM.

To see more of Jamie's work, visit www.jamiegdiamond.com