On March 11, 2021, a 10 second video clip by video artist Beeble, whose real name is Mike Winkelmann, was sold by Miami-based art collector Pablo Rodriquez-Fraile for $69,346,250 in Ethereum Digital currency. He had bought it in October 2020 for $67,000 making quite a nice profit less than a year later. No one to date has bought NFT’s (non-fungible tokens) for their aesthetic value, although Beeble’s work is quite beautiful. “Everydays: The First 5000 Days,” a collage of 5000 images produced over 33 years by Beeble, is a unique string of code called a non-fungible token (NFT). Unique to the buyer/owner, it cannot be reproduced or sent to anyone else. Consequently, the artwork can only be viewed by the purchaser, on their computer, or projected on their wall. It carries on the tradition of the Renaissance fresco, only viewable in the Medici or Sforza palace or church, and transferable for … [Read more...] about THE BUSINESS OF ART: NFT’S ON THE MARK?
“And suddenly we have a passion, an insatiable desire to create. And this is where it all begins,” so states Alexander Gassel in one of his short stories. In “Painted Poetry,” Gassel’s retrospective at the Museum of Russian Icons, newly-appointed curator Dr. Lana Sloutsky has wisely chosen to include excerpts from the artist’s writings, which she translated from the Russian, as part of the wall text to expand on the visual narrative of his paintings. His desire to create has resulted in works that reflect the heart of the artist — his family, his homeland, his newly adopted country and the many cultural, historical and political crosscurrents affecting his generation. (To read more, pick up a copy of our latest issue! Find a pick-up location near you or Subscribe Here.) … [Read more...] about THE HEART OF THE ARTIST: GASSEL SHARES HIS INFLUENCES WELL AT MORI
In “CURRENT|UNDERCURRENT,” an online show at UMass Amherst’s Hampden Gallery on view through May 14, both the acute and the latent pains of an unequal and unhealed America are exposed, dissected and felt. The exhibition, curated by Linda Griggs and M. Charlene Stevens, is overtly personal and political; consequently, it lends itself to vastly different viewing experiences. The show begins with works curated by Griggs which are organized into four themes: the COVID-19 pandemic, racial justice, climate change and the economy. These themes reflect “the four key points that then President-elect Biden vowed to address on his first day in office,” and many intersect across and within individual works. The first piece in the exhibition, Christina Marsh’s “One Drop,” features 100 cups containing various shades of chocolate milk. The cups sit in rows on a white painted floor, each … [Read more...] about CURRENT | UNDERCURRENT: PRESSING ISSUES SPOTLIGHTED AT UMASS AMHERST SHOW
I have to be honest. Thinking back across 10 years is a taxing exercise after the grinding, Groundhog’s Day-esque suspended animation of the past 12 months. But this is an anniversary issue, after all, and Artscope is not the only one celebrating in 2021. Founded by artists Marie Craig and Cheryl (Cherie) Clinton 10 years ago in 2011, the Fountain Street Fine Art gallery in Framingham’s Bancroft Building brought an unexpected variety of exhibits and artists into an area known more for industrial parks than the art market. With a focus on emerging and mid-career artists, the membership gallery quickly grew to anchor the sprawling, circa-1910 warehouse building which already housed over 30 artist studios, a birdseed store, and secondhand furniture and appliance showrooms just west of the Framingham Center train station. On April 6, 2017, the very day an exhibition was … [Read more...] about 10 YEARS. 11 ARTISTS. 2 GALLERIES.: FOUNTAIN STREET CHECKS IN WITH ITS ROOTS
The professional artwork of Lucia deLeiris embodies adventure travel to a T and begs the question, “What remains for a bucket list after you’ve sketched wild chimpanzees in Tanzania from Jane Goodall’s porch or chronicled what lives at both polar extremes?” Traveling to those places and others, including Micronesia and the Amazon, deLeiris has created a richness of descriptive artworks. Her sketches that documented Antarctica were lauded by the National Science Foundation. As a fourth- generation artist, she says that she cannot remember when creating wasn’t a defining aspect of her day. deLeiris is interested by the movement of living things and comfortable looking at life from above or below the horizon line. (To read more, pick up a copy of our latest issue! Find a pick-up location near you or Subscribe Here.) … [Read more...] about NEW ENGLAND, NATURALLY: DELEIRIS’ FARM LIFE PAINTINGS IN PROVIDENCE
In an innovative move, Newbury Street’s Copley Society of Art, the oldest nonprofit art association in the United States, has decided to present this year’s New Members Show virtually. We are given the gift of access to new creative expression in a time when we are deprived of so much of the art world. In this online exhibition, visitors are challenged to take in the works of the selected artists in a new way, not sharing wall space in a gallery, but one at a time. “The Copley Society is more than proud of the class of its newly elected Members of 2020. Diverse in background and multitalented, they have enthusiastically embraced this ever-changing COVID year,” said executive director Suzan Redgate. “We admire their perseverance and their willingness to adapt to the ‘virtual’ programming changes at Co|So while continuing to demonstrate and strengthen their artistic accomplishments. It … [Read more...] about A VIRTUAL INTRODUCTION: COPLEY SOCIETY DIVERSIFIES ITS MEMBERSHIP