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Notes and Happenings from Ferrin Contemporary:Ceramic Specialists

SCENE +SEEN:

Robin Best is a visiting artist for the month at Project Art in Cummington, MA and one of the artists whose work was featured in New Blue and White at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.  Upon arrival from Jingdezhen via London, she visited Boston, spoke at Harvard Ceramics and met curator, Emily Zilber for one last tour of the exhibition with artists, collectors and writers.  While the show at the museum closed on July 14, selected works from the exhibition are being shown this summer at Project Art by Ferrin Contemporary.

MORE about Meet Me At … two days of behind-the-scenes with artists, curators, art professionals and collectors, Juy 9 – 10.  

Link to MORE about Robin Best and works in New Blue and White at Project Art Summer 2013

Sometimes when you’re visiting a collection and there is an impulse to take a photo and share everything  you see, and then there is one object that conveys it all.  Henry Varnum Poor’s portrait of Ben Hecht, has a face that looks like someone I know, maybe even someone I was with.  Donald Clark, one of our archivists and project manager for The Marks Project, joined me at Yale.  This portrait platter from 1926 appears quite contemporary and old at the same time.  One of Clark’s many collections is a grouping of objects in all media that feature portraits of other people who look like him, many of them are gifts.  Yale’s collection is all online 24/7. 

Henry Varnum Poor,Plate with Portrait of Ben Hecht, 1926

Maker: Henry Varnum Poor, American, 1887 – 1970
Gift of Mrs. William R. Scott, John G. McCullough, Class of 1936, and Mrs. William G. Heaphy, by exchange  2004.84.1

POST FROM SCENE + SEEN – Great day at Yale with Patricia Kane and John Stewart Gordon discussing old and new, contemporary and historic decorative arts, new building and integration of the sculpture, paintings and decorative arts at Yale University Art Museum, New Haven, CT, USA.  On view this summer is the Waterbury Collection of Art and through July 14, Society Anonyme, Inc.

Rooftop Sculpture Garden – Aristede Maillol – old + new architecture, view from the roof.

MORE … meet up with John Gordon and Patricia Kane

MORE … Waterbury Collection of Wood Art and other current exhibitions at Yale University Art Gallery.

SCENE+SEEN:

Kahn and Selesnick at MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams, MA.  This show, “The Other Hudson 2” opens on June 20, the launch of Downstreet Art 2013.  Extended hours during Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival, June 21 – 23 at MASS MoCA.   Follow SeenArtScene on Tumblr through the weekend for collected random sounds and images of the art, the artists and the scene around them.

MORE … Downstreet

MORE … Wilco Solid Sound Festival

Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick have been affiliated with Ferrin Contemporary on and off for over 20 years.  Following their sculpture as it becomes photographs and installations has been a long strange journey.  Great to see it altogether and presented at MCLA Gallery 51 … several of the photographs and sculptures were shown in COVET 2013 at Ferrin Gallery in Pittsfield in 2012.

MORE … FerrinGallery

Sarah Wertham Buttenweiser | “Leslie Ferrin wears three professional hats. Through Ferrin Gallery, which she established in 1979, she represents many contemporary artists, with an emphasis on figural sculpture and studio ceramics. She also has a busy roster of lectures and consulting gigs. And she’s the director of Project Art, an 8,000-square-foot live/work compound on the banks of the Westfield River in Cummington, Massachusetts, that hosts resident artists, exhibitions, salon-style talks, and potluck suppers. It’s also where Ferrin lives.  We asked the multifaceted Ferrin about her decidedly artful balancing act… You have an unusual living arrangement. Can you describe where you live – and who else lives here?”

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NYC May 2013 at Collective design fair with the art dealers from left to right  Lewis Wexler, Sienna Patti and Stefan Friedemann at Collective.1, New York, NY “building collections – one object at a time”

NYC May 2013 at Collective design fair with the art dealers from left to right Lewis Wexler, Sienna Patti and Stefan Friedemann at Collective.1, New York, NY “building collections – one object at a time”

Emily Zilber, curator and Mark Cooper, artist , listening to Thomas Michie – about newly reinstalled Dutch rooms in context of New Blue and White, MFA Boston through July 14. His site specific work is one of the nearly 40 artists, designers and collaborators who are showing recent works in ceramic, glass and mixed media. #newblueandwhite meets #oldblueandwhite at #mfa #boston with #markcooper (at Museum of Fine Arts)

Emily Zilber, curator and Mark Cooper, artist – in conversation about his recent installation New Blue and White, MFA Boston through July 14. His site specific work is one of the nearly 40 artists, designers and collaborators who are showing recent works in ceramic, glass and mixed media.