Saturday, January 31, 2015

Exhibition:  LeRoy Clarke's "Inventory" through Saturday, January 31, 2015 at The Gallery at Fine Art -- Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies

LeRoy Clarke's "Inventory" Dec 16, 2014-Jan 31, 2015
at Gallery at Fine Art http://fineartcaribbean.com/
Exhibition: LeRoy Clarke's "Inventory"  Private Viewing on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 from 6:30-8:30pm; show runs through Saturday, January 31, 2015 at The Gallery at Fine Art -- Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies;  Event Description - Where:  The Gallery at Fine Art;  Location: Corner of Warren and Rosalino Streets Woodbrook; Tele: (868) 628-4669; Fax: (868) 622-4034; E-Mail: gallery@tstt.net.tt; Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 9.00 am - 5.00 pm; Sat 9.00 am - 1.00 pm
About the Artist: “In 1962 LeRoy Clarke held his first exhibition, sold his first painting for TT$15.00 and exhibited at the national Independence Exhibition. Being described as "one of the most promising young artists", for several years he worked as a teacher in nearby John John - "part of the rural initiation". But it was after his first solo exhibition in 1965 that a definite direction began to emerge. In 1967 he left Trinidad for New York. He set to work, painting on crocus bags on the floor of his apartment. His work was well received at a 1968 exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem; he was part of the 100 Years of American Art exhibition in Philadelphia, where one of his pieces sold for the pricey sum of US $475.00, and embarked on a series of one man shows. In 1971 the Studio Museum offered him a job as programme co-ordinator/ artist-in-residence, and he stayed there until 1974 ...”Read more: 101 Art Gallery http://101artgallery.com/clarkeL.html
For further information about the artist: http://101artgallery.com/clarkeL.html, http://www.leroyclarke.com/, http://www.leroyclarke.org/index.php/de-man/chronology  and http://www.octobergallery.co.uk/artists/clarke/. For further information about the gallery: http://fineartcaribbean.com/

Straight Talk on Art with LeRoy Clarke - video by PeopleCentred

Amazon's Book Reviews: Caribbean Authors — Phyllis Shand Allfrey

Phyllis Byam Shand Allfrey (24 October 1915 – January 1986) was a West Indian writer, socialist activist, newspaper editor and politician of the island of Dominica in the Caribbean. She is best known for her first novel, The Orchid House (1953), based on her own early life, which in 1991 was turned into a Channel 4 television miniseries in the United Kingdom. Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phyllis_Shand_Allfrey  

NEW RELEASE: This is a review of  Love for an Island: The Collected Poems of Phyllis Shand Allfrey by Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert - The publication of Love for an Island: the Collected Poems of Phyllis Shand Allfrey represents the first opportunity to sample the poetic output of the Dominican writer and politician, Phyllis Shand Allfrey. Some of her work has been out of print since 1940 and this volume brings together the four collections published in her lifetime, some unpublished poems and examples of her later satirical work as the editor of Dominica’s The Star newspaper. Love for an Island will be launched at the Alliance Française, Roseau, on Thursday 9 January at 5.00pm. Professor Lisa Paravisini-Gebert, the editor of Love for an Island and Allfrey’s biographer (Phyllis Shand Allfrey: A Caribbean Life) will introduce Allfrey’s poetry while Dr Lennox Honychurch will give an overview of Allfrey’s political and literary career. Polly Pattullo, publisher of Papillote Press will also be present. Written over four decades, this collection reflects Allfrey’s personal circumstances of place and politics, both tropical and temperate. The earliest poems date from the 1930s after Allfrey had left Dominica, first for the United States and then London – the temperate period, as she described it, of her writing career. In the UK, Allfrey became involved in left-wing and anti-colonial politics and such understandings are expressed in her poems. Later, on her return to the Caribbean and her years as a politician, her poetry rediscovers its tropical note. Read more: http://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/launch-allfrey-poetry-collection/

This is a review for The Orchid House by Phyllis Shand Allfrey - The Orchid House is the story of three young white women growing up in Dominica, in a house called L'Aromatique, or the Orchid House for its conservatory. The point of view is from their nurse, Lally, who took care of them when they were growing up. Stella, married to a German but living in America, is now a mother; Joan, also a mother, is a political activist; and Natalie is a wealthy widow. The girls have grown up and moved away, but one by one each returns. It's a novel in which women are the focal point of the story; each of the male main characters is weak, both physically and/or emotionally. This is a weird one, both in tone and story. As far as plot goes, there's not much of one; it's mostly just a flurry of activity as one sister leaves and another one comes. The narrator, Lally, isn't believable; she's far more educated than I imagine someone in her position might be, and she has less of a presence in the novel than some of the male characters. She claims that she loves the three girls, but you don't really get a feel for that in this book. Of the three sisters, Joan and Stella are the more interesting, since their role in the story is much larger than Natalie's. As far as the tone goes, though, it's atmospheric and brooding, which I enjoyed; I've never been to the West Indies, but I can imagine it very clearly through this book. You get this feeling of being suspended midair while reading this novel, much as the humidity of a summer afternoon hangs in the air. There's almost a repressive feeling to the tone of this novel sometimes, which works for it in a way. Nonetheless, this book is important in terms of its place in West Indian literature; apparently, Jean Rhys was influenced by this book in the writing of Wide Sargasso Sea. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Orchid-House-Professor-Phyllis-Allfrey/product-reviews/081352332X/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1

This is a review for Phyllis Shand Allfrey: A Caribbean Life by Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert - Phyllis Shand Allfrey is the first biography of one of the Caribbean's most intriguing writers and politicians. Allfrey (1908-1986) is best known as the author of The Orchid House, a fictionalized account of her early life that was turned into a highly acclaimed film for British television. Born to a prominent family of formerly wealthy sugar planters in Dominica, Allfrey followed an unexpected path: a rising novelist (who is often paired with Jean Rhys in critical discussion) and Fabian socialist in England and the United States, she returned to Dominica to organize the peasantry and estate workers into the island's first political party. Ostracized by the white elite into which she was born, she led the Dominica Labour party to power and became the West Indian Federation's only woman (and only white) minister, only to find herself expelled from the party when the rise of black nationalism made it expedient. The biography recreates Allfrey's life as it unfolds against the background of twentieth-century Caribbean political and literary history, from the decline of the planter class through the rise of party politics and the efforts to join the anglophone West Indies into a federation, to the troubled sixties and seventies, decades marked by racial violence and the emergence of the former British territories from colonial control. This volume includes five autobiographical stories that have long been out of print. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/dp/081352265X?tag=carijour-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=081352265X&adid=0TR03PDCSNE35S6DPNWT

Synopsis | The Orchid House By Professor Phyllis Shand Allfrey
video by Gene Walter's Books

Friday, January 30, 2015

Exhibition: Featured artist, Dennis de Caires, is now on display at Gallery NuEdge — Barbados, WI

Featured Artist Dennis de Caires at Gallery NuEdge Barbados http://www.galerienuedge.com
Exhibition: CURRENT SHOW: Featured Artist, Dennis de Caires, is now on display at Gallery NuEdge Barbados (part of our current group exhibition “Tropical Insight”) — Barbados, West Indies; Event Details: Gallery NuEdge Fine Arts Ltd. is located in one of the most prestigious developments in Barbados, 1st Floor, Building B, the Limegrove Lifestyle Center, right in the heart of Holetown, St. James, Barbados. Contact Info – Phone: +1 246-621-0067; Email: gallerynuedge@galerienuedge.com
About the Artist: “Dennis de Caires was born in 1957 in Georgetown, Guyana and his family emigrated to England in 1970. He studied painting at Winchester School of Art and The Royal College of Art in London, including a term at Cité Internationale Des Arts in Paris. He has exhibited widely over the past twenty-five years in both public and private galleries, most recently in Stories, Liquid Courage Gallery, Nassau, Bahamas and Wood, Paper – Paint and Ink, Nu-Edge Gallery, Barbados in 2013. In 2010 an extensive survey show, Paintings For Georgetown 1986-2009 was presented at The National Gallery of Art, Guyana. His work is represented in a wide range of private and corporate collections and notable public collections include The British Council, The Georgia Museum of Art, The National Gallery of Art, Guyana and The Art Collection Foundation of Barbados. He currently lives and works in London and Barbados.”Read more: http://www.dennisdecaires.com/#Biography
About the Venue: “Gallery NuEdge features the most sought out contemporary artists from the local and international market. Exhibits include art in the form of multi-media, sculpture, painting, photography, and art installation.”Visit our website: www.galerienuedge.com and https://www.facebook.com/Gallery.NuEdge
For further information about the gallery: http://www.galerienuedge.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/Gallery.NuEdge.  For further information about the artist: http://www.dennisdecaires.com/

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Exhibition: David Bridgeman's - “The Road Not Taken” through Thursday, January 29, 2015; Late Night & Closing Party 5-9pm on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at National Gallery — Cayman Islands, WI

“The Road Not Taken” through Thursday, January 29, 2015
at National Gallery Cayman  https://www.nationalgallery.org.ky/
Exhibition: David Bridgeman's - “The Road Not Taken” through Thursday, January 29, 2015; Late Night & Closing Party 5-9pm on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at National Gallery — Cayman Islands, West Indies; Event Details - Where: National Gallery of the Cayman Islands; Location: Esterley Tibbetts Highway, Grand Cayman; Telephone: 345-945-8111; email: info@nationalgallery.org.ky and education@nationalgallery.org.ky
Event Description: “The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI) is delighted to introduce an exhibition of new works by the local artist David Bridgeman. This site-specific exhibition is the culmination of many years' work based on the combined landscapes of the artist's native England and his long-time home, the Cayman Islands. Says Mr Bridgeman, "My landscapes are inextricably linked with the country of my birth but rely heavily on the fact that I have lived in this one very different place for 27 years. The forms constantly referenced are Cayman's red birch trees and the iron shore rock. The spaces created within the artwork relate to places where I grew up, such as the Oxfordshire landscape. The whole piece is bound together with a strong sense of belonging and contains the intricate fabric of memory which, I think, helps to uniquely define some artists ... The National Gallery will be open to the public for a late night viewing of the exhibition David Bridgeman – The Road Not Taken. In addition to the late night viewing, David Bridgeman will give a special presentation about his work from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM in the Dart Auditorium followed by live entertainment. Admission to the event is free and refreshments will be available.”Read more: https://www.nationalgallery.org.ky/news/newexhibitionatthenationalgalleryofthecaymanislands and https://www.facebook.com/NatGalCayman
About the Artist: “My work is strongly autobiographical, containing elements from early childhood and teenage years, linked to a relationship with a life on a Caribbean island that was only ever intended to last two years. Now as a British Caymanian, my works have strong emotional ties to the landscape, both past and present and contain images and symbols that bridge the gap between the Caribbean and my country of birth. I work in a variety of media to convey these feelings, which often involve an underlying social commentary about life on a small island. My works take the form of painting, drawing, printmaking, 3D and installation.”Read more: http://davidbridgeman.co.uk/index.php/about/bio and http://davidbridgeman.co.uk/
For further information: https://www.nationalgallery.org.ky/, https://twitter.com/NatGalCaymanand https://www.facebook.com/NatGalCayman. For further information about the artist https://www.facebook.com/pages/Studio-3-David-Bridgeman/293763033995641

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Exhibitions: Onions Gallery: “2015 BSoA Members Photography Show"; Edinburgh Gallery: “Vortex of Colour" by Karl Sternath - held over by popular demand; Studio A: "Unexplained" by Deondre Cumberbatch - a series of mixed media work through Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at BSoA — Bermuda, WI

“Current Exhibitions at BSoA” Jan 9-28, 2015 http://www.bsoa.bm/
Current Exhibitions:: Onions Gallery: “2015 BSoA Members Photography Show"; Edinburgh Gallery: “Vortex of Colour" by Karl Sternath - held over by popular demand; Studio A: "Unexplained" by Deondre Cumberbatch - a series of mixed media work on Friday, January 9, 2015 through Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at BSoA — Bermuda, West Indies; Event Details – Where: The Bermuda Society of Arts (BSoA); Location: The City Hall Arts Centre; 17 Church Street; Hamilton HM 11 Bermuda; Telephone: 441-292-3824; Fax: 441-296-0699; Email: info@bsoa.bm; Gallery Hours: 10am–4pm Monday–Friday; 10am–2pm Saturdays
Event Description: “Our current show is up until January 28 - please stop by and see this excellent selection of juried photography as well as works in separate galleries by Deondre Cumberbatch and Karl Sternath: Exhibitions at the BSoA. #thepeoplesgallery - Onions Gallery: '2015 BSoA Members Photography Show' - a collection of imagery selected by a jury panel. Edinburgh Gallery: 'Vortex of Colour' by Karl Sternath - held over by popular demand. Studio A: 'Unexplained' by Deondre Cumberbatch - a series of mixed media work.  Exhibitions run through Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at BSoA's Edinburgh, Onions Galleries & Studio A.”Read more: https://www.facebook.com/thepeoplesartgallery
About BSoA: “Affectionately known, as ‘The People’s Art Gallery’, BSoA encompasses four separate galleries; the largest of which is the Onions Gallery, comprising of 2,000 sq feet, next is the Edinburgh Gallery, comprising of 650 sq feet and two smaller studios, Studio A and B, comprising of 450 sq feet each. With shows that change approximately every three weeks, BSoA usually hosts in the region of 50 shows a year and regular fixtures for member-artists include four members’ shows plus a members’ photographic show per year. In addition, the Society hosts an inspiring exhibition of art and sculpture by Bermuda’s school children and the Bermuda College each spring ... At other times during the year, individual artists and groups of artists rent gallery space to display and sell their works. From time to time, the Society joins with other art organisations to host special exhibitions and events.”Read more: http://www.bsoa.bm/about/
For further information: http://www.bsoa.bm/ and https://www.facebook.com/thepeoplesartgallery.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Exhibition: Prospect New Orleans presents “Prospect.3: Notes for Now” through Sunday, January 25, 2015 – Multiple Venues; Jamaica’s Ebony G. Patterson is 1 of over 50 participating artists — New Orleans USA

“Prospect.3: Notes for Now” October 25, 2014-January 25, 2015 http://www.prospectneworleans.org/
Exhibition: Prospect New Orleans presents “Prospect.3: Notes for Now” from Saturday, October 25, 2014 through Sunday, January 25, 2015 – Multiple Venues; Jamaica’s Ebony G. Patterson is 1 of over 50 participating artists — New Orleans USA; Contact Info: U.S. Biennial - Prospect New Orleans; New Orleans Headquarters: 935 Gravier St #850; New Orleans, LA 70112; Mailing Address:; 401 Broadway, Suite #2313; New York, NY 10013; Telephone: (212) 680-5305; Email: info@prospectneworleans.org
Event Description: “Prospect New Orleans, the International Contemporary Art Biennial announced the curatorial framework and artists to be featured in its third installment, “Prospect.3: Notes for Now,” on view October 25, 2014 through January 25, 2015 across New Orleans ... The three-month exhibition will showcase the work of more than 50 leading and emerging contemporary artists from around the globe. Founded on the principle that art engenders social progress, the biennial and all related events will be free and open to the public. Prospect.3 will present the work of (appx.) 58 local, national and international artists of different generations working in all media. Each artist will be provided with a dedicated space or venue in the New Orleans metropolitan area ... at one of over 15 venues, with a number of artists commissioned to produce site-specific projects. Many projects engage in some way with the Crescent City’s unique culture, and offer distinctive interpretations of the city, both past and present.”Read more: http://www.prospectneworleans.org/prospect3-new-orleans/
For further information: http://www.prospectneworleans.org/prospect3-new-orleans/, http://www.prospectneworleans.org/, https://www.facebook.com/prospectnola, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ebony-G-Patterson/291055560961711, http://ebonygpatterson.com/ and http://www.prospectneworleans.org/. Related articles: http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/news/new-orleanss-prospect3-biennial-roster-revealed/ and http://www.offbeat.com/2014/05/14/prospect-new-orleans-announces-prospect-3-notes-now/#

Exhibition: “Chris Ofili: Night and Day” through Sunday, January 25, 2015 at the New Museum -- NYC, USA

“Chris Ofili: Night and Day” Oct 29, 2014-Jan 25, 2015 at 
New Museum http://www.newmuseum.org/exhibitions/view/chris-ofili
Exhibition: “Chris Ofili: Night and Day” Opening on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 to Sunday, January 25, 2015 at the New Museum -- NYC, USA; Event Details - Where: The New Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 235 Bowery (at Prince Street between Stanton and Rivington Streets, one and a half blocks south of Houston), Subway: 6 to Spring Street, N/R to Prince Street, F to 2nd Avenue, and J to Bowery . The Museum is closed to the public on Monday and Tuesday and on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. THURSDAY EVENINGS 7 p.m.–9 p.m.: Pay-What-You-Wish Suggested Minimum: $2; Telephone - New Museum Main: 212-219-1222
Event Description: “The New Museum presents the first major solo museum exhibition in the United States of the work of artist Chris Ofili. Occupying the Museum’s three main galleries, 'Chris Ofili: Night and Day' will span the artist’s influential career, encompassing his paintings, drawings, and sculptures. Over the past two decades, Ofili has become identified with vibrant, meticulously executed, elaborate artworks that meld figuration, abstraction, and decoration. In his extremely diverse oeuvre, Ofili has taken imagery and inspiration from such disparate, history-spanning sources as the Bible, hip-hop music, Zimbabwean cave paintings, Blaxploitation films, and William Blake’s poems. As the title of the exhibition suggests, Ofili’s practice has undergone constant changes, moving from boldly expressive to deeply introspective across an experimental and prodigious body of work. The exhibition will feature over thirty of Ofili’s major paintings, a vast quantity of drawings, and a selection of sculptures from over the course of his twenty-year career. The exhibition is curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Artistic Director, Gary Carrion-Murayari, Kraus Family Curator, and Margot Norton, Assistant Curator. The exhibition will be on view in the Second, Third, and Fourth Floor galleries from October 29, 2014 to January 25, 2015.” -- Read more: http://www.newmuseum.org/exhibitions/view/chris-ofili
About the Artist: “Chris Ofili was born in Manchester, England, in 1968, and currently lives and works in Port of Spain, Trinidad. He received his BFA from the Chelsea School of Art in 1991 and his MFA from the Royal College of Art in 1993. Solo exhibitions of his work have been presented internationally, including recent shows at the Arts Club of Chicago (2010); Tate Britain, London (2010 and 2005); kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (2006); and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2005). He represented Britain in the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 and won the Turner Prize in 1998. His works are held in the permanent collections of a number of museums, including the British Museum, London; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate, London; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.” -- Read more: http://www.newmuseum.org/exhibitions/view/chris-ofili
For further information: http://www.newmuseum.org/exhibitions/view/chris-ofili, http://www.newmuseum.org/about, https://www.facebook.com/newmuseum?ref=stream&fref=nf and https://twitter.com/newmuseum.   For further information about the artist: http://www.artnet.com/artists/chris-ofili/. Related articles: http://www.theguardian.com/culture/gallery/2014/oct/28/night-and-day-by-chris-ofili-in-pictures and http://arcthemagazine.com/arc/2014/10/the-new-yorker-shares-returns-to-new-york-with-a-major-retrospective/.

Andrew Graham-Dixon interviews Chris Ofili video by AGDofficial

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Exhibition: “Now! Vibrant Traditions with an Unexpected Edge” ENDS on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 5pm at Philip Slein Gallery — St. Louis, MO, USA

Image:"Fiddler" by Artist Joy L. Wade
Photo courtesy of  Philip Slein Gallery http://www.philipsleingallery.com/
Exhibition: “Now! Vibrant Traditions with an Unexpected Edge” on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 5pm to Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 5pm at Philip Slein Gallery — St. Louis, MO, USA; Event Details: Time: Friday, December 19, 2014 at 5pm to Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 5pm; Location: Philip Slein Gallery; Street: 4735 McPherson Avenue; City/Town: St. Louis, MO 63108; Phone: 314-361-2617; Event Type: exhibition; Organized by: Freida L. Wheaton, Curator
Event Description: “Curated by Freida L. Wheaton, Now! Vibrant Traditions with an Unexpected Edge includes 15 St. Louis African American artists who have not previously shown at Philip Slein Gallery. The works reflect a boldness, diversity, and genius that will certainly engage the St. Louis community in new and refreshing conversations. Artists included in Now! Vibrant Traditions are: Cbabi Bayoc, Ken Calvert, Lenard Hinds, Daniel Jefferson, Melvin Jefferson, Alan Johnson, P31, Edna J. Patterson-Petty, Marilyn L. Robinson, John E. Rozelle, Krystal Sutton, Solomon Thurman, Joy L. Wade, Ambrose Wesley, and Ron Young.”Read more: https://www.facebook.com/philipsleingallery
About the Venue: “In 2003 the Philip Slein Gallery was opened on Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis by co-owners Philip Slein and Tom Bussmann who share a wide range of interests centering on painting, and are committed to showing the best work regardless of style. In 2011 Philip and Tom developed a partnership with the venerable art dealer Jim Schmidt of Schmidt Contemporary Art. The gallery moved to its current Central West End location in 2012. In the 2013-2014 season, the gallery celebrated its tenth anniversary by exhibiting work of some of our favorite artists.”Visit our website: http://www.philipsleingallery.com/about/ and http://www.philipsleingallery.com/
For further information about the gallery: http://www.philipsleingallery.com/about/, http://www.philipsleingallery.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/philipsleingallery.  Related articles: http://www.westendword.com/Articles-Art-c-2014-12-16-194077.114137-Ferguson-In-Grand-Center-and-The-Central-West-End.html#123 and http://www.westendword.com/Articles-Art-c-2014-12-16-194077.114137-Ferguson-In-Grand-Center-and-The-Central-West-End.html#axzz3MBHTgmFI

Friday, January 23, 2015

Exhibition: Featured artist, Amel Chamandy, is now on display at Gallery NuEdge — Barbados, WI

Featured Artist Amel Chamandy at Gallery NuEdge Barbados http://www.galerienuedge.com
Exhibition: CURRENT SHOW: Featured Artist, Amel Chamandy, is now on display at Gallery NuEdge Barbados (part of our current group exhibition “Tropical Insight”) — Barbados, West Indies; Event Details: Gallery NuEdge Fine Arts Ltd. is located in one of the most prestigious developments in Barbados, 1st Floor, Building B, the Limegrove Lifestyle Center, right in the heart of Holetown, St. James, Barbados. Contact Info – Phone: +1 246-621-0067; Email: gallerynuedge@galerienuedge.com
About the Artist: “Amel Chamandy is an artist and international art dealer. She is the owner of Galerie NuEdge, located in Montreal's prestigious art district "Quartier Musée" (1480 Sherbrooke Street West). Amel Chamandy participates in a number of advisory and benevolent venues including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Foundation, The Friends of the Museum Advisory Committee and The McGill Faculty of Arts and Science Advisory Board. She is the current Quebec Government Representative on the Board of Trustees of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.” — Read more: http://www.themontrealreview.com/2009/amel-chamandy.php
About the Venue: “Gallery NuEdge features the most sought out contemporary artists from the local and international market. Exhibits include art in the form of multi-media, sculpture, painting, photography, and art installation.”Visit our website: www.galerienuedge.com and https://www.facebook.com/Gallery.NuEdge
For further information about the gallery: http://www.galerienuedge.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/Gallery.NuEdge.  For further information about the artist: http://www.themontrealreview.com/2009/amel-chamandy.php, http://www.artnet.com/galleries/galerie-nuedge/artist-amel-chamandy/ and http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/amel-chamandy/43/a46/982

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Event: “DISEÑO | Comics” Art Talk on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm | FREE at El Museo del Barrio — Harlem, NY USA

“DISEÑO | Comics” Art Talk Jan 21, 2015 at El Museo http://www.elmuseo.org/
Event: “DISEÑO | Comics” Art Talk on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at El Museo del Barrio — Harlem, NY USA; Event Details - Location:  El Café @El Museo, El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029 | Phone: (212) 831-7272 | Open Wed–Sat from 11am-6pm | Email: info@elmuseo.org
Event Description: “Join us for a conversation with artists and designers about comic books and superheroes as vehicles for the exploration of identity. Panelists include Phil Jimenez (Marvel Comics), Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz (Wepa Woman) and Ivan Velez, Jr. (Tales of the Closet). The discussion will be moderated by Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, and author of Latino U.S.A.: A Cartoon History. DISEÑO is a partnership between Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and El Museo del Barrio. This program received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center. (Image Left: Phil Jimenez, "Wonder Woman,” 600th Issue anniversary tribute, 2011. Image Right: Ivan Velez' AMERÍCA, the first title from his WHAM KABAM series, debuts later this year. © Ivan Velez 2014. Image courtesy Ivan Velez). For more info, and to RSVP, visit http://www.elmuseo.org/event/diseno-comic/.”Read more: http://www.elmuseo.org/event/diseno-comic/ and https://www.facebook.com/elmuseo
For further information: http://www.elmuseo.org/, https://www.facebook.com/elmuseo  and https://twitter.com/elmuseo.

Amazon's Book Reviews: Caribbean Authors — Edward Baugh

Edward Alston Cecil Baugh (born 10 January 1936) is a Jamaican poet and scholar, recognised as an authority on the work of Derek Walcott, whose Selected Poems (2007) he edited. Baugh was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica, the son of Edward Percival Baught and Ethel Maud Duhaney-Baugh. He began writing poetry at Titchfield High School. He won a scholarship to study English literature at the University College of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica, and later did postgraduate studies at Queen's University in Ontario and the University of Manchester, where he earned a Ph.D. in 1964. He taught at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies from 1965 to 1967, then at the university's Mona campus from 1968 to 2001, eventually being appointed professor of English in 1978 and public orator in 1985. He has also held visiting appointments at the University of California, Dalhousie University, University of Hull, University of Wollongong, Flinders University, Macquarie University, University of Miami and Howard University. His scholarly publications include West Indian Poetry 1900-1970: A Study in Cultural Decolonisation (1971); Critics on Caribbean Literature (1978); Derek Walcott: Memory as Vision (1978), the first book-length study of Walcott's work; and an annotated edition of Walcott’s Another Life (2004), with Colbert Nepaulsingh. Chancellor, I Present (1998) collects a number of the addresses Baugh delivered as UWI's public orator on the occasion of the presentation on honorary degrees. Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Baugh

This is a review for Black Sand: New and Selected Poems by Edward Baugh - For all his social and very sociable worldliness, he can still take part in the act of poetic creation as a poet as well as examining and explaining it as a critic. Edward Baugh has been able to absorb influence yet avoid imitation and stay tellingly brief in the midst of such epic scale. Since in a former life he was a talented actor and in later life the Public Orator at the University of the West Indies, the poet Edward Baugh has an accomplished way with reading his poems; as one might expect, he does not disappoint. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1845232100?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=1845232100&linkCode=xm2&tag=carijour-20

This is a review for Derek Walcott (Cambridge Studies in African and Caribbean Literature) by Edward Baugh - Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott is one of the Caribbean's most famous writers. His unique voice in poetry, drama and criticism is shaped by his position at the crossroads between Caribbean, British and American culture and by his interest in hybrid identities and diaspora. Edward Baugh's Derek Walcott analyses and evaluates Walcott's entire career over the last fifty years. Baugh guides the reader through the continuities and differences of theme and style in Walcott's poems and plays. Walcott is an avowedly Caribbean writer, acutely conscious of his culture and colonial heritage, but he has also made a lasting contribution to the way we read and value the western literary tradition. This comprehensive 2006 survey considers each of Walcott's published books, offering a guide for students, scholars and readers of Walcott. Students of Caribbean and postcolonial studies will find this a perfect introduction to this important writer. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0521556740?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=0521556740&linkCode=xm2&tag=carijour-20#_

This is a review for It Was the Singing by Edward Baugh - A collection of mellow charm and polished phrasing... Baugh is adept at the formal metre and rhyme of European forms, but also at home in a lively Jamaican dialect. He moves easily between these two styles... His most powerful poems deal with the legacy of slavery and racial discrimination. In Old Talk, Or West Indian History, Baugh grapples with how to reconcile the mild evenings and gracious patios with the denudations of history . Elsewhere, he subtly evokes the unwritten histories/ of flight and ambush and survival beneath Jamaica s lush splendour and natural abundance. In one poem, Baugh praises a sculptor s work for its discreet exuberance . It is a fitting comment on his own artful poetry. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/It-Was-Singing-Edward-Baugh/dp/189452800X/ref=as_li_tf_til?tag=carijour-20&linkCode=w00&creativeASIN=189452800X

Part 3: Guest Speaker Professor Emeritus Edward Baugh, CD - 
video by UWI Press

Friday, January 16, 2015

Event: BSoA’s “Public Piano Project” continues through Friday, January 16, 2015 on Nellys Walk — Bermuda, West Indies

BSoA's “Public Piano Project” through Friday, January 16, 2015 http://www.bsoa.bm/
Event: BSoA's “Public Piano Project continues through Friday, January 16, 2015 on Nellys Walk — Bermuda, West Indies; Event Details – Where: The Bermuda Society of Arts (BSoA); Location: The City Hall Arts Centre; 17 Church Street; Hamilton HM 11 Bermuda; Telephone: 441-292-3824; Fax: 441-296-0699; Email: info@bsoa.bm; Gallery Hours: 10am–4pm Monday–Friday; 10am–2pm Saturdays
Event Description: “Please stop by City Hall in Hamilton, Bermuda through Friday, January 16, 2015 for the Public Piano Project on Nellys Walk. The project is sponsored by CellOne, Pianos Plus and The Corporation of Hamilton!”Read more: https://www.facebook.com/events/1523617277895915/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular and https://www.facebook.com/thepeoplesartgallery
About BSoA: “Affectionately known, as ‘The People’s Art Gallery’, BSoA encompasses four separate galleries; the largest of which is the Onions Gallery, comprising of 2,000 sq feet, next is the Edinburgh Gallery, comprising of 650 sq feet and two smaller studios, Studio A and B, comprising of 450 sq feet each. With shows that change approximately every three weeks, BSoA usually hosts in the region of 50 shows a year and regular fixtures for member-artists include four members’ shows plus a members’ photographic show per year. In addition, the Society hosts an inspiring exhibition of art and sculpture by Bermuda’s school children and the Bermuda College each spring ... At other times during the year, individual artists and groups of artists rent gallery space to display and sell their works. From time to time, the Society joins with other art organisations to host special exhibitions and events.”Read more: http://www.bsoa.bm/about/
For further information: http://www.bsoa.bm/ and https://www.facebook.com/thepeoplesartgallery.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Exhibition: "Urban Arts Miami" ENDS on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Kroma Gallery -- Miami, FL USA

Exhibition: "Urban Arts Miami" Nov 20, 2014-Jan 15, 2015
at Kroma Gallery http://kromamiami.com/
Exhibition: "Urban Arts Miami" on Thursday, November 20, 2014 through Thursday, January 15, 2015 -- Miami, FL USA; Event Details - Time: Thursday, November 20, 2014 through Thursday, January 15, 2015; Location: KROMA Gallery - Coconut Grove, Miami; Street: 3670 Grand Avenue; City/Town: Miami, Florida 33133; Telephone: 305-576-6278; Event Type: gallery
Event Description: "Urban Arts Miami - November 20-January 15 at KROMA, an art space in Miami's Coconut Grove. 305-576-6278 for sales and inquiries. GALLERY HOURS: Tues-Sat 12-7, Sun-Mon by appointment. As the new beacon in the grove, Kroma gallery is a refreshing space with 16 artist studios, courtyard and outdoor screening facility." -- Read more: http://urbanartsmiami.tumblr.com/
For further information: http://kromamiami.com/, http://urbanartsmiami.tumblr.com/  and https://www.facebook.com/pages/KROMA-Miami/567277850018489

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Amazon's Book Reviews: Caribbean Authors — Alejo Carpentier

Alejo Carpentier y Valmont (December 26, 1904 – April 24, 1980) was a Cuban novelist, essayist, and musicologist who greatly influenced Latin American literature during its famous "boom" period. Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, Carpentier grew up in Havana, Cuba, and despite his European birthplace, he strongly self-identified as Cuban throughout his life. He traveled extensively, particularly in France, and to South America and Mexico, where he met prominent members of the Latin American cultural and artistic community. Carpentier took a keen interest in Latin American politics and often aligned himself with revolutionary movements, such as Fidel Castro's Communist Revolution in Cuba in the mid-20th century. Carpentier was jailed and exiled for his leftist political philosophies. Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alejo_Carpentier

This is a review for The Kingdom of This World: A Novel by Alejo Carpentier - The Haitian revolution is the only successful slave revolt in the history of the world. It is an incredible story, which has been told well by many great authors. This is one of them. Carpentier's novel traces the history of the conflict through the eyes of TiNoel, a slave on the estate of the French planter Lenormand de Mezy in the Plaine du Nord on the fertile north of the French colony of Ste Domingue. The first historical character we meet is Francois Mackandal or Macandal, who attempted to kill the planters with poison and create a free black nation. Next we meet Dutty Boukman or Bouckman, who launched the revolution at a Vodou ceremony at Bois Caiman in August 1791. We learn about the terror, the struggle, and the flight of the French as TiNoel accompanies his master to Cuba. We are introduced to the French General Leclerc, who is sent to Ste Domingue with an army and fleet to reestablish French control, and also meet his wife Pauline Bonaparte and her masseur Soliman. TiNoel returns to Ste Domingue and journeys to the palace of Sans Souci, where he is forced to work on the construction of Le Citadelle La Ferriere and takes part in the sacking of the empire of Henri Christophe, the black king of northern Haiti. The book ends with the flight of Henri's Queen and daughters, as well as Soliman, to Italy. The main omission in this story is Toussaint L'Ouverture, who is barely mentioned, and he is the most important character in the revolution. The book is ultimately about life, about struggles to achieve greatness, whether it be a plantation or an empire, and about suffering and ruin. Carpentier ends his story by noting that "In the Kingdom of Heaven there is no grandeur to be won", therefore "man finds his greatness, his fullest measure, only in The Kingdom of This World". It would be good to read up on the Haitian Revolution before starting your read. The Wikipedia account will suffice. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/The-Kingdom-This-World-Novel/product-reviews/0374530114/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1

This is a review for The Lost Steps by Alejo Carpentier - Unfulfilled by writing commissioned film scores and disillusioned by the pretence and vacuity of his life in New York, a composer takes up an offer to go to the Amazon jungle to look for the rudimentary musical instruments that would provide evidence of a theory about the origin of music that he had developed as a student. The original plan of taking the money and his lover and defrauding the university so that they could enjoy an extended holiday in South America goes badly wrong when they unexpectedly get caught up in a revolution there and are forced into the jungle. Travelling at first with his mistress from New York and then with a mestizzo lover taken up along the way, the book describes in wonderful Baroque prose the awesome scale and sense of time reversal that he experiences in his dark, dripping travels into a world of perpetual greenness. He senses that he is retracing the steps of humanity. Finally, deep in the jungle he is faced with having to make an almost mystical choice about his life and life work. The `simple' life is uncompromisingly portrayed in its pitiless and raw brutality and yet somehow the `noble savage' still retains the essence of humanity, a survivor in the natural world stripped of the worthless accoutrements and gadgets of modern life. This is at once adventure, allegory, love story, morality tale, and academic tract, but above all it is storytelling at its majestic best, a minor masterpiece of post-war literature. Carpentier was the first writer to coin the phrase `magical realism' where myths, fables and religion are interwoven into narratives without faithful adherence to time or reality. The form is taken to its extreme in Garcia Marquez's Autumn of the Patriarch, and these two authors remain magical realism's most accomplished exponents. Although the style has influenced writers worldwide, for me it doesn't seem to work beyond Latin America. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/The-Lost-Steps-Alejo-Carpentier/product-reviews/0816638071/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1

This is a review for Explosion in a Cathedral by Alejo Carpentier - This is one of the best novels in the world. Maybe there are some muddy patches in the English-language edition, which is a translation of a French translation, but I think on the whole it transmits the amazingly rich prose of Carpentier, for whom language, history, life itself are all one music. The overt theme is the French Revolution, though mostly as viewed from France's colonies in the New World. The buried theme is gnosticism, the conviction that things could be different, could be better, that common reality is a sort of veil hiding what we might make of it if we only woke up. The Revolution at first feels like that gnostic awakening, and Carpentier captures that sense of possibility more beautifully than even Wordsworth. In many ways this novel parallels Calvino's Baron in the Trees; in others, Shelley's epic poem The Revolt of Islam (titled Laon and Cythna in its uncensored version). More essentially, it's like coming into your own in your late teens, seeing how wrong the so-called grownups have let things become, knowing it's for you and those like you to claim and remake life itself - then suffering every horrible, painful, perhaps inevitable setback one would expect such a project to run into on such an Earth. Carpentier shows people whose souls curdle, under this reverse wave. But he shows others who don't, lost selves we might even yet, even now, step into. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Explosion-Cathedral-Alejo-Carpentier/product-reviews/081663808X/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1

Video by All About - Alejo Carpentier

Exhibition: Featured artist, Terrence Rupert Piggott, is now on display at Gallery NuEdge — Barbados, WI

Featured Artist Terrence Rupert Piggott at Gallery NuEdge Barbados www.galerienuedge.com
Exhibition: CURRENT SHOW: Featured Artist, Terrence Rupert Piggott, is now on display at Gallery NuEdge Barbados (part of our current group exhibition “Tropical Insight”) — Barbados, West Indies; Event Details: Gallery NuEdge Fine Arts Ltd. is located in one of the most prestigious developments in Barbados, 1st Floor, Building B, the Limegrove Lifestyle Center, right in the heart of Holetown, St. James, Barbados. Contact Info – Phone: +1 246-621-0067; Email: gallerynuedge@galerienuedge.com
Artist’s Statement: “It is this passion to create that has been the greatest force in my life. My recent work has evolved out of an attempt to realize this greater understanding about myself. I am interested in the discovery of new textural elements and surface treatments. The way I approach my work is usually very spontaneous, in that the works are executed utilizing no preliminary sketches, but allowing the work to evolve as I progress. It is a journey of discovery for me, from inception to completion that is spiritually and emotionally fulfilling.  Creativity is essential to my experience and I must continually evolve if I am to find harmony with myself and my creator.”Read more: http://www.rupertpiggott.com/artistbio.html
About the Venue: “Gallery NuEdge features the most sought out contemporary artists from the local and international market. Exhibits include art in the form of multi-media, sculpture, painting, photography, and art installation.”Visit our website: www.galerienuedge.com and https://www.facebook.com/Gallery.NuEdge
For further information about the gallery: http://www.galerienuedge.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/Gallery.NuEdge. For further information about the artist: http://www.rupertpiggott.com/artistbio.html

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Exhibition: "Urban Arts Miami" through Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Kroma Gallery -- Miami, FL USA

Exhibition: "Urban Arts Miami" Nov 20, 2014-Jan 15, 2015
at Kroma Gallery http://kromamiami.com/
Exhibition: "Urban Arts Miami" on Thursday, November 20, 2014 through Thursday, January 15, 2015 -- Miami, FL USA; Event Details - Time: Thursday, November 20, 2014 through Thursday, January 15, 2015; Location: KROMA Gallery - Coconut Grove, Miami; Street: 3670 Grand Avenue; City/Town: Miami, Florida 33133; Telephone: 305-576-6278; Event Type: gallery
Event Description: "Urban Arts Miami - November 20-January 15 at KROMA, an art space in Miami's Coconut Grove. 305-576-6278 for sales and inquiries. GALLERY HOURS: Tues-Sat 12-7, Sun-Mon by appointment. As the new beacon in the grove, Kroma gallery is a refreshing space with 16 artist studios, courtyard and outdoor screening facility." -- Read more: http://urbanartsmiami.tumblr.com/
For further information: http://kromamiami.com/, http://urbanartsmiami.tumblr.com/  and https://www.facebook.com/pages/KROMA-Miami/567277850018489

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Exhibition: Nassau's Blue Curry + 45 Int'l Artists in “Unsettled Landscapes” through Sunday, January 11, 2015 — Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

“Unsettled Landscapes” through January 11, 2015 at SITE Santa Fe
http://sitesantafe.org/exhibition/sitelines-unsettled-landscapes/
Exhibition: Blue Curry: “Unsettled Landscapes” through Sunday, January 11, 2015 — Santa Fe, NM, USA; Event Details – Location: 1606 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501; Telephone: (505) 989-1199; Museum Hours/Regular Hours: Thur 10am–5pm, Fri 10am–7pm, Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 12–5pm
Event Description: “SITE Santa Fe Introduces “Unsettled Landscapes” - A new biennial exhibition series that explores contemporary art from Nunavut to Tierra del Fuego July 20, 2014 – January 11, 2015 with Artist Blue Curry representing Nassau, The Bahamas. SITElines: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas is a six­-year commitment to a series of linked exhibitions with a focus on contemporary art and cultural production of the Americas. The exhibitions will take place in 2014, 2016, and 2018 and will be organized by a different team of curators, from locations throughout the Western Hemisphere. Through SITElines, SITE will establish a new programming hub called SITEcenter to generate connectivity between and during the exhibitions.”Read more: http://sitesantafe.org/exhibition/sitelines-unsettled-landscapes/
Artist’s Statement: “Nassau-born artist Blue Curry, now living in London, had an idea for an installation that would subtly challenge the image of Nassau as merely a playground for tourists and at the same time would honor an aspect of its history. His project for Unsettled Landscapes, called S.S.s, is a live video feed of Nassau’s port, where cruise ships come in daily, spilling thousands into the city: ‘Along with 45 artists and artist collaboratives from 16 countries, I am participating in the inaugural edition of SITElines, SITE Santa Fe’s new biennial exhibition series with a focus on contemporary art from the Americas. Unsettled Landscapes is the first in this series and will look at the urgencies, political conditions and historical narratives that inform the work of contemporary artists across the region through three themes: landscape, territory, and trade.’"Read more: http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=4239b99636661ce7589046559&id=72e735370c  and http://www.popopstudios.com/blue-curry-unsettled-landscapes/
Satellite Curatorial Advisors: Christopher Cozier (b. Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; lives in Port of Spain); Inti Guerrero (b. Bogota, Colombia; lives in Costa Rica and Singapore); Julieta Gonzalez (b. Caracas, Venezuela; lives in México City); Eva Grinstein (b. Buenos Aires, Argentina; lives in Buenos Aires); Kitty Scott (b. St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada; lives in Toronto).   For further information: http://www.popopstudios.com/blue-curry-unsettled-landscapes/, http://sitesantafe.org/exhibition/sitelines-unsettled-landscapes/, and https://www.facebook.com/RISEIndigenous/posts/703581496374350. For further information about Artist Blue Curry: http://www.bluecurry.com/, http://www.bluecurry.com/bio.html  and https://www.facebook.com/artist.blue.curry.    Related article: http://www.railyardsantafe.com/ai1ec_event/unsettled-landscapes-opening-reception/?instance_id= and http://arcthemagazine.com/arc/2014/07/sitelines-2014-unsettled-landscapes-opening-events/


Unsettled Landscapes 2014 - SITElines from SITE Santa Fe on VimeoSITE Santa Fe Unveils Participating Artists for SITElines 2014: UNSETTLED LANDSCAPES A reimagined biennial with a new focus on contemporary art from the Americas.