Gizara in Abstraction Distraction
Saturday, August 08, 2020
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Curated by Dale Youngman of the Castelli Art Space

I'm very honored to have been selected to be in this show with five other very talented artists:

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Sotheby’s offers major works by 20th century female artists in $50m Ginny Williams Collection sale
Wednesday, August 05, 2020
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Sotheby’s offers major works by 20th century female artists in $50m Ginny Williams Collection sale

Coinciding with the auction house's New York sale room re-opening in June, the sale marks the first time female artists will comprise over two-thirds of the value of an evening auction


Lee Krasner's Re - Echo (1957) is estimated to sell for $4m-$6m.
Lee Krasner's "Re - Echo" (1957) is estimated to sell for $4m-$6m. Courtesy of Sotheby's

Sotheby’s will offer the collection of the late gallerist and collector Ginny Williams in several sales beginning the 29 June, coinciding with the re-opening of its New York sale rooms that week. The collection of more than 450 works, which is estimated to sell for more than $50m, "will be the first time female artists will comprise over two-thirds of the value of the sale," says Saara Pritchard, senior vice president and senior specialist in Sotheby’s contemporary art department.

Known for collecting the work of pioneering female artists, Williams amassed works by the series by artists like Joan Mitchell, Lee Krasner and Agnes Martin. A dedicated evening sale that immediately precedes Sotheby's Contemporary Art Evening Auction on 29 June will include a number of works by Louise Bourgeois, who Williams collected in depth, including a bronze sculpture, Observer (1945-47), estimated to sell for between $1.5m and $2m, from the artist's Personages series.

Other highlights of the collection include Joan Mitchell’s nine-foot-tall painting Straw (1976), estimated at $5m-$7m, and Lee Krasner’s Re-Echo (1957), which could sell for between $4m and $6m. A sale scheduled for 14 July will comprise more than 1,000 works by female photographers like Dorothea Lange, Berenice Abbott and Annie Leibovitz.

"While [works by female artists] are very 'of the moment' for collectors and the larger market, the shocking reality is that this has historically never happened," Pritchard says. "It’s a testament to Ginny’s passion for supporting female artists and collecting many of them in depth. All further proof of how truly groundbreaking and ahead of her time she was.”


Robert Maplethorpe's  Lisa Lyon (1981) has an estimate of $30m-$50m.
Robert Mapplethorpe's "Lisa Lyon" (1981) has an estimate of $30m-$50m. Courtesy of Sotheby's

Born in rural Virginia in 1927, Williams was a dynamic force in the contemporary art and photographs communities in Denver, Colorado, where she lived and worked from the late-1950s onward. She came to know many artists through her involvement over the years with the boards of the Denver Art Museum as well as the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.

While her collection was dominated by female artists, she also favoured abstraction and photography writ large, and works from Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Rauschenberg and Hans Hofmann are also included in the sale as well as works by 20th century photographers Edward Weston, Herbert Bayer and Robert Mapplethorpe.

The sale—originally planned to take place in May but postponed due to coronavirus—is still pending the lifting of certain restrictions in New York due to the coronavirus pandemic. "Clients and visitors can expect extra precautions to ensure the safety of our employees and visitors, as well as creative opportunities for those wishing to preview our exhibitions and participate in our auctions—from in-person and virtual appointments to enhanced digital experiences," the auction house writes in a statement. A more detailed sale and exhibition schedule will be announced in due course.

Artist Resources During Covid
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
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What resources have you, as artists successfully applied to? Have you received any financial assistance? Please share your experiences and results so we can help each other- please post your comments below.

While social distancing and lockdowns are the right moves to protect the health of our communities, the complete picture of the financial repercussions are still unknown. With canceled exhibitions, classes, conferences and workshops over the span of a very short time, many artists are feeling the stress of lost income and an uncertain future. 

In the face of the unknown, artists have, unsurprisingly, gotten creative about how they are changing their artistic practice. However, if you, like many, are finding that you need additional financial resources to get you through this time, there are emergency grants available for artists. 

We, like many other arts organizations right now, have compiled a list of emergency resources for artists as well an ongoing list of crowdfunding efforts to provide financial relief for artists.

If you have a resource that we haven’t mentioned, please send us an email and we will add it to the list. This is an evolving list that we will be over the next few weeks. 


Emergency Grants for Artists


CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund)

CERF+ provides rapid relief and career recovery loans through their own grants (for artists working in craft disciplines) as well as a list of emergency resources for artists in other disciplines. Additionally, CERF+ just launched the COVID-19 Response Fund to support artists working in craft disciplines. "This fund is essential to our rapid and effective response to those artists who are suffering severe health impacts from the coronavirus, ensuring that CERF+ has the funds necessary to respond to this unprecedented crisis," said CERF in an email release. If you are able, please donate to the CERF+ COVID-19 Response Fund.

Artists' Charitable Fund

Colorado-based Artists' Charitable Fund assists American visual fine artists (painters and sculptors) living anywhere in the United States by paying a portion of their medical/dental/eye-care bills. For example, the Fund has purchased a wheelchair, paid for eye surgery, provided funding for an artificial leg, paid partial medical expenses of several artists who have cancer, as well as other needs for medical assistance. You can find out more about the fund as well as donate here

Artists' Fellowship, Inc.

The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship.

The organization defines eligibility to “Professional” is defined as those visual artists who make their livelihood through sales as reported on a Schedule C with a U.S. Federal tax return. An active exhibition history is also an important part of documenting “professional.” You can find the application here.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant

Emergency Grants offers immediate assistance to artists that have sudden, unanticipated opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding. Artists should be living and working anywhere in the United States, though projects can occur in the U.S. and abroad.

Each month FCA receives an average of 95 Emergency Grant applications and makes approximately 12-15 grants. Grants range in amount from $500 to $2,500, and the average grant is now $1,600.

These grants do not cover life-related emergencies such as food, rent, medical bills, childcare, and other basic necessities, reimbursement for expenses that you have already incurred, or projects with no scheduled exhibition or performance dates, so look closely at the requirements and limitations.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts 

The Foundation will disburse $1,000 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the COVID-19 virus.

American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund– (USA)

Any AGMA member in good standing is entitled and encouraged to apply for financial assistance through the AGMA Relief Fund. Grants are awarded on a case-by-case basis, based on need.

Haven Foundation

The Haven Foundation provides financial assistance up to  $10,000 to artists who have a health crisis; grants are one-year, and the financial amount provided is to the discretion of the Foundation. Grants can be renewed up to four more years, with a supplemental application. Read the guidelines for application here.

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation partnered to offer a new medical emergency aid program for artists. The one-time Rauschenberg Emergency Grants will provide visual and media artists and choreographers with up to $5,000 to cover a number of unforeseen medical expenses. There is no deadline; applications will be accepted and reviewed by the panel on a monthly basis beginning in late May/early June 2020. 

National Coalition for Arts' Preparedness & Emergency Response (NCAPER)

NCAPER is a voluntary task force of national, regional, state, and local arts organizations, public agencies, and foundations, NCAPER helps ensure that artists, arts/cultural organizations, cultural funders, and arts businesses have the capacity and ability to respond effectively to disasters and emergencies affecting the arts and culture sector.

Sustainable Arts Foundation
Awards supporting artists and writers with families with up to $6,000.

Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund

If you are a musician who has lost income due to a canceled gig as a result of the Coronavirus / Covid-19 outbreak, this new grant provides monetary support to musicians who have lost income due to a canceled gig as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Anonymous Was a Woman Relief Grants

This grant allows women-identifying artists to apply for up to $2,500 for financial hardships from loss of income or opportunity as a direct result of the crisis. The application opens April 6.

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

This emergency fund can provide up to $200 for people of color that are either working artist or art administration and are affected by COVID-19.

The Creator Fund

ConvertKit has established a fund to help creators in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have already received more applications than they have funding, but encourage creators to still apply.

Kinkade Family Foundation Emergency Grant for Curators

This emergency grant provides funding for a curatorial project that sheds light on the world during this time of darkness. Priority will be given to curators who have a venue secured for their project and are greatly impacted by the challenges we are facing due to COVID-19.

The Photographer Fund

Format has put together a $25,000 relief fund designed to help photographers facing financial difficulties during the outbreak. The fund offers $500 per person.

Art Interrupted Emergency Arts Fund

Twenty Summer launched an emergency fund for artists and arts organizations suffering from unexpected and unmanageable financial loss as a result of the COVID-19. Artists can receive up to $500, while arts organizations can receive up to $1,000.

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council 

The Emergency Fund for Artists will now provide up to $500 in assistance to artists experiencing loss of income due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Emergency Fund also remains available for other unforeseen emergencies that may impact your ability to work, such as flood, theft, or fire.

Artist Relief

To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States. Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists. Check out the FAQs and apply here.

Countering Hate with Art

The Slants Foundation is seeking art that sparks conversations about anti-Asian racism using compassion and empathy in an unconventional manner. More specifically, these are works that resemble an open letter to those who are directing negative and hateful acts towards Asians and Asian Americans. While their actions are not tolerated, we understand that hate is often fueled by pain, ignorance, and shame. We are looking for works of art that can build bridges with others by exploring ideas through an open letter. Multiple grants of $250 are available for new or existing work that meet the criteria. For more information, visit:


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What Inspires and Influences You As An Artist?
Saturday, April 18, 2020
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What Inspires you and as Influences you as an Artist?


Please feel free to post your inspirations in the comment section of this blog! Here are my inspirations:

 The very first piece of modern art that inspired me as a child was Chicago PicassoI was only 8 at the time, and I had never been dwarfed by a sculpture, and one that was abstract in nature. My mother patiently described Picasso's work to me and said "Not everything has to look exactly as it does in real life. All things are open to interpretation and inspire artists to make new things." 

"The Chicago Picasso (often just The Picasso) is an untitled monumental sculpture by Pablo Picasso in Chicago, Illinois. The sculpture, dedicated on August 15, 1967, in Daley Plaza in the Chicago Loop, is 50 feet (15.2 m) tall and weighs 162 short tons (147 t).[1] The Cubist sculpture by Picasso was the first such major public artwork in Downtown Chicago, and has become a well-known landmark."

A painting that mesmerizes me to this day is George Inness' Sunset, Montclair, 1892. As I stood transfixed by the painting, I could actually feel the heat of the setting sun as it turns golden and melted into the landscape. I saw this painting for the first time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC when I was just graduating from art school. It was a retrospective of the American painter, who was a part of the Hudson River School. But he took his expression a step further into the realm of painting best known as Romantic Realism. He leaves many things un-painted and obscured which imbues a feeling of mystery and magic into his moody landscape paintings. 

I used to be a realistic painter of New England Landscapes- but I have been an abstract painter now for over 30 years. My favorite painter is Joan Mitchell, and her painting East Ninth Street- 1956. This painting's explosion of color and frantic, yet intentional brush strokes embodies what I would like to achieve with my abstract landscape paintings. I study her fantastic and expressionistic paintings often- they help me loosen up my own compositions and remind me to trust my own process and creative expressions.

I traveled to Italy many years ago and wandered into the town of Orvieto- just north of Rome. In the center of town is the Orvieto Duomo: The Orvieto Cathedral Literally Took My Breath Away! The entire front facade of the cathedral is adorned with an ornate mosaic of tiny tiles.  And imbued into the mosaic are tiles made of pure gold. The church faces west and as the sun sets, the pieces of gold reflect back the golden light of the sun inviting everyone to come and see its magnificence. It is truly breathtaking. I wandered inside on a hots summer day and settled in a pew, my skin feeling cool in moments in the hushed stillness. It took me a very long tome to take in all of the beauty. I think I sat for an hour, as time stood still. I marveled at all of the people that must have come together to create such beautiful piece of history.

"Orvieto Cathedral (ItalianDuomo di Orvieto; Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta) is a large 14th-century Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and situated in the town of Orvieto in Umbria, central Italy. Since 1986, the cathedral in Orvieto has been the episcopal seat of the former Diocese of Todi as well."

 Ultimately, and most consistently, the beauty of nature inspires me. I find beauty in light, in trees, in the clouds every day. I have put one of my abstract landscapes as the last photo here it's part of The Cosmos Series. Please feel free to share what inspires you too!



The Beauty of Black & White Photography
Wednesday, April 08, 2020
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"When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence." Ansel Adams

There are days when it is just too beautiful outside to stay inside. Nature is so grounding, and in these times of the Corona Virus, it is so important to stay centered. Nothing grounds me and comforts me like nature. Tell me how you stay centered in times like theses by posting a comment. And stay safe fellow artists!