An installation by one of the masters of 20th-century art comes to Palm Desert
For anyone familiar with the fine art or art history, Robert Rauschenberg is a name who needs no introduction. Challenging yet relevant, Rauschenberg was one of the New York artists when New York was the undisputed heavyweight champion of the art world. His work, along with the work other notable contemporaries, bridged the gap between Abstract Expressionism and Pop art.
[Left to right: Michael Sullivan, owner of LAcarGUY, with Ken Frank, chef/owner of La Toque, and Marty Collins, president/CEO of Gatehouse Capital and sponsor of LA All Stars band for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation event]
Art and Living-sponsored gala helps the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation raise $1.5 million. Sponsored by American Airlines, Toyota and Four Seasons Maui.
For information regarding the 2010 event, please contact Barbara Balik at email@example.com
This last weekend, fine wine and food lovers from around the world joined Art and Living and host of other supporters in participating in one of the nation’s largest single-day charity wine auctions, “A Culinary Evening with the California Winemasters,” at the Warner Bros. Studio backlot. The annual event, which showcases celebrated chefs and restaurateurs, winery owners and winemakers, raised $1,500,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Amazingly, 90.6 cents of every dollar raised at the “Winemasters” gala funds vital cystic fibrosis research and care programs. Cystic fibrosis remains North America’s number-one genetic killer of children and young adults.
This year, Cobblestone Vineyards returned as an Imperial Sponsor for the 20th incarnation of the evening. The event, which is a veritable who’s-who of California’s iconic chefs and wineries, has raised over $17 million since its inception.
[From Left: World Art Foundation Board Director Max Donner – Panel Moderator, Kevin Anderson of Anderson Galleries, Gaynor Strachan Chun 0f Ovation TV, Daniel M. Greene of Marsh Insurance, Jeff Marinelli of Art and Living]
By Max Donner
Beverly Hills Art Expert Panel Highlights Success Stories
L.A.’s role as the creative capital of the world is leading to a brighter future. Four local businesses that are following paths to success in a slow economy showed how in a panel presentation at the Beverly Hills Library on May 16.
Catching up with one of the great philanthropists of our time
By Lisa Stahl
For an institution once considered “establishment,” the current exhibit Burning Down the House is more than merely metaphor. Here at the Brooklyn Museum, wall space is finally repatriated.
In searing, provocative images, nearly fifty works on display at the Center for Feminist Art from feminist artists like Kiki Smith and Lorna Simpson explore gender inequality and perceptions. They participate in more than artistic exhibition; they celebrate the groundbreaking recognition of a movement both artistic and political.
The exhibit mirrors the passionate commitment to social change and gender equality of founder and financier Elizabeth Sackler. The center is her brainchild; it’s the first museum collection devoted not just to female artists but to feminist art.
Talking with the faces behind one of the world’s great cultural institutions
By Kathleen Joiner
On August 23, 2004, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened in Cincinnati, Ohio, steps from the banks of the Ohio River, the dividing line separating slave and free states in the decades leading to the Civil War. Housing slavery era artifacts, permanent and changing exhibits—including an original slave pen, a holding place for slaves awaiting auction—the Freedom Center tells the story of slavery, America’s struggle for freedom, while serving as a safe house to foster healing and restoration.
While the museum was still a concept, a diverse core group of citizens united to raise the necessary $110 million to start the institution. The mission was clear: To reveal stories about freedom’s heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, challenging and inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom today.
We talked to some of these founders and current Freedom Center supporters about why building and growing the Freedom Center is paramount. Here’s what they had to say:
^ John Pepper, Retired CEO of Procter & Gamble and Co-Chair of NURFC’s Board of Directors: “The youngsters are the nucleus of change,” he says. “Change cannot be made if the history is unknown.”
[Left to Right: DreamHome Living Room Designer Grace Sielaff, Sheila Kennedy, and Chris Kennedy. DreamHome is a design house sponsored by Chicago’s Merchandise Mart that features nine couture rooms created by renowned Chicago designers and using furnishings from the Merchandise Mart. Image courtesy of Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.]
In recent years, Chris Kennedy has worked tirelessly to promote art through politics, philanthropy, and sheer love of creativity
By Lynn Morgan
‘‘I don’t know if people who live in Chicago can explain to people who live in LA why art is important!” laughs Chris Kennedy, the president of Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI), the owners and operators of the newly refurbished LA Mart and the producers of ten international art fairs, including Art Chicago, the Toronto International Art Fair, VOLTA and the Armory Show. Because of his involvement in the business of both fine and decorative art, he has a unique perspective on the importance of art to community and to commerce.
Matteo De Paolis of Navona Antiques in West Hollywood will host celebrated designer Joe Nye’s window installation in homage to Sister Parish.
The window unveiling is scheduled on the evening of May 7 in conjunction with the La Cienega Design Quarter’s first annual Legends event, and will display curtains with Chinoiserie print in vivid colors, an antique settee, historic tables from Navona, and decorative wall coverings painted by the fine artists at Gallagher Designs. Joe Nye’s inspiration behind the window vinette, iconic designer Sister Parish, has been a muse-like figure for Nye since he was a young boy. With this window display, Nye is pleased to have the opportunity to give tribute to Parish’s iconic works.
[Artist Dan Gallagher completes Joe Nye’s inspirational design]