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Black Mountain College Museum | Interlude

Interlude, co-produced by the Media Arts Project and Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center is a series of multidisciplinary art events to be held in and around BMCM+AC’s galleries in downtown Asheville starting April 8 through April 29. 12440653_10154100350770159_3745324497159232006_oGo here for more information. Cheers!

Inspired by Josef Albers’ week-long “interlude” when everyone in the Black Mountain College community was expected to take a break from their studies and pursue activities unrelated to their course work, Interlude is a break with our own tradition and will be held in lieu of {Re}HAPPENING, our annual weekend art event at the former Black Mountain College site at Lake Eden.

Ray Spillenger | Rediscovery of a Black Mountain Painter

Join Black Mountain College Museum + Art for their first exhibition in 2016 on Friday, January 22nd from 5:30 to 8:00pm. Go here for the invite.

BackMountainCollegeRaySpillengerCompositionCurated by Dr. Theodore E. Stebbins Jr., Curator of American Art, Emeritus, Harvard Art Museums, this exhibition features mainly early work created just after Spillenger’s summer at Black Mountain College with Willem de Kooning and Josef Albers, among others. After leaving Black Mountain College, Spillenger moved to New York City, where he became a member of “the Club,” Cedar Tavern regular, and friend to Abstract Expressionist luminaries including Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, and Philip Guston. Despite significant contributions to the formation of the New York School, Spillenger did not find commercial and critical success: he was pushed to the margins of the art market during his lifetime, then into the shadows of art history. Ray Spillenger: Rediscovery of a Black Mountain Painter invites a re-examination of 20th-century American art history through a corpus of work made privately and rarely shown to the public. A full color catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

Gallery talk by the Curator at 6:45. See you there. Cheers!

Modern Detour | NYC

IMG_1898Hi Folks. My apologies for the absence of content for the past few days, but I was fortunate to have Jim Bixby of 828 Design escort me on a quick and creative design inspired weekend in Manhattan. For 51 years I’ve been wanting to visit the Guggenheim and I was finally able to realize that dream to experience this exhibition building. They are currently hosting a show called “Storylines” which was right up my alley. From their collection they pulled 137813_35d1eb1d16e9d468_bnarrative driven, contemporary art telling a variety of stories by the artists. The Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design featured a great exhibit and tour on Heatherwick Studios, a London-based design firm, call Provocations. The inspiring examples showed what can be accomplished leaving behind standard thinking in building and construction. Finally, we visited the new Whitney Museum of American Art designed by Renzo Piano situated between the end of the High lederman-o05a9997-web_2340Line and the Hudson River and just down from our hotel. Very stunning experience given its relationship to context and a very NY collection of art. A provocative combination and worth a relaxing stroll.

Thanks again to Jim for providing the tour and thanks to Kelly and Matt, here at Modern Asheville Real Estate, for supporting me in taking this inspiring opportunity and continuing to grow our business. Cheers to all!

Champagne and Chinet

Black Mountain College Museum and
Art Center fundraiser

Art, champagne, the sound of a gavel, and the shout of “SOLD!” made for a fun and lively summer evening at the Young Men’s Institute (YMI), a historic Asheville landmark.  It was the annual Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center (BMCM+AC) “Food for Thought”

Entering the YMI, we greeted a few friends including Alice Sebrell, Director of the BMCM+AC, and quickly made our way to the freely flowing champagne bar, reviewed the auction items and planned our bidding strategy.  We knew competition was going to be tough as the lots were beautiful ceramic plates and platters designed and decorated by some of Western North Carolina’s nationally and internationally recognized contemporary artists including Taiyo la Paix, Donald Sultan, Marcia Cohen, and Alli Good.  Each plate featured a quote from a Black Mountain College poet, painter, philosopher, architect or scientist and were interpreted by the participating artists.

Alli Good + Marcia Cohen + Taiyo La Paix

The auction began promptly at 8:45 with 30 ceramic art pieces to be sold in support of the BMCM+AC.  Our competitive instincts had to kick in as the  plates were being sold between blinks and sips of champagne.  The highest price bid was $625.00 for Kathy Triplett’s “The doors keep rattling – Denise Levertov” in a dramatic bidding war across the auditorium ending in cheers and hugs.  The average bid price was $275.00.  Alas, we just missed winning Donald Sultan’s “Hot Dog Hot Dog” at $425.00.

The evening came to a close with a very special treat – Visual artist Mel Chin entertaining us with a conceptual performance piece.  Chin’s piece grew out of the combination of his time constraint, ethnicity, and theme for the evening…the use of plates to convey a former Black Mountain School artist’s quote.  Chin’s work typically focusses on environmental, cultural or social circumstances in an effort to bring light to our place in this world.  For Saturday night’s performance, Chin used lighthearted humor to highlight each poem.  Being of Chinese decent, he selected 4 Chinet  paper dinner plates as his medium, (get the play on words here?);  with one imprinted with maggots, one with a gingerbread man, one modified as a yellow mask, and one, a plate with the bite taken out of it highlighting the bitterness of the process and the referenced poem.

Brigid Burns + Donald Sultan

The bidding ended on a high note – one lucky participant walked home with a unique time capsule of a piece created  by an internationally recognized conceptual artist preserving the legacy of an important American cultural institution; Black Mountain College.  The richness of all the artist’s contributions and the benevolence of the bidders made for a fantastic evening.

Article written by Cameron Campbell and Photos courtesy of Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center