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Come To The Light Brings Artist Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider Art To The Sheen Center

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“The world is in turmoil and I hope to offer people a respite by providing some calm” Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider. “I am motivated to paint and share my passion. I strive to create a place of serenity that nature offers us. Landscape, skyscape and seascape are my means of communication. Ours is a beautiful planet and I encourage all to take good care of it.”

T2C’s Magda Katz talked to the artist about her work

“If we wish to have the light, we must keep the sun; if we wish to keep our forests we must keep our trees; if we wish to keep our perfumes, we must keep our flowers- and if we wish to keep our rights, then we must keep our God.” Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

The Gallery at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, 18 Bleecker Street, presents “Come To The Light,” an exhibition of paintings by the artist Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider May 16 – June 14. The exhibition, exclusively at The Sheen Center, is free and open to the public daily from 11AM – 5PM. All artwork on exhibition is available for purchase. The Gallery at The Sheen Center is open daily from 9AM to 11PM. For further details, visit www.SheenCenter.org/events/detail/Come-To-The-Light.

“Come To The Light,” returns to The Gallery at The Sheen Center, having previously exhibited there in 2021 and 2022. Ms. Dilenschneider has had five solo exhibitions in Paris and Avignon, plus she participated in two invitational art fairs, one in Paris at the Grande Palais and another in Monaco at the Grimaldi Palace.

His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, says “Jan Dilenschneider is a wonderful friend and I am grateful she shares her talents and treasures with us. We are fortunate that Jan’s beautiful works of art will once again be on display at The Sheen Center, and encourage everyone to pay a visit and share in her vision of bringing people into the Light!”

Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider created her first oil on canvas painting at the age of 12. At 16, her entry at the Ohio State Fair was rejected because it had no hanging wire affixed to the canvas. A kind, older gentleman came to the rescue and quickly fashioned a wire to the back. That kind man was Roy Lichtenstein, one of the world’s most acclaimed artists. The watercolor won 1st Prize in the competition and Dilenschneider has been painting ever since.

Based in Connecticut, she finds much of her inspiration in the wondrous variegation of nature. Dilenschneider is an expressionist painter who has been influenced by many styles of art including impressionism. She is known for her rich palette, loose brush strokes, and luminous misty vistas. Her affinity for landscapes and the atmospheric effects of light and color create a mystery in her artwork that draws you into the unique painting. Jan has plans for several exhibitions for later in the year. She wants you to fall in love with nature all over again.

For more information, visit www.JanDilendchneider.com.

Sheen Center for Thought & Culture (www.sheencenter.org) is a haven for the arts and provides a platform for provocative conversations about diverse and inclusive aspects of humanity as seen through the creative lens of faith and respect. Located on historic Bleecker Street, the Sheen Center is a venue where art and spirituality meet. The Sheen features a 273-seat neoclassical proscenium theater and a newly renovated, 80-seat, flexible Black Box – The Frank Shiner Theater. The Sheen Center also features an art gallery, rehearsal studios and meeting | reception spaces. Since opening in 2015, the Sheen has hosted several movie premieres as well as innovative productions by companies including Houses on the Moon, Red Bull Theater, TheaterWorksUSA, and Bedlam. Included among the hundreds of artists who have performed at The Sheen are Board Members, Vanessa Williams, and Frank Shiner as well Kristin Chenoweth, Nora Jones, James Taylor, Bernie Williams, Kirk Whalum, and Eileen Ivers. The Sheen is a preferred venue for WFUV Radio’s Membership Marquee Concerts and hosts SOHO Forum monthly debate series, and in 2022, was chosen for the filming of the series, “Inside the Black-Box” hosted by Emmy Award-winning actor Joe Morton and producer Tracey Moore, and featuring prominent creatives of color, ranging from actors to producers to directors, writers, and musicians.

Featured photo is “Light on the Water,” 30 x 30, oil on canvas (left); and “Sunrise,” 36 x 48, oil on canvas (right), by Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider

Magda Katz has been in the entertainment world for most of her life as a child actress, assistant to the head publicist of Avco Embassy Pictures, theatrical print agent. She went on to manage the show business career of her 2 children for over 15 years. For the last five years Magda has been filming and editing video trailers of live performances as well as celebrity interviews. Broadway After Dark was the first website to feature her video trailers. She contributed in creating a star studded 90th birthday party for Mickey Rooney at Feinstein’s at the Regency Hotel. Her video trailers have a large international following. Videos are featured on www.t2conline.com. All of Magda’s videos can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/user/MagdaCorrespondent

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The Moxie of Miguel Paredes – World-Renowned Artist Set for Latest Exhibit in New York at Park West Gallery

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The sensational oeuvre of world-renowned artist Miguel Paredes is set for a sensational new exhibit at Park West Gallery on July 18.
Celebrating a famed career filled with hundreds of pieces of noteworthy artwork, the highly anticipated show will premiere in New York City this summer at the globally recognized gallery. A full spectrum of his body of work will bring together his intricate and trailblazing talents that have for decades made him an integral part of the magic of the modern artworld. The New York native turned innovator of the grand Wynwood art scene in Miami is the true master of the Urban Realism movement. He brilliantly merges cutting-edge techniques of street art, pop art and Japanese animation to create his own explosive style evident in every series of trend-forward collected art pieces he creates.

Urban Koi” 30”x40” oil on gold leaded canvas 2024

Embarking on a journey that will bring a bright spotlight to his everlasting and vibrant career, Paredes will be honored with the unique show that is an ode to his transformative energy that since his humble beginnings as a young painter who came originally from the hospitality industry to turn into an entrepreneurial genius of the business of art.

Drawing much of his inspiration from pop icons such as his own mentor Ronnie Cutrone from The Factory and even Warhol himself along with the notorious Keith Haring, his sequences of street graffiti, landscape and pop art have propelled his crossover from street walls in the 1980s to becoming a highly regarded creator of fine decorative art that is perpetually prized by collectors around the globe. Prosperous and influential on an international scale, his name is known by celebrity collectors including icons such as Lance Bass, Kenan Thompson, Elton John, and Justin Bieber to name a few.
Sharing his inner workings and passions Paredes states about his enthusiasm for the Park West Gallery debut, “To be able to have this retrospective of my work in Soho and come full circle to be where I began is incredibly exciting.”
The accolade is a beautiful testament as to what makes him a vibrant part of the art community as much as a beloved figure to fans around the world. Through the lens of unique techniques and visionary visuals, the audience can traverse his phenomenal pieces that are reinforced with the undeniable expression of bold colors and vibrant strokes. You can tell any story worth telling through what we see and how we see when we glimpse at the captivating work of Paredes.
A painting is never just a painting with him; it is a window into our lives, our history, and our world thanks to the way Paredes expresses himself as an accomplished artist. His massive list of accomplishments and honors is outstanding and impressive.
As the official Godfather of the triumphant independent Miami art scene, he launched the Miguel Paredes Fine Art Gallery from 2011-2018 in the heart of Wynwood Arts District inviting guests to experience complex immersive pieces and literally be a part of the work. Notable other highlights in his life include being named the official artist of the 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY® Awards to signing with ACME Archives to create custom artwork for Disney Underground, which celebrates the interpretations of a new generation of visual artists stemming from the urban underground pop art movement. Corporations and cherished charitable foundations have eagerly collaborated with the trailblazer over the years to create successful campaigns and benchmark moments in modern culture.
Most recently Paredes has produced works in the emerging NFT space launching a 30 year in the making concept called “The Wheelies” an animated sitcom parodying American pop culture, politics, and the human condition with 7,777 collectible NFT characters. Along with other collections “Pulgha Genesis”, “Life in Color Daisy Series” and a collaboration with Artist Eddie Gangland “You’re in My Brain.”
All the inner workings of this magical artistic genius will be found in expressions with the selected pieces on display July 18. Some pieces in the show include: “Love Story,” “Don’t Play Coi with Me,” Sundae Fundae,” “Fist of Speed,” “Papayas to Mangos,” “Love in Shanghai,” “Love Yourself,” and “Miss Liberty.”
To inquire about collecting the artwork of Miguel Paredes, attend one of Park West’s online auction weekends or contact a sales associate at either sales@parkwestgallery.com or (866) 995-0904 ext. 4.
For more information on the July 18 exhibit, please visit https://www.parkwestgallery.com/
For more information on the artist, please visit https://miguelparedes.com/
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Midnight Moment Approximations of Utopia

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From June 1–30, nightly 11:57pm – 12am Midnight Moment will present Marco Brambilla’s Approximations of Utopia. This is a presentation, a vision of a future world fair constructed from the archival images and AI technology, philosophically considering the nature of human hope  and notions of utopia by mining the ambitions of the past. Using AI-generated and archival imagery to conjure the architectural environments of six historic World Expositions—New York (1964), Brussels (1958), Montreal (1967), Osaka (1970), Seville (1992), and Shanghai (2010)—Approximations of Utopia assembles a new configuration of human wonderment through non-human technologies. Each architectural-algorithmic resurrection represents not only the spirit of that nation and society, but also the aspirational dreams and desires from that moment in time. The journey through these dynamic collages of the past leads the viewer to a yet unrealized Expo in the works, unbound from geography or time. This idealized speculation, like any utopia, is an imagined community and society of a future filled with the possibility of a meaningful, peaceful life and civilization.

Approximations of Utopia coincides with the Queens Museum’s celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the 1964–1965 New York World’s Fair, titled Peace Through Understanding, that took place in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The Unisphere, designed by Gilmore D. Clarke and donated by U.S. Steel, was the icon of the Fair and remains the world’s largest sphere. It featured three rings representing the space age achievements of Yuri Gagarin, John Glenn, and Telstar 1, and stood as a monument to America’s success in the space race before Neill Armstrong’s moon landing. Corporate pavilions dominated the Fair, presenting innovations through educational demonstrations, theater, and exhibitionary displays. Ford’s “Magic Skyway,” for example, was a journey through Earth’s history, including animatronic dinosaurs and dioramas, and human evolution, viewed from inside a brand-new Ford Mustang on a moving track. Visions of cities, travel, and technology of the future were foundational for many pavilions, including those sponsored by General Electric, NASA, New York City, and Bell Systems, among many others.

Artnet’s co-presentation of Brambilla’s Midnight Moment in June marks the second iteration of an ongoing partnership that celebrates digital art in the heart of New York City.

AI services were provided by PHI Studio.

Marco Brambilla is a London-based artist known for his elaborate recontextualization of popular and found imagery, as well as his pioneering use of digital imaging technologies in video installation and art. Brambilla’s work has been internationally exhibited and is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum (New York); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; ARCO Foundation (Madrid); and the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington D.C). Notable shows include New Museum, New York; Santa Monica Museum of Art (Retrospective); Seoul Biennial, Korea; Broad Art Museum; and Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul; Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland, Le Centquatre-Paris in France. Brambilla has worked with Creative Time and Art Production Fund in New York to present public art installations, including his Nude Descending Staircase No.3 presented at the Oculus world trade center during Frieze New York. Notable collaborations include 7 Deaths of Maria Callas, an opera by Marina Abramović first presented at the Opéra National de Paris, France, Pélleas et Mélisande, presented by the Opera Vlaanderen in Antwerp, Belgium; and King Size, a 16k on 16k video collage first presented at the Sphere in Las Vegas. Brambilla is a recipient of the Tiffany Comfort Foundation and Tiffany Colbert Foundation awards.

Dreaming in Public brings magical thinking to our civic life. They curate, advise and strategize on making art an integral part of daily life.

The Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows – Corona Park presents contemporary art, events of hyperlocal and international impact, and educational programs reflecting the diversity of Queens and New York City. Changing exhibitions present the work of emerging and established artists, both local and global, that often explore contemporary social issues, as well as the rich history of its site. The Museum works outside its walls through engagement initiatives ranging from multilingual outreach and educational opportunities for adult immigrants, to a plethora of community led art and activism projects. The Museum’s educational programming connects with school children, teens, families, seniors as well as those individuals with physical and mental disabilities. The Queens Museum is located on property owned in full by the City of New York, and its operation is made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Artnet is the leading platform for the global art market, with journalism, insights and tools trusted to broaden the knowledge of professionals, private collectors and art enthusiasts alike. Artnet users and clients are able to navigate the art market with ease and, through its marketplace, buy and sell with confidence. Artnet provides users with the clearest picture of an ever-changing art world and is the leading global destination for art, with more than 60 million users annually.

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The New Banksy Museum Opens Today on Canal And Broadway

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The Banksy Museum opens today at 227 Canal Street and Broadway. T2c was given a special preview of the over 160 works and talked with William Mead the Executive Director Of The Museum.

This is the largest collection of Banksy’s life-sized murals and artwork in the world.

This show has already debuted in Barcelona, Brussels, Kraków and Paris, all of them projects by Hazis Vardar, also the brainchild behind the famous Palace Nightclub in France.

“Street art belongs in the raw setting of the streets, but if people can’t see it, is it even art?”

Banksy is undoubtedly the most famous and controversial street artist. The Banksy Museum has set out to introduce Banksy and his unusual approach through the creativity he has shown in the streets all over the world. There was no question in the mind of the curating team of simply putting Banksy in frames. Visitors will be immersive in his way of looking at the world. The Banksy Museum give a new lease of life to Banksy’s street creations – as many of them have disappeared.

To do the work justice, the creators of the museum created a space that “reflects the street experience” and employed a number of anonymous street artists to recreate Banksy’s work. What you see on the walls isn’t Banksy’s own work but celebratory recreations of both iconic and lesser known pieces that have faded from view no longer.

Tickets for the museum, which will be open daily from 10am to 8pm, are available here. The exhibit spans the second and third floors of the building.

All photo’s and video are by Magda Katz

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Tatpocalypse

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What Tatpocalypse? From May 10th to 12th, 2024, NYC Midtown Manhattan will play host to the Empire State Tattoo Convention. This vibrant event brings together world-famous tattoo artists, Inkmaster stars, and enthusiasts for a weekend filled with creativity, artistry, and community.

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Yet as thousands of unlicensed YouTube-trained “scratchers” face an overly saturated market and drop their stick-and-poke passion for a regular salary, Empire State Tattoo Convention organizer Stefano Alcantara isn’t bothered. “Its a healthy thing for the industry.” said the artist, now in his tenth year in one of the world’s most exciting gathering of tattooers and collectors. “It’s a good cleanse.”

Attendees choose from top of the line tattoo equipment at Unimax.

One week a month, in typical New Yorker fashion, Alcantara makes the trip from his shop in Florida to his Williamsburg shop, Stefano Tattoo Studio. ‘I like the Brooklyn vibe, its more artistic,” says the Peruvian-born entrepreneur. “What happens in NYC has repercussions throughout the world.” 

The sleek new look of tattoo “pens” are said to have multiple functions.

Tattoo fever began to echo off the American landscape twenty years ago with the launch of TLC’s Miami Ink. “Tatsurance” entrepreneur Kim Zem was clever enough to capitalize on the industry’s need to level up professionalism as workplace acceptance grew. “I’ve been selling insurance for 25 years. I had to be very professional in manner and dress…but I loved tattoos!” 

“My tattoo artist friends asked me to help them develop insurance that made sense for them and their clients.” Zem continues, “I started on a laptop as a single mom to an eight-figure annual enterprise. Pigment and Skin is absolutely developed by artists for artists.”

Traveling to the Big Apple was another industry perk for the bubbly Seattle native. “I love the people!”

The Empire State Tattoo convention will be open from noon to Midnight Friday and Saturday and until 8pm Sunday. Tickets are $40 at the door. For more information see https://www.empirestatetattooexpo.com/

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Fame and Fortune With Mark Kostabi, Peter Max, and Paul Kostabi!

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There is an exciting night of art and NYC culture at the Park West Gallery SoHo Live Auction “Fame and Fortune” featuring Manhattan Masters: Mark Kostabi, Peter Max, and Paul Kostabi! The auction will be conducted by John Block, certified auctioneer and Park West Executive Vice President on May 9th from 4:30-8 pm at 411 West Broadway.

Experience Mark Kostabi’s surreal world of faceless colorful figures, Peter Max’s Pop and Neo-Expressionist works inspired by the 60s and 70s, and Paul Kostabi’s dynamic blend of music through visual art from the early 80s punk rock scene. It’s an evening celebrating these iconic artists and their remarkable contributions to contemporary art!

Mark Kostabi is unquestionably one of the most recognizable icons to emerge from New York’s legendary 1980s East Village art scene. A contemporary of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kostabi invented a wholly unique art style that has resonated with audiences around the globe. His universal, faceless figures inhabit surreal worlds of colors and contrasts. Worlds where his subjects interact with themes of love, isolation, technology, and modern anxieties.

Peter Max has evolved from a visionary Pop artist of the 1960s to a master of Neo-Expressionism. His vibrant and colorful works have become a lasting part of contemporary American culture and are synonymous with the spirit of the ‘60s and ‘70s. During his long career, the artist has painted for six U.S. presidents, was the official artist for the 2006 Winter Olympics U.S. team, and has created art for Woodstock, World Cups, U.S. Opens, and Super Bowls.

Paul Kostabi, originally from Whittier, California, immersed himself in the punk rock scene of the late 70s/early 80s across California before relocating to New York City, where he found a niche in the East Village art scene while playing with his band Youth Gone Mad at renowned punk venues like CBGBs. Despite being the brother of established artist Mark Kostabi, Paul carved his own path, blending various artistic styles into his work and adopting a unique approach to creation, which he symbolizes as A-R-T: Attack, Release, Threshold, leading to a successful career spanning music and visual arts, with his creations showcased globally in galleries, publications, and museums.

 

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