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Nettles Artists Collective vence o prêmio Brazilian International Press Award com o espetáculo Apple of My Eye.

NEW YORK – 12 de abril de 2016 – O elenco da companhia Nettles Artists Collective (NAC) e a escritora e atriz Tathi Piancastelli recebem prêmio do Brazilian International Press 2016, pela realização da peça teatral Apple of My Eye (AOME), também conhecida como Menina dos Meus Olhos. O anúncio da premiação do coletivo foi seguido por manifestações de apoio em sua página oficial, no Facebook.

Apple of My Eye é um espetáculo multimídia de teatro físico, produzido por Nettles Artists Collective e escrito por Piancastelli, artista brasileira com síndrome de Down. Piancastelli interpreta a protagonista Bella, uma jovem que, por meio de suas diferenças, transforma-se em catalisadora para aceitação social e preenche lacunas existentes entre o amor e o medo. A peça é a primeira produção profissional a envolver uma artista com a síndrome. A diretora brasileira de Apple of My Eye (Menina dos Meus Olhos), Débora Balardini, descobriu o trabalho de Piancastelli em 2012. Débora convidou sua parceira artística e de negócios, Sandie Luna, que atua na peça, a fazer a direção conceitual e assistência de direção do projeto. As duas trabalharam intensamente com Piancastelli, utilizando técnicas de experimentação vocal, vídeo e fisicalidade para moldar a narrativa.

Balardini explica a importância de capacitar mulheres latinas nas artes: “Não só estamos criando uma marca empreendedora no universo criativo, mas também buscamos incluir as vozes latinas, quase sempre silenciadas, como a de Tathi e outras pessoas com diferentes habilidades, que raramente são incluídos no espectro do que chamamos de ‘normal’. Nós celebramos as diferenças e a inclusão nas artes como um passo ainda básico, mas essencial, para mudanças na sociedade”.

Luna também comenta a importância de se quebrar estereótipos por intermédio do teatro: “ Apple of My Eye é um exemplo perfeito do papel das artes no aprofundamento do diálogo em torno de questões que tanto são ignoradas. Muitas vezes nos deparamos com um tema delicado, de difícil abordagem, mas enquanto uma obra de arte não trás essa disussão para o centro das atenções, o assunto permanece mudo, estático. A arte tem o poder de mudar esse status quo rapidamente e, ao se utilizar de questões como a inclusão, faz literalmente a diferença com eficácia. Nettles Artists Collective reconhece esse poder, por isso se orgulha de idealizar projetos como AOME“.

Sob a direção e liderança de Balardini e Luna, NAC se interessa pela inclusão nas artes, sendo a única companhia latina de teatro físico sediada em Nova York e com residência no Punto Space. Durante período de votação para o Brazilian International Press Award, NAC e Piancastelli ganharam grande popularidade ao apresentarem um segmento de Apple of My Eye (Menina dos Meus Olhos), em evento promovido pela UNICEF, no último 21 de março, Dia Internacional da Síndrome de Down, em apoio ao fim da violência contra as crianças e adolescentes com deficiência.

NAC tem, atualmente, residência artística no Punto Space, espaço que acolhe, também, Tathi e todo o elenco de AOME. Seu parceiro nesta produção, o Instituto MetaSocial, apoia de maneira entusiástica a promoção da inclusão apresentada por AOME. A peça está programada para visitar Brasil e Europa em 2016.

ELENCO

Bella …… Tathi Piancastelli

Il Corvo …… Connor Dylan

Carmelita …… Andressa Furletti

Alemão …… Sandro Isaack

Totó …… Ibsen Santos

Leo …… Jaime Puerta

Juju …… Carolina Ravassa

Mano …… Fabio Costaprado

Eduardo …… Braulio Cruz

Ana Alice …… Sandie Luna

Bruno …… Cacá Macedo

FICHA TÉCNICA

Direção – Débora Balardini

Concepção e Assistência de Direção – Sandie Luna

Diretor de Palco – Connor Dylan

Audiovisual – Jaime Puerta

Iluminação – Erin Jones

Sonoplastia – Sergio Krakowski

Operação de Som e Vídeo – Victoria Bausch

Legendas – Giovanna Almeida

Produção Executiva – Piancastelli & Heiderich

Produção Artística e Execução – Nettles Artists Collective

Nettles Artists Collective (Producer | www.NettlesArtists.com)

NAC é um coletivo de artistas de Nova York, dirigido por mulheres latinas, que tem como objetivo criar projetos originais utilizando como base o teatro físico e as artes visuais. Sua missão é impregnar a cena artística americana de vozes globalmente diversas e colaborações multidisciplinares. O coletivo é composto por escritores, atores, pintores, dançarinos, cineastas, músicos, artistas visuais e performáticos, que se movimentam e criam juntos. Sob a direção artística de Débora Balardini e Sandie Luna, NAC cria histórias universais, através da experiência de seus artistas. NAC é atualmente uma companhia residente no PUNTO Space em Nova York. (www.nettlesartists.com)

Debora Balardini (Diretora/Atriz/Educadora | www.deborabalardini.com)

Debora Balardini, ha mais de 28 anos, vem ensinando e realizando trabalhos em vários países, incluindo Japão, Argentina, Chile, Estados Unidos, França e em seu país de origem, Brasil. Ela tem uma extensa experiência de dança no ballet, jazz e sapateado, além de seus 15 anos de experiencia como instrutora de Hatha yoga. Como atriz, pesquisou e treinou diversas técnicas de teatro físico como Grotowski, Stemwerk, Suzuki, View Points e, nos últimos 9 anos, Choreographic Theatre e Técnica de Roy Hart para a voz. Entre seus trabalhos como diretora, estão, Meu Vazio é o Movimento, Inside. Not Looking Out, A Serpente de Nelson Rodrigues e Infinito Enquanto Dure, baseado na vida e obra de Vinícius de Moraes. Débora é co-Fundadora e co-Diretora Artística da companhia Nettles Artists Collective, co-Fundadora e Diretora Executiva do Grupo.BR, única companhia brasileira de teatro de Nova York e também fundadora do Punto – An Event & Performance Space em Midtown Manhattan.

Tathi Piancastelli (Escritora/Atriz | www.tathipiancastelli.com)

Nascida em São Paulo, Brasil, Tathi Piancastelli é apresentadora, atriz e ativista. Começou sua carreira nas artes após estudar teatro em Campinas, Brasil, de 2003 a 2010. Atuou em diversos espetáculos como Boca de Ouro, Um homem é um homem, Brilho Stars e o musical Grease, além de participar de comerciais para TV Globo e EPTV. Foi representante do Brasil no Dia Internacional de Síndrome de Down 2010, durante evento nas Nações Unidas. Atualmente, apresenta o programa Ser Diferente em conjunto com a organização Instituto MetaSocial. Tathi é escritora da peça Apple of My Eye (Menina dos Meus Olhos) na qual faz o papel principal.

Instituto MetaSocial (Apoio | metasocial.org.br)

O Instituto MetaSocial tem trabalhado por mais de 20 anos desenvolvendo programas para promover a inclusão social na mídia. O objetivo do grupo é mostrar uma representação positiva, alegre e divertida de todas as pessoas, independentemente das suas limitações, crenças, diferenças, com a idéia de que todos têm o mesmo valor humano e, portanto, merecem ser tratados com respeito e dignidade. MetaSocial é uma organização sem fins lucrativos que trabalha principalmente através de parcerias.

Contato (English): Kahshanna Evans | PR@KissingLions.com | (646) 580-6076
Contato (Portuguese): Giovana Almeida | Giovanna@PUNTOSpace.com | (929) 384-0766
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Nettles Artists Collective apresenta, na UNICEF, a primeira peça profissional escrita e atuada por uma artista com síndrome de Down

NOVA YORK- 4 de Março de 2016.  O Fundo das Nações Unidas para a Infância – UNICEF convida o elenco da peça Menina dos Meus Olhos (Apple of My Eye, em inglês), para apresentar o trabalho na sede da UNICEF, em Nova Iorque, no próximo 21 de Março. A data é celebrada em apoio ao Global Partnership of Children with Disabilities (Parceria Global para Crianças com Deficiência), como parte de seu programa de combate à violência contra a criança e o adolescente com deficiência. A dramaturga de Apple of My Eye, Tathi Piancastelli, é a primeira atriz e autora brasileira, com a síndrome, a ter seu trabalho produzido profissionalmente nos Estados Unidos.

Piancastelli interpreta o papel principal de Bella, uma jovem que ganha aceitação social e explora as lacunas entre o amor e o medo.

Após a apresentação, a diretora da peça, Debora Balardini, a diretora conceitual, Sandie Luna, Tathi Piancastelli e uma série de convidados participam de um painel, seguido por uma sessão de perguntas e respostas. Balardini e Luna são co-fundadoras da Nettles Artists Collective (NAC), companhia produtora do espetáculo Apple of My Eye, que têm, como casa artística, Punto Space, espaço localizado em Nova Iorque.

Nattles Artists Collective tem orgulho de trazer para o centro do diálogo temáticas relacionadas à inclusão, elevando o nível das discussões sobre a diversidade, já que se apresenta como a única companhia latina de teatro físico de Nova Iorque. Nettles Artists e Punto Space têm sido casa criativa para Tathi e o elenco da peça, que ainda contam com a parceria do Instituto MetaSocial, que também compartilha do entusiasmo no desejo de incluir que a peça promove. A cereja do bolo é, no momento, a indicação de Apple of My Eye para o Brazilian International Press Award 2016 nas categorias melhor atriz, ator e espetáculo.

Balardini e Luna tiveram seu primeiro contato com a peça em 2012, e, desde então, têm trabalhado de forma colaborativa e intensa com Piancastelli e o restante do elenco, sempre utilizando, como base da pesquisa, a experimentação e o treinamento vocal e físico. “É uma honra apresentar essa peça na UNICEF. Um projeto que teve como ponto de partida cinco páginas nascidas do fluxo criativo de consciência de Tathi. Esta ação é um marco para o projeto, para a companhia e, principalmente, para o enfrentamento dos desafios de inclusão”, diz Debora Balardini.

Luna, que também atua no espetáculo, dedica-se a desenhar diferentes camadas e coloridos ao trabalho de interpretação das personagens arquetípicas criadas por Tathi, que tocam em temas sensíveis como medo, violência, esperança e sonho. “O texto de Tathi aborda diretamente a violência experimentada por indivíduos com deficiência, colocando a arte como poderosa arma contra o preconceito, atraindo a atenção para o assunto e para a necessidade de se discutir”, diz Sandie Luna.

Com outro texto dramatúrgico a caminho, Piancastelli reflete sobre o trabalho atual e o recente reconhecimento, “Eu gosto da peça cada vez mais.” Apple of My Eye agora se prepara para iniciar uma turnê pela Europa, África e Brasil em 2016.

SERVIÇO

A Menina dos Meus Olhos (Apple of My Eye)

21 de Março de 2016

Às 13:00 na Unicef House, 3 United Nations Plaza, Nova York.

Fotos em anexo.

Nettles Artists Collective (Producer | www.nettlesartists.com)

NAC é um coletivo de artistas de Nova York, dirigido por mulheres latinas, que tem como objetivo criar projetos originais utilizando como base o teatro físico e as artes visuais. Sua missão é impregnar a cena artística americana de vozes globalmente diversas e colaborações multidisciplinares. O coletivo é composto por escritores, atores, pintores, dançarinos, cineastas, músicos, artistas visuais e performáticos, que se movimentam e criam juntos. Sob a direção artística de Débora Balardini e Sandie Luna, NAC cria histórias universais, através da experiência de seus artistas. NAC é atualmente uma companhia residente no PUNTO Space em Nova York.

Debora Balardini (Diretora/Atriz/Educadora | www.deborabalardini.com)

Debora Balardini, ha mais de 28 anos, vem ensinando e realizando trabalhos em vários países, incluindo Japão, Argentina, Chile, Estados Unidos, França e em seu país de origem, Brasil. Ela tem uma extensa experiência de dança no ballet, jazz e sapateado, além de seus 15 anos de experiencia como instrutora de Hatha yoga. Como atriz, pesquisou e treinou diversas técnicas de teatro físico como Grotowski, Stemwerk, Suzuki, View Points e, nos últimos 9 anos, Choreographic Theatre e Técnica de Roy Hart para a voz. Entre seus trabalhos como diretora, estão, Meu Vazio é o Movimento, Inside. Not Looking Out, A Serpente de Nelson Rodrigues e Infinito Enquanto Dure, baseado na vida e obra de Vinícius de Moraes. Débora é co-Fundadora e co-Diretora Artística da companhia Nettles Artists Collective, co-Fundadora e Diretora Executiva do Grupo.BR, única companhia brasileira de teatro de Nova York e também fundadora do Punto – An Event & Performance Space em Midtown Manhattan.

Tathi Piancastelli (Escritora/Atriz | www.tathipiancastelli.com)

Nascida em São Paulo, Brasil, Tathi Piancastelli é apresentadora, atriz e ativista. Começou sua carreira nas artes após estudar teatro em Campinas, Brasil, de 2003 a 2010. Atuou em diversos espetáculos como Boca de Ouro, Um homem é um homem, Brilho Stars e o musical Grease, além de participar de comerciais para TV Globo e EPTV. Foi representante do Brasil no Dia Internacional de Síndrome de Down 2010, durante evento nas Nações Unidas. Atualmente, apresenta o programa Ser Diferente em conjunto com a organização Instituto MetaSocial. Tathi é escritora da peça Apple of My Eye (Menina dos Meus Olhos) na qual faz o papel principal.

Instituto MetaSocial (Apoio | metasocial.org.br)

O Instituto MetaSocial tem trabalhado por mais de 20 anos desenvolvendo programas para promover a inclusão social na mídia. O objetivo do grupo é mostrar uma representação positiva, alegre e divertida de todas as pessoas, independentemente das suas limitações, crenças, diferenças, com a idéia de que todos têm o mesmo valor humano e, portanto, merecem ser tratados com respeito e dignidade. MetaSocial é uma organização sem fins lucrativos que trabalha principalmente através de parcerias.

Contato (English): Kahshanna Evans | PR@KissingLions.com | (646) 580-6076
Contato (Portuguese): Giovana Almeida | Giovanna@PUNTOSpace.com | (929) 384-0766
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Soho Contemporary Art Introduces Artist Rich Simmons in London Calling
 Sale and Exhibition

New York, New York (August 7, 2014) –   Soho Contemporary Art introduces artist Rich Simmons in his first solo exhibition in the United States, “London Calling.” There will be a private VIP invitation only reception on Thursday evening, September 18, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and a public grand opening on Saturday, September 20, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Rich Simmons will be in attendance for both events.

Simmons, a rising star in the international art scene, is coming off of three very successful solo shows in the United Kingdom. In “London Calling,” Rich Simmons is bringing his latest works to the Bowery, which includes recognizable imagery from pop culture, such as super-heroes that project his opinions and sense of humor on these familiar and well-known images. Simmons is best known for his street art piece celebrating the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, entitled “Future ***King,” depicting the royal couple as Sid & Nancy of the Sex Pistols, which went global within hours of its release.

The Bowery has been associated with street art since artists such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat called the street home. At Soho Contemporary Art, Rich Simmons’ art is hanging next to those of Haring and Basquiat. They all use social commentary in their works, and their messages question different political issues. Jean-Michel Basquiat focused on suggestive dichotomies, such as wealth versus poverty and integration versus segregation, while Haring concentrated on sexuality, war, birth, and death; Simmons’ work deconstructs subcultures and celebrates their relationships.

Gallery owner Rick Rounick anticipates the invitation-only VIP event: “Rich Simmons is an emerging artist coming from the United Kingdom, where he has had great success in his three solo shows. We are very excited to introduce him and his work to the New York and American art scenes. New York City and Soho Contemporary Art are the perfect place for Simmons to present his social commentary and sense of humor. For Rich Simmons to unveil his work next to artists who both rose to fame on the Bowery creates a visual timeline of the evolution of Street Art both on the Bowery and in New York City. Also, as an emerging artist, it is an opportunity for experienced collectors to invest in a painting by a future star.”

Simmons, who has suffered from mild autism and depression, is enthusiastic about debuting in the Bowery as art has been a transformative medium for him. “Art saved my life, I really have a debt to art,” says Simmons. “New York is such an exciting city culturally, and a lot of artists and art movements that originated in the city have played a huge role in shaping the art I love and the style that inspires me. My style is really inspired by street art, graffiti, pop art, and comic books, and New York has been the epicentre for the most iconic people in these genres. I’m hoping that while I’m here making the artwork for my exhibition, I can get the opportunity to share the message and story of Art Is the Cure (AITC) with people through schools and universities as a way to give back to the art community.”

Simmons has trail blazed a whole new genre of street and pop art often inspired by retro, vintage style ’50s imagery with pin ups, with silver era comic books having a prominent role in the work as well. Solo exhibitions thus far have explored beauty through just being yourself, seeing the beauty in everything, and observing a new perspective of beauty in the world and ourselves, inside and out, that travels beyond the obvious.

Collectors of Simmons’ work include Prince Charles, Blink 182 front man Mark Hoppus, fashionista Chloe Green, and important private collections in New York, Singapore, Paris, Dubai, Monaco, and London.

About Rich Simmons: Rich Simmons is an award-winning rising star in the British art scene who has garnered international coverage. Born in Peterborough in 1986, Rich Simmons now resides in London and is completely self taught; he is proud to be trail blazing a whole new genre of art—a fusion of street and pop art often inspired by retro, vintage style ’50s imagery with pin ups, with silver era comic books having a prominent role in the work as well. The use of his bold color palette, hand drawn and hand cut stencils, drop shadow illusions and reclaimed billboards that have been pulled down from the streets are proving Rich is both an innovator and a highly collectable artist. Simmons is the founder of “Art Is the Cure.” A social network for the creative community, the foundation promotes the idea that art—in whatever its form—is a kind of self therapy, and Rich uses his own story to motivate and inspire others.

About Soho Contemporary Art: Soho Contemporary Art is located in the heart of Manhattan’s Lower East Side on the southeast corner of Bowery and Houston Street. Our 2,900 square foot gallery features the artwork of Alex Katz, Andy Warhol, Bambi, Burton Morris, Christopher Wool, Donald Sultan, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jim Dine, Keith Haring, Neil Leifer, Robert Longo, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Takashi Murakami, Tom Wesselmann and many others. With over 30 years of experience, we have provided the finest condition artwork at the best possible price points to collectors and galleries located around the world. Soho Contemporary Art is committed to maintaining the highest level of service to our clients. We cater to both the established as well as the beginning collector interested in investment quality contemporary art.

For interviews please contact Kahshanna Evans at PR (at) KissingLions (dot) com or call (646) 580-6076.

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Soho Contemporary Art Proudly Welcomes Ringo Starr Peace&Love Exhibition and Sale

Peace&Love Exhibition and Sale

 

Soho Contemporary Art, a pop art and post-war contemporary art gallery located in the historic Bowery district in New York City, by invitation only, on June 19th, 7:00pm-9:00pm, is pleased to welcome the Ringo Starr Peace & Love exhibition of pop-art inspired self portraits and peace inspired visual art - 100% of the proceeds will go to Mr. Starr’s charitable organization, The Lotus Foundation. *Purchase of signed Ringo Starr work required to attend VIP reception. Noteworthy recent Soho Contemporary Art gallery events this year include Haring & Basquiat, an exhibition and sale. *To request an exhibition catalogue please contact Richard Benton at Soho Contemporary Art (646.719.1316) or email info@sohocontemporaryart.com.

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Haring and Basquiat, “Back to the Bowery” Well Received at Soho Contemporary Art

Soho Contemporary Art, "Back to the Bowery"

 

Soho Contemporary Art was pleased to present Back to the Bowery, a sale and exhibition that ranfrom April 10th until April 24th featuring iconic artists Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.  Back to the Bowery succeeded in exposing collectors to a significant selection of rare pieces for purchase during the recent invitation only VIP reception that featured guest speakers Paul Tschinkel, documentary filmmaker, and art historian, Marc H. Miller.  Extraordinary film footage of Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat wasverywell received.

Rick Rounick states, “Back To The Bowery revisits a “radiant” period in the New York art scene when creativity and collaboration in art, music and letters was the norm not the exception.  Our very presence on The Bowery is a long term commitment to continuing the tradition of art in the neighborhood as well as introducing new artists as they come along.  We are very excited to be part of the neighborhood and look forward to many successful years here.”  To view full press release please click HERE.

Excerpts from recent artnet News interview quotes Rounick about the recent gallery event, “We showed our VIP collectors some rare film footage taken at the Fun Gallery in the early-80s. Many of our collectors never met Jean-Michel Basquiat or Keith Haring, and have only seen them vicariously through their artwork. This was a chance for them to hear both artists speak about their work during the most pivotal times of their career. These primary interviews allowed collectors to garner tremendous insight into the artists’ paintings, as they both spoke candidly about their thoughts on their work, inspirations, and aspirations. Haring spoke about his work being in museums when, at the time of his interview in 1982, he was having his first solo exhibition. Basquiat’s interview revealed a soft, shy, thoughtful, and very intelligent artist who was quite open about discussing the meanings behind his complex imagery and literary text.”  To view the full article please click HERE.

About Soho Contemporary Art:

Soho Contemporary Art is Located in the heart of Manhattan’s Lower East Side on the southeast corner of Bowery and Houston Street. Our 2,900 square foot gallery features the artwork of Alex Katz, Andy Warhol, Bambi, Burton Morris, Christopher Wool, Donald Sultan, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jim Dine, Keith Haring, Neil Leifer, Robert Longo, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Takashi Murakami, Tom Wesselmann and many others. With over 30 years of experience we have provided the finest condition artwork at the best possible price points to collectors and galleries located around the world. Soho Contemporary Art is committed to maintaining the highest level of service to our clients. We cater to both the established, as well as the beginning collector, interested in investment quality contemporary art.

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Soho Contemporary Art Features Iconic Artists Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat in “Back to the Bowery” Exhibition

Soho Contemporary Art is pleased to present Back to the Bowery, a sale and exhibition scheduled to run April 10th until April 24th featuring iconic artists Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat from 1980-1990.

Soho Contemporary Art is pleased to present Back to the Bowery, a sale and exhibition scheduled to run April 10th until April 24th featuring iconic artists Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat from 1980-1990.

New York, New York (March 31, 2014) — Soho Contemporary Art is pleased to present Back to the Bowery, a sale and exhibition scheduled to run April 10th until April 24th featuring iconic artists Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat from 1980-1990.  The show is bringing “back to The Bowery” two artists that began their careers in a then depressed area of New York city.  The April 10th VIP reception will embrace guest speakers Paul Tschinkel, documentary filmmaker, and art historian, Marc H. Miller at an invitation only preview event.  Back to the Bowery will expose collectors to a significant selection of “rare” pieces for purchase.

Soho Contemporary Art is a continuation and rebirth of the artists that dominated The Bowery in the eighties, a time when both Basquiat and Haring became the epicenter for the emerging group of artists that blurred the lines between “Street Art” and “Fine Art”.  Back to the Bowery focuses on bringing innovator and visionary Keith Haring back to his early roots on The Bowery.  While Haring began to utilize blank billboards in subways and public spaces with chalk drawings and stylized graffiti Basquiat’s SAMO© (same old shit) became a recognized motif challenging oppressive power structures and racism while celebrating musicians and athletes of African descent.

Both artists have roots as “Street Artists” on and around The Bowery and Lower East Side of Manhattan. Both artists died young leaving a finite amount of work which has continued to increase in value, and now what remains is a “scarcity” of available art for acquisition.  Haring and Basquiat continue influence the world of contemporary art which is at an unprecedented level of popularity and market value and shows no sign of relenting.   The opportunity to acquire originals becomes less achievable each year.  In life and in death, by asserting the collective voice of social commentary and replacing desolation with art Haring and Basquiat joined a legacy of exceedingly collectible Bowery based artists such as Robert Indiana and Roy Lichtenstein.

Soho Contemporary Art embodies a rebirth of the artists that dominated The Bowery in the eighties.  It is nestled blocks away from the Houston Mural, Haring’s first major outdoor mural which became his catalyst for large scale work and consequently made the wall the most coveted by artists in New York in recent years.  Amid the New Museum, high end retail, art and fine dining destinations The Bowery is now a far cry from the impoverished skid row streets it was known for flooded with drugs, prostitution from the 1940’s until the 1990’s.  Neighbored by notable landmark establishments Soho Contemporary Art is expanding its reputation as a gallery lead by owner Rick Rounick who has 3 decades experience selling and collecting Contemporary Art.  When Rounick decided to open Soho Contemporary Art, he was instinctively led to The Bowery where the roots of Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s art are firmly planted.

Rounick states, “Back To The Bowery revisits a “radiant” period in the New York art scene when creativity and collaboration in art, music and letters was the norm not the exception.  Our very presence on The Bowery is a long term commitment to continuing the tradition of art in the neighborhood as well introducing new artists as they come along.  We are very excited to be part of the neighborhood and look forward to many successful years here.”

Soho Contemporary Art will feature at least four shows in 2014 by major artists or major Pop Culture figures including a young street artist who overcame his disability through his art.  The gallery continues to seek new talent and are currently cultivating two new artists.  The gallery’s vision is to sell art to established and beginning collectors interested in investment quality contemporary art in the best condition by seasoned art consultants who offer exceptional experience and service and honor the creative roots of the now historic district.

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About Soho Contemporary Art:
Soho Contemporary Art is Located in the heart of Manhattan’s Lower East Side on the southeast corner of Bowery and Houston Street. Our 2,900 square foot gallery features the artwork of Alex Katz, Andy Warhol, Bambi, Burton Morris, Christopher Wool, Donald Sultan, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jim Dine, Keith Haring, Neil Leifer, Robert Longo, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Takashi Murakami, Tom Wesselmann and many others. With over 30 years of experience we have provided the finest condition artwork at the best possible price points to collectors and galleries located around the world. Soho Contemporary Art is committed to maintaining the highest level of service to our clients. We cater to both the established, as well as the beginning collector, interested in investment quality contemporary art.
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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Flashtext Pre-Launch Event Series to Celebrate The First Luxury App That Guarantees Security & Privacy

New York, New York, (September 6, 2013) — Lifestyle Equities, a full service advisory firm, celebrates the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week pre-launch of the new private messaging app, Flashtext. The app offers the “Privileged Privacy” of self-destructive messages that can be sent to anyone and leave zero digital footprint. The event series will feature top-trending fashion designers at the Voce Di design gallery in the heart of Soho. Fashion-minded tastemakers will be invited to be among the first users to experience the technology behind Flashtext, prior to the product’s release later this year. The app—developed with fashion designers and artists in mind—allows anyone to share confidential self-destructing images, videos, and messages without ever having to worry about a breach in privacy.

The experiential pre-launch programs designed by Lifestyle Equities allows products to be used by targeted influencers, who then offer invaluable feedback before products are made available to the public or officially launched. Lifestyle Equities has designed and implemented programs for singers Maxwell and Alicia Keys and rare cognac Hennessy Paradis Imperial. Executives, celebrities, and thought leaders are invited to indulge before niche products are officially launched and available to the general public. The luxury real estate demographic on Lifestyle Equities ‘insiders list’ has been raving about the app so far. The Mercedes Benz Fashion Week pre-launch events will allow further discoveries with top names in fashion, film, sports, fashion and art.

More and more business professionals are dealing with serious privacy issues in their day-to-day correspondence with clients, colleagues and competitors. Flashtext helps to solve this problem. The app has already caught the attention of influential executives in advertising, fashion and marketing who view Flashtext and the MBFW series as a valuable way to introduce privileged privacy to their clients, while celebrating with top fashion designers.

“We at Flashtext feel that there’s a whole world of creativity and business that blossoms behind the wall of privacy. Artists, fashion designers, entrepreneurs—all collaborating on their most intimate ideas. Privacy allows for that process to evolve in an authentic way. The world of Flashtext allows for the best art, best product and best idea to flourish without fear of early dilution due to unwanted exposure. Flashtext provides a safe environment for that reality.”—Philmore Anderson, Flashtext spokesperson.

The event will be hosted at Voce Di—a luxury furniture showroom, fine art gallery, and the perfect backdrop for fashion-goers and luxury-brand executives in attendance. Jay Norris has clients in luxury real estate, entertainment and spirits interested in utilizing private texting. “At Lifestyle Equities we are aware that we are in an age of technology and communications that has many moving parts, and privacy relates to everything we do now. My first impression with Flashtext was that it would change the real estate and the luxury industries forever. We thought it would be perfect for high-fashion designers who often fall victim to the knock-off industry—which devastates the quality of their work and efforts. Flashtext can ensure that the integrity of confidential brand information stays private.”

Flashtext is already at the center of some measurable pre-launch buzz as an exclusive private messaging app. For more information about Flashtext please visit http://FlashText.com.

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About Lifestyle Equities (@TheRightRoom):

Lifestyle Equities is a full service advisory firm, offering conceptual development, creative branding, niche marketing, sales strategies, and experiential event programs operated by founder and Chief Experience Officer J. Norris. The firm specializes in trend forecasting and innovative brand development for real estate and hospitality assets. Lifestyle Equities is currently developing Voce Di Private, a membership only branch of Voce Di which is a luxury design house and lifestyle brand with an international aesthetic located in Soho owned by Claire Maestroni and Georgio Steffano. Clients to date include HBO, Ian Schrager Hotels, Morgans Hotel group, Rolling Stone Live, The W Hotels and Accor Hotels.

 

About Flashtext (@FlashTextApp):

Flashtext is a private and anonymous messaging app that allows users to send self-destructive pictures, videos and text messages to any smartphone worldwide without the need for the recipient to also have the app.  Messages are sent from anonymous phone numbers and leave zero digital footprint with nothing saved on Flashtext’s servers or on the users’ phones.  Flashtext is based in Santa Monica, CA and is currently in Alpha, with plans to release later this year. http://flashtext.com

 

 

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Photographer Philippe Paschkes Releases Limited Edition Fine Art Photography Fundraiser Book Entitled Africa

Photo by Philippe Paschkes (c) All rights reserved.

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 16, 2013

Photographer Philippe Paschkes will release a limited edition fine art photography book entitled Africa in November, 2013. One thousand copies of Africa will be available through Paschkes’ website. The charity book will embody a preface written by Her Highness, Princess Charlene of Monaco, and portray images of African descendants from around the world cloaked in traditional African garb. The profit generated from the project will go to organizations dedicated to bettering the lives of African children.

Africa originated as a devotion to the beauty of the African land and her children and was inspired by the many years Paschkes traveled as an esteemed make-up artist for top international names in fashion and film. The uneasiness Paschkes experienced witnessing the gap between prestigious lifestyle and undernourished people and children drove him to eventually leave his profession in order to create awareness through the mediums he had mastered for 3 decades and his new medium, photography.

Paschkes considers himself lucky to have worked on Africa. “All the work I have done for the last 30 years influence my work for Africa although I never could imagine how difficult it was to create my dream to completion. Receiving the news that Her Highness, Princess Charlene of Monaco, would generously write the preface was a special moment in my life. Being able to work and create with all of the people who volunteered their time and love for the project… it wasn’t very hard to work and to shoot these pictures since I love and I am so passionate about my work and about giving to those beautiful faces that seemed to ask me to do more and be more that I saw during my years traveling as a make-up artist. I dedicate this to them.”

The work began in July 2009 and totals over 4 years in the making. During the final stages of production, once the collection was curated, Paschkes introduced the mission and fine art photography collection in Paris and Monaco at a few select galleries and private gatherings.

Friends and models who felt as passionate about the cause and the love of Africa generously volunteered their time and talent. Model Kahshanna Evans, Sonja Chung, Bertini Heumegni, Chaniqua Jones, Christopher Jones, Salam, Lee Jackson, Ayan Elmi, Hawa Diawara, Eva Ndachi, Jamia Eaton, Johanna Santos, Laurence Basse, Steven Brown and Jean Michel Vian Safiir Dobaria appear in the 130 page visual journey of traditional body painting and garb.

Over the course of several months, Artist Anne Domenech assisted Paschkes in creating a myriad of texture backdrops for the stylized photos. The Hungarian Pastry Shop, a local coffee shop in Harlem, supported the collaborative creative effort by lending space and support. With New York City as the ultimate resource Paschkes hand crafted the entire body of costumes and concepts including making jewelry and accessories. Paschkes sourced Bogolans, authentically died African fabrics found in Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea from the African Market on 116th Street in Harlem. Objects in the book that appear as elephant tusks, animal horns, shells and corals are fiberglass replicas, careful research was done by Paschkes in order to promote Africa as a social conscious project.

Pending schedule Paschkes will decide on future awareness events in New York City.

About Philippe Paschkes:

For 15 years, Philippe Paschkes worked in France as a makeup artist and fashion creative for Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Marie Claire, Grazia and Elle Magazines, countless high fashion runway clients and film projects. Paschkes continued his love of the arts in New York City serving as a makeup artist, creative and artistic director and designer for the next 15 years before picking up the craft of photography in the spirit of social awareness for his recent book, Africa.

 

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Celebrity Stylist Carlton Jones Premieres Cache at Soho Contemporary Art for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014

Celebrity stylist and fashion correspondent Carlton Jones, Soho Contemporary Art gallery and Progressive Pulse present Pop Life, a night of fashion, art and music for Mercedes Benz Spring/Summer Fashion Week 2013 on September 9th, 6:30pm-9:30pm. Soho Contemporary Arts celebrates its first fashion week and will premiere Cache, a short film montage sneak peek of the new resort line Jones plans to announce at the event inspired by Maija Garcia, best known for her work as a contributing choreographer in the Broadway play Fela who will perform in a dance installation cloaked in Cache to the live sounds of musician Morley.

Jones, who has been a fashion influencer for over two decades, directed the fashion-meets-art segment, Cache, his resort teaser with the help of filmmaker M. Asli Dukan and choreographer Maija Garcia. Having recently added designer to his keen fashion sensibilities, Jones is still influenced by his years as a stylist, fashion director, and image consultant and remains an A-list resource for style icons to include Halley Berry, Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz and the First Lady Michelle Obama. He’s also worked with globally distributed publications such as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Rolling Stone.

While Carlton has always had a creative calling, the collection was originally exclusively designed for The Escape Boutique at The Cove in the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.

“It was my love affair with capes and the ‘V’ neckline that inspired the first dress of the capsule. It’s forgiving on most body types that like a touch of drama. This line is all about color and movement which works effortlessly in resort settings…the beautiful range of blues in water and the sky that meets it is just intoxicating. That’s the fluidity that I wanted to incorporate in my premier pieces.”

News of the announcement of the resort line was met with enthusiasm from Soho Contemporary Art Gallery which recently opened in April 2013. The esteemed two story 2,900 square foot gallery features notable contemporary artists such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquait, Keith Haring and British Grafitti artist Bambi. Pop Life is an ideal event for online lifestyle magazine Progressive Pulse which features music, fashion, travel, food and cocktail culture in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles and will be live streaming the event. Throughout the evening Progressive Pulse Productions will capture celebrity interviews and key sponsors which will be featured on the Progressive Pulse website and cocktails will be provided by Belvedere Vodka.

About Designer Carlton Jones:

Carlton Jones started turning heads early in his career as a stylist, when he began to transform the image of hard rapper Queen Latifah into the beautiful songstress we know today. Almost two decades later, after serving as a fashion director, style correspondent, image consultant, and wardrobe designer, Carlton has begun to combine his love of style and fashion with the joy and pleasure received in traveling to some of the most breathtaking destinations imaginable. The genesis of his eponymous resort-inspired collection utilizes his experience dressing body types ranging from Erykah Badu to Jill Scott, to Aretha Franklin and our nation’s first lady. Carlton has incorporated his fondness of relaxed fluidity, sensual fabrics, colors and prints with a seasoned ability to forgive and accentuate. Ultimately the idea is to enjoy the idea of resort wherever you are, and quite simply create a feeling.

Progressive Pulse:

Through professionally produced and live streaming video, Progressive Pulse covers the eclectic lifestyle markets in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, with a lineup of correspondents at the forefront in their fields. From Fashion, Art, Music, Food & Wine, Progressive Pulse has featured artists from R&B phenomena, Maysa, World Artist, Bebel Gilberto and recent Australian Rock sensation, and ESPN pick, Six60. Progressive Pulse is proud to be the first to present to its relevant and discerning audience, features on the Academy Award-winning documentary, “Searching For Sugar Man” after its initial screening, exclusive interviews with Webby Award Winning creator, Sebastian LaCause for his series, “Hustling”, Broadway reviews on the hit Bette Middler play, “I’ll Eat You Last: A Conversation with Sue Mengers”, and live streaming top wine producer’s new wines from both the Italian and Spanish Trade respective commissions.

About Soho Contemporary Art:

Soho Contemporary Art is located in the heart of Manhattan’s Lower East Side on the southeast corner of Bowery and Houston Street. Our 2,900 square-foot gallery features the artwork of Alex Katz, Andy Warhol, Bambi, Christopher Wool, Donald Sultan, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jim Dine, Keith Haring, Mel Ramos, Robert Longo, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Rodney Alan Greenblatt, Takashi Murakami, Tom Wesselmann, Knowledge Bennett and many others. With over 30 years of experience we have provided the finest condition artwork at the best possible price points to collectors and galleries located around the world. Soho Contemporary Art is committed to maintaining the highest level of service to our clients. We cater to both the established as well as the beginning collector interested in investment quality contemporary art.

About Maija Garcia:

Maija Garcia is a director, choreographer, educator and entrepreneur. Creative Director of FELA! Garcia worked alongside Bill T. Jones as Associate Choreographer to develop the Tony award-winning Broadway musical. She has choreographed for Angelique Kidjo, Seun Kuti, Meshell N’degeocello and Jason Moran’s Fats Waller Dance Party. Garcia founded Organic Magnetics, a theater arts organization that creates live installations by sustainable design, including YaYa Dreams a Future and Ghosts of Manhattan, an interactive history.

About Morley:

From Carnegie Hall to the Nomad Women’s Festival in the Sahara Desert, Morley has brought her unique blend of jazz, folk and soul to the world’s stage. Be it solo with her acoustic guitar or with full electric band, her message is consistent and clear: love, justice and inspiration. Morley performs all over the world and has recoded five albums with Sony, Universal as well as independently.

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Chrisanne Cards & Gifts Paints NYC with Watercolor Collection at The 2012 National Stationery Show

Chrisanne Robertson being interviewed after the Smithsonian inquired about her launch. (c) All rights reserved *Photo courtesy of Kissing LIons Public Relations

Chrisanne Robertson being interviewed after the Smithsonian inquired about her launch. (c) All rights reserved *Photo courtesy of Kissing LIons Public Relations

 

Milwaukee based artist Chrisanne Robertson, CEO of Chrisanne Robertson, LLC, launches Chrisanne Cards & Gifts, a trove of original mixed media watercolor designs at the National Stationery Show held at the Javits Center in New York City on May 20th until May 23rd, 2012.  Chrisanne, known for capturing quirky subjects in moments of enchantment for all occasions and cityscapes in watercolor wash and calligraphic lines, has most recently been commissioned to illustrate New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco for a private patron.  The illustrations are destined to illuminate luxury wares in airport concessionaires such as iPad skins, tote bags and mugs.  Chrisanne’s fine art has been featured in DeLind Gallery and Fanny Garver Gallery.  City commissions included in her artistic accomplishments include Chicago, Madison and Milwaukee, and soon the Quad Cities for the 2012 Fall Tree Festival.

Stationery enthusiasts attending this year’s events will be able to view the line of Chrisanne Gifts & Cards inspired by a lavish description in Daphne du Maurier’s famous book, ‘Rebecca’, a favorite from childhood.  A mirage of kicky globally-inspired lifestyle images are paired with poems, intimate messages, announcements and greetings. Chrisanne customizable ornaments, wallpaper designs and all season greeting cards will be available.  The anticipated 11,000 + collectors and attendees are encouraged to show interest in commissions, paintings, books, and cards by purchasing, making appointments and placing orders.  A charitable precept accompanies Chrisanne Gifts & Cards; 10% of all purchases are donated to ocean conservancy, specifically Surfrider and Oceana organizations, 501(c)(3) not-for-profits with a mission to protect the Ocean and wildlife for future generations.

Aside from the inspired motifs of décor and gift items to be showcased at the Javits, the 5 year seasonal Sacred Artist resident for Riverbank East Catholic churches delights with her design of a 2012 Advent Calendar as a part of her launch, a much anticipated sweet treat compatible with the animated ornaments.  Following the Stationery show items will be available at Chrisanne Robertson’s online shop and MilwaukeePrintingPress.com, as well as select retailers.

The artist recalls the sentiment that inspired Cinnamon Christmas, Robertson’s first illustrated children’s book, and the colorful montage that makes up her gift collection.  “As a painter and illustrator, I secretly long for my visuals to morph into the physical realm,” says the artist, “…I’ve made a daily practice of recording life’s little moments.  I set down on paper people’s fashion personalities, cast-offs from my garden, some witty quip overheard in a coffee shop, all of it…quirky and profound.”  Private works are now available for licensing.

Her best-selling gift designs during her years at luxury establishment George Watts & Son, as well as Joseph’s Jewelers of Des Moines, both who have been in business for over one hundred years, are a proven track record of her experience.  Completed works include a Peggy Karr glass platter for the 2010 Equestrian Games, for tony retailer LV Harkness of Lexington, Kentucky; Steuben Glass, Orrefors Swedish votives, Des Moines Platter and Polish-made ornaments.  Chrisanne looks to maintain the reputation that precedes her and continue to create art that is cherished every day.

Chrisanne has a B.S. in Art History, Painting and Printmaking and over two decades of lending her creative talents and experience to empower the marketing, design and creative strategy of specialty retailer George Watts & Son with whom she still maintains a positive relationship.  The Wisconsin based designer has been an artistic contributor for the ArtPop Charity Benefit to benefit the Milwaukee AIDS project as well as Survival Revival, a thrift-fashion project to support the LGBT community. She teaches seasonally at Golda Meir School for the Gifted & Talented.  Chrisanne will be the 2012 Feature Artist at the prestigious Wisconsin Wine & Dine and currently lives in Wisconsin managing Chrisanne Gifts & Cards flagship, gallery shows along with an emphasis on commissions for the private collector as well as municipalities.

http://www.chrisannerobertson.com/

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