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Johanna Flaum of Sotheby's Auction House to Speak about Contemporary Art Market at OSilas Gallery Thursday, October 20 PDF Print Email

By Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director, OSilas Gallery, Concordia College


Oct. 12, 2016:  Come hear from art expert Johanna Flaum of Sotheby's speak about what is happening in the exciting world of contemporary art. The presentation will be given at Concordia College's OSilas Gallery on Thursday, October 20 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Flaum is senior vice president and head of day sales, contemporary art, at Sotheby's New York.

She will speak about the contemporary art market and about considerations one should take when starting a collection. This will cover select works that will be included in Sotheby's November contemporary art auction and why they are so desirable.

A light lunch will be included, and there will be time for questions and answers.

To purchase tickets, call 914-337-9300, ext. 2173. 

Tickets are $45 per person and $40 for gallery members. Space is limited.

Pictured here:  Johanna Flaum of Sotheby's.  

Photo courtesy Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director, OSilas Gallery, Concordia College

 

 
Free Downloadable Books Now Available 24/7 from Bronxville Public Library PDF Print Email


By Vivian Conan, Librarian, Bronxville Public Library


Sep. 28, 2016:  Coming home from Niagara Falls last week, I found myself in the Buffalo airport with a wait of two hours and nothing to read. No book? No problem. I had my Bronxville Public Library card. Within minutes, I had downloaded Tenth of December, a collection of short stories by National Book Award finalist George Saunders, and was reading on my iPhone.

Downloadable library offerings have come a long way since 2005, when the Westchester Library System (WLS) first made them available to patrons of member libraries. Back then there were no Kindles or smartphones, and WLS dealt with only one vendor for digital content--NetLibrary.

Now it has arrangements with ten-and-counting digital vendors, and there are myriad devices onto which you can download your book. At the airport, I could just as easily have used a computer or Kindle, an iPad or an Android device.

The vendors have names like OverDrive, Total BooX, Freading, Freegal, Tumblebooks, OneClickDigital, and Flipster. What they have in common is that there is never a charge. The downloads are free and there are no fines. They differ in their content, the length of time you have access to the material, and the procedure for obtaining it.

First-time setup for any of the vendors can seem complicated, but subsequent downloads are easy and quick. Tech-savvy patrons can probably look at the Bronxville Public Library's website and go through the initial setup without assistance. http://bronxvillelibrary.org/lets/download/.

All you need to get started is your library barcode number, your PIN (usually the last four digits of the phone number the library has on file for you), and a device. Those who find the process more daunting can bring their device into the library and get help from a librarian. (If you have a Kindle, you will need to know your Amazon password. If you have another device, you will need to know the password that allows you to download apps.)

With all those vendors, where to begin? I would suggest OverDrive, which has a general collection of e-books (to read) and e-audio (to listen to). For adults, there are best-sellers, as well as items like French for Dummies and the Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook.

For teens, there are series like Percy Jackson and The Hunger Games. Content on OverDrive is treated like a library book in that you have use of it on your device for a specified amount of time, after which it is automatically returned, meaning you no longer have access to it.

Offerings of the other vendors are more specialized. They include magazines, comics, movies, music, and materials for children. Some even allow you to keep what you download. (You read that correctly. The material is yours forever.) Here's an overview of what's available.

Flipster contains current and back issues of magazines:  Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Car & Driver, Ebony, Entertainment Weekly, Prevention, People, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, and more.

Total BooX offers books you can download and keep forever. There are literary classics that are out of copyright, like David Copperfield, Walden, and Jane Eyre, as well as books by Gogol, Poe, Tolstoy, and Dumas. There are also Lonely Planet travel guides, romances, books on crafts, and more.

Freegal contains music in many genres, all from the Sony catalogue, that you can keep forever. You may download five songs a week. (A movement of a symphony is counted as one song, so for a four-movement symphony, you will use four of your allotted fives songs for the week.)

OneClickDigital is mainly e-audio. There is a wide selection of adult fiction and nonfiction—new releases as well as older works—and a good number of children's classics, including the Anne of Green Gables series and books by Louisa May Alcott. There are some e-book titles.

ComicsPlus contains graphic novels and comics, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Trek, Big Nate, and Ghostbusters.

InstantFlix, aka IndieFlix is a streaming movie service that lets you access award-willing shorts, feature films, and documentaries. There are classics like The Lucy Show, documentaries like Nuremberg Trials, as well as horror, animation, comedy, and more.

Freading offers e-books from small and independent publishers only. It covers all genres but is particularly strong in mystery, romance, and self-help. There are also Lonely Planet books and many children's titles.

Tumblebooks, available in English or Spanish, contains materials for children: animated talking picture books, reading comprehension quizzes, educational games, and teacher resources.

Anyone with a WLS card may download from any of the vendors, but if your card is from the Bronxville Public Library, or if you are member of the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library, you have an added perk. Through the generosity of the Friends, you may borrow an actual Kindle for two weeks. The library has six fiction Kindles, each loaded with the same 300 titles, and three nonfiction Kindles, each loaded with the same 200 titles. New best-sellers are added every month. It's like taking a whole library of popular books home with you.

So next time you're awake at 3:00 am and wish you had something to read, you know what to do. 

Pictured here:  The Bronxville Public Library.

Photo by A. Warner

 
James Lettiere, Art Critic: Exhibitions by Photographer Marcia Resnick and Painter Richard Pousette-Dart PDF Print Email


By James Lettiere, Art Critic


Sep. 28, 2016:  While visiting a handful of galleries on the East Side of Manhattan, I returned to two galleries that I had not visited for quite some time. 

Deborah Bell Photographs on 71st street is a compact space that often exhibits offbeat world-class art. I was not familiar with Marcia Resnick's work other than the pictures she contributed to the photo book about downtown Manhattan in the late '70s and early '80s called Bad Boys. Her 1974 series See Changes (which focuses on pictures of tourists taking pictures) was a dramatic example of "reality" contrasted with the "imagined."

This exhibition, Marcia Resnick: Conceptions: Vintage Photographs 1974-1976, focuses on her early work.

I also visited one of the most attractive galleries in the city, Pace, on the second floor of 32 East 57th street. Richard Pousette-Dart's centennial birthday is being recognized with a very exciting exhibition of paintings from the 1940s through the 1980s in the exhibition Richard Pousette-Dart: The Centennial.

His highly complicated use of paint (acrylic and oil) in various thicknesses on canvas and linen provides visually stimulating images. This installation ends on October 15, so go now if you are able.

Deborah Bell Photographs
16 East 71st Street, Suite 1D / 4th Floor
New York, NY 10021
Tel:  212-249-9400
CLOAKING
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Marcia Resnick: Conceptions: Vintage Photographs 1974-1976
Through November 5, 2016 
 

Pace Galleries
32 East 57th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY
Tel:  212- 421-3292
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Richard Pousette-Dart: The Centennial
Through October 15, 2016 

Pictured here:  Deborah Bell Photographs studio on 71st Street.

Photo by James Lettiere

 
Bronxville Resident and Art Historian William Agee Authors Book on Modern Art in America PDF Print Email


Robert M. Riggs, Longtime Village Resident


Sep. 14, 2016:  Well known is Bronxville's long connection to painting and sculpture. Real estate firms often trumpet the village in sales literature as the home of the Lawrence Park artist colony that flourished a century ago. The Bronxville Historical Conservancy has acquired 28 paintings by Bronxville colony artists that hang on the walls in various places throughout the village. Twenty years ago, a comprehensive collection of paintings by Bronxville colony artists was exhibited at the Hudson River Museum.

Perhaps not as widely known is the depth of art history and criticism produced in recent years by local residents. In 1991, longtime resident Sarah Whitaker Peters authored Becoming O’Keefe: The Early Years, a major examination of O'Keefe's life and art. Jayne Warman, until recently a resident of the village, has applied her long study of Paul Cézanne to writings including the recently published Metropolitan Museum of Art catalogue on exhibited paintings of Cézanne's wife. Marilynn Hill and Sarah Underhill, village residents, have both produced thoroughly researched historical articles on local artists.

The most recently published art criticism and history authored by a local resident is William Agee's celebrated analysis of modern art in America: Modern Art in America – 1908-68 (Phaidon Press, 2016 (350 pages)). The book has enlisted enthusiastic commentary, including the following from the Wall Street Journal:  "That rarity of rarities, an opinionated but not eccentric scholarly history…whose every page crackles with original thinking and bears the stamp of a preternaturally sharp eye." 

"Illuminating…Modern Art in America is a magisterial book--rich, readable, and resplendent--that promises radically to realign our understanding of a visual age more native and deeply complete in its making than has hitherto been shown." Art Quarterly.

Agee, twenty years a Bronxville resident now residing in Yonkers, held an endowed chair at Hunter College as professor of art history in its art and art history department until he retired in 2014; he is now an emeritus professor at Hunter. In earlier years, he was curator of art museums in Houston and Pasadena. His professional commitment brought him to this monumental summation of American art that he persuasively fixes to 60 years beginning in 1908.

For this general reader, his writing on a disputed and complex subject is clear and free of obscurity. It prompted me to make rewarding trips this summer to the Whitney Museum of Art, the Met Breuer, and the Museum of Modern Art to study works that Agee regards as significant to his thesis. Particularly helpful is his explanation of Stuart Davis's early years of study of American and European cubist sources that resulted in his later work, more than 80 examples of which are now on exhibit at the Whitney. That exhibit continues until September 25, 2016.

Pictured here:  Book cover for William Agee's recently published book, Modern Art in America.

Photo courtesy Robert M. Riggs

 
Bronxville Resident Brian Fetherstonhaugh Authors Book on How to Have a Successful Career PDF Print Email


By Herb Schaffner and Laura Schenone, Big Fish Media


Sep. 14, 2016:  These can be disquieting times for starting your career, leading in your field, or plotting the far side of a working life arc that can now be expected to last 45 or 50 years. But into the breach steps Brian Fetherstonhaugh, chairman and CEO of the digital marketing agency OgilvyOne Worldwide, with a short, punchy book called The Long View: Career Strategies to Start Strong, Reach High, and Go Far that offers new and revivifying ideas for keeping a career vital at every stage.

There is good news and sage counsel here for millennials just entering the fray, as well as useful instruction for every employee and executive concerning how to keep your career fuel tank from running dry despite any individual setbacks you may experience and a pervasively fluid job market.

Drawing on 35 years working with global business firms, Fetherstonhaugh outlines a holistic career view that incorporates the value of personal time, parenthood, and travel in addition to financial gain--and details how to plan and work your way there.

Through a pie chart exercise, for example, he illustrates how to analyze the way you currently invest 100 percent of your time and then discusses realistic strategies for devising work/life "slices" that might more closely align with your deepest values. Fetherstonhaugh, himself a garage band guitarist and Sunday-night hockey player, genially explains how he maintained 5 percent "chill time" in his "time-use portfolio" over three decades.

"I wrote this book because after 30 years in business and 18 months of my own research, I found an ever-increasing tide of anxiety among working people," Fetherstonhaugh said. "People at work today need a different kind of career help. They need a new perspective that works for our future, not the past. The Long View will help readers turn career anxiety into action."

The book describes how to move through progressive steps:

  • Stage One: Start Strong by “Taking on Fuel”

  • Stage Two: Focus on Strengths in Mid-Career

  • Stage Three: Pass the Torch and Reignite the Flame in Later Years

The Long View offers additional insightful short profiles of real people at turning points, such as

  • Mohammed Ashour, a young man on his way to becoming a neurosurgeon who pivots to found his own company that produces insects as food

  • Former American Ballet Theater dancer Rachel S. Moore, who, during the second stage of her career, becomes a CEO at The Music Center in Los Angeles

  • Tim Penner, a 60-year-old veteran executive, who transitions to an advisory role for nonprofits and community causes.

With a calm, witty, and original voice, Fetherstonhaugh urges us all to be brave and thoughtful in times of turmoil and noise. He urges open exploration of scary questions like "Will I be replaced by a machine?" "Where and how will I find work in the future?" And he delivers some reassuring answers.

He also champions an innovative concept to extend the working life of those who leave the workforce for a time to raise children: "Returnships," which would pair returnees with a mentor. "Returnships should become a global phenomenon," he writes, "built around the principles of reframing past experience, refreshing skill sets, reconnecting career ecosystems, and rebooting self-confidence."

The Long View explores the possibilities of entrepreneurship, the freelance economy, and e-commerce. Known for bringing his own company to the forefront of the digital revolution, Fetherstonhaugh recommends that all businesspeople spend "at least one chapter of their career" working in e-commerce.

Most important, though, is the underlying message he puts in every chapter of this book: each of us must stay open to discovering new possibilities and opportunities as we go. When crises or challenges come, rewrite--keeping your cool, maintaining your convictions, and using a few of Fetherstonhaugh's innovative methods to speed the process.  

Pictured here:  Brian Fetherstonhaugh.

Photo courtesy Herb Schaffner and Laura Schenone, Big Fish Media

 
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