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Newsletter 28
Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Dear Friends,

Summer is winding down but not without a gallery stop in Hawaii and a peek inside MoMA's James Ensor exhibition.   If you haven't seen our newly re-launched website,
sit back to enjoy the viewing pleasure of hundreds of new images uploaded by our artists.  It's easier than ever to view on your iPhone or BlackBerry too.  We'd like to extend a warm welcome to British painter and featured artist, Rory Mackay, who is making waves across the Atlantic.  After we heard he painted "Ozzy" as a gift for a prominent PR maven, the wheels went into motion to get him some attention in NYC.  Congratulations to James Kennedy, Eric Klemm, Naho Kubota, Marc Dimov, Joyce Lee who were selected as new artists to be exhibited for our new curatorial partnership with McGuire in New York!   Diane and Mark Weisbeck continue to gain worldwide attention with their "Bull Market Rocket" commissioned by KiptonART with recent press from China, Pakistan, Germany, UK, Australia and Singapore. Would you like an opportunity to invest in a emerging Fashion Designer's business?  KiptonART can grant you a confidential introduction...find out more.

KiptonART, Giving Artists Access

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"After having hosted and played for their salon launch at my home in December of 2008, I called on KiptonART to curate my space. I was in need of art for my home and they transformed it from a blank canvas into a stunning art gallery in just three days. They were able to select museum-quality pieces in line with my taste and I can't thank them enough for their meticulous and highly personal services." --violinist, Joshua Bell

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Want to go to the Middle East?  Starting in September, we'll debut Easter Vanguards by Nazy Nazhand which will profile visionary individuals and organizations that are profoundly defining the contemporary art and culture in the Middle East. Stay tuned as we circle the globe with help from Nazy!
For Artists, KiptonART's newest upgrade now gives you even more exposure by utilizing our unique tiering system and new profile page. Have you taken the tour yet?  Log-in now to review our Artist Guide for full instructions on how to get started.  We took a trip to visit the upcoming House Beautiful project where Emily Baker and Serge Strosberg are featured and it looks amazing!  More details coming soon.

For Art Buyers and Interior Designers, check out our new online Look Book which contains a sampling of some of our favorite artists and an Artist Guide to help you. These are perfect tools for collectors and interior designers.  For gallery owners, our new tiering system gives you a chance to spot talent more quickly.  Simply, login as an Art Buyer today to view the features above.

Want to become a Fashion Investor?  KiptonART is trying to help an emerging fashion designer land investors who are interested in supporting his business going forward.  Click here...

FEATURED ARTIST  The work of Rory Mackay

Rory Mackay
studied Fine Art in Florence, Italy where he developed his skills in portraiture and subsequently studied at the prestigious Central Saint Martins in London to further develop his understanding and knowledge of the use of a variety of visual mediums.
Read more about Mackay here...

Rory MacKay, Safina
KiptonART places 11 works of art in curatorial partnership with McGuire

Marc Dimov, Storm Basin 6

KiptonART is happy to announce our curatorial partnership with the internationally renowned furnishing corporation McGuire. This opportunity is allowing us to further stay true to KiptonART's commitment by Giving Artist Access. In a matter of weeks, 5 unique KiptonART artists will be displaying 11personal works in McGuire's New York flagship showroom located at 200 Lexington Ave, on the corner of 32nd St. Artist's selected include: James Kennedy, Eric Klemm, Naho Kubota, Marc Dimov, Joyce LeeRead more about this exciting venture here...
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The Fleeting Joys of Morality, or Ensor's Modernist Light
by Nick Korbee

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James Ensor, The Skeleton Painter, 1895

The James Ensor (1860-1949) Retrospective at the MOMA will soon be packed into so many fine art coffins and shipped to the Musee D'Orsay!  Like a harbinger of autumn or the death knell of summer, the exhibit should be relished for its sheer scope, and its unique curatorial insight into the mind and masterworks of the modernist magician.  The exhibition includes drawings, paintings, and etchings spanning Ensor's influential career with a concentration on his most creative period (1880-1890's). Read more of Nick Korbee's disection of James Ensor here...
FEATURED GALLERY Britton Gallery in Hawaii

Michele Bachman, owner of Britton Gallery located in Haleiwa, Hawaii, answers KiptonART's  questions about the current gallery world, and what specific issues come about running a gallery in Hawaii.

Britton Gallery

Why did you decide to open a gallery?
The original owner had a good friend, Jurgen Aldag, who painted large unique abstracts.  Over the years he had acquired quite a few pieces as he "supported the arts."  We still show Aldag's work, but have expanded to over 35 different Hawaii artists.  I started to work in the gallery in 2001 to educate and support myself in my desire to make painting a way of life.  I do oil landscapes.  In 2008 the owner decided to retire and since I had been a loyal employee and good manager he made it possible for me to buy the gallery.  I love it, now if I can just find some time to paint.
Read more of our interview with Michele Bachman here...
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Happy Summer!
The KiptonART Team
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Spike in Buyers!

KiptonART invites artists to update your profile and check out our dynamic new tier ranking system!  The more data you enter, the more opportunities for services through KiptonART. We're seeing a spike in online traffic and new sales so for our artists. With our recent upgrade, we now have a whole host of new services to help give YOU the access you deserve such as:
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Alexander Sudalnik
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Lauren Kabakoff
Mason McCulley
Max Nova
Michael B. Dougherty
Michelle Edgar
Nicholas Korbee
Sean Glass
Tatiana Boncompagni
Zev Eisenberg

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Nazy Nazhand

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KiptonART up close for September:  Husband and wife team, Diane & Mark Weisbeck, continue to make waves around the world with press from China, Pakistan, Germany, UK, Australia, Singapore and the USA about their KiptonART commissioned "Bull Market Rocket."  One of our own, Serge Strosberg, has several exhibitions:   RECENT ACQUISITIONS at the Joods Historisch Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands; SOHOTREASURES, 123 Mercer Street; SURFari at the Lighthouse Center for the Arts until September 4th in Palm Beach.  One of our own, Sabina Forbes II, is exhibiting until September 5th at the Forbes Galleries.

KiptonART Consulting Services for Interior Design and Architecture Firms

We're pleased to offer personalized curatorial services and partnership options with interior designers, architects, and decorators looking to furnish their clients' homes and workplaces with exquisite fine art and objets. One of our curators will, holistically, take designers and their clients through the acquisition process from start to finish--staking out the designated space, selecting work to suit the clients' tastes and milieu, conceptualizing and arranging the work in situ, and facilitating the installation and insurance process. Please contact Sales for further information.

Ron Arad at the MOMA

Ron Arad at the MOMA

The Museum of Modern Art New York presents this retrospective of the last 25 years of Ron Arad's work. It is the first major exhibition of Arad's work in the United States. As he plays on the outer limits of design, we have a rare opportunity to see a superfluous amount of work Arad has created in one venue. Every thing from carbon fiber armchairs, polyurethane bottle racks and even "spaces" on top of objects.  Read our daily blog...
The Shaman's Apprentice: The Festival Circuit.

It's been over a year since the completion of principal photography for Nova's film, 'The Shaman's Apprentice.'

Shaman Movie Poster
Here is a brief update on the latest news regarding the film from Max Nova:

The film premiered in HD on March 28th at New York University's First Run Film Festival, and received awards for Best Cinematography and Best Sound Design.

I then traveled to San Francisco to watch the film screen at the San Francisco United Film Festival. The next screening was at The Anthology Film Archives in New York City as part of the New Filmmakers New York Film series.

Future screenings include, the Castle Rock Film Festival, and Estes Park Film Festival in Colorado. The Moondance Film Festival has notified me that "The Shaman's Apprentice" is a finalist for Best Musical Score, and was a semi-finalist for Best Director.

The film will screen in HD again in New York City this October at the HDFEST Film Festival at the Sony Wonder Technology Lab Theatre. Check the film's website for festival screening dates, locations and times.

Countless thanks to Kipton Cronkite, and KiptonART for making this film possible. Stay tuned for more chances to see "The Shaman's Apprentice," at a theater near you.

-Max Nova
Writer / Director
Read about his journey...

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