apex art open call for proposals for funded exhibition anywhere in the world


Globe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

International Exhibition Opportunity—apexart, NYC, annually holds a worldwide open call for proposals for curated group exhibitions to be presented anywhere in the world other than New York City.From April 4 – May 2, 2012, apexart will accept 500-word creatively written proposals describing your idea for an exhibition. The proposal should be clearly written, with the major emphasis on explaining the concept, as the only instructions given to the more than 100 jurors from around the world is to, “identify the best exhibitions.” The city for the exhibition must be listed as well as the curator/organizer’s location of residence. Often there is a greater effect when exhibitions take place outside of a city center, where fewer people are involved in the commercial art world.Two winners selected by a “crowd sourcing” method will be in charge of a one-month apexart franchise with an up to $8,000 exhibition budget, an honorarium for the essay and organization of the show, and complete creative control with a few apexart guidelines. apex will also provide the necessary guidance and administrative support to make the exhibition happen as successfully as past exhibitions in Amman, Johannesburg, Stockholm, Los Angeles, Bangkok, and Mexico City. apexart will also print a mini-catalog in an edition of 9,000 with an essay from the curator distributed around the world to more than 100 countries and available online with all contacts, reviews, and press images.The apexart Franchise is an opportunity to bring an idea to fruition in a new place and to confirm that the center of the art world is wherever you are.

Link: http://www.apexart.org/franchise.php

Deadline: Wed May 2nd, 2012


Cecily Brown’s Success As a Painter


Image by cliff1066™ via Flickr

‘When I moved to New York,’ Cecily Brown says, ‘I was waiting tables, painting in the daytime and working at night, and I felt it was possible to find a balance and just about get by. I was 25 at the time. I thought, “Well, you just do it however you can.” I had no clue that it would go as well as it has.’

Now she is represented by the prestigious Gagosian Gallery, has works in Tate Modern and the Guggenheim, and is one of the most collected painters in the world. Each of her paintings sell for around £70,000, that is over $100,000.00USD, and there is always a waiting list of buyers, according to this Guardian article.

Image: Hoodlum, 2000-2001 Oil on linen by Cecily Brown, British, born London, 1969. School: British Contemporary

You will also find several images of her paintings, in her original painterly style, in the  Phaidon book Vitamin P .

In an interview Cecily Brown said: “The boundaries of painting excite me. You’ve got the same old materials – just oils and a canvas – and you’re trying to do something that’s been done for centuries. And yet, within those limits, you have to make something new or exciting for yourself as well as other people.”