This is a fascinating insight into the rise of an artist from Ghana named Amoako Boafo. It starts with a big break from Kehinde Wiley. What follows is like a John Grisham novel full of intrigue, wheelin' dealin', promises made and broken, accusations, and big bucks.
|The Lemon Bathing Suit (2019)|
If you're curious about how an unknown can meteorically rise in the art world, this'll give you an insight into a situation that's not atypical. Much like the scouring of woods in the deep south for "outsider art" years ago, the same is happening now particularly for figurative art of black people by black artists.
Much has been written about the long term effects on an artist's career when their prices skyrocket suddenly. But it's difficult not to seize the opportunity and make more money than dreamed possible, especially when it happens fast and the people playing this game are highly skilled at it. It seems like getting swept up in a tornado. Will you end up in Oz, or crushed by a falling house?
Everson Museum (Syracuse, NY) to sell Jackson Pollock painting to fund buying work by women and artists of color:
Project Studios Residency is a work-only visual art residency focused
on production of new artwork within a very well-equipped suite of
studios located in Hoboken, New Jersey. The artist or artists chosen for
the residency will be awarded a solo exhibition at PROTO GOMEZ Gallery
in New York City in Spring of 2021. The exhibition will be featured on
the PROTO Gallery Artsy page and all social media for PROTO Gallery and
PROTO GOMEZ. One to three artists will be selected for the residency and
solo exhibitions. Artists working in any media are eligible.
The residency will take place November 15, 2020 through January 15, 2021.
• For Applications Received 7/25/2020 to 8/15/2020: $20.00
• For Applications Received 8/16/2020 to 9/15/2020: $30.00
Click here to apply
Although the focus of the residency is to produce new artwork in a mostly self-guided manner, there will the availability of consultation and light instruction regarding safe and effective use of the tools and materials within the studios as well as opportunities for studio visits with independent curators and area gallerists, performed in-person or virtually, including Will Hutnick (Ortega Y Gasset Projects and Wassaic Project) Nicholas Cueva (Underdonk) Jen Hitchings (Studio Associate) and Krista Scenna (Ground Floor Gallery), as well as Enrico Gomez and Nick De Pirro of PROTO GOMEZ. These studio visits are intended as a dialogue opportunity about the work being created in the residency with individuals working in the emerging arts field.
The shop spaces at Project Studios are very large and have been configured for optimal social distancing. Project Studios is an active creative community, so depending on availability, artists selected for the residency may be provided with an individual, shared, or common studio. Studio configuration will be developed on a case-by-case basis depending on need and availability as well as safety and comfort. The default space provided will be a college-style semi-private studio within one of the large studio suites. Masks are required. Use of the studios is subject to future directives from New Jersey state government and Hoboken city government related to COVID-19.
Previously, this program was focused on ceramics, and only one artist was awarded a residency. For 2020, when many artists have seen opportunities significantly reduced, we decided to reduce our application fee and broaden the scope and award up to three artists, working in any media.
There is no cost for the residency itself, however artists are expected to acquire their own materials and consumables. If available, a larger private studio beyond what is provided can be rented on a monthly basis at a significant discount. Clay and metal can be purchased via Project Studios.
The studios are located a few blocks from the Hoboken PATH Train station, an easy connection to Lower Manhattan via various subway lines to WTC PATH, or from Brooklyn via the L Train to the 14th Street PATH Station. The studio also has free parking on-site.
Details about Project Studios can be found here: https://tumblr.projectstudiosllc.com/studios
Please note that this residency is work-only. We do not supply housing for artists-in-residence.
Artists awarded the residency will receive:
• 24-7 Access to the Clay Studio
• 24-7 Access to the 2nd Floor Gallery and Critique Space
• 24-7 Access to the Photography Studio
• 24-7 Access to the Printmaking Studio
• Daily access to Welding Shop
• Daily access to Wood Shop and Spray Booth
• A Studio Space (private or semi-private depending on availability) 24-7 Access
• Use of Glazes and Glaze Formulating Chemicals and Glaze Formula Library
• Opportunities to Participate in Raku Firings
• Free Parking on-site
• Studio Visits
• A Solo Exhibition at PROTO GOMEZ Gallery, a ground-floor storefront gallery located in the Two-Bridges neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.
T H E S T U D I O S
• 2000 sq. ft. Studio
• Bailey Oval Kiln
• Skutt KM1227PK Kiln
• Olympic MAS1823HE Kiln
• Small Test Kilns
• Custom-welded Amaco-Brent Extruder
• Walker Pug Mill
• 60 Gallon Air Compressor
• HVLP Spray Gun
• 2 Brent B Wheels
• 2 Brent C Wheels
• 2 Brent CXC Wheels
• Randall Kick Wheel
• Bailey Slab Roller
• Various Tools
• 1000 sq. ft. Studio
• Miller GMAW welder
• Miller GTAW welder
• Portable GTAW FCAW welder
• Miller Plasma Cutter
• Eagle section bender
• 60 Gallon Air Compressor
• Band Saw
• Various power and pneumatic tools
• Intaglio Press
• Vinyl Cutting Printer
• HP DesignJet 500
• Mac OS and Windows Computers
• 11 x 17 Scanner
• Various Tools
• 500 sq. ft. Space with Walk-in Spraybooth
• Sawtrax Panel Saw
• Compound Miter Saw
• 100 Gallon High-output Air-Compressor
• Paint Sprayers
• Various hand and Power Tools
• 650 sq. ft. Photography Studio
• 8' Foba Camera Stand
• Four Speedtron Strobes (one power supply)
• Seven Broncolor strobes equipped with Hazylight and Manfrotto boom (three power supplies)
• Two Broncolor Lightbox Strobes
• Wall-mounted Seamless Backdrops
• Varios Stands, Diffusers, etc.
• Apple MacBook Pro.