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Keith Green Photographs Dee Dee Ramone at the Chelsea


Photographer Keith Green shot the documentary series, “Dee Dee Ramone: Cold Turkey at the Chelsea”.  This is Keith’s most noted work featuring an exclusive photo-essay of the late punk icon Dee Dee Ramone, which was captured at the infamous Chelsea Hotel during the spring and summer of 1993 as Dee Dee struggled to overcome his addiction to heroin.

Several of the images from that series have appeared on the covers and insides of Dee Dee’s subsequent trilogy of autobiographical book titles: “Lobotomy: Surviving the Ramones” published in 2000, “The Chelsea Horror Hotel” published the following year and “Legend of a Rock Star,” Dee Dee’s memoir, which was completed shortly before his untimely death in 2002.

Keith’s subsequent work relating to this literary music genre include exclusive portraits of Vera Ramone, Dee Dee’s first wife, which are published in her recently released memoir, “Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee Dee Ramone” published in 2009. Other photo essay projects include a work-in-progress portrait series of a cross section of creative individuals whose artistic and literary contributions remain as indelible fixtures among our cultural landscape.

Keith Green is a native of Houston, Texas and relocated to New York City in 1986 to further pursue his photography career by working as an assistant for several top photographers in the editorial and commercial photography fields. Keith subsequently branched out on his own through self-assigned projects as well as being published in magazines such as Hamptons, London Sunday Times, Time Out New York, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and others.

Price ranges from $350 – $3,500

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International Artists Sebastiano Vitale and Ricardo Ravetllat at transFORM’s NYDC Gallery


International artists Sebastiano Vitale and Ricardo Ravetllat are currently being shown at transFORM’s NYDC Showroom and Gallery.  Italian Photographer Sebastiano Vitale shot the Raw Horse Project while in Argentina. We have two of the photos from this series currently on display, and we are expecting more to follow.  From Cadaques, Spain, Ricardo Ravetllat is a mixed media artist inspired by the religious and meditative overtones of Ancient India, the Orient, and the Middle Ages.

Get to know more about our artists below:

new Rochelle-New York City Design Center-Ricardo Ravetllat-Sebastiano Vitale-The Raw Horse Project-transform-transFORM Art Gallery-transFORM at the New York City Design Center-NYDC-art-photography-art galleryThe Raw Horse is a series of fine prints in limited edition.  For several years, Vitale worked as a freelance photojournalist for various magazines.  In 2010, Vitale began working on “The Raw Horse”, a large scale fine art photography project photographing horses in Argentina.

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The Raw Horse is an hymn to the relationship between the horse and the human being.  In a world that is nervously searching a reason for its existence between hate, finance, war and a digital reproduction of life, the horse represents pure beauty, peace, freedom. The most valuable treasure of the third millennium.

In Sebastiano’s words, “I’ve been working for the past 15 years in the field of art, mass communication and visual journalism. I love telling stories and I use any possible form of expression to do it.”
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Sebastiano Vitale: Narcissus (2011), Fine art print, 30 x 20 inches (framed), $2,500, The Player (2011), Fine art print, 30 x 20 inches (framed), $2,500.

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Working like an alchemist, Ravetllat utilizes simple materials like paper, pencil, and old frames to represent the fragility of this life.  This collection was inspired by religious paintings of the Middle Ages; however, these images were not created for religious worship, but simple meditation.

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Ravetllat currently resides alternately between Berlin, Germany and Punta del Este, Uruguay where he produces and exhibits his work.  He has been selected for and awarded prizes in many different art competitions in Argentina as well as throughout Europe. new Rochelle-New York City Design Center-Ricardo Ravetllat-Sebastiano Vitale-The Raw Horse Project-transform-transFORM Art Gallery-transFORM at the New York City Design Center-NYDC-art-photography-art galleryHis works are held in many private collections including: The Americas Collection in Miami, The USA Collection, C. Herzog Collection in Germany, Alfredo Lanz Collection in Spain, Black Box Collection, Miguel Borstein Collection in Puerto Rico, Hyatt Collection in Buenos Aires and in Duhau Palace. 

In Ricardo’s words, I am a world traveler whose firsthand experiences of different cultures has greatly enhanced my work.  Influences of the Orient, in particular Ancient India, are prevalent in my art.

Ricardo Ravetllat: Serie Bitácoras, all 12 pieces are priced at $325 a piece.

 

Lubomir Tomaszewski Celebrated at the Polish Consulate in NYC


The Emotionalists – 20 Years

 

The Emotionalist Artists Group, the group of like-minded artists, founded in 1994 by renowned sculptor Lubomir Tomaszewski, celebrated its 20th anniversary on June 11, 2014. The evening also celebrated the 91st birthday of Tomaszewski.

The Gala celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the establishment of the Emotionalists. The Emotionalists’ styles vary from pure abstraction to classical realism. The group was founded in 1994 by renowned sculptor, nestor of the Polish School of Industrial Design, and professor emeritus at Bridgeport University, Lubomir Tomaszewski. The group has in its mission, the return to the natural language of expression in art and seeks to awaken deep emotions in the viewer.

The group’s members are photographers, painters, illustrators and graphic artists who live in the USA and in Europe. Many of them were born in Poland. The Emotionalists have had many exhibitions in the USA, Germany, Denmark, France, and Poland.

Artists include, Lubomir Tomaszewski, Beata Szpura, Ivan Bratko, Julia Ambrose, Aleksandra K. Nowak, Jozefa Tomaszewska, Patrycja Todo, Kinga Kolouszek, Jan Hausbrandt, Wojtek Kubik, Mieczyslaw Mietko Rudek, Piotr Betlej, Arthur Skowron, Janusz Skowron, Maksymilian Starzec, Maria Fuks, Zbigniew Nowosadzki, Marcin Bondarowicz, Witold Vito Wojcik, Anna Zatorska, Adam Panek, Renata Komorniczak and Beata Trefon.

Live jazz music was provided by Krzysztof Medyna.

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Artist Lubomir Tomaszewski and transFORM Gallery Director, Kara O’Neill

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The Emotionalist Founder, Lubomir Tomaszewski

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Deputy Head of facilities Matthew Stasiek welcomes guests

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transFORM’s Rozalia Kiss, Kara O’Neill, Grazyna Gargas with Krystyna and Lubomir Tomaszewski

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Part of the group The Emotionalists

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Janusz Skowron, curator of the gala

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The work of The Emotionalists

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Lubomir being honored for his work and his 91st birthday

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Lubomir Tomaszewski is Honored by the UN in Geneva, Switzerland


We are very proud to announce that Lubomir Tomaszewski is being honored for his lifetime of accomplishments with the Exhibition “Emotions” in Geneva, Switzerland, at the United Nation’s Palace of Nation’s Mezzanine Gallery.  Tomaszewski has been showing his artwork with transFORM Gallery since 2011 and his been our most successful artist.  His compelling sculptures now grace the homes and enhance the private collections of art enthusiasts across the New York City Metropolitan Area.  His artwork captures the raw energy of nature in metal, wood and stone and depicts the innate character of animals and free moving dancers.  His work is truly representative of our common human experiences of emotion and expression.  We are grateful to Lubomir for sharing his artwork with us over the years and congratulate him on this great honor and achievement.

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Organized by the Polish and U.S. mission in Geneva in cooperation with the Department of Culture of the United Nations, for just over three weeks, the main building of the UN in Geneva was invaded by “Emotions”. Lubomir Tomaszewski-transFORM-transFORM Gallery-transFORM Art Gallery-UN in Geneva-art-gallery-art gallery-United Nations  From June 2-23, 2014, in the main gallery of the Palace of the United Nations Mezzanine, was one of the most important exhibitions of Lubomir Tomaszewski. 

Lubomir Tomaszewski-transFORM-transFORM Gallery-transFORM Art Gallery-UN in Geneva-art-gallery-art gallery-United NationsThis exhibition – with the eloquent title “Emotions by Lubomir Tomaszewski” – reveals an important element of the artist’s works: human emotions and their transmission. The original intent of the curator, Catherine Rij, is to present the work according to this very key – emotions. In the more than 800m² of this unique place, where they staged works by Andy Warhol in 2013, was hosted the outstanding artistry of Lubomir Tomaszewski. This world-class artist represents the mainstream of experimental realism, which has been growing continuously since 1966, when he moved to New York.

In the main building of the United Nations, these amazing works about freedom were presented for the first time, which the artist has worked on for over a dozen years. Lubomir Tomaszewski-transFORM-transFORM Gallery-transFORM Art Gallery-UN in Geneva-art-gallery-art gallery-United NationsAt more than 2.5 meters high, the sculpture “Freedom Taking Flight,” was exposed against the background of Lake Geneva and the Alps.  The history of the artist’s works was announced through the presentation of more than 100 works – paintings, sculptures and porcelain.  Art lovers from around the world were able to see the most important compositions of more than a half-century of the artist’s oeuvre.  Lubomir Tomaszewski-transFORM-transFORM Gallery-transFORM Art Gallery-UN in Geneva-art-gallery-art gallery-United NationsThe Commission’s Cultural Palace of Nations, when deciding which artist to invite, was not only enthusiastic about Lubomir Tomaszewski’s attitude towards freedom and peace, but also amazed by the unusual technique by which he creates the paintings and sculptures.

Lubomir Tomaszewski is the founder of the “Emotionalists” group, and has to his credit more than 150 individual and collective exhibitions that have been presented throughout the world. His work can be found in the collections, among others: Victoria and Albert Museum in London, National Museum in Warsaw, National Museum in Krakow, Warsaw Uprising Museum, Hale Museum in Germany, Robert Marston INC., Marvin Gilman, Lighting Services INC., Lawrence Rockefeller and the Rockefeller family, Jimmy Carter – President of the United States, T. Komine of Kyowa Bank in Tokyo, Japan and many more.

Lubomir Tomaszewski, whom The New York Times called “a sculptor of movement,” was present at the opening ceremony of the exhibition on June 4. Lubomir Tomaszewski-transFORM-transFORM Gallery-transFORM Art Gallery-UN in Geneva-art-gallery-art gallery-United Nations Thanks to the universal nature of his creativity, Tomaszewski stirred emotions among the international audience and visitors at the exhibit, who were able to discover the works of this unique artist anew.

For more information about the exhibition, please contact Catherine Rij – curator of the exhibition; biuro@fundacjacmielow.pl, krij@me.com

From Russia with Love – Ceramic Artist Irina Deshchenko


“Russian artist Irina Deshchenko’s pottery and ceramic sculpture are exceptional in their technique and imagery.  She truly has a unique focus and interpretation of Russian and Celtic patterns in her use of clay” says transFORM Gallery Director Kara O’Neill.  Like Catherine Wagner Minnery, we had strong sales of Irina’s work during her Piermont Flywheel Gallery Winter/Spring 2014 group show at transFORM’s New Rochelle Gallery.  I invite you to see first hand the impressive quality of her work.

Art-art gallery-artists-Irina Deshchenko-New York City Design Center-transform-transFORM Art Gallery-transFORM at the New York City Design“I was born and raised on Kamchatka Penninsula – Far-East of Russia, with a very long winter, says Irina Deshchenko. I am the economist by training. I think that I have always been creative person, but during those years when I was growing up, namely the post-Soviet era at the end of ’90s, we couldn’t even think about being creative. In Russia I was working in retail banks, first in Kamchatka and later in Moscow. 

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In 2008 I moved to the US to join my husband; and took my first ceramic class in 2009 at the Art School at  Old Church in Demarest, NJ. 

Everything started as a hobby. And most likely it would have remained as a hobby, but my teachers, loved ones, and even myself very soon realized that working with clay is very natural for me. I learned very fast and soon fell in love with the pottery; that decided to make it my future career. Two years later I began working with clay and created my first «Medusa» series.

I cannot say that I have defined my personal style in clay as of yet. I like working on different ideas. I use the wheel, as well as the hand-building technique. I love to make vases, sculptures, wall pieces – in other words, interior decorative art-pieces.

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One more technique that I like to use is carving. I carve various patterns and motifs on the surface of my works or build art-pices with double walls. Most often I use Russian and Celtic patterns or create the pattern myself. In my opinion, weaving looks very good on clay texture. Also, I often experiment with colors – for that reason my works are so different. I am attracted to bright colors and positive motifs.

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I am still a member of the Art School at the Old Church in Demarest, plus I have my own sudio, where I’m spending most of my time, creating art-pices and hoping that one day my works will decorate someone’s house.”

Art-art gallery-artists-Irina Deshchenko-New York City Design Center-transform-transFORM Art Gallery-transFORM at the New York City Design CenterCeltic Cup White stoneware clay, $895, Celtic Cat White Stoneware clay, $695, Medusa #6 Porcelain $675, Medusa #7 Porcelain $715, Medusa #2 Stoneware clay $760, Fall Flowers Wheel-thrown & hand carved, $1,500, Carved Vase #3 Hand carved porcelain $1,350, Medusa #4 Porcelain $750, Celtic Dogs Wheel-thrown & hand-carved porcelain $1,750, Sculpture #1 Stoneware clay $595, Sculpture #2 Stoneware clay $595.

Artists Catherine Wagner Minnery and Rachele Unter at the NYDC


Recently introduced to transFORM’s NYC Showroom, a selection of artists Catherine Wagner Minnery’s and Rachele Unter work is currently on display.  We had strong response to their artwork during the Piermont Flywheel Gallery Winter/Spring 2014 group show at transFORM’s New Rochelle Gallery.  Since hanging the artwork last week, we have already received inquires about their pieces, proving true that high quality artwork combined with attractive pricing creates interest.

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I could go on and on about light and shadow, the underlying abstract and spiritual components of any subject matter (other locales, interiors, still lifes or some combination) but I create art because I have a need to make visual the excitement I felt when I first looked at (or thought about) the subject at hand, searching for the unseen, not just the surface reality.

For my landscapes, I usually work from small studies drawn on site and quickly taken digital photos. Rarely do I start and finish a piece plein air, but I have a strong desire and need to work outside. It recharges me.

new Rochelle-transFORM-transFORM Art gallery-New York City Design Center-New York City-Catherine Wagner Minnery-Rachele Unter-transFORM at the New York Design CenterIn the studio, I gather all my material and filter the subject matter through my own lens of experience and artistic sensibilities so that the work will be a personal interpretation.  I like Paul Klee’s creative credo, ‘Art does not replicate what we see; rather it makes us see.’”

new Rochelle-transFORM-transFORM Art gallery-New York City Design Center-New York City-Catherine Wagner Minnery-Rachele Unter-transFORM at the New York Design CenterIn Rachele’s words, “I look to nature for inspiration for my art since nature is the best creator and I am only an imitator of natural things – the plants, vegetables, and flowers that I grow in my backyard – and use them as subjects or objects to reflect my artistic ideas. Gardening has allowed me to connect with the most elemental life force.

new Rochelle-transFORM-transFORM Art gallery-New York City Design Center-New York City-Catherine Wagner Minnery-Rachele Unter-transFORM at the New York Design Center What comes alive through flowers and plants and fruit is the deepest kind of “alive” and my ability to print and paint “aliveness” is a gift that Iam grateful for. This giftallows me to express myself emotionally and spiritually and despite the fact that I have been doing this for many years, I always feel as though I am still finding my way to the heart of my feelings.

new Rochelle-transFORM-transFORM Art gallery-New York City Design Center-New York City-Catherine Wagner Minnery-Rachele Unter-transFORM at the New York Design CenterI throw myself into the wild dance of art, searching for a deeper sense, and trying to see into the nature of things both physical and imaginary. I gaze at the object which is the subject if a work, but I also look beyond the “object” and contemplate what it means in my life and how best to represent that meaning.”

Catherine Wagner Minnery: Hazy Fall MorningOil on Canvas 25.75” x 38” framed $2,000, Sky & Water – Hudson R, Oil on Canvas
 21.75” x 44.75” framed $2,400, Wonder, Oil on Canvas
 23.75” x 45.5” framed $2,800.

Rachele Unter: Cantor’s Song #1, Etching with Chine Colle 30” x 36” $1,200, Cantor’s Song #7, Etching with Chine Colle 30” x 36” $1,200, Cantor’s Song #6, Etching Chine Colle 30” x 36” $1,200, Hangups #3, Etching with Chine Colle 29.5” x 35.5” $1,200.