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Wendy Richmond: Navigating the Personal Bubble" opens at the RISD Museum of Art

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This spring in NYC we recommend Jean-Michel Basquiat Drawing - Work from the Schorr Family Collection at Acquavella Galleries through June 13th.  18 East 79th Street.  The gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Galerie Swanström will exhibit the painting titled MISS MALALA by the female street artist, gilf! Please join us at the gallery in SoHo for a cocktail reception on Monday, July 15 from 6 to 8 pm. 136 Sullivan Street, 3rd Floor, New York City.    
A portion of the sale of this painting will be donated by the artist to the MALALA FUND
Renowned for presenting the most innovative galleries, artists and curators; SCOPE Art Shows in Miami, Basel, New York, London and the Hamptons.
A N N E   L I L L Y  
interactive kinetic sculpture


a solo exhibition 

Thursday, April 18 

5 to 9 PM

136 Sullivan Street, 3rd floor
(W. Houston + Prince St.)


Anne Lilly, (detail) Chiasmus, 25" x 25" x 25", machined stainless steel, 2013



Galerie Swanström


A N N E   L I L L Y

interactive kinetic sculpture

T E M P O R A L   T I N C T U R E 

a solo exhibition

Friday, March 22, noon to 5 PM

Reception with the artist:  5 to 8 PM

ANNE LILLY, (detail) The Hole of Rose's Heart,
18" x 18" x 25", machined stainless steel, 2013


136 SULLIVAN ST. 3rd Floor

(between Prince and West Houston St.)

NYC 10012


Galerie Swanström is pleased to exhibit at the SCOPE Art Show NYC 2013, Booth H-08. SCOPE is celebrated as the premier launching pad for contemporary art, join us for First View on Wedensday March 6th from 3 to 9 p.m. VIP and Press only -  $100 donation at the door.  Proceeds benefit THE SCOPE FOUNDATION.


Galerie Swanström is pleased to exhibit works by female street artist GILF! and interactive kinetic sculpture artist Anne Lilly at the SCOPE Art Show at Art Basel Miami Beach 2012, Booth H30. Celebrated as the premier launching pad for contemporary art, SCOPE Miami will run concurrent with Art Basel Miami, December 4 – 9th, 2012 at N.E. 36th St and Midtown Blvd.

Interactive Kinetic Sculpture

Eleven Miles Above Virgin

by Anne Lilly

'The ART of Comedy' Gallery Crawl - November 8th

As a pre-New York Comedy Festival event, The Art of Comedy presents a Gallery Crawl in SoHo and the LES on Thursday, Nov. 8th to include artist Ron English at Opera Gallery, 115 Spring Street; gilf! at Galerie Swanström, 136 Sullivan Street, 3rd Floor; and Hanksy at Krause Gallery, 149 Orchard Street.

Oh Yeah!  by gilf! 

The artist gilf! depicts herself as The Statue of Liberty in the painting titled Oh Yeah?
which discusses Americans ‘drinking the Kool-Aid’ (so to speak) as our
government, corporations, and police forces may take advantage of a
complacent society. The hand written text quoted in the background is taken
from a speech given by Aldous Huxley in 1962.

From November 7-11th, the duration of the NY Comedy Festival, work by Ron English, gilf! and Hanksy will be on display inside of Carolines on Broadway (1626 Broadway), the legendary Times Square comedy venue.

Galerie Swanström presents


Join us for a private gathering at the gallery Wednesday, Oct. 24th from 6 to 8 p.m.  Kindly RSVP:


Galerie Swanström presents


Join us for an intimate gathering at the gallery Tuesday, June 26th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Wendy Richmond: Navigating the Personal Bubble

Visual artist, writer, and educator Wendy Richmond documents and exposes how portable digital technology creates mobile zones of privacy—what the artist calls “personal bubbles”—that change the social experience of being in public. Using photography, video, and interactive media, she documents and exposes, as she wrote in a New York Times column, “the steady and mundane urban choreography that we all perform together.”

Friday, May 25 through Sunday, November 4, 2012

Museum of Art  Rhode Island School of Design



March 9 - March 11, 2012 view Joe Iurato's large scale, 20x8 foot mural at THE FOUNTAIN ART FAIR, NYC

Fountain is an exhibition of avant garde artwork in New York during ADAA Armory week.


69th Regiment Armory
68 Lexington Avenue @ 25th Street
March 9 - March 11, 2012
View or Download directions here

Hours & Special Events

Friday, March 9, 7pm–11pm – Artlog presents: Public Opening Night Reception, Fab 5 Freddy (DJ set)
Saturday, March 10, 7–11pm – Art For Progress presents: Saturday Night Party and a night of multimedia art
General Hours: Saturday, March 10 & Sunday, March 11, 1pm–7pm

$10 day pass / $15 weekend pass at the door


Galerie Swanström, a new boutique gallery located in the heart of SoHo, will host a private opening this March  featuring work by celebrated street artists Billi Kid and Joe Iurato. 

PLEASE PHONE/TEXT (347) 326-3259 in advance of your visit:
Gallery hours are Wednesday and Thursday, 1PM to 6 PM
And by appointment.  For additional information about the gallery and this exhibit, email Beth Swanström at

Galerie Swanström
136 Sullivan Street (between West Houston and Prince St.)
3rd Floor
New York, NY 10012
Please follow us at ArtScout At GalerieSwanström on Facebook or ArtScout_Beth on Twitter.

'BREAKING AND ENTERING is a demonstration of UR New York’s vast range and ability to continuously produce groundbreaking urban inspired art. Artists Michael Baca - aka “2ESAE” and Fernando Romero aka “SKI” are committed to “breaking and entering” into the mainstream –“letting their art loose on the world, all the while breaking the status quo and entering the art world on their own terms”– offering a synergy of intensely personal and colorful works of art with an amazingly beautiful and compelling yet universal appeal.'  December 1st - 15th; 2412 North Miami Ave (@24th Street) • Miami, FL 33127

Innovator, artist and curator Billi Kid is combining forces with Sushi Samba at ArtBasel Miami 2011 - Graffiti Gone Global fifth consecutive exhibition of urban contemporary art and design is running parallel to Art Basel Miami Beach.  This year’s show presents the designs of famed architect Marc Fornes, accomplished designer and architect Volkan Alkanoglu, creative artist and curator Billi Kid, innovative digital agency Branger_Briz and the work of other prominent artists who have challenged and continue to challenge the status quo in urban contemporary art and design. The inventiveness that permeates their respective processes of design – from their original visions to the unique methodologies they employ in the fabrication of their work – reflect the philosophy upon which GGG was founded.

The Rotunda Space
3252 NE 1St Avenue, Suite 101
Midtown Miami, FL, 33137


Artist Joe Iurato is heading to Miami for Art Basel Dec 1 through the 5th where he’ll be part of The Underbelly Project, Graffiti Gone Global, and Fountain exhibits.'  The Underbelly Project '.... fashioned to simulate the rawness of the abandoned station four stories beneath the bustle of New York City, the exhibit will attempt to capture the experience of artists’ that were invited leave their creative mark four stories beneath the city streets. The show will feature video footage of artists at work, still documentation, as well as recorded sounds heard in the tunnel.'

After a studio visit with artist Joe Iurato, we'll be featuring some of his most powerful paintings, here at my gallery, Galerie Swanström, beginning December 3rd.  So if you cannot get to ArtBasel, MIAMI - you can certainly visit SoHo to have a first hand look. Iurato's style as exemplary, contemporary portaiture at its finest. Here is a peek...  December 3, 2011 


We're heading to South Beach for ArtBasel MIAMI and Graffiti Gone Global - Looking forward to seeing you there!  -  December 2011

Past Events

ArtScout, Beth Swanström and social strategist Lou Sagar, co-chair PONGTOPIA!'s live art auction with Lark Mason of Antiques Road Show and featuring graffiti inspired Ping Pong tables!  -  November 2011

BERLIN uncovered:  ArtScout visits art fairs BERLINER LISTE and PREVIEW, discovering work by Marc Fromm - September 2011

ArtScout TV features THE DOORS PROJECT and EAMES INSPIRATION footage at The Int'l Contemporary Furniture Fair, JAVITZ CENTER, NYC - May 2011


Socially Charged Street Artist GILF! Includes her Collectors in Taking Actions to Facilitate Change

photo:  There's No Place Like Home by GILF! for (Re)Print at Hendershot Gallery, 2012

Accessible to the new collector, GILF!s paintings directly benefit the causes she calls attention to; the artist donates a portion of each sale to not-for-profit organizations relevant to each painting’s social commentary. Thus, including her collectors in taking actions that will facilitate change.  The painting "There's No Place Like Home" will be created in an edition of six, measuring 36x45 inches and exhibited in her upcoming solo exhibition presented by ArtScout® at Galerie Swanström beginning October 24th.  With the number of children in New York City's homeless shelters at record highs, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this painting will benefit The Coalition for the Homeless.



ArtScout presents gilf! at Galerie Swanström 

"Motivated by the idea of inspiring people I perhaps will never meet, I hope to breathe hope into many of the issues we face as a global society.  My goal is to create art that provokes thoughtfullness and motivates a change of the zeitgeist."  gilf!

Paintings above are spray paint on diebond (clockwise):  Little Seismic Girl, 2011, 25x22"

Empower Equality, (screened print) 2011, 30x22"; To Tehran with Love, 2011, 22x30";

The Big Swim, 2011, 33x45"; Oh Yeah?, 2012, 30x22  By appointment: 


My own 'personal bubble'... 

Included as a video participant in Alone in Public, 2012 - 'a compilation of video portraits of friends and colleagues of the artist working alone in cafe's and other public settings'.  ArtScout made the trek to the RISD Museum's Spalter New Media Gallery to experience 'this multi-part video installation by Wendy Richmond which explores how portable digital technology creates a mobile zone of privacy - the artist calls them "personal bubbles" - that change the social experience of being in public.' 

'... captured with built-in laptop cameras, the subjects in the videos might appear at first to be Skyping, but they are absorbed in their computer screens, recording themselves while they work.'

The artist's consideration of public privacy began when she was commuting extensively between the east and west coasts and spending a lot of time in airports.  Richmond recalls, 'Waiting in security lines, waiting for boarding, waiting in food courts... most of the people around me were alone and waiting, too.  We were in a very public space and also in our personal zones.  Reading, working on laptops, talking on cell phones, playing video games, watching DVDs, staring into space - we were all engaged in our own internal worlds, temporarily oblivious to what was going on around us.  This phenomenon occurs all the time in public spaces:  the denser and more urban the place, the more intense the personal bubble.'   


The Artist, Gilf! Makes A Bold Statement at The Fountain Art Fair, NYC

This piece, titled "Oh Yeah?" (spray paint on metal), by the artist gilf!, to me, is a patriotic outcry incorporating the idiom "Drinking the Kool-Aid" which refers to 'the 1978 Jonestown Massacre; the phrase suggests that one has mindlessly adopted the dogma of a group or leader without fully understanding the ramifications or implications'. (Source:  WikipediaThe artist includes her self portrait as Lady Liberty; behind her appears text (hand written by the artist) from a speech, circa 1962, by the famed author and activist Aldous Huxley, in which he is predicting a future society of pharmaceutical depents; thus, simply 'following' or acquiescing...

Oh Yeah? by gilf! (above) spray paint on diebond - at The Fountain Art Fair, NYC, 2012

gilf! is "motivated by the idea of affecting people with whom she will never meet the artist is "engaging issues, and continuously working for positive change."  (Above:  The artist, gilf! to my left.)  Behind us is one of her most provocative original paintings.

"Take Off Your Blinders" also by gilf!  For a closer look at her work go to the artist's portfolio website.


Not your 'expected' street art: Aakash Nihalani at VOLTA, NYC

 As seen at VOLTA:  Pop I, by Aakash Nihalani, 2012, acrylic on wood, 16" x 47 x .75"

Nihalani ... works instinctively, trying ot follow his gut about the sensation of color and space, and he has fun doing it.  ... He's not trying ot push a certain highbrow logic or philosophy or purposefully communicate through the esoteric medium of art.  His street work consists mostly of isometric rectangles and squares.  He selectively places these graphics around New York to highlight the unexpected contours and elegant geometry of the city itself. Source: Aakash Nihalani and Flickr.

Plat Forms (2011) paper, tape and cardboard on floor, New Delhi, India

Fill-in II (2011), paper, tape and cardboard on floor, New Delhi, India

Armslength (animation), by Aakash Nihalani


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