Sunday, December 06, 2009
The author and artist plans to create concepts for animated films and children's television programs.
Cynthia von Buhler created this snow globe featuring characters from her children's book But Who Will Bell the Cats? for The Gotham Group's holiday card. The city in the background is their logo.
Cynthia von Buhler Partners with Amanda Palmer & Jason Webley on a Graphic Novel. The Afterword Will Be Written By Neil Gaiman.
Dark Horse Comics Will Release The Two Book Set "Evelyn Evelyn: A Terrible Tale in Two Tomes" in Fall, 2010.
Von Buhler is illustrating the two book set which was written by the musicians Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley. The afterword will be written by Neil Gaiman. An Evelyn Evelyn album (produced by Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley), will be released this Spring. Von Buhler also created the album art.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
A massive New York Container Terminal turns into a contemporary museum for a dinner and art party highlighting the work of ten borough artists (including moi and my CYNTH-O-MATIC installation).
Cynthia von Buhler's What I am Now You Will One Day Be at Gala
The Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island
Friday, October 2, 2009
7:00pm - 11:00pm
Warehouse 74/75, New York Container Terminal
241 Western Avenue
Staten Island, NY
The Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island (COAHSI) will turn Staten Island’s massive New York Container Terminal into a contemporary museum for a special arts weekend highlighting the work of ten borough artists.
The exhibit, entitled “Mapping Staten Island,” explores these artists’ perceptions of their resident borough, through physical installations, video, light, and musical recordings, and will feature works by Nick Fevelo, John Foxell, Steven Lapcevic, Brendan Coyle, Paul Moakley, Robin Locke Monda, Mandy Morrison, Kala Pierson, Don Porcella, Mike Shane and Cynthia von Buhler.
The exhibit space – created by the newly established firm Archicorp -- will be a work of art in itself, as actual shipping pallets will be used to build walls, tables and other structures to display the artwork. After the exhibit, the pallets will be recycled and used for their original purpose of transporting consumer goods.
In “Mapping Staten Island,” the selected borough artists will play with ideas of psycho-geography, and other non-traditional ways of interpreting the theme. COAHSI Grants Director Ginger Shulick elaborates on the concept of “Mapping Staten Island”:
“The artists selected to participate in “Mapping Staten Island” are not only creating work that physically or conceptually represents the unique geography, history, or mythology of Staten Island, but they are also truly putting Staten Island ‘on the map’ artistically.”
The selection of the New York Container Terminal as the venue for the exhibit also builds on Staten Island’s specific geography and history. Each exhibition room will be constructed from shipping pallets and designed like a fort, 20x10 feet long. The pallets will literally be “branded” by hot iron brands, bearing the logo or tag line of each sponsor. Deconstructed after the gala, these branded pallets will then rejoin the flow of global trade, sharing with the world a small part of Staten Island. Artists will be on site both during the Gala and the public exhibit to discuss their installations with the public.
Gala tickets are available online at the COAHSI website: statenislandarts.org, starting at $125. A shuttle will be available to pick up attendees at the Staten Island ferry and transport them to the New York Container Terminal at 241 Western Avenue. For information about table sponsorships, please contact Frank Williams at COAHSI, 718-447-3329. BUY TICKETS HERE.
Cynthia von Buhler
Von Buhler will recreate the old-timey historical boardwalk of Staten Island’s South Beach, combining contemporary art criticism with a carnival motif to add a modern element to her installation – including a number of her animated sculptures. Von Buhler will be costumed in traditional carnival garb, wielding a microphone that samples pretentious artists statements mixed with the words “Step Right Up”.
Cynthia von Buhler is an internationally exhibiting visual artist, performer, and author. In March 2006, Art & Antiques named von Buhler as “one of the top contemporary surrealists”, and has been linked to the Fluxus and Lowbrow movements.
Archicorp is a design research collaborative based in New York City. Archicorp operates in a methodology that is affirmatively social, and maintains an optimistic position about the role of design as a device for solving complex problems. The studio engages in a spectrum of work ranging from urban planning and building design to large scale public art, cultural analysis, industrial and fashion design.
The Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island (COAHSI) works to foster, develop, and support the arts and humanities on Staten Island. We do this through professional development, technical assistance, and regrants to artists and arts organizations. COAHSI works hard to bring together artists, organizations, and the greater Staten Island community. For more information on the Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island (COAHSI) visit www.statenislandarts.org.
Von Buhler's Prize Capsule
Another packaging-related artwork from last weekend’s “Mapping Staten Island” show: Cynthia Von Buhler’s Cynth-O-Matic vending machine. This interactive sculpture caught me off guard and I was putting quarters into it before I had really sorted out my (art-consumer) choices carefully.
“This one has some color,” I thought to myself, “I’ll have one of those...” [turned the handle—made my first purchase] “Oh, it’s menstrual blood... hmmm, what were my other choices? Eyelashes, fingernail clippings, hair, pubic hair... OK, I’ll buy one more capsule, but I cannot be the guy who comes in here and buys only menstrual blood & pubic hair, so I guess I’ll have to go with the fingernails...”
Although the capsules’ labels claim that their contents are “100% Genuine” I do have some doubts about their authenticity. As a collector, I don’t want to open these capsules (thereby diminishing their resale value) but, to my eyes, the fingernails look a little plastic and the red seems too bright. (Doesn’t blood dry out and turn brown?) Plus, hair and fingernails take a while to grow. We covered another reliquary type fingernail artwork (here) and, in that case, it took the artist a long time to accumulate a quantity of fingernail clippings. Of course if the contents of Von Behler’s capsules turn out not to be genuine then what I lose as fetish object, I gain in commentary on truth-in-advertising. Her website has this to say about the project:
Have you ever noticed that when you go to an art opening, many people are more focused on the artist than the artwork? Frequently, art viewers do not seriously look at the art. Usually they drink the wine, eat the cheese, and show more interest in the artist than in their art. The Cynth-O-Matic is the answer to this troubling problem. For 25 cents, you can actually have a piece of the artist.
Another package-related vending-machine artwork by Von Buhler, was her Andy Warhol-as-fortune-teller machine which dispensed Warhol aphorisms printed to look like Campbell’s Soup labels.
Read the full article HERE.
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
The MiniArtMuseum for Children at The Nassau County Museum of Art in on Long Island in New York will be featuring the miniature sets and characters from Cynthia von Buhler's But Who Will Bell the Cats? and The Cat Who Wouldn’t Come Inside in a solo exhibition from September 20, 2009 through January 3, 2010.
Join us for the book release party and the opening of the exhibit on Sunday, Oct 4, at 2PM. The author will be signing books and light refreshments will be served.
Also on view in the MiniArtMuseum will be the glorious Astolat Castle, a nine foot tall, 5 foot wide dollhouse castle. Children can also play and read in the small child's playhouse outside the museum. Norman Rockwell's paintings are on view at the main museum. Works by Gordon Cheung and Jonathan Seliger will be featured in the contemporary gallery.
Tickets: Free with museum admission: $10, seniors $8, children ages 4–12 $4, Cynthia's books will be on sale in the MiniArtMuseum gift shop.
Arrive early (at 1PM) to hear Peter and the Wolf performed by the South Shore Symphony Orchestra with guest narrator Matt Gallant of Animal Planet. Purchase tickets for the concert here: http://nassaumuseum.org/events.php.
Travel via train from NYC: LIRR to Greenvale, then take a cab to museum.
Visit the book’s website at www.butwhowillbellthecats.com for crafts, games, a behind-the-scenes look at the construction of the book, downloadable posters, and much more!
Date: Sunday, October 4, 2009
Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Long Island, NY
The Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, NY, 5164849337
Award-winning artist Cynthia von Buhler takes the reader on a whimsical journey in this visually stunning and innovative book. But Who Will Bell the Cats? (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children; September 2009) is an enchanting tale of determination, bravery, and creativity—and beautifully illustrates the rewards of the uncomplicated power of kindness.
In addition to having written this story, Cynthia von Buhler was also the painter, sculptor, interior decorator, mason, gardener, and plumber of the sets. The rooms were built by hand from wood. The stone walls were formed from plaster. The floors are handmade from inlaid wood, mother-of-pearl, and plaster. The characters were painted in oils on gessoed paper, then cut out and placed in the sets. The scenes were photographed by Cynthia with a Nikon D300. You can view photos of the sets and see the creation of the book from the beginning stages by visiting the book’s blog, www.butwhowillbellthecats.blogspot.com. The sets are currently on view at The Nassau County Museum of Art. The show will run until January 3, 2010.
Cynthia von Buhler’s work has been compared to a trip down an ornate rabbit hole. Her award-winning art has been displayed in galleries and museums around the world, as well as in books, magazines, and newspapers. She lives in Staten Island and Connecticut with her husband, eight cats, one dog, seven doves, and an unknown number of mice below the floorboards.
"Young readers will pore over this one again and again." - Kirkus Review
"This story of an indefatigable mouse should find a welcome place on the shelves of any castle...or library." - Horn Book
"Children will find a lot to discover in the details, even after repeated readings". - School Library Journal
"Beautiful and haunting with the kinds of images kids will pore over, there ain’t nothing like it out there today. A new fable in an all-new style." - A Fuse #8 Production, School Library Journal, and Publisher's Weekly
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
NOTED SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ART DEALER
BRINGS HIS PASSION AND HIS STABLE OF LOWBROW/POP CULTURE ARTISTS TO DALLAS
For Immediate Release
Dallas, TX—One of the most respected dealers of Lowbrow editorial and illustratrated art, Matthew Abramowitz, brings his renowned Los Angeles, Calif., establishments, The 4th Wall Gallery and The Gallery@Storyopolis, to Dallas.
Opening May 21st at 2925 Fairmount Street, The 4thWall Gallery brings its stable of popularly recognized artists from the Lowbrow movement (The underground visual art movement that began in LA in the late 1970’s and now is a widespread populist art movement that has been called pop surrealism.) to Dallas. The 4th Wall has been defined as “feeding one’s mind and soul through imaginative artists and is sure to tantalize and impress the minds of both the beginning and the experienced art collector.” With its unique and limited collection, The 4th Wall Gallery abolishes labels and celebrates artists breaking down the walls of conformity as home to an amazingly diverse group of world-renowned artists.
“We look forward to bringing to this vibrant City our one of kind pieces for families who seek to invest in collections they can share with their families for generations,” says Abramowitz. “The 4th Wall Gallery is the realization of a vision to make a home for art that pushes your mind’s eye. Kristine and I are proud to have Gallery Director, Jordan Roth as part of the 4th Wall team. He brings a unique understanding to both the local and global art scene.”
Three prominent artists will be featured in the opening exhibition: New York sculptor and painter CYNTHIA von BUHLER; New York and Miami painter MIGUEL PAREDES; and noted New York artist and illustrator SCOTT BAKAL. All three artists will be present for Gallery opening on May 21st.
CYNTHIA von BUHLER
Art & Antiques magazine, in March of 2006, named von Buhler “one of the top contemporary surrealists.” An internationally exhibiting visual artist, her work has been on the covers of New York’s Gallery Guide, Communication Arts, and New York Arts along with feature articles. Prior to moving to New York von Buhler was chosen by Boston Magazine as one of the “40 Bostonians We Love.” Von Buhler's work is in hundreds of personal collections all over the world; Howard Stern owns a portrait of himself painted by von Buhler, while Jann Wenner, the publisher of Rolling Stone, purchased von Buhler’s portraits of Madonna and Jimi Hendrix. In February, 2007, von Buhler and her interactive sculptures, were featured on television in Japan, Switzerland, and Germany as part of the exhibit, ‘Andy Warhol: In His Wake.” Her award-winning illustrations have been recognized as being among “the best and most cutting-edge” in the country. Von Buhler is the author of the popular children’s “The Cat Who Wouldn’t Come Inside,” published by Houghton Mifflin. In the Steven Spielberg celebrity-written benefit book Once Upon A Fairytale she illustrated a story by Martha Stewart. CVB Space, von Buhler’s art studio in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, has been featured in Sex and the City, Law & Order SVU, Someone Like You (starring Ashley Judd, Hugh Jackman, and Greg Kinnear) and No Reservations (starring Catherine Zeta-Jones).
Paredes is a product of the explosion of street culture in New York City as he attended the prestigious La Guardia High School of Music & Art-- hip hop, rap, break-dancing and graffiti-- which greatly influenced him, as did the work of contemporary artists Andy Warhol and Keith Haring and the earlier works of Picasso, Chagall, and Miro. As talented at the stove as at the drawing board, Paredes also is known for his culinary skills at such Miami hot spots Delano Hotel, China Grill, and the Booking Table. The 4th Wall opening features the largest collection of Paredes works shown to date and will focus on his new Los Ninos series. (We need to add something more here about Los Ninos)
Scott Bakal has been showing in galleries and doing commercial work for the likes of Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The New Republic, Yoga Journal and Discover. Bakal’s work also can be found in private collections throughout the world and has recently been included in the permanent collection of the Museum of American Illustration in New York City. His illustration for Me +theDevil, which recounts the story of the short life of the revered Blues guitarist Robert Johnson, has received a total of 21 recognitions and two medals. Works from the Me +the Devil series will be featured at the Dallas opening. For this series, Bakal uses simple shapes and lines to build a part fact, part fictional little known world of Johnson into something tangible for the viewer. In both the color and black and white work, he creates glimpses of life and ghostly images of what could have happened all those years ago which helped create the legend of his life and death.
Abramowitz and his wife Kristine also bring to Dallas The Gallery @Storyopolis. Called “the capital of imagination where books feed the mind, art feeds the soul, events feed the imagination and stories come to life,” Storyopolis also will be at the Fairmount Street location and will have a grand opening in June. Its original illustrations from children’s books are said to lift the stories off the pages and onto the walls of children’s rooms…. or those of the nostalgic adult who never wants to grow up. The likes of Sara Ferguson, Julie Andrews, and Hayden Panettiere have done theatrical readings at the Gallery in Sherman Oaks.
“Brad Pitt, Denise Richards, Faith Hill, and Sharon Stone shop and marvel over our fabulous art unique to The Gallery@Storyopolis,” says, Kristine Abramowitz. “We are thrilled to bring our wonderful collection of original illustrations and art from famous children’s stories to Dallas where appreciation for the arts has energy unlike any other city.”
The 4th Wall Gallery is located at 2925 Fairmount Street, Dallas, TX 75201 and is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am-6:00 pm; evenings by appointment; and Sundays 2:00-6:00 pm. For more information call 214/740-9400.
Thursday, April 09, 2009
-The book will be out this September and it can be pre-ordered now on Amazon.com by going HERE.
You haven't heard much from me lately because I was holed up in my studio for most of 2008. I was working on my upcoming children's book But Who Will Bell The Cats? In addition to having written this story, I was also the painter, sculptor, interior decorator, mason, gardener, and plumber of the sets. The rooms were built by hand from wood. The stone walls were formed from plaster. The floors are handmade from inlaid wood, mother-of-pearl, and plaster. The characters were painted in oils on gessoed paper, then cut out and placed in the sets. The scenes were then photographed with a Nikon D300. To see a sneak preview of this unique book being created go HERE.
-The book will be out this September and it can be pre-ordered now on Amazon.com by going HERE.
As many of you know, Cynthia is a promoter of Staten Island. Last month, on a bitter cold day, she gave a tour of her home there and some other magnificent locations in St. George, Staten Island, New York City for Forgotten NY. Forgotten NY is her favorite New York website. They also did a photo spread of her artwork (from SHOW Gallery and my house) to go along with pictures from the tour.
-Check it out HERE.
NY Japion Newspaper Interview
She was also recently interviewed by New York's top Japanese newspaper about living in NYC. (She also lives in Fairfield County, CT.)
-To read the article (in Japanese) and see pictures go HERE.
Art Revolution, A New Book Profiling Cutting-Edge Artists By Lisa Cyr, June 2009 by North Light Books
Cynthia von Buhler is one of the featured artists in an exciting new book, Art Revolution, by Lisa Cyr. Artists featured include: Dave McKean, Marshall Arisman, Brad Holland, Barron Storey, David Mack, Kazuhiko Sano, Fred Otnes, Michael Mew, Kathleen Conover, Rudy Gutierrez, Lynne Foster, Lisa L. Cyr, Cynthia von Buhler, Robert Maloney, Susan Leopold, AE Ryan, Matt Manley, Stephanie Dalton Cowan, Richard Tuschman, Dorothy Simpson Krause and Camille Utterback. "Art Revolution is at the forefront in exploring alternative, innovative ways of conceptualizing and creating art that is on the cutting-edge. Throughout the highly visual book, insightful and thought-provoking profiles of leading artists and illustrators accompany stellar, multi-media work. The book also provides insight into the historical influences behind contemporary thinking and approaches, investigating the origins of alternative, unconventional picture making throughout the decades. In addition, exciting splash spreads featuring demonstrations and behind-the-scene looks at groundbreaking artists at work help shed light on signature processes and techniques."
-More information can be found HERE.
Art Revolution, To Be Featured In The June 2009 Issue Of The Artist's Magazine
The Artist’s Magazine will feature work from Art Revolution, taking an excerpt from one of the chapters. Many of the works from artists featured in the book will be shown. This four-page feature will be out on newsstands by June 2009, just in time for the release of the book. In addition, a special feature will also appear on the artistsnetwork.com in May 2009.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Matthew Abramowitz, the owner of Storyopolis in Los Angeles, has opened a fine art gallery called 4th Wall Gallery. Cynthia von Buhler is one of the artists that he is representing. A few of the other artists are Dave McKean, Dr. Suess, Brain Froud, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Gary Kelly, Jody Hewgill, Anita Kunz, Arthur Rackham, Gary Taxali, Kinuko Craft, and many more.
-To view Cynthia von Buhler's work that is currently for sale from 4th Gallery please visit their website by clicking HERE.
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Top illustrators and New Yorker cartoonists have contributed original art and limited edition prints to save cats and kittens from certain death. The auction will be on ebay, February 20-26. Starting bids for most pieces are set at $100 or less — well below their actual value. All proceeds go to Anjellicle Cat Rescue.
Click here on http://www.facebook.com/pages/Art-for-cats/46704559142to see the preview gallery on Facebook. Membership not required but if you're signed-in, you can "become a fan" for auction updates.
Curated by Kathy Osborn.
Victoria Roberts, Adam McCauley, Roz Chast, Kathy Osborn, George Booth, Greg Clarke, Julliette Borda, Sam Gross, Mark Ulriksen, Danny Shanahan, Mel Odom, Calef Brown, Susan Hunt Yule, Joe Ciardiello, Jean-Philippe Delhomme, Liza Donnelly, Cynthia Von Buhler, Nick Dewar, Tatsuro Kiuchi, Jordin Isip, Melinda Beck, Catherine Lazure, Jessie Hartland, Rutu Modan, Holly Roberts, Emiliano Ponzi, Maureen Burdock, Noah Woods, Scott Menchin, Robert Neubecker, Brad Mossman, Barbara Ensor, Marc Burckhardt, Valeria Petrone, and many more.