Salmagundi Art Club of New York


Panel Discussion: The Responsibility of Artists in the 21st Century (Part II)
Upper Gallery, October 02, 2019

Distraction versus presence, entertainment versus fine art.

We live in an age when the Western Art tradition is in crisis. At a time when the art establishment has massively promulgated the idea that anything goes, what is the responsibility of the highly-skilled, sincere artist in the 21st century? Is what artists create today just a matter their own individual expression, or are they beholden to a higher purpose? How do we understand such aesthetic principles as ‘truth’ and ‘beauty’ today?

Reception: 5:30 to 7:00 pm Parlor
Panel: 7.00 to 8..15pm Main Gallery

Sponsored by the SCNY Library Committee. Organized by Milene Fernadez and Alexander W. Katlan.

Tickets: required and non refundable
$25 for admission per panel
$10 for SCNY members, students, seniors per panel
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In conjunction with this event, attendees are welcome to dine in the Salmagundi Club dining room downstairs (calling at least a week in advance to make reservations (212) 255-7740.)


The Moderator, Milene Ferandez is a writer and editor. Her articles, featuring artists and exhibitions are published in The Epoch Times and in Fine Art Connoisseur. She is currently writing a book, titled, From Life, which champions the resurgence of the classical / realist tradition.



Panel  Discussion with:

Artist Jacob Collins is a leading figure in the contemporary revival of classical painting. Collins's style of painting is considered Classical Realism, and his subject matter focuses on the figure, portraiture, still life and landscape as well as the occasional interior. Collins is the founder of the Water Street Atelier, The Grand Central Academy of Art, and the Hudson River Fellowship. Jacob Collins is a resident artist member of the Salmagundi Club.  Collins' drawings and paintings have been shown with museums and galleries in North America and Europe, and he has been commissioned to paint portraits of J. Paul Getty Jr., President George H. W. Bush and U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren E. Burger and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.


Artist Michael Klein, former editor of American Artist stated in an article featuring 11 artists of 2011, writes "Klein is wrestling with his motives for making art.  His overarching aim, however, remains steadfast- to continue developing an expressive painting form that captures and communicates the things he sees and experiences in life that seem beyond the descriptive range of verbal language.  His work seeks to elicit in the viewer the same primal, prelinguisitc sensation that accompanies exposure to life's often overlooked numinous occurrences. He goes on to state 'This approach to realism implies an unspoken covenant with viewers.  Klein's painting technique offers an expressive visual language that communicates a sensual vision of the world.  It is a worldview that is intuitively and immediately recognizable because it can be both seen and felt.  Yet the expressive quality of his work, communicated by a deft nature truthfully.  Hence, the feelings Klein aims to elicit in his viewer are arrived at by subtle means-- a gentle invitation rather a full-on expressive assault.  It is as if Klein is just pointing the way to what is already there but it so often missed.  It is a view that is hopelessly tangled up in all thing human--emotion, memory, and striving-- and thus offers a compelling contrast to some realist painting that does little more than mimic photographic effects."

Artist Daniel Maidman is best known for his vivid depiction of the figure. Maidman’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress and various American museums. He designs coins for the U.S. and Canadian mints. His art and writing on art have been featured in The Huffington Post, ARTnews, Forbes, W, American Art Collector, and many others. He has been shown in solo shows in New York City and in group shows across the United States and Europe. He is a repeat guest critic at the New York Academy of Art. His books are available from Griffith Moon Publishing, and his comprehensive guide to life drawing is available from Streamline Art Video. He lives and works in New York.


Pictured (top ):
“Venus and the Graces offering gifts to a young girl," circa 1430/3 by Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi, called Sandro Botticelli (1445–1510 Florence)

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