Thursday, September 23, 2010

John Cleary Gallery at Affordable Art Fair in New York City

We at John Cleary Gallery are thrilled to announce that we will be exhibiting at The Affordable Art Fair (AAF) in New York City September 30th through October 3rd.  The fair will be held at 7 West 34th Street near 5th Avenue (across from the Empire State Building), with a private preview party Wednesday September 29, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

This is the first time we have exhibited at this innovative contemporary art fair, in which no piece can be over $10,000, and 75% of work must be under $5,000.  With all the wonderful artists we have, and the ability to have so much work in bins, we are sure to have something for everyone.

We are happy to be able to offer (free) Preview Party tickets, (free) Day Pass tickets, and discounted Day Pass Tickets electronically to our friends and clients.  The free tickets are limited, so be sure to get them while you can, and please pass the links on to fellow collectors who would like to visit the show.

Day Pass
Code is valid for 100 entries (2 tickets each time); expires 4pm on Sunday, October 3

Private Preview Invitation
Code is valid for 50 entries (2 tickets per entry); expires 8pm on Wednesday, September 29

$5 off General Admission
Code is valid for 150 entries; expires 4pm on Sunday, October 3

If you will not be in the New York area for AAF please come visit us at the gallery and be sure to check out our website at to join our email list.  We hope to see you soon!


Catherine Couturier
Owner and Director
John Cleary Gallery

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Mirage: Images from India, New Work by Jeffrey Becom

Please join us Saturday, September 11, from 6 – 8 p.m. for the opening of Mirage: Images from India, New Work by Jeffrey Becom. The exhibition will run through October 16, 2010. The artist will be in attendance for the opening reception.

Jeffrey Becom
Red Pillars, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India, 2008
archival pigment ink print
Jeffrey Becom comes to his art as a photographer and painter with formal training as an architect. For him these three pursuits ignite one passion: painted walls. The traditional painted fa├žades of vernacular architecture around the globe offer this inveterate traveler subject and palette from which to derive his own artwork while he, in turn, documents their history, mystery and power. Paint then—and specifically color—is Becom’s life’s calling, whether he photographs, paints, or write books about painted color customs, myths and meanings.

Jeffrey Becom
Pink Pillar, Pushkar, Rajasthan, India, 2008
archival pigment ink print
A dozen years pursuing painted color in the lands bordering the Mediterranean Sea were followed by a decade’s search in the lesser-known corners of Mexico and Central America to unravel the Maya’s enduring color cosmology. Then in 2002 Becom unfolded his map of South America. His search began in Peru, and so far he has wandered no further through South America. In between trips to the Andean Highlands, he has returned to Mexico and Guatemala again and again.

Jeffrey Becom
Red Bundle, Bundi, Rajasthan, India, 2008
archival pigment ink print
In the winter of 2009, Becom released a new series of film-based images from Northern India and Kashmir as pigment ink prints on German etching paper. Our upcoming exhibition will highlight his newest series of work done in India. Becom’s latest work is more figurative than previous work, but the focus on color and architecture remains.

Jeffrey Becom
Taj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2008
archival pigment ink print
Becom is also a writer, designer and visual anthropologist. With his partner, Sally Aberg, he has authored two award-winning books, Mediterranean Color and Maya Color: The Painted Villages of Mesoamerica (both from Abbeville Press, New York, 1990 and 1997), for which they won the annual Lowell Thomas Gold Award from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation for “Best Travel Book.” Becom is the subject of an hour-long PBS / BBC documentary entitled For the Colors, A Journey Through Italy (soon available for purchase on DVD). His work is held in public and private collections worldwide and represented by ten fine art photography galleries across the country. He was featured in the inaugural issue of COLOR Magazine in April 2009.

Jeffrey Becom
Ganesh Wall, Balotra, Rajasthan, India, 2008
archival pigment ink print
Stop by the gallery to experience these works and more for yourself!