The Keyhole Gallery reflects on…The War on Terror

On September 2nd in a group exhibition The Keyhole reflects on the tenth anniversary of September 11th. America after 9/11, we examine the men in power, the wars being waged and the lives and freedoms that have been lost.

Noam Chomsky Americas’ world-renowned political dissident and linguist said, "Protection for the people from terror is not a high priority." Artists expounding on these issues are Jessica Logsdon, J.W. Helkenberg, Cortney Jarisch, Louie Rozier, Mackenzie O’hare, Mare Ware, Joshua Hoffine, Jeanette Powers and Charlie Varnal.

When: Friday, August 5, 2011
Where: The Keyhole Gallery, 1903 Wyandotte, K.C. Mo 64108
The Crossroads Art District, www.Jessicalogsdon.Com
Time: 5:30 – 10:00 Pm

The Keyhole Gallery


The Keyhole Presents…Religion, Sex and Politics. A LIVE painting competition between teams of local artists. The model will be modern man as Jesus Christ and each painting will be auctioned off throughout the night. The painters are: Victoria Strong, Mary Ware, Christina Gandy, Jason Sierra, Scott Allen, Jessica Logsdon and Jeanette Powers.

Inside The Keyhole will be a group exhibition curated by Cortney Jarisch, J.W. Helkenberg and Jessica Logsdon.

Music will be performed by Restless Breed and Valency!

WHEN: FRIDAY, August 5, 2011



TIME: 5:30 – 10:00 PM

Arte Laguna Prize: finalists’ exhibition on 12th March

The jury is about to conclude the final phase for the selection of the 110 finalist artists of the 5th edition of Arte Laguna International Prize.


All the finalist artworks will be on display at the collective exhibition which will open on 12th March 2011 in the enchanting venue of Venetian Arsenale and will be inserted in the catalogue of the prize.

During the opening the names of the 5 absolute winners will be announced, one for each section of the contest (painting, sculpture, photographic art, video and perfomance) and the artists will be awarded with numerous special prizes.

The jackpot: more than 100,000 euros, divided into prize money, 37 personal exhibitions in Italian and International galleries, 4 Artist in Residence, Business for Art Prize and many relevant collaborations.

In the same period there will be also the group exhibition of the best artworks of under 25 artists which will be held at the Palazzo Correr, in the “Istituto Romeno di Cultura e Ricerca Umanistica” of Venice, a special showcase for its strategic location.

The applications for this edition came from over 95 countries, testimony of how Arte Laguna Prize has gained importance and success in the international art scene and has become an opportunity for many artists. From a general analysis of the artworks it can be observed that even this year the Prize outlines an interesting map of the emerging contemporary art. Among the registered works of art the main technique is painting (48%) followed by photographic art (24%), sculpture and installation (19%), video (7%), perfomance (2%).

The chairman of the jury is Igor Zanti, curator and art critic of Milan who has been following the Prize since its first edition. This year’s jury is composed by: Gianfranco Maraniello, director of Museum MAMbo of Bologna; the Director of Centro Arti Visive Pescheria of Pesaro Ludovico Pratesi; the co-founder of Exibart Valentina Tanni; the Director of Museum Carlo Zauli of Faenza Matteo Zauli; Luca Panaro art critic, curator and professor at the Academy of Art of Brera in Milan; the Director of the international Tina B Festival in Prague Monika Burian; Chiara Barbieri Publication Director of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection; Maja Skerbot art critic and curator of Berlin; the Director of the School of Visual Arts and of the IED (Istituto Europeo di Design) Rossella Bertolazzi; Kristian Jarmuschek art historian and curator in Germany.

In the past 4 editions, Arte Laguna Prize counted the participation of more than 13,000 works of art from all over the world. The winners created exhibitions in Venice, Vienna, Prague visited by over 20,000 people.

Thanks to Arte Laguna all the winner artists have improved or started their professional carreer building collaborations with art critics, curators, museum and festival directors, art collectors, international gallery managers and with the business world. All these contacts have been improved and strengthened during these years, making the Prize an international showcase and a unique opportunity.


Opening of the finalists’ Exhibition – 12th March 2011, 6 pm, Nappe area of Arsenale, Venice

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Cannes Art Fair – Exhibition Shows the Queen as She’s Never Been Seen

Mia Funk

The residents of Cannes are used to seeing celebrities along La Croisette, but this year visitors will be more than surprised to view a naked Queen of England painted alongside Lucian Freud at the Cannes Art Fair. In the painting her majesty reveals nothing more than a smile. People at a preview for the fair were practically in hysterics as they gazed at Mia Funk’s painting, An Audience with the Queen.

An Audience with the Funk won the Thames & Hudson Prize in May 2010. A British visitor to the preview compared the painting to the “withering pictures of Hogarth. It’s refreshing to find a new work that’s memorable and resonates with humour.”

Mia Funk’s agent, Christian LaPorte says, “The sharp satire of An Audience with the Queen deals with a topic usually highly insulated  in terms of imagery. Royalty in Europe depends more and more on image to remain royal in the absence of more traditional means of power. The stagy setting and the banal activities including the palpable fleshiness of Freud and the Queen is indeed stronger than caricature as it does not depend on exaggeration or distortion, but a precisely imagined reality in which traditional image making is kept very purposely at bay. This suggests a strange pictorial iconoclasm, where pictures are used to attack imagery in favour of another communication.”

Watching the reaction to the painting, Mia Funk said she is delighted that it’s being “received in the spirit in which it was painted. There is far too much serious stuff out there.”

The Cannes Art Fair runs from 11th to 16th August 2010, at La Salle de la Capitainerie, Port de Cannes, La Croisette, Cannes. There are over fifty invited artists with special participation of the Russian Academies of Ekatarinburg of Nizni.