To raise money for Smack Mellon, artists Kristopher Benedict, David Goodman, Julian Kreimer, Andy Lane, Amy Lincoln, Rebecca Litt, Jason Mones and Helena Wurzel have agreed to paint portraits for an evening at Michael Steinberg Fine Art. According to the invitation, each sitting will last about 30 minutes, and by the end of the evening the paintings, which cost $250 each, will be packed and ready to go. “Eight contemporary artists, all graduates of noted MFA programs, will paint the subject of your choice from life.”
Don’t get me wrong, I love Smack Mellon as much as the next guy, but isn’t it a little ironic for an organization that cleaves toward site specific installations, and has little interest in contemporary painting, to rely on painters for fundraising? Please, tell me I’m wrong.
UPDATE: Here’s a note I just received from Andrea Reynosa, Smack Mellon’s founder:
I appreciate your Twitter comment that was forwarded to me by Christina Ray at Glowlab….as the founder of Smack Mellon, I have the honor of bringing it to your attention that Smack Mellon was allowed to thrive in the early years due to two well established feminist painters, Harmony Hammond and Joan Snyder respectively. If it hadn’t been for their gifted work and valuable support, we would not have been able to keep our dedicated space back in the late 90s from a skeptical benefactor yet eager developer, David Walentas…Harmony nor Joan were young painters but I’m sure great mentors, nonetheless, of the young painters that are trying to help support our what used to be a shoe string non-profit stay alive in hard times….
Andrea is missing my point. Asking young painters for help and support in dire financial times, and then giving nothing (i.e. few opportunities for shows or studio space) in return, is at best insensitive and unfair. I urge Smack Mellon to consider opening up their exhibition/studio programs to include more opportunities for painters.
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