Chaim Koppelman at Museo Napoleonico, Rome, 2012
TERRAIN GALLERY NEWS
On August 7, 2015, photographer & Aesthetic Realism Associate Harvey Spears spoke to an audience of about 300 artists and others as he received the award for his photo “Humility & Pride”: “I’m very grateful for my Aesthetic Realism education and teacher Eli Siegel, which made it possible for me to learn a true way of seeing art and life. The basis of my work is in this principle by Mr. Siegel, All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves. I was able to see meaning in this building that was being torn down—yet had a kind of dignity, and was in relation to the whole world.”
Dan McClung Exhibits at Benson’s NYC
July 8 — August 4, 2015, seventeen images of New York City. “In reality opposites are one; art shows this. –Eli Siegel. This principle of Aesthetic Realism, the philosophy founded by poet and educator, Eli Siegel, is the basis of my work….As I photograph in and around the city; as I frame a subject in the viewfinder, deciding what to omit and what to include, how close to get, or what angle may be best, I am consciously aware of the opposites—how light and shadow reveal emotion in a face, how closeness and distance are in a landscape, and I am always thrilled at seeing the mystery and surprise in any object, no matter how ordinary it may seem.” —from the photographer’s statement at Benson’s NYC, a Craft Beer Pub & Restaurant, 181 Essex Street just below Houston.
“’It was in 1981, when I studied in The Honoring Eye class at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation in New York City, taught by photographer Nancy Starrels, that I felt a new excitement about the world and people’ …. Dubbed ‘New York City & More Comes to Lambertville,’ the show runs through June 1. Full Moon Cafe is located at 23 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ.” —from New Hope Free Press, May 2, 2015
June 12th—Sept 21st the Brooklyn Central Library exhibited in its foyer many works by the noted Brooklyn-born artist Chaim Koppelman (1920-2009). And on September 17, “Napoleon Accompanied: The Art of Chaim Koppelman,” was presented there: important writings by the artist, who was an early student with Eli Siegel, and on the faculty of the Aesthetic Realism Fdn. & the School of Visual Arts; a video of one of his talks; a critical appreciation by art educator Marcia Rackow; & discussion by speakers Dorothy Koppelman, Carrie Wilson, & Dale Laurin, Terrain Gallery coordinators.
- 16th Annual Online International Art Exhibition, Upstream People Gallery shows an oil pastel & watercolor by David M. Bernstein, Aesthetic Realism Associate, a noted photographer who’s exhibited & given talks at the Terrain Gallery.
- The Potential for American Art and Culture in Transcending Cultural Barriers: Photographer and Aesthetic Realism Associate Len Bernstein gave a keynote speech at the 2014 UN Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy.
- Talks at Athens Institute for Education and Research, 3rd Annual Conference on Architecture, Athens, Greece, June 2013: “Le Corbusier & the Debate in People between Coolness & Warmth” by Dale Laurin, R.A., Aesthetic Realism Consultant & “Jane Jacobs—and The Fight in Every Person between Knowing & Managing” by City Planner Barbara Buehler, Aesthetic Realism Associate.
- “Napoleon Entering New York: Chaim Koppelman & the Emperor”
Exhibition at the Museo Napoleonico, Roma, Oct. 13, 2011 – May 6, 2012
Prints, pastels, paintings, drawings
The works in this exhibition comprise an entirely new way of seeing Napoleon Bonaparte. Koppelman’s fascination began “when I drew a profile of him in my geography book, when I was nine years old.” But the young artist did not understand his feeling until in the 1940s, he began to study the philosophy Aesthetic Realism with its founder, poet and critic Eli Siegel.
Chaim Koppelman was a member of the National Academy of Fine Arts, president of the Society of American Graphic Artists, taught at NYU and SUNY New Paltz, founded the Printmaking Division at the School of Visual Arts and taught there for 48 years, and from 1973 to 2009 was on the faculty of the Aesthetic Realism Foundation in NYC. – from the exhibition catalog & brochure
Review in Corriere della Sera (Go to page 2 of PDF)
- GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL: A STUDY OF BEAUTY & MEANING by John Stern, Senior planner (retired) with the Tri-State Regional Planning Commission & Aesthetic Realism consultant, in The Municipal Engineers Journal.
- LIGHT & DARK, HIDING & SHOWING IN JOSEPH MALLORD WILLIAM TURNER by Dorothy Koppelman, ASCA Newsletter, Winter-Spring 2015.
- LEN BERNSTEIN: PHOTOGRAPHY BEYOND THE SURFACE – Full page article in the Sullivan County Democrat, January 31, 2014
- PHOTOGRAPHY, LIFE, and the OPPOSITES by Len Bernstein – A Book Review by Harvey Spears, reprinted from Journal of the Print World, April 2013
- THINKING ABOUT THE 1940s, HILLA REBAY, & THE GUGGENHEIM, ASCA Newsletter, Fall 2012