Coronado Contemporary Art

Coronado Contemporary Art Representing artists by giving them a platform to sell as well as increasing their exposure. "We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents" Bob Ross

At its best the art world can seem as capricious as pop journalism, following the antics of Miley Cyrus or the Kardashians. At its worst it can be downright absurd in its quest to ascribe meaning to a post dada world, or so I thought. The truth is that there is no one gauge by which we can determine the talent or worth of any particular form of expression. A recent article by the well-known critic Jerry Saltz describes how he rekindled his love affair with the MOMA, backtracking after a popular tweet of him burning his MOMA press pass. David Hockney also decried the “lessening” of art and the shift to conceptual art as a lamentable development of his lifetime. Living in Berlin and having recently put on a show by the relative new comer Steve Lyons, I too was worried about the reception I would receive but surprisingly even those belonging to the über-hip art scene were able to find something that drew them in. For those that took the time to peruse each painting something amazing happened. Upon a more thorough inspection of the subtle nuance of color or the naturalness of the lines their faces to lit up with delight as if they had discovered the image in a 3-D poster. For others their eyes narrowed and faces scrunched up in deep concentration as if trying to identify a past lover’s scent, or recalling a reoccurring childhood dream long since forgotten. For some it was the more abstract works that drew their eye, for others the landscapes, simultaneously peaceful yet turbulent, wild and soothing. What was immediately apparent to all, even upon a first casual glace is how Steve Lyons has mastered the classic technique of impasto, using thick layering of paint to create hidden sculptures within the painting itself, bringing some to dub his style “sculptural painting”. This gives his paintings a unique sense of depth, engulfing the observer in not only color but contour. Steve Lyons was recently brought to the forefront of the European art scene in 2013 when he won a prize in Sylt, Germany. Last year he began working at the Heckmann Hofe in Berlin creating pieces for his European debut in Freising, Bavaria. Unfortunately it was during this creative time where he was approached by Joachim Perez, who promised to promote Steve and his works for a percentage of paintings sold. It was in March 2015 only a few days after the exhibition was due to open that Steve discovered Mr. Perez had taken the almost 8,000 Euro he was given for expenses, as well as 21 paintings and disappeared. As Steve was in America at the time he called me and asked if I could go to his studio in Berlin and see what was happening. After discovering the theft of the paintings and filing a report with the police I took the remaining works, packed them in a van, drove them down to Freising and attempted to salvage what was left of Steve’s exhibition. It was only after coming back to Berlin that I found out Mr. Perez was attempting to sue Steve, the Heckmann Hofe and myself for taking Steve’s paintings which he claimed were his property. This is when things went from bizarre to surreal. After hiring a lawyer we discovered that Mr. Perez was claiming he was owed money for all the work he did for Steve and since he claimed he was owed money, according to German law he had the right to confiscate Steve’s paintings in lieu of payment. We of course demanded to know what work he felt he was owed money for since it was clear from the email correspondence that Mr. Perez was to be paid a commission on any paintings sold and he had not sent any bills for any work he had done other than his expenses for Freising. I asked our lawyer if Mr. Perez could show us any proof of payment he was owed but the lawyer informed us that this would be a matter for the Civil Courts and a second court case. In the meantime since Mr. Perez had been hired by Steve originally to manage and sell his paintings, the court would most likely return the stolen paintings to Mr Perez. In an attempt to find a way out of this Kafkaesque maze of German law and what is clearly a scam perpetrated by Mr. Perez and his legal counsel I am asking all of you who have read this far, to please spread the word. If anyone has contacts to media outlets or legal resources it would be great if we could stop this guy and make sure no other artists get taken in by similar scams.

Yet another example of a man taking credit for a woman’s idea. #duchampsurinal #duchampsfountain #FreytagLoringhoven
30/03/2019
When will the art world recognise the real artist behind Duchamp's Fountain?

Yet another example of a man taking credit for a woman’s idea. #duchampsurinal #duchampsfountain #FreytagLoringhoven

Evidence suggests the famous urinal Fountain, attributed to Marcel Duchamp, was actually created by Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven. Why haven’t we heard of her, asks Siri Hustvedt

These 15 Drawings Are An Incredible Reflection of What's Wrong With Society
30/11/2018
These 15 Drawings Are An Incredible Reflection of What's Wrong With Society

These 15 Drawings Are An Incredible Reflection of What's Wrong With Society

For centuries art has been used as a tool for telling the human story. What we look like, what we do, artistic expressions of our society – all are encompassed in centuries worth of art. Now is no different. We see in film and music today, people calling out various aspects of our society that …

Open Culture
06/07/2018
Open Culture

Open Culture

The Iconic Urinal & Work of Art, "Fountain," Wasn’t Created by Marcel Duchamp But by the Pioneering Dada Artist Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

Rufugee art in Paris
09/02/2018
artnet

Rufugee art in Paris

The French Culture Minister hosted the opening.

Advice to young artists
18/04/2017
Open Culture

Advice to young artists

Patti Smith, Umberto Eco & Richard Ford Give Advice to Young Artists in a Rollicking Short Animation.

Art anyone?
18/01/2017
The Circus

Art anyone?

This Friday. Time to get our ART on.

My Modern Met
02/11/2016
My Modern Met

My Modern Met

The late 19th century Armenian-Russian painter Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky created some truly spectacular paintings of seascapes that capture the beautiful, shimmering essence of the tumultuous waters.

How can art affect the community #wavehill
28/10/2016
Wave Hill

How can art affect the community #wavehill

How do artists engage communities, increase awareness about urban ecology and conduct projects that remediate environmental problems?
November 11, a symposium with thought-leaders in environmental art explores wide-ranging questions relating to the field.
Reserve your seat today to be part of the conversation.

We are all working on our issues
21/10/2016
Prince Ea

We are all working on our issues

The more we know and talk about it.. the less stigma there will be. Remember YOU are not your mental illness.

#dadaism #dadaistshttp://bit.ly/2dnApNH
23/09/2016
10 Female Dadaists You Should Know

#dadaism #dadaists
http://bit.ly/2dnApNH

Today would have been the 125th birthday of feminist Dada artist Hannah Höch — dubbed “art’s original punk” by The Guardian earlier this year. As the article points out, Höch was an unlikely additi…

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