Saturday, June 11, 2011

Hot Topics, Cool Guests, and Lunch with Molly!

Already a talented personality at the swirling center of New York’s art scene in the 1960’s, Isabelle Dufresne met Andy Warhol and went on the become a leading figure in his iconic entourage under her nom-du-guerre, Ultra Violet. Her memoir, “FAMOUS FOR 15 MINUTES, My Years with Andy Warhol,” is a page-turner, an engrossing history laced with just the right measures of humor and tragedy to assure us that it is real.

But hers is not a “what-ever-happened-to...?” celebrity story. Ultra Violet is still a prominent artist, exhibiting work internationally that reflects and employs this century’s issues and media, with sincerity balanced with visual sensitivity and technical savvy. (The image below is from her “Nine-Eleven” series)

(c) Ultra Violet

A dynamic speaker, Ultra Violet will talk with Molly about her art and the book on Thursday, June 16th.

from "The Madness of Art" (c)

Who says art isn’t fun? Certainly not dealer Jim Kempner, who visits Molly on Friday June 17th to present new excerpts from his series, “The Madness of Art.”

Jim owns the inviting gallery at 23rd and 10th that is the first one most people see when arriving in Chelsea.

Jim Kempner Fine Art

Having been lucky enough to catch him in a presentation a few years back, I can attest that after laughing along with Jim about the art world, you will never see that gallery, or any other, quite the same way again. In a good way...

Molly Barnes hosts her brown bag lunch talks at the Roger Smith Hotel, 501 Lexington Avenue at 47th Street in Manhattan. Presentations begin promptly at 12 Noon, arrive early to enjoy your lunch, catch up with your friends, and make some new ones! There’s never a charge, for reservations and more info call Molly at 212-755-1400.