Back in New York

Reinhold Ponesch is back in New York working on his next work series and is also writing for the Austrian newspaper "DER STANDARD" in a weekly online art blog about the New York art scene, art fairs, exhibitions and artists.

 

For his latest blog entries please click HERE.

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FRANZ WEST - GREAT EXHIBITION AT THE 21er HAUS VIENNA

The Viennese Museum 21er Haus shows a great exhibition of the famous Austrian artist Franz West. The unique character of this exhibition is that you can be a part of the art work and can use and touch all the pieces. A special experience for all visitors! Unmissable! The show is running till 23rd April 2017, 21er Haus, Arsenalstraße 1, 1030 Wien.

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ART FAIR ART AUSTRIA - VIENNA

The Art Fair ART AUSTRIA celebrated its tenth jubilee in a very special historical place at the Gartenpalais Liechtenstein in Vienna. 

 

In advance my expectations were big for this art event. First of all, the idea to combine a Contemporary Art Fair with this hirstorical old building seemed to create an amazing atmophere. Unfortunately, for me it was unsuccessful because, the boothes were very narrow to walk through. Often the same works and positions of art were displayed like at other Art Fairs in Austria.

 

At latest I discovered a very interesting new art position at the gallery Kovacek & Zetter. They showed great works from the Austrian artist Roland Reiter. A sculpture of a big black woman made of bronze with blond hair and another sculpture composed of skateboards stuck together. In a nutshell, I was so excited about his works. After an interesting talk with the artist Roland Reiter I could leave the Art Austria happily.

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LENTOS MUSEUM LINZ - GOTTFRIED BECHTOLD

The Austrian Lentos Museum in Linz showed a solo-exhibition of the diverse artist Gottfried Bechtold. He works with different materials and medias like film, video, photography, paintings and skulptures. 

He became famous with the concrete Porsche in the 70s. He made many projects in the public space, as well as a big sculpture in front of the Bregenzer Festspiele. 

Summarized a fantastic solo exhibition about a long period of working. 

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ART VIENNA 2017

The ART VIENNA opens its doors under the motto ' A JOUNG ART FAIR NEEDS CURRENT ART' for the first time.

 

Besides the established galleries, most of them showed very boring works, I discovered three new  interesting galleries. 

The best new approach for art for me was the gallery 'Aa collections' based in Vienna. They showed a great installation from the artist  Neda Nicolic and another outstanding installation from Loro Verz.

The gallery 'Weihergut' from Salzburg showed a tremendous collage from the Tyrolian artist Frei.

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MANFRED DEIX "BÖHEIMKIRCHEN IST ÜBERALL" - EXHIBITION OPENING

Fantastic exhibition opening "Böheimkirchen ist überall" 20th February 2017 at the Würth Art Room Collection in Böheimkirchen. It was a lovely homage to the great Austrian cartoonist who past away in 2016. So many people attended the event. His dear friend and comedian Lukas Resetarits narrated some funny stories about Manfred Deix and himself. The governor of Lower Austria, Dr. Erwin Pröll, opened the exhibition.

 

The exhibition will be running till 24 th November 2017 at the Art Room Würth Austria, Würth Straße 1, 3071 Böheimkirchen.

 

The Exhibition is worth to visit.

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EXHIBITION OPENING WITH LIVE-PERFORMANCE

First exhibition opening this year in Vienna at the WOHNSALON Schwertgasse. The WOHNSALON Schwertgasse is an exclusive interior studio with a varied art & culinary program throughout the year.

For the opening I decided to do an extraordinary entrance and showcased my performance 'GOLD HILFT NICHT MEINE MASKE ABZULEGEN'.

The audience were surprised by my self-written and emotional text.

I enjoyed my first exhibition opening and was grateful that so many people joined me and my art.

 

The exhibition will be running until 1st April 2017.

WOHNSALON Schwertgasse, Schwertgasse,  1010 Vienna

Opening hours: Mo-Sa 10:00 - 18:00

 

 

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HAPPY VALENTINES AT THE WOHNSALON SCHWERTGASSE

We spent another great culinary evening with lovely people at the Wohnsalon Schwertgasse with star-chef Jürgen Csencsits.

With the slogan of 'Be my valenite' he created an amazing and mouth-watering 7 course menu from 'Bildeiner lamb-gnocchi to scallops with fenel to a chocolate-caramel tart. Dreamy !

And proud to see my paintings in place for the opening on Thursday 16th February 2017.

 

Wohnsalon Schwertgasse, Schwertgasse 4, 1010 Vienna

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PREPARATIONS FOR THE FIRST EXHIBITION "LIVING DIVERSITY" 2017 IN VIENNA

I´m delighted to announce my first exhibition from February 16th through April 1st 2017, at the WOHNSALON SCHWERTGASSE in Vienna.

There will be  my new large-scale paintings displayed! Join us for my live-performance at the WOHNSALON SCHWERTGASSE.

 

Opening (with live-performance): Thursday, 16th February at7 pm

Wohnsalon Schwertgasse, Schwertgasse 4, 1010 Vienna   

 

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STUDIO PARTY 4th DECEMBER 2016

The artist couple Reinhold and Nicole Ponesch invited some friends to their studio party on 4th of December 2016 in Vienna. Everyone enjoyed the warm atmosphere with cakes, Christmas cookies, coffee, sandwiches and wine. The guests were very excited by the  contrabass Benny and the saxophonist Leo. Their live Jazz music was amazing. Many people enjoyed the browsing in Nicole´s jewelry and Reinhold´s paintings. It was a great Sunday.

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LONDON CALLING - ROYAL ACADEMY - ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM - TATE MODERN

London other than New York, the most important city has one of the best art scene, called us to see the amazing exhibition at the Royal Academy "ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM".´It´s an obligation to visit this extraordinary exhibition. All my expectations were exceed. There were works of the most famous American artists displayed, for example Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, William De Kooning, Sam Francis, Clyfford Still, Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell and many more.

 

My next great adventure was visiting the TATE MODERN. I was surprised by the presentation of there art program - have a look at the pictures below....

 

....and my third and most important happening was Nicole´s celebration of her birthday. She was the best guide to see the real London.

 

In 2017  I´m planning  an art residency at the Royal Academy in London .

 

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CULINARY ART IN THE WOHNSALON

Wohnsalon, Schwertgasse 4, 1010 Vienna

Celabrating the traditional Martini goose with the Austrian star chef Jürgen Csencsits in a very special atmosphere. Jürgen Csencsits created a delicious four course menu at the extraordinary interior design establishment WOHNSALON.

Walter Unger and Melitta Becker-Unger gave us a very warm welcome with an aperitif and some canapés. We enjoyed the talks with very interesting people. Finally the whole society was curiously waiting for the roastet goose of Jürgen Csencsits. And......our expections were definitely met. It was brilliant.

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JULIAN SCHNABEL - WORKS ON PAPER

Galerie Ernst Hilger, 1010 Vienna, Dorotheergasse 5

 

The prestigious gallery Ernst Hilger is presenting the "WORKS on PAPER" from 1983-2016 of the famous American artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel. This is the first time that Julian Schabel´s enormous works are shown in Austria.

 

In 1975 Schnabel had his first solo exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Huston, Texas. And at the age of 30 he also had a solo exhibition at the Tate in London.

 

To admire are collages, mono prints as well as different graphic editions.

 

For me the most important works are the carbon prints on fibre paper, showing old German monuments like, Kölner Dom, Ritterburg and the Rhein. Unfortunately, there are only two original paintings in the exhibition. All other works are prints. The best work for me is the unique collage "CHILDHOOD 2016".

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GUIDED TOUR WITH MARTIN KIPPENBERGER'S SISTER

Bank Austria, Kunstforum Vienna

 

Marting Kippenberger was born in 1953 in Dortmund, Germany and died in 1997 in Vienna, Austria. He was one of the most important, but at the same time a controversal artist of the last century. He was for sure an exceptional artist, self-exposer and known as 'enfant terrible'.

Kippenberger left behind a diversified and complex work. He was experimenting with all kind of art forms: painting, drawing, objects, photography, installation and perfomance. The only medium he didn't use was videos and video istallations.

 

The Kunstforum Bank Austria is currently presenting Martin Kippenberger's work, bringing to focus one of his preferred medium 'Language' in Vienna.

 

Yesterday,  a guided tour through the exhibition took place with curator Lisa Ortner-Kreil and Martin Kippenberger's sister Susanne Kippenberger. It was one of the best tours ever with very interesting and detailed narratives by Lisa Ortner-Kreil ,which were completed by personal details by his sister.

 

photo: Nicole Ponesch ©
photo: Nicole Ponesch ©

 

 

 

 

With Susanne Kippenberger in front of Martin Kippenberger's

painting he created together with Albert Oehlen.


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DISCUSSION AT THE DONAU-UNIVERSITÄT KREMS

Yesterday was an interesting discussion 'RESEARCH FOR THE MUSEUM' at the Donau-Universität in Krems, Lower Austria.

 

On stage:

Christian Bauer:  Art director of the State Gallery of Lower Austria

Anja Grebe: Head of Departments Art and Cultural Study of the Donau-Universität Krems

Armin Lausegger:  Head of the State Collection of Lower Austria

Reinhard Spieler: Director of the Sprengel Museum in Hannover, Germany

Introduction and chair: Almuth Spiegler, Journalist 'Die Presse'

 

Krems is increasing it's appeal through the new State Gallery. At the same time research is essential for the insight and experience of the visitors. The Department of Art and Cultural Studies of the Donau-Universität is immensely important for the museum as a central player. The State Collections of Lower Austria are as well concerned with comprehensive research assignments and appear together with the Donau-Universität and the new State Gallery. Those task sharing and collaborations  are crucial factors for the furture offering of this art location.

 

 

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KAPSCH CONTEMPORARY ART PRIZE 2016

Today was the award show of the 2016 Kapsch Contemporary Art Prize at the MUMOK.

 

For the first time 10 art experts were suggesting 17 artists who were then applying for the art prize. An international panel including, MUMOK director Karola Kraus, Kapsch CEO Georg Kapsch, curator of the Kunsthaus Bregenz Eva Birkenstock, director of the Museum Ludwig Yilmaz Dziewior and curator of contemporary art Lenbachhaus Munich Stephanie Weber were choosing this years award recipient ANNA-SOPIE BERGER.

 

Also for the first time Kapsch AG and the MUMOK are awarding this prize together. The award should promote young artists who reside mainly in Austria and should provide their first international appearance. Besides a prize money the recipient will receive a solo exhibition at the MUMOK in autumn 2016 and the Kapsch AG will acquire one painting for the MUMOK collection.

 

It was a great evening with new impressions and old memories, since I was fortunate to receive the award and design the Kapsch art calendar in 2012/2013.

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PREVIEW 16th ART BENEFIT AUCTION 'NEUNERHAUS'

Tonight was the preview of the 16th Art Benefit Auction for the 'NEUNERHAUS' at the Kunstraum Wohlleb in Vienna.

 

More than 170 artists have donated a piece of their art. The raised contribution will support the work of the Neunerhaus. The neunerhaus is an aid organisation which enables unsheltered and homeless people an autonomous and self-sufficient life again. The Kunstraum Wohlleb provided the location today for the preview. It's great to be able to be a part of it and support this good cause.

You can find more information under NEWS

 

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WERNER SCHREYER'S EXHIBITION OPENING

HOLLEREI Gallery, Hollergasse 12, 1150 Vienna

Yesterday was Werner Schreyer's opening of his solo exhibition at the HOLLEREI.

He is very well known as a fashion model and actor but less as a painter. Colourful  and bright paintings were awaiting us. We fell in love with a series of small paintings. So much that we acquired three of them.

I was lucky to be able to talk to him. He is such a humble, appreciative and great human being.

 

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NEW DAY IN THE STUDIO

photo: Nicole Ponesch ©
photo: Nicole Ponesch ©

 

 

 

 

A new week and day in the studio. I am working on a new painting series.

For my current painting I am using diffent materials and texture...

 


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EXHIBITION OPENING KLOSTERNEUBURG 29th SEPTEMBER 2016

3rd exhibition opening this year athe the Peter Walter KunstRaum. Back the place where it all began. I had my first exhibition in Klosterneuburg in 2003.

24 paintings are displayed, some from New York and some of my new paintings from my Viennese Studio.

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OPENING MARTIN VEIGL AT GERERSTDORFER GALLERY

Opening Martin Veigl exhibition "urban theatre". Colorful paintings in the center point are people in the city. 

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OPENING RESSLER ART AUCTION

Ressler Art auction, Vienna, Absberggasse 27

Today was the preview of the 4th RESSLER auction with internatinal and national artists. Highlight was the painting of Albert Oehlen (Germany). 

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NEW YORK RESIDENCE AND EXHIBITION CITY OF DREAMS AUGUST 2016

A summary of my recent New York residence (October 2015-March 2016) followed by my exhibition opening CITY OF DREAMS in Vienna in August 2016.


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TV NIGHT TALK “STÖCKL” WITH REINHOLD PONESCH

Below you can watch the full version of the TV Night Talk “STÖCKL” with following guests: Reinhold Ponesch, Johanna Mikl Leitner, Juli Zeh and Karl Markovics!

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MY NEW T-SHIRT DESIGNS BY 12 BY 15

Fashion and art – an attracting liaison.

Fashion company 12 by 15 approached me to be part of a global project. International artists provide their artwork to be desplayed and worn as “art in the public space”. I have choosen for this project two of my New York paintings, which are very close to my heart: “LISTEN TO MY HEART” and “YOU ARE SO VAIN”.

The T-Shirts are available for women and men in various sizes in the colors white, black and grey.

For orders please visit: www.12by15.com    (video: Nicole Ponesch ©)

 

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MY EXHIBITION OPENING – CITY OF DREAMS – 1ST AUGUST 2016

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VISIT TRAUDEL PICHLER´S EXHIBITION

Visited the exhibiton of the late Austrian artist Traudel PICHLER at the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Vienna.

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AI WEIWEI IN VIENNA – EXHIBITION OPENING

AI WEIWEI exhibition opening in Vienna at 21erHaus. Unfortunately without the artist. Best work: “F Lotus” at the Belvedere pond.

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GREAT WORKSHOP IN ROSENHEIM – GERMANY

A wonderful workshop with exceptional talanted participants at the art academie la cuna del arte in Rosenheim – Germany (7th – 10th July 2016)

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STÖCKL – NIGHT TALK SHOW – RECORDING

Today was the recording of Barbara Stöckl´s Night Talk Show! It was a unique experience to be part of the show. I had the pleasure to sit at the table with writer and journalist Juli Zeh, with deputy governor of Lower Austria Johanna Mikl-Leitner and actor and director Karl Markovics.The show will be screened on Thursday 30th June 2016 on ORF 2 at 23 pm.

Backstage in the directors room

I had my own guest room, here with daughter Yasmin and my wife Nicole.

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NEW PAINTINGS DISPLAYS CLOSE TO THE VIENNESE OPERA

If you need some tender loving care come and see my new paitings which are displayed in the “Opern Apotheke” next to the famous Viennese Opera.

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MODERN & CONTEMPORARY TALK WITH DIRECTOR OF THE MET NEW YORK

Yesterday, I was pleased to join the “Modern & Contemporary talk with Thomas P. Campbell”, director of the MET New York. He gave an overview of the history and the future of the MET Museum New York. The director of the KHM, Sabine Haag, was opening the talk and discussion and she mentioned the good collaboration between both museums. Many art interested people as well as many Americans and the American Ambassador Alexa Wesner were present.

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GALLERY NÄCHST ST. STEPHAN – OPENING JESSICA STOCKHOLDER

Inspiriring Opening of JESSICA STOCKHOLDER´s exhibition Snug Parting. Colorful installations with bright orange shopping basket, traffic mirror, oriental rug…..

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MUSEUM ESSL – LAST VISIT WITH FRIEND AND ARTIST MARTIN KUNZ

Last visit at the famous Austrian Museum ESSL, before closing the doors forever! Sculpture from Franz West

With artist and friend Martin Kunz in front of a painting from Maria Lassing “KOPF 1963”

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NEW YORK BLOG OCTOBER 2015 - MARCH 2016

photo: Reinhold Ponesch ©
photo: Reinhold Ponesch ©
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MANA CONTEMPORARY - NEW JERSEY CITY

Mana Contemporary building, a former tobacco warehouse, is now a collaborative community bringing together all forms of contemporary art.

www.mancontemporary.com

SARI LEVY was so kind to give us a privat tour through the exhibitons, I wanted to see. First stop was the Arnulf Rainer exhibition.  Ayn Foundation presents 19 works, ranging from 1985 to 2000, a core selection of his cross and angel paintings.

Austrian Gallery Ernst Hilger shows the works of Alex Gingrow and Michael Scoggins. Large scale notebook with handwritten notes…

Next was the “The T´ang Horse”. An exhibition which contains own works by Antony Quinn and also pieces from his privat collection….

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NEW CONVERSE DESIGN

I designed new Converse with elements of my paintings “SUPERWORLD”, “POWER OF BIRTH” and “MY WORLD”.


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COAT FITTING AT OUR FRIEND´S STUDIO DESIGNER HIROKI HASEGAWA

Unusual coat fitting at my friends, designer Hiroki Hasegawa, studio. He is designing a unique and one-of-a-kind coat for me. I enjoyed the design process with Hiroki, together we chose the fabric, the cut and so many other details. (video: Nicole Ponesch ©)

 

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ADREA ROSEN GALLERY – OPENING RECEPTION 19th MARCH

Excellent Opening at Andrea Rosen Gallery, 525 West, 24th Street, Chelsea.

 

Artists: Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin were showing their single and muliti-channel videos and large-scale installations.


In Gallery 2, Andrea Rosen,  artists Paul Heyer, Jeanette Mundt and Jesse Wine were showing their pieces.

Luhring Augustine Gallery Opening, 531 West, 24th Street.

Artist Glenn Ligon was exhibiting “What we said the last time and entanglements”.

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BRUNCH AND WALKING TOUR THROUGH TRIBECA WITH FRIEND STEFAN

Our friend Stefan invited us for a tour through Tribeca, where he lives. The first stop was the “TWO HANDS CAFE” on 251 Church Street. We had a fantastic brunch, I can recommend the following: Avocado smash on toast with a poached egg and sweet potatoes, waffle with bacon and a soft egg.

Afterwords we went to the Hudson River to admire the beautiful view of New Jersey.

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NEW JACKET DESIGN BY REINHOLD PONESCH

New military jacket design by Reinhold Ponesch.

 

Nicole liked one element of one of my New York paintings so much, that she asked me if I could paint it on a garment for her. Therefore, I chose a vintage military jacket and painted the desired skull theme on it. Based on the overwhelming feedback I have now decided to create my own fashion brand.

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REINI´S RECOMMENDATION – THE HALAL GUYS – NEW YORK

If you fancy a healthy fast food than I can recommend THE HALAL GUYS on 53 St. 6th Ave.

 

Most of the time you have to wait in line, because the quality of the food and the price is very good. I chose the CHICKEN COMBO for $ 7, which was a combination of orange rice, fresh salad and shredded chicken. You could also choose between a white dressing (like a joghurt – soya dressing) and a really hot chilli sauce. I chose the red chilli sauce and it was VERY HOT. In a nutshell,  very fresh food and the reasonable price makes the wait worth while. Everbody in New York knows THE HALAL GUYS and it should be on your to do list when you are in New York.

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CHELSEA GALLERYS – VISITS

Pace Gallery: Artist: Josh Handerson – Great sculptures and installations.

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THE VIEW AT MARRIOTT HOTEL

We had a great evening on top of the Marriott Hotel – Times Square – The View  is a 360 degrees revolving bar.

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NEW YORK – CRAZIEST CITY IN THE WORLD – IMPRESSIONS

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NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN – ORCHID SHOW

On the first warm day we had to go to the Bronx to the Bontanical Garden to see the tremendous Orchid Show at the palm house.

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NEW WORK SESSION IN MY STUDIO

Another week with a new work series!

After a cold couple of weeks I can finally open my door and let the warm spring air in.

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ROOSEVELT ISLAND & HIGHLINE

On our first wedding anniversary we took the Tramway from Roosevelt Island to Manhattan, walking down the Highline in Chelsea before having dinner.


Walking down the Highline on a warm March day.

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STUDIO VISIT

Today I had a delightful studio visit from the FIRST SECRETARY OF THE PERMANENT MISSION OF AUSTRIA TO THE UNITED NATIONS IN NEW YORK, Mr. Stefan Pretterhofer.

photo: Stefan Pretterhofer ©
photo: Stefan Pretterhofer ©
photo: Stefan Pretterhofer  ©
photo: Stefan Pretterhofer ©

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ART FAIRS “ARMORY SHOW & VOLTA” NEW YORK

After being ill for over a week I finally made it to the famous Armory & Volta Show.

VOLTA SHOW

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STUDIO VISIT – ONE OF THE FAMOUS PAINTER

This was by far one of my highlights in New York. The first famous artist I met was Keltie Ferris. I met her again at the last Exhibition Opening at Michell-Innes & Nash Gallery in Chelsea. She invited me to her studio in Brooklyn.

Yesterday, the 20th of February, I went to her studio. We had a great conversation. Keltie showed me the whole studio and also some amazing paintings she is working on.

 

She is an extraordinary artist and human being and very down to earth. Thank you Keltie for this wonderful time with you!!!

photo: Reinhold Ponesch ©
photo: Reinhold Ponesch ©
photo: Reinhold Ponesch ©
photo: Reinhold Ponesch ©

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AUSTRIAN NEW YORKERS – MEETING AT SOCCER GAME

I joined the “Austrian New Yorkers” for a soccer game for the second time.

This time I came prepared and bought myself a professional soccer gear.

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EXHIBITION VISIT – JONATHAN FISCHER – “RED IS THE NEMESIS OF WHITE

I was visiting the solo show of artist and friend Jonathan Fischer in a POP UP Gallery in the Garment District in Manhattan.

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EXHIBITION AT THE FAMOUS RESTRAURANT SOTTOCASA NEW YORK

The famous Italian restaurant Sottocasa invited me to exhibit my recent large scale paintings in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, from 18th Februray till 18th of March 2016.

 

Here are some pictures from the preparations and from the first open evening with the group “Os clavelitos”, Bossa Nova Music.

“HAPPY ARRIVAL”, New painting 2016!

photo: Reinhold Ponesch ©
photo: Reinhold Ponesch ©

Somehow I managed to be at the same time, in the same room, in three different locations!!!

photo: Nicole Ponesch ©
photo: Nicole Ponesch ©

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EXHIBITION OPENING AT MITCHELL-INNES & NASH GALLERY – ARTIST: EDDIE MARTINEZ

Exhibition Opening at Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery, 534 West 26th Street, Chelsea,  

on 30th of January. Artist: Eddie Martinez with great abstract paintings.

photo: Nicole Ponesch ©
photo: Nicole Ponesch ©

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately, I missed the artist Eddie Martinez, but then ran into the famous artist Keltie Ferris. I had an interesting conversation with Keltie.

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VISIT – TOBIAS & SANDRA

photo: Reinhold Ponesch ©
photo: Reinhold Ponesch ©

 

 

 

 

 

Arrival of Tobias & Sandra at JFK Airport New York.

I enjoyed a great week with my son Tobias and his girlfriend Sandra. Times Square with Spiderman and other comic figures and a huge purchase at the M&M store.

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EXHIBITION OPENING “VOYEUR” PAINTINGS BY VANESSA PRAGER

Gallery The Hole, 312 Bowery, New York, Manhattan

photo: Nicole Ponesch ©
photo: Nicole Ponesch ©

 

 

 

In addition to the paintings peepingholes were installed which revealed paintings behind the walls.

photo: Nicole Ponesch ©
photo: Nicole Ponesch ©

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SURVIVAL OF THE BIG SNOW STORM

 

 

First day out and about after the big snow storm. Exploring the neighborhood equipped with video and photo camera.

 

video: Nicole Ponesch ©

 


My Converse are not good for this kind of weather and my toes were frozen. I went immediately to Manhattan and bought some proper snow and winter shoes. I was not the only one with cold feet and I had to wait in line for nearly 20 minutes to try on some shoes.

photo: Reinhold Ponesch ©
photo: Reinhold Ponesch ©

 

 

 

The wait was definitely worth it. Now I´ve got warm feet.

photo: Reinhold Ponesch ©
photo: Reinhold Ponesch ©

photo: Reinhold Ponesch ©
photo: Reinhold Ponesch ©

 

 

 

I ran into a model photo shooting and she was looking greedily at my  new warm shoes!


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NEW YEAR – NEW STUDIO – NEW PAINTINGS

I´ve finally settled down into my new studio and started working on some new paintings.

... what to do next ?

After a long day in the studio I´m walking the streets of New York.

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GALLERY WEEK 8th to 14th OF JANUARY

Various exhibitions at 56 Bogart Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn.


10th of January DENNY GALLERY, 261 Broome Street, Lower East Side Manhattan; Exhibition Opening with Dana Sherwood.


14th of January, Robert Miller Gallery, 524 West 26 Street, Chelsea; Artist: Ran Ortner.


Albert Benda Gallery, 515 West 26 Street;

A group exhibition featuring works by Del Kathryn Barton, Sara-Vide Ericson, Dongwook Lee, Kalup Linzy, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Terry Rodgers and Dennis Scholl.


Steven Kasher Gallery, 515 West 26 Street

Photo Exhibition Opening, PM New York Daily: 1940-48. Great show!

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NEW STUDIO IN WILLIAMSBURG

... taking my new studio in Brooklyn Williamsburg, 400 B South 2nd Street.

…cuting new canvas for the next paintings. I´m so proud about Christian Puluj´s Shooting.

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OPEN STUDIO – HYON GYON – SHIN GALLERY

7th January, Open Studio at Shin Gallery, 322 Grand Street, New York.

My friend Hyon Gyon, one of my favourite artist in New York, shows her tremendous work at Shin Gallery.

Awesome technique and style of art…..she sometimes works years on one piece


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FIRST GALLERY VISIT 2016

Zürcher Gallery, 33 Bleeker Street

Even though it was freezing cold we went to our first Gallery Opening this year. Artist: Lynn Umlauf

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LAST JOURNEY OF THE YEAR 2015 AND NEW YEARS EVE

My special recommandation, even if it sounds odd, is to make one of the Chinese Tours leaving from Chinatown. A tour you should do at least once in your lifetime. We booked a four-days tour to the Niagara Falls – Toronto – Ottawa – Montreal – Vermont.

60 Asians and 2 Austrians were traveling in a luxury bus 🙂

First stop: Cordning Museum of Glass

Niagara Falls on day one and day two. 

CN Tower in Toronto, 342 meters high

Parliament of Ottawa

Olympic Stadion in Montreal

photo: Nicole Ponesch ©
photo: Nicole Ponesch ©

 

 

 

 

 

Olympic Stadion in Montreal

Biodomé in Montreal – indoor zoo

photo: Reinhold Ponesch ©
photo: Reinhold Ponesch ©

 

 

 

                 

City Hall Montreal

Last stop of the tour: Ausable Chasm in Vermont


NEW YEARS EVE in NEW YORK: A very special atmosphere in the city with outstandingly dressed people

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MY OWN DESIGN

When I´m not painting then I develop my own designs, currently for Converse and dresses.

Hot from the press, here are my uniqe Converse designed by myself. One pair for women and one pair for men. The design will only  be featured on one side of each shoe (outside). All sizes are available,

Women leather dress, white and black, size M, unipue design. Every dress is a one – of – a – kind.

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STUDIO PREPARATION & STUDIO EXHIBITION

Preparing for my Studio Exhibition, painting the walls, framing a painting and putting up the paintings for my big event.

Fantastic evening with great friends, artists and supporters. Thanks to everyone for coming and the wonderful feedback about my art. I really appriciate the recognition I am receiving here in New York!

With Herta Engelhart and Jürgen Zeiner (Austrian Consulate)

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THURSDAY GALLERY NIGHT

Koening&Clinton Gallery, 459 W 19th Street


Mike Weiss Gallery, 520 W 24th Street


PACE GALLERY,  508 W 25th Street

very impressed with the large scale paintings from Ilya & Emilia Kabakov


Winston Wachter Gallery, 530 W 25th Street


Pavel Zoubok Gallery, 531 W 26th Street

The friend of JoJo Austria, Marietta Ganapin has participated in this group exhibition at Pavel Zoubok Gallery. Great works.


Robert Mann Gallery, 525 W 26th Street

Yasmin was very impressed about the art method that the artist used in his photos. He built a small scale theatre and put the little figures into the theatre and took photos of it.


After a very interesting Gallery Night we were very hungry and popped into the ” THE RED CAT” at 227 10th Av.

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UNO TOUR – SUNDAY CHURCH SERVICE

UNO TOUR at the headquater on East River New York.

We had a really interesting and impressive tour.


Sunday church service at the Brooklyn Tabernacle with the Emmy-award winning Gospel choir.

One of the most impressive experience I´ve ever had. (video: Reinhold Ponesch ©)


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YASMIN ARRIVAL – ROCKEFELLER – CHRISTMAS DECORATION

Happy about Yasmin´s arrival at JFK on 1st December.

We enjoyed the christmas decoration at Rockefeller Center.

 

 

 

 

Stunning christmas lights spectacle at Sakes on 5th Avenue

 

video: Reinhold Ponesch ©


Another small christmas tree at Fulton Market.

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A WEEK OF SIGHTSEEING – THANKSGIVING – MEETING A FRIEND

After visiting MOMA we desiced spontaneously to do “TOP OF THE ROCK at the Rockefeller Center.

The biggest bank holiday in the USA, Thanksgiving, we dropped into a restraurant on Mc Dougal Street to have a traditional turkey roast and pumkin pie


Upon advise we got up really early on Black Friday to be the first in line for the big sales. But there was no line…..

…because everyone had left the city….

photo: Nicole Ponesch ©
photo: Nicole Ponesch ©

 

 

Happy with my purchases saved nearly 60 %…

…but I´m not the youngest anymore, so I had to stop for a coffee and a little nap.

photo: Nicole Ponesch ©
photo: Nicole Ponesch ©

 

 

 

 

 

                                     

                                       …Red Bull is everywhere! But after the coffee I was again strong enough to fight the bull.

photo: Nicole & Reinhold Ponesch ©
photo: Nicole & Reinhold Ponesch ©

 

 

 

 

Meeting Designer Hiroki in Midtown for a coffee. We had an inspiring and joyful talk with our friend Hiroki. We met him at the BAM (Brooklyn Acadamy of Music).

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SOCCER EVENING WITH FELLOW AUSTRIANS

The Austrian Consul in New York, Jürgen Zeiner, organised a soccer evening with fellow Austrians. Dressed for the occasion I showed full physical play.  The result was I scored some goals for my team.

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MOMA – JACKSON POLLOCK COLLECTION SURVEY

…it´s a must to see the works of Jackson Pollock at the MOMA Museum. This exhibition represents eleven works selected from the nearly one hundred pieces owned by MOMA. The works, range from 1934-1954,  are exploring Jackson Pollock´s groundbreaking contributions to the art of the 20th century.

photo: Nicole Ponesch  ©
photo: Nicole Ponesch ©

 

 

 

 

 

Jackson Pollock in his studio East Hampton. For me the most important and remarkable artist in the world.

photo: Nicole Ponesch  ©
photo: Nicole Ponesch ©

 

 

 

 

 

“EASTER AND THE TOTEM” 1953 is one of the only 10 paintings Pollock made in the last three years of his life.

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UNUSUAL ART SUPPLY SHOPPING

Vintage store in Bushwick, to look for a new overall.     

A huge store with a vast choice of vintage clothes at very reasonable prices.

Toy´s R us, Manhattan, the dream of every child, and mine too. I found two dolls for my big new painting. Be surprised!

M&J Trimming. I´ve never seen anything like this before. awesome experience for me. thousends of trimmings. I purchased some stuff for my big painting in progress.

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LOWER EAST SIDE AND CHELSEA GALLERY OPENINGS

Denny Gallery, Lower East Side, 261 Broome Street:

Russian artist Nikolai Ishchuk shows in his second solo show at Denny Gallery photo-based two-dimensional works and sculptures.

Interesting style of work and he showcased his works not framed but between nails.

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GALLERY VISITS – CHELSEA AND LOWER EAST SIDE

Shin Gallery Orchard Street – Grand Street 322 – Lower East Side

French artist: David Raffini showed his work in a special setting.

The floor was laid down with broken plaster panels and scattered penny pieces.

photo: Nicole Ponesch ©
photo: Nicole Ponesch ©

 

 

 

I had a really inspiring talk with the artist

David Raffini.

 

photo: Nicole Ponesch ©
photo: Nicole Ponesch ©

 

 

He also did a live performance: two flags, Palestine and Israeli were hoisted up and after a song he tied them together with his scarf

 

video: Nicole Ponesch ©

 

photo: Nicole Ponesch ©
photo: Nicole Ponesch ©


Able Fine Art Gallery, 511 West 25th St – Suena Aesthetics of Affinity

At the first glimpse, you could not tell if it was an installation or if someone had forgotten their shopping or cleaning stuff. For $8.000,- you would get the two shopping bags. But let me give you a tipp-off: at Costco you can get it for $ 2,-.


photo: Nicole Ponesch  ©
photo: Nicole Ponesch ©

Gagosian Gallery Opening Jeff Koons – we went there full of curiosity – but it was a great disappointment! For me it is not art, because it´s only a print of great dead painters with a blue ball in front of the painting. ???


Paula Cooper Gallery – 534 West 21 St.

The world´s famous artist Claes Oldenburg was present at the Gallery opening. It was very interesting to see his small concepts which are than translated into large-scale sculptures .

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AUSTRIAN CULTURAL FORUM NEW YORK – NEW LITERATURE FROM AUSTRIA

On 9th of November the Austrian Cultural Forum New York hosted a public reading by four award-winning contemporary Austrian authors featuring musical sidenotes presented by two US jazz musicians. Thanks for this great evening.

 

 

Erwin Uhrmann, Patricia Brooks, Lydia Steinbacher and Gabriele Petricek

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LIVE PERFORMANCE AT THE BEACH FORT LAUDERDALE

 

 

 

 

The tranquility of the beach inspired me for a spontaneous live performance.

 

video: Nicole Ponesch ©

 

photo: Nicole Ponesch ©
photo: Nicole Ponesch ©

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CHARITY EVENT – NSU ART MUSEUM FORT LAUDERDALE

On 7th November the charity organisation BEAUX ARTS hosted a fundraising event at the NSU ART MUSEUM in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The proceeds will support a children project of the museum. I´m grateful to Elisa Strohfeldt (BEAUX ARTS) and the director of the NSU Museum, Bonnie Clearwater, for inviting me to support this project.

We enjoyed a tour at the museum.

Nicole wearing my unique dress design and received many compliments for it.

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CHELSEA GALLERY OPENING – ALONE TOGETHER

FIRST STREET GALLERY pesented the group exhibition ALONE TOGETHER, with seven uique New York based artists.

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AUSTRIAN NATIONAL DAY – 26TH OF OCTOBER

We enjoyed a great evening at the Austrian Consulate General!

With Austrian Consul Jürgen Zeiner and his wife Kikku Fukushima!

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PAINTING IN PROCESS – TREAT MYSELF WITH M&M´S

                      video: Nicole Ponesch ©

 


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STATEMENT THIRD WEEK

                    video: Nicole Ponesch ©

 


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HYON GYON AND THE FACTORY

The renowned SHIN GALLERY, located in the Lower East Side, has invited to spectate Hyon Gyon´s installation and works in a big factory space in Harlem. Originally from Korea, now based in New York has an extraordinary expressiv way to work. It was spectacular to see the large paintings, in particular some of her works were not stretched.

 

video: Nicole Ponesch ©

 


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MEETING JOJO

I´ve developed a friendship with an artist one and a half years ago on Facebook whose name is JoJo and he is originally from Manila. We arranged to meet for the first time in person at the Chelsea Galleries Thursday Night Opening today.  We met at Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery, where Karl Haendel had his opening exhibition. I was excited to have met JoJo in person. He is such a great artist and human being.

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing work of Karl Haendel all the drawings seemed like photographs, but where in reality hand drawings made with pencil.


Robert Miller Gallery – Chelsea                                                                                  

JoJo suggested to visit several galleries so we did a Gallery Hopping.

 

James Cohan Gallery – Chelsea

Works from Beatriz Milhazes Marola

 

 

 

 

We finished our Gallery Hopping at a Pop-up Gallery in Chelsea. Funny and unique sculptures from an anonymous artist.


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STATEMENT SECOND WEEK

                  video: Nicole Ponesch ©

 

 


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STUDIOS: OPEN HOUSE & EXHIBITION OPENING – SECOND WEEKEND

This weekend great open house at Industry City, 36th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232.

Industry City is a complex of severel monumental  warehouses. The warehouses are refurbished and most of the space is used for studios of artists. All kind of art can be found there, from painter to jewelery designer and photographer. 


One felt really cosy and welcoming at Photographers Carol Dronsfield studio.

photo: Reinhold Ponesch ©
photo: Reinhold Ponesch ©

I think I have found my dream loft with view to South Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. I only have to ask for the selling prize, but I guess I will take it anyway!!!

Proud future owner of a little 600 sq m loft!

photo: Nicole Ponesch ©
photo: Nicole Ponesch ©

Nicole is already looking, where the furniture should go!

photo: Reinhold Ponesch ©
photo: Reinhold Ponesch ©


 GALLERY OPENING No 4 Studio, Morgan Ave., Brooklyn

On our way home we discoverd great street art!


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WORK IN PROGRESS - SECOND WEEK

Slowly, but surely New York´s  inspiration sank into my body and shows in my work process.

This manifests in the expression of my paintings.