Donald Kilpatrick
February 2008
Another one for Peter Cusack.
A close-up of a new favorite discovery- Rembrandt Peale's younger self portrait.
In the last couple of months the Detroit Institute of Art re-opened after undergoing a major overhaul that cost somewhere in the ballpark of 150 million dollars. It is amazing! Not only does the DIA have a comprehensive collection of paintings, but also has one of the few surviving Diego Rivera murals left in the United States.

I was so impressed with the redesign that I bought a family membership the week it re-opened. They had some of their collection out while the remodeling was going on, but now it is like any other major museum that I have visited where you have to spend some time to take it all in.

I try and make it a point to find an artist who I haven’t been aware of most times I visit any museum, and found Ferdinand Hodler on this particular visit.
Peale's portrait done thirty years after the previous...
Portrait by Ferdinand Hodler. This pic doesn't do this any justice...
Another great piece by Hodler...
A Robert Henri goodie...
And Picasso...
An Evening with Bruce Lehman at the Society.
I hope to see you all there at this important upcoming event.  This is something that we all need to know about.

Hope to see you in New York!

Protecting Our Rights Collectively
An Evening with Bruce Lehman

Thursday February 21 6:00 p.m.
Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street
Admission is free
An Evening lecture followed by Q & A
Following the event the Society bar will be open.

With the Orphan Works Bill due for resurrection, with Getty slashing prices for stock imagery, with millions of dollars of illustrators’ reprographic royalties going unaccounted for, six artist groups have banded together as a new organization to take action. Purpose: to create an industry-wide mandate to protect artists rights and to speak as an industry with one voice.

This new organization The American Society of Illustrators Partnership (ASIP) brings together the following groups:

The Society of Illustrators
The Illustrators’ Partnership of America
The Association of Medical Illustrators
The American Society of Architectural Illustrators
The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
The San Francisco Society of Illustrators
Six other groups are pending members and other groups are invited to join.

On February 21st ASIP will introduce itself at the Society of Illustrators, hosting An Evening with Bruce Lehman.

Mr. Lehman is one of the world’s leading experts on intellectual property: Principal author of the 1976 Copyright act, principal author of the Digital Millennium Copyright act, former Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks. In 1997, the National Journal named Lehman one of the 100 most influential men and women in Washington. Mr. Lehman was keynote speaker at the first Illustrators conference in Santa Fe, 1999. For more about Mr. Lehman please go here.

This event is timed to coincide with the Society of Illustrators Editorial and Book gala on February 22nd. So if you are planning to attend the opening, please attend this important open meeting the day before.

Bring your questions, socialize with your colleagues, and learn what steps we need to take next as an industry.

The American Society of Illustrators Partnership is a non-profit organization, incorporated October 25, 2007. Executive Director is Terry Brown. The board is composed of representatives from each of the six Founding organizations.

If you are a member of one of the above groups, you are automatically eligible for joint membership in this new alliance. If you are not affiliated with any current group you’re welcome to join ASIP independently. There is no membership fee.

For more about this alliance for protecting artists’ rights, you can listen to Steven Heller’s interview with Brad Holland by clicking here.

An Evening With Bruce Lehman is sponsored by the Society of Illustrators and the American Society of Illustrators Partnership
The "Blank Show".
The 4731 artist and gallery space. Grand River Blvd., Detroit.
I am proud to say that some of my students are taking the initiative by putting on gallery shows. In the past month or so they have put on three shows, and one on the way this upcoming Friday night!

I am really excited to see this happening in a town that has a negative image problem, and isn’t an easy place for artists, let alone up and coming artists. These guys are ignoring the entire negative, and taking advantage of the pluses that a place like Detroit has to offer. These aren’t event that they hold to just attract their friends, but they have been a draw for many others in the region.

For example, if one wants to put on a show, and has the desire to make it a large event, it is affordable here. There is plenty of warehouse space just begging to hold a show at. These spaces aren’t as regulated, and there is a real sense of freedom and an “anything goes” spirit. Getting ones work sold at times is a bit of a challenge, but there is a real scene starting to emerge here. Andrew Davis, one of my former students, put on a great skateboard deck show this past summer that had 500 people show up for the opening. This is a great turnout for a town like Detroit. He followed that show up by putting on the “Detroit Art Battle” which had as great if not greater turnout. Another former student, Derek Ecker, held a show a couple of weeks after the Art Battle. There is a show coming up this weekend by even another student of mine, Jeff Nolan, which looks to be interesting…

The photos are from a show put on last weekend by another student of mine, Chelsea Kirchoff. She set this show up as the “Blank show”. Each artist was asked to create what he or she felt the world would be incomplete without. Basically the idea was to fill in the blanks. I gave her my spaceman painting to hang, and feel that the world would be incomplete without space-battles.

She put a lot of hard earned money into this show, and rented out a great location for it. I can only imagine how stressful this could have been for her being a student without a lot of $$$. Chelsea did a great job, and made it a great show.

These guys really get it. They realize how to effectively use the Internet to their advantage in getting the word out, and don’t complain about having no “scene”. They are making it happen.

They make me proud to be associated with them.
A close up of my piece. Wacksman wanted to see it larger, and i will get a better reproduction of this to you soon, Wax!
My weekend "Death Wish" binge...
Mandy Fraker of Death Wish 3
Forget the Super Bowl, i overdosed on a Death Wish marathon over the weekend!! it was nice to have something other than football to watch while sick in bed....

These are so bad that they are amazin'!

Any movie that has a bad guy named "Mandy Fraker" has GOT to be good!

Now there are your first rate, Bad A$$ villans like "Darth Vader" or "Bill the Butcher" from Gangs of New York (wasn't that the character's name that Daniel Day Lewis played...?), and then there are villans like "Mandy Fraker" from Death Wish 3.....

Mandy Fraker couldn't even get his mohawk to work right.... it's like he was drunk with his other gang members and it came time to mess around with the electric razors on the black-out drunks in the room...

Charles Bronson rules.
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