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'Jelölés | Marking' Solo Show, Budapest GalleryHungary, April 25th June 4th 2017
curated by Szegedy-Maszák Zsuzsanna & Török Tamás, 

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ArtSlant Prize 2016 Grand Prize winner.

Essay, Marking Memory by Andrea Alessi.
ArtSlant prize winners Exhibition, Spring Break Art Show, NY. February 28th – March 6th, 2017.

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'Currently 80' Curated by John Yau,
Sculpture Guild, Westbeth, NY. Februar 5th-24th 2017

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Public Art Commission, Per Cent for Art Scheme, Sligo County Council in partnership with Nazareth Housing Association. In Collaboration with Artist Catherine Fanning

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VISUAL ARTISTS IN PRISON SCHEME AWARD, Castlerea Prison, Co.Roscommon Ireland, December 2016. The Award is co-funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and the Department of Justice, Equality and Reform and administered by the Prison Education Service. 

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'What if we got it wrong' curated by Nora Hickey M’Sichili, Traveling Exhibition 
West Cork Arts Centre, 29.10-13.12.2016
Leitrim Sculpture Centre, 16.09-16.10.2016
Wexford Arts Centre, 10.06-29.07.2016
F.E.McWilliam Gallery, N.I. 12.02-16.04. 2016
Centre Culturel Irlandais, 25.09-4.11 2015 
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Friday
Jun022017


Sunday
Apr232017

Jelölés | Marking

Solo Show at the Budapest Gallery 

Curators: ZSUZSANNA SZEGEDY-MASZÁK and TAMÁS TÖRÖK
Opening speech by: GYÖRGY VÁRKONYI, art historian
Opening: 18.00, Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
Exhibition runs till June 4th, 2017

Radio review, conversation with aesthete, dr. Krisztián Kukla with Bakonyvári M. Ágnessel 
2017.05.19. 11:04, Katarzis, Katolikus Radio  Download here
M5 Television review, Cultural News / Kulturális Híradó,  2017.04.26-i adás, from 20.41 minutes

 

 

Wednesday
Mar082017

Essay, Marking Memory

BRIGITTA VARADI: MARKING MEMORY

BY ANDREA ALESSI

This essay was first published in the ArtSlant Prize 2016 Catalogue, on the occasion of the ArtSlant Prize Shortlist exhibition at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, from February 28–March 6, 2017. Brigitta Varadi is the ArtSlant Prize 2016 Grand Prize winner. Other ArtSlant Prize 2016 catalogue essays: Tiffany Smith & Sterling Crispin

'In some way, all things are congealed moments in a longer social trajectory. All things are brief deposits of this or that property, photographs that conceal the reality of the motion from which their objecthood is a momentary respite.

—Arjun Appadurai, “The Thing Itself” [1]

To hear Brigitta Varadi talk about sheep is to hear her effuse about something bigger than wool, felt, or the declining carpet and farming industries in the remote corner of North West Ireland where she lives. Her animated descriptions of how highland farmers mark and identify their sheep spin into ruminations on knowledge, memory, commerce, and social relations—and how each may be sketched onto downy fleeces or mapped onto the rural landscape. '  Read the full essay: please click here

Wednesday
Mar082017

1st Prize, ArtSlant Award 2016 - Spring Break Art Show

Very honoured to be selected and awarded 1st Prize ArtSlant 2016.

The ArtSlant Prize 2016 exhibition, which will be taking place at SPRING/BREAK! We are very excited to be a part of this curator-centric, site-specific fair. This year, SPRING/BREAK is setting up shop at 4 Times Square, the neon center of a world on the brink. 

SPRING/BREAK Art Show is an internationally recognized exhibition platform using underused historic New York City spaces to activate and challenge the traditional cultural landscape of the art market, typically but not exclusively during Armory Arts Week. The sixth annual fair will be held from February 28th – March 6th, 2017.

Oscar Wilde famously suggested great art “reveal beauty and hide the artist.” For the 2017 BLACK MIRROR exhibition at SPRING/BREAK, more than 100 curators will feature artworks that explore the dance of identity the artist undergoes—between showing what’s unseen and hiding in plain sight—especially in the face of modern technology, political unrest, and glimmers from ghosts of Art History’s past.

The Artslant Prize 2016 Winners:

First: Brigitta Varadi
Second: Tiffany Smith
Third: Sterling Crispin
Honorable Mentions: Bex Ilsley, Jin Hee Park

 

Friday
Feb032017

CURRENTLY 80, curated by John Yau

Currently 80, Curated by John Yau

Celebrating 80 years of teh Sculptores Guild

February 5, 2017 thru February 24, 2017
Opening Reception:
Sunday, February 5th, 1pm–4 p.m.
Closing Reception:
Friday February 24th, 6pm-8pm


Westbeth Gallery,
55 Bethune St, New York, NY 10014 Gallery Hours: 
Wednesdays through Sundays, 1-6 p.m.

Excerpted from John Yau’s essay for the Sculptors Guild Catalog “Currently 80”
 
“Each sculpture embodies a different vision of the world, of the past, present, and future. Some of the sculptures are whimsical: others touch on the tragic. The sculptors present a span of human emotions as wide as the range of their materials, shaped by the mind as much as by the hand. “ 
 
…”this exhibition of works by members of the Sculptors Guild at Westbeth… should serve as a healthy reminder of the importance of the relationship between independence and community. Neither can exist without the other, which is something we should never lose sight of. “
Highlighted former members work on view include Louise Nevelson, Jose de Creeft, Chaim Gross, Jean Woodham, Michael Malpass

Current Guild Members work on view include: Andro & Glicksman, June Ahrens, Mark Attebery, Richard Barnet, Susan Beallor-Snyder, Caroline Bergonzi, Meg Bloom, Gibert Boro, Colin Chase, Irene Christensen, Marilyn Davidson, Mary Annella Mimi Frank, Irene Gennaro, J. T. Gibson, Janet Goldner, Gail Goldsmith, Armando Guiller, Lannie Hart, Sarah Haviland, Paul Higham, Lucy Hodgson, Eve Ingalls, Howard Kalish, Stephen Keltner, Brigid  Kennedy, E Knowles, Pavel Kraus, Coral Penelope Lambert, Thea Lanzisero, Eric David Laxman, Conrad Levenson, Robert Loebell, Elaine Lorenz, Vera Manzi-Schacht, Betty McGeehan, Gina Miccinilli, Elizabeth Miller McCue, Lisa Nanni, Kenneth Payne, Jessica Ramirez, Sawyer Rose, Arlene Rush, Renata Manasse Schwebel, Alvin Sher, Emil Silberman, Robert Smith, Brigitta Varadi, Martha Walker, Andrew Werby, Michael Wolf

 

 

Saturday
Dec242016

ArtSlant Prize 2016 Shortlist 

Selected by 9 panels of independent guest jurors from 1,800 entries over the course of 2016, the artists below are now under consideration for the grand prize and ArtSlant Prize exhibition which will take place during New York’s Armory Week in March 2017. 

ArtSlant Prize 2016 Shortlist

STERLING CRISPIN

BEX ILSLEY

TZU-HUAN LIN

ZZIN (JINHEE) PARK

TIFFANY SMITH

BRIGITTA VARADI

Thursday
Nov172016

SOHO20 

For over 40 years, SOHO20 has been supporting the work of women in the arts, and we invite you to help us celebrate! SOHO20 is pleased to announce that on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 6-9PM, we will be hosting a benefit auction at our gallery space and Studio 10, both located in the 56 Bogart building in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Both an artwork auction and party, this event will be a celebration of our first, very successful year in the heart of the emerging Brooklyn art scene, and will also support our programming for the year to come.

SOHO20 Gallery + Studio 10
56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn NY, 11206

On the occasion of our very first benefit auction in our new gallery space, we will be honoring Martha Wilson.

Martha Wilson (b. 1947) is a pioneering feminist artist and gallery director, who over the past four decades created innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity through role-playing, costume transformations, and “invasions” of other people’s personae. She began making these videos and photo/text works in the early 1970s while in Halifax in Nova Scotia, and further developed her performative and video-based practice after moving in 1974 to New York City. In 1976 she founded and continues to direct Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space that champions the exploration, promotion and preservation of artists’ books, installation art, video, online and performance art, further challenging institutional norms, the roles artists play within society, and expectations about what constitutes acceptable art mediums. She is a recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, and an Obie Award and a Bessie Award for commitment to artists’ freedom of expression. She is represented by P•P•O•W gallery in New York City.
Tuesday
Nov012016

What if we got it wrong ?

ET SI ON S’ÉTAIT TROMPÉ? / WHAT IF WE GOT IT WRONG?

29 October to 13 December 2016

West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, West Cork, Ireland

A group exhibition of Irish or Irish-based artists engaged in issues of climate change produced by the Centre Culturel Irlandais in the lead up to the international COP21 Climate Conference in Paris in December 2015.

Curated by Nora Hickey M'Sichili, selected artists: Emily Robyn Archer, George Bolster, Alice Clark, Mark Clare, Blaise Drummond, Seamus Dunbar, John Gerrard, Andrew Kearney, Susan Leen, Ruth Le Gear, Selma Makela, Anna Macleod, Christine Mackey, Seamus Nolan, Softday (Seán Taylor and Mikael Fernstrom) and Brigitta Varadi.

Wednesday
Sep072016

What if we got it wrong?

Opening Reception: Friday 16th September, 20165pm -10pm

What If We Got It Wrong? is a touring group exhibition of 15 Irish or Irish-based artists engaged in issues of climate change produced by the Centre Culturel Irlandais in the lead up to the international COP21 Climate Conference in Paris in December 2015. What If We Got It Wrong? - as the performance-poet Lemn Sissay asks us - in measuring progress by levels of industrialisation, expansion and accumulation? A focal point of the exhibition is the ice and waters of the Arctic, veritable barometers of the catastrophic effects of this ‘progress’, with a further important strand being geopolitics and its direct links to questions of energy and biodiversity. Video and multi-media installations, photography, works on paper and canvases bring the complexities and implications of climate change to the fore in works by Emily Robyn Archer, George Bolster, Mark Clare, Alice Clark, Blaise Drummond, Seamus Dunbar, John Gerrard, Andrew Kearney, Susan Leen, Ruth Le Gear, Christine Mackey, Anna Macleod, Selma Makela, Seamus Nolan, Softday and Brigitta Varadi. 

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with essays by Nora Hickey M’Sichili (Curator), Frank McDonald, Darragh McKeon and Katherine Waugh. 

What if We Got it Wrong? toured during 2016 to F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio, Banbridge, N. Ireland; Wexford Arts Centre, WexfordLeitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton and finally will show at West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen opening on the 29 October.

LSC Gallery hours: Monday to Saturday 11am - 4pm.

More info: Leitrim Sculpture Centre

Sunday
Sep042016

(Contained) | chaNorth Residents, curated by Lauren Smith

September 8 – September 17, 2016

266 W 37th Street
New York, NY
(between 7th and 8th ave.)

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 8th, 6-8pm

Through the use of painting, sculpture, found objects, and performance, (Contained) examines those tensions which arise from internal and external limitations. Residents and alumni of chashama’s chaNorth Residency address the concept of “containment,” in dialogue with time, space, and identity. The exhibition features work by Meredith Walker, Sophie Bortolussi, Gian Luigi Braggio, Donna Cleary, Timothy Lee, Margaret Lee, Lanelle Pintal, Peter Fulop, Bill Pagano, Brigitta Varadi, Lauren Smith, and Katya Grokhovsky.

About chaNorth
chaNorth is chashama’s New York State artist residency aimed at providing a nourishing, focused environment for emerging artists and writers, as they continue their committed practices. The program offers an opportunity for 5-6 emerging artists to remove themselves from the typical demands of daily life and immerse themselves in a creative live/work space for four weeks. chaNorth is located on five acres of sprawling meadow, adjacent to hundreds of acres of undeveloped woods in the scenic Hudson Valley. 

 

Tuesday
Aug232016

Entree/Encore

New York Art Residency and Studios ( NARS) Foundation In Partnership With Textile Arts Center, And The Wassaic Project 

Entree / Encore

Presents

Artist Talk By Brigitta Varadi

Tuesday, August 23rd At 6pm 

More info and images of the talk: Entree/Encore


Monday
Aug152016

GOLDENROD

Sunday, August 14th: 3-6pm
GOLDENROD
a public intervention and pop-up tea shop by Brigitta Varadi

What is touching and tasting?  What does it mean to yield to a tactual provocation as the recipients of art? Does activation of the senses, other than vision, launch some other mechanism for the understanding of works of art? Through the reassessment of a daily activity, GOLDENROD examines how memory can inform our present day perspective.
During a two month residency at The Wassaic Project in the fall of 2015 (Wassaic, NY), Brigitta Varadi collected and dried local goldenrods following her grandmother’s knowledge. She created 1000 Goldenrod Tea bags, each numbered and signed, accompanied by 100 screen printed tea boxes. The work echoed Varadi’s grandmother’s own practice: a process-oriented labor and old tradition passed down from each generation.  The tea becomes a symbol for both the artist and the audience to question and examine multiple levels of depth regarding memories of the past.  In addition to the tea, Varadi created objects using textured wool dyed with goldenrod – hand felted and hand stitched – to provide a platform for an intimate engagement of conversing and tea drinking.

Thursday
Jul212016

Boyle Arts Festival

Tuesday
Jul192016

Appetite for Destruction 

JUNE 12 – SEPTEMBER 18 2016  The Wassaic Project 

GALLERY HOURS:
FRIDAY 5 – 7PM, SATURDAY 12 – 7PM, SUNDAY 12 – 5PM
MAXON MILLS, 37 FURNACE BANK RD, WASSAIC NY, 12592

ARTISTS

Justin Balmain, Richard Barlow, Sabrina Barrios, Natalie Baxter, Rachelle Beaudoin, Geoffrey Booras, Holden Brown, Fiona Buchanan, Daniel Carello, Jen Catron & Paul Outlaw, Caryn Coyle, Charlie Crowell, Jenn Dierdorf, Lily Dithrich, Meredith Drum, GURL DON’T BE DUMB, Gregg Evans, Brad Fesmire, Rebekah Flake, J.D. Fontanella, MaDora Frey, Cat Glennon, Lindsey Glover, David Grainger, Daniel Greenfield-Campoverde, Phoebe Grip, Meghan Grubb, Jenica Heintzelman, Dana Hemes, Will Hutnick, Roxanne Jackson, Kate Johnson, Fitzhugh Karol, Allison Kaufman, Juwon Lee, Michelle Leftheris, Genevieve Lowe, Jessica Machacek, Colin Matthes, Julia Norton, Paola Ochoa, Christopher Rodriguez, Marco Rosichelli & Ryan Peter Miller, Jason Schwab, Emilie Selden, Deborah Simon, Stephanie Skaff, Ryann Slauson, Madeleine Stern, Tiffany Tate, Alex Tsocanos, Brigitta Varadi, Chris Victor, Amelia Wallin, Brian Andrew Whitely, Alex Yudzon, Liz Zito

Thursday
Jun302016

Education Fellowship, Wassaic Project

Awarded 3 months Education Fellowship at the Wassaic Project, Wassaic, New York.

June-August 2016.

Supported by the Wassaic Project and Arts Council of Ireland, Travel and Training Award. 

 

 

Tuesday
May242016

What if we got it wrong

What if we got it wrong?  

In association with Centre Cultural Irlandais and the Wexford Arts Centre

A group exhibition presenting fifteen artists whose work explores the impacts on the environment of our society and globalised economy. 

Wexford County Council 
10th June - 29th July 2016

 

​Exhibition Opening
guest speaker French Ambassador Jean-Pierre Thebault 
Thursday 9th June at 11am. 

Wednesday
May112016

Visiting Lecturer at NCAD

Sunday
Mar202016

Commission for Laura Kirar Design, NY 

A site specific commission, woolen wall piece, inkblot by Laura Kirar Design.

NBC4NY this Sunday, 3/20/2016 at 8:30AM to walk through one of our recently completed high-end residential projects; a small, yet exquisitely modern couple's pied a terre in a contemporary West Village building.
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Sunday
Mar132016

ArtSlant Juried Winner

 

'Noel Ruana' has been selected as a Juried winner in the Painting Category of the ARTslant 1st 2016 Prize. HUGE THANKS to Jurors: Lynnette Miranda and Nathaly Charria! 

PAINTING: Brigitta Varadi, Noel Ruane, 2015; Abstract: Trixie Pitts, A little Rain, 2016; Mixed Media:Amin Roshan, Ancestors, 2013; Drawings:Terry Arena, Feed:Chives, 2015; New Media: Carolyn Frischling, Quidditas #selfie III., 2016

Lynnette Miranda is a latina curator and writer from Miami, FL. She has six years of experience working at leading art institutions such as MoMA, the Art Institute of Chicago, ART21, and Creative Time. In 2015, she coordinated three art conferences, including The Creative Time Summit: The Curriculum at the Venice Biennale, and ART21’s Creative Chemistries: Radical Practices for Art + Education at the Park Avenue Armory. She received an MA in Visual Arts Administration from New York University and a BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since 2012, she has curated exhibitions at ACRE Projects, Mana Contemporary Chicago, and Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space. Miranda is also the founder and director of MAKE-SPACE.NET, an artist-run online platform and curatorial initiative that explores the practices of experimental contemporary artists through an intersectional lens. She regularly writes about contemporary studio methodologies on MAKE-SPACE.NET, and has previously written for Hyperallergic and this is tomorrow, Contemporary Art Magazine. Miranda has recently been selected as the 2016-2018 Curator in Residence at Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, MO. 

Nathaly Charria is a consultant, curator, and art world connector with a decade of experience in Miami, Los Angeles, and New York. She heads Natology Project. From developing and marketing artists, niche and luxury brands to producing and curating exhibitions, collections, and editorial content, her diverse background is custom-tailored for each client. Charria has been a part of building influential artists such as FriendsWithYou, Millie Brown, and David Jay. She has also worked, in various capacities, with American Express, Volkswagen, Sanrio. Charria's recent collaborators include Pulse Art Fair, Rocket In My Pocket, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami Design District, and The Standard Hotel. 

 

Monday
Feb292016

Professional Development Event with Brigitta Varadi

Feltmakers Irelandin association with the National Museum of Ireland hosting a day event with artist, Brigitta Varadi.

Saturday, 12th March 2016

10am-1pm: Public Presentation Open to all, 

2-5pm: Workshop, Places are limited 

Audio Visual theatreat, Collins Barracks, National Museum of Ireland, Dublin