By Katarina Hybenova

Bushwick, The Bogart Salon

What: Closing of the 1st salon, Dejeuner sans l’Herbe

Where: The Bogart Salon, 56 Bogart St., Morgan, L train

RSVP on Facebook: here

When: Friday, November 11, 2011, 6-9pm

Allure: big party with art supplies, drinks, and a big projection of tweets #BogartSalon

Good news: Naked models are still in!

Have you been to 56 Bogart yet? Yes, that’s that huge yellow industrial building right across the street from Morgan, L train station. This Friday might be a good day to check out the new gallery arcade! 56 Bogart is a home to 6, soon to be 7 galleries. One of our favorite art spaces, NURTUREart, has finally made a big move from their location at Grand St., and will feature their 1st art show, Re-Telling, in the building on Friday too.

Besides NURTUREart, you should not miss a closing at The Bogart Salon. This newbie to Bushwick art scene will feature the last of the series of salons, titled Dejeuner sur l’Herbe. The thing is that The Bogart Salon isn’t a typical gallery. Peter Hopkins of The Bogart Salon told me that they plan to organize a salon as every other show. “The regular shows will fund the salons,” he said. Peter also told me that nowadays the artists work separately from each other in a studio and he isn’t a big fan of this concept. Instead of the artistic solitude, he prefers the 19th century salons. Artists used to create in a common room; they would discuss, party, and inspire each other. Peter is now trying to revive this old-fashioned vehicle and fill it with a new media form….

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The reference point for the salon is a famous painting by Édouard Manet, Dejeuner sur l’Herbe or The Luncheon on the Grass. The Bogart Salon has recreated the painting with models and a piece of grass in the middle of the room. Since the opening of the salon 5 weeks ago, different artists have been coming in to talk and create their vision inspired by the painting in all kinds of media. The walls at The Bogart Salon are now almost covered with different pieces of art from drawings, graphic images, to photographs. There is even a claymation inspired by Manet’s painting…

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One last art salon featuring the nude models, drinks, a lot of art supplies waiting for you to be used, is taking place this Friday from 6 to 9pm. The Bogart Salon is inviting everyone to come and take a part. Peter Hopkins says they are trying to provoke the interchange of traditional roles in art: artist, critic, collector. Even the models are encouraged to get involved in the creative process.

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Peter Hopkins says that new is actually never new, we simply just stopped trying. He approached me as a local blogger to take a part at the last Dejeuner salon, and I gladly accepted. I will be live-tweeting from The Bogart Salon, commenting on the happening, reviewing the art in making and encouraging a dialogue in the virtual space of Twitter with the people at the closing but also around the world. Every tweet using the hashtag #BogartSalon will be projected on the wall, and additionally we will be displaying the Twitter feed on our website, here at Bushwick Daily.

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