Sunday, July 26, 2009

Visual Aids

Snapshot details of the Anchor with sketches


The mighty wall of Correspondence/Blog comments/Press

Saturday, July 18, 2009

2nd Set of Google Stats: Online Visibility

"Dam, Stuhltrager", "Summer Session" results: was 666 at opening/ now 1350
top search results on pg: Summer session on BAP, Dam Stuhltrager site, Artslant

"Dam, Stuhltrager", "Jerry Blackman" results: was 216 at opening/ now 979
top search results on pg: Summer session on BAP, Dam Stuhltrager site, Artslant

"Summer Session", "Jerry Blackman" results: was 197 at opening/ now 994
top search results on pg: Summer session on BAP, Dam Stuhltrager site, Artslant

"Gavin Brown", "Jerry Blackman" results: was 80 at opening/ now 191
top search results on pg: Summer Session blog, Examiner intvw, Artslant

"Living and the Dead", "Jerry Blackman" results: was 68 at opening / now 192
top search results on pg: Examiner intvw, Summer Session blog, Artslant

"artist", "Jerry Blackman" results:
top search results on pg: Summer session on BAP, Dam Stuhltrager site, Artslant

Friday, July 17, 2009

Insight Please: Defining Success--Arts/Artist/Gallery

How is "success" defined in the Arts?

What makes an artist or gallery "successful"?

In terms of success, what is the order of importance among: critical acclaim, sales, influencing other artists, placing work in visible permanent collections to ensure longevity of work being seen for future generations, making a living as an artist, museum of biennial exhibits...

Insight Please: Request for Comments

Does the definition of "emerging artist" apply to those who have an extensive body of work but not had recognition?

Definitions of emerging artist on the Web:

Definition of established artist on the Web:
  • An artist who is at a mature stage in his or her career and who has created an extensive body of independent work. An established artist has reached an advanced level of achievement by sustaining a nationally or internationally recognized contribution to the discipline.

Insight Please: Request for Comments

Should young artists devote all studio time to developing art or should a portion be spent on developing their art into a business?

Is it ever too early for an artist to think of his/her creating art as a profession?

Insight Please: Who is What to Whom? Professionally speaking...

What should an artist expect from a gallery?

What should a gallery expect from an artist?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Art Lovers and Us

check this out...
2 messages Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 4:09 PM
To: Leah Stuhltrager

Maybe not "press", but still pretty good.


Leah Stuhltrager Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 4:16 PM
very good indeed!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Qi Points to Press

press connect!
1 message
qi peng Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 9:05 PM
To: Leah Stuhltrager

a cool review for the show, leah and rebecca and paige. hurrah! good stuff :)

qi peng

Genius Grant

2 messages
Leah Stuhltrager Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 12:58 AM
Maybe we aren't talking about the same MacArthur Foundation Fellowship/Residency...
Is this the MacArthur your friend got straight out of college? Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 11:00 AM
To: Leah Stuhltrager
No, no. MacDowell Colony In New Hampshire. Yeah, don't think I'm quite ready for a MacArthur genius grant just yet. Maybe someday.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Jerry Seeks Advice

your professional opinion on two matters.....
1 message Mon, Jul 13, 2009 at 5:12 PM
To: Leah Stuhltrager
Hey Leah,
In the spirit of the our show I thought I'd run it by you first before I make what might be some important decisions.

Firstly, I've been invited for a residency at the Vermont Studio Center Unlike other residencies which are highly competitive in terms of admissions, it is only the available scholarships that eligible participants strive against each other for. I think basically anyone who applies gets in and it is only a question of who gets what monetary inducement. Out of a standard $3750 tuition, I've been asked to be responsible for only $2200, room and board included. Perhaps if I schedule my one month stay for a more inconvenient time of year, say, deep winter, the price will go down. It would still be very expensive especially considering my respective studio and apartment rents here in NY, that I'd still be responsible for. What do you think? Necessary fodder for the CV? Good career move in terms of connections? Tranquil time in desolated beauty? I'm interested in your opinions.

Secondly, there is an opportunity posted on ARTSLANT that I find interesting:

The Bravo network is hosting an open call for an art reality tv show. Jeffrey Deitch did something similar with "Art Star" and the Fuse network did something called "Art Race". Is this a total career buster? Does it trivialize the normal and honest avenues to artistic recognition? Is there such a thing as a normal and honest avenue? Again, before I apply for this I'd be interested to hear what you have to say.

Thank you for your time and look forward to reading your reply


Catching up and Vermont Studio Residency Insight...
Leah Stuhltrager Mon, Jul 13, 2009 at 5:53 PM
Jerry -

Just sent the below email out to an artist who I've worked with.
Let's see what his first hand experiences are.

As far as the Audition Call...
When James Fuentes curated the Art Star reality/happening at Deitch, it was as an art piece in itself. It was produced by those who loved Art for the art world. The the joke/laughs/satire was the theme - not those participating. The artists were in on it and in that way, they could call their on shots. The reality show casting at White Columns soon is going to be edited by tv producers for the general public. It is not about Art but about entertaining the masses watching from home. I won't tell you not to audition for the tv reality show. If you decide to audition, just keep in mind that the producers will be the only ones to show anyone looking who you are thru cutting and pasting to create the picture that brings them the highest ratings. Hmmmm... Guess that tv reality producers might be artists after all. They just aren't ones I view much.

Hope this helps.
I'll get back to you when I hear more re: Vermont...


Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Morning After...

Life is quick to imitate/elevate art.

It's the morning after Jerry's opening reception, and there are two air currents weaving through the gallery. One flow is from a spinning fan in the back, the other, from a natural breeze jogging through the open front door. Together they create a whirl, which in turn, charges the many written exchanges and sketches, (which are displayed and pinned to the wall) flap on end, literally interacting with each other. I had a chuckle, and a good morning.

I don't remember who said it, where I read it, or even when, but " Children are the messages we send into a future we cannot see." engraved itself upon the inside of my scull...
Since the beginning of Summer Session, and it's metamorphosis into an expose` on the undertakings of a (our) gallery (the relationship between a gallery and an artist, and the professional progression of a young artist) it has become a compilation of informed messages. Dam,Stuhltrager is offering a (much needed) guiding light, ( for those that are in the dark) while trying to secure and expand all that is good in the art world. Last night brought in a great many young artists, of whom are close friends of Jerry's. Watching them read the long line up (gauntlet) of the ( sometimes " saucy") emails and exchanges that have facilitated this show, made me wonder how the generations will approach and change the art world. If there's any security in how things are functioning today, and how things might grind a few decades from now? And, what changes the inter-workings of the art circuit? is it the art itself, technology, or the people? And if the people, which people, and why? And, as for myself (yes, a mere child of the art world) why did the art world seem so scary before I made contact? Did I simply get lucky and meet the angels at the gate? No, I cannot foresee the future, but the written and unwritten messages read last night will be a compass. And as "Summer Session" progresses, we'll continue to bring out the microscopes, and let the light shine on down, eh?

And then there was an " Anchor"...
There's a school of people who care little about how things are made. I'm not one of those people, nor do I believe most are. (I'm curious)-- if I'm up to my elbows is the bedrock of a creation, I feel the further my consciousness will be informed. (maybe I'm tapping too far in?)
Anyway, last night there was a lot on display, including the artistic cultivation of Jerry's " Anchor (gradient) ", stemming from his sketchbook. It was an intimate account of his ideas, and humanity. Often him questioning himself, us, the reason for his art at large, it's value and relevance--the common battle, you know. But It's been particularly fascinating to see him follow through with his vision, to work on it, and for which I am thankful.
The "Anchor" stands against the wall, it's large, a few feet higher than I, and, like all anchors, it sits on it's side. The gradient is glass, mirror and wood. The immaculate employment of these diametrically opposed materials provides the critical symbol with a past, present future narrative, and indicates the cosmology of man's ( emotional/ nostalgic) relationships with one object. This is what I loved about Jerry's work in the first place. ...Excited to see what else he cultivates.
- Paige

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Read June/July PRESS ONLINE at:

Examiner/ Exclusive Assassination interview w/ Jerry for Summer Sesssion

Art Observed coverage of Gavin Brown

Greenpoint Gazette's coverage of Bushwick Studios


Leah Stuhltrager
paige damstuhltrager ,
rebecca layton
date Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 11:40 PM
subject press online as of today...

i grabbed the articles from online, cleaned them up and archived them as pdfs.

examiner interview w/ jerry for summer sesssion
art observed's coverage of gavin brown
greenpt gazette's coverage of bushwick studios


Connecting People to the Names & Faces

** Qi Peng sent a series of interview questions to Jerry Blackman & Leah Stuhltrager. Qi's questions and Jerry's and Leah's replies will be published later in this blog when the interviews are officially published. **

from Leah Stuhltrager
to qi peng
date Mon, Jul 6, 2009 at 1:22 PM

am drafting answers to these...will get my reply to you in next 24 hrs...

from qi peng

to Leah Stuhltrager
date Mon, Jul 6, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Hi Leah,

Thanks very much. By the way, here is a photograph for the blog in
case the public wishes to know who the guest is. Much appre

sincerely, qi


from qi peng
to Leah Stuhltrager
date Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 12:45 PM

Hi Leah,

I just submitted the show for an ArtCat listing at:

Thanks again.

sincerely, qi

from Leah Stuhltrager
to qi peng
date Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 12:47 PM

yes - james and barry (artcat) are great. they curated a show for the gallery a while ago.

Summer Session VIP Qi Peng's Interview with Jerry Blackman


Monday, July 6, 2009

The Truck: Part II

to Leah Stuhltrager
date Mon, Jul 6, 2009 at 2:39 PM
subject Eh! Sorry, last time!

This is unfortunately getting needlessly complicated. We're back to Tuesday now- 3:00 pm, see you then.


from Leah Stuhltrager
date Mon, Jul 6, 2009 at 2:54 PM
subject Re: Eh! Sorry, last time!

3 pm tues it is then!
see you then.

Qi Peng interviews Jerry Blackman <> Sun, Jul 5, 2009 at 3:25 PM
To: qi peng <>
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Hey Qi,

I liked the baseball card you made! I can't believe you found that
picture, (facebook?, artists wanted?), anyway, it is a good one- you
can use that. I have started answering the questions and should be
done by tomorrow. How long should each answer be about roughly?, If I
ramble on too much, will you edit, or if I'm too brief will you follow
up for more? Just curious.

qi peng <> Sun, Jul 5, 2009 at 4:41 PM
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Hey there Jerry,

Sounds good. Feel free to answer the questions any way that you like.
For example, one of the people answered nearly 43 pages in his
response whereas another subject didn't answer any of the questions
directly in her own style. It's up to you in fact.

Being that this is an interview portrait, answering from mind and
heart is the best :).

Good luck on the questions. Examples of interviews are at: and at I appreciate your response.

About the art world baseball cards, I do a ton of research for them.
You can find them at:

Btw, are you on Facebook? Thanks so much again.
- Hide quoted text -

sincerely, qi
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- <> Mon, Jul 6, 2009 at 11:46 AM
To: qi peng <>
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Hi Qi,
Attached is a word document with answers to all the questions. I hope
it sounds good. The catalogue seems like a good idea, I suppose Leah
would be the one to talk to about that.
No, I do not have facebook- but wherever you found that image for the
card- you can use that. Anyway, thanks for being a part of the project
and look forward to seeing how it progresses. Thank you very much for
the stimulating questions.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

The Truck

to Leah Stuhltrager
date Sun, Jul 5, 2009 at 11:40 PM
subject Install

Hey Leah,

So I'm making reservations for the truck and was wondering if after noon-ish on Tuesday was going to be okay to bring the sculpture by?



from Leah Stuhltrager
date Mon, Jul 6, 2009 at 1:00 AM
subject Re: Install

anytime after 3pm would be good on my end.
looking forward to seeing this exhibit come together in the space!


to Leah Stuhltrager
date Mon, Jul 6, 2009 at 1:36 PM
subject RE: Install

I'm looking forward to seeing this come together as well. The trucking co. can't have a truck for me till Wednesday. Is that going to be okay? Will Wednesday be after three as well?



from Leah Stuhltrager
date Mon, Jul 6, 2009 at 1:51 PM
subject Re: Install

no problem.
can do wed after 3 as well. (i will be there til 8pm.)

i can also be at the gallery noonish - 8pm thurs and friday.
can you just let me know the times you expect the truck and to install in the gallery so I can arrange my schedule?


to Leah Stuhltrager
date Mon, Jul 6, 2009 at 2:11 PM
subject RE: Install

Right now its looking like I'll have the truck for Wednesday after three. Getting the Anchor installed is going to be the most difficult. After that I'm just cutting up my sketchbook- so Thursday and Friday whenever should be okay. Do you think it would be advantageous to come to the gallery either today or tomorrow so I can pick up the postcards and spend as much time as possible distributing them? Also, today we have the evite ready, correct? I'd like to start sending those out from my end ASAP as well. Thank you so much.



from Leah Stuhltrager
date Mon, Jul 6, 2009 at 2:38 PM
subject Re: Install

i'm in process of press / deinstall for your show. as well, i've got contracts for our museum exhibit in shanghai needing attention immediately.

we do not mail pcs but will distribute thru wburg on fri (galleries are not open here mon - thurs) and keep some for handing out at our gallery. pcs have never proven effective, so we use our time to promote via web / evites.

we will hand set aside some pcs for you to hand out. (i've been at gallery since 9 - pcs not here yet - but they are to be here anytime before 6.)

so here's what i suggest:

mon by midnight:
leah - finish deinstall / repaint
leah - second half of press
leah - evite to jerry

jerry - forward evite

wed at 3 pm
jerry & leah - get answers to questions back to qi peng
jerry - drop off of anchor and pick up of postcards
leah - print out all text / images / drafts / blog etc

thurs noon - 8pm
jerry - install anchor
jerry - install drawings
leah - install all text / images / drafts / blog etc

friday noon - 8pm
jerry - install as needed
leah & rebecca - touch up / install as needed

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Listings Begin! First Set of Google Stats...

Posted to manual sites and sent emails to first group of listings.
Official release to press & general list scheduled for Monday the 6th.

Initial Set of Google Stats re: Summer Session's or Jerry's online visibility

"Dam, Stuhltrager", "Summer Session" results: 666
"Dam, Stuhltrager", "Jerry Blackman" results: 216
"Summer Session", "Jerry Blackman" results: 197
"Gavin Brown", "Jerry Blackman" results: 80
"Living and the Dead", "Jerry Blackman" results: 68

More search stat details:

"Jerry Blackman", "art" first page of google results (top listed first):
summers session blog, summer session on artslant, summer session on brooklyn art project, summer session on gallerydiver, gavin brown show on artloversnewyork, summer session on artreview

"Jerry Blackman", "artist" first page of google results (top listed first):
summer session on artslant, summer session in wagmag, summer session on, summer session blog, jerry's entry page to west prize, summer session on gallerdiver, jerry's open studio qoute in greenpoint gazette, summer session at brooklyn art project

found in searching to bring to jerry's attention / add to cv:
**note to self: make sure to ask jerry if he has google alerts set for himself.

Qi Peng Presents Jerry Blackman & Leah Stuhltrager

from qi peng
date Sat, Jul 4, 2009 at 4:46 AM
subject for the summer session blog

Hey there Leah,

Here are a few ones for the blog. sincerely, qi

Friday, July 3, 2009

The Press Release Release

from Leah Stuhltrager
date Fri, Jul 3, 2009 at 9:37 PM
subject listings, evite & 2 press releases


I got the lowdown from Rebecca about your opening. I'm glad it went well!

We have two official press releases for your show. Although you already have the first one, I'm attaching both here for easy reference.

We have also begun getting listings out. (You can already see some progress by googling: Jerry Blackman, artist).

The evite will go out on Monday.

Happy holiday weekend!


Yeah- things are going well. People seem to be interested. I guess it was you who hooked me up with QI Peng from the Examiner?

Anyway, I was wondering if you wouldn't mind including some addresses in your postcard mailing.

My Mother:
xxxxx xxxxxxxx
xxxx xxxx xxxxxx xxxxxxxx, xx xxxxx

My Father:
xxxxx xxxxxxxx
xx xxx xxxxxx xxxxxxxx, xx xxxxx

And Myself:
Jerry Blackman
xxx xxxxx xx xxxxxxxx, xx xxxxx

Thank you very much


qi peng is one of the vips i asked to join in...

he sent me some things to add to the blog.

i plan on updating it today btwn holiday festivities or tom.

postcards are due in monday.

will add the addresses.

mostly send out evites and disperse postcards round town.


Insight Please: The Request for Comments

Seeking answers some of the questions SUMMER SESSION raises about the relationship between art-artist-gallery-public, I sent emails to some who's insight, work and voice I truly admire. Although each letter may have differed a little personally, below is the general text:

Dear ----,

I'm am personally reaching out to interesting people I've met over the past few years in the art world to participate in our upcoming summer show. If you submit your voice/thought/words into our blog - you are in the show. No censoring... No fee... No jumping thru hoops... Just a request for you to be apart of an interesting conversation and an interesting exhibit....

Below are details.
Much respect,

Invitation to participate to Summer Session...

Dam, Stuhltrager's upcoming exhibit, SUMMER SESSION aims to inquire into art's process and progress as well as explore the inner workings of the art-artist-gallery-public relationship.

To fulfill the show's intention, the gallery is inviting artists, gallerists and art appreciators to participate in this exhibit by adding to the open discussion at: Along with exhibiting every text, pc, cv, photo draft, email involved with launching SUMMER SESSION's selected artist, Jerry Blackman - every blog comment will also be printed and hung as part of the physical exhibit in the gallery from July 11 - Aug 30. Sign your name if you'd like to be accredited or give input anonymously. NO VOICE WILL BE CENSORED and every single person contributing in the dialogue online will be included in the show.

Come what criticism may be tossed our gallery's way in buckets, we look forward to SUMMER SESSION's viewers and guests creating art (thus exploring art's process) by exploring the relationships of art - artist - gallerist - public.

If you join in, the discourse is sure to get interesting quick.

With respect,

The Living and The Dead and some thoughts.

This past Wednesday the sun was shining, the ice cream trucks were singing and there was a freaking huge crowd swarming Gavin Brown Enterprises, for the opening of The Living and the Dead, of which Jerry's Untitled (To Amelia) is being exhibited.

Circulating the crowd, room after room, I found Jerry's piece sitting in a corner with Jerry, his family and friends, immersed in chat--about life, about art.

A really important element of showing art (presenting it to the public) revolves around the feeling of the gallery and the people who run it. To some, it's about showing what's "hip and now." To some it's about expansion into unknown territory. To others, remaining as a classic example of purveyors of a specific period. Regardless, every gallery has common goals. They need to--in the most basic terms---survive. However, along with these common goals, every gallery differs based on it's core.

I feel at home at Dam, Stuhltrager because I am passionate about artists as individuals and as creators. I believe in fresh, thoughtful and provoking work because the community we keep here has a sense of family through art--its conception, creation and showing. We value each other, we know the work, and we know the process of how it all came to be.

Because of this I've always felt that our gallery is a special place where a family of writers, curators and artists work together--be it in the storefront on Marcy Avenue for the past 13 years, or over the sea in our many international ventures.

Standing under the canopy, situated outside Gavin Brown Enterprises on Wednesday evening, crowded with picnic tables, hot dogs and hamburgers, I was reminded of a feeling I hadn't experienced since childhood--the excitement of a block party. And yet, since then, thoughts have been registering on what makes a community. And how that community exists, be it in a way that is superficial or "authentic," and really who is to say what these defining principles are?

Seeing Jerry stand by his piece with his father, mother and passing by friends, while we discussed, questioned and hypothesized about Summer Session --I knew he and his work would fit in just fine here at Dam, Stuhltrager-- to encourage the important dialogue that needs to become public --that of the gallery, it's workers and the artist-- even if it's just for the summer.


Thursday, July 2, 2009

VIP #1: Qi Peng

qi peng Thu, Jul 2, 2009 at 8:49 PM

I am currently an arts columnist at the and was wondering whether I can interview you via e-mail about your recent solo show at Dam, Stuhltrager for the arts column I am working on.

Please reply when you get a chance.

Thanks again, qi

---------------------------------------------------------- Fri, Jul 3, 2009 at 12:59 AM
To: qi peng

Sure! You can email me or call me at xxx xxx xxxx. I also have a piece in a group show at Gavin Brown's Enterprise which opened yesterday.
Looking forward to talking to you.


qi peng Fri, Jul 3, 2009 at 8:44 AM

Hello there Jerry,

Sounds good. I will call you sometime next week and email you the interview questions in a separate email. Thanks again!

sincerely, qi

On 7/4/09, qi peng wrote:

Hey there Leah,

Here are a few ones for the blog. sincerely, qi

qi peng

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Beginning, Not The Conclusion of A Body of Work

from rebecca layton
to Leah Stuhltrager
date Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 12:58 PM
subject Re: 2nd press release draft...

hey leah,
hope you are well.

thanks for sending the second draft.
explaining the transformation/original goals to the viewer is really important but can become lengthly/jargon-y for an audience. and yet in the draft it is very well done--easily read and really gets the message across--quite an accomplishment. the only thing i wanted to ask you about was the focus of the show being heavily on the dialog between you and jerry--it comes through in the press release and i was wondering if that was what we wanted or if that was just an element of the greater whole of the show...?

&are you planning on going to jerry's opening tonight or do you know if paige is?

hope this makes sense ive been running on very little sleep but am looking forward to coming in and getting down to work.



From Leah to Rebecca


are you going? if so, can you shoot a few pics? could you write up a blog entry on it?
if you can't go tonight perhaps another day this week? friday?
i'm def interested in having you write for the blog instead of me.
i think that may actually add valuable substance / perspective to jerry and my email contributions.

i def don't want the press release to read as an expose of jerry and myself as characters.
the intention absolutely needs to remain an exploration of the relationship btwn art - artist - gallery - public.

its funny, i was thinking when i uploaded all the ems, that jerry himself has made me play the "role" of gallerist much more than i generally do with any of our artists. i feel like the blog/exhibit thus far is showing a very one dimensional face to the deep and complicated, reflexive, co-dependant existence btwn art, artist, gallerist... yet the texts acknowledge that about themselves. the ems and pr admit they are just a starting point, and invite inquiry into what lies deeper over the next two months. basically, this show allows itself to open with a beginning. i find this interesting because most exhibits would open to essentially unveil a conclusion - art that has already been completed and moved on from by the artist. conceptually SUMMER SESSION opens on the show itself gathering elements to experiment and drawing a question mark.

just a thought to share. i didn't really ever look at starting an exhibit as proclaiming a conclusion before.

is there anything you'd suggest to change/delete/add? do you think it is totally the wrong direction to go in?