Meeting of Art Worlds

Wildbank at Tibet House gallery with one of Dorzhiev's representatives from Moscow
Wildbank at Tibet House gallery with one of Dorzhiev's representatives from Moscow

Three stars shone last night in Manhattan: Siberian artist, Zorikto Dorzhiev; and two contemporary American artists, Clifford Smith and Eileen Hickey-Hulme!

Robert Thurman listens to Siberian artist Zorikto Dorzhiev and interpreter in front of Zorikto's Mongolian scenes in oil
Robert Thurman listens to Siberian artist Zorikto Dorzhiev and interpreter in front of Zorikto's Mongolian scenes in oil

The air at Tibet House was charged with excitement and curiosity as tall fashion models did their walk in Zorikto’s hyperbolic fashion selections among admiring crowds.

Siberian bronze sculptures by Zorikto Dorzhiev
Siberian bronze sculptures by Zorikto Dorzhiev

Exhibit turned out to be an exotic experience. We made introductions among art circles of  Gallery Khankhalaev of Moscow and New York, this sort of event one could only dream of during the Cuban missle crisis of the ’60’s. May world peace reign strong throughout! Photography by Charles Wildbank

Could this be the new Mona Lisa?
Zorikto Dorzhiev: Could this be the new Mona Lisa?

Further uptown, we beamed up at Spanierman-Modern Gallery where we attend another opening reception in honor of artist Clifford Smith

Clifford Smith at his opening reception in front of his oil painting "Vertical Cumulus Cloud"
Clifford Smith at his opening reception in front of his oil painting "Vertical Cumulus Cloud"

Tall-standing artist Clifford Smith was easy to single out in the mobbed crowd at Spanierman-Modern gallery last night. Clifford could not agree more with my comment that the sea is a wonderful means of expression being the surface of our emotions.

"Green/Blue Ocean" oil on canvas by Clifford Smith
"Green/Blue Ocean" oil on canvas by Clifford Smith

We are greeted by vivacious Long Island artist Eileen Hickey-Hulme who had us convinced there are no bounds to what media an artist can choose! Armed with nail polish, lipstick, eye shadow and various other unconventional media, artist Eileen Hickey-Hulme creates her pearlescent, abstract images often juxtaposing images of power with those of fragility.

Bang Bang Artist Eileen Hickey-Hulme and American Yogini Mary McGuire-Wien at Spanierman-Modern
Bang Bang Artist Eileen Hickey-Hulme and American Yogini Mary McGuire-Wien at Spanierman-Modern

Mary and I noticed the highly charged spirit in the air as we concluded our big evening in the town. Colors are cheerful in tandem to our new presidency. There is definitely hope and fulfillment in the air. We returned home to our Long Island retreat back to our studios (art and yoga studios) feeling truly refreshed.

"Blue Surrender with Pistol" by Eileen Hickey-Hulmes
"Blue Surrender with Pistol" by Eileen Hickey-Hulmes

Christie’s New York Auction Benefit for Tibet House 12/01/08

 

Golden Buddha created and donated by Charles Wildbank
"Golden Buddha" created and donated by Charles Wildbank

It has been a greatly packed evening at Christie’s in Rockefeller Plaza, New York with great artworks, jewels, exotic travel getaways, lunch with Robert and daughter Uma Thurman up for auction to benefit Tibet House’s much needed community programs. Mary McGuire and I’ve had the honor of meeting the hosts and friends: Robert Thurman author of Tibetan Book of the Dead, his daughter Actress Uma Thurman, International Fashion Model Petra Namcova, Debbie Misajon of Amankora Resorts, Brent Olson of Geographic Expeditions, Sergio Francescon of Jacques Carcanagues Gallery, Artist Romio Shrestha of Celestial Gallery, Marie Siefring of Avedis Venetian Plaster, Interior Designer Debra Geller, and Artist Guy Stanley Philoche.  Also attended were Fashion Designer Donna Karan, Chef Eric Ripert, Celebrity Photographer Patrick McMullan. I’ve created a page covering this event. Visitors are welcome to send more photos to this page by sending email to Charles Wildbank at wildbank@wildbank.com 

Charles Wildbank and Tibet House Co-Founder/Author Robert Thurman
Charles Wildbank and Tibet House Co-Founder/Author Robert Thurman

Wildbank’s ‘Golden Buddha’ featured in Tibet House Auction Benefit

Charles Wildbank in front of his towering Golden Buddha art

Charles Wildbank in front of his towering Golden Buddha art

One of my large donated artworks, the ‘Golden Buddha’, is featured on the cover of the Tibet House Auction Benefit catalog this season. The event takes place at Christie’s Auction at Rockefeller Plaza in New York on December 1 with Benefactor Preview starting at 6 P.M. Live auction begins at 8.

AUCTION AT CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK – AN ANNUAL HOLIDAY EVENT SAVE THE DATE:  Monday, December 1, 2008!

Honorary Chair Committee: Christy Turlington Burns, Ed Burns, Sharon Gannon, Donna Karan, Yoko Ono Lennon, David Life, Petra Nemcova, Horst Rechelbacher, Martin Scorcese, Max Snow, Sting, Kiran Stordalen, Trudie Styler, Uma Thurman, Fortuna Valentino, and Arden Wohl

Items include: original art pieces from Donald Baechler and Pat Steir; an exotic Geographic Expeditions trip for two, lunch at world class restaurant with Uma and Bob Thurman, a fashion shoot with top model and photographer, a vacation to India and Bhutan staying at the Taj Hotels, a $20K shopping spree at Donna Karan & walk-on-part on a major motion picture.  There will be many more items to bid on in the areas of contemporary or Asian art, photography, antique furniture, fine jewelry and accessories, vacation trips, tickets or invitations to special events, and other rare gift items.

Ticket prices are: $225 per person; 

$175 for Junior Tickets (under 35 years)

$500 VIP tickets* *(includes a preview and private reception).

Tickets can be purchased by calling (212) 631-3531

Christie's Auction catalog for Tibet House
Christie's Auction catalog for the Tibet House