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The Biologist’s Mistress: Rethinking Self-Organization in Art, Literature, and Nature

We have an exciting conference and art exhibition on mimicry and crypsis planned for fall 2012. Stay tuned for the call for papers. Thanks for supporting Dactyl.

The Biologist’s Mistress

Dactyl Foundation is pleased to announce the publication of Victoria N. Alexander’s The Biologist’s Mistress: Rethinking Self-Organization in Art, Literature and Nature.

Teleology is like a mistress to the biologist; he dare not be seen with her in public but cannot live without her –J. B. S. Haldane

Drawing on her experiences as a complexity theorist, novelist and art-theorist, Victoria N. Alexander examines the history and practices of teleology, the study of purpose, in nature as well as in human behavior. She takes us “inside” paradoxically purposeful self-organizing entities (which somehow make themselves without having selves yet to do the making), and she shows us how poetic-like relationships—things coincidentally like each other or metaphoric and things coincidentally near each other or metonymic—help form organization where there was none before. She suggests that it is these chance language-like processes that result in emergent design and selfhood, thereby offering an alternative to postmodern theories that have unfairly snubbed the purposeful artist. Alexander claims that what has been missing from the general discussion of purposefulness is a theory of creativity, without which there can be no purposeful action, only robotic execution of inherited design. Thus revising while reviving teleology, she offers us a secular, non-essentialist conception of selfhood as an achievement that can be more than a momentary stay against the second law.

The book includes anecdotes about Dactyl Foundation’s artists and history. All proceeds from book sales will be donated to the foundation to help support educational programs and research in art-science.

Helena Christensen at Stella McCartney’s for the Chernobyl Children’s Project International, curated by Neil Grayson

September 10, 2010
Stella McCartney’s New York store will host a special exhibition by Helena Christensen for Fashion’s Night Out on September 10. Photography purchased at the event will benefit Chernobyl Children’s Project International. The exhibition is curated by Neil Grayson of The Dactyl Foundation and the photography will be available for purchase through the end of September. Christensen has been a long time supporter of Chernobyl Children’s Project International, the charity that helps children and communities who are affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Continue reading “Helena Christensen at Stella McCartney’s for the Chernobyl Children’s Project International, curated by Neil Grayson”

CompostModern featured guest Elisa Perea

Friday, June 4, 2010  4-6PM
Documentary maker Elisa Perea talks about and shows clips from “Nogales aqui es…” (Nogales, this is it… the border city)

A film  presenting the creative experiences of a generation of visual artists in their playground; their field of dreams…Nogales… the city. The one they see and the one they imagine… a bordertown awakened through their work… a journey via their art and testimony… offering an alternative description of a territory that is often misunderstood by both bordering countries. This project was funded by The National Council for the Arts and Culture of Mexico and by the Sonoran Institute of Culture. Continue reading “CompostModern featured guest Elisa Perea”

Jens Stoltze, 90 Days in Rio, Photography Exhibition

May 13-24, 2010
Opening Reception Thursday May 13th, 7-9PM

Jens Stoltze is a professional photographer with a career spanning almost 20 years. Once graduated from the Royal Danish Art School, he found quickly success as a freelance photographer and then in 2005, he founded S Magazine, an international fashion and photography biannual, for which he is now editor-in-chief. He has exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions both in Denmark and the United States.

Stoltze has visited Rio de Janeiro many times, during the course of which he realized at some point that “there is more going on under the surface of the city than above it.” During his visits, Stoltze became interested in the outer neighborhoods. By pursuing one circumstance after another, he was able to document the secret lives of the people of Rocinha, the sex and drugs, the love and war. Circumstance plays a major part in Stoltze’s photography. The Continue reading “Jens Stoltze, 90 Days in Rio, Photography Exhibition”

Drew Doggett: Slow Road to China Exhibition and Book Launch Event

Opening: Saturday, April 17th 6:30-9:00PM

Hosted by Helena Christensen &  Neil Grayson.

On View April 17 –  May 6, Tues – Sat 12-6pm.

Slow Road to China is an extraordinary, moving and powerful series of  images documenting the people of remote mountain communities in the  Humla region of Northwest Nepal.

Continue reading “Drew Doggett: Slow Road to China Exhibition and Book Launch Event”

Rie Rasmussen, writer/filmmaker/artist and Neil Grayson, artist/curator, NY Post article

Feb 25, 2010
The breakfast of champions
THE ART WORLD IMPRESARIOS: Rie Rasmussen, writer/filmmaker/artist and Neil Grayson, artist/curator, Dactyl Foundation (
POWER PLAY-BY-PLAY: “I love meeting over meals,” says Rasmussen, who powwowed with Grayson to discuss an upcoming show and screening of her film “Human Zoo,” which opened last year’s Berlin Film Festival, at his SoHo gallery. But since NYC can be a small town, privacy is of the utmost importance. Thankfully, their corner banquette had plenty of it. The food didn’t fail to impress, either, with standouts including ripe papaya cut with lime — enjoyed after the meal as a digestive. And then there was the coffee, which woke up Rasmussen’s inner muse. “It’s excellent coffee for drawing,” she says, dipping a spoon in it to complete a coffee-and-ink sketch.

Judy Glantzman 30-Year Retrospective

Last of the Breed: Jan Krugier’s final exhibition

Picasso's "Femme allongée," 1946, one of the works Krugier was willing to part with.

January 1, 2009

D’Arcy, David, “Last of the Breed, Art + Auction January 1, 2009

Through his friendship with Giacometti, his ties to a key Picasso heir and his legendary eye, Jan Krugier built an empire. When he died at age 80 last fall, the art world lost the final remaining member of the generation of postwar connoisseur-dealers. Continue reading “Last of the Breed: Jan Krugier’s final exhibition”

The Imperfectionist: Helena Christensen, NY Times

The Imperfectionist

December 14, 2008

By Karin Nelson

HELENA CHRISTENSEN, the Danish supermodel turned fashion and art photographer, is probably the only person complaining that the iPhone takes quality photos. ”I’ll shake it as much as I can,” she said, a note of disdain in her voice. ”But it still comes out perfect.” Her photography, which has appeared in French and Italian Vogue and will go on view Monday at the Dactyl Foundation, is decidedly less perfect. ”It’s the blurriness and imperfection that I love,” she explained. ”And that strange feeling that the light can create.” Continue reading “The Imperfectionist: Helena Christensen, NY Times”

Jan Krugier, Modern Art Dealer, Dies at 80

Jan Krugier in 2006, with a painting by Picasso.
Jan Krugier in 2006, with a painting by Picasso.

November 20, 2008

Jan Krugier, Dealer of Art by Picasso, Balthus and Other Modernists, Dies at 80 – Obituary (Obit) – NYTimes.com

Jan Krugier, who survived two years in Nazi concentration camps as a young man and went on to become a highly regarded dealer of work by artists like Picasso, Morandi, Balthus and Giacometti, died on Saturday at his home in Geneva. He was 80. Continue reading “Jan Krugier, Modern Art Dealer, Dies at 80”

Dialogues: Curated by Jan Krugier

November 3 – November 30, 2008
Tuesday – Saturday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

In Memorium

Jan Krugier was perhaps the most significant art collector and dealer of our times. His passion and uncompromising vision can be seen clearly in what is one of the greatest collections known. We at Dactyl are honored to have hosted Dialogues, the last exhibition curated by Jan Krugier, before he passed away. We are especially thankful to Izabela Grocholski and John Mollett who made this incredible event possible. We would also like to thank Hikari Yokoyama. Continue reading “Dialogues: Curated by Jan Krugier”

Angelbert Metoyer, ASK drawings and paintings

October 3rd – 25th, 2008

curated by Hikari Yokoyama

opening: October 3rd, 6:00 – 9:00

Internationally recognized for his palimpsest style, throughout his career Angelbert Metoyer has employed an esoteric system of symbols and icons to bemuse viewers and present himself as a shamanistic seer. Lately, he has gone deeper into abstraction, aligning his work with contemporary science’s ultimate abstractions: quantum mechanics and field theory. Continue reading “Angelbert Metoyer, ASK drawings and paintings”