Xany Rudoff had her first major New York debut solo show in May 2013, at The Ward-Nasse Gallery, located in Soho on Prince Street, in New York City. She most recently participated in the 50th Anniversary of the Sunset Marquies Hotel, where she donated one of her iconic paintings of the Rolling Stones, "It's Only Rock And Roll" to help raise funds for the Music Cares Foundation. It is now in the collection of one of Xany's favorite actresses and comedians, Ms. Whoopie Goldberg, a truly kind and wonderful woman whom Xany was very honored to have met and have one of her favorite paintings in Ms. Goldberg's art collections.

The Ward-Nasse Gallery presents, "Iconic Illuminating Album Cover Paintings by Xany Rudoff"

The Ward- Nasse Gallery located in Soho, New York City, is proud to present an exhibition of the amazing work by American artist Xany Rudoff. Xany is a Los Angeles based fine artist artist trained at one of the most prestigious fine art programs in the country, UCLA. Xany's work has been featured in several notable publications such as The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, and Vanity Fair Magazine to name a few.

"Iconic Illuminating Album Cover Paintings" will be Xany's first solo show in New York City. Her current work, the “Icon Series”, features vintage album covers that have been painted and embellished using 24 carat gold leafing Renaissance and Byzantine era techniques to affect the look of religious icon paintings. In these works, Xany explores the idea of the iconic by using found albums such as David Bowie’s, “Aladdin Sane” and Led Zeppelin’s,“Houses Of The Holy” amongst many others, and applies 24 carat gold leaf to the album’s surface, followed by extensive burnishing, painting and lacquering techniques in the same time honored tradition of the Old Masters.

She transforms the covers into beautiful, luminescent "Icons" that reflect the modern day "worship" of classic albums and musicians of today. The result is a breathtaking series of work that glow with the burnished luster of a church fresco, but are intimate and personal in size and image. Rock and roll icons are made magnificent in a work that is at once transcendent and familiar and take the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Xany Rudoff was the recipient of a grant from the prestigious Robert Rauchenberg Foundation last year, and has previously participated in and organized group and benefit shows of her art throughout the country. She has generously donated her work to raise funds for charity auctions with The David Lynch Foundation, The Music Cares Foundation, and The Los Angeles Children's Hospital, amongst many others.

Her work is featured in the collections of an extensive list of notable celebrities and musicians alike such as Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Whoopie Goldberg, David Lynch, Patti Smith, David J, Kevin McNally, Troy Van Leeuwen, Alan McGee, Josh and Brody Dalle-Homme, Peter Saville,The Getty Family, pop singer Pink, Tim Burgess, and Albert Hammond Jr. just to name a few. Her work has been featured in the collections of many top musicians from Patti Smith, The Strokes, The Libertines, Snow Patrol, Queens Of The Stone Age, Spiritualized, The Charlatans, Bauhaus, and many other collections as her presence continues to grow and expand across the world. Her iconic painting of Edie Sedgwick was used as the main publicity image and backdrop to the acclaimed musical "Silver For Gold" written by musician David J. of Bauhaus and Love & Rockets fame, which debuted at the Redcat Theater at the Walt Disney Music Center in Los Angeles.

This collaboration with The Ward-Nasse Gallery is very special to Ms. Rudoff's heart as she has been a long time supporter and activist for artist's rights and chose to show at the Ward-Nasse Gallery specifically because it is has been run as an artist's co-op, since it's inception in 1972. Founded by Mr. Harry Nasse, it is one of the few galleries in New York City that caters to exposing new art and not exploiting the artist with excessive commissions and fees, and allows the artist an opportunity to expose their work in the Soho Art District, the most prestigious area for art in New York City.

More information can be found on Xany Rudoff's website at www.xanyart.com

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Please forward all press requests and interviews to Ms. Xany Rudoff at xanyrudoff@gmail.com .


The Ward-Nasse Gallery present:

"Xany Rudoff's Iconic Illuminating Album Cover Paintings"

Opening: Saturday, May 4th, 7pm-10 pm

The artist, Xany Rudoff, will be in attendance at the opening and will be available for press and interviews.

Exhibition Dates: May 4th - May 31st, 2013

Gallery Hours: Tues.- Sat. 11-6pm and Sun. 1-6pm


This spring, Los Angeles-based artist Xany Rudoff  will be debuting her new work, the Icon Series, which features vintage album covers that have been painted and embellished using Renaissance techniques to affect the look of religious icon paintings. Trained at one of the most prestigious fine art programs in the country, UCLA, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, Rudoff has been making art and stirring things up for some time, and there’s a paper trail to prove it: she’s been featured in the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair Magazine, the LA Weekly, and is the West Coast contributer to the cutting edge London art and music publication, Cock No.7 Her talent as a writer and photographer has also been featured in the Los Angeles website, LA Slush. Her work has previously appeared in group exhibitions and benefits, but this latest venture will be her first major solo show in New York City.

Always one to rail against convention, Rudoff has long been a vocal advocate for changing the way the art world operates. Rudoff is pushing for artists to have more control over their work and to reap the benefits from the potential resale of their pieces. Currently in the United States, artists only receive income from the first sale of a piece, but should a work be re-sold for a much higher price, they don’t get a percentage. This is not the way it should be, Rudoff notes, and points to recent changes in France and the European Union — where a royalty is payable to an artist or the artist’s estate every time a work is re-sold — as evidence that the system can and should be changed. And one reason that Rudoff has chosen to establish her business in California is a little-known state law that requires that an artist receive royalties on the re-sale of fine art. In 2011, she was awarded a grant by the prestigious Robert Rauschenberg Foundation , who himself was at the forefront of fighting for artist's royalties back in the 1960's.

By using her creativity and knack for self promotion , Rudoff hopes to draw attention to this issue by utilizing social media, technology and the media by participating in radio interviews, pod casts, and magazine articles, and spreads the word through her strong fan base of supporters and friends on several social media platforms. She is an advocate for artists to take matters into their own hands and be creative by implying the Punk Rock "DIY" method of promoting their work by any means necessary.

Her upcoming show at the Ward-Nasse Gallery in New York City will showcase vintage album covers covers that have been transformed into religious art objects of the present. In these works, Rudoff explores the idea of the iconic by using found album covers such as David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin (and many more) that feature images that are themselves iconic and borrowing the visual language of religious paintings to push this idea even further. In a process that mimics the making of Renaissance icon paintings, Rudoff meticulously applies 24 carat gold leaf to the album’s surface, followed by delicate layers of watercolor and lacquer. The result is breathtaking work that luminesces with the burnished luster of a church fresco, but is intimate and personal in size and image: rock ’n’ roll icons made magnificent in a work that is at once transcendent and familiar — a painting the size of an LP that can be held in one’s hands, transformed into an exultant and exuberant example of modern-day devotion.