Thursday, January 26, 2017

Journey Back to Abstraction

I am mainly inspired and excited by the human form, it's gesture, movement and grace, amongst other things. It is a focus of study that I believe will last my lifetime. There is always so much to learn! Having ventured into that world for a while, I find myself moving back into abstraction in 2017. Perhaps as an antidote to the new administration here in the US. I feel the need to use bold colors and create beauty from my imagination. I want to see how all the visual influences in my life and emotions, both joyful and turbulent, pour out onto the canvas. I want to move from the darkness of the end of 2016 into the light. Here goes...

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Sensory #3, 2016, Oil on panel, 10 x 8in, 25.4 x 20.3cm

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Art Week, 2016

I always look forward to the beginning of March and the buzz that comes to New York with the Armory Show, Scope, Volta, Art on Paper, the Art Dealers amongst many other events. I  have to edit the list as there is so much to see and of course I have to allow some time to people watch, sip some vino, talk art and giggle a little in good company! Here are some of my picks from the Armory Show, Art on Paper and the Art Dealers show.

Jackie Saccoccio

John Chiara at Yossi Milo Gallery

Lita Albuquerque at Kohn Gallery

Marianne Vitale (detail) at Contemporary Fine Arts

Matthew Brandt at Praz-Delavallade

Mattias Bitzer at Marianne Boesky Gallery

Norman Bluhm at David Findlay Jr Gallery

Robert Rauschenberg at Galerie Daniel Templon
Egon Schiele at Galerie St. Etienne

Enoc Perez at Galerie Nathalie Obadia
Aaron Siskind at Bruce Silverstein

Alyssa Monks at Forum Gallery

Andy Warhol at Simon Capstick-Dale Fine Art

Callum Innes at Sean Kelly

Conrad Marca-Relli at Hackett Mill

Conrad Marca-Relli (detail) at Hackett Mill
Robert Rauschenberg (detail) at Pace Prints

Robert Zandvliet at Peter Blum Gallery

Seung-Taek Lee (detail) at Mot International

Sigmar Polke (detail) at Michael Werner

Tracy Emin at Carolina Nitsch

Zheng Chongbin at Ink Studio

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Vigée Le Brun at The Met

I confess I had not heard of Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun when I went to the first retrospective of her work at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, here in New York City. Born in 1755 she had an exceptional career as a portraitist supported in part by the patronage of Marie Antoinette. Le Brun painted more than thirty portraits of the doomed French Queen. I rather enjoyed the exhibition and marveled at her special skill for painting fabric. It was as if I would have felt velvet beneath my fingers had I reached out and touched a painting! Although more paintings of women than men in the exhibition, I preferred her male sitters. The women more stylized and romantic, the men less so. Exhibition through May 15, 2016.

Joseph Vernet, 1778, Le Brun's mentor
Self Portrait with Cerise Ribbons, 1782
Charles Alexandre de Calonne, 1784, Controller General of Finances

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Solo Series

Solo #5, Oil on Arches Huile paper
Solo #6, Oil on Arches Huile paper

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'Lineage' 2016, Oil on panel, 14 x 11in, 35.6 x 27.9cm. Off to a new home and new collector. Always thankful, always thrilled! 

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Ability to Feel

Oil on canvas, 2016, 12 x 10in, 30.5 x 24.4cm

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Oil Monotypes

At the end of a painting session I sometimes use leftover oil paint to create figurative monotypes on Arches Huile paper. I love the spontaneity and the mystery of what will emerge working so fast. I strive to capture the energy and gesture of the figure this way. It doesn't always work and I have to dispose of some but here are a couple I really like.

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Prints on Park Avenue

One of my favorite shows on the art calendar is the IFPDA Print Fair. The show in the Fall 2015 was as delightful as always. Here are a few of my picks.

Paul Jenkins

Whistler at Allinson Gallery

Jay Kelly at Jim Kempner Fine Art

Barnett Newman at David Tunick, Inc.

James Nares at Durham Press

Per Kirkeby at Galerie Sabine Knust

Donald Teskey at Dolan/Maxwell

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Highlights From the Taubman Collection at Sotheby's

I went to see the collection of Alfred Taubman at Sotheby's in the Fall before it went under the hammer! The collection was huge including pieces by Picasso, Degas, Matisse, de Kooning, Modigliani, Bacon, Stella, Miro, Schiele, Rothko, Pollock, to name a few. Needless to say I was like a kid in a candy store. Here are a few highlights.
Gustav Klimt

Edgar Degas

Henry Moore

Clyfford Still

Clyfford Still (detail)

Max Ernst

Egon Schiele

Egon Schiele

Egon Schiele

Jackson Pollock

Willem de Kooning

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