Thursday, January 26, 2017
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...Pin It Now!
Sunday, March 13, 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.Pin It Now!
|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|
Saturday, March 12, 2016
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.Pin It Now!
|Joseph Vernet, 1778, Le Brun's mentor|
|Self Portrait with Cerise Ribbons, 1782|
|Charles Alexandre de Calonne, 1784, Controller General of Finances|
Friday, March 11, 2016
'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!Pin It Now!
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.Pin It Now!
Saturday, January 2, 2016
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.Pin It Now!
|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|
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.Pin It Now!
|Clyfford Still (detail)|
|Willem de Kooning|