Chains Around My Art



In answer to some real physical issues and intrigued by the visual possibilities, I have been experimenting with plastic as a medium for making chains. Acrylic plastic is tough and I have found that it stands up well to the jostling to which these chai…

Verticals



Subjected to the first exercise from Nicolaides ‘The Natural Way to Draw’, I drew the contours of the icicles following Nicolaides instruction:

Focus your eyes on some point – any point will do – along the contour of the model. Place the poi…

misty seascape



The only reality portrayed here is the shape of South Manitou island.

Having spent much of last year learning about pigments and buying various artist oils, I tried some of them here. The colors chosen here do not represent those of my grainy photo…

De Chirico’s joke on fascism?

Gladiators at rest (gladiators au repos) 1928-29, oil on canvas, 157 x 198 cm.

In the late 1920th, Giorgio de Chirico was commissioned to create a series of gladiator paintings for Léonce Rosenberg, an art dealer. One of these pieces ‘gladiators au r…

Dune

Celebrating a promising event in my life by posting still another painting of South Manitou, freshly retouched. Same format as before.

CHAIN UPDATE

After having invested heavily in plastic as a medium for my chains, I am temporarily reverting to wood.

Lightness, malleability, relative strength and the ability to take paint: these factors figured the choice to work in this medium during cabin fe…

Edward Hopper and the usage of incongruencies

The two paintings of Edward Hopper, shown here, are part of the current exhibition in the Whitney Museum of American Art: Edward Hopper and His Time. Much has been written about Hopper’s usage of light and shadow. I will point out his usage of incong…

For Museums, a New Twist on Instrumental Benefits

For years the debates have raged about how to argue for the arts, and never more so than now, when public money for museums is everywhere drying up. As I wrote not long ago in the Art Newspaper, a thorny problem for arts advocates is that they have boxed themselves …

Zuckerberg to VIP Art Fair: “Users are fickle…”

There is a scene in The Social Network when Jesse Eisenberg’s Zuckerberg is laying into his then CFO, Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), for freezing the company account of the then-neo-natal Facebook. It’s the best 30 seconds on the fragility of a company’s online profile that one can possibly find, and …

The Girl With the Art Magazine

Yesterday was a good day for art journalism. Lindsay Pollock was named editor of the Art in America, opening the way for the rejuvenation of one of our most venerable magazine brands. Like that other old workhorse of the art journalism trade, ArtNews, the 98 year-old Art in America has …