It’s Friezing over here



My barometer keeps jumping. One minute it’s backs-to-the-walls time, the next it’s all lavish parties and third venue vernissages. It has seemed like a growing, healthy trend for performative, lively and cheap art would be neatly distilled in the line-up for this year’s Frieze Art Fair Projects, curated for the …

south manitou



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 photograph of South Manitou taken on an …

“Curator” R.I.P.



“Behold our fall collection,” trumpets the mail order catalog of Restoration Hardware, the home interiors chain. “No longer mere ‘retailers’ of home furnishings, we are now ‘curators’ of the best historical design the world has to offer.” And so another of our words bites the dust. The word “curator” is …

“Russia takes the lead in regulating…”

That heading would be funny in any context but here the article in Skate’s is referring to an apparent push to regulate “Art securitization” and Art Investments in Russia.   We have for some time, on ArtWorld Salon, commented on the relative lack of oversight of the opaque and enthusiastically “managed” …

Eli Broad raises the stakes in Los Angeles

I’m in Los Angeles, where the chatter is about Eli Broad’s decision to build a museum for his art collection downtown, in a 120,000-square foot complex designed by Diller and Scofidio. The choice puts to rest some questions about the fate of Mr. Broad’s collection. It also leaves a larger …

Tree’s Daughter

The Tree’s Daughter

Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas

Size:95×63 cm

Painted from a small old sketch, I have limited myself to earthy tones;  raw siena, yellow ochre, browns with a base of white and black acrylics. I felt like creating something unusual and experimental. Here is the original sketch, quite an oldie…

Revenge of the apps

I’d like to enter a contrarian view about navigation apps, which are poised to infiltrate our endearingly technophobic art institutions. Forgive me for sounding like a cave man. But then, this post was inspired, in part, by the American Museum of Natural History, which just launched an ad campaign flouting …

Dune

61 x 45, oil on birch panel

Do you see sky or water?

Here is an update on the bluff picture which awaits further changes based on Karl’s critique.