Friday, February 28, 2014

Matisse - Enticing Luminosity

I am pleased to have my essay on Matisse published on Julie Heffernan and Virginia Wagner's blog, Painters on Painting. Read it here: Elisabeth Condon on Henri Matisse

Tomorrow,  I leave for two weeks at the Morris Graves Foundation. I return Sunday, March 16 for the opening reception of Enticing Luminosity at Lesley Heller Workspace, curated by Olive Ayhens (54 Orchard St.). The opening is 6-8 PM. See you there? Lesley Heller Workspace

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Another new blog, by Deven Golden

When living in Chicago for grad school, I loved visiting Compassrose Gallery--the best in the city, as far as I was concerned, with a full roster of NY and Chicago artists. The Chicago art scene at that time (late '80s/early '90s) was thriving. There was no more elegant gallery than Compassrose, which featured a wooden bench in the viewing room to study paintings at leisure and in comfort.

In "Persistence of Chicago Art Galleries", a blog entry of 3/3/2010 (, Michelle Minkoff wrote,

"Art collectors knew they could get something special at one of the at least 96 galleries that existed in Chicago as of 1990...Deven Golden, director of the Compassrose Gallery in 1990, said, “We used to say we were an international gallery that just called Chicago home, but that dried up at the end of the ‘80s.” Golden, who managed the River North gallery that closed in 1992 after founder Jim Rose’s death, has since moved to New York to pursue his career as a gallery owner..."

Since opening, and then closing, his eponymous gallery in the 90s on Howard Street in Soho (where he exhibited Jean Blackburn, Roland Flexner (of Pour), David Hartt, Fred Holland, David Humphrey, Mark Lombardi, Marilla Palmer, Ruth Pastine, Beth Reisman, Dan Reynbolds, Sylvia Sleigh, and Anthony Viti, Golden currently writes for the excellent online magazine Artcritical and has just started the blog Check it out.

Friday, February 21, 2014

New Blog: Painters on Painting

Julie Heffernan and Virginia Wager started a Wordpress blog.

Painters weigh in on a favorite painting.

Check it out here: