Thursday, June 27, 2019

Inspiration File

Nick Nolte in his brilliant performance of Lionel Dobie in Scorsese's Life Lessons, 1989: transfixed by paint despite his power grab for the glory days of youth. 

27th St.

I often cull images that amaze me from FB. I believe this image is taken on the travels of Canadian curator Yan Zhou.
Private garden, Rockford, Illinois 
Charles Burchfield
Anthony Reed of Reed Photographic, Shanghai 
Photo by artist Archer Kelly.
Charles Burchfield.

Chen Jialing, Shanghai painter. Publication states, "painting girls will like."
Crescent Lake, Gansu Province, China, PROC. It's been a decade since I've seen it.
The 1970s: Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury.

Plum blossom and fence by curator, translator and writer Yan Zhou.
Ryan Pfluger for the NYT 
Dr. Doolittle, 1967
Chen Jialing
Chen Jialing
Tree peony, from excellent book on embroidery, sent by artist Brece Honeycutt.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Parent Portraits at Westbeth

Frances Seigel, Mom, 2010
Curated by painter Robert Bunkin, this exhibition is unusually candid and revealing views of the many artists' parents, friends or families. It does not flinch from the full life cycle, sharing a depth of experience and curiosity that is profoundly moving. There is also the benefit of seeing the incarnation of each epoch in the subjects' appearances and surroundings. See more works here: Gallery Link
Patrick Earl Hammie
Polly Thayer (Starr)
Jenny Dubnau's portrait Jeanie Dubnau in Profile, 2007, 34 x 48 inches

Jenny Dubnau's Dave Dubnau in Profile, 2007, 34 x 48 inches
Two masterpieces.
Arnold Mesches

Susanna Coffey, Edwin Coffey, 2009?

Sedrick Huckaby, Ruthie Huckaby, 2019
Sedrick Huckaby, Fred Huckaby, 2019

Cannot remember:  corrections are welcome!
Katherine Kehoe's Distaff Line, 2007

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Lift and Push (April-May exhibitions)

Gallery Link for Yevgeniya Baras' recent exhibition Seam,  Scar, Sign.
Textures and colors from the landscape accrue, buttressed by letterforms from alphabets.
Despite the bas-relief surfaces and textures that speak to urban surfaces, I see a lot of Juan Gris, particularly here.

Each painting becomes a form of time-travel.
World-building, one mark at a time.
Peter Krashes in Contact! at Theodore Art. Gallery Link 
Working in gouache, lifting the brush with each distinct stroke, Krashes reveals how neighborhood real estate development impact smultiple communities.
As painter and activist, his activities inform each other.

His free-handed, marker-like application is confident.
At Slag, the Practice of Everyday Life, curated by Etty Yaniv and Tirtzah Bassel. Here, Nina Belluci, Boston painter. Gallery Link

Belluci's stick-'em reminders.

Leeza Meksin.

Sangram Majumdar's tape and paint work, a particularly good one.
Todd Bienvenu.
The show brings together "eleven painters whose work is rooted in close observation of their daily surroundings," and everything was great to see.