Tag Archive "drawing"


Two books on Matisse and Picasso from the Museum of Modern Art

[Andrea praises two recent volumes detailing Matisse’s cut-out works, and 15 of Picasso’s early Cubist works, respectively, and enjoys the depth provided by the second book’s e-book format. — the artblog editors] Art historians working in museums, as opposed to those in academe, are always aware that the artworks they deal with are things–embodied, resulting from a series of decisions made by the artist, and subject to subsequent change. The literature on art, both academic and in museum catalogs, has not always acknowledged this physical reality, but fortunately it is becoming more common. Two recent publications from the Museum of ... More » »

Peter Blume "The Rock"  1945-48, o/c Art \institute of  Chicago.

Peter Blume at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

[Andrea lauds representational painter Peter Blume, whose finesse and imagination far outweigh his fame. — the artblog editors] Peter Blume: Nature and Metamorphosis, a large and well-conceived survey of the artist’s career, is at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) through April 5. If the artist’s name is familiar, it’s likely you’ve spent time at the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC), where you’ve seen “The Rock” (1945-48). It is the only work of Blume’s I’ve seen on any museum wall until now, and it’s a showstopper. A group of figures are rebuilding within a post-apocalyptic landscape, dominated by a huge, ... More » »


Inorganic chemistry — sexual synthesis at M+B Gallery

[Nate visits a show juxtaposing the at-the-time groundbreaking work of Pierre Molinier with new drawings by contemporary artist Aurel Schmidt. — the artblog editors] In major American cities such as Los Angeles and New York, assertions of sexual identity are no longer the risky phenomena they once were. President Obama’s recent announcement of June as LGBTQIA Pride Month–a gesture of support on behalf of the federal government–attests to the changing climate of a country that has for so long ignored the very real, very serious lives of its queer citizens. This change must be taken into account when examining the ... More » »

John McLaughlin, Untitled (1941) at Franklin Parrasch Gallery.

Art Basel Miami Beach, 2013

(Andrea strolls the 2013 Art Basel Miami Beach art fair, and offers her picks from both new and familiar artists. — the artblog editors) Each year, friends ask about my response to Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB), and I reply that someone might be able to attend a fair for three and a half hours and offer an opinion, but I’m not that someone. I attend fairs to see what I can learn, preferably to see interesting work by artists I didn’t know, or new aspects of artists whose work I’ve seen before. Another wonderful Picasso drawing, such as the ... More » »

Alphabet Book, gloss paper/accordion binding. Each “page” is made up of letters cut out from magazines, in alphabetical order.

Reimagining lines – Ruth Scott Blackson’s woven, drawn, and manufactured pieces

The simplest ideas are often the strongest, Ruth Scott Blackson says of her artistic approach. And several works in her exhibition Line After Line, up now at 110 Church Gallery, show just how rich the results of a humble inspiration can be. Some of Blackson’s drawings, weavings, collages and objects resemble the complex Op art of Philadelphia’s Edna Andrade, while others have the labor-intensive heft of a Vija Celmins  piece, but Blackson’s works possess a playful spirit that is all her own, and which may come from her background in performance and video art. A bookbinder by trade, Blackson has recently begun to move away from ... More » »

Kate Gilmore, "Sudden as a Massacre". Video still.

Three from New York – Pablo Helguera’s Libreria Donceles at Kent Fine Arts and Pataphysics and From Memory at Sean Kelly

(Andrea visits two galleries in New York, sees three excellent shows, and buys something. –the artblog editors) Entering Kent Fine Arts these days is disorienting, because beyond the building entryway, elevator, and usual gallery door is a perfectly-realized, functional, used book store: metal shelves full of books, an occasional easy chair, recommended titles arrayed on a table, and a separate section for children. The only thing missing is the dust that usually characterizes such places. It’s the only store in N.Y.C. devoted to second-hand, Spanish-language books, despite the fact that a quarter of the city speaks Spanish. E-publishing hasn’t fostered ... More » »

Barbara Chase-Riboud ‘Malcolm X #3’ (1969) polished bronze, rayon, and cotton, 118 x 47 1/4 x 9 7/8 in, PMA

Barbara Chase-Riboud’s Bronze Steles and Paper Monuments at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

(Andrea reviews a show of drawings and monumental sculptures in bronze and other materials by Barbara Chase-Riboud and finds them filled with historical, art historical and cultural references from across cultures and through time.–theartblog editors) In the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s (PMA ) stunning installation, each of Barbara Chase-Riboud’s five works from the series she dedicated to Malcolm X, stands in its own niche. She calls them steles, a term for upright, stone monuments inscribed with text, and a form that has survived from various ancient civilizations. Chase-Riboud’s steles are mysterious and imposing. Lit candles on the floor before them ... More » »

Ancient Evenings: Ba Libretto, 2009, Ink, graphite and gold leaf on paperback copy of Ancient Evenings by Norman Mailer, on carved salt base, in nylon and acrylic vitrine
15.5  x 13.75 x 14.75 inches, Marguerite Steed Hoffman, Dallas

A Plethora of Sources: The Drawings of Matthew Barney

—Maeve visited the Matthew Barney exhibit at the Morgan Library and Museum this summer and writes about the exhaustive, behind-the-scenes show and its beautiful catalog.  The exhibit now travels to Paris where it opens Oct. 8 at the Biblioteque National. –the artblog editors—————————-> Matthew Barney’s recent show at the Morgan Library & Museum, Subliming Vessel: The Drawings of Matthew Barney, was a triumph in preparatory drawings and conceptual ‘storyboards.’ Those mystified by Barney’s gleefully-heady films and performances were given the opportunity to access an assortment of clues elucidating the artist’s countless and convoluted references. While the show at the Morgan ended ... More » »

Sung-Ock Shin by Roman Blazic

International paper — Harmony and Contrast at Highwire Gallery

”Harmony and Contrast” at Highwire Gallery  introduces a variety of works on paper with both Eastern and Western cultural flavors. The exhibit presents complex techniques and a simple and sophisticated blend of craft to art and art to craft. The idea of this exhibit came to Piety Choi, who curated the show and participates, when she visited Korea in June, 2012, and in October, 2011, to participate in the Ansan International Art Fair and the Incheon Women Art Biennale. Choi met a few talented Korean artists and realized that they were all using paper as the main material to create dimensional works. ... More » »

Rob Matthews talking to us at Liberti Church on East York Street

Artblog radio – Rob Matthews has stories to tell, on today’s podcast

The art world’s interest in drawings came just at the right moment for Rob Matthews, an artist whose drawings merge humor and faith in puzzling scenarios often staged in his own home. Rob who grew up in the South, talked to us about self-combustion and animal sculptures on building facades–some of the things that have set his imagination afire. Human folly, Hitchcock movies and childhood adventures inflect his work, which has earned widespread attention–he’ll be in a show at the National Portrait Gallery in November; he is represented by Gallery Joe in Philadelphia and by Daniel Cooney Fine Art in New ... More » »

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