Tag Archive "painting"

Joan Miro ‘The Hermitage’ (1924), oil ?, crayon and pencil on canvas, 45 x 57 9/16 in., PMA.

The Surrealists — works from the collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

(Andrea reviews a new exhibition showcasing Surrealist paintings and art objects. — the artblog editors) The Surrealists: Works from the Collection, on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) Perelman Building through March 2, 2014, is an excellent use of the museum’s permanent collection. It includes prints, photographs, books, magazines, and furniture, but the bulk of the work consists of paintings, which offer a particularly interesting survey of the varied and sometimes experimental paintwork of many Surrealists. The exhibition takes a strict interpretation of Surrealism as a movement by a group of artists in Paris and in exile during WWII, from the ... More » »

Sharon Butler, Silencer, 2013, pigment, binder, latex enamel, gesso, pencil, staples, loosely stretched linen tarp, 66 x 72 inches.

Sharon Butler’s New Casualist paintings at The Painting Center in New York

(Elizabeth tours Skin, a group show, and speaks with New Casualist painter Sharon Butler about Butler’s approach to failure, success, and “rightness” in her work. — the artblog editors) My eye fastens on a crumpled staple in Sharon Butler’s painting, and then I get it. A sense of loosening my expectation of what painting can or should be invades me. Butler and I are in front of “Silencer,” her large painting made with house paint on a linen tarp that has been nonchalantly stapled to the wall. I am stretching canvases this week and have removed many crumpled staples to perfect ... More » »

Madonna and Child, Diane Laison. Photo credit: Jack Ramsdale.

Political action and the love of painting – Diane Laison at iMPeRFeCT Gallery

(Maegan talks with artist and long-time Temple University mathematics professor Diane Laison about her late-blooming career as a painter.–the artblog editors)  I met Diane Laison to discuss her show, Waiting for the Wars to End, at iMPeRFeCT Gallery this month.  Her use of color, texture, religious iconography, symbolism and abstraction create a show that is both emotionally and intellectually stimulating.  Through our discussion of Laison’s beginnings, I caught a glimpse of what motivates and inspires her work: a passion for political action, combined with a profound love of painting. A career in mathematics and a switch to art Although Laison ... More » »

Kay Healy, Kitchen and Breakfast Room, screen printed, stuffed and sewn fabric on wheat pasted Tyvek wallpaper, 2013

Wind Fleisher Challenge 1 – House, home, hearth, people, in Daniel Gerwin, Kay Healy and Ashley Wick’s works

Childhood games and the domestic environment set the tone in the Wind Fleisher Challenge 1. This is writ large in the work of Daniel Gerwin and Kay Healy. And,  while ideas of home, family, comfort, and lack thereof and domestic activities don’t inhabit the works of Ashley Wicks, there is childhood lurking in Wicks’ animation based on paintings, which have the air of innocence about them. It’s a show that sparks memories as well as ideas about the state of contemporary art making, where ideas run the show, and work that feels impersonal is in fact deeply personal and privately-coded. Daniel ... More » »

Jennifer Bartlett 'Pool' (1983) 84x180 in.,private collection courtesy Locks Gallery, Philadelphia

Jennifer Bartlett at PAFA – Equal priority to the mind, the eye and the hand

—>Andrea visits the Jennifer Bartlett exhibit at PAFA and comments that it offers direct and abundant pleasure as well as a reflection on painting of the late 20th Century and our era. –the artblog editors————————–> Jennifer Bartlett has made her own way through the stylistic and ideologically-divided precincts of the New York art world for more than forty years.  An impressive survey of her work, organized by the Parrish Art Museum, where it will open in April, 2014, is on view at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) through Oct. 13, 2013. Jennifer Bartlett: History of the Universe-Works, 1970 ... More » »

Ken Price ‘Pastel’ (1995) 14.5x15x14 in., © Ken Price, photo: Frederik Nilson

Beautiful, thoughtful catalogs – Ken Price, Arnold Mesches, and Wangechi Mutu

–>Andrea tells us about three catalogs whose great design, solid writing and copious illustrations make them a great read and a great encounter with the work. –the artblog editors————————–> Stefanie Barron with Lauren Bergman Ken Price; A Retrospective (Delmonico Books, Prestel, New York and Munich in association with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art: 2012) ISBN: 978-3-7913-5255-8 This catalog, published by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)   is one of the most beautiful art monographs I’ve ever seen, quite beyond the extraordinary, if under-known, work of its subject. West coast artist Ken Price’s first, solo museum exhibition ... More » »

Jacob Lunderby in his 915 Spring Garden studio at our podcast interview April 26

Jacob Lunderby on three exhibits in his studio and moving to Philly seven years ago – an artblog radio podcast

Jacob Lunderby is an artist who uses photography mixed with traditional painting materials to create hybrid images of urban scenes and interiors that are eerie in a dream-like way.  See samples at his website, like this in particular. Recently, the artist organized a series of three, 2-week exhibitions in his studio, showing works by some of his friends and colleagues.  We saw one of the shows and thought it was excellent and wanted to talk with Jacob about why he basically gave up his studio for 6 weeks to do this community service of organizing and promoting the artists, some of whom ... More » »

Allison Syvertsen, "Playground I (Island." Gouache on panel, 14" x 16".

Two Urban Perspectives – Allison Syvertsen and Benjamin Gallman at Cerulean Arts

You’d be forgiven for thinking, as I did, when first entering Cerulean Arts and letting my eyes slide from Allison Syvertsen’s “Forsythia” to Benjamin Gallman’s “Untitled 5” (both on the immediate left), that both pieces were paintings, and both were by the same artist. It’s not an accident, thanks to the exhibition’s deft mise-en-scene and the fact that Syvertsen and Gallman are married, that these two pieces ended up next to each other. “Untitled 5″ is a shot of a wall hastily painted gray, with patches of irregularity highlighted by the camera flash. “Forsythia” is a view of a sun-dappled, ... More » »


Kate Bright’s aquatic explorations at Locks

Ripples and refractions are the name of the game at Locks Gallery throughout the month of November. Internationally renowned British painter Kate Bright brings her canvases to Philadelphia for a showcase of her most recent work – an exhibit entitled In Deep. About a decade younger than the notorious Young British Artists like Damien Hirst, Kate Bright has always embraced the formal elements of painting in stark contrast to her conceptual contemporaries. Her current Pool Series is exactly what it sounds like: painted views of different bodies of water, specifically swimming pools and park side fountains. She renders watering holes ... More » »


Abstraction at the Guggenheim and Jayson Musson at Salon 94

Art of Another Kind; International Abstraction and the Guggenheim 1949-1960  (through Sept. 12, 2012) is a collection of paintings and mostly modestly-sized sculpture by 70 artists from Europe, the U.S. and Japan; despite the title, Latin American artists are ignored. The works were acquired by James Johnson Sweeney, then director and curator of the Guggenheim Museum, in the decade preceding the opening of the Frank Lloyd Wright museum building. Sweeney stated that he was determined to acquire work by ‘tastebreakers,’ the people who break open and enlarge our artistic frontiers. The period following WWII was rich in experimental art, encompassing ... More » »

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