Thursday, May 17, 2012

space invaders

Henrique Oliveira

Henrique Oliveira

Henrique Oliveira
Henrique Oliveira
'The artificiality of my paintings is related to the materials and the colors I use, but they have a truth in the sense that they don’t try to be anything they are not, what you see there, is paint manipulated on a surface. My wood constructions are natural in their materiality, but they are artificial in the sense that they give the viewer a sensation of something that is actually not happening.'' Oliveira via
Jennifer Bartlett
With these multiple-perspective images of boats and houses, Ms. Bartlett poses puzzling questions about the stability of representation. In translating her two-dimensional, painted scenes into three-dimensional sculptures, the artist faithfully reproduces the foreshortening employed to create the illusion of depth. What, then, are we seeing in these sculptures? It is neither the original objects that were then painted, nor models of what those painted objects actually look like, but something further removed, more abstract: reflections, in a sense, on the problem of perception. (Michael Kimmelman, NYTimes, 1988)
Jacob Kassay

Jacob Kassay
The chemist and artist George Brecht once suggested that in order to see things, we should ‘view them for a long time (until they are seen)’. Kassay’s paintings, like his only film, share Brecht’s interest in slowing down our process of looking, and in closing the distance between what is seen and how we see it. The paintings for which Kassay has quickly become known are metallicised canvases that he makes through a process related to those upon which the photographic image once depended for appearance. The artist primes his canvases, and then sends them to be electroplated in a bath of chemicals. Often used to add a protective layer to industrial components, plating coats a given object with a thin layer of metal that adheres to its surface through the object’s submersion in an electrified solution of metal ions. Executed initially at head size, Kassay’s chromed paintings evoke mirrors. [...] His paintings deflect attention away from themselves; their reflective surfaces send light elsewhere. Not insignificantly, they have no internal light. They try to play dead, deferring to their surroundings and those looking at them.  (Peter Eleey via)
Ida Applebroog via
See also.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

"The New Casualists"

Interesting article on contemporary approaches to abstraction by young artists.

Lauren Luloff

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


Chris Johanson 2009
Tauba Auerbach
Cy Twombly 1975 (Gagosian Gallery)
Mel Bochner 2008

Giorgio Morandi


"Morandi’s still lifes are beautiful, but with a distinctive kind of beauty: subterranean, germinating, the beauty of roots, seeds, relics, of things lost, then recovered, and soon to be lost again."


Max Beckmann 1934
Georg Baselitz (born 1938)

Anselm Kiefer (born 1945)
Jean Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)

Elizabeth Murray
Watch Humor on PBS. See more from ART:21.

Dana Schutz

Swimming, smoking, crying

Dana Schutz combines fantasy and reality, humor and horror, to create figurative paintings that abound with expressionist energy. One of the most important young artists to emerge in the past ten years, she developed a distinctive visual style characterized by vibrant color and raw and tactile brushwork. The subjects of Schutz’s paintings spring from an absurdist sensibility as she invents imaginary stories or hypothetical situations that are bizarre and impossible, yet oddly compelling.  In the series “Frank from Observation,” for example, she imagined the fictional life of Frank, the last man on earth, as depicted by Dana Schutz, the last painter. As the artist states, “I embrace the area between which the subject is composed and decomposing, formed and formless, inanimate and alive.”  (via)

Dana Schutz @ Zach Feuer.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Alice Neel



Marisol 1986

Isobel Bishop 1974

David Hockney

(Images via)
Three Chairs and a Picasso Mural 1970
Nichol's Canyon 1980
A Bigger Splash 1967

Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) 1971
A Lawn Being Sprinkled 1967