I was all ready to hang up my paint brushes and give up on the medium all together (not really but I thought about it for a minute) based on the way of art as of late but seems there’s hope for the painters yet. Though maybe in a slightly different form than before.
Painting is a lot of things: resilient, vampiric, perverse, increasingly elastic, infinitely absorptive and, in one form or another, nearly as old as humankind. One thing it is not, it still seems necessary to say, is dead.
Maybe it appears that way if you spend much time in New York City’s major museums, where large group shows of contemporary painting are breathtakingly rare, given how many curators are besotted with Conceptual Art and its many often-vibrant derivatives. These form a hegemony as dominant and one-sided as formalist abstraction ever was.
But that’s another reason we have art galleries. Not just to sell art, but also to give alternate, less rigid and blinkered, less institutionally sanctioned views of what’s going on.
Evidence of painting’s lively persistence is on view in Chelsea in five ambitious group exhibitions organized by a range of people: art dealers, independent curators and art historians. Together these shows feature the work of more than 120 artists and indicate some of what is going on in and around the medium. Some are more coherent than others, and what they collectively reveal is hardly the whole story, not even close. (For one thing there’s little attention to figuration; the prevailing tilt is toward abstraction of one sort or another.) A few of the shows take a diffuse approach, examining the ways painting can merge with sculpture or Conceptual Art and yield pictorial hybrids that may not even involve paint; others are more focused on the medium’s traditional forms. Read the entire article
Hey everyone! Happy Monday! I’m enjoying some thunderstorms and a cup of coffee and I have to say it’s pretty grand. I sure did miss having proper storms living in SF, and we’ve had our fair share of them since I’ve been back in good ol’ nyc. Enough about the weather though…. I was having a thought nugget and voila! I post this:
I’m sure there are many of you out there that are extremely talented folks and I’d like to post some of your work on the site! I’ve decided once a month I’d like to do a reader contribution post with all of your wonderful work. Paintings, Illustrations, Photography, Fashion Sketches…what ever as long as it generally fits in to the theme of the blog (which is pretty varied). I’ll do the first post on July 1st so send your best work (please limit to 2 samples please) for me to post up on the blog to share your talents with the world, to firstname.lastname@example.org. I can’t wait to see your work!
and here’s a niblet of a new photo series I’m working on called Rapid Expansion:
Happy Friday everyone! Before I get in to these really awesome images I beg of you all for some feedback. That’s right I said beg. I need help. I’ve noticed recently a sharp drop in followers and would love to hear from you all how you think I can improve the blog. Let me know stuff ya’ll!
Ok these are digitally manipulated photographs by Laurent Chehere that are a metaphor for travel, to me full of whimsy and wonder. I need a little of that in my life sometimes. via Hi Fructose
Described in NYTimes as an ‘unruly organism of a show’, Documenta 13 is a sprawling exhibition of art going on in Kassel Germany. I’ve not seen it, I spent the last few days in Tennesee not Germany, but I felt struck by a battery of emotions about the exhibit (and art itself) after reading Jerry Saltz’s article on NYMAG about ‘Post Art’ and that the way we view art will continue to change. Which I agree is inevitable in an ever evolving field but I’m not sure I enjoy the glimpse of the future quite as much as he does. If these things are the shape (or lack there of) of art to come, I’m not sure I like it. But maybe I’m just being ‘roped off’, as he says. What do you all think?
Check out the article and check out some images from Documenta 13.
I’ve given snippets of some of the looks from the Resort collections but here is my full ‘Best of’ list…this may be the first time I haven’t included Marc Jacobs in the best of anything list but I just didn’t love his looks this go around. Which are ya’lls favorites? Full runway details here
Growing up The Great Gatsby was one of my all time favorite books, as I’ve probably mentioned on here way too many times with all the 1920′s styles flying about…and I think I’ve also mentioned feeling like I am going to be greatly disappointed by the new movie version. That all being said. I still can’t help being excited about it and was naturally curious about the trailer when it was recently released. So for today I have a very theatrical shoot from Elle France in the spirit of the Great Gatsby as well as the new trailer. What do you all think? Is it gonna be awesome or terrible ?
Well the Whitney is moving, to the MeatPacking District. But before it does it’s having a Jeff Koons Retrospective. I have to admit two things: 1. I’ve never been to the Whitney in it’s current location and 2. I think for most of my life I’ve been a Jeff Koons hater. I have recently re-evaluated my feelings on the artist and am no longer a hater….mostly. I’ve generally started to see art in an appreciative fashion regardless of my personal aesthetic opinions. Here are some classic Koons pieces