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A birch tree brother for Paul Klee’s Senecio

March 27th, 2015

I saw this birch tree today (below left), and thought that the two knots looked like eyes, and with the left “eye” higher than the right, it reminded me of Paul Klee’s painting titled “Senecio,” below right.

Paul Klee Senecio, Head of a Man

 

Does Cy Twombly work for PSE&G?

March 25th, 2015

I was walking the dogs yesterday when we passed by a project-in-progress by our local electric utility company PSE&G. An open door on a tool storage area on the truck (below left) revealed a colorful abstract painting that seemed like it could easily pass for a painting by the famous artist Cy Twombly. Twombly’s 1995 painting Quattro Stagioni, Autunno is posted below right for an easy comparison. What do you think? Does PSE&G have an undiscovered Twombly on their hands? Take it to Christie’s or Sotheby’s at the end of the shift!

Cy Twombly painting on a electric utility truck

 

There’s a Pat Steir in my breakfast bowl!

March 25th, 2015

You may have seen some of our blog posts where we “find” famous art works in our everyday presence … like yesterday’s dog who resembled a Franz Kline painting, or a Hieronymus Bosch monster in the rubble of our bathroom renovation project.

Today, as I finished my breakfast of strawberries, blueberries, yogurt, and granola, I noticed that the yogurt residue on the dark blue ceramic bowl, below left, looked a bit artistic. Could it be the subconscious inspiration of Pat Steir’s paintings, below right?

my breakfast bowl reminded me of a Pat Steir painting

 

Sleeping dog, or long lost Franz Kline painting?

March 24th, 2015

I noticed the unusual pretzel-like entanglement of limbs (below left) as one of my dogs was resting on a chair in my office this morning, and it made me think of a Franz Kline painting (below right). It’s not the first time either one of my dogs has acted like famous painting – click here to see more of Theo the Art Dog and Violet the Expressionist Pup. (by the way, the legs shown here belong to Violet)

Sleeping dog feet reminds me of a Franz Kline painting

 

Cruising around with Mitt Romney

March 21st, 2015

I was riding my bike on an errand the other day, and did a double-take as I passed this car, below left, which had what appeared to be a grinning Mitt Romney face attached to the back of the driver’s head rest. I did a Google search for “Mitt Romney mask,” and found one below right that seems to match up with what I saw in that car … all I can say is that I wouldn’t want to be a backseat passenger who would have this face grinning at me for the whole ride!

Mitt Romney mask seen in a parked car

 

Trucking art with Buff Monster

March 17th, 2015

I had my first exposure to the artist Buff Monster while exploring the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn in the fall of 2013, where I saw this great mural. I’ve seen his work around in a few places since then, but was pleased to see this Buff Monster truck parked along 12th Avenue around the time of the closing of the 2015 Armory Show. There were a whole row of trucks lined up there, I assume they were all art movers, ready to help clear out the Piers after the Armory Show. At any rate, I love the idea of “Buff Monster on wheels!”

art movers truck with Buff Monster mural on the side at the Armory Show

 

Finding a Hieronymus Bosch monster in our demolition zone

March 16th, 2015

We’ve got a home improvement project going on today, with contractors gutting out a bathroom right below my home office. I looked into the dumpster at the rubble and saw this smashed-up toilet (or is that part of the sink?), below left, and it prompted thoughts of a monster from a Hieronymus Bosch painting. I’d say this detail, below right, from Bosch’s 1482 painting “The Last Judgment” could be a good match for what my imagination saw in the dumpster. What do you think?

smashed up plumbing reminds me of a creature from a Hieronymous Bosch painting The Last Judgment

 

Eric Fischl Art Fair Paintings

March 10th, 2015

I love it – I happened upon this scene at the 2015 Armory Show – an art fair visitor looking at art about art fair visitors looking at art, from Eric Fischl’s series “Art Fair Paintings.” I recently read Eric Fischl’s autobiography which is titled Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas and enjoyed it very much, so it was great to see something new from Fischl at the Armory Show. (new at least to me)

Art Fair Paintings by Eric Fischl at the 2015 Armory Show

 

Posing like a superhero at the 2015 Armory Show

March 9th, 2015

As I made my way through the 2015 Armory Show yesterday, I encountered this arrow-sculpture-installation by Glenn Kaino at the Honor Fraser Gallery’s booth. I made my way around the piece, trying to find an interesting angle to take a picture, when this guy stepped up and put his hand in front of the piece, as if he’s in some sort of superhero pose, stopping these arrows mid-flight. I can see the humor in doing this if he had a friend there to take his picture, but he just stood there doing this with no apparent photo-accomplice, other than me. It’s hard to say what was going through his mind, but made for a good photo-op nevertheless.

Glenn Kaino installation at the 2015 Armory Show at the Honor Fraser Gallery booth

 

No wall labels and no checklists makes for no artist ID

March 7th, 2015

I went to the Independent Art Fair today, and my initial reaction was that I didn’t like it as much as the Pulse Art Fair yesterday. The Independent had what I thought were a lot of art works trying to be edgey … trying too hard, perhaps, to really hold my interest. I did find some gems, though, and I’ll come back to those later. But what I wanted to mention in this post is the viewer’s frustration at going to an art fair where at least half of the galleries didn’t provide wall labels or easily-accessible checklists. I know that galleries tend to want interested parties to inquire as far as prices, but can’t they at least share the artist’s name for those who are new to the work? For example, this “Cookie Monster” figure and the mannequin-like bust sculpture to the right of it – no ID to be found. I’d like to learn more about each piece, but how much trouble am I supposed to go through to find out anything? It’s just a curious approach to marketing and promoting artists that doesn’t make much sense to me.

Independent Art Fair 2015

 

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