February 4th, 2014
At approximately 7:45am today, someone was skywriting an “X” in the northern skies of NJ, and someone else was skywriting an “X” in the southern skies … what’s going on? Seems like more than just a coincidence. Alien tic-tac-toe? “X Marks the Spot” for something happening today? Location, approximately 15 miles west of midtown Manhattan.
February 3rd, 2014
A little snow, ice, and salt on a slate sidewalk makes for some great abstract art:
February 3rd, 2014
It’s been snowing all day here today, and as I look out my window, the winter landscape reminds me a bit of a Jackson Pollock painting …
February 2nd, 2014
I thought it was interesting to see that a Super Bowl bet has been made between the directors of the Seattle Art Museum and the Denver Art Museum. If Denver wins, the Seattle Art Museum will provide a loan of “Sound of Waves,” a 12-foot-wide screen panel done in 1901 by Japanese artist Tsuji Kako, depicting a hawk by the sea. If Seattle wins, the Denver Art Museum will provide a loan of Frederic Remington’s 1895 bronze sculpture, “The Broncho Buster,” both of which are pictured below. May the best museum win!
February 1st, 2014
We happened upon this previously unpublished photograph showing these three titans of the arts and music industries hanging out together in the early 1980’s … Andy Warhol, Michael Jackson, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. I wonder what they were talking about? Bacon flavored biscuits?
January 29th, 2014
I was introduced to the photography of artist Lucia Koch today, and wanted to share some with you. Lucia Koch was born in Porto Alegre (Brazil) in 1966, and currently lives and works in São Paulo. She had her first U.S. exhibition last year at the Christopher Grimes Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. Her exhibition was titled “(a small show with a lot of space in it),” and featured five large-scale photographs, which you can see the actual scale in relation to a person, below. They appear to be large architectural spaces, and the scale of the photographs makes one more-convinced that it’s a space that you could walk into and inhabit. But the truth is that these “interiors” are actually photographs looking inside of food packages! For example, this top image is in fact the inside of a rice package, and as you scroll down, you’ll see another “interior” which is the inside of a spaghetti box, and the 3rd is the inside of a bag used for popcorn! Her use of lighting and the scale certainly transform these images, but I think even seeing them online in a smaller format, they’re still very convincing. For more on Koch and her exhibition, check out the Christopher Grimes Gallery website here.
January 29th, 2014
The Erskine, Hall & Coe Gallery in London is featuring an exhibition of ceramics by James Tower, which will open on February 5th and runs through the 28th. James Tower is known as one of the most distinguished ceramic artists of the 20th century. His ceramics are unique for their visual effects which suggest that he responded to nature and his environment. It has been said that the sea and its inhabitants provided motifs and compositional models that Tower adopted in his work. I can certainly see a reference to sea life in the two pieces shown below, as they both remind me of coral and reef elements that I’ve seen when scuba diving.
Tower’s career was unusual in that he inhabited the worlds of both fine art and ceramics which, in the 1950s and 1960s, still had only a low level of interaction between the two. Teaching at Corsham brought him into contact with some of the pioneering painters of post-war abstraction, including William Scott, Peter Lanyon and Howard Hodgkin, and as a potter Tower showed his work alongside Bernard Leach and Lucie Rie. During the 1960s and 1970s, he worked with white terra cotta and bronze, expanding his diversity of sculptural work. From the late 1970s until his death in 1988, Tower concentrated again on glazed ceramic forms. Below is an example from this late period, shown from several different angles. It’s titled “Snow Forest,” and is dated from 1982. The Eskine, Hall & Coe website has multiple pictures from different viewpoints for all of the work in this exhibition, which is a really nice feature allowing one to get a full sense of the pieces.
January 26th, 2014
I stumbled upon the art of Gültekin Bilge via Twitter the other day, and was really drawn in right away and found the work very beautiful as well as unique. Bilge is a Turkish Cypriot artist who often describes himself “an outsider,” as he feels that he does not perceive things in the same way as others see them. He was born in 1945 in Ceyhan, Paphos, and is a graduate of the Istanbul Academy of Fine Arts.
Below are two pieces that I really liked – both are painted on wood, which I think gives them an interesting presence that wouldn’t quite be the same if they were on a square canvas. You can check out more of Bilge’s art on his website here, or on his Facebook page here. But if you want to see something really cool, check out his virtual gallery here, where you can click to enter and click to “walk through” the space, going into multiple rooms.