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Art or mammon

“Where any view of Money exists, Art cannot be carried on . . .” –William Blake I’ve read several stories recently, in Forbes, the Guardian, and at other sites, that question whether or not art is a good investment right now. The implied question is: are we or are we not in a “bubble.” The […]

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The virtues of obscurity

Bill Santelli called my attention to this great Times story about Leo Bates, an artist whose career, once he went into seclusion, followed a trajectory somewhat like Vivian Maier’s, into obscurity and then out of it, after death. He dropped out of view after a big show at the Albright-Knox, which was itself a remarkable achievement, […]

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The discipline of craft

More about this excellent book by Matthew Crawford later, a great follow-up to his first, but couldn’t resist putting this out there, while I’m reading it: “But consider that when you go deep into some particular skill or art, it trains your powers of concentration and perception. You become more discerning about the objects you […]

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Jenny Saville

Saville is one of my favorite painters, even though I don’t much enjoy looking at her work. I don’t think I could say this about any other painter. I’m always amazed at how she handles paint, though her subject matter and scale strike me as calculated and contrived. Her choice of grotesque imagery reminds me of Freud and […]

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INPA 4

  My copies of the Manifest INPA 4 arrived today, and when I saw the three boxes containing them I realized I went overboard while ordering and now own three hardbound and four softbound copies of the International Painting Annual. I’m lucky and honored to have had two paintings picked for inclusion in the book, […]

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Fields of color

At our recent lunch, Rick Harrington reminded me of David Oleski’s work, and I returned to it, at his website, with pleasure. It’s gotten more subtle and complex in execution, and yet in a way even simpler in its effect, than when I looked a few years ago. It’s a remarkable way to start with […]

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Philip Burke at Burchfield-Penney

Can’t wait to see this just an hour’s drive away. From ArtVoice: A few weeks prior to his exhibit entitled The Likeness of Being: Portraits by Philip Burke, which opens on Friday (4/10) at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Burke met with Artvoice at the office of L.B. Madison Fine Art near his home in Niagara […]

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The One

From Manifest, check out the impressive prize this year for what has to be the most exacting art competition anywhere. Time to get to work: The 6th Annual MANIFEST PRIZE $5000 award + solo feature exhibit of the winning work Open to works of any media, any genre/style, any size… We are very excited to announce […]

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The texture of nature

A show of Rick Harrington’s paintings opened a few days ago at the Vilona Gallery in Boulder, Colorado. Rick, and his son Todd, met me at the Gatehouse for lunch last week, followed by an hour-long tour of the Memorial Art Gallery. As a road warrior, Rick is my hero. He has logged many thousands […]

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A philosophy of art

Some people say I’m a no-count Others say I’m no good But I’m just a natural born travellin’ man Doin’ what I think I should, oh yeah Doin’ what I think I should And I don’t give a damn about a Greenback a-dollar Spend it fast as I can For a wailing song and a […]

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