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Sketchbook #2

I had lunch with Bill Stephens and Bill Santelli at the Stephens studio this week and we thumbed through a book of reproductions of Richard Diebenkorn drawings, from an archive of numbered sketchbooks discovered after his death. This was a self-portra…

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Landscape Painting Course

The heat of the summer will be coming to an end soon and we will be entering the fall landscape painting season!  I am teaching a landscape painting course at the Ashland Art Center for both experienced and beginning painters.  As usual, drawing is fine for the whole session if you prefer.  Oil paints are what […]

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Paris polarities

She’s got a pleasant elevation . . . she’s drifting this way and that not touching the ground at all, and she’s up above the yard . . .                               –Talking Heads   It was a delight to find a brief, astute essay from Donald Kuspit on the French painter, Gustave Caillebotte, in the current issue […]

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Paris polarities

She’s got a pleasant elevation . . . she’s drifting this way and that not touching the ground at all, and she’s up above the yard . . .                               –Talking Heads   It was a delight to find a brief, astute essay from Donald Kuspit on the French painter, Gustave Caillebotte, in the current issue […]

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Matt Klos

From the current show at Oxford Gallery. A couple more weeks are left to see what’s on view.    

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Matt Klos

From the current show at Oxford Gallery. A couple more weeks are left to see what’s on view.    

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Rediscovery

On Saturday, home for a week from Toronto, where I visited the Lawren Harris show at AGO, it struck me that I don’t need to drive three hours to see great art. If I make a point of getting out of my cave for a few hours, I can see dozens of great paintings, some astonishingly brilliant, with only […]

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The Idea of North

  In Toronto this past weekend, I had a chance to see the Lawren Harris retrospective, a show that brings the work home from its previous exhibition at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Curated by Steve Martin, the show does exactly what it set out to do: reveal the greatness of Harris’s achievement in […]

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Hudson River Fellowship – 2016

Phew! Three weeks of painting and connecting with other painters in New Hampshire with the Hudson River Fellows.  Here is the fruit of my labor.  These paintings are in completely random order.  You can click on any image to see it more clearly. We painted everyday and the bugs were ferocious.  Early on I figured […]

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Taste, aesthetics, the will to power

I happened upon an innocuously titled entry, “Taste and Aesthetics”, in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy last night, and it brought to mind a brief section in Heidegger’s lectures on Nietzsche, where the German philosopher celebrates Kant’s theories of beauty—particularly the notion that a human being’s reaction to beauty is “disinterested.” Heidegger praises Kant for this […]

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