Thursday, July 31, 2014

How Painting Can Help Save the World, Actually

April 26, 2014 by  
Filed under Art Politics, Great Reads, guest posts

by Jordan Wolfson (Painting Perceptions gives enormous thanks to Jordan Wolfson for this thoughtful and important essay and greatly appreciates his generous contribution. You can find more of his work and information on his website.) He is also leading a workshop “Painting as Interbeing” – May 5-8, 2014 in Colorado, you can contact him for [...]

OBSERVATION AND INVENTION at the PAFA

January 24, 2014 by  
Filed under contemporary realism, guest posts, notable painters

Scott Noel, Telemachus and the Sirens, 2011, oil on linen, 78 × 90 inches Courtesy of Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA click here for a larger view OBSERVATION AND INVENTION: THE SPACE OF DESIRE at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Curated by Scott Noel January 21 – April 6, 2014 Reception: Wednesday, February [...]

Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

July 5, 2013 by  
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Video of the Metropolitan Museum of Art curator’s tour of the exhibition “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity.” that ended May 27, 2013   Review by John Goodrich   Museum-goers seeking examples of exuberant style, and its influence on our own tastes, will find the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity” an unadulterated delight. Exquisite [...]

John Lees: Exhuming the Numinous

June 12, 2013 by  
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click here for a larger view   Review by Thaddeus Radell   In John Lees’ current exhibition at the Betty Cunningham Gallery, the broad orchestration of intoxicatingly layered texture, ineffable nuances of color and spectral imagery combines to create an overwhelming presence of physical Beauty. Such Beauty, so impeccably and consistently constructed, its cultivation so [...]

Certain Densities

June 6, 2013 by  
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Certain Densities is showing at the George Caleb Bingham Gallery, University of Missouri from June 3 – August 19, 2013. features paintings by Matthew Ballou, Barry Gealt, David Gracie, Melanie Johnson, Ken Kewley, Rachael McHan, Rachael Pease, Emil Robinson, and Megan Schaffer.   Thoughts on Surface an essay by Natalie Shelly and Certain Densities, Uncertain [...]

Interview with Peri Schwartz

May 24, 2013 by  
Filed under drawings, guest posts, interviews, still life, watercolor

Peri Schwartz, Bottles & Jars #8, 2012 Watercolor on paper 15 x 22 inches   When Peri Schwartz was asked in an earlier interview by Harryet Candee “What is your dearest motto, philosophy, or message for yourself?” Peri Schwartz answered: “This quote from Willa Catha keeps me going: “Every artist knows that there is no [...]

Interview with John Dubrow

John Dubrow in his studio Interview with John Dubrow by Xico Greenwald   John Dubrow has been making ambitious figurative paintings of New York City scenes since he moved to Brooklyn in the mid-1980s. His light-filled canvases are often years in the making—ragged, impastoed surfaces the result of the high standard Dubrow holds himself to. With a [...]

Philip Guston: A Problematic Centennial

April 2, 2013 by  
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Philip Guston The Canvas, 1973 oil on canvas 67 x 79 inches (from McKee Gallery – larger image available)   Guest Review by Thaddeus Radell   Philip Guston (1913-1980) is heralded today as an icon of pure painting. This fact is all the more poignant, as by 1970 he was actively scorned by critics and [...]

Scott Noel: A Life in Paint

Scott Noel, Enceinte, oil on linen, 34 x 46 inches courtesy of the Gross Mccleaf Gallery   Scott Noel: A Life in Paint By Elana Hagler (Guest Writer for Painting Perceptions)   As I enter through the door in the side of the large industrial building in Manayunk, a slightly run-down but vigorous town of [...]

Barnet Rubenstein 1923-2002

November 23, 2011 by  
Filed under contemporary realism, guest posts, still life

  I recently received a wonderful essay from a former student of Barney Rubenstein who is generous and kind enough to share some of his experience studying with Barnet Rubenstein. Barney (as he was known) was an important figurative painter in Boston, painting primarily still-life, often painting take-out food containers, cardboard boxes, jars of cookies, [...]

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