For anyone who might be interested I’d like to share some news about some ongoing and upcoming happenings with this blog and some other related blogs that should be of interest to readers here.
A frequent commenter here to Painting Perceptions, is the painter Rebecca Harp who currently lives in Israel working with the Jerusalem Studio School (JSS), an art school founded by artist Israel Hershberg which is considered by many to be one of the top figurative training programs in the world. She has been working with the JSS as a consultant and recently launched a blog which will feature interviews and highlight various concerns related to figurative art. Today she sent me a link to this recent post about her impressions of the first day of a master class with Israel Hershberg. I hope keep close watch on this blog and may post excerpts from and link to the interviews with and articles about the many terrific painters planned to visit the JSS. I am particularly intrigued by the JSS summer study program in Italy. (I confess my first thought beside how much? was is there some unwritten age limit that keeps old guys like me from signing up?)
I mentioned before that I have an article about Sangram Majumdar in the works where he has agreed to discuss his work briefly – however the article is postponed for a bit as he has been very busy with his current shows at the Steven Harvey Fine Art Project in NYC When he has the free time for this article I will post it shortly after.
In a few days I am flying to Minneapolis to make a video interview with Michael Kareken about his paintings and current show at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Not being a videographer, the newness of making a video interview pushes me further out of my comfort zone than I’d prefer, maybe chanting over and over “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” will keep anxiety demons away! Seriously, I would love to incorporate video interviews more – a great venue for painters to discuss their work. Having intelligent painters share insight into their painting approaches and concerns would be a valuable resource. After this interview, I’ll need to figure out a ways to expand my travel budget, until then I will need to limit my interviews and studio visits to artists closer to home here in Southern California.
I’ve been staying in LA and Pasadena over the past few days where I saw some fabulous shows that I hope to post about soon, Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield at the UCLA Hammer Museum and the Wayne Thiebaud, 70 Years of Painting at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.