Sunday, October 29, 2006

Mark Rothco on Display at MOCA

Mark Rothco's work will be on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles from Nov 6, 2006 to Jan 21, 2007

"This is the first exhibition devoted solely to MOCA’s monographic holdings of paintings by the great New York School artist Mark Rothko, whose transcendent, luminous color-field paintings made a significant mark on 1950s abstract expressionism in the United States. With eight major paintings, the exhibition features key selections from the museum’s collection representing various stages of Rothko’s career, including paintings from the late 1940s, such as Untitled (14B) (1947; a gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc.) and Yellow and Orange (1949 a gift of The Rita and Taft Schreiber Collection—as well as Rothko’s signature 1950s paintings that are marked by rich, vibrant colors, from the museum’s germinal acquisition of masterpieces from The Panza Collection."

"This exhibition is organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and curated by MOCA chief curator Paul Schimmel."

Monday, October 23, 2006

Everglades Series

These are two of my most recent projects. I'm having a difficult time work on these. These two are digital color studies for a series of paintings I am going to be working on based on the traditional Florida subject matter, but done in a loose style. I was inspired by an artist I saw at the Chicago Institute of Art named Maureen Gallace. Her ice blue New England landscapes are hypnotic in their gorgeous simplicity. I thought I could capture some of that quality with a Florida accent.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

The Top 100 Most Powerful People in Contemporary Art

ArtReview Magazine just released their list of the 100 most powerful people in contemporary art. At the top of the list is Fran├žois Pinault, owner of Gucci and Christie's auction house. He also owns around 2,000 pieces of art and shows it at his own gallery.

ArtReview's 100 Most Powerful People

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Winter Park Art Festival

Well, art festival season is upon us now. The 33rd Annual Winter Park Autumn Art Festival is the premiere art event in Central Florida and it's this weekend. Saturady and Sunday, October 14th and 15th. I'm going to go tomorrow and check it out. I'm always kind of torn when I go to these events. I'm usually frustrated because I know I can do all this stuff but don't have or don't take the time to do it, but I also get motivated and inspired at the same time, so it's good.

The Winter Park Art Festival
VMFA Acquires a Large Selection of Bonnard

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has managed to acquire seven paintings from the estate of Paul Mellon by the artist Pierre Bonnard, the French post-impressionist painter (1867-1947). This may be the single largest acquisition of Bonnard work to date. Bonnard is considered by many to be the second greatest French painter of the 20th century.

The Dining Room

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Gabe Leonard

This guy's work has a very nice feel to it. I like his pieces that are more fanciful rather than the straight-up portraiture like the splash image of the bluesman. His landscapes are simply gorgeous.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Imaging the Cosmos

If you've ever wondered how they get those amazing pictures of deep space phenomenon, here's how. It's not quite as easy as pointing a camera somewhere and snapping a picture.

Jon Foster

I have always had a soft spot for fantasy illustration. Being a big Tolkien fan early on set that stage. I was immersed in Moorcock, Ellison, Leiber, and tons of other fantasy and science fiction novels for most of my teen years. I still read them once in a while but am more into the headier stuff like Dune and cyberpunk stuff like Gibson and Bear.

Jon Foster is a fantasy/sci fi artist that I've found really does it for me. His style and use of color are just phenominal, but I think it's the movement in his work that intrigues me. His characters seem to be on the verge of leaping across the page.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Malcolm Liepke

There is something about this man's work that I love. I can't put my finger on exactly why really. The subjects are rather plain, the faces of the women generic within themselves. The colors Liepke uses are luminous, his figures ambiguous. I think it's the loose, painterly style he uses, which reminds me of Freud, without the disorienting distorted qualities. His subjects seem more 'real', even in their generic-ness.

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Can Ron Lauder Buy A Great Museum With One Painting? "With Klimt's masterpiece, "Adele," Lauder and the Neue Galerie are making a grand gamble: Can a splashy, nearly unimaginable art acquisition turn an obscure museum into a must-see destination? Can a single painting - even a $135 million one - lift a museum to prominence?" Fortune 09/26/06