Thursday, October 31, 2013

Art Green

Art Green  Turning Point  1983  oil on canvas  60" x 33"

One of the original Hairy Who members in Chicago in the late 60's, Green became an expat living in Nova Scotia and teaching their. His exquisitely crafted tableaus still ring out with authenticity today.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Christina Ramberg

Christina Ramberg 1946-1995 Untitled (Torso With Leaf)  1980  acrylic on masonite  15" x 11.5"

Ramberg received her MFA at SAIC the year I arrived to start mine. She was an integral part of the Chicago Imagist movement that had started in the late 60's with the Hairy Who group of Jim Nutt, Gladys Neilson, Jim Falconer, Art Green. Her distinct take on the female form coincided with the feminist movement that had started in the 60's. Her beautifully executed works reflected her interest in the female condition, social mores and a outsider's take on society.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Steve Gibson

Steve Gibson  untitled (Bob Steele)  2013  oil on linen  54" x 40"

Basil Beattie

Basil Beattie  The Difference Between ll  2005  oil and wax on canvas 97.44" x 96.73"

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Judith Simonian

Judith Simonian  Extreme Ikebana  2013 acrylic on canvas 64" x 84"

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Thomas Raat

Thomas Raat  The Background of Modern Poetry  2013  oil and ink on mdf  73.6" x 32.3"

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

June Leaf

June Leaf b. 1029   Skull on Table  2006 acrylic on canvas  32" x 40"

June Leaf is a painter from Chicago. Her expressive narrative paintings have always been of interest to me. She was part of the group that included Seymour Rosofsky, Irving Petlin, Ellen Laynon and others that used curious associations of figures, landscape and interiors to convey erie and strange connections to the human experience. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Serge Charchoune

Serge Charchoune (1888-1975)  Small Black Holes  1927  oil on canvas  12.2" x 16.5"

Born in Russia, Charchoune wanted to be a painter. He was rejected by the Academy in Moscow because he could not draw the figure from nature. Undaunted, he immigrated to western Europe to study with the contemporaries of modern art of the time. His demeanor was such that he could not adhere to the dogma of any movement. So, he became a maverick and worked in many styles that suited his penchant for Russian symbolism and abstraction. Not really a cubist, he co-opted the style to suite his idiosyncratic approach to painting. 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Lisa Sanditz

Lisa Sanditz  Pizza Farms  2013  acrylic on canvas  46" x 64"

Lisa Sanditz new paintings will be on view on the new online gallery that Torrance Art Museum is setting up. I am the first artist/curator to curate an online exhibition so it will be interesting to see the response to this new venue. Many artists that appear on this blog will be included as well. I will keep you posted as to the exact date of the opening. Most likely the first week in November. The painters in the exhibition have been so generous and accommodating. I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to work with them.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Peter Acheson

 Peter Acheson  Seed Child  oil on wood  1983  10" x 4"

Acheson is a painter living in up state New York. He has been and continues to be an influential artist for the Williamsburg art community in Brooklyn. His current exhibition of paintings at Novella Gallery is documented on Anne Russinof's blog: 
His work has the enviable quality of feeling, where the viewer experiences the emotions of the artists efforts with paint. His intensity is palpable.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Christopher Robner

Christopher Robner  Peng (bang)  2012 acrylic and oil on canvas  31.5" x 39"

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Heather Gwen Martin

Heather Gwen Martin  Dark Light  oil on linen 2013

This is the last week to see Heather Gwen Martins exhibition at Luis De Jesus in Culver City.
Martin is also to be included in the upcoming online exhibition I am curating for the Torrance Art Museum in November. More on that later.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Chris Martin

Chris Martin  Untitled  2013  acrylic, holographic glitter on canvas  64" x  59"

Chris Martin is showing new paintings at Kordansky in Culver City. The exhibition is an opportunity for many Los Angeles viewers to experience this New York artist's work for the first time. Martin has been and continues to be a seminal figure in the Brooklyn art community. He has gained an almost shaman like stature with younger painters there. 

These new works explore performative, mystical and cultural elements as Martin develops his vernacular with contemporary paintings past and it's future. Southern California artists should not miss the opportunity to experience these works by an important painter.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Zak Prekop

Zak Prekop  Two Grids With Red and Black  2013  oil on canvas  14" x12"

Shown by appointment only at the Lincoln Park space, Zak Prekop and Peter Mandradjieff new paintings. Arguably the best gallery in Chicago.

Katherine Alexander

Katherine Alexander  Late Afternoon, Dunvegan Head, Isle of Skye  1997 acrylic on wood  21" x 16"

Katherine Alexander is a fine painter as well as an old friend of mine. She is in a 3 person exhibition at Eugene Binder Gallery in Marfa, Texas. The exhibition opens Saturday, October 12.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Charlene Von Heyl

Charlene Von Heyl  Pancalist  2012  acrylic on canvas  82" x 78"

By most accounts, Charlene Von Heyl's exhibition of recent paintings at Petzel in NYC is a knock out. She continues her investigation of painting's history and her take on reinventing it.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson  Nike  2013  oil on canvas  75" x 60"