Alex Katz’s “delicate craquelure”

In my little attic workroom, progress continues on a series of small paintings I started this past summer in Beacon, NY. While squeezing the ivory black onto my palette this morning, I kept thinking about “Swamp Maple,” a 1968 painting by Alex Katz (image above) that I saw at the National Gallery last week. Everywhere … read more… “Alex Katz’s “delicate craquelure””

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Guston: Laugh out loud?

On Spring Break this week, I’ve been invited down to DC for a day or two where, besides staying in a swanky Jetson-style hotel, I’m looking forward to visiting a few galleries at Logan Circle and stopping by the National Gallery of Art to see the permanent Mel Bochner installation and the Philip Guston show. … read more… “Guston: Laugh out loud?”

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J.M.W. Turner’s poetic visualization of British history

Turner has arrived in New York. In The New Yorker, back in September, when the exhibition was opening at the National Gallery, Simon Schama wrote an engaging article about Turner’s critical reception during his own time. “Poor old Turner: one minute the critics were singing his praises, the next they were berating him for being … read more… “J.M.W. Turner’s poetic visualization of British history”

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March museum openings

At artnet, a roundup of exhibitions opening in March includes Directions — Amy Sillman: Third Person Singular at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today at the Museum of Modern Art; In the Forest of Fontainebleau: Painters and Photographers from Corot to Monet at the National Gallery of Art; … read more… “March museum openings”

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Capps on Turner

“J.M.W. Turner,” National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Oct. 1-Jan. 6, 2008. See images of Turner paintings from the National Gallery’s collection. In the Guardian Unlimited, Kriston Capps reports: “The Turner retrospective compares with another recent show at the National Gallery of Art: that of his less fortunate contemporary, John Constable. Constable plays the straight … read more… “Capps on Turner”

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Hopper show arrives in DC

“Edward Hopper,” National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Through Jan. 21, 2008. Schedule: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, May 6–August 19, 2007; National Gallery of Art, Washington, September 16, 2007–January 21, 2008; The Art Institute of Chicago, February 16–May 11, 2008 Paul Richard reports in the Washington Post: “A Freudian might note that Hopper’s pictures … read more… “Hopper show arrives in DC”

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J.M.W. Turner’s poetic visualization of British history

“J.M.W. Turner,”National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Oct. 1-Jan. 6, 2008. See images of Turner paintings from the National Gallery’s collection. In the upcomng New Yorker, Simon Schama tells Turner’s story. “When the Houses of Parliament caught fire, on the night of October 16, 1834, Turner, along with a throng of fellow-Londoners, rushed to see … read more… “J.M.W. Turner’s poetic visualization of British history”

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