Ross Bleckner recruiting artists to fight child enslavement and trafficking

On Tuesday Simone Monasebian, the New York chief of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, announced that Ross Bleckner will be the next goodwill ambassador for United Nations’ agencies. Randy Kennedy reported in the NY Times yesterday that earlier this year Bleckner, who has long been involved in AIDS-related causes, went on an … read more… “Ross Bleckner recruiting artists to fight child enslavement and trafficking”

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Press Release of the Week: Stuart Cumberland at The Approach

“In a detached manner, alone in the studio, Stuart Cumberland begins painting by dropping his trousers and pants to his ankles and howling the names of his forebears. Wielding a brush loaded with juicily coloured dripping paint he doesn’t consider himself to be any different to the suburban so-called sexual deviants who install a wet … read more… “Press Release of the Week: Stuart Cumberland at The Approach”

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Bruce Pollock: Nothing is what it seems

In the Philadelphia Inquirer Edith Newhall reports that Bruce Pollock’s new paintings at Fleisher/Ollman Gallery represent a two-dimensional distillation and multiplication of the sculptures he made in the early 1980s. “They employ some of the same geometry (albeit a miniaturized version) and sublime coloration as the sculptures. But you could also argue just the opposite … read more… “Bruce Pollock: Nothing is what it seems”

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Perle Fine: Another tough broad from the New York School resurfaces

Last year, while I was researching an article about Loren MacIver, I came across work by Perle Fine, a dedicated painter who showed with MacIver in NYC in the 50s. I’m looking forward to seeing the traveling retrospective Susan W. Knowles has organized of Fine’s work, currently at the Hofstra University Museum. Fine is one … read more… “Perle Fine: Another tough broad from the New York School resurfaces”


Darren Waterston: What’s up with the sublime?

In the San Francisco Chronicle Daniel N. Alvarez reports that Darren Waterston’s paintings are sparked by his interest in past artists’ attempts to depict the vast, all-encompassing world of the sublime. “Waterston took more than 18 months to craft the show, a process he says involved exploring the abstracted ideas of the sublime by looking … read more… “Darren Waterston: What’s up with the sublime?”

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The New York School at Bowdoin College

Surveying Lower Manhattan’s disparate art world in the 1950s and early 1960s, “New York Cool,” at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine, features over 80 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints culled from the collection of New York University. While the post-war period witnessed tremendous creative ferment in the New York art scene, … read more… “The New York School at Bowdoin College”

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Matthew Fisher: Civil War troops and high school marching bands

In ArtForum Joseph R. Wolin reports that Matthew Fisher loves a man in a uniform. “His faux-naïf paintings depict soldiers dressed in fanciful costumes and arranged in elaborate tableaux, as if staging narrative allegories. Yet, for all their folk-art charm, their import remains obscure. What might the artist intend, for instance, by the five stiffly … read more… “Matthew Fisher: Civil War troops and high school marching bands”

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Big Love: Artists and Social Networking Technology

“Big Love,” a conversation I’m organizing via the FaceBook Event Invitation feature, is part of the “Status Update” show at Haskins Laboratories in New Haven. Confirmed guests include Matt Held (I’ll Have my Facebook Portrait Painted by Matt Held), Paddy Johnson (Art Fag City), Sharon Kleinman (author of Displacing Place), An Xiao (Thatwaszen), and other … read more… “Big Love: Artists and Social Networking Technology”

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Martin Kippenberger shines at MoMA

I finally saw the remarkable Martin Kippenberger retrospective at MoMA yesterday, which is a must-see for anyone who doubts that the physical act of making objects holds meaning. “The career of the German artist Martin Kippenberger, who died in 1997 at 44, was a brief, bold, foot-to-the-floor episode of driving under the influence. What was … read more… “Martin Kippenberger shines at MoMA”

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Another nude painting of politicians

The painting, by Italian artist Filippo Panseca, features a nude Mr Berlusconi leaning close to an equally unclad Mara Carfagna. Two years ago, the prime minister told the television starlet, and millions of Italians watching on television, that he would marry her like a shot if he wasn’t married already. The comment enraged his wife … read more… “Another nude painting of politicians”

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