Albert Contreras’s brush with the reductive

Albert Contreras, “Untitled.” In the LA Times David Pagel reports that 76-year-old Santa Monica painter Albert Contreras has cobbled together an unusual two-part career — interrupted by years as a city truck driver — that has just come full circle. “In the 1960s, Contreras made a name for himself as a painter. After graduating from … read more… “Albert Contreras’s brush with the reductive”

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John Updike’s visit to the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit

In the June 23, 1956, issue of The New Yorker (available to subscribers), John Updike pens a droll report on the 49th Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit. “We put on our tennis shoes, removed our tie, rumpled our hair, and went down to look at it the other day, which was sunny. We approached by … read more… “John Updike’s visit to the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit”

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Michael Mazur dead at 73 of heart failure

Michael Mazur, “Rain I,” 2008, oil on canvas, 42″ x 48″ Michael Mazur, a relentlessly inventive printmaker, painter and sculptor whose work encompassed social documentation, narrative and landscape while moving back and forth between figuration and abstraction, died on Aug. 18 in Cambridge, Mass. He was 73 and lived in Cambridge and Provincetown, Mass. According … read more… “Michael Mazur dead at 73 of heart failure”


Studio visit with Daniel Albrigo

Daniel Albrigo, “Untitled,” 2009. Daniel Albrigo, “Untitled,” 2008. At Fecal Face Julian Duron reports that hanging out with Daniel Albrigo, a self-taught still-life painter, is “definitely the opposite experience to surfing this crazy ‘ol Internet. Whether in the painting studio or at the ‘office’ inside the revered NYC tattoo shop, Adorned, his workspace is laced … read more… “Studio visit with Daniel Albrigo”

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Dorothy Iannone’s career: “A long time coming”

Dorothy Iannone, “Let me squeeze your fat cunt,” 1970-71, acrylic and collage on canvas, 74.8″ x 59.1″ In Time Out, Howard Halle reports that the freshly resurrected career of Dorothy Iannone, born in 1933 in Boston and currently living and working in Berlin, is a good example of an older, underappreciated artist who benefited from … read more… “Dorothy Iannone’s career: “A long time coming””

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A short fall preview

In addition to the historically lowbrow but intriguing Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit on Labor Day weekend (look for my article about the show in the next issue of The Rail), here are a few exhibitions I’m looking forward to this fall. Thomas Hart Benton “The Artists’ Show, Washington Square, New York,” 1946 Oil and … read more… “A short fall preview”

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Rob Zombie on painting: “I just do it to do it.”

“Drawing and painting are always one of my first loves — that’s what I have always done,” Halloween II (release date August 28) director Rob Zombie, a onetime painting student at Parsons School of Design, says. “That’s always been the thing that’s fallen away. Now it’s something I’ve gotten back into. And I love it….Movies, … read more… “Rob Zombie on painting: “I just do it to do it.””

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For readers and writers

e-flux reading room in Berlin I just got an email announcing that e-flux has opened a reading room at 41 Essex Street in New York. The reading room contains a rapidly growing collection of several thousand books, donated by numerous art institutions and individuals from all parts of the world, on contemporary art exhibitions open … read more… “For readers and writers”


“The possibility of radical transformation in the guise of carefree recreation”

In Cabinet, Jordan Bear and Albert Narath earnestly try to wring some meaning from photo caricature cut-outs. “For more than a century, any promenade down a seaside boardwalk has required a stop at an apparently nameless apparatus: a painted wooden façade featuring a colorful character in an outlandish situation with a hole where its head … read more… ““The possibility of radical transformation in the guise of carefree recreation””

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Michael Jackson’s favorite painter: David Nordahl

David Nordahl, “Geronimo Waiting For the Dawn,” 2007. 36″ x 46″ oil on canvas. According to Artnet, this painting sold for $46,000 at the 2009 Coeur D’Alene Art Auction. In February 1988 Michael Jackson called Santa Fe artist David Nordahl to inquire about painting lessons. Apparently, while visiting Steven Spielberg, Jackson had seen Nordahl’s painting … read more… “Michael Jackson’s favorite painter: David Nordahl”