Ralph Fasanella: Defending the 99%

In his review of “Jubilation/Rumination: Life, Real and Imagined,” the new exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum, Ken Johnson neglected to mention that there are two paintings by Ralph Fasanella (American, 1914-1997), a self-taught artist whose large, detailed depictions of the urban working class critiqued post-World-War II America. An Italian immigrant who grew up … read more… “Ralph Fasanella: Defending the 99%”

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Obamas check out 30 Americans

It was widely reported in the media that the Obamas went to the Corcoran Museum yesterday afternoon to see 30 Americans before it closes on February 12th. A three-decade survey selected from the Rubell Family Collection, the exhibition includes challenging work by prominent African American artists. The Rubells decided to call it “30 Americans.” rather … read more… “Obamas check out 30 Americans”


Flower Power? Jim Isermann at Mary Boone

Through next week, Mary Boone is presenting more than a dozen of Jim Isermann’s pieces from the mid to late 1980s and one work from 1993. Isermann belongs to that influential second generation of LA artists who graduated from CalArts in the late 1970s, but, unlike his contemporaries who were absorbed with postmodernist strategy, Isermann … read more… “Flower Power? Jim Isermann at Mary Boone”

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Adolph Gottlieb lamented the end of the underground –in 1966

Yesterday I went to The Phillips Collection in Dupont Circle where Joseph Marioni is having an elegant solo show of monochromatic paintings through the end of the weekend. The Phillips, which opened in 1921, was founded by Duncan Phillips,  a champion of Modern art and, particularly, American artists, many of whom he knew personally. Adoph … read more… “Adolph Gottlieb lamented the end of the underground –in 1966”


A makeshift studio in Georgetown

Since I’ll be spending more time in DC, and I have to paint for two upcoming shows, I turned the apartment into a makeshift studio. The natural light, ceiling height and wall space in the apartment are excellent, although I can’t work on too many things at once unless I spread out into the rest … read more… “A makeshift studio in Georgetown”


Barry Reigate’s political geometry

While doing some research the other day, I ran across work by British artist Barry Reigate (b. 1971). In London Reigate is primarily known for his lecherous cartoon imagery of disembodied breasts and Disney characters, but geometric forms like cubes, spheres and pinwheels are also embedded in his large-scale paintings. In his October 2011 exhibition … read more… “Barry Reigate’s political geometry”


From the Gardner’s collection: Anders Zorn

Last week the long-anticipated Renzo Piano wing opened at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.  For the first time in its history, the Gardner will have space for both temporary shows organized from the collection and exhibitions of contemporary art. Curator Oliver Tostmann, who I ran into at a gallery reception in DC this … read more… “From the Gardner’s collection: Anders Zorn”

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Quick study: Batman, love advice, internships, and the new videographer in town

“Batman Returns,” Joyce Pensato’s show at Friedrich Petzel, was in Time Out New York’s Top Five and listed as ArtCat’s Top Pick this week. Incorporating color in her new paintings, Pensato presents crazed images of Batman, assemblages of toys, ephemera, stuffed animals, and photographs. Looks good.  • The January issue of Art in America just … read more… “Quick study: Batman, love advice, internships, and the new videographer in town”


Green light: Peter Halley in Portland

On Sunday, “Prison,” Peter Halley’s first exhibition in the Northwest, opens at Disjecta, a non-profit space in Portland. The  site-specific installation is a digitally generated mural of repeated prison icons, covering three walls of Disjecta’s 3000 square foot gallery. As in previous work, the project unites Halley’s interest in visual and architectural systems, but the … read more… “Green light: Peter Halley in Portland”

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