In the past few weeks I’ve received a slew of emails with images and press releases for shows that open next week, so I thought I’d post a few images from exhibitions that have caught my eye. First up is Susan Jane Walp, who is having her fifth solo show at Tibor De Nagy this month. Her still life paintings on paper conjure both the extraordinary flower paintings that Manet made on his sickbed in 1882, and Morandi’s remarkable still lifes. If anything can coax contemporary painters to use brushes again, perhaps the sensitivity of Walp’s brushwork might do it.
[Image: Susan Jane Walp, Green Grapes in a Turquoise Teacup III, 2013, oil on gessoed paper, 9 x 8 7/8 inches.]
9 1/8 x 10 1/8 inches.
Born in 1948 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Walp attended Mount Holyoke
College and the Brooklyn College MFA program. She has been a resident artist at Skowhegan, and received fellowships from the National
Endowment for the Arts and the New York Creative Arts Public Service
Program. She has been a Visiting Assistant Professor and Lecturer at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, since 1998.
“The concentration of working from observation can be similar to a
meditation practice,” Walp said in a 2013 interview with Larry Groff. “And perhaps with still life even more so than
working from the figure or landscape, because the distractions are
reduced to a minimum, the objects are still, can’t engage you in
conversation, don’t need to take breaks, aren’t subject to changing
“Susan Jane Walp: Paintings on Paper,” Tibor de Nagy, midtown, New York, NY. September 10 – October 17, 2015
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