Finding Esphyr Slobdokina

Contributed by Peter Plagens / When the annual The Armory Show art fair—which takes place on the piers on the Hudson River in New York—rolled around in 2008, the recession was in full swing. Dealers were scared, and bargains (on an art-collector scale of things, of course) were there for the asking. I’ve always gone … read more… “Finding Esphyr Slobdokina”

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Remote: Teaching art online

Contributed by Peter Plagens / Serious studio art classes cannot be taught online. Oh, they can be “taught”—if the professors and students accept, in a parallel to what my father used to say about cheap frozen pizza, a “cheese-like substance” in place of real cheese. That is, if everybody settles for an antiseptic virtual classroom … read more… “Remote: Teaching art online”

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Kandinsky’s influence

Heidi Pollard, “Honey,” 2005, oil on canvas, 48 x 48″ Mark Mullin, “Falling When Plotting,” 2009, oil and marker, 78 x 66″ Peter Plagens, “Untitled,” 2007, mixed media on canvas, 96 x 144″ Pioneer of abstract art and eminent aesthetic theorist, Vasily Kandinsky (b. 1866, Moscow; d. 1944, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France) broke new ground in painting … read more… “Kandinsky’s influence”


Plagens novel: It’s just fiction

Peter Plagens, painter and longtime art critic for Newsweek magazine, has written The Art Critic, a novel which will be published on artnet. According to Regina Hackett, it’s being published in serial form, one chapter a week for 24 weeks. If you see yourself in any of the characters, remember that, as my husband’s bestselling … read more… “Plagens novel: It’s just fiction”

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Laurie Fendrich: jetlagged visiting artist

For the next few days, Laurie Fendrich and husband Peter Plagens are the visiting artists at Painting’s Edge art colony in Idyllwild, California. They are among the 17 artists and critics scheduled to give lectures and critiques during the two week residency, which, unlike others, is exclusively for painters. Fendrich writes about the experience on … read more… “Laurie Fendrich: jetlagged visiting artist”

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Homework assignment: Art Blogger Survey

At Grammar.police, Kriston Capps invited art bloggers to answer the questions Peter Plagens formulated for his Art in America roundtable discussion about art blogs: “Of course the great advantage to the blogosphere over print media is its boundlessness,” Kriston writes. “After reading the Art in America roundtable on art blogs by Peter Plagens, my one … read more… “Homework assignment: Art Blogger Survey”