Saturday, December 02, 2006

Albers / Moholy Nagy @ The Whitney Museum: *****

These works alone are worth the trek to the 'uptown bunker for difficult art'!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Painting - Timeline Index

Painting - Timeline IndexI've posted this once before but the point is that there are more and more excellent online resources for the student of art history. Are there any art history students still out there?

Van Gogh and Expressionism from Art Daily.Com

Vincent van Gogh, The Yellow House (The Street), 1888. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Stichting).
Wassily Kandinsky, Murnau Street with Women, 1908. Private collection, Courtesy Neue Galerie New York.
In keeping with the recent trend for exhibits that link an artist and a related movement or area of art historical relevance (“Picasso and American Art @The Whitney”, Soutine and Modern Art @ Cheim & Reid last spring), along comes another winner: Van Gogh and Expressionism scheduled to come to the Neue Gallery in NYC this spring. I have been amazed at the sort of neon colors and nineteen-sixties flavor acheived by Kandinsky in the first decade of the last century! - The First Art Newspaper on the Net

Frank Gehry IAC Model / Building

From concept to execution, the new Frank Gehry building for Interactive Corp (IAC) on the West side of Manhattan is almost finished.

If you are a Frank Gehry fan, check out the "Frank Gehry Sketches" DVD.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Real 'Turkey Art'

This is the real deal. Good to see that ceramics is alive and well in Turkey.

Bad Turkey Art

I can’t believe it, but there are still teachers making ‘Turkey Art’ out there.
I hate to be negative on this Thanksgiving Day, but please...

"Using a white piece of paper and crayons, trace around one hand of the child. Enclose the space left by the wrist and add legs. Draw wattle, beak, and eyes on the thumb (head). Color the feathers (fingers)"

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

El Greco to Picasso@Guggenheim

Picasso Bullfight Mash up! This image is based one a painting now appearing at the Guggenheim. I have yet to see this show but it promises to be a stunner. El Greco, Velasquez, Zurbaran, Goya, Miro, Dali, Picasso: who could ask for more?

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Jennifer Steinkamp @ Lehman Maupin, Chelsea until 11/25

Looks like an interesting show, thanks to Modern Art Obsession for pointing this out.

The panoramic The Wreck of the Dumaru is a site-specific installation encompassing every wall of the first room of the gallery. The work references her great uncle who became delirious and died at sea during World War I. Steinkamp portrays a forceful sea in hallucinogenic colors rising from the gallery floor. A languid blue acts as a tranquil background while the slow moving, yet dynamic waves rise and fall. Reaching extraordinary heights, the waves are disorienting as they crash and crest around the gallery.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Brian Eno: 77 Million Paintings!

Yes, 77 Million Paintings!! No two alike! Brought to you by Brian Eno, formerly known for his music. I happened to be listening to Steve Reich's Drumming Part 1 while viewing this web page which definitely enhanced the whole experience.

Monday, November 06, 2006

What to See in NYC: Brice Marden @ MoMA

Brice Marden / Pablo Picasso
Interesting comparison, n'est-ce pas? Everything comes from Picasso in NYC right now. The Brice Marden show @MoMA looks to be an eye-opener. The Picasso pictured above is on sale this week @ Sotheby's.
Don't forget the Picasso and American Art @ the Whitney. A must-see.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Frank Gehry's InterActive Corp

NYC's first Gehry Building is nearing completion. Several more (including the much-delayed Nets Stadium in Brooklyn) are in the planning stages.

See more photos of

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Cézanne to Picasso exhibit@the Met

Cézanne to Picasso exhibit@the Met showcases the usual suspects in all their splendor: a great opportunity to see Van Gogh, Gaugin and Cézanne alongside their progeny: The early Matisse, Vlaminck and Picasso. This exhibit serves as a mini-primer of Post-Impressionism (sans Seurat), Fauvism (sans Derain) and even Cubism (sans Braque). For the missing pieces trek to the Met's modern galleries one flight down.

Sean Sculley@ The Met:

"The works in “Sean Scully: Wall of Light” are paintings of imagined walls made of rectangular blocks. Inspired by the light Scully saw on the stones of Mexican pyramids, the series is an exercise in repetition and variation. But it is also a push backward and forward at the same time.

Scully, 60, was born in Ireland, raised in England and began his career as a figurative painter. But he became interested in the work of Mark Rothko and moved to the United States, where he is now a citizen. Inspired by Rothko’s spiritual abstractions, Scully became an abstract painter who clearly acknowledges his debt to those who came before him."

Read More:

-from an earlier exhibit of Sean Scully paintings:

NY Times Review of Sean Scully at The Met

Monday, October 09, 2006

Dylan@The Morgan Library

O. K. So I went to the Morgan Library, ostensibly to see the Bob Dylan show (somewhat of a bore, to tell the truth) but I was most impressed by the new addition designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano.
The space was bright and modern but not cold and austere like the new MoMA. The warmth was due in large effect to the use of an indoor tree, ample sky lights and light-colored wide planked wood flooring throughout.

Jeweled bookcover of the Lindau Gospels
The enameling technique know as 'champleve' in this exquisitely be-jewelled binding was impressive in the new gallery which is essentially a jewel box within the larger space.

"Basse Taille: French for “low cut.” A technique in which a pattern is created in the metal backing before enameling.

Champleve: French for “raised field” or “raised plain.” A technique in which enamel is inlaid into depressions in the metal, leaving metal exposed. The depressions are typically made by an etching process, although other methods exist. First done in the 3rd century AD by the Celts decorating their shields, this technique has been one of the favorite forms of enameling."

Art of Fine Enameling

Cimabue@ The Frick

Looks like another stunning exhibit at The Frick.
Mirror images of two extremely rare paintings by the early Italian master, Cimabue. Shown here to emphasis the formal clarity and compositional elegance to best effect.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Romare Bearden@Michael Rosenfeld

Mr. Blues Leaves a Calling Card, 1981

Always a treat for the eyes, this latest Romare Bearden exhibit looks very promising: I plan to visit the gallery in the near future. Bearden took collage to a new level and his incluson in the "Picasso and American Art" exhibit @The Whitney would have been instructive.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Klimt Review: Well Said

"The difference between seeing the art vs. looking at a reproduction is so vast, that personally, I always find it worth it because I learn so much, and the experience provokes so much thought..."

- Sky Pape from the Artists Unite Issue blog.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Picasso@Whitney / Klimt @ Neue Gallery

Hurry, Last Chance: I finally went to see the Klimt show at the Neue Gallery before it closes on October 9th. While the painting of Adele Bloch is indeed very fine, and fetched the highest price ever paid for a painting ($135 million clams!), I can think of many paintings by Picasso alone that are more important, arresting and valuable (mot to mention Matisse).

Michael Kimmelman Agrees: Johns is a Bore!

"Picasso-inspired works by Jasper Johns, that most hermetic and constipated of American masters. ... Johns doesn’t so much enthrone Picasso as repeatedly entomb him."

Michael Kimmelman in today's NY Times
As we reported a few days ago, Johns comes off looking tiresome and forced in this pairing of Picasso and a host of American artists. I still think this is a must-see show, with a great many worthy De kooning, Pollock, Gorky and yes, Max Weber paintings sharing the space with Pablo.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Wowie-Zowie! Picasso and American Art @ the Whitney Museum

Wowie-Zowie! Blam! Get to the Whitney and see this fabulously conceived and wonderfully surprising exhibit. Picasso is paired with a slew of state-side modernistas in ways that show some to their advantage and cause some to wilt in the glaring light of the greater genuis that was Pablo Picasso in all his many guises.
Pollock, de Kooning and Max Weber (see his Chinese Restaurant) show outstanding tenacity in the face of overwhelming odds; Jasper Johns comes out looking pallid, thin and rather dry. Some of the Roy Lichtenstein paintings hold up better than others (his output was uneven).
I went to the 'members only' preview today and was knocked out by the stunning examples by Pollock and De Kooning (the De Kooning Queen of Hearts painting would have looked great here alongside a painting of the same title by John Graham, though).
One small Picasso painting of a bullfight stands out for the outragously fluid paint handling which made it look quite at home among Pollock's signature drippings.
This is a must-see exhibit and may turn out to be the highlight of the Fall season.

Related links:
De Kooning paintings from the Columbia University Art History Database (scroll dopwn to see Pink Angel from 1945)

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Point Line Space: Examples

Here is a page of some of my favorite artists and some very abstract and geometric compositions. The image by Josef Albers above serves as a reminder af an upcoming exhibition at the Whitney Museum.

Don't forget the Picasso and American Artexhibit opening this week at "the uptown bunker for difficult art" : the Whitney Museum.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Gmail Space

This allows you to use your Gmail Space (2GB) for file storage! Very cool.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Sunday, August 27, 2006


Here is an interesting Photographer/Educator worth chdecking out.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

No fat clips!!!

No fat clips!!!Here a fellow blogger has linked to "Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase" and many other titles worth checking out.

Monalisa Descending a Staircase - Google Video

Monalisa Descending a Staircase - Google Video
Wow! Wish I made this one. I've been having thoughts of doing something along these lines for quite awhile and BANG! here it is: already done! I love this animated clip.
"Check it out, Wendy... check it out."

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Soutine and Modern Art 2006

Soutine and Modern Art 2006According to MAO< this is a 'once in a lifetime'opportunity to see a lot of Chaim Soutine paintings together.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Great Buildings

Great BuildingsAn overview of Architecture in both words and pictures here.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Gary Panter @ Sandra Gering Gallery

Gary Panter @ Sandra Gering GalleryDefinitely worth seeing, this is a gem of a show!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Dada @ MoMA: a must-see! | Exhibitions | 2006 | Dada I am planning to see this show in the very near fuiure with a review to follow.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

ARTCARDS.CC - New York City Art Openings List

ARTCARDS.CC - New York City Art Openings List

Art & Architecture

Art & ArchitectureGreat reference with the ability to zoom in on images built in to the browser.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

All the Works of Vermeer

I found this image at and I just had to share it.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Heavy Metal: Serra, Smith and de Suvero

Richard Serra@Gagosian Gallery

‘Heavy Metal’ master Richard Serra has done it again. I usually detest most post-David Smith rusted steel sculpture, but this latest show @ Gagosian just whets my appetite for the upcoming show planned for Spring of 2007 at MoMA. See photos of these heavy weight Serra sculptures (thanks to Brent Burket).

Turns out it’s ‘Springtime for Sculpture in Chelsea’ right now. The show of early steel sculpture by Tony Smith@Matthew Marks provides the perfect foil to the rusted surfaces and elemental forces of Serra with precise black geometric constructions. Just when you thought that there was enough strong sculpture here for an entire city in a few small blocks, you stumble upon that other ‘master of the momentous’:

Mark de Suvero@Paula Cooper

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Tony Smith@Matthew Marks

Tony Smith @ Matthew Marks: This is an unexpectedly great exhibit of the earliest large-scale sculptures by Tony Smith, a personal favorite of mine. Minimal but not boring or pretentious, these pieces strike the perfect balance between simplicity and complexity; complete unto themselves yet also complementing one another: this is a must-see show. Catch it before the summer heat drives the real art out of NYC.

Tony Smith @ Matthew Marks Gallery, 522 West 22nd Street through Saturday, June 17, 2006.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Canonical Works of Modern Art

I stumbled upon this treasure trove of canonical works of modern art here, collected for a course at Columbia University.

Springtime for Klee And America

Paul KleeI don't know, spring seems like the perfect time for looking at the paintings of Paul Klee. Plan to visit the Neue Gallery to see the current Klee And America exhibit.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Whitney Biennial First Pass / Calling Marcel

Went to the Whitney ("the uptown bunker for difficult art") to see the Biennial yesterday for a quick run through of the first two floors or so...first impresions: "it's a 70's thang" as much of the art reflected, refracted and re-hashed imagery, attitudes and music from the late-sixties adn early seventies. In itself, this is not a bad thing, I liked the Dylan cover, the Miles Davis painting and several other pieces in the show. I plan to go back again next week to see a little more.

I thoroughly enjoyed Sturtevant's "The Brutal Truth" a sort of 'homage a Duchamp' installation which is essentially a re-creation of an entire suite of works by Marcel lovingly re-created...
Speaking of Marcel...
Calling Marcel : Bringing together artists and opportunities.
Check this out, I certainly will as soon as I get a spare moment.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Nan Golden's Suicidal Sister@ Matthew Marks

If you get a chance, check out Nan Goldin’s recent
multimedia installation @Matthew Marks. Be prepared
though; it’s tough to take. Not your typical
walk-through-the-park-on-a-sunny-day. Nope. Not Nan.
This is a 40-minute tribute to Nan’s older sister
Barbara, who committed suicide after a difficult and
rebellious youth.
Catch it before it closes on April 22nd if you dare...
Matthew Marks Gallery

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Encyclopedia of Educational Technology

Encyclopedia of Educational TechnologyA great resource for all in the field.
Note to self: try to write an article for inclusion here.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Exhibition Detail � “New Paintings and Gouaches” Works � PaceWildenstein

Exhibition Detail � “New Paintings and Gouaches” Works � PaceWildensteinFor my money, this show of recent work by James Siena was one the most interesting and rewarding exhibits of the season. Other highlights included: Calder Maquettes @ Pace/Wildenstein and Neo Rauch's paintings.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Adobe Photoshop tips, tricks, tutorials

Adobe� Photoshop� and ImageReady� tips, tricks, tutorials and graphics.

Creative Cow Media Pros Community

Creative Cow Media Pros Community
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Saturday, March 18, 2006

AECT Prerequisite

AECT Prerequisite
Great tutorials here, including one on using layers in Photoshop.