Thursday, July 21, 2016

Exhibit: Vladimir Tartakover

My favorite  paintings from the Vladimir Tartakover retrospective were his portraits of  African Americans.

Perhaps he paints figures better with a darker skin tone.

Perhaps he responds more to their character.

Whatever the reason -- these are strong and dramatic paintings of that subject most  famously handled by Kerry James Marshall

Here's one of the earliest paintings in the show - from 1983

His landscapes have a  gritty, tactile feeling.

Same thing with his cityscapes.  You can feel his struggle to grab and hold everything he can see.

The details are rough - but not clumsy.

Which could also be said of Van Gogh.

Who  also was less interested in pleasing the viewer or a market, than in coming to  grips with the world around him.











Friday, July 08, 2016

Exhibit: Audrey Cramblit's Class

 Audrey Cramblit
I really like this sculpture -- with, or without, the swiss cheese effect.
It has a gentle elegance.

 Cambodian Man
(unfortunately, the label for this piece listed its title, but not the name of the artist)

Andrew Conklin, portrait of John Monaghan
Obviously, this is not a sculpture and Andrew is not Audrey's student. But it was hung on the wall behind the sculpture -- and I liked it.
Apparently Mr. Monaghan had heart surgery.


Debra Balchen

Emily Steffen

Jordan Russell
I hope he continues to show in the Academy's  gallery.

Very inventive.  Not especially naturalistic - but not fantasy sci-fi stuff either.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Exhibit Leonid Osseny

I doubt whether Russian academies are still turning out artists with skill sets like Leonid's.

He combines Classical figure drawing with Cubist painting and Futurist design.

This dreary cityscape is my favorite.

I also like his Expressionist portraits

The Fab Four:   you don't know how lucky you are, boy, back in the US, back in the US, back in the USSR!

Horrible and beautiful at the same time.

That's Expressionism.

A nice presentation of Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself"