Sunday, September 27, 2009

John H. Carlsen

John H. Carlsen (1875-1927)

(above is the memorial page
made for him in the P&C yearbook
of 1927)

9" X 18"

The above was recently
sent to this list
in hopes of some guess at its value.
Anyone have any idea?

"Roughneck" Carlsen was Chair of the P&C exhibition committee in 1915,

and was included in the Chicago artists show of the same year.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Stephan Giannini in Grand Rapids

Here's Stephan
hard at work
on a tribute
to local actress
Lorna Gray, Adrian Booth, and Virginia Pound (b. 1917)
(every studio gave her a new name)

in her most famous role

More details can be found on Stephan's blog.

The installation is not permanent, but is his entry in the Grand Rapids' Art Contest

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Exhibit: James F. Hajicek and Lawrence Paulsen

Lawrence Paulsen


Jim Hajicek

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Exhibit: Kishio Takeda

Kishio Takeda is marching to a different drummer.

Attending the American Academy back in his twenties,
he put his art career on hold
until he retired from business,
and then went right back to school
to pick up where he had left off.

And his touristy, picture post-card vision
is marginal to even the marginal
artworld of contemporary realism.

But there's something so personal about it,
it feels like it really is the world
he shares with his Japanese-American family.

These paintings are not made for tourists,
but they have been made by a tourist.

With a lot of care.

This exhibit
coincides with two great exhibits
of Japanese art at the Art Institute:

Beyond Golden Clouds
(5 centuries of Japanese screens)
and the prints of Ito Shinsui,
the greateest Ukiyo-e artist of the 20th. C.

So, he's in good company this month
in Chicago.

These are probably the two things he holds most dear.

(and who hasn't seen Florence
stretched out below
from that nearby hilltop?)

American Regionalism
of the 30's and 40's
is having something of a revival these days.

And Kishio fits right in.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Labor Day Drawing Marathon : 2009

That's Rich Morrow behind the grill,
and Susan Clinard's
bronze bust of Jane Ellen Murray
staring at the pickles.

Don Colley

(portrait of Norm)


(portrait of Lenin)

George Clark

Mort Luby

Henry Maron

Chris Miller