Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Interview with Eric Fischl

Eric Fischl talks about changes in the art market, his career, and the "second act".

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

15 Street Artists To Watch

     Buzzfeed just published a list of 15 street artists to watch on Instagram.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

First contemporary art gallery in Harlem?

Artnet reports first contemporary art gallery opening in Harlem! Surprised that it's the first, I'm sure if there were others before that this article will generate info about it. Great news for Harlem, though!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Walton Ford at Paul Kasmin - amazing!

     There are a handful of artists whose work I've seen in the flesh that IMHO, are under-appreciated. Don't misunderstand me, they're not unknown by any means. Some have very impressive resum├ęs, are in demand,  have been written about by important folks in important publications, and so on. I mean that their work is so unique, well-crafted, and intriguing that they should be getting more mainstream attention, even just a smidgeon of the Koons, Hirst, Sherman etc publicity train.

     Walton Ford is one such artist. When you see his work, you don't forget it. Large scale paintings of animals, real and mythic, looking like a page from an Audobon book with a funky twist. By big I  mean "epic" proportions, like 10+ feet, but it's not just the size that counts. Ford does them in (wait for it) watercolor!! If you have ever worked in that medium, you know how tricky and unforgiving it can be. The majority of watercolors done are sketch pad size, maybe going up to 18x24ish. Yes, there are some brave souls and talented artists that work larger with watercolor. But you have to see Ford's work in person! It's astounding! When you get close you can see the brush work and the daubs of white highlights but when you step back, all that blends into - well, look at the photos here.

     The big hit and image that got the most press is the striking, "Rhyndacus," clocking in at 119 1/4 x 60 1/4 inches. Yeah. Huge. This one's based on a Roman account (from Aelian's De Natura Animalium) of a 60' snake in Turkey.

The Graf Zeppelin - 41x59
Windsor - 41x60

     Less fearsome and more humorous are "The Graf Zeppelin" and "Windsor." Ford takes a different approach by having text on these pieces written from the point of view of their central characters, a gorilla and a mandrill.

The Tigress - 60x120"

     I usually don't post every image from a show, but in this instance I have (except Gleipnir, I have a detail of the head of the beast as the delicate hand of a young reaches into its formidable maw to touch its tongue. (NOTE: Click on any image to see a larger version!) Sadly the show ends this weekend, but if you are able to get there, I highly recommend it.
Detail from "Gleipner" - 69x119"

     Don't get the impression from the beginning of this post that Mr. Ford is toiling away in anonymity. He has work in the collections of the Smithsonian and the Whitney, a mid-career (he's 54) survey at the Brooklyn Museum that travelled in the US and Europe, and Taschen Books has issued three editions of his coffee table sized monograph, Pancha Tantra. Impressive for sure. Not as much mainstream media attention as a giant shiny balloon rabbit sculpture, but hey, Duck Dynasty gets huge ratings while PBS struggles with fund-raising.

Calvaire - 60x41

Bosse-de-Nage 1898 "HA HA!" - 60x41

 Paul Kasmin Gallery is at 293 Tenth Ave and 27th in NYC,

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sigmar Polke at MoMA

Interesting article from the New Republic about the Sigmar Polke show at MoMA. 
Recommended reading, it goes much deeper than just a show review.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Cynthia Daignault's interesting show concept...

     Here's an interesting concept for a show by artist Cynthia Daignault via Lisa-Cooley Gallery in NY.  31 people brought her an object to trade for a painting of that object. The press release & photo below explain more.


May 1-31, 2014 Closing Reception: Sat., May 31, 7-9pm

6 Decades Books, 265 Canal Street #210
Hours: Fri and Sat, noon-6pm, and by appointment

"Das Tauschregal" is an experiment in participatory economics. Daignault sent an open call asking viewers to trade "objects of value" for paintings. 31 participants were chosen anonymously and each agreed to trade one object for its painted representation. All thirty-one objects will be displayed on a shelf at 6 Decades Books, beginning on the first day of May. Each subsequent day, one painting will replace the object it depicts. At the end of the month, the shelf will hold only paintings, exchanging concrete commodity for abstract representation, as in currency. Installed concurrently with the Frieze Art Fair, Das Tauschregal suggests an alternative art market, exploring the notions of value independent of price (meaning, sentiment, aesthetics, formalism, power, influence and beauty).

Cynthia Daignault was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and currently lives in New York. She attended Stanford University, and was a MacDowell Colony Fellow in 2010. Her work was featured in a solo show at White Columns in 2011. Daignault is a recipient of the 2011 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant. Her first solo show at Lisa Cooley, New York opened in Fall 2013. She has published two limited edition artist books, titled CCTV (2012) and I love you more than one more day (2013), the latter on the occasion of her solo show at the gallery. Daignault will present a new body of work at Frieze New York in May 2014, and she will be included in the group exhibition, Crossing Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Museum in Fall, 2014.

For more information, contact Rachel Valinsky at or (212) 680-0564