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Bruce Helander
Bruce Helander is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Art Economist. He has a master’s degree in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he later became Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. He is a former White House Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and has been awarded several grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts. As an artist, his work is in over fifty museum collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A work of his was included in the recent Sotheby’s auction of the estate of actor Dennis Hopper. He has been a contributor to numerous magazines, including Art and Living, ARTnews and The New Yorker. His latest book, Learning to See—An Artist’s View On Contemporary Artists From Artschwager to Zakanitch, was an Indie Awards Finalist. He recently was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, the state’s most prestigious arts and culture honor. Helander is now focusing on a retrospective of his collages and paintings for the Coral Springs Museum of Art, scheduled for 2017, and his collages are included in a five-year traveling museum show of works from the celebrated Blake Byrne collection in Los Angeles.

Entries by Bruce Helander

Iconic Surfaces

(3) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 4:39 PM

Luminor 4-13, 2014, 88 x 78 in.

The backstory leading up to the jaw-droppingly beautiful exhibition of new paintings by Stanley Casselman at Brintz Galleries in Palm Beach presents fascinating and engaging clues from the evolutionary road that the artist has traveled...

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On the Chisolm Trail

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 4:18 PM

Chisolm, Paint Blot Series: Moving Out to In, 2013, Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 in.

The artist known as Chisolm recently exhibited a series of delightful works at DTR Modern Galleries on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach that were a courageously...

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Miami Spice

(1) Comments | Posted November 27, 2014 | 4:19 PM

Cecilia Paredes, Corinthians Blue, 2014, acid free photographic print, 51 ¼ x 51 ¼ in. (130.18 x 130.18 cm), ed: 1/7. Courtesy Diana Lowenstein Gallery.

As the infamous "Black Friday" shopping extravaganza approaches at the end of November right after Thanksgiving Day, most Americans...

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Flying Colors

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 12:35 PM

Ron Burkhardt Notism LetterScapes: DUBAI, 2014, Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 in.

Ron Burkhardt's curiously handsome and codified new geometric-inspired works create a zigzag jigsaw puzzle of communicative compositions that keep the viewer guessing until the final piece falls into place....

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Just Desserts in the Valley of the Green Giants

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 1:00 PM

Wayne Thiebaud, Cherry Cake, 2013, oil on canvas, 11 x 14 in. (Image courtesy of Paul Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, Photo credit John White/Phocasso. © Wayne Thiebaud/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY)

Cherry Cake, Wayne Thiebaud's sweet little painterly...

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Hunt Slonem's 'Bunnies' -- Another Slant on 'Hip-Hop' Culture

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2014 | 8:40 PM

Hunt Slonem is arguably one of the most fascinating artists of our time. His celebrated career continues to perpetually move forward in leaps and bounds, with a remarkable schedule of museum and gallery exhibitions around the world attesting to the admiration and curatorial support his art has elicited. I use...

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The Artist and the Astronaut by Bruce Helander

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2014 | 11:20 PM

Chicago artist Marla Friedman's recent portrait sculpture of the legendary Apollo 13 astronaut Captain James A. Lovell, Jr. follows the historic and time-honored realist tradition. She has had the unique honor to work with the American icon and space pioneer on a number of portraits, both in painting and sculpture,...

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Masterworks by Working Masters

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 12:18 PM

One of the ongoing advantages of having a studio just a stone's throw away from the bustling Palm Beach County Convention Center is that no matter what other projects are in the works, it is simply impossible to come up with an excuse to miss any of the great line-up...

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Making and Breaking Waves

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 4:47 PM

I first arrived in Palm Beach in 1982 to open a contemporary art gallery on Worth Avenue, one of the most famous retail streets in the world, which I operated for 14 years. During my tenure in this exclusive town, I acquired a small vintage cottage a few steps from...

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To Jane, Love Andy: Warhol's First Superstar

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 9:15 AM


The town of Palm Beach is located on a tiny sliver of sand about four blocks wide and 16 miles long. When Henry Flagler, a founder of Standard Oil, first saw this island of palms, the trees originally sprouted from 20,000 coconuts sprung from the cargo hold...

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Flashes of Light From the Annual Gala Event at the Norton Museum of Art

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 9:53 PM

Leave it to a first-rate museum with a great permanent collection to host an annual gala for a local super affluent seasonal community, enticing these art aficionados into wearing their full evening regalia and making the opening night of a remarkable exhibition titled To Jane, Love Andy: Warhol's First Superstar...

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LA Art Show-Stoppers

(2) Comments | Posted January 19, 2014 | 2:47 AM

Approaching the mighty Los Angeles Convention Center in the heart of the downtown business district can be a humbling experience, particularly from a pedestrian's perspective, looking up at this massive but handsomely designed façade holding its own with the soaring 54-story Ritz-Carlton hotel next door and the Staples Center sports...

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The Conscience of the King

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2013 | 9:51 AM

Tony Scherman is a painter's painter, because other painters who paint with a seriousness of purpose immediately recognize in his distinctive work a high command of skill, idiosyncratic maturity, captivating inventiveness, and an obvious love of picture-making, particularly portraiture. Thriving artists employ a hard-earned knack to recognize strength and nobility...

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Wool Worth Building

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 8:22 PM

Entering the mighty Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue can be a spiritual experience for many of us, particularly when one is eagerly anticipating a riveting survey exhibition by Christopher Wool, an artist whose time has come. From Frank Lloyd Wright's archetypal skylights embedded seven stories above in Manhattan's most iconic...

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Bruce Helander on the ImageBlog

(3) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 5:45 PM

Garden Discovery, 2012, Original paper collage on museum board, 22 ¾ x 13 in.
--Originally from a McCall’s magazine cover (July 1920); the background voyeur discovers a garden of surreal flowers in an unbalanced repeat pattern constructed from a lady’s hat, arms and neck. Altered flower shapes evoke...

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Poster Boy

(4) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 7:59 PM

As those of you know from reading my observations on creativity, I have certainly penned plenty of film and book reviews, which often supplement my standard fare of art essays about talented artists that I admire. After spending nearly fifteen years at Rhode Island School of Design, first as an...

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Your Show of Shows

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 5:22 PM

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the sizzling streets of Chelsea, not expecting to discover something particularly notable in the typical "summer show" venues but nevertheless making the rounds, out pops a truly unique and memorable exhibition that is shaking things up. "Birth of a...

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Bruce Helander on the ImageBlog

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 10:35 AM

A Woman of Note, 2012, Original paper collage on museum board, 16 ½ x 24 ¾ in.
--From a Ladies’ Home Journal cover (February 1918), which was color-copied several times to repeat the snowflakes on the woman’s hat; she holds a letter from her sweetheart, a soldier serving...

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Twist and Shoot

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2013 | 10:17 AM

They say "you can't judge a book by its cover," but the image of a pillow fighting Paul McCartney on the cover of famed photographer Harry Benson's new book, The Beatles: On the Road 1964-1966, pretty much captures and releases an indelible clue to the remarkable photographs presented within its...

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Bruce Helander on the ImageBlog

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2013 | 8:02 AM

Camera Obscura, 2012, Original paper collage on museum board, 11 x 8 ½ in.

From a 1920s illustration of a cameraman ‘obscured’ by precision scissor cuts as an Abstract Expressionist gesture with a focus.

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