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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

Whirlwinds at Art Wynwood: Bernie Taupin's Painted Words

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 9:53 PM

2016-02-09-1454985605-7910239-1.SCRAWLACRYLICNEWSPAPERSTENCILCASINGSONCANVAS48X60.jpg Scrawl, 2014, Acrylic, newspaper and stencil casings on canvas, 48 x 60 in. Image courtesy Waterhouse & Dodd.

The winds of change, imaginary currents of invention and practicality, often find their way by slowly drifting into an urban neighborhood that has the...

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Art Miami Continues to Grow and Flower

(1) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 8:06 PM

Marc Quinn, Sunrise Sunset, 2010, Oil on canvas,169 x 270 cm (66 ½ x 106 in.).
This super-sized photorealist-inspired composition of orchids and contrasting flora has a mesmerizing attraction to viewers, who inspect Quinn's work for clues to its complicated process...

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Trucks (and Bugs) Entering Ahead

(2) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 5:27 PM

Bug of Les Baux 1, oil on canvas, 9 x12 in.

It's not surprising to learn that most mature artists can look back at their birthplace with the realization that specific past childhood influences and geographical elements continue to permanently encourage and...

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Making Waves at Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 9:59 PM

Shepard Fairey, This New Wave..., 2014, silkscreen and mixed media collage on paper, HPM, 36 x 48 in. (91.5 x 122 cm). Edition 10. Courtesy Galerie Ernst Hilger. (Vienna;

Shepard Fairey is an acclaimed American contemporary street artist, graphic designer,...

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Sail Into Art Southampton

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 11:50 AM

If you take a look at an aerial view map of Long Island it won't take you but a moment to figure out why the celebrated seaside resort area affectionately called "The Hamptons " (originally settled in 1640) became so popular. Not only is it teeming with pristine beaches, historic...

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From Walls to Wheels: Driving Art in High Gear

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 6:34 PM

From the primitive chariot to the modern day automobile, the designs have changed over the years from slow and cumbersome to fast and aerodynamic, and everything in between. In all that time, we have never seen this kind of artistic interpretation and this special model of automobile being incorporated together...

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Dutch Treat

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 6:38 PM

Vintage map and transit guide of Manhattan, with original pier location. Circa 1940s.

Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano stumbled onto what was to become the Hudson River in 1524 while circumnavigating a remarkable island owned at the time by the Manhattoes, the...

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Hunter and Gatherer

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 11:35 AM

I'm not sure that anyone really knows exactly when the habit of collecting was initiated, but I suspect that early humankind was at least near the front of the line to claim bragging rights. The first official collector, the inquisitive, black and white feathered magpie, wasn't really a person--but acted...

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Iconic Surfaces

(3) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 5:39 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 | 5:18 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 | 5:19 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 | 1:35 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 | 2:00 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 | 9:40 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 7, 2014 | 12:20 AM

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 | 1:18 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 | 5:47 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 | 10:15 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 | 10:53 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 | 3:47 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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