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Daniel Maidman
Daniel Maidman is a painter who applies a classical grounding to a contemporary sensibility. His art has been shown in juried exhibitions in New York, Washington, DC, California, Ohio, Missouri, and Oregon, and was selected by the Saatchi Gallery to be displayed at Gallery Mess in London. His art and writing on art have been featured in ARTnews, American Art Collector, International Artist, Poets/Artists, Manifest, The Artist’s Magazine, the New York Optimist, and the publishing arm of SUNY- Potsdam. He blogs for The Huffington Post and Artist Daily. His writing on Da Vinci is currently taught at DePaul University and Roosevelt University.

His paintings range from the figure and portraiture, to still lives and landscapes, to investigations of machinery, architecture, and microflaura. His images occupy a spectrum from high rendering to almost total abstraction.

His work is included in numerous private collections, among them those of Chicago collector Howard Tullman, best-selling novelist China Miéville, and author Kathleen Rooney. He is represented by Dacia Gallery in Manhattan, Gitana Rosa Gallery in Brooklyn, Hilliard Gallery in Missouri, and Six Summit Gallery in Connecticut. His paintings can be found at His writing on art is collected at He lives and paints in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Entries by Daniel Maidman

Metaphysical Unease as a Result of Biological Disturbance

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 6:15 PM

When I saw "Beautiful Beast," at the New York Academy of Art, I hadn't written anything about art for a while. I've been a bit out of circulation lately -- my schedule has gotten to the point where I must often choose between painting and writing, and painting comes first...

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Step 8: Refine the Design

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 1:19 AM

"I'm a very pragmatic guy," painter David Kassan says, when asked why he invented a new kind of painter's palette. "My palette was hurting my back."

If you have spent any time considering the engineering design process, as codified on the NASA website, you will recognize Kassan's comment as corresponding...

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(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2015 | 4:44 PM

I saw him paint. Steven Assael is a figurative painter, as I am. But he does not paint a thing like how I paint.

Consider the figurative painter. This painter would be moving, in the end, toward having made a picture of a person. How should the painter get there?...

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(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 4:06 PM

Everything I have to say here has been said elsewhere. Perhaps I am oversensitive, or egotistical, but I feel it incumbent upon me, as a visual artist who writes publicly, to voice my thoughts, even if they are not original. There are many thoughts on offer, and I feel honor-bound...

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The Prince and I Sat Down Near the Window

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 8:04 AM

The Find

When I was little and I read stories for young readers, the stories frequently emphasized that their characters were going on an adventure. This seemed very exciting, and I hoped that I too would get to go on an adventure someday. When I got older, I did not...

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Single Work Appreciation Day: '#textme,' Peregrine Honig

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 11:48 AM

The Homunculus of Libido

Down through art history, a special status has attached to the self-portrait. It is the artist's response to the Delphic injunction, "Know thyself." In the self-portrait, the artist is, perhaps romantically, expected to display his or her most profound understanding of psychology, wisdom, hope, and despair.

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Single Work Appreciation Day: 'Aquarius,' Inka Essenhigh

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2014 | 11:38 PM

I've done this kind of thing before, but from now on it's a program: once in a while, I'm going to write about one or two pieces of artwork. It'll be One-or-Two-Pieces-of-Artwork-Appreciation Day. We'll look carefully at the work and reflect on it. We're going to start with Aquarius, a...

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Master Class

(1) Comments | Posted October 18, 2014 | 5:14 PM

Steven Assael said always to consider the interior of things. He drew a parallel between the literal interior volume of a form, and the internal meaning of art. He said this meaning was a precious liquid, and the artwork itself the vessel.

Steven Assael turned his attention from...

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The Psychodelic: Phong Bui Discusses What He Curated and How He Curated It

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 12:09 PM

Narration by Daniel Maidman
Text in quotation marks by Phong Bui

Although I have done a bit of curating myself, I've never given much thought to what curators do. I haven't read any curating analysis or theory, if such things exist. As in the case of painting, I like...

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First Be Awesome At It: Arcadia Contemporary Shows Aron Wiesenfeld

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 11:38 AM

Wiesenfeld as Painter

This is The Return, a painting included in Aron Wiesenfeld's show "Solstice" at Arcadia Contemporary.

2014-09-26-graphic1.jpg Aron Wiesenfeld, The Return, 2014, oil on canvas, 30"x34"

Let's look at how it's painted. Seen at a distance, or on a computer screen, it...

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The Unclenched Jaw: Melanie Daniel's 'Lotus Eaters' at Asya Geisberg Gallery

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 2:02 AM

I first saw Israeli-Canadian painter Melanie Daniel's work in Echo Shield, her 2012 solo show at Asya Geisberg gallery. I had a frustrating experience with it: it was interesting work which I liked and wanted to write about. But I lacked the conceptual framework to describe what I was seeing....

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The Obscure Menace of the Interior

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 3:17 PM

I find language unstable. If I repeat the word "both" enough in my head, or hiss to myself the word "simple" so many times it slides into the word "impulse," the meanings of the words dissolve, and they assume a flat strangeness. I can't pull them back from nonsense.


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American Elegy

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 9:24 PM

Pericles was born in 495 B.C. Aristotle died in 322. People who were born and died between those years include Praxiteles, Euripides, Herodotus, Thucydides, Socrates, and Plato. The Parthenon and the Long Walls were built. The Persian and Peloponnesian Wars were pursued and completed. Many of the core concepts and...

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The Bard of the Upper Reaches

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 4:56 PM

My favorite course in college was one of the obvious and simple ones: Shakespeare. We read maybe 20 of the plays and talked about them. Our professor was an eccentric old Greek, Pete Phialas, who had been dragged out of retirement by a student of his. This student became a...

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In Which I Curate "Poets/Artists," an Art Magazine

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 2:47 PM

I'm going to shamelessly abuse my posting privileges here to tell you about a project of mine I'm very proud of. I've spent the past few months curating an issue of the magazine Poets/Artists, and it's finally up and viewable here. The graphic at the link clicks through...

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Dear Jerry: Notes on Life Drawing

(15) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 2:58 PM

The Gift-Challenge

"Life drawing" is an accepted term for making drawings from direct observation of (often nude) models. In any major American city, you can find uninstructed, open-to-the-public life drawing workshops without too much effort. You show up with your pencil and your sketchbook, you pay your fifteen dollars, and...

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Lennart Anderson: The Road to Arcadia

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 1:57 PM

I recently had the pleasure of visiting with the painter Lennart Anderson. He is not, I gather, widely known, but he commands the awe and respect due a legend among those who do know him, and this narrow group is, itself, a fairly august crew of art enthusiasts.

Anderson's work...

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The Spooky Occluded: Julia Haw's "The Western Veil"

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 6:33 PM

One of the most disturbing images in the Harry Potter books is also one of its least violent. It appears in volume five, when Harry and company are exploring the Department of Mysteries.

...there was a raised stone dais in the center of the lowered floor, and upon this dais...
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As Light Is Said to Do

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 10:36 AM

A light has gone away. The painter Melissa Carroll died March 31, 2014. She had Ewing's sarcoma, a vicious cancer that jumped to new parts of her body even as her doctors got its existing sites under control. Melissa was 31.

I wrote about her show "Recurrence" at...

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My Own Private Tron: Jean-Pierre Roy at Gallery Poulsen

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 4:24 PM

Jean-Pierre Roy is engaged as a painter in an ongoing project which appeals to me very much; and not only in my capacity as a painter, but also as a metaphysically-inclined science and science fiction geek, and as a child of the '80s. Here, take a gander at one of...

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