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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

Single Work Appreciation Day: "Les Migrants," Michel Suret-Canale

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2016 | 11:14 AM

"Les Migrants", oil on canvas, 30 cm x 30 cm, june 2016

This is a new painting by French artist Michel Suret-Canale. It is called "Les Migrants," or "The Migrants," and I think that it is a great painting. It derives its subject...

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Growers and Makers

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 12:20 AM

I've just gone to see two solo shows by two artists I've been following for several years: Melanie Vote's Images of Overgrowth at Hionas Gallery, and Nicolas Holiber's Stolen Idols at Gitler &_____. Both shows veer farther into conceptual territory than my expertise can reliably support, so I apologize in...

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(2) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 12:54 AM

When I was starting out as an artist, I desperately wanted to get into shows. And I just couldn't. I didn't know anybody, and nobody would show my work. I wasn't very good at the time, and I had no idea how the so-called art world functioned. All I knew...

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The Fertile Battlefield

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 1:38 AM

Here I find myself in an unusual situation -- three shows I'd like to go see, but haven't seen yet. If you're in New York, I'd like you to know they're out there to be seen, so I'm posting slideshows of work from each of them here. In the "what...

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Spring Studio Is Dead, Long Live Spring Studio

(7) Comments | Posted January 1, 2016 | 12:08 AM

2016-01-01-1451627743-5200932-graphic1.jpg the entrance to Spring Studio, 64 Spring St.

Some years ago, I lived in one of those artsy little towns which freckle the South. There was a main road in this town, and off to one side of it, a fenced-off bare lot....

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Dawn of the Post-Contemporary: Notes

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2015 | 12:04 AM

These are the notes which accompany the article found here:

The article text was too long for the Huffington Post blogging platform to accommodate the notes as well, so I have posted them here.





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Dawn of the Post-Contemporary

(5) Comments | Posted December 19, 2015 | 11:50 PM

In September, I experienced a landmark in my life as an artist: the opening of a room in a museum in which a painting of mine is permanently installed. The painting is Day, my first painting of Leah, a muse and friend I have worked with almost every week since...

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23 Artworks

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2015 | 8:31 PM

NOTICE: This blog post includes images of nudity in painting and drawing.


What we have here are 23 pieces of art, with my notes on each. These works are by 23 of 50 artists -- representing 23 of 100 artworks -- included in issue...

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Love of Sight: People, Places, Things

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 1:28 AM

One of the things visual art offers is so fundamental, and so obvious, that it is often overlooked in discussion of the topic: it teaches us love of sight. A determined painter may spend years on twin studies - externally, the study of how some subject looks - and internally,...

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The Independent Dream: Andrew Sendor at the Broad Art Museum MSU

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 12:31 AM

Uncanny thoughts seem to tread their own geography, so that you cross paths with them again and again over time. Here's one uncanny thought I have encountered repeatedly in my life: the proposal that time continues in dreams, whether or not you are currently dreaming them. So that if you...

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Rivers in the Sea: Tom Phillips at Flowers Gallery

(2) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 2:36 PM

Do you remember Jorge Luis Borges's story Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote? In this one, from 1939, Borges postulates a man who spends much of his life precisely reconstructing, from vague memories of a youthful reading, extensive fragments of Don Quixote. This is about the speed that I tend...

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Google Eye Google Mind

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 2:39 PM

I experienced a sinking feeling, a mix of fear, futility and recognition, when I first saw the images generated by Google's artificial neural net, now dubbed Deep Dream.


Since the release of both downloadable Deep Dream code, and apps for online image-processing if...

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Reclaiming the Wasteland: Jazz-minh Moore's 'Middle of Nowhere'

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 1:01 AM

I have written about Jazz-minh Moore's paintings before, and I'd like to add a little more here. Her second solo show at Claire Oliver Gallery is up until the end of July. She is still developing the broad themes she has been working on in the three or...

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Single Work Appreciation Day: 'Huntsman and Herdsman,' Katherine Stone

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 7:05 AM

I'd like to tell you what I see - how much I see - in Canadian-American painter Katherine Stone's Huntsman and Herdsman:

2015-06-29-1435540568-9724145-graphic1.jpg Katherine Stone, Huntsman and Herdsman, oil on panel, 17"x11", 2014

Before I can do that, though, let's address a problem I...

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Dispatch From the Figurative Arts

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 11:00 PM

Note: This post contains artistic depictions of nudity.

If you take all of the art being made today as a vast city, then it is a short jump to imagining the different sorts of art as neighborhoods, each neighborhood characterized by a shared culture and habits. I myself like to...

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Single Work Appreciation Day: 'Nautical Twilight,' Carolyn Marks Blackwood

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2015 | 9:02 PM

Here is a photograph by Carolyn Marks Blackwood which I found moving and powerful.

Nautical Twilight, Carolyn Marks Blackwood, photograph, 40"x40", 2012

So I'd like to explain to you some of what I saw.

Blackwood joins in here with the rich history of...

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Jenny Morgan: Growth and Renewal

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 5:16 PM

Note: This post contains artistic depictions of nudity.

I've been holding off writing about Jenny Morgan's work because I've had trouble figuring out how to look at it. It is very beautiful, but of a kind of formal beauty which tends to push me out of a painting. This is...

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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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