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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 www.danielmaidman.com. His writing on art is collected at www.danielmaidman.blogspot.com. He lives and paints in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Entries by Daniel Maidman

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.

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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.

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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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Demiurge

(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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Guardians

(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.

And...

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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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