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John Seed
John Seed is a professor of art and art history at Mt. San Jacinto College in Southern California. Seed has written about art and artists for Arts of Asia, Art Ltd., Catamaran, Harvard Magazine, International Artist, Hyperallergic and Poets and Artists. His interests and specialties include Bay Area Figurative art, contemporary figurative art and Hawaiian, Philippine and Southeast Asian art of the 19th and 20th centuries.


Entries by John Seed

Marina Moevs: Between Catastrophe and Serenity

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2016 | 1:42 PM

 Artist Marina Moevs, whose work is now on view along with portraits by Jon Swihart in a dual show curated by Ruth Weisberg at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, has been thinking hard about humankind’s impact on the natural environment. Counter-balancing her fears...

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Nan Liu: An Artist's Cross-Cultural Journey

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2016 | 11:45 PM

Nan Liu, a classically trained artist who received his rigorous education in China, is delighted by the landscape and people of Florida. In contrast to the place where he grew up and was educated—in a heavily populated and smoggy region of Northern China—Nan Liu sees the “Sunshine State” as...

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When Kanye West And Vincent Desiderio Meet: Some Thoughts On The Recycling And Repurposing Of Images

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 11:45 AM

I think of painter Vincent Desiderio as a living master and one hell of a hard worker. His epic 24-foot-wide canvas, Sleep, which depicts a dozen fitfully sleeping nudes in rumpled sheets, is a haunting, hard-won painting that reflects the many insomniac months that Desiderio spent laying in...

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Bradford J. Salamon: 'Visages II' at Launch LA

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2016 | 12:07 PM

Artist Bradford J. Salamon—a portraitist who prefers choosing his own subjects as opposed to working on commission—paints creative people he admires. Salamon feels strongly that painting portraits from life deepens his relationship with his sitters and enhances human their connection. 

I recently interviewed Bradford J. Salamon in...

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Bo Bartlett: The Intermediary

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 3:59 PM

In early 1991, art critic Roberta Smith looked over Bo Bartlett’s painting God—a sweeping image of a black man, poised in front of a sweeping coastal horizon, wrapped in a quilt—and came slightly unglued. In her New York Times review of the exhibition she later wrote of the...

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Sarah McKenzie 'White Walls' at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 12:23 PM

Door to the River (Whitney Museum with Willem de Kooning, 2015), 2016
Oil and acrylic on canvas, 48" x 72", courtesy of the artist and David B. Smith Gallery

Painter Sarah McKenzie, whose current exhibition in Indianapolis features...

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Want to Boost Museum Attendance? Tell the Public What the Art Is Worth

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2016 | 5:54 PM

Real Time Museum Collection Value Clock
(Digital Collage by John Seed)

For all kinds of reasons, including many very good ones, art museums tend to be secretive about the value of the art and objects they have on display. Concerns about...

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Mary-Austin Klein 'Into the Blue' at Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2016 | 6:25 PM

Arrival - SWA@LAX, Oil on duralar, mounted on board, 6 x 8 inches

Artist Mary-Austin Klein paints landscapes throughout the Southwest--both natural and man-made--that hint at the latent history of geologic features or residual effects of past human actions. An artist...

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Lorraine Lawson at the Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 10:09 PM

Artist Lorraine Lawson is interested in topophilia: a strong sense of place as connected to culture. Deeply aware of human interconnections across time and place, Lawson is an artist whose work is rich in sensual emanations and symbolic interchanges.

I recently interviewed Lorraine to learn more about...

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Contemporary Art ™ is a Now a 'Brand'

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2016 | 2:28 PM

What's a brand? A singular idea or concept that you own inside the mind of the prospect."

- Al Ries, chairman and co-founder, Ries & Ries Focusing Consultants

A partial view of Richard Serra's Band on view at LACMA

If you are...

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Painted Words: The Marriage of Words and Images

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2016 | 9:50 AM

Christopher Kane Taylor, Hey Buddy, Ink, acrylic and pencil on paper, 30 x 45 inches
Image: Courtesy the artist and Poets and Artists

One day in the early 1980s, Jean-Michel Basquiat was keeping himself busy on an airliner, poring over a...

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Pat Mahony: Painting the 'Perfect Chaos' of Nature

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 2:44 PM

Wild Lupin, Oil on Linen, 79 x 57 inches

Artist Pat Mahony enjoys taking long walks that give her time to reflect and take in her surroundings. Over the past two years, while taking these strolls, Mahony has become tuned in to what...

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Landseer's Poodle, Koons' Balloon Dog and Why Museum Curators Should Hedge Their Bets for the Future

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2016 | 10:59 AM

Gallery Dogs by Koons and Landseer (Digital collage)
"Edwin Landseer is one of the few, the very few, modern artists, whose works will bear to hang in the same room with the old masters and lose nothing by contrast."

- Anna Eliza Bray...

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Aleah Chapin 'Body/Being' at Flowers Gallery, New York

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2016 | 7:06 PM

Aleah Chapin, Qwill, 2015, Oil on canvas, 84 x 50 in.
© Aleah Chapin, Courtesy of Flowers, London/New York

In her solo exhibition at Flowers Gallery--Body/Being-- artist Aleah Chapin is showing a series of monumentally-scaled nudes that navigate the boundaries of gender...

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Jack Trolove 'Medicinal Skins' at Whitespace Contemporary, Auckland, New Zealand

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 7:06 PM

Installation view showing Atlantis and Selkie from Medicinal Skins

In his current exhibition Medicinal Skins at Whitespace Contemporary, Jack Trolove explores the idea body's skin as a seal for holding stories, using thick applications of paint to serve as metaphors for human skin....

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Linda Christensen 'Keeping Time' at Sue Greenwood Fine Art

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 12:42 AM

Linda Christensen

At Sue Greenwood Fine Art in Laguna Beach, painter Linda Christensen is showing a suite of recent oil paintings. Responding, over time, to the example of Bay Area Figurative painter David Park (1911-1960) Christensen paints figures in a broad,...

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Roland Petersen 'In Perspective' at the Studio Shop, Burlingame

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 12:53 PM

Roland Petersen, Coffee Break, Acrylic on canvas, 62 x 71 in.
For over six decades now, painter Roland Petersen has been spreading out visual feasts across his expansive canvases. Firmly grounded in perspective yet also brimming with painterly vitality, Petersen's cityscapes and...
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A Minimal Review of Agnes Martin | LACMA

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 11:49 PM

Too spare for me.
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Bird-Loving Artist David Tomb on his Recent Palo Alto Residency and Exhibition

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2016 | 3:38 PM

During a recent visit to Palo Alto, I was able to visit artist David Tomb, who was nearing the end of a residency at the Palo Alto Art Center. His installation-in-progress, which uses art and multi-media elements to involve visitors with local marsh birds and their habit, was engaging and...

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Alfonso Ossorio (1916-1990): Gorgeously Out of Touch with Reality

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2016 | 4:39 PM

Before the 1989 release of the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Jackson Pollock: An American Saga, few people outside of the upper reaches of the art world had ever heard of Alfonso Ossorio, the Philippine-born artist and collector who was Pollock's close friend and most important patron. Ossorio died about a year...

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