As the art world once again make their annual pilgrimage for Art Basel Miami, collective heads exploded this week with the announcement that industry leaders Jeffrey Deitch and Larry Gagosian would be putting on a ground breaking show of figurate work.
After decades -- some might say well over a century -- of standing aside while Duchamp joked and Pollock flung paint, figurative art is about to step into the spotlight and become the "next big thing."
Non-life-drawers often assume that life drawing involves a sideways translation of one impulse into another impulse. But this assumption is flawed. I read the sex drive as a powerful force, but a specific one.
A collection of drawings by Steven Assael is on display right now at Forum Gallery in Manhattan. Assael is universally known by high-technique figurative painters working in the United States today, among whom his skills are legendary.
Some of the most quintessential depictions of the American land and people arise from a particular eye: the eye of the outsider, who can see the boundaries of Americanness invisible to the native-born.
There is so much happening in the world of representational painting these days that it is a challenge to keep up with it all. I want to give you a chance, in advance, to make note of several current exhibitions that you will want to see.