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Steven Assael

Demiurge

Daniel Maidman | Posted 04.17.2015 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

I have now and then heard artists likened to the demiurge - Plato's word for the divinity that made the cosmos. This never made a visceral impression on me until I saw how Assael paints. He summons an image the way the Genesis demiurge summons the universe.

Are Painters' 'Reference Photographs' a Form of Cheating?

Daniel Grant | Posted 04.07.2015 | Arts
Daniel Grant

The anti-photograph school of artists can get strident in their beliefs, sometimes accusing other landscape artists whose work is too hard-edged or too contrasty for their liking of simply painting from photographs.

Master Class

Daniel Maidman | Posted 12.18.2014 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

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.

Art and Artists I: A Spanish Woman

Daniel Maidman | Posted 03.01.2014 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

My encounter with the Sargent, and the divergence between my idea of the thing and the thing itself, left me with a contact high for a few days. It was more electrical than chemical in character. I buzzed, with ideas and impulses.

Drawing as Monastic Practice: Steven Assael at Forum Gallery

Daniel Maidman | Posted 01.26.2014 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

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.

Institutional Memory: Models and Their Artists

Daniel Maidman | Posted 10.01.2013 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

A bit over a year ago now, I guess, Alexis Hilliard moved to New York. She came here to develop her skills at the New York Academy of Art. She's not a celebrity in the world overall, but I am a member of a very narrow sector among whom her face, if not her name, is extraordinarily well known. I've been looking at her face for nearly a decade.

Artists Resist Facebook's Nudity Censorship Policies

Posted 11.15.2011 | Arts

Facebook has had its fair share of user controversy since its inception, but the debate over its oft-discussed censorship policy has taken an interest...