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The Unclenched Jaw: Melanie Daniel's 'Lotus Eaters' at Asya Geisberg Gallery

Daniel Maidman | Posted 09.15.2014 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

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.

Drive-Thru

Marc Trujillo | Posted 08.17.2014 | Arts
Marc Trujillo

A painting of nowhere has a chance at being more of an experience than the actual place, as opposed to painting a destination location like the Alps, in which case the painting would function like a postcard reminding you of the greater experience.

Lennart Anderson: The Road to Arcadia

Daniel Maidman | Posted 07.30.2014 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

Anderson's work of the past couple of decades slips effortlessly into the stream of painting. It is a stream that has flowed for centuries, and will flow for centuries more.

For Here

Marc Trujillo | Posted 07.20.2014 | Arts
Marc Trujillo

'TN7' 11"x 15" oil on panel This is a painting I did of an in-flight meal, the title is the flight number I was on when I had the meal. I wanted to d...

Taco Bell Day and Night

Marc Trujillo | Posted 06.22.2014 | Arts
Marc Trujillo

'1604 S. La Brea Avenue' 12"x 11.5" Sometimes I'll paint the same composition at different times of the day or night and see how a place can change...

Hot Dogs Under Glass

Marc Trujillo | Posted 06.15.2014 | Arts
Marc Trujillo

'7950 Santa Monica Boulevard' 16"x 35" oil on linen over panel If you look at the set of hot dogs in the lower right, the top one is the freshest, t...

While He's Waiting

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 06.16.2014 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

Some people are great achievers. They have numerous interests and can always be found working on one stimulating project or another.

My Own Private Tron: Jean-Pierre Roy at Gallery Poulsen

Daniel Maidman | Posted 05.25.2014 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

Jean-Pierre Roy is engaged as a painter in an ongoing project which appeals to me very much; and not only in my capacity as a painter, but also as a metaphysically-inclined science and science fiction geek, and as a child of the '80s.

The Aesthetic Feminine

Daniel Maidman | Posted 05.19.2014 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

To a contemporary eye, Dorian Vallejo's paintings can be difficult to place -- are they illustrations or art? Are they naive or self-conscious? Are the women in them acceptable or not? May we enjoy them, or ought we to scoff?

Alley Scott Paints Her Friends

Daniel Maidman | Posted 03.23.2014 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

I'm proud because life threw me in the way of being a little catalyst for a process that was already happening on its own. I had a part to play in fanning the flame. It's not my flame, but I had the privilege of helping.

Anders Zorn in San Francisco

Terence Clarke | Posted 03.05.2014 | Arts
Terence Clarke

One would seldom assert that the greatest of the Impressionists was a Swede. But once having seen the Anders Zorn exhibition currently up at The Palace of The Legion of Honor in San Francisco, you could be forgiven for thinking so.

Last Chance for Vermeer, Rembrandt and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Paintings at the Frick Museum

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 02.18.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The fifteen paintings selected for the Frick's presentation are among the most important in the Mauritshuis's holdings.

Theophany: Kyle Staver's Greek Myth Paintings at Tibor de Nagy Gallery

Daniel Maidman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

One solution is to paint the gods as mortals see them. How do mortals see them? Indistinctly and murkily, by moonlight, with the aspect of a rustle among the leaves or a burst of feathers. This is how Kyle Staver paints the myths.

Last Weeks for Maine Sublime: Frederic Church's Landscapes of Mount Desert and Mount Katahdin

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 12.14.2013 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

It is still not too late to see Maine Sublime: Frederic Church's Landscapes of Mount Desert and Mount Katahdin -- a gem of a small exhibit which closes October 27th

The Excellent Unreal: Lauren Levato Coyne and Rory Coyne at Century Guild Chicago

Daniel Maidman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

I have an enormous soft spot for the work of Levato Coyne and Rory Coyne. Where I'm coming from on this is as follows: as a child, I was what you might call imaginative. Among the consequences of this were a taste for science fiction and an interest in dreams.

The Trustworthy Image: Janice Nowinski at John Davis Gallery

Daniel Maidman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

The human brain itself has dedicated hardware for seeing the face and the body. When this hardware is consistently not put to use in a culture's art, the art and the culture engage in a battle. The art loses first, and the culture second.

WATCH: Stop Motion Animation Oil Painting Is Pretty Amazing

Posted 10.03.2013 | Arts

Toro Y Moi, oil painting, stop motion animation. What more could you want? Check out the new video for "Rose Quartz," the fourth single of the indi...

Buying Art Online Is Here to Stay

Stephen Tanenbaum | Posted 11.11.2013 | Arts
Stephen Tanenbaum

Fully, 71 percent of art collectors have now purchased art of some form online. Now, more than ever, art is becoming less physical, evolving into a more accepted digital-first experience. Here are some of the more noticeable advantages we're seeing from the shift toward online art.

Prairie Theology: Jonathan Soard at the Swope Art Museum

Daniel Maidman | Posted 11.05.2013 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

We in the West are inheritors of a compelling idea: There is a world of matter and looming over it, a world of spirit. I am reminded of this motif when considering the work of painter Jonathan Soard's exhibit Between Heaven and Earth: Inspirations.

The Immigrant's Paradox

Daniel Maidman | Posted 10.15.2013 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

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.

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.

Time-Bound Art and Timeless Painting

Brandon Kralik | Posted 09.29.2013 | Arts
Brandon Kralik

Classical painting can be used to express an idea that is rooted in our time. It can also be used to convey a feeling of timelessness and when it is used in this way, I tend to get the most out of it. I draw upon my experiences, literally, and paint my future with them.

Rejuvenation in Rubens, and at the Met

Daniel Maidman | Posted 08.20.2013 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

Walter Liedtke, the painting's curator, who disagrees with much of what I am about to say about this painting. If you want responsible historiography, you should consult with him; I myself speak, as ever, as a practitioner and enthusiast of painting, responsible to no eye but my own.

How Artists Survive - Part 2: The Dutch Golden Age

Juri Koll | Posted 08.03.2013 | Arts
Juri Koll

This Spring I visited The Girl With a Pearl Earring show at the de Young Museum in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. It was a gorgeous sunny day, nevertheless I found myself spending many hours inside, astounded by the paintings from the Mauritshuis in the Hague, which is undergoing a major renovation.

Odd Nerdrum's Open House in Paris

Brandon Kralik | Posted 07.16.2013 | Arts
Brandon Kralik

On an otherwise sunny day, a dark thundercloud passed over the sprawling gardens of the Nerdrum's home in Maisons-Laffitte. "Nature providing a little drama for Odd," commented the artist's son Bork Spildo Nerdrum.