Kerry James Marshall at the VAG

September 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

The grandiose and touching exhibition of Kerry James Marshall at the VAG makes it to the pages of Art Forum. Kudos to Kathleen Bartels (and our Jeff Wall) for putting together one of the most beautiful exhibitions of the year so far and for her overall brilliant work as the head of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Kerry James Marshall

Through January 3 2011
Curated by Kathleen Bartels and Jeff Wall

Kerry James Marshall’s 1993 canvas De Style, a vibrant, large-scale, multifigure painting of an African-American barbershop, was a breakthrough for the artist and set the basic parameters of his ensuing practice. In the years since, he has updated the ostensibly moribund genre of history painting with an important corpus of visually complex narrative tableaux. For the Chicago-based painter’s first solo show in Canada, De Style will join some twenty more recent works, including examples from his iconic series “Garden Project,” 1995, which richly reimagines the representation of public housing projects.(read more)

David Hockney Paintings on iPhone and iPad

July 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

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After making hundreds of drawings on an iPhone (using the Brushes app) and sending by email to friends, David Hockney is now trying the iPad. One of the most influential British artists Hockney, who is 72, has explored the possibilities of art on faxes, polaroids and photocopies in the past. He now uses his fingers to draw straight on the monitor of his iPad. The possibility of replaying his final product and see himself drawing has fascinated him, as well as the bright colours of the lit screen.

“What makes the iPad better than the iPhone is its larger size. The iPhone was more about the relationship between the hand and the ear, whereas this is all about the hand and the eye and makes for far better co-ordination.
“What is also unique is that with the iPad you can actually watch a playback of your drawing. I have never watched myself actually drawing before.” said the artist to The Guardian.

The works are made mainly in the morning when he is still in bed and the subjects are sunrises and flower vases.

Favela Painting

June 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn are known as Haas&Hahn. The duo started working together in 2005, when they filmed a documentary for MTV in Rio about hip-hop at favelas. Inspired by that visit, they embarked on a project to bring works of art to unexpected places, starting with painting enormous murals in the slums of Brazil together with the local youth.

Their most recent work takes the central square of  Santa Marta hill (below) spanning over 34 houses. Their ambition is to paint an entire favela. I am donating to the project here.

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via It’s Nice That

Kerry James Marshal at the Vancouver Art Gallery

May 8, 2010 § 4 Comments

I had the privilege of being one of the first to see Kerry James Marshall‘s works on his first exhibition in Canada. The show opens to the public today at the Vancouver Art Gallery and the preview last night had the additional treat of Kerry James Marshall himself doing the guided tour. In a half-hour talk, the American artist went through his reasons for being an artist and comments on a few of the twenty paintings on display at the VAG. He mentioned his memory of a first visit to an art museum as a kid and his surprise of not seeing any black people represented. He set out to correct that imbalance and dedicated the last 25 years of his life to celebrate blackness in paintings that range from housing projects (below) and romantic scenes to portraits. An all-black painting at the far end of the gallery has been haunting me since last night.
Kerry James Marshall, ‘Our Town’, 1995

Put aside a few hours when visiting the VAG: besides Kerry James Marshall, the gallery is showing Fiona Tan‘s works from the past three years including Rise and Fall, a new two-channel film installation commissioned by the Vancouver Art Gallery specifically for the exhibition.

Raqib Shaw

October 31, 2009 § 1 Comment

Today I learned about India-born artist Raqib Shaw from a client. Represented by White Cube and with exhibitions held at the MOMA and Tate, this 35-year-old painter works in very intricate imagery, often with a violent and sexual content. Largely inspired by fifteenth-century artist Hieronymus Bosch, his paintings resemble kimonos, tapestry, Persian miniatures, jewellry. Rich with enamel and gold leaf, his creatures and plants float on a luxurious landscape.

Cy Twombly – The Rose

April 25, 2009 § Leave a comment

Cy Twombly is alive and kicking. His beautiful show, The Rose, is on until May 9th at the Gagosian in its London location. Five large paintings take the white space with bursting tangerines, turquoises and pinks. At 81, Twombly keeps showing freshness and vitality.

Cherie Blair in The Nude

March 20, 2009 § Leave a comment

The painting, Striding Nude, Blue Dress, by Euan Uglow was scheduled to go on public display in 2006 but was withdrawn at the last minute.

London gallery selling painting based on a 1972 sketch of Tony Blair’s wife

By Andy McSmith (fom  The Independent) here for the full article

Cherie Blair paid a private visit to an art gallery this week to be reminded of what she looked like in the nude more than 30 years ago. There, hanging on the wall, is an artist’s sketch of her naked form on fading brown paper, and a painting based on the sketch.

The painting, Striding Nude, Blue Dress, by Euan Uglow was scheduled to go on public display in 2006 but was withdrawn at the last minute. It is now on display and listed for sale at a Mayfair art gallery in London, with a price tag of £600,000. (…)

Kristine Moran

December 30, 2008 § Leave a comment

hunter/gatherer 36″ X 66″ 2008. oil on panel
Working with impasto, Canadian artist Kristine Moran fill with lavishing color and thick paint her imaginary settings. Painting becomes a creature invading rooms, gardens, streets. Praised by Artforum and represented in NY by Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, Moran is a rising star.


October 31, 2008 § Leave a comment

If a painter refuses to paint, is he still a painter? If an artist says that a painting isn’t a painting, what is it? What does it take to make a painting not a painting?

These are the somewhat esoteric questions posed by a new exhibit opening Sunday a the Museum of Modern Art, “Joan Miró: Painting and Anti-Painting 1927-1937.” Miró worked furiously during this decade and the exhibit highlights 12 series created as “anti-paintings,” a way for the artist to rebel against the traditional confines of painting.

Camouflage Chameleon

October 11, 2008 § 1 Comment

Unify the Thought to Promote Education 160 x 150 cm c-print

Liu Bolin Urban Camouflage series explores the notion of how the environment shapes us the way we are. Using flags and slogans as backgrounds and painting himself to blend in, he comments the Chinese political scene.

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