Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Peter Jones Quote

"A work of art, it seems to me, is basically something physical, inspired by an emotional impulse. It is personal, self sufficient and, though primarily made for the needs of its creator, available to all.
Feelings give birth to the work of art and afterwards the response of the viewer will be affected by the viewer's own feelings. Ultimately the work can only be judged by feeling and not analysis.
Unfortunately technique is the easiest thing to respond to and is often used as a yardstick for judgment.
Meanings too, although part of a work of art, are only the starting point; the value of the work lies in its complex whole.
All of which suggests to me that both access to and assessment of a work of art can come only through familiarity and sympathy."
Peter Jones 22-1-97.

Friday, August 22, 2008

New Painting

Cobweb Gray, 2008, acrylic and latex on canvas, 42x42 in.

Day Before Yesterday in Ney York

On Wed. Robin took the day off and we went into NYC to see a couple of shows.
The main reason for the trip was the big Louise Bourgeois show at the Guggenheim.
The show pretty much spanned her career with an emphasis on her Personages, Cells, and works carved from marble as well as a healthy sampling of drawings and other works on paper.
Next we walked a couple of blocks up to the Jewish Museum to see the Action/Abstraction show.This show presented the theories of Clement Greenberg and Harold Rosenberg and illustrated them with works by the artists they championed. Most of the work was by Pollock and de Kooning but also on display were a few marginalized (women and African American) artists that Greenberg and Rosenberg couldn't have cared less about.
Highlights of the show for me were de Kooning's Gotham News and Black Friday (one of his very strong black and white paintings from 1948).
I also liked two very large paintings by Grace Hartigan and a nice blue and black painting by Lee Krasner that bore a heavy Matisse influence.
Lowlights of the show were anything by Clyfford Still.
A lot of the critical dogma presented in the form of letters and filmed interviews with the critics was rote but it was interesting to see the original posters and catalogs for the early New York School exhibitions as well as the materials that showed how the Ab-Ex movement was presented by the traditional media of the time---hint: think, painting chimp on the Today Show!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Progress on the Goldfinch

The top image is where we stand now...

Mystery Man

Can you name this man?
hint: He stole Whistler's girl and once refused a medal of honor from Napoleon III. Also looked something like Johnny Depp when he was young.

Answer: Gustave Courbet

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Goldfinch Drawing and Joe Relaxing

Female Goldfinch, 2008
We are settled in to our new apartment in Yardley, PA. Some of us are more settled than others as you can see...

Wednesday, August 06, 2008