Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Helen Frankenthaler, 1928 - 2011

The art world mourns the loss of Helen Frankenthaler who died at her home in Darien, Ct. on December 27, 2011.

Frankenthaler, a second generation abstract expressionist and is perhaps the best know female artist of her generation. She pioneered a technique that became know as the stain technique. She would later be considered a color field painter.

Her early influences included Hans Hoffman and Jackson Pollock. She attended Bennington College and after graduation made her way to New York. There she met art critic Clement Greenberg. Her relationship with Greenberg gave a boost to her career and introduced her to heavy hitters of the abstract movement and the New York art scene. She counted David Smith, Franz Kline and Willem and Elaine DeKooning among her friends. In 1958 she married Robert Motherwell.

Helen Frankenthaler has long been one of my favorite artists. We are all blessed to have had her share her talent with the rest of us.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

"Pretty Bird" KV Abbott

Acrylic on canvas. 12" X 12"

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Margie Hughto at the Everson

Margie Hughto: A Fired Landscape

Through January 12, 2012

This fall, Margie Hughto presents a ceramic installation entitled A Fired Landscape at the Everson. Hughto's new work, which was created specifically for the museum, consists of brilliantly colored wall reliefs that continuously wrap around the gallery allowing viewers to enter into a ceramic landscape.
Margie Hughto, A Fired Lansdscape, 2011. Photo by Revette Photography.

Margie Hughto is currently a professor at Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts. Her works have been included in numerous exhibitions since the 1970s and she has completed permanent public artworks across the country including a monumental ceramic painting located in a subway stop in Buffalo, NY, and ceramic tile murals for the Metropolitan Transit Authority of NYC

Thursday, August 4, 2011

"Splitalia" KV Abbott $350.00 SOLD

I posted this figurative collage a while back as I prepared to exhibit it in a show at "The Gear Factory" in Syracuse, New York. This is the last one of the series of twelve that I finished, framed and exhibited. The series has been successful, winning several awards in juried shows and all have sold.

I have a half dozen pieces or so that I have never finished, framed, exhibited. I suspect this winter I will work on them for our new galleries in Florida and North Carolina.

Monday, July 18, 2011

"Into The Light" KV Abbott SOLD

"Into The Light", Encaustic on rag board, KV Abbott, 1993.

This painting has recently sold and I wanted to get a digital image of it before it goes out the door. I did this painting before I entered the digital world so I wanted to get an image for my archives.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

CY Twombly Dies at 83

Cy Twombly, one of the most prominent figures in the world of modern art, died Tuesday at age 83. The American artist died in Rome after a battle with cancer, according to reports.

Twombly is known for his abstract paintings and other works that use repetitive lines and calligraphy-like writing. His often challenging style made him a favorite among other artists, but it kept him at arm's length from the general public. Critics were often divided on the merit of this work, but he eventually became regarded as a key figure of 20th century modern art.

Born in Virginia, Twombly became associated with the New York School early in his career. During the late 1950s, Twombly moved to Italy, where he spent much of the rest of his life. The artist never fit neatly into artistic categories, flirting with various movements including abstract expressionism and minimalism. His unclassifiable nature is partly what kept him from achieving the same level of fame as contemporaries such as Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns.

Notably shy of the media, Twombly rarely gave interviews and kept a low public profile. Nonetheless, his art was exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. In 2010, he was invited to paint a ceiling in Paris' Louvre Museum, a rare honor in the art world.

Re-posted from the LA Times Blog

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Dream State Series "Judy"

I am ready to embark on a new series of collage work that has been kicking around in my head for a while. Images like this one above will be central to the overall nostalic, dream like quality that I hope to achieve. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Larry Poons at SAGG

August 19, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm : VELOCITY : LARRY POONS
In the Sam & Adele Golden Gallery (the SAGG) inside Golden Artist Colors, a selection of works by the artist from 1975 to 2009.

August 20, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm : Golden Residency Preview
The Sam & Adele Golden Foundation proudly opens its doors to the public for a preview of the new artists' residence. Just across the road from the GOLDEN factory; tours will be provided and live music from the band "Caravan of Thieves."

Events hosted by Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
And the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts
188 Bell Rd., New Berlin, NY 13411

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Monterey Museum to Host Weston Exhibit

The Monterey Museum of Art Presents Edward Weston: American Photographer

Edward Weston, Nude, 1927, gelatin silver print, ©1981 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents.

MONTEREY, CA.- The Monterey Museum of Art presents Edward weston: American Photographer, June 17-October 2, 2011. This exhibition is organized from major museum and private collections and features vintage prints of weston’s most famous and admired photographs along with rare images not widely exhibited. The exhibition is on view at the Monterey Museum of Art.

Edward weston was among the most significant American artists of the twentieth century. The exhibition will span the most prolific decades of his career. Born in Highland Park, Illinois, weston came to California in 1926, where he began the work for which he is justly famous: sharply-focused black and white photographs of seashells, vegetables, landscapes, portraits and nudes. In 1929, weston moved to Carmel and created the first of many photographs of the dramatic rocks and trees at Point Lobos. Soon thereafter, he became one of the founding members of Group f/64—a pioneering circle of photographers that included Ansel Adams and Imogen Cunningham. Widely renowned during his lifetime, weston became the first photographer to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship for experimental work in 1936.

Edward Henry weston was born March 24, 1886, in Highland Park, Illinois. He spent the majority of his childhood in Chicago where he attended Oakland Grammar School. He began photographing at the age of sixteen after receiving a Bull’s Eye #2 camera from his father. weston’s first photographs captured the parks of Chicago and his aunt’s farm. In 1906, following the publication of his first photograph in Camera and Darkroom, weston moved to California. After working briefly as a surveyor for San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad, he began working as an itinerant photographer. He peddled his wares door to door photographing children, pets and funerals. Realizing the need for formal training, in 1908 weston returned east and attended the Illinois College of Photography in Effingham, Illinois. He completed the 12-month course in six months and returned to California. In Los Angeles, he was employed as a retoucher at the George Steckel Portrait Studio. In 1909, weston moved on to the Louis A. Mojoiner Portrait Studio as a photographer and demonstrated outstanding abilities with lighting and posing.) weston married his first wife, Flora Chandler in 1909. He had four children with Flora; Edward Chandler (1910), Theodore Brett (1911), Laurence Neil (1916) and Cole (1919). In 1911, weston opened his own portrait studio in Tropico, California. This would be his base of operation for the next two decades. weston became successful working in soft-focus, pictorial style; winning many salons and professional awards. weston gained an international reputation for his high key portraits and modern dance studies. Articles about his work were published in magazines such as American Photography, Photo Era and Photo Miniature. weston also authored many articles himself for many of these publications. In 1912, weston met photographer Margrethe Mather in his Tropico studio. Mather becomes his studio assistant and most frequent model for the next decade. Mather had a very strong influence on weston. He would later call her, “the first important woman in my life.” weston began keeping journals in 1915 that came to be known as his "Daybooks." They would chronicle his life and photographic development into the 1930’s.

In 1922 weston visited the ARMCO Steel Plant in Middletown, Ohio. The photographs taken here marked a turning point in Weston’s career. During this period, Weston renounced his Pictorialism style with a new emphasis on abstract form and sharper resolution of detail. The industrial photographs were true straight images: unpretentious, and true to reality. Weston later wrote, “The camera should be used for a recording of life, for rendering the very substance and quintessence of the thing itself, whether it be polished steel or palpitating flesh.” Weston also traveled to New York City this same year, where he met Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Charles Sheeler and Georgia O’Keeffe.

In 1923 Weston moved to Mexico City where he opened a photographic studio with his apprentice and lover Tina Modotti. Many important portraits and nudes were taken during his time in Mexico. It was also here that famous artists; Diego Rivera, David Siqueiros, and Jose Orozco hailed Weston as the master of 20th century art.

After moving back to California in 1926, Weston began his work for which he is most deservedly famous: natural forms, close-ups, nudes, and landscapes. Between 1927 and 1930, Weston made a series of monumental close-ups of seashells, peppers, and halved cabbages, bringing out the rich textures of their sculpture-like forms. Weston moved to Carmel, California in 1929 and shot the first of many photographs of rocks and trees at Point Lobos, California. Weston became one of the founding members of Group f/64 in 1932 with Ansel Adams, Willard Van Dyke, Imogen Cunningham and Sonya Noskowiak. The group chose this optical term because they habitually set their lenses to that aperture to secure maximum image sharpness of both foreground and distance. 1936 marked the start of Weston’s series of nudes and sand dunes in Oceano, California, which are often considered some of his finest work. Weston became the first photographer to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship for experimental work in 1936. Following the receipt of this fellowship Weston spent the next two years taking photographs in the West and Southwest United States with assistant and future wife Charis Wilson. Later, in 1941 using photographs of the East and South Weston provided illustrations for a new edition of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.

Weston began experiencing symptoms of Parkinson’s disease in 1946 and in 1948 shot his last photograph of Point Lobos. In 1946 the Museum of Modern Art, New York featured a major retrospective of 300 prints of Weston’s work. Over the next 10 years of progressively incapacitating illness, Weston supervised the printing of his prints by his sons, Brett and Cole. His 50th Anniversary Portfolio was published in 1952 with photographs printed by Brett. An even larger printing project took place between1952 and 1955. Brett printed what was known as the Project Prints. A series of 8 -10 prints from 832 negatives considered Edward's lifetime best. The Smithsonian Institution held the show, “The World of Edward Weston” in 1956 paying tribute to his remarkable accomplishments in American photography. Edward Weston died on January 1, 1958 at his home, Wildcat Hill, in Carmel, California. Weston's ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean at Pebbly Beach at Point Lobos.

*Reposted from artdaily.org

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Chris Spuglio & Leah Grimaldi


New Work By Chris Spuglio & Leah Grimaldi

Atlantic Works Gallery, 80 Border St, East Boston MA

June 10 - July 9 2011

Opening Reception Saturday June 11th 7-10 PM