Sunday, February 28, 2010

verne dawson

Jonah and the Whale (In the Whale). 

Dark Planet.
Smith. Oil on tin. 
Jack and Jill.
also in the upcoming whitney biennial. 

 “I know that [these stories] are obsolete and we no longer need to look at the sky to know what time it is or when to meet a client but it’s something that’s been with us for tens of thousands of years and is the infrastructure of culture. One reason they are still with us is that they have multiple meanings. I have no doubt that some people will see these paintings as conservative. It’s beyond conservative! It’s a culture at least 40,000 years old. I am trying to conserve it for more reasons than I can say."

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Gary is a real American hero.
Doran and Maggie

Baselitz, Samba, John Cooper Clarke

somewhat unrelated but vulgarly "raw"

Georg Baselitz:

Cheri Samba:

Psycle Sluts: Cyber punk ballad with delightfully pretentious and vulgar art-lyrics such as go go the glam gringos for the gonad a-go-go age of compulsory cunnilingusa

New Image Painting

The New Image Painters were influential when my father was in school for painting.  They were hailed both as an opposition to and assimilation of abstraction and figuration of the 50's and 60's. New Image Paintings were sparse, spiritually-minded, symbolic, and loosely narrative. They seem like straightforward and honest people. I think they are swell.

Denise Green, Trap, 1976.

Neil Jenney, Dog and Food. Neil Jenney has a nice little ditty: "Now the nature of the artist is a combo of two ways, an accountant ignoring detail and a dreamer rechecking for days." Ain't that cute.

Lois Lane, Mardi Gras
Just about my favorite painting ever.

David True, Tacit Sitness
This is a good interview with True who claims he was visited by the spirit of a living artist.

Others: Robert Moskowitz, Susan Rothenberg, Nicholas Africano

Friday, February 26, 2010


Edward Burtynsky. Digital but cooooool.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Video-gamey videos

Just saw this on beautifuldecay... watch in HD or better yet projected on a wall

1923 (by Max Hattler) from Max Hattler on Vimeo.

UPDATE: here is the painting 1923 was based on
A Symbolic Composition of the Spiritual World
Augustin Lesage, 1923

But Hattler's work reminded me of this music video by Omodaka :

It also reminded me of this plus metropolis zone :


Allison: I think the guy who made that movie poster we were talking about is Tucker Nichols. He had an illustration in the Times this morning.

Brian Chippendale

the drummer from lightning bolt:

Dearest friends and co-bloggers,
Were you aware of this season's big trend in accessories? Designer axes! Magical. I've seen a few different references to these, down to designer wooden tool sets for children (those Germans! so adorably industrial.), but Sight Unseen has a good photo tour of the designer axe factory up right now.

This Christopher Colville photo reminds me of those Tatiana Berg shapes.

Daniel Shea's new Plume series continues his work about coal, this time "follow[ing] this coal up river to Ohio, where it is being burned to generate electricity."

I'm not really a fan of his editorial work, but these two series are nice. I like that he links to a travelogue.

Pedro Paricio

Autorretrato con television (Self-portrait with television)
From series After Francis Bacon
Diptych, Acrylic on linen, 100 x 160 cm

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Temptation is a square . . . almost

Temptation of Saint Anthony Abbot
circa 1435
Master of the Osservanza
Tempera and gold on panel, 15 1/8 x 15 7/8 in

This painting is at the Yale Art Gallery, which if you haven't visited, and you live in New England, get over there. Plus, afterwards you can hit the New Haven Ikea for swedish meat balls and soft serve.


A camera is a loaded gun

"Armed with a medium format camera and a long cable-release, photographer Greg Stimac releases the shutter as his subjects open fire. The pictures in his series Recoil sometimes catch the blur of bullets leaving the barrel or a momentary burst of light and smoke, but they are more remarkable for the relationships suggested between the people in the frame. The shooters range from intent to casual, their companions demonstrating anything from total absorption to mild curiosity to an indifference bordering boredom. Stimac began this exploration of gun use as recreation during the summer of 2004, and has made repeat trips to half a dozen unregulated ranges, mostly in Missouri and California." (

check out his website for more rad photos including piss bottles in the desert and roadside memorials---

Triangles, the Holiest of Holies

Martyrdom of St. Sebastian, Botticelli

The Martyrdom of Saint Andrew, from the Heures d'Etienne Chevalier
Jean Fouquet
Musée Condé, Chantilly

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Lesley Vance

A painter who has been chosen to participate in the 2010 Whitney Biennial. More than half of the 55 artists in the biennial this year are women.

Untitled (16), 2009, oil on linen, 20 x 15 inches

Cy Twombly's Sculptures

 Anabasis, Bassano in Teverina 1980
wood, clay, plywood, metal strips, nails, paint, cloth, casters, paper, and staples

and here are some others:
I like Ali Bosworth.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Let's move to Reykjavik!

I will also accept the following options:



Red Angels

Madonna with Red Cherubs
Giovanni Bellini
c. 1480-90
Oil on panel, 77 x 60 cm

Madonna and Child (right panel of the Melun dyptich)
Jean Fouquet
c. 1452-1455
Tempera on panel, 94.5 x 85.5 cm

Joshua Abelow

The Painter!
2009, Graphite on paper, 30 x 22 inches

01/2010 Joshua Abelow

Yea, I guess that's why I'm staying out of New York.
Too much buzzing. Too many busy bees.
Too many busy bee artists churning out crap.
Sometimes the crap turns into golden crap.
Plenty of golden crap to go around.
Take a walk through Chelsea and you'll see what I mean.
I made my share of crap too.
Except my crap wasn't golden.
It was copper crap.
Well, I'm glad I'm here and not there.
No more crap for me.
I'm sowing up my asshole and typing at the same time.

What Painting is All About

Francisco de Zurbaran, Adoration of the Shepards. 

Ok, some Dali's are pretty cool. La calavera de Zurbarán.
Fernand Leger, Nudes in Forest


Volker Hueller

Sunday, February 21, 2010

James Hare

Barbara Morgan

William Klein

Danny Lyon

Emmet Gowin

George Tice

Paul Caponigro

David Levinthal

Philip-Lorca DiCorcia