Posts Tagged ‘Art History’

Wayne Thiebaud’s “100 Year Old Clown”

Wayne Thiebaud, 100 Year-old Clown, 2020 Oil on canvas, 18 x 14 inches 2020 © Wayne Thiebaud/VAGA at ARS, NY   According to Wayne Thiebaud, his latest painting, which he cheekily named “100 Year-old clown,” is the summation of his clown series that has been in the works for the last five years. “Clowns” will be exhibited at […]

On “A ‘new’ Vermeer in Dresden”

My latest article for The New Criterion explores how one of Vermeer’s iconic paintings known for its minimalist subtlety, was, in fact, didactic and obvious. The “Girl Reading a Letter At an Open Window,” now in Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, originally contained an image of a giant Cupid painting on the back wall. The Cupid was overpainted after […]

Bob Ross and the art historical canon

If we take Henri Matisse’s famous assertion that art should be something like a good armchair in which to rest from physical fatigue at face value, we might end up with something approaching the “happy [x]” philosophy of Bob Ross, whose message was perfectly suited for television—the medium which help to spread it. I discuss […]

Annie Lapin: The Archeology of Meaning

Miles McEnery Gallery’s latest publication contains an essay I wrote about the Los Angeles based painter Annie Lapin. In the essay, I place Lapin’s latest body of work “The Art of Heads and Hands” in the context of Henri Focillon’s theories about the life of forms in art. Hard copy of the catalogue is available […]

Just Published: “Sexual Neurosis or Creative Catalyst? Hysteria and Demonic Possession in Alexei Remizov’s Solomoniia”

I am delighted to announce the arrival of Mental Illness in Symbolism, edited by my colleague Professor Rosina Neginsky, just out with Cambridge Scholars Publishing. My modest contribution to the volume, is an article on Alexei Remizov’s literary exploration of madness as a form of creativity. The idea of hysteria as a creative catalyst, which […]

LG Williams “Salaryman/Superman” at Tana Gallery Bookshelf

LG Williams, Salaryman/Superman, 2011, installation view Tana’s director Tamura Williams’s Kyoto Gallery dealer Baron Osuna of Super Window Project (right) and Williams’s Tokyo Gallery dealer Tamura (left) Still independent curator Shai Ohayon and Beatriz Inglessis The SHIBUHOUSE gang from left to right: Nakajima-san (aka DOPE MAN), Toshikuni-san and TAIKI-SAN (the 3rd house leader) Tana’s latest […]

Wako Works of Art Opening

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