Abstract Painter Jeffrey Cortland Jones

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A non-artist friend recently asked me why I like abstract art, because obviously anyone could paint pictures of nothing. I told him I don’t necessarily like abstract paintings, but what I do like is paint and good design. So if an abstract painting doesn’t make me drool over the paint and how its applied or the design of it is pretty average, then I don’t like it either. It’s the same with figurative paintings, I care less about what it’s a painting of than I do about how it’s painted. I like how Cincinnati-based abstract painter Jeffrey Cortland Jones paints. His exhibition opens later this month at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York City.Continue Reading

10 Famous Black Paintings

ten famous black paintings

In the name of balance and harmony it’s only right to do a list of ten famous black paintings today! Gallery owners will tell you that darker paintings are generally harder to move as a product but we artists seem to do as many black paintings as we do white paintings. With not much more than a color change we move from the purity and light of white to the somber, serious, and melancholy suggestions of black. Lets start with the most famous of all famous black paintings: Goya’s black paintings.Continue Reading

10 Famous White Paintings

white artworks by famous painters

I was just thinking about the painter of black, Pierre Soulages and then started thinking about white paintings. I do admire artists who latch on to one color, one topic, one style and run with it their entire career, but I also wonder why they would choose to do such a thing. Is it the money, the lack of imagination, fear of change, or an obsessive compulsive thing? I like chocolate but I wouldn’t like to eat chocolate and nothing else for the rest of my life. Anyway, I went looking for white paintings.Continue Reading

Julian Schnabel at the Gagosian Gallery

julian schnabel gagosian

Julian Schnabel is currently showing at the Gagosian Gallery in New York. View of Dawn in the Tropics: Paintings, 1989-1990 is a dozen or so large abstract works, some billboard sized, from 25 years ago. No plates but plenty of big gestural marks that rely on chance and accident, with a bit of texture, some collage, and text thrown in for good measure. I still think the best thing Julian Schnabel has done is the Jean Michel Basquiat movie. Continue Reading

Helen Frankenthaler with Gum

A 12 year old boy recently decided to discard his gum by sticking it to a painting by the New York abstract painter Helen Frankenthaler.
“The Bay” painting has been left with a small stain on it, but the assistant curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Becky Hart says it will be fine.Continue Reading