Scott Daniel Ellison Exhibition at ClampArt in New York

Scott Daniel Ellison paintings

The wonderfully quirky works of the painter Scott Daniel Ellison are showing at the ClampArt gallery in New York City. The paintings are weird, dark, mercurial, humorous, a little scary, and a lot awesome. I hadn’t heard of the artist before now, so I have been browsing the internet for his work and I’m a fan! Do click through to the gallery at the bottom of the post to see more works from the exhibition online.Continue Reading

Surfing Photography of Will Adler

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As much as I love beaches and the ocean, I rarely ever go out into the water. I’m afraid of sharks, stinging jellyfish, fish with spikes in the sand, and rip currents! Everything is trying to kill you at the beach. My friend is a surfer and talks about sitting out there on his board while sharks calmly swim past. I’ll stick to the sand until I grow gills and sharp teeth ;-) Anyway, I’m getting sidetracked. Will Adler is showing some of his beautiful beach culture and surfing photography at the Danziger Gallery in New York. Continue Reading

Jeff Koons Whitney Retrospective

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It’s cold, windy and miserable here in Australia today so I’m going to complain about the Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney Museum in New York that everyone is fawning over. On a good day, a more optimistic day, I would probably notice all the positive things about the man and the art as he is a great success. Obviously there are different flavors of success, but the success that says the money value of a thing is a measure of it’s true worth says Koons is the most successful artist alive. Other flavors of success that don’t take money into account could paint Koons as a complete and utter failure, but I think he’s somewhere in between the two extremes.Continue Reading

Abstract Painter Jeffrey Cortland Jones

abstract painting exhibition

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

Jean Dubuffet at the S|2 in New York

french artist jean dubuffet

The Jean Dubuffet exhibition at Sotheby’s S|2 gallery in New York finishes up in the next few days. It’s a nice little summary of the artist’s work from the early days through to his last works. The art brut daddio is definitely one of my top ten all time favorite artists. If I was a billionaire I would walk through this exhibition with a shopping cart and come out the other end with it full! ;-) Continue Reading

Julian Schnabel at the Gagosian Gallery

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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

Banksy Pet Store.. and Charcoal Grill in New York

I generally don’t like art that preaches to me or tells me that I’m doing something wrong. There’s enough people in the world trying to force others to live or be like themselves, so I like my art to be art.Continue Reading

Giorgio Morandi at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Giorgio Morandi is currently showing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. If I was stranded on a deserted island and was allowed to take any 10 paintings with me, a Morandi still life would definitely be one of them.Continue Reading

Ten Famous Jews by Andy Warhol

Warhol’s Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered is now showing at the Jewish Museum in New York. The series of work by Andy Warhol has been called “Famous Jews,” “Ten Most Famous Jews,” or “Jewish Geniuses”

The portraits are of Albert Einstein, Sarah Bernhardt, Franz Kafka, Louis Brandeis, Martin Buber, Sigmund Freud, George Gershwin, the Marx Brothers, Golda Meir, and Gertrude Stein.Continue Reading

Jackson Pollock at the Guggenheim

An update on the last post about the Jackson Pollock site online. I mentioned that there were no colors to choose from, but there is. You just have to click your mouse and the color will change.
So, here’s my work in color (yes, it says “art”)Continue Reading