Pinacoteca Nazionale (National Gallery) di Ferrara, also known as Palazzo dei Diamanti, named for its rusticated façade of diamond spikes, impressed with effortless elegance of the building and its collections.
The first striking piece greeted visitors was an "Assunzione di Santa Maria Maddalena" by Maestro della Maddalena Assunta.
The highly stylized landscape was an idealized world, where animals, plants, and humans mingled together in harmony. The low vantage point and the r... [more]
The formidable and somewhat gloomy fortress, Castello Estense in Ferrara, Italy was surprisingly airy and even cheesy inside. Such as this whimsical ceiling painting, one of many, depicting carousing nude men and cherubim, who, despite in the drunken stage, allowed their stances and gestures to be regulated by some tidy order. Their pale flash tone worked really well against the elegant background of blue and pink walls and windows of a building façade, thus introduced another dimension of ord... [more]
THE NEW YORK TIMES
May 23, 1997
ART IN REVIEW
Art in Review
By GRACE GLUECK
Janos Gat Gallery
1100 Madison Avenue, at 82d Street
Through Sept. 30
Knox Martin arrived on the scene in the early 1950's, a young acolyte drawn to the work and climate of Abstract Expressionism. A couple of early paintings here show how much he was in its sway, particularly ''Susanna and the Elders'' (1953), a de Kooning-esque romp of bold, energetic forms in black and white marching di... [more]
During my brief day trip to Italian city Ferrara, I admired two bronze sculptures on top of the arch entrance to its Palazzo Municipale (City Hall) — Arco del Volto del cavallo (Arch of Horse Front).
On the left, there was the seated statesman Duca Borso d'Este & Marchese Niccolo III d'Este and on the right, equestrian sculpture of Marchese Niccolo III d'Este. Of these two equally impressive sculptures, the more flamboyant equestrian made more immediate impressions.
The overt masculinity and grandeur was reflected with his insolen... [more]
On the Front Lines by Jillian Russo, LINEA (June 9, 2015) by reviewer1 Sigmund Abeles, Charles Alston, Stanley Boxer, Terence Coyle, Jack Faragasso, Michael Goldberg, Peter Golfinopoulos, Daniel Greene, Al Held, John Hultberg, Paul Jenkins, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Hughie Lee-Smith, Alfred Leslie, Knox Martin, Frank Herbert Mason, Frank O’Cain, Anthony Palumbo, Robert Rauschenberg, Bill Scharf, Sidney Simon, GREG WYATT at Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery at The Art Students League of New York
June 19th, 2015 - July 29th, 2015
On the Front Lines
by Jillian Russo | June 9, 2015
Since the passage of the GI Bill during World War II, thousands of veterans have studied at the Art Students League of New York. Returning World War II veterans rejuvenated the League, making it a site of experimentation and an incubator for postwar artists. The GI Bill made an art education accessible to those who might not otherwise have become engaged in the field, and the influx of students strengthened an ambitious community.... [more]
My brief excursion from Bologna to Ferrara led me to the wonderful Duomo, whose distinct façade of triple gables immediately brought me to a purified world of classicism.
True to the expectation, my favorite sculpture inside was a sculpture of a bishop (and a saint?) standing in a niche with minimal decoration. The most striking feature was the resolute and clean lines of the soaring figure, reminiscent the works of the great Bernini, such as his masterpiece of "Ecstasy of S... [more]
Knox Martin at Woodward Gallery by Robert Shuster, Best in Show - Village Voice - Best of New York (October 20, 2010)
Daydreaming the females: Knox Martin's Mary Ellen, 2010
Courtesy Woodward Gallery
How many artists in their ninth decade find themselves as vigorously inventive as Knox Martin? In 34 new paintings, most of which concentrate on the female figure (a favorite subject), the 87-year-old artist steers away from his familiar style—a brightly co... [more]
“Paintings of Women by the Handful,” by Benjamin Sutton, L Magazine (September 29, 2010)
Since very nearly the earliest chapters of art history, women have been among artists’ two or three preferred subjects (or objects, following feminism’s reframing of that history). Two new solo exhibitions three doors from one another on Eldridge Street attest to the feminine figure’s inexhaustible appeal. For Knox Martin, the female form remains a sensual muse that he dissects and... [more]
The Palazzo D'Accursio (Palazzo Comunale) in Bologna hosted a large museum with amazing art collections. Among numerous interesting works, I found two portraits most engaging. One was "Ritratto di vecchino (Portrait of an Old Man)" by Jacopo Robusti, known as Tintoretto. This portrait presented a robust old man with a striking set of abundant white beard, contrasting and echoing the black cap atop his broad forehead. The unwavering, penetrating, yet not-unkind gaze of this old man told... [more]
Basilica Santuario Santo Stefano, the oldest church in Bologna, was very atmospherically evocative and romantic, and the many unique artefacts in its often darkish chambers added much allure. The artwork left the strongest impression on me was a small plate of relief on the exterior of its nave, featuring three primitive looking figures with haloed heads resembling astronauts' in headgear, and stiffly raised hands sending signals of warning or blessing. The central figure, the only seated on... [more]
by Gregg Chadwick
Gregg ChadwickSalish Sea30"x24" oil on linen 2014
Two years ago on a technicolor blue day, I stood on the deck of the Wenatchee ferry cutting through the choppy sea from Seattle to Bainbridge Island. The vessel was named for the Wenatchi people who originally lived in the shadow of the Columbia and Wenatchee Rivers in Eastern Washington State. We are riding on a ship of memory.
In the Yakama language, wenatchi means "river flowing from can... [more]
Il palazzo dell'Archiginnasio (The Palace of Archeology) in Bologna is a fantastical enclosed palatial building, whose corridors are adorned with numerous decorative emblems, all of them can be viewed as relief sculptures.
My favorite was a monument of a tower wrapped by a snake and topped by a huge cross. I didn't like stare at that animal and couldn't decipher the exact meaning of the symbol, other than it resembled a reverse caduceus; but it stood out in the pack.
My second... [more]
Original vintage photographs of folk art environments, vernacular architecture and early outsider artists at work from the collection of Jim Linderman. Available from BLURB. 260 pages. FREE PREVIEW HERE [more]
Italian City Bologna itself is like an open museum, full of sculptures and monuments of distinction. I was quite impressed by several groups of sculptures around Legambiente Bologna & Emilia Romagna, an old city portal and the surrounding park.
The two mirroring bronze relief sculptures at the base of the gate impressed with their incredible beautiful lines and their economic way of presenting something deeply disturbing and touching.
Inside the park, there were some marble high reliefs and on... [more]