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Beloved "Body Conscious" Maria Lassnig Passes Away at 94  
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5/8/14 Posted 5/8/14

photo via Famed artist, "body awareness" theorist, and Austria's "Grand Dame of painting" Maria Lassnig passed away earlier this week in Vienna at the age of 94. Lassnig, born in Austria in 1919, attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna during World War II and is known for her brushy paint strokes and brutal subject matter. Lassnig used painting to explore the human body and psyche, illustrating a critical and sometimes gruesome subjectivity. She herself was often the object of her critical eye. Her l... [more]

Naming Paintings  
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1/26/14 Posted 1/26/14

Peppermint Patty 2014 acrylic on canvas 60 x 27 inches I love naming paintings. Painting the way that I do in hopefully a spontaneous, non-thinking way, sometimes I am amazed with what the painting reminds me of when I finally get it away from the studio and look at it. As soon as I brought home and looked at this painting, the name came to me immediately: Peppermint Patty. I always loved Peppermint Patty because Patty was what everyone called me when I was a child and PP was so different... [more]

Making A Mark: Moving Painting Forward  
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1/12/14 Posted 1/12/14

Author Deb Lawrence Studio Shot, Deb Lawrence, “You don’t know how paralyzing that is, that stare of a blank canvas…but the blank canvas is afraid of the real, passionate painter who dares and who has broken the spell of `you can’t’ once and for all.” -Vincent van Gogh, 1884 Not sure what the disease is called, but I definitely have the bug. Like the kid who’s more interested in pebbles on the ground than animals at the zoo, I view life th... [more]

Arriving with Baggage  
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12/13/13 Posted 12/13/13

Arriving with Baggage oil on canvas 48 x 48 inches Sometimes they just happen, paintings. I really love this one because somehow it just almost exploded onto the canvas. It’s hard to describe to someone who is only looking at a little image instead of the big (4 x 4 ft.) canvas, but I kind of went for broke. I had an idea of what I wanted to express, but the way I paint is not to neatly and calmly plan. I prefer to just do it and see what happens. It’s more like life that wa... [more]

Open Heart  
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9/27/13 Posted 9/27/13

Open Heart 2013 oil on canvas 36 x 36 inches This is currently the painting that is closest to my heart. I painted it all in one go. Well actually, I stretched the canvas and painted a couple layers of white on Monday and I painted it on Tuesday. In between that time, I found out that someone that meant a lot to me had just died, not unexpectedly, since they were 90. I just happened to find out by Google searching their name on a whim. The next day, I didn’t want to sit around feeli... [more]

I Love To Paint With Black and White  
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7/23/13 Posted 7/24/13

Expedition 2013 Oil, Graphite on Canvas, 48 x 54 inches I love painting with black and white and grey. A lot of my paintings I begin with a gestural under-painting where I draw into the under-paint before I beg in to add color. Sometimes though, a particular canvas might cry out to me, “Stick with it! Don’t add another color!” And I have to then agree with my painting that adding a color would then make it all about them! Expedition is such a painting. At a... [more]

Video of "Energy in Varying Forms of Density"  
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7/18/13 Posted 7/18/13

Put together a video of my latest painting. Think it shows the work better than a still image. Let me know what you think! http://www.reganartwork.com/reganartwork-blog/2013/7/17/video-of-energy-in-varying-degrees-of-density [more]

Portfolio  
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5/13/13 Posted 5/13/13

I updated the website with my portfolio. I made 7 series out of the abstract work I did in the last year. It’s work in progress, but I finally started arranging the photos: www.blazkutin.com [more]

Art Scam?  
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5/13/13 Posted 5/13/13

                                     Flower Power (Detail) 2013 Oil 2013 On the heels of winning a blue dot for my painting at the Art Students League of New York last week, I received a couple of unsolicited emails. One was about a prospective buyer for my painting, which of course is always welcome. The second came today. It is an email from someone claiming to be curator for an upcoming exhibition at a gallery in Soho. I conjectured the person had seen my painting at the league and selected... [more]

THE AESTHETICS OF DECOMPOSITION: “THAT "BEAUTY ZONE" WHERE THERE IS AN OPTIMAL MIX OF ORDER AND DISORDER”  
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2/9/13 Posted 2/9/13

Fellow blogger Nannus (Andreas Keller nick name) - see his blog Asifoscope - found my Lacer/actions pages and wrote some interesting comments about my works which represents, as you know, torn and decomposed publicity posters and urban tokens. I'm pleased to share his precious thoughts concerning the concepts of decomposition, art and beauty.        By Nannus If you had told me that (Lacer/actions) is art from the 1950s "Informel" school of art or Sam Francis or anything like this, I... [more]

updated artists statement  
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8/2/12 Posted 8/2/12

After producing the last two works I have found it necessary to update my 'Artists Statement'. The visual is a language without concept. What I experience in my art work is that conceptualisation is secondary to the visual experience. There is a constant interaction with detail and simplicity. A process of elimination from complexity to simplicity. The over all result is intuitive feeling based. A feeling that constitutes strength.  The artist and his environment, thoughts and feelings, experiences of everyone and thing are... [more]

The Minimal Gesture at Timothy Taylor   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Markus Amm, Hans Hartung, Jonathan Lasker, Agnes Martin, Peter Peri, Robert Ryman, Sean Scully, Rudolf Stingel, Terry Winters, Christopher Wool at Timothy Taylor Gallery June 4th, 2011 - August 20th, 2011
Posted 6/26/11

  The Minimal Gesture analyses the continuing influence of Abstract Expressionism in contemporary painting, and its intersection with the major movements that followed that period, in particular Minimalism. A large canvas by Agnes Martin, who considered herself an Abstract Expressionist – although her work is closely aligned with Minimalism – consists of faint, hand-ruled graphite lines on an off-white background. The composition is radically pared down, yet full of a sense of imperfection... [more]

the knowing  
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1/24/11 Posted 1/24/11

The knowing   The background was painted in with a broad brush stroke, filling the space with large areas of similar colour, everything else was painted with single strokes of various flat colours. This application was spontaneously brought forth, fitting in to the situation at hand, from having run low on ochre colour and having to use economically, the little that was left. So that was how the background colour came to be. After this, the lines began to get applied. Lines that give no signific... [more]


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