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]
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]
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]
The night is thick with heat and windless humidity. I am restless and stimulated, my body temperature rising in the dark room as I stare at and am consumed by an extraordinary Macri image: Drop Curtain. I have no idea what Macri intends by this image, his title notwithstanding, but I mean to write what it means to me because I cannot quench the fire in my bones until I do so. We don’t need to know what an artist “meant” in order to understand what the art means to us, and it... [more]
Art and object are at a crossroads, the latter pressing upon the former in unapologetic terms. With these blurry borders, the object—once just a thing in the world, a commodity, really—is now widely considered art object par excellence, meaningful in its quotidian thingness, its ontological being now revelatory. That we’ve arrived at a juncture where the object now speaks is interesting to think through in terms of the potential epistemological offshoots. For instance, what know... [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]
I would like to use this blog to track down a lost art item.
In April I did ship a statue in a crate to Tokyo, Japan,
I would like to find out its actual whereabouts and status.
Maybe posting this wanted poster will help me out.
Thank you for your attention and assistance
The SHIT# WORLD TOUR 2016
I would like to invite you to one of my adventures.
In April 2016 I started with the SHIT# World Tour. It gave me an opportunity to give more inside in my projects.
I did send 6 crates... [more]
American Folk Art in Place In Situ brings together over 250 pages of original vintage photographs of folk art environments, vernacular architecture and early outsider artists at work from the collection of Jim Linderman. Available in Paperback or Instant PDF Download from BLURB. COM FREE PREVIEW and ORDERS HERE. [more]
The richness and depth of artworks in numerous Italian churches, large or small, are astounding. Basilica di San Giacomo Maggiore in Bologna was just one of those enchanted me in my 2012 trip to Italy. Basilica di San Giacomo Maggiore, Bologna I was very taken by one of its murals, depicting enthroned Virgin Mary, flanked by several martyr saints, underneath a pediment of resurrected Jesus. The Virgin and most of the saints were in vivid blue and red colors, contrasting strongly to the paleness... [more]
The temperature in New York had reached the low 80s when I schlepped downtown for Sam Lewitt's Less Lights Warm Words at the Swiss Institute. Entering the gallery, which is nestled between the frenzy of Canal street and SoHo, it immediately became clear that the title of Lewitt’s intervention was a massive understatement.
Dispersed throughout the otherwise serene gallery space are large-scale copper heating circuits connected to the tall ceiling with loosely hung black wires. Dominating t... [more]
Made in L.A. 2016: Wipe Your Feet on the Way Out by Lauren McQuade Kelly Akashi, Huguette Caland, Rafa Esparza, Lauren Davis Fisher, Todd Gray, Joel Holmberg, Margaret Honda, Arthur Jafa, Eckhaus Latta, Laida Lertxundi, Adam Linder, Guthrie Lonergan, Rebecca Morris, Shahryar Nashat, Silke Otto-Knapp, Gala Porras-Kim, Sterling Ruby, Aram Saroyan, Kenzi Shiokava, Daniel R. Small, Wadada Leo Smith, Martine Syms, Kenneth Tam, Labor Link TV, Mark Verabioff, Dena Yago at Hammer Museum
June 12th - August 28th
Cracked and imperfect, resting atop a section of otherwise crisp white marble floor, is a carpet of gridded reddish dirt.
At the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, in a biannual exhibition tasked with representing local creativity, a portrait of the region’s artistic practice takes shape—installed alongside the very firmament from which it was excavated. The earth, the grit, the material of the city—literal and imagined—makes its way into the museum.
“It's a dynamic moment in... [more]
Transmitting information is inherent in today’s networked Internet Age. The information structures of our digital surroundings resemble the inner transmitting systems of nerves and their contacts, the synapses. With the help of messenger substances, neurotransmitters like serotonin pass on information and thereby activate the inner neural system. In her installation Conditions for Neurotransmission [P.O.V.] artist Annabelle Craven-Jones visualizes the mutual effects of both information systems and... [more]
Indian Art Gallery – Decorate your home with painting
Vkartgallery is an online Indian art gallery for sale of original paintings made by emerging artists as well as renowned artists from India.All the paintings for sale on the VK Art Gallery website are original prepared by Indian artists. If you are looking to buy artworks (paintings, Drawings and Sculptures) for your home, office or any other place, our online Indian art gallery provides you a platform to buy original... [more]