charles lewis

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An American in Paris - visiting Lucien Freud's L'Atelier Show  
Lucian Freud at Centre Pompidou March 10th, 2010 - July 19th, 2010
Posted 6/11/10
Lucien Freud at the Centre Pompidou The Lucien Freud show at the Centre Pompidou is a rare opportunity to see a large body of the painter’s work, especially a large body of his fairly recent work which is, to say the least, fleshy. The show is divided into four parts. First, as you enter the exhibition, is the Interior/Exterior room, which features images of the artist’s studio and various outside subjects like views of factories and buildings as well as amazing floral/vegetation pictures.... [more]
Painting Master Class: Wayne Thiebaud at the SJMA  
Wayne Thiebaud at San Jose Museum of Art February 16th, 2010 - July 4th, 2010
Posted 5/4/10
I just came from the Wayne Thiebaud show at the San Jose Museum of Art. The SJMA is really cooking these days, with quality shows coming one after another. I’ve seen Thiebaud’s paintings in various places over the years, including a show of his “aerial” paintings of what appear to be Mississippi delta landscapes. But this show seems to draw heavily, in fact almost exclusively, from the artist’s and his family’s collections. It covers Thiebaud’s work from approximately the early 1960s (with a... [more]
Master Class in painting, but Surreal?  
Todd Schorr at San Jose Museum of Art June 20th, 2009 - September 16th, 2009
Posted 8/14/09
The Todd Schorr show at the San Jose Museum of Art is an assault. The artist grabs you and wrings you out, then you stagger away, dazed. Mr. Schorr is important, a fact nicely recognized by the SJMA in this very large solo show, which gathers paintings from a myriad of collections, such as that of Leonardo DeCaprio. This retrospective features works as far back as the mid-80s, I seem to recall, with a brief stop in the early 1990s with some mid-size pieces, before dashing forward at breakneck... [more]