The Death of Democratic Politics

Posted by on Jan 13, 2018 in blog | No Comments
The Death of Democratic Politics

Politics is now a dis-honorable profession. It has become one in which the greed for power and money is purchased at the cost of one’s character and integrity. It is the practice of chicanery, the art of deceiving one’s constituents into believing something that has little or no bearing whatsoever on conduct, behavior, or policy […]

Painting for the Elite

Posted by on Dec 17, 2017 in blog | No Comments
Painting for the Elite

As I was researching my previous blog (“No Audience, No Art?”) I came across a comment Adolph Gottlieb offered while on a panel discussion at NYU, “I don’t paint for the masses,” he said. “I paint for the elite. The masses are not interested in what I do. They won’t understand this kind of painting […]

No Audience, No Art?

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 in blog | No Comments
No Audience, No Art?

Is it ‘art’ if there is no audience for it? …reminds me of that old thought experiment first posed by George Berkeley in the early 18th century: “If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it does it make a sound?” Is there no sound if there is no ear to hear […]

It’s All About Quality

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in blog | No Comments
It’s All About Quality

While I was in Savannah last month I had the opportunity to review the Kirk Varnedoe Collection at the Jepson Center. Varnedoe, the Chief Curator of painting & sculpture at MOMA (1988 – 2001), was a deeply connected Savannah native and one who, according to the NY Times, “helped to reshape MOMA’s collection and philosophy […]

Art to the People

Posted by on Sep 30, 2017 in blog | 2 Comments
Art to the People

One could argue that there is (or at least there should be) something ‘humanizing’ about art whether we’re making it, seeing it, or engaging with it … and, whether we’re doing it seriously, casually, or coincidently. It enlarges our experience, strengthens our heart, and stimulates our mind. In other words, it’s good for us both […]

Why Don’t They See?

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in blog | One Comment
Why Don’t They See?

Are they lazy? Don’t they think seeing takes a little effort? Are they willfully disinterested? Maybe they’re wanting the necessary skills? or maybe they’ve just not been taught? Maybe more exposure would help? It’s a mystery…. The declarative Indian philosopher, Jiddu Krishnamurti, said that “seeing is the only truth; there is nothing else.” And he […]

Title Matters

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in blog | No Comments
Title Matters

What does the title of a work of art tell you? Does it actually tell you anything that matters? Should it? Can it? After all, a painting is not a poem or an essay and if it could be so reduced why wouldn’t the artist have used words and intellection rather than making an image […]

Banksy

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017 in blog | No Comments
Banksy

Why are so many curious about tagging a name on Banksy? You know, like, “who is Banksy really?”  Isn’t “Banksy” good enough? all the identity the artwork needs? Other than satisfying a cat’s curiosity, what’s the need to know more? What if “more” were “less”? Isn’t it possible that tagging Banksy with another name or […]

Seeing Is Not Opinion

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in blog | No Comments
Seeing Is Not Opinion

Is one person’s opinion just as good as the next? Yes. Opinion is egalitarian. Taking a point of view or making a judgment indifferent to the facts or uninformed by substance disqualifies all opinions equally from anything but the most  casual of chatter and the least serious of conversations. Opinion may tell us a lot […]

But It’s a Jackson Pollock!

Posted by on Jun 17, 2017 in blog | No Comments
But It’s a Jackson Pollock!

  Do you see $15 million there? I don’t. And not simply because paying that kind of money seems obscene when the only justification is “it’s a Jackson Pollock.” The hitherto unknown work evidently showed up in a garage in Arizona in January of 2016. It was part of the Jenifer Gordon Cosgriff estate, someone […]