Esoterica, Arcana, Obscura

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in blog | No Comments
Esoterica, Arcana, Obscura

I suppose you could apply all of those terms to the art I do, but not all are equally accurate.  Lately I have decided that to avoid endlessly trying to translate what I paint into ideas, concepts, or descriptions for the sake of explaining myself … it’s much easier on everyone to simply say, “I […]

Killing the Dinner Party

Posted by on Jun 28, 2018 in blog | No Comments
Killing the Dinner Party

I was recently at dinner with some friends–good folk, well-meaning & sincere folk–who wanted to draw me into the table talk by saying, “Larry…tell us about your art.” Of course there was none of my art around for anybody to actually look at so I couldn’t help but puzzle over what to say. My wife, […]

Zen and the Critical Eye

Posted by on Apr 14, 2018 in blog | No Comments
Zen and the Critical Eye

I’m having a conversation about art. I want to talk about what’s in front of me, what might be called an ‘object oriented’ conversation. What I’m seeing is an  artist who developed his metier in 1960’s era New York. It appears to me he never left the era. His subject matter (when I can find […]

How Art Matters

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018 in blog | No Comments
How Art Matters

[NOTE: This is a blogpost I wrote for Riverviews Artspace in 2011.]   Have you noticed? –when money gets tight often the first thing that budget-teers want to cut is “the arts.” Why is that? Well, Margy Waller, Vice President of the Cincinnati Fine Arts Fund (now called “ArtsWave”) thinks she knows. What she knows […]

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 […]