Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Giovanni Bellini's St. Francis in the Desert is a masterpiece of spiritual poetry

On Sunday, April 11th, August celebrated my birthday with me at the Frick Madison.  It was truly heaven on earth. I finally experienced the exquisite merging of photography and painting. Please see the installation below where the natural light and trapezoidal shape of the window is paired with Bellini's St. Francis in the Desert.

Giovanni Bellini's St. Francis in the Desert is a masterpiece of spiritual poetry that has enthralled generations of visitors to The Frick Collection.

This monumental painting — the largest work on panel at the Frick — portrays Francesco Bernardone of Assisi (c. 1181–1226), the medieval saint who renounced earthly riches to embrace a life of poverty, humility, simplicity, and prayer. Francis founded the mendicant religious order known in Italy as the Frati Minori, or Friars Minor, still flourishing today. In 1224, during a retreat to the Tuscan mountain of La Verna, he was honored for his empathetic faith with the stigmata, the imprint of the five wounds of Christ's Crucifixion

 
Giovanni Bellini St. Francis in the Desert, c. 1475-78, 
oil on poplar panel, 49 x 55 7⁄8 inches,

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Summer Solstice, Juneteeth, Pause

"Earnest", 1977
Gulf Coast State Fair, Mobile, Alabama
Earnest proudly resting after he completed installing the tents for the
 fair attendees and exhibitors.

Friday, June 28, 2019

FRANK STELLA

RECENT WORK



The sculptures explode out of the galleries. They seem to have the energy that could push the walls apart...In some works, like Atalanta and Hippomenes (2017), the rigid structure of the grid is broken by the application of large, billowing white forms that seem to weave and expand across the vertical and horizontal planes. Inspired by the ethereal quality of smoke rings—which have long captivated Stella— the abstract form appears weightless despite its grand scale.

This sensation is further accentuated by the way the grid is affixed to the wall, giving it a contrasting feel of solidity. In others, such as Leeuwarden II (2017), the fiberglass grid is suspended within a metal frame, with brightly-colored, almost neon, ribbons dramatically swooping in and out of it, imbuing the work with a vivid sense of motion. The juxtaposition of materials, from colored fiberglass to bare steel to PU-foam, adds further texture and depth to the sculptures and contributes to the shifting experience of the work as one changes position and perspective.


 Frank Stella: Recent Work will be on view from April 25 through June 22 across both of the Marianne Boesky Gallery’s Chelsea locations at 509 and 507 W. 24th Street.

She Belongs to Me

 
 
 
She's got everything she needs, she's an artist
She don't look back
She's got everything she needs, she's an artist
She don't look back
She can take the dark out of the nighttime
And paint the daytime black
You will start out standing
Proud to steal her anything she sees
You will start out standing
Proud to steal her anything she sees
But you'll wind up peeking through her keyhole
Down upon your knees
She never stumbles, she's got no place to fall
She never stumbles, she's got no place to fall
She's nobody's child, the Law can't touch her at all
She wears an Egyptian ring that sparkles before she speaks
She wears an Egyptian ring that sparkles before she speaks
She's a hypnotist collector, you are a walking antique.
Bow down to her on Sunday
Salute her when her birthday comes
Bow down to her on Sunday
Salute her when her birthday comes
For Halloween give her a trumpet
And for Christmas, buy her a drum

Thursday, October 11, 2018

 


50 Years: An Anniversary

A Benefit Exhibition for March For Our Lives

October 10 – November 3, 2018
524 W 26th Street 

Thank you Paula Cooper for your presence and enormous contributions to art history. 

This extraordinary show, “50 Years: An Anniversary” celebrates the October 1968 opening of the Paula Cooper Gallery, the first art gallery in SoHo at 96-100 Prince Street. This fiftieth anniversary show in 2018 includes artworks from that time period by the original artists: Carl Andre, Jo Baer, Robert Barry, Bill Bollinger, Dan Flavin, Robert Huot, Will Insley, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, Robert Murray, Doug Ohlson, and Robert Ryman.

On view at 524 West 26th Street, is Carl Andre’s original 1968 work, composed of twenty-eight found bricks laid end-to-end directly on the floor, which challenged traditional conceptions of material, labor and value.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963–2017

At The Met Breuer
September 6–December 2, 2018

Technological Totem Pole

Jack Whitten

(American, Bessemer, Alabama 1939–2018)
Date: 2013
Medium: Black mulberry, metal, Gortynis marble,
Braun alarm clock, mixed media.



I too was raised in Alabama in the 60's. Mobile is on the Gulf Coast and south of Bessemer, and had its activism that was very grassroots.

Jack and I were friendly in the naissance of the SoHo art community. The late 1960's and early 1970's energy of creative exploration is evident in this body of Jack's work. I am ever so grateful to the Met for mounting such an intelligent and well curated show.

This exhibition presents the extraordinary and previously unknown sculptures of acclaimed American artist Jack Whitten (1939–2018). Whitten's sculptures, which he first created in New York and later at his summer home on Crete, consist of carved wood, often in combination with found materials sourced from his local environment, including bone, marble, paper, glass, nails, and fishing line. Inspired by art-historical sources rooted in Africa, the ancient Mediterranean, and the Southern United States, Whitten's sculptures not only address the themes of place, memory, family, and migration, they also give expression to a transnational, cosmopolitan perspective. 


Wednesday, October 3, 2018


Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

At The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters
May 10–October 8, 201


In this magnificent installation we see the influence of religious art on innovative fashions. This Met exhibition is extravagant and heavenly!!

The Costume Institute's spring 2018 exhibition—at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters—features a dialogue between fashion and medieval art from The Met collection to examine fashion's ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism.

The visual reference of the exhibition, papal robes and accessories from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside The Vatican, are on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Fashions from the early twentieth century to the present are shown in the Byzantine and medieval galleries, part of the Robert Lehman Wing, and at The Met Cloisters.

For more on this extravagant spectacle click on Met Museum.