Painting

Mark Bradford


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Known for his multi-layered collaged paintings incorporating materials found in the urban environment, Bradford created a series of new works about Hong Kong that explore structures of power and politics through the lens of urban planning, in the world’s most densely populated city. Using architectural floor plans for public housing in Hong Kong as a ...

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James Bullough


Monday, September 5, 2016

James Bullough is an American born artist living and working in Berlin, Germany. His paintings, and huge monumentally scaled site-specific murals, are phenomenal combinations of realist painting technique and graphic punctuation. Inspired by gritty urban graffiti as a young artist growing up in Washington, DC, Bullough harnessed its energy in his work, and perfected a realistic ...

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Mark Tennant


Monday, August 22, 2016

Mark Tennant received a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore, and an M.F.A. from the New York Academy of Art, in New York City. For the years 2008 and 2009, he was the Director of Graduate Fine Art Painting at Academy of Art University, in San Francisco, where he had been an ...

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Ed Ruscha


Friday, August 19, 2016

Ed Ruscha’s photography, drawing, painting, and artist books record the shifting emblems of American life in the last half century. His deadpan representations of Hollywood logos, stylized gas stations, and archetypal landscapes distil the imagery of popular culture into a language of cinematic and typographical codes that are as accessible as they are profound. Ruscha’s ...

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Wifredo Lam


Monday, August 15, 2016

Wifredo Lam was born in Cuba in 1902 of mixed heritage, and pursued a successful artistic career on both sides of the Atlantic. He was closely associated Pablo Picasso and members of the surrealist movement like André Breton. In this film the artist's son recounts his father's story and shares his memories. His work poetically addresses ...

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Thomas Houseago


Monday, August 8, 2016

Houseago is vanguard in his approach to sculpture’s original subject, the human body. Utilizing mediums associated with classical and modernist sculpture—such as carved wood, clay, plaster, and bronze—as well as less traditional materials like rebar and hemp, Houseago builds monumental figures rife with the traces of their making. Body parts rendered from flat portions of ...

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Cinta Vidal


Sunday, July 31, 2016

In the effort to break free from gravity Cinta Vidal finds her highest expression. Subjects that should be anchored to the ground and rather are released into space that does not belong. The strength of the unusual, the power of what we would like and always eludes us. It's the human dream that takes shape, ...

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Jake Wood-Evans


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Evoking faded memories and spectres of a past time, Jake Wood-Evans’ drawings and oil paintings often depict disintegrating and dissolving moments. With a strong focus on craftsmanship, his work takes inspiration from a diverse range of Baroque Old Masters and contemporary figurative painters. Creating ethereal images that are both unsettling and beautiful, Wood-Evans’ powerful use of light emerges from ...

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Allan McCollum


Friday, July 8, 2016

Allan McCollum is a contemporary American artist who was born in Los Angeles, California in 1944, and now lives and works in New York City. In 1975, his work was included in the Whitney Biennial, and he moved to New York City that same year. In the late seventies he became especially well known for ...

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Freud’s Paintings


Friday, July 1, 2016

Lucian Freud’s former assistant, David Dawson, remembers the arrival of two pictures into Freud’s personal collection of art; Cézanne’s ‘Afternoon in Naples’ and Corot’s ‘Italian Woman’ – both of which feature in the National Gallery exhibition, ‘Painters’ Paintings: From Freud to Van Dyck’. 23 June – 4 September 2016 Freud’s many studies of the nude make up ...

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George Shaw


Thursday, June 16, 2016

The National Gallery's Rootstein Hopkins Associate Artist, George Shaw discusses his idiosyncratic use of Humbrol enamel paint, typically used to colour model trains and aeroplanes. "I did not ever want to be a painter. But I was good at drawing. As a young child, I remember drawing a big battleship with a load of planes flying ...

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Wes Magyar


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Wes Magyar, an alumni of the University of Coloardo at Boulder, has exhibited his work since 1999. Notable exhibition venues include - The Denver Art Museum, Mobil Museum of Art, Arvada Center for the Arts, Dairy Center for the Arts, The Fort Collins Museum of Art, Mizel Ceter for Arts and Culture, and the Chilean ...

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Philip Guston


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Beginning 26 April 2016, Hauser & Wirth present ‘Philip Guston: Painter, 1957 – 1967’, exploring a pivotal decade in the career of the preeminent 20th century American artist. Featuring 36 paintings and 53 drawings, many on loan from major museums and private collections, the exhibition draws together a compelling body of work that reveals the ...

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Degas: A Strange New Beauty


Monday, April 18, 2016

MoMA curator Jodi Hauptman and conservator Karl Buchberg explore Degas’s monotype process with printmakers Andrew Mockler and Jennifer Marshall of Jungle Press Editions. Degas's rarely seen monotypes will be on view in the exhibition “Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty,” which opens at MoMA on March 26. Jodi Hauptman joined The Museum of Modern Art as ...

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Shawn Huckins


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Shawn Huckins was not inspired by the likes of Van Gogh, Monet, or DaVinci. As a young boy in the second grade, Huckins found inspiration in someone who he affectionately refers to as the ‘Big Kid.’ Observing the ‘Big Kid’ and his drawing talents during a school bus ride home, the two eventually became acquaintances ...

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Restoring The Raising of Lazarus


Monday, April 4, 2016

Restorer Jill Dunkerton tells about the raising of Wtewael's masterpiece from the Wycombe Museum. In August 1608 Caravaggio fled from Malta, where he had been imprisoned for an unknown crime, and took refuge in Sicily with his friend, the artist Mario Minniti. Through Minniti's intercession he procured a number of important commissions, including this for the ...

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Kerstin Brätsch


Friday, April 1, 2016

Kerstin Brätsch's gregarious practice moves fluidly between mediums and between individual and collective practice. Brätsch creates strange hybrids of painting, design, and performance. For instance, her large-scale oil paintings can be used as backdrops for her staged actions, her sculptures can serve as distribution nodes for various 'zines and Xeroxed publications, and her poster works ...

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Arshile Gorky


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Arshile Gorky was born Vosdanig Adoian around 1902 (there are conflicting accounts of his birth date) in the village of Khorkom, near Lake Van, in an Armenian province on the eastern border of Ottoman Turkey. As a teenager, Gorky witnessed the systematic ethnic cleansing of his people, the minority Armenians, by Turkish troops in 1915, ...

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Wyatt Mills


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

“To be ‘normal’ is the ideal aim for the unsuccessful,” wrote the great, early 20th-century Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung. “But for people of more than average ability… the moral compulsion to be nothing but normal signifies the bed of Procrustes—deadly and insupportable boredom, a hell of sterility and hopelessness.” It’s an idea that Los Angeles-based ...

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Felicia Browne: War Artist


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Through her archive, this film uncovers the work and untimely death of Felicia Browne, a young artist who lost her life in the first months of the Spanish Civil War in 1936. This event reverberates through the work of artist Sonia Boue, here reflecting on the significance of British volunteers, like Browne, who helped republican ...

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Burri: Material Realism


Sunday, February 21, 2016

Curator Emily Braun and conservator Carol Stringari discuss the experimental techniques and materials used by Italian artist Alberto Burri, subject of the retrospective Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Alberto Burri was born March 12, 1915, in Città di Castello, a small town in the Umbria region of Italy. In ...

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John Singer Sargent


Thursday, February 18, 2016

John Singer Sargent painted Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose between 1885 and 1886. The inspiration for the painting came during a boating expedition Sargent took on the Thames at Pangbourne in September 1885, with the American artist Edwin Austin Abbey, during which he saw Chinese lanterns hanging among trees and lilies. Sargent began the picture while staying ...

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Brett Amory


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Brett Amory's atmospheric, expressionist paintings of "average Joes" make him an L S Lowry for the globalised era. Brett entered into formal art training in his late 20s. Always entertained by his own amateur artistic experiments, he enrolled at San Francisco's Academy of Arts. "It was a vocational establishment and my technique was poor", he says. ...

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Loyd Grossman on Benjamin West


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

TV Presenter and Art Historian Loyd Grossman explores this significant history painting 'The Death of General James Wolfe' by Benjamin West and its context within the history of the Empire. Artist & Empire: Facing Britain's Imperial Past – Tate Britain 10 April 2016 At the time of his death in 1820, Benjamin West was the most famous ...

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Sterling Ruby


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Sterling Ruby was born in 1972 on an American air force base in Bitburg, Germany. He graduated from the Pennsylvania School of Art and Design, Pennsylvania, in 1996. Ruby then received his B.F.A at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in 2002, as well as his M.F.A at the Art Center College of ...

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Zeng Fanzhi


Friday, December 18, 2015

Zeng Fanzhi was born in Wuhan, China in 1964, and lives and works in Beijing. Solo museum exhibitions include “Zeng Fanzhi: Idealism,” Singapore Art Museum (2007); “Zeng Fanzhi,” Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne de Metropole (2007); “Zeng Fanzhi,” Fundación Godia, Barcelona (2009); and “2010: Zeng Fanzhi,” Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2010). Zeng's work was the ...

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Ron B. Kitaj


Monday, December 14, 2015

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, Kitaj studied at the Cooper Union Institute in New York in 1950-1 and 1952. As a merchant seaman in the early 1950s he visited Havana, Mexico and South America. He was a student at the Academy of Fine Art, Vienna in 1951. He attended the Ruskin School, Oxford in 1958-9, ...

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John Currin


Saturday, December 5, 2015

John Currin was born in 1962 in Boulder, Colorado. He received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and an MFA from Yale University. His ambitious paintings seduce, repel, surprise, and puzzle. Currin’s masterful technique is achieved through the scrutiny and emulation of the compositional devices, graphic rhythms and refined surfaces of sixteenth and ...

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Lisa Yuskavage


Monday, November 16, 2015

Lisa Yuskavage's works are characterized by an ongoing engagement with the history of painting. Her oeuvre bears witness to a re-emergence of the figurative in contemporary painting and takes its point of departure in part in the immediacy and tawdriness of contemporary life spurred by the mass media and the psycho-social realm of the individual. ...

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Enrique Chagoya


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Drawing from his experiences living on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border in the late 70’s, and also in Europe in the late 90’s, Enrique Chagoya juxtaposes secular, popular, and religious symbols in order to address the ongoing cultural clash between the United States, Latin America and the world as well. He uses familiar pop icons ...

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