Filed under: Alabama, In the Studio, Q&A | Tags: 94, Alabama, Beta Pictoris, Birmingham, Bonard Hughins, Boutwell Studios, CMYK, Ellen, Ellen C. Caldwell, Ellen Caldwell, Hughins, NAP, NAP #94
In a time when technology is changing and morphing around us so quickly that we are all in a steady state of flux and perpetual catch-up, Bonard Hughins‘ paintings (NAP #94) offer us a respite.
In his portraits, Hughins mimics the CMYK color process that was used to increase printing speed and efficacy, but in painting it by hand (his process averages a couple of weeks per painting), he also reverses this technological development as if to slow down the rapid pace at which our iPads, iPods, and phones seem to lull us with their siren song…If technology is constantly propelling us to the Land of Two Steps Forward, then Hughins is consciously looking and taking one step back. - Ellen Caldwell, LA Contributor
Filed under: Los Angeles, MFA, Q&A | Tags: Ellen C. Caldwell, Erin Payne, LA, MFA Annual, Payne, Piles
Erin Payne (NAP #93) paints what she terms “piles” – they are piles of jumbled and indefinable fabric and scattered memories. Upon first glance, they reminded me of many fond piles from my own life: blankets abandoned from a childhood fort, wet and sandy towels left at the beach, and the ever-growing laundry that accumulate magically by week’s end. I also saw them as shells of things that once were, but were now abandoned and I was excited to learn more about her process and inspiration. -Ellen C. Caldwell, LA Contributor
Filed under: Art Market, Art World | Tags: Art Collecting, Art Fag City, Art Market, Art.sy, Economy, Greg Allen, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, Sergey Skaterschikov, YBA
[RE-POST] Art Fag City: Market Analyst Sergey Skaterschikov, on “Investment-Quality” Art
and Whether We’re All Going to be Poor.
Sigmar Polke, “Supermarkets” (1976)
“The past few weeks, the stock market has been reeling as concerns about the U.S. and global economy resurface. In an attempt to discover what this means, if anything, for the art world, I asked art market analyst Sergey Skaterschikov for his forecast. Mr. Skaterschikov authored an investment handbook for collectors and an up-to-date investment review that, through market research, aims to function as a credit rating for art.
Skaterschikov pointed to a few trends that emerge in times of economic instability. Firstly, a booming market emerges for “investment-quality” art, or “individuals like Warhol, with significant liquidity.” In particular, Skaterschikov tells me that the future promises repricing of contemporaries of artists like Gerhard Richter, because Richter’s liquidity has been significantly proven. At the same time, emerging artists, the galleries who represent them, and anybody unfortunate enough to be labeled less than “investment-quality” suffer, because, he claims, their middle-class patrons do not make unnecessary purchases….”
Read more at Art Fag City
Filed under: Competitions, NAP News | Tags: 2011, Apply!, August 31, competition, competitions, Deadline, deCordova, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Dina Deitsch, New American Paintings, Northeast
It’s summer, and time once again to apply to our Northeast Competition if you are an artist residing CT, DE, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, & VT. The deadline is Wednesday, August 31 (Midnight EST)! Apply online!
Dina Deitsch, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Musuem, will be jurying what has become one of our most competitive regions.
Artists can now apply online! Simply visit our competition page and follow the instructions. Submitting is easy! Just have four jpegs, less than 1200 pixels at their greatest dimension, and a credit card for the entry fee. Get online and enter by August 31st!
Be sure to check out our recent Q&A with Ms. Deitsch.
Filed under: Art World, By the Book, Features | Tags: 95, Midwest, tim wirth, wirth, wirth motor company
Innovative artists find ways to interact with their fans and come up with witty ways to attract new ones, and Wirth has done that with “Worth Motor Company.” WMC is a clever project, aimed at car lovers that want to artistically capture their treasured vehicles, whether, “New or Old. Fast or Slow. Polished or Demolished. Good or Bad.” Visitors of the site can submit an image and description of a vehicle, and even request to include special items that might make the resulting original painting even more tear-jerking for the current or former holder of the title.
Filed under: Art World, DC | Tags: Chris Martin, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Matthew Smith, Mitchell-Innes & Nash
Chris Martin. ABOVE: Here Comes the Sun…, 2004–2007. Oil on canvas, 143 x 129 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York. Photo: Jason Mandella. BOTTOM: Staring into the Sun… (4→7→11), 2003. Oil on canvas, three parts, 143 x 129 inches each. Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York.
It’s easy to see Chris Martin’s interest in outsider art. In fact, it’s often written directly onto his work. A close inspection of the collaged paintings in his monumental installation in the Corcoran Gallery’s atrium yields, among other things, a newspaper clipping noting the death of Purvis Young, arguably the quintessential outsider artist. Other works by Martin, many of them installed in the Corcoran’s rotunda, have textual references to artists who were decidedly insiders but whose works alluded to an outsider’s sensibility — artists like Paul Thek and Alfred Jensen. This second category — the insider with an outsider’s sensibility — is particularly relevant to Chris Martin’s work in Painting Big, on view at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. through October 23.
—Matthew Smith, DC Contributor