Patrick Neal


Contemporary Fresco That’s Off the Wall

by Patrick Neal on November 10, 2014

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It isn’t often one comes across fresco paintings in art galleries, the last time I remember seeing a sizable number was the “Rooms” section of the Francesco Clemente retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in 1999.

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Crude Beauty and Wordsworthian Grandeur

by Patrick Neal on October 20, 2014

Stanley Lewis at Betty Cuningham Gallery

The artist Stanley Lewis draws and paints the landscapes closest to him, places where he works, teaches, and travels like nearby lakes and roadsides in Chautauqua, New York, or his backyard and studio window views in Leeds, Massachusetts.

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Painting as Super Model

by Patrick Neal on July 9, 2014

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Yve-Alain Bois’s book Painting as Model was written twenty odd years ago and continues to be an important text, providing conceptual fodder for many contemporary art practices.

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Big sailing ships and their metaphoric potential appear to be on the mind of many cultural players of late.

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Considering the art of the painter Janet Fish, who currently has works spanning fifteen years on display at DC Moore Gallery, I found myself pulling books off the shelf by the philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty.

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Big and Bold in Albany

by Patrick Neal on January 20, 2014

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ALBANY, New York — The Albany Institute of History and Art, which has just renovated its largest gallery, is marking the occasion with Big and Bold, a showcase of large-scale contemporary works from its permanent collection

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Last Sunday night, on the occasion of the exhibit Chagall: Love, War, and Exile on view at the Jewish Museum, Jordan Kantor a painter and professor at California College of the Arts, hosted an intimate panel looking back at painting since the death of Chagall to the present.

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Abstracting Daily Experience

by Patrick Neal on November 4, 2013

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Shortly after President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage in May 2012, the online version of the Guardian came out with an interactive graph depicting gay rights in the US on a state by state basis.

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Since painters of any stripe, be it abstract or figurative, no longer work around master narratives, trying to tackle one big issue, it’s common to see group shows of abstract painting arranged around particular interests or strategies a select group of artists may share.

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Painting Matters Now

by Patrick Neal on April 25, 2013

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Three months ago I attended a discussion at Hunter College called towards meaning in a plural painting world. The panel sought to examine today’s multiplicity of painting styles and determine if this is a positive or dilutive development for painting’s meaning as a whole. Last Wednesday, the Pratt Institute took on similar subject matter with a panel titled “Painting Matters Now: a Conversation.”

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