Patrick Neal

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Most artists I know are aware of the painter Sharon Butler, not because she’s an overhyped art star, but because of her reputation as a serious, feet-on-the-ground, working artist.

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Freezing temperature, as it affects a subject’s kinetic energy, serves as a potent metaphor for this show.

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Painting Everday Objects in All Their Glory

by Patrick Neal on September 16, 2015

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Painting reached a turning point with Paul Cézanne wherein a picture would no longer be conceived simply as a window onto the world with the artist at a remove from the act of creating.

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The Twisted Delights of Abject Art

by Patrick Neal on August 5, 2015

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During the summer, as Labor Day approaches and people flee the city for vacation, Ferris wheels and circus tents can be seen in the distance announcing the arrival of fairs across the counties.

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A five–day celebration of the arts in Long Island City got underway on Wednesday and will continue through Sunday night.

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One of the more promising avenues that postmodernism explored was to seek out the nether regions that modernism forgot.

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Recurrent throughout 8 Painters are stylings on past painterly marks and movements, not so much placed in quotations as absorbed into a work’s facture.

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The expressive quality of collage across all manner of media, from literature and music to the visual arts, came to mind while viewing Rough Cut, an exhibition at Morgan Lehman Gallery.

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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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