To say that Conner was an outsider who also wanted to belong is to barely scratch the surface of his paradoxical persona.
With a bit too much time on my hands and a subscription to Adobe Photoshop I have been playing with an idea: what will happen to traditional still life paintings when elements from contemporary life are grafted into them?
“If the great European artists of the past were alive today, what kinds of statements would they need to write to explain and justify their work?”
LOS ANGELES — Jin Shan was 12 when the student-led Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 rocked China, eliciting a brutal and unprecedented military response.
After beginning his career as a social “insider” who painted the upper echelons of British society, Justin Mortimer relaunched himself by painting dark, difficult, and disjointed works.
LOS ANGELES — John Currin’s bizarre vignettes of feminine allure are bound to arouse some rather rich and complicated feelings in the viewer, and that is a good thing.
When art and commerce mix, a certain level of mania is inevitable: it’s what you get when passion and pragmatism collide.
LOS ANGELES — As he raced against cancer to finish his fourth and final book, Leonardo’s Brain, author/inventor/surgeon Leonard Shlain was motivated by the possibility that his manuscript-in-progress might help answer a very vital question: How can mankind achieve a more creative and peaceful future?
The Figure: Painting Drawing and Sculpture, Contemporary Perspectives has the look of a high-end coffee table decoration, but don’t judge this book just by its Martha Mayer Erlebacher cover.
For your reading pleasure: six short reviews of nonexistent shows, none of which are actually on view in New York this week.
LOS ANGELES — In 1988 Jed Perl, a critic in his mid-thirties who had written for Vogue, Art in America, and The New Criterion, published his first book: Paris Without End: On French Art Since World War I.
LOS ANGELES — The Paternal Suit: Heirlooms from the F. Scott Hess Family Foundation, on view at the Long Beach Museum of Art, is an exhibition that examines the imperfect influence of patriarchs and fathers on American history and American families.