Showing posts from December, 2009

All About Prints | Review by Jill Conner

Asteriskpix is always on the road to something new, creating flawless animations that fit smoothly into larger productions. On a recent visit, Richard O'Connor showed some of the work that was done for All About Prints, a project that was aired on American Public Television in May 2009 as well as some fragments from their soon-to-be-finished project titled The Buddha. Although O'Connor still insists that the studio's work is not about avant-garde, high-art but rather about the confluence of creativity and research, the imagery that emerges from this animation studio suggests otherwise.

All About Prints breaks past the wide-spread assumption that prints are less valuable, and a more affordable alternative, to the purchase of an original work of art, like a painting or sculpture. While that is partially true, this show opens up the long history of print making and reveals the fact that not only were these images intended to be low-cost for easy purchase but they were also…

Arshile Gorky at the Philadelphia Museum of Art | Review by Eliot Markell

Gorky is one of those well known artists whose work we think we know, but this retrospective is a like finding an open diary. All sorts of intimate things are revealed. Gorky’s seductively drooping, elegantly looping curvilinear forms are his signature move, but to supplement that impression you need to get down to Ben Franklin Parkway by January 6 and re-introduce yourself to this artist’s odyssey.
His life began and ended in trauma and tragedy, in between he made art that sprung from a psyche imbued with creative instinct. The Armenian Genocide of his childhood shaped everything in his art. After the forced marches of Turkish ethnic cleansing, and then watching his mother starve to death, he emigrated to the United States and in an effort to forge a new life and identity changed his name to Arshile (Russian for Achilles) Gorky, in homage to the Russian dramatist.

Fortunately this exhibit contains plenty of drama, particularly the second part of his career. I found the early work …

Kandinsky at the Guggenheim Museum | Review by Jill Conner

Several Circles (1926) oil on canvas
The tumbling art economy has led to a renewed interest in blue-chip art, with a special focus on European Modernism. Much to the surprise of New York’s contemporary art community, the Gagosian Gallery exhibited the late works of Picasso during the late Spring, once reviled as his weakest but suddenly considered to be his best. The Museum of Modern Art currently hosts an extensive show on the Bauhaus while the Guggenheim Museum features a focus on one particular member of the Bauhaus, Vassily Kandinsky. While celebrating the 50th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s building, “Kandinsky” stands to be the most significant retrospective since the previous one in 1984 at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. As each painting is placed chronologically along the museum’s spiral structure, this retrospective not only moves past its predecessor 25 years prior, but it also reveals the influence that Kandinsky’s work had upon the design of the building’s u…

7 Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton | Review by Eliot Markell

by Eliot Markell

Hi Joel,

Thanks again for sending me the hardcover edition of Seven Days in the Art World, I think. Truly the most irritating piece of narcissistic, non-fiction I couldn't put down. Well I shouldn't say I won't put it down, just that I read it without chewing more than I had to. Starting with the "how-attractive-am-I-come-hither-you-influential-art-stud" jacket photo of Ms Thorton, with continued liberal doses of female pheromonal innuendo continuing throughout. Ah yes, it helps to be a sex siren to get ahead in an art market populated with dirty old white men.

I must admit that she can shows flashes of knowledgeable commentary, and clearly knows her way around the hierarchy of cynically corrupt art world masters of the universe. I suppose knowing that the owner of Christie's auction house controls how dealers market artists work in his collection should be of some significant consequence to the laymen, but the whole thing comes as …