From my series on looking at art…. perusing the wonderful “Alice Neel,Uptown” exhibit at David Zwirner Gallery, currently on view through April 22nd. This show focuses in on Neel’s intense emotional portraits, primarily of friends and neighbors, during the years she lived in East Harlem and the far Upper West Side. A nonconformist, who refused to follow […]
Observing the observers at the “Seurat Circus Sideshow” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This captivating show of sideshow-inspired artwork by Georges Seurat and other master artists, including Daumier and Picasso, runs through May 29, 2017. This watercolor sketch is part of my ongoing series on looking at art. It’s available as a print in my online shop, in […]
Looking at Diane Arbus New Yorkers captivated by the early photographs of Diane Arbus. The exhibit, “Diane Arbus: in the Beginning,” is on view at the Met Breuer through November 27, 2016. From my ongoing series of people looking at art.
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Surveys the Scene 100 Years Later From my sketchbook at the Whitney Museum. The museum’s founder, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, as painted by Robert Henri in 1916, “observing” the visitors. This commissioned painting did not please her husband, Henry Payne Whitney, who refused to hang it in their home because she was, scandalously for the […]
Last month I spent several days in London, where I had the good fortune to attend the Royal Academy Summer Exhibit. What makes this show unique is it is so eclectic, with world famous and unknown artists shown side by side (& above and below). The exhibit is open to anyone who applies. If you saw Mike Leigh’s 2014 film, Mr. Turner, you’ll recall the showdown scene […]
New Yorkers are always out and about. At once anonymous and on display. Walking, eating, socializing, working, dreaming. This perpetual parade of humanity is a constant fascination and the subject of a few new watercolor paintings. > Purchase fine art prints here: Midtown Light & Shadows, The Pool Room at the Four Seasons, and the Guggenheim Inside.
A watercolor sketch from my looking at art series at the exquisite exhibit, Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This show inspired me in so many ways. Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun was painting at a time when women weren’t allowed to attend art school, but that didn’t […]
Some sketches from my recent trip to Florida….. The first sketch is from a fascinating exhibit at the Norton Museum of Art: “O’Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists in New York.” Not that this has to do with Florida exactly, but it was an inspiring experience from my trip. Shown here is a self-portrait by the wonderful Florine Stettheimer accompanied by a couple of ladies in […]
The latest in my series of sketches of people looking at art….this one from a beautiful exhibit of the late-19th-early-20th-century Danish painter, Vilhelm Hammershøi, at Scandinavia House in New York. The exhibit, Painting Tranquility: Masterworks by Vilhelm Hammershøi from SMK – The National Gallery of Denmark, runs through February 27th. Don’t miss it! His paintings have a luminous, lonely quality that reminds […]
In May 2015, the Whitney Museum of American Art relocated from it’s long-time home on Madison Avenue to a huge new space downtown. In conversation New Yorkers tend to refer to this new location as “the new Whitney.” I was at the new Whitney recently, and as usual I was drawn to museum goers interacting with the art. (This interest is morphing into its […]
“When I was young I could draw like Raphael, but it has taken me my whole life to learn to draw like a child.” – Pablo Picasso Picasso is famous for having mastered painting technique at a very young age. But I didn’t know, until I saw the current Picasso sculpture show at the Museum […]
The other day I visited the exhibit “Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.It was my third visit to this extraordinary show, which focuses on the paintings John Singer Sargent made of his close circle of creative friends, many of whom were famous – Claude Monet, Henry James, Auguste Rodin, Gabriel Faure. Famous friends aside, what really makes this show […]