“You don’t decide to be an artist, art gets inside of you..” -Carmen Herrera, 1915-

January 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

Carmen Herrera (born May 31, 1915) is a Cuban painter, born in Havana, who has lived in New York since the mid-1950s and has recently seen her work recognized in international circles. After six decades of private painting, she sold her first artwork in 2004 when she was 89 years old. A retrospective exhibition opened in July 2009 at the nonprofit IKON Gallery in Birmingham, England, and is traveling to the Pfalzgalerie Museum in Kaiserslautern, Germany from January 23rd to May 2nd 2010. London’s Tate Modern and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. have recently acquired her works.  -Wikipedia

Excerpts from a recent interview at The Guardian:

“When did you decide you were an artist?

You don’t decide to be an artist, art gets inside of you. Before you know it you’re painting, before you know it you’re an artist. You’re so surprised. It’s like falling in love.

Are you still learning now?

Yes, I am. I’m more dedicated to my art now and I’m more watchful. Anything – a piece of paper that’s folded in a funny way – I think, “ah, I can use that”. I feel much more aware now.”

Read the full interview at The Guardian.


Joanne Mattera Art Blog: Guaranteed Biased, Myopic, Incomplete and Journalistically Suspect

January 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

Have you ever wondered if being an artist is a legitimate career? Here’s a new link to bookmark, Joanne Mattera’s Art Blog: straight talk from an artist about the business side of art, among other things. A sample post….

“In a recent interview in The Guardian, the 95-year-old Cuban-born, New York City-based abstractionist Carmen Herrera–”discovered” at the age of 89–was asked what advice she would give her 20-year old self.

This is her answer:  ‘Don’t hurry up, just take your 20s as long as you can. But the 20s is not an easy time. A lot of things are coming to you that you’re not ready to absorb. You have to get old and wrinkled and grey-haired before you know what they’re talking about.’

I don’t know about the “old and wrinkled and grey-haired,” but since I teach a course to art school seniors about to embark on their art careers, I often give to them the advice I wish someone had given me. Here’s what I would tell my 20-year-old self: ……….”

Continued on http://joannemattera.blogspot.com/

Paint and Process, Week 4: Helen Frankenthaler

January 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Helen Frankenthaler is known for her large scale paintings made with poured paint on unstretched canvas, and her experimental manipulations of liquid paint using tools such as squeegees, housepaint brushes and sponges.

Read Helen Frankenthaler’s bio.

New Figure Exhibition at College of William and Mary

January 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

This came in from my friend Bill Barnes at William and Mary, an exhibition of contemporary figure painters of note. Lots of links to the individual artists.


Week 3: Paint and Process: Sally Bowring

January 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Sally Bowring

is a painter who lives and works in Richmond, Virginia. She teaches painting at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Her paintings come  from her intense interest in, and observation of what’s around her: nature, her garden, the city, music, food, poetry, forms of all kinds. In one of her artist statements she references Aretha Franklin as a source of inspiration. Sally’s paintings appeal directly to our senses through their rich textures and color, and by their references to natural forms which emerge and disappear into the many layers of the painted surface. She sometimes uses masks and stencils to form windows, or openings, in the calm painted skins of her panels through which we can glimpse back into the layers and substrates of earlier, more kinetic stages in the painting and the vigorous mark-making that reveals the artist’s hand. Her color is “up-tempo,” optimistic in its ebullience and just pushing at the edge of acidic. Sally Bowring’s paintings are beautiful essays on the interchange between her meditations on the great givens of nature, and the intuitive flow of formal process. They are both image and object.

Shared Intelligence: American Painting and the Photograph

January 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Exhibition at the Columbus Museum of Art, February 4 – April 24.

“Painting and photography have had a long relationship in American art. Since its invention, photography has influenced the way we see the world as much as how paintings have for centuries.  Shared Intelligence explores the dynamic ways visual artists have been inspired by and used the photograph.  The exhibition of more than 75 paintings and photographs focuses on the work of American painters for whom the photograph has been essential to the development of their work, such as Thomas Eakins, Frederic Remington, Charles Sheeler, Georgia O’Keeffe, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, and contemporary artists, such as Robert Rauschenberg, Chuck Close, David Hockney, and Sherrie Levine. Major works by such ground-breaking photographers as Eadweard Muybridge, Alfred Stieglitz, Man Ray, Edward Weston, Walker Evans, and Margaret Bourke-White will also be included.”


Ryan Smith at Art Access Gallery, Columbus

January 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Exhibition at Art Access Gallery

February 4, 2011

Reception 5 – 8 p.m.


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