David Hockney: a Bigger Exhibit

Image using sketch program

Fall 2013-Winter 2014 SAN FRANCISCO – I don’t know if he should have gone so big, I said when I saw the first painting that was 32 average-sized canvases and covered an entire wall of the deYoung Museum, in San Francisco, where the show, “A Bigger Exhibition” is housed from October 24 through February 26,…

Carny Show at C. Springs Fine Art

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Pamela Joseph’s Sideshow of the Absurd Oct. 12, 2013 – Jan. 12, 2014 Drawings and sculptures with that ‘something’s-not-right’ quality that is what always comes to mind when I hear Woody Allen in (movie title) say “Carnies – I’m scared of carnies.” The drawings are expressive, done in what seems to be a free and…

Retrospective Reflecting

A James Turrell Retrospective, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, BCAM, Level 2 and Resnick Pavilion May 26, 2013–April 6, 2014 Turrell, the artist who is still working inside the old meteor crater outside of Flagstaff, Arizona, was talked about when he first arrived in town like a crazy man is discussed — with a…

Nick Cave at the Denver Art Museum

Contemporary visual art is usually not concerned with craftsmanship, said William Morrow, the curator of contemporary art at the Denver Art Museum, while asking Nick Cave why his work on view at the DAM was so well crafted. Mr. Cave said the works are made with a concern for quality because that is how he…

Tony Cragg

Tony Cragg 2011 show at Nasher Sculpture Center Dallas

Made for the Nasher Sculpture Center – DALLAS – November 10, 2011 The clean, sparse, naturally-lit sculpture center in Dallas, created by the 20th C. collectors Raymond and Patsy Nasher, shows Tony Cragg’s 21st C. sculpture like they were made for each other. Cragg’s work is slick and purposeful, but so detailed it could only…

Robert Adams

Photographs at the DAM Robert Adams’ photographs at the Denver Art Museum are the spitting image of ones we’ve taken as young people exploring rural Colorado and beyond in the ’70s and ’80s. Or, more accurately, my imagined version of my photos. His are B&W and make the jarring primary colors of the commercialism of…

Vorticism –

Tate Britian does a show about the turn of the last century movement called Vorticism – which showed up around WWI. The Vorticists made a break from previous thinkers – like the Omega Workshop, the Beaux Arts revivalists of the late 1800s and those known as the Bloomsbury Group. It’s most obvious effect was to…

Visiting Kansas City

Visiting Nelson-Atkins Art Museum Translucent Walls and Steam KANSAS CITY, MO — In a beautiful meditative space, sitting on black clean modern armless chairs eating Tapas — the cuisine culture of the day — listening to the enthusiastic server who sounded a tiny bit like Sarah Palin, I’m looking out a wall-length glass to a…