She was one of the core members of the Hairy Who group during the 1960s. Continue reading
For nearly three decades, Cuban painter Tomás Sánchez has been painting serene landscapes of clam waters and verdant forests full of towering palms and dense shrubs. Now part of a lengthy series, his realistic works focus on nature’s immensity as they contrast massive waterfalls and miles of endless treetops with a nondescript figure, who often can be found seated or standing amongst the lush scenery.
In a statement, Sánchez explained how his practice of meditation informs his work. More Continue reading
Despite being a couple of years old, José Manuel Ballester’s artworks feel eerily familiar in the time of COVID-19. The Spanish artist recreates classic paintings like Goya’s “The Third of May 1808,” Vermeer’s “The Allegory of Painting,” and Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus,” except he leaves out one central aspect: humans. Some of Ballester’s digital versions retain remnants of the former subjects, showing blood-covered ground marking the spot of a gruesome battle or even a faint outline of the sitter in an unfinished portrait. More Continue reading
Despite Early Technical Glitches, Galleries Report Steady Sales in Art Basel Hong Kong’s Online FairMarch 18, 2020
For the first 25 minutes, the online viewing rooms were down, but that did not dissuade collectors. Continue reading
Since she first began embroidering in 2013, Emillie Ferris (previously) has stitched a few rows nearly every day. The United Kingdom-based artist creates dense thread paintings of butterflies, bees, and other creatures surrounded by vibrant, scattered florals. Her lengthy stitches form precisely colored patterns and rows, offering a distinct texture to each wing and antennae.
Ferris tells Colossal that much of her work is based on vintage entomology illustrations, which she reviews multiple times before beginning one of her realistic projects that are “inspired by nature, with a tiny sense of magic.”
I love to try and emulate a sense of romanticism in my embroideries.
The ARTnews Accord: Anthony Haden-Guest and Matthew Yokobosky Talk About Studio 54 and New York Nightlife LoreMarch 17, 2020
A club-hopping bon vivant and a curator discuss an exhibition whose future is for now unclear. Continue reading
The works were consigned from the collection of fellow artist and O’Keeffe confidante Juan Hamilton. Continue reading
Australian artist Shane Drinkwater writes on his website that when it comes to painting, he in interested in the “making.” Using a system of lines, dashes, numbers, and circles, Drinkwater creates works that often appear as astronomical maps of imagined star systems. Abstract stars form repeated patterns around vibrant planets. The artist allows the act of painting to dictate how the cosmic compositions land on his canvas, and the results are visually arresting.
“I delve into the act of painting with a minimum repertoire of visual elements aiming for a maximum visual intensity,” Drinkwater writes. More Continue reading
‘It Can Hit Us, But It Won’t Defeat Us’: Armory Show Proves Resilient in Face of Coronavirus Fears and ComplicationsMarch 4, 2020
The fair was largely business as usual in spite of all the uncertainty. Continue reading
Nineteen of the booths at the fair are given over to female artists. Continue reading
Embattled Billionaire Collector Stephen Wynn Buys Two Picassos From the Marron Estate for $105 M.: ReportFebruary 24, 2020
The news comes after last week’s shocking announcement that Marron’s collection would not be sold by an auction house. Continue reading
Melbourne, Australia’s Beinart Gallery is gearing up for an exhibition of small scale paintings, scratch-built models, and tiny sculptures. Co-curated by artist Joshua Smith (previously), the Miniature Art Group Show features impressive works by a group of around 30 artists from around the world.
Close-up photos of the architectural models and other miniatures in the show highlight the level of detail that the artists pack into every square inch. More Continue reading
Concerns Over Britain Returning Elgin Marbles to Greece Arise as E.U. Drafts Brexit Negotiating MandateFebruary 18, 2020
A Greek official denied that the mandate was meant to address returning the Parthenon sculptures. Continue reading
Paging through a photo album detailing every moment of a friend’s poolside vacation might not be a riveting activity, but flipping through Angela Mckay’s sketchbooks filled with tiny paintings of her travels certainly is. The Brooklyn-based pattern designer and illustrator of Okhii Studio documents the lush scenery, cavernous waters, and hilly villages she sees on the streets of Lagos, Calamosche Beach on Italy’s southern coast, and in Joshua Tree National Park. Mckay generally positions her miniature paintings against the real-life backdrop, juxtaposing the two depictions that she then shares on Instagram. More Continue reading
Suzanne Jackson’s exhibition at Ortuzar Projects was an autobiography in visual form. Continue reading
Barcelona-based painter and photographer Connor Addison situates his recent series of oil paintings within the context of philosopher Edmund Burke’s theory of the sublime. That notion is based on the idea that “whatever is in any sort terrible or operates in a manner analogous to terror, is a source of the sublime; that is, it is productive of the strongest emotion which the mind is capable of feeling.” Aptly titled Sublime Affliction, Addison’s works often feature one or two people lying or sitting still, their expressions conveyed by the shaded geometric shapes that form their fragmented faces and bodies. More Continue reading
Christie’s London Evening sale of Contemporary art had few star lots—but only one that failed to find a buyer—yet it managed to pull in a total £56.2 million ($72.8 million), down little more than a quarter from the previous year’s comparable sale. Two lots, one by Christopher Wool and one by Glenn Ligon, were withdrawn […] Continue reading
Hockney Leads $119.8 M. Sotheby’s Sale in London But Cattelan, Banksy, Uecker, Martinez Make the Bigger SplashFebruary 11, 2020
Other top lots in the sale included work by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francis Bacon, Christopher Wool, and Yves Klein. Continue reading