Painters' Table Blog

  • by Brett Baker | December 30, 2012

    [VIDEO] Two videos tell the story of Jay DeFeo's mythic Abstract Expressionist masterpiece -The Rose.

  • by Brett Baker | December 18, 2012

    I want to thank all Painters’ Table readers for making this blog a success over the past two years and cordially invite everyone to the opening reception for an exhibition of my paintings.

  • by Brett Baker | December 17, 2012

    [VIDEO] French director Christophe Loizillon documents painter Eugène Leroy at his home and studio.

  • by Brett Baker | December 13, 2012

    [VIDEO] Painter Catherine Murphy discusses her work in a new video produced by the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

  • by Brett Baker | November 30, 2012

    For more than 50 years, painter John Bellany has remained committed to painting the human condition in an era dominated by formalist abstraction, minimalism, installtion, and performance art.

  • by Brett Baker | November 21, 2012

    A conversation with painter Margaret McCann, whose paintings merge careful observation, contemporary culture, and an encyclopedic knowledge of the tradition of painting.

  • by Brett Baker | October 31, 2012

    [VIDEO] In two videos, painter Bridget Riley elaborates on the influences of landscape and the visual power found in rhythm and repetition.

  • by Brett Baker | October 29, 2012

    [VIDEO] An extended video interview with Gillian Ayres whose work is currently on view at the Jerwood Gallery.

  • by Brett Baker | October 23, 2012

    [VIDEO] Per Kirkeby discusses his latest exhibition at the Phillips Collection with co-curator Klaus Ottmann.

  • by Brett Baker | October 19, 2012

    Painter and renowned Yale professor Bernard Chaet, championed seeing as the gateway to invention, passed away Tuesday at the age of 88.

  • by Brett Baker | October 18, 2012

    An interview with Sam King and Christopher Lowrance, co-curators of Tenses of Landscape, an exhibition of 19 contemporary painters whose work is influenced by landscape.

  • by Brett Baker | October 14, 2012

    In his new paintings, George Hofmann accepts the challenge to paint what he calls the “unedited and torrential, pixellated, flickering, backlit, and instantaneous” nature of contemporary culture, with the realization that the rich tradition of painting is his best ally.

  • by Brett Baker | October 9, 2012

    Expanding the visual field is one of the essential innovations of the New York School. Yet, while nearly every other aspect of abstract painting has been exhaustively investigated and re-imagined, examples of focusing the field to a small scale have been isolated and few.

  • by Brett Baker | September 21, 2012

    [VIDEO] Nick Miller: Yard, is on view at Rubicon Gallery, Dublin through October 27, 2012. This exhibition features Miller's final Truckscape paintings, landscapes painted from the back of a truck that Miller converted to a studio in 2007.

  • by Brett Baker | August 16, 2012

    A video interview and studio visit with painter Frederick Hammersley (1919-2009). Hammersley discusses his general thoughts on painting as well as the specifics and development of his practice, including what he calls painting by "hunch" or intuition.

  • by Brett Baker | August 15, 2012

    In a video interview, painter Judy Glantzman discusses her work and her idea of art. She notes her interest in "the combination of a kind of a contrivance and a kind of truth - truth and contrivance simultaneously - that's what I think of as art… when I mean true, it's that I am not conscious of what my painting is going to look like, I'm more engaging in a relationship…"

  • by Brett Baker | June 17, 2012

    A career shortened by an early death and a vision that flowed against the current of art history have undermined the contributions of painter Jan Müller (1922-1958). An exhibition at Lori Bookstein Fine Art in New York is a welcome, if short lived, opportunity to see Müller's monumental Abstract Expressionist allegories.

  • by Brett Baker | May 16, 2012

    Painter Patrick Jones talks to Painters' Table on the occasion of his retrospective Celebrating Abstraction, on view June 7 - 14th at the Appledore Festival, Devon, United Kingdom.

  • by Brett Baker | April 23, 2012

    The Clyfford Still Museum's inaugural exhibition provides new insight into the development of Clyfford Still's groundbreaking abstract paintings. In addition to rarely seen early landscapes and early figure paintings, a gallery of never before seen works on paper reveals drawing to be an important, perhaps crucial, tool in Still's dramatic evolution from regional artist to icon of the New York School.

  • by Brett Baker | April 19, 2012

    In one of a recently posted series of videos from Betty Cuningham Gallery, painter Gordon Moore discusses his work and the experience of being a artist. Moore notes that over time: "you become very clear about what's essential and what isn't, and gradually that leads to a specific direction, in which the path becomes much clearer for you, much more open and I think that's the one great virtue of staying with something…

  • by Brett Baker | March 7, 2012

    In his Theory of Colors, Goethe observes that "the greatest brightness short of dazzling acts near the greatest darkness. In this state we at once perceive all the intermediate gradations of chiaro-scuro, and all the varieties of hues." In Dark Matters, currently on view at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, the theme of darkness unites dazzlingly nuanced explorations of color and painterly approach in works by Ryan Cobourn, Arthur Dove, Andrea Belag, Bill Jensen, and Ellen Phelan. The superb selection of paintings spans nearly a century, adding a temporal dialogue to the mix.

  • by Brett Baker | February 8, 2012

    In a new video, Per Kirkeby discusses the experience of seeing his entire body of work represented in a single exhibition. He notes remarks that "it doesn't care too much if it's from the 60's or from last year - it's kind of the same thing... apparently there are certain structures, certain ways of organizing a painting that's there, that I'm born with as a painter."

  • by Brett Baker | January 31, 2012

    David von Schlegell is known primarily for his large scale, outdoor, and public sculpture projects; however, he began his career as a painter - learning to paint from his father. He returned to painting late in life. His final show was at Althea Viafora Gallery in 1991, and it focused on monochrome, poured paintings on wood. These last works form the core of a new exhibition at China Art Objects in Los Angeles.

  • by Brett Baker | January 23, 2012

    Coinciding with the exhibition Re-Generation, which maps the lasting effect of Josef Albers teaching on three successive generations of painters, is a small but exuberant show of paintings and works on paper by another teacher of color theory, painter Siri Berg.