Painters' Table Blog

  • 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.

  • by Brett Baker | January 13, 2012

    Ray Parker's "Simple Paintings" from the 1960s, recently on view at Washburn Gallery give the curious impression they are observations painted from life even though they are abstract expressionist works through and through.

  • by Brett Baker | December 27, 2011
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  • by Brett Baker | December 15, 2011

    Julian Stanczak: Great Colorist of the 20th Century is a new video on the life and work of painter Julian Stanczak.

  • by Brett Baker | December 9, 2011

    Underknown abstract expressionist, Perle Fine's Cool Series, painted between 1961-63, anticipate later developments in geometric abstract painting.

  • by Brett Baker | November 15, 2011

    Painters’ Table is one year old today! It's been exciting to follow the many fantastic painting blogs out there, and a privilege to feature them here.

  • by Brett Baker | October 26, 2011
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  • by Brett Baker | October 8, 2011

    A small, but significant show of paintings and drawings at Minus Space in DUMBO offers a tantalizing re-introduction to the paintings of Ted Stamm.

  • by Brett Baker | September 17, 2011
  • by Brett Baker | August 27, 2011

    Although better known in recent years for his parallel career as a UFO advocate, Budd Hopkins deserves to be remembered for his painting career that spanned more than 50 years.

  • by Brett Baker | August 15, 2011

    Painters' Table interview with Boston-based painter Kayla Mohammadi.