Art THEME of the Day- Ship of Fools (click on image to see more)

A quote from Wikipedia…fitting for these times…

The ship of fools is an allegory, originating from Plato, that has long been a fixture in Western literature and art. The allegory or parable depicts a vessel without a pilot, taken over by force or persuasion by those who are deranged, frivolous, or oblivious, and seemingly ignorant of their course. #1. Bosch #2. Paul McCarthy #3.Carl Dobsky #4. Chris Berti



Artists of the Day-Picasso, Goya, Dix(click on the image to see more)

I started out with the work of Otto Dix…but I just couldn’t explain or really understand his work. I wrote and wrote…and then gave up. BUT…his image of a dying horse reminded me of Picasso’s Guernica and Goya’s Disasters of War. So I thought about the recent images from Aleppo and Homs …how these images I think represent those horrors so much more passionately than most photographs do. 

Artist of the Day- Claudia Carr (click on image to see more)

“I’m interested in hinterlands and no mans lands and the tension in the massive little crevasses between things, between places and also between ideas. A lot of my work plays with ambiguity, and perceptions of scale, so I’m naturally interested in the slippage between all those genres especially between landscape and still life.”

Sometimes an artist speaks pretty clearly about her/his work. The above observation by Claudia Carr pretty much says it all for me. I love the soft parts against the sharp edges…how crumpled paper can become a landscape for a plastic elephant…

Artist of the Day- Annie Lapin

Lapin’s large landscape like paintings bounce the viewer back and forth from reality to abstraction. She includes elements of masterworks that catch us off guard and then drop us back into no man’s land. The eye travels back into deep space and then bounces around on shapes in the foreground…or is that a ‘foreground’. While she’s working she says she deconstructs much of what she’s constructed.

Artist of the Day- William Irvine (click on image to see more)

William Irvine

William Irvine

Irvine comes from a small Scottish town on the edge of the Atlantic. He now lives on the coast of Maine…Still on the Atlantic!Now my daily routine is an early walk by the sea in Brooklin with my dog, Tam, a Shetland Sheepdog, of course, then into my studio to wrestle with the Angels and hope that the window I create will lead viewers to experience that sense of wonder which has never left me.” His paintings are full of whimsy but are deeply moving as well.



Artist of the Day- Jasper Johns (click on the image to see more)

He sort of began as a pop artist. Not deliberately. There are no categories when the artists are making the work. The categories come later…created by the critics! But then his work moved on. That’s when I really began to love it.

His ‘Seasons’ series with his shadow in each one seem very soulful to me. The muted colors with references to both the weather and art make me think of both the passage of time and the artist’s life.




Artist of the Day-Laetitia Soulier (a video)

This artist is having a show at the Hood Museum in Hanover RIGHT NOW! She's a photographer who dollhouses...and then photographs them. Pretty amazing. There's really much more to her work...much of which I don't understand yet. I'll come back to her after I see the exhibit! There are several more videos you can google that give a real sense of how she builds these things but I couldn't move them to the blog. 

Artist of the Day- Sir Winston Churchill (click on image to see more)

At the end of WW1 Winston Churchill went into a deep depression. It went on for some time and while he had never been involved in art before, he found that painting really pulled him out of the depths. He was a good painter, loved capturing the light on a landscape and continued to paint for the rest of his life. 

Artist of the Day- Keith Haring (click on image to see more)

Haring began as a graffiti artist in NYC in the 1970's. He liked the immediacy of working quickly, of being out on the street, of creating simple images. His work moved to galleries and museums and he quickly became the 'darling' of the NY scene. He contracted Aids in 1988 and established the Keith Haring Foundation in support of Aids awareness. He died of the disease in 1990.

Artist of the Day- Brice Marden (click on image to see more)

The value of this work by Brice Marden is difficult to explain. In the 1980s he was influenced by an exhibit of Chinese calligraphy which then became an important aspect of his work. He could be called a minimalist. I love his use of color and his 'mark making' which is so painterly. Marden graduated from Yale in 1963 where he had been part of a group of up and coming young artists many of whom I have shown in this blog.

Artist of the Day- Caitlin Keogh (click on the image to see more)

Brand new to me! I am really enjoying her work. She is a relatively young artist living in NY. Her background includes technical illustration, fashion and textiles, and even furniture design. She references art history especially through surrealism. I like her headless mannikins and the black outlines that keep her images crisp...rather like posters! She has some amazing paintings that look like so much stitching. How's she do that in paint???

Artist of the Day- Cai Guo Qiang

This Chinese artist makes paintings from fireworks! No Really. In a video I watched at Dartmouth's Hood Museum a couple years ago Qiang carefully laid out small firecrackers on a canvas and then lit them up! It was surprising to me the amount of control he had over the marks made by the small explosions. He's gone on to do other pieces in different mediums. I'll get back to him.

Artist of the Day- Alberto Giacometti (click on image for more)

While Giacometti was most famous for his sculptures of waif like figures, I have always preferred his drawings. The way the portraits peer out from deep space and the millions of small lines that gradually begin to create forms are really intriguing to me.