Artist of the Day- Phyllida Barlow (click on image to view individually)

As recently as 10 years ago, the artist Phyllida Barlow was not selling work and no gallery was collecting it. In the past it was normal for her to leave a sculpture in the street and see what happened, or to break into a disused factory to install something nobody would see.

She was not represented by a commercial gallery, and her artworks – made from throwaway materials such as plywood, tinfoil, polystyrene and cardboard – were known to few people outside a narrow segment of the art world.

To say that the 72-year-old is a latecomer to international art stardom is something of an understatement. “I’ll probably keel over and drop dead in front of you now,” she laughs.

The above is from an article in the Guardian…2016…great story!



Artist of the Day- Barbara Hepworth (click on image to view individually)

Barbara Hepworth was an English sculptor who lived from 1944 to the mid 1970’s. She was one of the first female sculptors to gain international recognition. She began using simplified, natural forms that gradually morphed into purely abstract pieces. I’ve included one photo of her with a sculpture she was working on. It’s HUGE! Even now it feel impressive…because of its size and because it’s done by a woman.

Artist of the Day- Max Ernst: frottage (click on image to view individually)

Max Ernst was a German painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and poet. A prolific artist, Ernst was a primary pioneer of the Dada movement and Surrealism. 

Around 1925 Max Ernst started using the technique of frottage as part of the surrealist semi-automatic procedures. Max Ernst and other Surrealist artists incorporated such rubbings into their paintings not as means of faithfully reproducing the model but as an artistic style in itself, as way of generating new and original imagery.

Artist of the Day-Serge Attukwei Clottey(click on image to view individually)

Serge Attukwei Clottey


The works shown demonstrate the social aspect of Clottey’s work. Constructed with cut up jerry cans used by the locals to transport water and other liquids, the plastic of the jerry cans is bad for the environment and contaminates the water they hold. Clottey…dressed in women’s clothing (because it’s ‘women’s work’ …goes about…with his team, gathering up the jerry cans that he then cuts up and turns into wall hangings. The pieces are wonderful. They have meaning much like the work of El Anatsui. You can find Anatsui's work through Google or by going back through the Artist of the Day entries.




Artist of the Day- Travis Hetman (click on image to view individually)

Travis Hetman says this about himself and the way he works. “I'm new to Denver by way of Minneapolis. I'm usually in my studio painting, drawing, and or listening to Tom Waits. I find much inspiration for my work in the existential realm and mostly it can be understood by something Franz Kafka said: "In man's struggle against the world, bet on the world." “ These are found photos that have been altered with mixed media.



Artist of the Day- Lily Raymond (click on image to view individually)

I like this work…and …I like the ideas of this work. The themes and the way they interface with the artist’s life and manage to portray one person’s protest is pretty great I think. Here are 2 themes. The first is '100 Days'.

Every week for the first 100 days of the current administration I sent an original painting of a broken object to the White House.

Self-Portrait of a Taxpayer

I receive a monthly bill from the IRS for unpaid taxes. Along with the bill is an envelope which I use as a visual diary, illustrating a story or moment from my life, and send it back with a check enclosed.



Artist of the Day- Egon Schiele (click on image to view individually)

The Austrian painter Egon Schiele was an amazing draftsman! I find his drawings both beautiful and terrifying. Really hard to look at. He was a strange child and grew into an intense adult with incredible artistic drive. He had great success in his short life. He died in the Spanish Flu epidemic at the age of 28.    His work is presently on display at the MFA in Boston.

Artist of the Day- Mel Edwards (click on image to view individually)

I had never heard of this African American artist…perhaps because he is an African American artist. Now in his 80’s he has received 2 Fulbright scholarships, a Guggenheim and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and has taught at Rutgers University and has had several one person exhibits at the Whitney and other large museums. In a recent trip to the Whitney I saw his piece Pyramid Up and Down. I’ve added photos of this piece but UGH it is difficult to ‘read’.  It’s made of barbed wire…which is quite terrifying…but so delicate as to be inviting.



Artist of the Day- Frank Auerbach (click on image to view individually)

Frank Auerbach…. when he thought of his own work said,  “Well, it is that sense that I haven’t done enough pictures to justify my existence,” he said. “It’s only very recently, because I have lived for such an unconscionably long time, that I have felt that I have managed what you might call a little oeuvre.”

It seems to me madness to wake up in the morning and do something other than paint, considering that one may not wake up the following morning.

Artist of the Day- Per Kirkeby (click on image to view individually)

Landscapes are about beauty and death. The only way you can define beauty . . . is to know that death is hiding behind it. This is what haunts you when you’re doing a so-called landscape painting. *

Sometimes he shows close up sunflower patterns. Frequently he inserts rounded large organic forms behind narrow lines of paint running horizontally across the picture. His distinctive palette, with its reds, greens, yellows and blues is darkly luminous. Occasionally he opens up the picture, allowing you to look as if into a distant landscape. 

Artist of the Day- Benjamin Degen (click on image to view individually)

I painted these paintings in celebration of human movement. I painted these paintings in a moment of great division. But this is also a moment where we are empowered to make a choice: As a species, we can move together toward collective liberation, or move against each other on a path towards self-annihilation.

“Little bit from you / And a little bit from me / Simple as it gets / We set each other free.”
-Jeff Tweedy/Mavis Staples Little Bit Anti Records 2017

Artist of the Day- Paa Joe (click on image to view individually)

These are pretty amazing!!! What would your fantasy coffin look like???

Paa Joe’s works, known as fantasy coffins, continue a tradition in Ghana known as abebuu adekai. The practice traces back to the Ga community of the Accra region in the 1950s, when ornate, figurative, and custom coffin designs were realized to celebrate the lives of priests and chiefs.

And while he’s not the first fantasy coffin maker in Ghana, Paa Joe is known as a masterful craftsman, and has brought his trade into the 21st century with his surprising and ambitious creations. Far from what we might traditionally think of as funereal, his impressive and at times bizarre sculptures have also captured imaginations in the Western art.

Artist of the Day-Toyin Ojih Odutola(click on image to view individually)

These HUGE … life size pastels are on view at the Whitney Museum in NYC. "Toyin Ojih Odutola—draftswoman, writer, keen observer, creator of worlds—was born in Ife, Nigeria, in 1985. An exemplar of what she has described as the 'wandering immigrant' tradition, she has been itinerant, a determined wanderer, in her locations and interests for much of her life." I so admire her rich surface…the pattern and textures she surrounds her portraits with…your eye moves around the surface with such interest. “When I draw the skin of my subjects, I really want people to travel throughout them,” she says. “The surface isn’t something I trifle with. In the making of the work, skin is the geography I travel in order to discover each individual and his/her story. With every line I mark up, I map out the territory of their realities.”

Artist of the Day- T.C. Cannon (click on image to view individually)

Cannon was an important and influential Native American artist in the 20th century. He was killed in a car accident at 31 but his work still resonates. “Never shying from the complexity and nuance of identity politics, Cannon interrogated American history and popular culture through his Native lens and showed us that Native American history and culture are integral to the American experience,” says Karen Kramer, exhibition curator and PEM’s Curator of Native American and Oceanic Art and Culture.

We will be lucky to see his work locally at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem MA. The exhibit opens March 3rd and runs through June 10th.

Artists of the Day- Post Office Murals (click on image to view individually)

Had a book out of the library…When Art Worked. Full of images produced by the WPA and the ‘Section of Fine Arts’, known as ‘The Section’. I was just amazed by these! I’d seen a few here and there but all together they were so full of action, movement, people at work and at play! The number of artists involved…many who I have never heard of.

Our nation actually set aside money for this endeavor! Amazing!

Puerto Rico- Rockwell Kent

RI- Hanlin Baker

TX- Jennie Magafan

TX- Tom Lea

IN- William F. Kaeser