By Donald Kolberg, Art Bookmarks Editor
Monthly link highlights to online resources and websites that seem informative and inspiring for artists or art enthusiasts. Most are free. Suggestions are welcomed.
With so many sites looking to have what I call a “soft representation”—a chance to sell your work on their site—it’s nice to see some becoming more selective. One in particular, Galleripple, was brought to my attention, and I want to share their unique spin.
Leslie and John Carruth are bringing 35 years of experience in architecture and field management to a site focusing on architects and their art. Galleripple represents exclusively the art of working architects, highlighting the unique perspective that comes with that kind of training. They believe that “most architects draw, paint, make, and create long before architecture school and continue to explore art in various forms even while working in their chosen careers.” Searchable by subject, medium, or by artist, the catalog is comprehensive (and even includes past WTP artist Ken Berman). This is a site that is definitely worth a visit!
Bob Dylan on Art
“The singer says his landscapes would have a soundtrack by Charlie Parker or Peetie Wheatstraw,” and to think, you thought he was just a Nobel Prize winner. In a wonderful article in The Art Newspaper, written by Bob Dylan himself, we get more than a glimpse into this artist’s concept of visual art. When it comes to his subject matter, he tells readers that “[i]n every picture the viewer doesn’t have to wonder whether it’s an actual object or a delusional one. If the viewer visited where the picture actually existed, he or she would see the same thing. It is what unites us all.” The article was published in conjunction with Dylan’s exhibition The Beaten Path at the Halcyon Gallery in London; which featured Dylan’s landscapes, inspired by the view from his tour bus traveling across the United States.
For this set of bookmarks, the artist I want to highlight is French post-impressionist master Paul Cézanne. Known for his still lifes and portraits, Cézanne is considered to be an inspiration to twentieth-century artists and art movements, from Picasso to Matisse. In 2017, his portraits will be grouped together and featured for the first time in a traveling exhibition: “Cézanne Portraits,” appearing in Paris, London, and Washington, D.C. Says National Portrait Gallery director Nicholas Cullinan: “[W]e are thrilled to be able to bring together so many of his portraits for the first time to reveal arguably the most personal, and therefore most human, aspect of Cézanne’s art.”
And so 2017 becomes the year that we can see a gathering of more than a quarter of Cezanne’s incredible portraiture. If you are lucky enough to be in Paris, London, or Washington for one of these shows, please bring me back a catalog. Thank you to Paris’s Musée d’Orsay, London’s National Portrait Gallery, and Washington’s National Gallery of Art for organizing the show.
Fine Art Magazine Covers
In the twentieth century, the lines between fine art and graphic design were blurred when it came to a number of magazines and their covers. Print magazine has brought us a number of these incredible images from the magazines Verve, Broom, and Vogue, with artist covers from Dali, Chagall, Picasso, Braque, and others.
International Sculpture Center
Being a sculptor as well as a painter, I am partial to good blogs about sculpture. The blog from the International Sculpture Center is separated into a variety of topics: materials and process, in the studio, business of art, art and action, environmental art, and public art. Their interviews with artists (see this feature with Jes Fan, fellow at the Museum of Art And Design) are good and clearly define each artist’s bent, no pun intended. In the business of art category, Daniel Grant writes about what it’s like to handle well-meaning “insults” at exhibitions and fairs—a funny read that also discusses the difficulty of placing a value on an artist’s work. So if you’re interested in everything from traditional to experimental sculpture, give them a look.
Art World Predictions: 2017
Okay, I can’t resist—I have to have at least one post with a list of some kind, so here it is. Artnet News’s Art World Predictions for 2017. There are 11 of them, covering Jerry Saltz to the new behemoth auction house combination of Christie’s and Sotheby’s to even a watchlist for “politically dangerous” artists.
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