Friday, September 30, 2011

Faction @ The University of Dayton


October 3 - 27
reception and discussion: Tuesday, October 18, 6 - 8 PM

This exhibit will feature small abstract and non-objective work 
by 22 artists from throughout the United States.

the University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469

for maps and directions:
for more information please contact the ArtsStreet office: 937.229.5101 or

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Franz Marc: The Exceptional Condition

Head of a Dead Horse, 1907-08

Franz Marc has always been a favorite painter. His belief in abstraction and his ability to fuse his life and art serve as a guide to sympathetic artists.
This post offers examples of his work and writings taken from the excellent introduction to his painting and philosophy: Franz Marc by Mark Rosenthal. The book is available here.

Creation I, 1914

Siberian Sheepdogs (Siberian Dogs in the Snow), 1909-10

Nude with Cat, 1910

Van Gogh is for me the most authentic, the greatest, the most poignant painter I know.
To paint a bit of the most ordinary nature, putting all one's faith and longings into it-
that is the supreme achievement...Now I paint...only the simplest things...
Only in them are the symbolism, the pathos, and the mystery of nature to be found.

Horse in the Landscape, 1910

Two Horses, Red and Blue, 1912

Playing Dogs, ca. 1912

The Little Yellow Horses, 1912

I am trying to enhance my sensibility for the organic rhythm that I feel is in all things...

Rain, 1912

The Tiger, 1912

Birth of the Horses, 1913

The creative artist honors the past by leaving it alone.

Horse Asleep, 1913 (?)

Watering Place on Rubinberge, 1913

Elephant, 1913

Dead Deer, 1913

Fairy Animals I, 1913

"In this time of great struggle for a new art we fight like disorganized savages against an old, established power. The battle seems to be unequal, but spiritual matters are never decided by numbers, only by the power of ideas. The dreaded weapons of the savages are their new ideas. New ideas kill better than steel and destroy what was thought to be indestructible."

From Der Blaue Reiter- Marc's essay entitled "The 'Savages' of Germany"

Ibex, 1913

Fate of the Animals, 1913

The Unfortunate Land of Tirol, 1913

The Wolves (Balkan War), 1913

There is only one blessing and redemption: death, the destruction of the form, which liberates the form, which liberates the soul...Death leads us back into normal being.

Fighting Forms, 1913

Broken Forms, 1914

Animals in Landscape (Painting with Bulls II), 1914

The Birds, 1914

From one of Marc's last letters, before his death, in the war, at Verdun in 1916:

I understand well that you speak as easily of death as of something that doesn't frighten you. I feel precisely the same. In this war, you can try it out on yourself- an opportunity life seldom offers one...nothing is more calming than the prospect of the peace of death...the one thing common to all. [it] leads us back into normal "being." The space between birth and death is an exception, in which there is much to fear and suffer. The only true, constant, philosophical comfort is the awareness that this exceptional condition will pass and that "I-consciousness" which is always restless, always piquant, in all seriousness inaccessible, will again sink back into its wonderful peace before birth...whoever strives for purity and knowledge, to him death always comes as a savior.

Juan Hinojosa's Studio

Detail from Hinojosa's current installation at El Museo del Barrio.
Image courtesy of the artist.

Artist and friend Juan Hinojosa has added a new blog to his website that promises to be an "extension of my website. Please enjoy the many photos of my art making process, things that inspire me, and random things I think are cool. Plus anything orange."

The vibrant and timely collage based installations demand attention. 
View more here.
A link can be found in the sidebar under Blogs I Follow

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Patricia Satterlee @ Norte Maar

Patricia Satterlee at work in her studio in Bushwick, NY.
Image courtesy of the artist.

Opening: Friday, September 30 6 -10 PM
Norte Maar
83 Wyckoff Avenue
Bushwick, NY

view the catalog for the exhibition here.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Richard Serra @ Gagosian Gallery

Images from Richard Serra's Junction / Cycle @ Gagosian Gallery

September 14 - November 26
Gagosian Gallery
555 West 24th Street