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May 29, 2017

Sketching Sculptures

I like to draw sculpture when I am in art exhibits, and recently sketched several sculptures, and then painted around them in my sketchbook, leaving them as single line drawings.  Henry Moore made many Mother and Child sculptures and I love all of them.  This small one was in the Impressionist and Modern Auction at Christies, estimated selling price $70-90,000. 

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Argentinian artist Adrian Villar Rojas created this year's Met Rooftop Garden this summer.  He spent months at the Met collecting nearly 100 pieces of art from various parts of the world and different centuries.  Each was then resized, recreated by 3D printing and other similar techniques, and combined with large human figures in many combinations.  Each piece was painted with multiple layers of car paint to protect them outdoors. As I understand it, he is representing art that is now no longer in context and deconstructing the Museum by the combinations created creating a labyrinth. 

http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2017/adrian-villar-rojas 

I liked one of the black sculptures which included a recumbent Indian youth and multiple small female figures on and around him.  Here are three of the figures I really liked.   

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April 28, 2017

Scribbles From a Juilliard Concert

My friend Eunice and I attended a concert by the Juilliard Historical Presentation Students in the 2 year Masters degree program.  It is held several times during the year as part of the Tuesdays at Twelve series at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Central Park West.  At most concerts it is difficult to see the performers and their instruments well enough to draw them.  These are scribbled drawings of several of the performers which were painted at home.

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This is the drawing posted previously from the first of these concerts that I attended.   The unusual instrument is a theorbo - from the lute family.  I just realized that I sketched the same bassoonist at the recent concert.

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April 18, 2017

Max Ernst and Saturday Subway Drawings

One Last Drawing from our Last Gallery Visits:  Max Ernst at Paul Kasmin

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Saturday Subway Riders:  I haven't drawn on the subway for many months, but I forgot to bring a book!

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April 14, 2017

A Karel Appel Elephant Sculpture

Last Wednesday (4/12) Pat and I met at Phillips for their Art on Paper auction preview, had lunch for sustenance, and then went to the Whitney Biennial for a tour led by my friend Gail.  During the winter months in 2013 I used every art medium I had in the apartment and spent the months sketching elephants from online videos.  I even learned how to make an Eric Carle collage from one of my paintings (see below).  So I just had to sketch and paint this multiple layer wood sculpture by Karel Appel at Phillips.

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At almost 2PM on 4/13, my friend Benedicte sent me this image from the Paris Modern Art Museum, completely unaware that I saw another copy of the same sculpture 24 hours before!.   

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She also sent this photo of Appel's Circus, from the exhibition that she visited.  During another trip to Paris she sent me a photo of a beautiful, flower-covered ballet tutu, not knowing that I photographed it when visiting Paris several months before.

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April 11, 2017

Chelsea Gallery Visits May 7th

My friend Pat and I visited a few galleries in Chelsea last week,  and sketched at several of them.

DAVID ZWIRNER:  Alice Neel Uptown through April 22nd

Photo of Alice Neel (1900-1984)  Alice Neel was primarily a portrait painter of people who lived in her neighborhoods in Spanish Harlem and the Upper Westside of Manhattan.

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Her Portrait of Ron Kajiwara 1971

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My Painting inspired by her "Ballet Dancer" 

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Romare Bearden(1911-1988)  Bayou Fever and Related Works at DC MOORE GALLERY through April 29th: A large exhibit of his watercolor paintings and 21 collages he created for a dance called Bayou Fever.  Many of my favorite pieces are a combination of watercolor and collage. 

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And my painting inspired by one of his collage characters from Bayou Fever 

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RBKitaj (1932-2007) The Exile at Home:  An illustration at MARLBOROUGH CONTEMPORARY which closed this past weekend.  I loved an exhibit of his work at a museum in Berlin in 2012, but didn't like these paintings as much.

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Max Ernst (1891-1976) Big Brother at PAUL KASMIN GALLERY through May 13th 

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We also visited Garvey-Simon Gallery where Linda Lindroth's photography exhibit was about to close.  Linda is one of my college friends, and her exhibit, Trickster in Flatland, was great inspiration for abstract compositions for both of us.