Syria, Ukraine, now Yemen. It's 21 century, age of war ever again. Will humanity ever change? Paint it black.
March 22, 2015
Photorealist Portrait completed and New Projects
Finished portrait of my Aunt started in 2013. Was working on hair and fur. Some improvements is obvious. Made this as a training before starting new photo-based paintings. Large series of 10 canvases. Also will be working on "Black Pope" for summer exhibition.
March 18, 2015
Painting 12 "Black Portraits" - series based on very abstract interpretation of Francisco Goya's "Charles IV of Spain and His Family". Completed "Carlota" and "Prince". They suppose to dry by next week. It has something of Malevich and Mondrian mixed with Picasso and Bacon. But indeed, non of them did anything like it.
March 8, 2015
Private Collection Visit / The Armory Show
Got to love New York. Visited Horts Family collection in Tribeca. Just across the street from Behr-Thyssen, place where i had first solo exhibition. Horts amassed collection of almost 3500 artworks from emerging artists. They also run foundation fighting cancer and helping emerging artists. http://www.remahortmannfoundation.org/
March 4, 2015
The Armory Show
Armory Show. This year's edition was nothing really new (How surprises possible at all in internet era), but most of artists were bearing new names. Chuck Close woodblock print at 50K USD at Pace was shockingly expensive from my point of view. The rest could be found on instagram feeds #ArmoryShow2015
February 27, 2015
The King of Roulette
Completed "King of Roulette" for gallery show this summer. Fragment of this painting shown below >
On Kawara / Guggenheim
Saw On Kawara at Guggenheim. Beside his famous date paintings (it was plenty on view) he did interesting series, the one i liked the most titled "I met". In this work artist for two decades recorded names of all people whom he would meet daily. There were plenty of artists and gallerists among them (Not surprisingly), Sol Levitt for example.
Ok, I had one artist in my personal possession before, but here is another one - 2 lithos by Mihail Chemiakin. His life wasn't something rosy you want to try yourself - beside some sort of official recognition in latest years, and even medal from the Russian State, his early life was spent on different jobs and in psychiatric units, before he was expelled from USSR. So i traded lithos for paintings with Mimi Ferzt Gallery.
Got an e-mail from Krause Gallery asking for a one - two paintings for summer show in LES. Will work this out.
Started to rework entire contents of my website. Old works could be just made better. Why to make something new while you could seek more depth in old stuff. Vermeer made just around 20 paintings, but what quality...