Archives: Artists

  “Were I to have more faith in and familiarity with the Eternal Muses, might I not find that there is an intergalactic aesthetic reality to be espoused? Not the latest artist arrival on the current of popularity & esteem, but the spaceman of all time. Great comfort would be in...

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Rare is the artist who could claim to have dived as deep into the unconscious and survived the journey — bringing back images of intense imagination and technical brilliance. As proof, this recluse kept his life’s works buried in a dilapidated shack in the hills of Eugene, Oregon. The...

Starting in 1963, Kokoschka inspired this protegé, Wayne Ensrud, to dig deeper than other young contemporary artists, most of whom had been misled into thinking that a focus of massive energy and emotion was enough to become a great painter. Instead, his epiphany was that painting is a metaphysical...

Although O’Keefe’s abstractions are at first glance similar with those of his contemporary, Gerhard Richter, they are in reality quite different. Richter's abstractions are produced by “pulling the paint in emotionless paths over the canvas,” with the purpose of being...

If Degas had developed his dance sculpture beyond his many small maquettes he may have matched Kelsey. But as this was never his intention the highest standard for dance sculpture must be conferred upon her.    

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What drives a significant artist to slip from sight? Here is an early Abstract Expressionist who suffered three tragedies in the early 1950s that resulted in a depression that made him retreat to his New Jersey studio and become agoraphobic. Even the entreaties of Leo Castelli failed to draw out the...