Author: Peter Falk (Peter Falk)

What does it take to be ensconced in the “Pantheon of American Art”?

What does it take to be ensconced in the “Pantheon of American Art”?

I never told Marco Sassone this story. But with the recent release of his autobiography, American Journey — My Life in Art, it’s about time I did. It’s about his relationship with the late great art historian and impresario Peter Selz [1919–2019]. When he was Chief Curator at MoMA, he mounted seminal exhibitions, from Rodin...

November 27, 2023November 27, 2023
Frederick Holmes

Frederick Holmes

Top of this page: Oscar Van Young. Laundresses, 1938, oil on canvas, 40 x 28 inches In Seattle’s present gallery scene one art dealer — Frederick R. Holmes — has stood out as the leader in introducing collectors to the paintings of early to mid 20th century Modern and Post War artists. His most important...

February 13, 2022February 23, 2022
Advancing Creative Freedom — by Paul Forte

Advancing Creative Freedom — by Paul Forte

  “In contending that aesthetic experience is cognitive, I am emphatically not identifying it with the conceptual, the discursive, the linguistic. Under ‘cognitive’ I include all aspects of knowing and understanding, from perceptual discrimination through pattern recognition and emotive insight to logical inference.”                        ...

February 6, 2022February 7, 2022
Blodgett: Deep Diving into the Unconscious

Blodgett: Deep Diving into the Unconscious

One of the most extraordinary rediscoveries in American art in decades is now running through the month of October at the Karin Clarke Gallery. This exhibition does more than justify Tom Blodgett’s claim that he was “the van Gogh in America.”  His masterfully executed large “painting-drawings” were selected from his estate collection by artist-curator Craig Spilman, who noted that “He’s one of about...

October 14, 2020June 30, 2023
Discovering Why Collage Matters: An Interview

Discovering Why Collage Matters: An Interview

HOLMAN, Bud [b.1926] Sagaponack No.12, 1959–64, 14.5 x 22.5 inches, mixed media (oil and fabric on paper) Now showing, courtesy Boston Design Week: Enjoy this insightful video conversation between curator Peter Hastings Falk and the show’s exclusive dealer, Robert Berry as they share why these artists matter… Let’s Stick Together: 60 Years of Collage in...

October 3, 2020October 3, 2020
It’s Time to Stick Together:

It’s Time to Stick Together:

60 years of Collage in America  curated by Peter Hastings Falk   As  Editor and Chief Curator of Discoveries in American Art I’m proud to announce the new virtual exhibition, It’s Time to Stick Together: 60 years of Collage in America. This early news release alerts you to an advance viewing before the opening on...

August 7, 2020August 8, 2020
Why these frogs symbolize our changing culture.

Why these frogs symbolize our changing culture.

The most unique contribution of sculpture ever to grace a bridge is in the town of Willimantic, Connecticut. Leo Jensen’s huge 3,000-pound frogs sitting atop giant thread spools are symbols of the town’s history. Now they also bring pride, hope, and optimism. Granted, giant amphibians are among the most unlikely sculptures that one might imagine...

May 29, 2020May 29, 2020
The Art Market Puzzle of 2020

The Art Market Puzzle of 2020

Making this puzzle come together At first, I’m a bit overwhelmed staring at 1,000 pieces of this big jigsaw puzzle. They must be reassembled into 19 great paintings, by masters ranging from da Vinci to Kandinsky. The magnitude of the challenge found me daydreaming: What if all those pieces represented museums and galleries in the...

April 17, 2020April 17, 2020
Berenson Fine Art

Berenson Fine Art

When Emilia Ianeva founded Berenson Fine Art in Toronto in 2011 it was clear that her stable of contemporary artists would reflect a wide range of nationalities working in an equally wide range of media. She had earned her Master’s degree in Philosophy in Europe, and published three books there on the subject. She then...

November 24, 2019April 17, 2020

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