Paul Rand, Art in Advertising

“Mail order advertisers, as we have said, have pictures down to a science.”  Claude Hopkins As you enter the Paul Rand exhibition, you can’t miss a quote of his in a display case filled with his work. It proclaims, “There is no science in advertising.” Advertising has always wanted to be scientific. Clients want to Read more about Paul Rand, Art in Advertising[…]

Hello Handsome Big Artist with Large Nice Works

(Actual corespondance from serial artworld scammer.)  Subject: Big Painted sculpture, 94″ x 106″, 2014 Hello There Lift Trucks,         My name is Jackson Greene from Las Vegas. I actuallyobserved my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and iguess she likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed and amazed tohave seen your various works too, Read more about Hello Handsome Big Artist with Large Nice Works[…]

Richard Serra, Bully with a Beret

Dropping by the Richard Serra show at Gagosian brought to mind a Vanity Fair article. It compiled a list of the top Six Artists alive today. Here are the results:        The Most-Voted-for Artists Gerhard Richter: 24 votes Jasper Johns: 20 votes Richard Serra: 19 votes Bruce Nauman: 17 votes Cindy Sherman: 12 Read more about Richard Serra, Bully with a Beret[…]

Purple Passion at Woodstock

By the time we got to Woodstock and walked into the Artists Association and Museum, we really needed a cup of coffee. My friend and art colleague Carl Van Brunt invited me to judge an exhibit at the legendary art space,  home to Philip Guston and George Bellows. Got a cup of mud across the Read more about Purple Passion at Woodstock[…]

My brief conversation with Rbt. Hughes plus a better story by Ben Genocchio

I got to hang out with Mr. Robert Hughes once. Here is a photo of us practicing irritable looks having a beer at an alternative art space in Westchester. Actually got on and I got to ask him about Andy Warhol to see if his view had softened at all. Mr. Hughes was famous for Read more about My brief conversation with Rbt. Hughes plus a better story by Ben Genocchio[…]

Getting into an Art Gallery.

As an artist you are also an art salesman. Especially if you are trying to get in a gallery by going to Thursday night openings. If an art opening starts at 7 get there at 7. The owner will be anxiously milling about wondering if anyone will show up and there you are. Dress noticeably well. Look like you walked out of the pages of Vanity Fair magazine. Do not dress in a painter’s uniform of Dr. Marten’s, tee shirt and paint splattered pants. That look is over. Get a nice suit from a thrift store and have it tailored for about $14. If you are female do not show up in clothes you have made yourself. Do not try to look “interesting”. Get a perfume spritz and buy something hot at Bloomingdale’s. Return it the next day.

Compliment the director/owner on their insight and fine choice of art. Even if, and it surely will be, a horrid a pile of dung. Laugh rotundly at any attempt at nervous wit he or she may proffer.

New Revelation Eric Fischl=Bob Ross

                The smell of arugula, balsamic and Virginia Slims choked the room. Our inside source, a “fly on the wall” was at a clandestine meeting of the infamous Gang of Five New York Times art critics, having yet another emergency session to discuss what to do about the Read more about New Revelation Eric Fischl=Bob Ross[…]

Continued: Fischl vs Neiman

Bull fight pics                  

 Eric Fischl (left)   &   Leroy Nieman (right)

Lift Trucks:  You mentioned earlier about “Had to and Has to” regarding painting. I hear you. But I think a lot of great work comes out of the second category. Somebody or some reason making you produce some art can really shove the process up a notch-stunning example is the Sistine Chapel. Many times being forced can bring out the best. Just always paint as if you are going to be hit by a bus tomorrow, and this, this, is what you are going to leave us with?

Taking Umbridge: Fischl = Neiman

  Comparing Leroy Neiman to Eric Fischl is not fair. We own these two drawings by Mr. Neiman. They are great. He can capture with a simple line an in depth character read of the subject. The one on the right depicts the scene walking into Sardi’s. The goal would be a table  with a Read more about Taking Umbridge: Fischl = Neiman[…]

Eric Fischl, the New Leroy Neiman

After a longer than expected hiatus which involved some rehab time between the fabulous WigWam Inn and Canyon Ranch in sunny Arizona, we are now back with exciting news! A source will talk about goings on in the heart of the arts!  Covert and fearful of the damage the powers that be can wield upon a career, all will be in secret. We all know that critics really are like the baby with ball peen hammer in a Hong Kong gift shop. Our exclusive source will talk with us under the clever moniker  ”Deep Palette”.