ABSTRACTION

May 4, 2017

No surprise that I found myself thinking about abstraction as I made my way through the spectacular Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibition at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art last week. I was pondering some pretty basic, perhaps even naïve questions, like Why abstraction? And, What is abstraction anyway? Also…

‘Van Gogh and Nature’ at the Clark

July 28, 2015

Excellently installed to facilitate viewing, and with usefully informational wall tags, the exhibition starts us off with a handful of the earliest drawings, dating from 1881 to 1883. Here…

Richard Bruland and Sophia Dixon Dillo: Art Review

July 17, 2014

Those who favor a meditative kind of art could do no better than a visit to the current dual exhibition at Lora Schlesinger Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. The front gallery offers a selection of recent paintings by…

Chomsky’s Vessel: Art Preview

June 30, 2014

I’m pleased to note that Gary Lloyd’s 1978 work, “Chomsky’s Vessel,” will once again be on public display in “Valley Vista,” a group show curated by Damon Willick and opening in August at CSU Northridge. I wrote about this particular…

Misadventures…

June 2, 2014

…of a Parenting Yogi is the title Brian Leaf gives to his new book, whose subtitle is “Cloth Diapers, Cosleeping, and My (Sometimes Successful) Quest for Conscious Parenting.” Together, the title and subtitle pretty much say it all. It’s a humorous…

Tim Ebner at Rosamund Felsen Gallery: Art Review

May 9, 2014

Rosamund Felsen Gallery has a current exhibition of Tim Ebner‘s work. What a treat! For readers in the Los Angeles area, this is one absolutely not to be missed. It’s sheer delight. Click on that Rosamund Felsen link and you’ll immediately see what I…

Customers Included: Book Review

March 28, 2014

I’ll confess I shelved this book for a quite while after receiving a copy in the mail from its co-author, Phil Terry. It was the title and subtitle that provoked the initial—and as it turned out, mistaken!—reaction: this is not…

They: An Answer

March 19, 2014

Confrontational art proved itself alive and well at California State University Channel Islands, where the Art Department sponsored an installation and accompanying performance by Gary Lloyd last Thursday, March 13, in a…

Gary Lloyd: A Pre-Review

February 27, 2014

Today I yield space to my friend, the artist Gary Lloyd. I have known Gary and followed his work for more than forty years. It was an exhibition of his work in the early 1970s that originated my migration from…

Just Do It

February 24, 2014

Okay, I know that’s a cliche. Worse, perhaps, it’s a cliche born of a sneaker commercial. But how often do you hear some other person–or yourself!–say something like this: “I’ll try to make it by eight o’clock,” or “I’m trying…