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DEAN DASS / ANIMALS & CLOUDS

September 10th  – October 15th 2016

Opening Reception – September 10th  3:30 to 6:00

Schmidt Dean Gallery

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Exhibition: Dean Dass @ Schmidt Dean Gallery

Most photographers don’t spend a lot of time thinking about constructing an image. Good painters on the other hand spend a great deal of time planning, sketching and sweating the composition and in Disiderio’s case meaning. For me this is what separates the realist painters; How they think about and express meaning in their imagery.  Vincent Desiderio is a great example of the amount of shear work, toil, sweat and thought that goes into the creation of one of his works.

Excellent Article On his legendary painting SleepUnfinished: On Vincent Desiderio’s ‘Sleep’ by Lawrence Weschler

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Catalog reproduction of Vincent Desiderio, Sleep, 2008 oil on canvas 52 x 252 inches

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Sleep in progress

 

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Detail of Sleep

 

Interview here: http://paintingperceptions.com/featured-interviews/interview-with-vincent-desiderio

 

 

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Nice article here: http://www.nccsc.net/legacy/vincent-desiderio

 

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The Work of Vincent Desiderio

 

Nelson Shanks 1937-2015

September 5, 2015 — Leave a comment

One  of our country’s greatest portrait painters passed away recently. Nelson Shanks was also Philadelphia’s own. Students came from all over the world to attend his school which was just a block around the corner from me.  A monumental mind with a monumental talent who touched everyone from dignitaries to students throughout his life. This self portrait was one of his last apparently.

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via http://www.studioincamminati.org/

 

There is no obituary that can possibly capture this man.  Here are a few that make a good attempt:

New York Times

Washington Post

Philly.com

 

Via Newworks.org

Nelson Shanks painting Margaret Thatcher in 1994 (Via Newworks.org)

 

 

 

Nelson Shanks 1937-2015

Once upon a time in the art world if you started your career selling your work at a home furnishing chain store it might have been a career killer. In the past year Restoration Hardware has opened an Art Gallery in Manhattan showcasing a large stable of artists. One of them, Samantha Thomas, is doing work far beyond her years and really reminds me of some of the works by the late, great artist Antoni Tapies ( see image below).

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OCRE I NEGRE AMB TELA ENCOLADA (OCHRE AND BLACK WITH PASTED ON CLOTH) by ANTONI TÀPIES (B. 1923). Image via Christies

Samantha Thomas has a more intimate relationship to fabric when sculpting it into bold, undulating abstract works that deftly and powerfully intersect the worlds of painting and sculpture in a series she calls: LandscapificationIf she keeps up this type of amazing output my bet is she will not be at RH much longer… 

 

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All images via RH Contemporary

 

The Art of Samantha Thomas

Most are familiar with the incredible photographic tableaux’s  of Joel Peter Witkin but until this exhibition I did not know there was an equally talented yet estranged twin brother named Jerome Witkin. Take a few minutes and soak in the exhibition of a unique moment in the history of art; Separated twin artists reunited for the first time over 70 years later.

(Check out the video….Very interesting to see how their work (which is equally visionary in many respects) compares and contrasts).

Las Meninas, 1987. Gelatin Silver Print, 30 x 40 inches  ©Joel-Peter Witkin & Courtesy of Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles

Las Meninas, 1987. Gelatin Silver Print, 30 x 40 inches
©Joel-Peter Witkin & Courtesy of Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles

 

Twin Visions: Jerome Witkin & Joel-Peter Witkin

An historic exhibition united two celebrated artists – identical twin brothers – Jerome Witkin & Joel-Peter Witkin

March 1, 2014 at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles.

Jerome Witkin and Joel-Peter Witkin are acknowledged as two of the greatest contemporary artists in their respective genres. Jerome Witkin is a painter cited by critics and curators as the finest narrative contemporary artist. Joel-Peter Witkin is equally regarded as a master of his genre – a groundbreaking photographer famous for masterfully conjuring his uniquely surreal images. These identical twin brothers, artistically estranged, have enjoyed remarkable success during their respective careers spanning more than fifty years, have never exhibited together. Until now.

via Jack Rutberg Fine Arts

 

©Jerome Witkin THE GERMAN GIRL, 1997 Oil on Canvas Courtesy of Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles

©Jerome Witkin
THE GERMAN GIRL, 1997
Oil on Canvas
Courtesy of Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles

 

JOEL-PETER WITKIN & JEROME WITKIN : TWIN VISIONS