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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
Oil on Canvas
Courtesy of Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles



Just like Hollywood, when the art market focus’s its lens on you things can get crazy real quick. Oscar Murillo, fresh out of the Royal College of Art, has become virtually overnight the art world’s new darling. Why? When the big art collectors smell an opportunity there is money to be made – and quickly. The problem is can this young kid with good skills be allowed to develop his work, which for a painter normally takes about 10 years. The LA Times hit him pretty hard.The spotlight could change him…

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“lessons in aesthetics & productivity 5” (2013-14)

While Mr. Murillo is little known outside clubby contemporary art circles, and he has his share of skeptics, his fans have called him “the 21st-century Basquiat.” That night, after fierce competition, “Untitled (burrito)” sold for $322,870, more than six times its high $49,000 estimate. Only two years ago, Mr. Murillo, who was born in Colombia, was waking up at 5 a.m. to clean office buildings to cover his expenses at the Royal College of Art in London. Now, he is represented by David Zwirner, one of the world’s most prestigious galleries, and when a choice canvas comes up at auction or through private sale, it can fetch more than $400,000.

The story of how a young artist like Mr. Murillo soared from struggling student to art star — courted by blue-chip dealers, inundated by curators requesting a work for a museum exhibition or biennial — reflects the way investing in contemporary art has become a gamble, like stocks and real estate. Collecting works by rising artists like Lucien Smith, Jacob Kassay, Sterling Ruby or Mr. Murillo is a competitive sport among a growing number of collectors betting on future stars.

via Oscar Murillo Keeps His Eyes on the Canvas –


Untitled, 2012

Process, not product, is the point Murillo makes, rather heavy handedly. Think Cy Twombly on a very bad day, his deft touch replaced with ham-fisted brutality. Or Donald Baechler sans the dopey kick of playful innocence.

Murillo’s four finished paintings are equally anemic. Each large piece is less compelling than a single square inch of anything Jean-Michel Basquiat ever touched.

The exhibition goes to great lengths — not to mention great expense — to shroud the reality of labor in the fantasy of artistic redemption. That’s the opposite of what Warhol was up to. Unfortunately, it defines our times, a kind of gilded age on steroids, when the past gets repackaged as farce.

via Art Review: “Oscar Murillo: Distribution Center” at The Mistake Room – murillo


The Over Night Success of Oscar Murillo

In Art School the saying goes; “If you can’t make it good make it big. If you can’t make it big paint it red”.  But with this stellar cast of painters, big paintings are big for a reason. This is a must see all-star show. Every painting is a home run.

January 28 – March 2, 2014
Wilkinson Gallery
New York Academy of Art
111 Franklin Street New York, NY 10013


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Exhibition: New York Academy of Art: The Big Picture

One of my all time favorite living painters; Mark Tansey is a thinking man’s artist. Never too serious (yet very serious at the same time). He’s always adding just the right amount of humor to his work yet somehow manages to comment on the entire history of Philosophy and the language of pictures and representation. He is also one incredible draftsman… Check out Amy Scott’s nice little breakdown of his work for her students here.  Great books on his work here.

Picasso & Braque