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Drawing portfolio: Tamara Gonzales

In her second solo show at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, Tamara Gonzales presents a colorful series of pencil drawings that conjure Peruvian textiles and embroidery. She first visited Peru in 2013 to see Machu Picchu. “Ever since seeing...Show More Summary

A brief history of food as art

The latest issue of Smithsonian Journeys Travel Quarterly, called the “Atlas of Eating,” features travel articles related to food, such as “How Food Became Religion in Peru’s Capital City” and “The Humble Beginnings of Goulash.” Editor...Show More Summary

Art and Film: Elizabeth Murray and the splendor of the ordinary

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Elizabeth Murray, who died too young at 66 in 2007, stretched and contorted household scenes and objects into kinetic abstract festivals on baroquely shaped canvases that defied and escaped the presumed domestic tyranny of wifely and motherly duty. Show More Summary

“Secret Sycamore” Juried into American Impressionist Society National Small Works Exhibition

Secret Sycamore12x9 oilby Michael Chesley Johnson I’ve just received word that my painting, “Secret Sycamore” has been juried into the American Impressionist Society Small Works Showcase National Juried Exhibition. This is a "small works" show, so all the paintings will be 12x16 and under. Show More Summary

Relative Sizes of Images on Your Website

As I go through the process of designing my new website, I ask a couple of colleagues whose opinion I value for input. One concern that came up recently has to do with relative image size. One draft of my new site had painting images "hard-cropped" to a square format. Show More Summary

How GOP proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act may affect artists

Many self-employed artists have come to rely on the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, for comprehensive, fairly-priced heath insurance. The following article from STAT, a national publication focused on finding and telling...Show More Summary

Studio visit with Kate Liebman

Contributed by Debbi Kenote / “I see myself as a figure painter,”  Kate Liebman tells me as I sit in her Bushwick studio, where dirty paint tubes and spatters litter the floor. She walks me through her process and sources, touching on...Show More Summary

Demonstration for Arizona Pastel Artists Association

Photos by Judy Quimby This past Sunday, I spent an afternoon in Phoenix demonstrating for the Arizona Pastel Artists Association at its monthly meeting. What a welcoming and eager group! About 40 members attended, and I got many questions about my materials, process and workshops. Show More Summary

Rebecca Morris: Loving the unbeautiful

Rebecca Morris likes to compartmentalize. Her paintings, smartly installed at Mary Boone’s Fifth Avenue location through February 25, feature symmetrically placed geometric shapes, sometimes collaged onto the surfaces of the large-scale canvases. Show More Summary

Quick study

This week: Resistance activities, some Blouin Artinfo gossip, RIP John Berger, two art historians try to stop a museum from sending a painting to the Trump Inauguration, Carroll Dunham on Kerry James Marshall, openings in Chelsea tonight, and Paul D’Agostino asks artists which  exhibitions they’re eager to see. Show More Summary

Art and Film: Pablo Neruda and the triumph of art

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / With Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election, the principled advancement of civilization as the goal of politics seemed to give way to the venal aggrandizement of the clique. It’s a grim...Show More Summary

Welcome to the New Year! And Some Upcoming Events.

Happy New Year! May you all live long and prosper! I'd like your input on my latest project. I'm in the process of redesigning my website. I'd love for you to take a look. The site has a built-in shopping cart and it also is "responsive" -- that is, it adjusts automatically so it will look good on your desktop computer, tablet or smartphone. Show More Summary

Studio visit: Frédérique Lucien

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Frédérique Lucien and I met during the Bushwick iteration of “Deux Côtés / Two Sides,” a collaborative exhibition organized by Stephanie Theodore and Emilie Ovaere-Corthay, the director of legendary Galerie...Show More Summary

2017 Landscape Painting Workshop Schedule

"Autumn's Turn" 24x36 oil/canvas. Available thru Goldenstein Gallery928- 204-1765 :: www.goldensteinart.com :: info@goldensteinart.com Michael Chesley Johnson2017 Landscape Painting Workshop Schedule I offer you my 2017 plein air painting workshop schedule. Show More Summary

A studio visit with Sascha Braunig

Contributed by Rob Kaiser-Schatzlein / Sascha Braunig, whose solo show “Shivers,” is on view at MoMA PS1 through March 5, recently returned to New York City from Portland, Maine, to participate in the Sharpe Walentas Studio Program. When I...Show More Summary

Recommended: Ongoing and upcoming exhibitions

In the unrelenting year-end swirl of grading, final reviews, impending global upheaval, and extra holiday-related chores, you probably have a nagging feeling that you’ve missed some good shows. And perhaps you’re wondering about the exhibitions that are opening in January. Show More Summary

Looking Back at 2016

Behind Sand Beach 6x8 oil I thought I'd share a selection of my paintings from this past year for your enjoyment. Some you might have missed, others you might have already seen, a few might be new to you. Here's my offering. Don't forget...Show More Summary

Looking to Refresh Your Art Collection?

LOYALTY CREDIT PROGRAM Trade In Your Old Painting - Get a Larger One! I often run into collectors of both my work and others who wish they could "refresh" their collection. They may have some smaller work by an artist that they still love, but they'd like something a little bigger. Show More Summary

Quick Study

The 2016-you’re-killing-me edition: Paul D’Agostino’s art round up at Brooklyn Magazine, Ivanka’s art collection (and Playboy bunny style), heartbreaking story about opioid addiction, and an update on the $50 Stock Club for Artists.Show More Summary

The Muse Takes a Holiday

4 a.m. (digital painting via ArtRage) by Michael Chesley Johnson It's the holiday season, but does your muse really need a holiday? I like my muse working 24x7, but once in awhile, she does take a break, whether I give her permission or not. Show More Summary

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