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Art and Film: Damien Chazelle comes of age in LA LA Land

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Whiplash, Damien Chazell’s remarkably assured and incendiary second feature from 2014, made the case that artistic accomplishment was predominantly a cloistered process of Darwinian nastiness, redeemed only in an evanescent performance that the artist must keep repeating to make good on his dark investment. Show More Summary

RUMOR: Painter Sylvester Stallone to head NEA

Rumors are circulating that the Trump organization might be thinking about appointing Sylvester Stallone to head the National Endowment for the Arts. Most of us know that Stallone is an actor (Yo, Adrian), but few realize that he also identifies as a painter. Show More Summary

Cy Twombly, emotional content, at Centre Pompidou

I was lucky to have a chance to stop by the compelling Cy Twombly retrospective at Centre Pompidou in Paris earlier this month. Spanning Twombly’s entire career, the exhibition comprises three major series: “Nine Discourses on Commodus” (1963), “Fifty Days at Iliam” (1978), and “Coronation of Sesostris” (2000). Show More Summary

Still Time! Bring a Friend.

One of Sedona's Beautiful Painting Locations I thought I'd put out the call one more time for my "Bring a Friend" program in my Paint Sedona plein air painting workshops. Deadline is December 25th, Read below for full details. And here's another offer: If you're the first person to sign up, you can pick whatever topic you want for the week. Show More Summary

Francesco Clemente: Constantly beginning

In Paris last week I stopped by Galerie Templon near the Centre Pompidou to see Francesco Clemente’s charming new paintings. An Italian artist who travels between New York, Rome, New Mexico and India, Clemente was one of the painters...Show More Summary

Product Review: Daytripper Easel from Prolific Painter

Photo by Trina Stephenson Like most people, I enjoy a new toy for Christmas. This one came a little early: the Daytripper Easel from Prolific Painter. I've seen the easel in action at several plein air painting festivals over the last couple of years. Show More Summary

What Makes a Good Reference for Studio Landscape Painting?

You, a plein air painter, have decided that it's now cold enough outdoors to retreat to the studio. You'd like to work on something big, but you're not sure what. You start pawing through boxes of old plein air sketches, scrolling on-screen...Show More Summary

Godward and upward at SLAG

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Ben Godward is at home with bright colors and exotic shapes. The New York sculptor has for some time been producing boldly optic, resolutely asymmetrical pieces that render impressions of roiling urban excess into freewheeling mixed media, abundantly featuring foam, urethane resin, and Day-Glo hues. Show More Summary

Skill and Confidence: Is My Work Any Good?

Is my work any good?This question is a thorn throughout one's entire art career, but it seems more painful when just starting out. You have little or no confidence at this point, and for a reason – you don't know anything yet, so of course your work isn't very good. Show More Summary

Marjorie Welish: Procedural difference, conceptual consequence

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Followers of post-election news coverage, despairing over rampant voter suppression, are bereft over the Electoral College electors’ unwillingness to cast their votes for the sane candidate who overwhelmingly won the popular vote. Show More Summary

Art fairs: Satellite and NADA, 2016

Contributed by Sharon Louden / On Friday, I spent almost three hours at the Satellite Art Fair and returned for another half hour on Saturday. It was like having about 20 studio visits; all of the conversations were substantive. At Satellite,...Show More Summary

Interview: Max Maslansky’s porn-painted sheets

Contributed by Rob Kaiser-Schatzlein / Max Maslansky is a Los Angeles painter who makes acrylic paintings on stretched pillowcases and bed sheets using imagery culled from vintage pornography. They depict stylized and often-dreamlike...Show More Summary

Bring a Friend to the Workshop, Get $50

If you're thinking of taking one of my Paint Sedona workshops this winter, I want to give you something to encourage you. If you sign up by December 25th, I will give you $50 for each friend you bring. Here's how it works. The workshop is regularly just $300 – still inexpensive by most standards! – but if you bring a friend, it's only $250. Show More Summary

Miami: A different place than last year

Contributed by Sharon Louden / Thank you, Sharon Butler, for giving me the opportunity to be a guest contributor from the art fairs in Miami Beach this week. I started with Pulse, Untitled and Art Basel Miami Beach. Like many in the art community, given the current political climate and all that’s happening in the world, my … read more... Show More Summary

New Painting: Autumn's Turn

Autumn's Turn24x36 oil/canvasAvailable through Goldenstein Gallery, Sedona, This winter, I'm spending more time in the studio, working on larger projects. I want to share with you the result of my latest project.One of my very favorite spots on the planet is Red Rock Crossing in Sedona, Arizona. Show More Summary

Invitations: Miami and Paris

I have two shows opening this week: A solo show (S-105) curated by Robert Yoder/SEASON at the PULSE Contemporary Art Fair and the Paris iteration of  “Deux Côtés / Two Sides,” at Galerie Jean Fournier.  This exhibition is the second of a two-part collaboration, presented with  Theodore:Art in Brooklyn. Show More Summary

Pius Fox: Visual Echoes

Contributed by Mira Dayal / Pastel balloons pregnant with helium shimmer in front of angular shadows cast from unseen objects in a photograph of a small room. In a nearby painting, these shapes morph into colorful arcs and elbows that playfully mimic the photograph’s composition. Show More Summary

Jacob Kassay: Familiarity superseding reflection?

Contributed by Sharon Butler/ In “H-L,” Jacob Kassay’s second solo show at 303 Gallery, the artist has left behind the silver-covered canvases for which he is best known. In the new work, he contemplates space, introducing white aluminum...Show More Summary

Of note: Eric Brown, Suchness

Eric Brown, co-director of Tibor De Nagy Gallery, has been a secret painter for years, and this month he had his first NYC solo show at CRUSH Curatorial in Chelsea. We’ve shown together  at Theodore:Art in Bushwick several times, and I’ve always loved his matt surfaces, rich color relationships, and endearingly hand-drawn geometric shapes. Show More Summary

Thoughts on Artist Web Sites

I'd rather be doing this than building web sites. Wouldn't you? The title of this blog post may have you thinking that I am offering my thoughts on web sites for artists. But actually, I'm asking for your input. My own web site ( has been up and running for about 15 years. Show More Summary

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