“Director’s Choice” at Galleri Urbane

This month my work will be featured in “Director’s Choice” as part of a group exhibit at Galleri Urbane in Dallas, Texas. The work was selected from the stable of represented gallery artists and features a painting from my “Preselba” series:

Preselba 14, 2011, acrylic on panel, 12″ x 12″

At the end of November, 2011, my Calle Puerto Rico studio flooded and I was forced to move out. So the studio hunt begins again. I did have some promising leads for joining the studio collective at Sporting Club Russafa but so far nothing has come to fruition. As I look for another space to work, I have for now returned to working from home and look forward to making some very large scale paintings for 2012.

In art news, on December 29, 2011 a woman disturbingly vandalized a Clyfford Still painting in Denver, Colorado. Here is an excerpt from Reuters:

“A 36-year-old woman was accused of causing $10,000 worth of damage to a painting by the late abstract expressionist artist Clyfford Still, a work valued at more than $30 million, authorities said on Wednesday. A police report said Carmen Tisch punched and scratched the painting, an oil-on-canvas called “1957-J no.2”, at the recently opened Clyfford Still Museum in Denver and pulled her pants down to slide her buttocks against it (and) urinated after she rubbed up against the canvas, but whether urine got on the painting was still under investigation.”

As I revisited the works of Still, I stumbled across a quote of his that I love:

“I never wanted color to be color, texture to be texture, images to become images. I wanted them all to fuse into a living spirit.”

Some of Still’s startlingly beautiful abstract paintings from as early as 1947 for me bring to mind the Andy Warhol “paint by numbers” canvas from the 1960’s.

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