Eric Fischl on Max Beckmann’s Departure

Eric Fischl on Max Beckmann’s Departure

This essay was first published in the exhibition catalogue for Max Beckmann in Exile at the Guggenheim Museum in SoHo, New York on October 9, 1996.  Max Beckmann, Departure,1932, Oil on canvas, Side panels 7′ 3/4″ x 39 1/4″, center panel 7′...
Aaron Zulpo on Anthony Cudahy

Aaron Zulpo on Anthony Cudahy

Anthony Cudahy, Bruegel, 2018, Gouache on paper, 11 x 8.5 inches Rifling through someone else’s studio is complete fun. I always feel like a detective trying to find the impetus for an artist’s creativity. I recently had the pleasure of visiting Anthony Cudahy’s...
Brian Alfred on Jo Baer

Brian Alfred on Jo Baer

Jo Baer, H. Arcuata, 1971, Oil on canvas, 56 x 244 x 10cm, Daimler Kunst Sammlung, Stuttgart/Berlin I remember the first time I saw Jo Baer’s painting ‘H. Arcuata’. It wasn’t at a museum or gallery; it was the same kind of encounter I had with most art that hit me as...
Michael Torlen on John Torreano

Michael Torlen on John Torreano

When John Torreano began his talk about his exhibition, Dark Matters Without Time, on March 24, 2018 at Lesley Heller Gallery, he did so from behind a black curtain. Like a performer entering the stage, Torreano pushed the curtain aside and his head appeared. It...
John Michael Byrd on Kelli Scott Kelley

John Michael Byrd on Kelli Scott Kelley

Kelli Scott Kelley, Orphaned Twins, 2009, Acrylic, paper, canvas,  48 x 30 inches When I told my partner I was thinking about writing a piece on Kelli Kelley’s work, he said: “You know, she is probably the perfect example of the nurturing free thinker – a real...
Yvette Gellis on Katharina Grosse

Yvette Gellis on Katharina Grosse

Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2016. Acrylic paint on wallboard, wood veneer, and steel, 480 x 960 x 67 inches. University purchase, Art on Campus fund, Gary M. Sumers Recreation Center, 2016. Photo by Yvette Gellis. The soul of French painting in the 1860’s and 1870’s...