Primary and Secondary Markets for Art


When artists agree to be represented by a gallery, they usually work out with the gallery owner – formally or informally – the terms of their understanding: the amount of the dealer’s commission; how often their work will be exhibited in solo or group shows; the price of their artworks and the permitted range of discounts for buyers; whether or not there will be advertising and who pays for it; whether or not the artist-dealer relationship is exclusive. That sort of thing. Continue reading

Drawing Machines


Floating World (detail).

It was late 2012 when I first saw the work of Billy Friebele at the Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, DC. A pen hovered above a pedestal, tethered to a cluster of Mylar balloons floating above it. The pen bobbed and bounced across the surface of a piece of paper attached to the pedestal beneath. As I approached the pedestal, a motion sensor triggered a fan to turned on, firing a gust of air toward the balloons, causing the pen to skitter wildly across the surface of the paper, where it reached the end of its tether, landed, and scribbled the limit of its orbit on the page. Continue reading

Sterling Allen: Seen Clean Found Made

Sterling Allen Sculpture

Studio Collage (detail). Courtesy artist.

The history of Sterling Allen’s art making begins in an unlikely place- a theme park. All throughout high school he was a caricature artist at a theme park in San Antonio, Texas where he grew up. His experiences there deeply influenced the way that he draws and translates visual imagery. He continued on to receive his BFA in Studio Art at UT Austin, during which time he worked in photography labs. This became another important another set of experiences that impacted his relationship with composition and the image. Named one of “10 Austinites to Watch” in 2011 by Tribeza Magazine, Allen has proven to be just that. Continue reading

Ursula Von Rydingsvard at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Ursula von Rydingsvard Sculpture

Ursula von Rydingsvard working on Bronze Bowl with Lace at Polich Tallix Foundry.
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Lelong. Photo by Jonty Wilde.

On October 23, Ursula von Rydingsvard’s latest solo exhibition opens at Galerie Lelong, Chelsea. As we await the opening, the artist’s solo exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park is also on view through January 4, 2015. This month’s blog takes you inside the pages of von Rydingsvard’s extraordinary catalog and show in West Yorkshire, England – the most exciting exhibition to date of her career. Continue reading

Joel Shapiro’s Portland

Joel Shapiro Sculpture

Joel Shapiro (American, born 1941), Portland, 2014. Wood, casein, and cord installation, dimensions variable.
© Joel Shapiro.

Joel Shapiro’s Portland, a site-specific installation at the Portland Art Museum, resides in a strange space. The atrium of the museum is called a “sculpture court,” but there is nothing specifically sculptural about it. Like any other atrium, it is an open space in a large building, encompassing a number of stories, allowing light and air to move through the space while humans are constrained to the floor below and the edge of the balcony above. Continue reading

Thingness and Clint Neufeld

Clint Neufeld Sculpture

Grandmas Doily and a Chevy Rear axle, 2012. Ceramic, wood, Grandmas doily. 60”x 18”x 42”. Photo Credit Art Mur

Clay. Again.

Seriously, how can we not talk about it? Clay is fundamental, truly elemental. And clay really has no abstraction, for if you talk about it, then you have to talk about the very “thingness” of the world. You have to talk about tangible stuff. Continue reading


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