When galleries close, artists’ lives and careers may suffer

“I have the reputation of being pretty loyal to my artists, regardless of whether they sell or not,” said Andrea Rosen, a Manhattan gallery owner who specializes in mid-career artists. Still, earlier this year, Rosen informed all the artists she represented, around a dozen, that she would no longer be their dealer, that her focus was shifting to representing the estate of Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Dead men pay no rent, but the artists she was talking to did and, out of the blue, they found they had major decisions to make. Who is going to exhibit my work in New York? How do you approach a gallery? How much do I have in the bank? (How long can I go without another dealer?) Continue reading

Do No Harm: Marlene Creates

Marlene Creates sculpture

Marlene, Creates, excerpt from Larch, Spruce, Fire, Birch, Hand

I spend a lot of time at a nearby beach on Lake Ontario, drawn by wind and wave, and especially by the rocky shingle of the shoreline. More often than not, I begin re-arranging stones, sometimes walking the beach’s length (about a half-mile or so) placing larger stone markers amidst the smaller stuff at the very edge of the surf. Continue reading

Amanda Williams: Chicago Works


Installation view, Chicago Works: Amanda Williams, MCA Chicago. July 18 – December 31, 2017. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago

Artist and architect Amanda Williams likely never expected her public art project Color(ed) Theory, for which she surreptitiously painted the exteriors of condemned houses in largely vacant Chicago neighborhoods, to garner significant attention.  But in 2015, the Chicago Architectural Biennial highlighted the ongoing project, suddenly giving it a platform with international reach.   In her first solo exhibition, Color(ed) Theory is featured alongside other recent multimedia works by Williams at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Continue reading

On sculpture, dance and gravity

Working outdoors at Mana

After a month and a half as a resident at Mana, life seems to have fallen into a routine, and a busy one at that. The time traveling to New Jersey every day gave me plenty of time to think more carefully about the influences and the subject matter that prevail in my work. A dominant influence seems to be my background as a dancer. I am becoming increasingly aware of its fundamental influence beyond feeling crippled when working without listening to music. Continue reading

A House for Summer

House for summer sculpture

House for Summer 20th anniversary performance, 2007.

Struggling up the hillside in 100 degree temperatures, I peered through the dusty firs and pines, to see a small cluster of birch trees. If they appear out of place even within the variety of species represented in the Hoyt Arboretum in Portland, Oregon, that is because they are— these trees are part of a living sculpture called House for Summer created by artist Helen Lessick. Continue reading

Paula Rivero – Proceso de Síntesis


Paula Rivero se propuso llegar a su silencio. Su obra sigue un hilo conductor a lo largo de los años aun cuando cambien los soportes, formatos o técnicas. Su factura se reconoce tanto en los empastes de las pinturas, la resina, los collages sobre telas y papeles, las esculturas que combinan hierro con pieles y las figuras trabajadas en birome, lápiz y acuarela. Los temas recurrentes, desde lo conceptual pivotean entre lo femenino, la palabra velada y los lazos que vinculan o someten; las figuras del corsette y de las alas, son tipologías que le sirven para vehiculizar estas inquietudes. En su producción más reciente, estas constantes siguen un proceso de síntesis donde prevalece la economía de recursos y hasta cambia la paleta por la presencia del blanco y el sepia. Continue reading