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"This museum is our Home Depot for the soul"

Tuesday Night Painting #37

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Hello painters,


I have a collection of links I want to share with you today. Link sharing will probably be the format of this humble newsletter until I can find some more time to conduct some more interviews and do some more deep dives into specific artists.

But don't worry, I'm keeping a list of all the new artists I'm coming across every day. 2021 holds a lot of promise on a number of different fronts, but for us that means there will be more features and more classes offered starting in January of next year. Until then, take a look at some of the writing and images I've collected below for your painting pleasure. 

The New Yorker's Peter Schjeldahl walks through NYC's Metropolitan Museum during a very muted celebration of the museum's 150 year anniversary. Schjeldahl calls the Met "our Home Depot of the soul," a quote I absolutely love. "It has just about whatever you want, and it has a lot of it."
Street Story Quilt by Faith Ringgold
Visiting the Met always requires a strategy, otherwise you'd be overwhelmed by your choices. In olden times, the first part of your strategy required you to consider how much you were planning on paying, if anything. Schjeldahl's plan was to visit the exhibition highlighting the Making of the Met, celebrating the aforementioned anniversary. Read about how he managed to do in his review.

And if you wish, the Met's previous grand exhibit Epic Abstraction, which for obvious reasons is very relevant to our interests, can still be experienced on it's website.
“Never give a poem a title,” the painter warned her, “let the poem find its subject.” 
From Hyperallergic, read about the poems of Barbara Guest, who wielded her pen the same way the Abstract Expressionists' wielded their brushes. In her early days of living in NYC, Guest "turned to a practice that involves “no preplanning,” a poetry motivated, like the canvases of Abstract Expressionists, by the “spontaneous” and geared toward “movement” rather than representation."
Her career waxed and waned throughout her life, as she was often considered a poet's poet. Guest thought the writing she endlessly devoted herself to had an obligation, an objective, that she was committed to achieving:
     To invoke the unseen, to unmask it. Reality in a glass
     of water. The mirror [that] reveals heartstrings of reality. 

Read more about the poems and the life of Barbara Guest at this link here.
The paintings that you've been seeing throughout this week's newsletter are the work of the esteemed Jackie Saccoccio, an artist who sadly passed away at 56. At the time of her passing she had been battling cancer going on five years.

Saccoccio created large, texturally complex abstractions. The artist would strategically amass layer after layer of paint on her canvases, aiming to "manipulate the viewer into having a sensational, physical reaction."
The paintings of Saccoccio show very plainly the artist's deft touch on the brush and off of it. She had a way of manipulating more than just the viewer: the drips and splatters have a way of looking carefully designed and considered, the way they can fall down the canvas, then shift at a hard angle, only to right themselves to the original orientation.

This article tells a brief story about the methods and process of how her paintings came together: "Saccoccio attempted to profile a Lisa Yuskavage painting she saw in a collector’s home. Rather than recreating the Yuskavage painting, Saccoccio paid homage to its lemony tones by making an abstraction foregrounding yellow hues."

The way Saccoccio took inspiration from her fellow artists should be an inspiration to us as well. I encourage you to find a painting you're in love with and pay homage to it, not by creating a direct copy, but by taking its color palette and transforming it into something new.
And here is your weekly reminder that this newsletter is free but not cheapI've been spending more and more hours each week researching and writing about new artists for me and you to lovingly gaze at.
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Finally, this amusing story about the shocking, silent reception that a painter's mural received during its public unveiling. Long time students of mine know about my appreciation for the minimal paintings of William Scott, a British still life painter turned abstract artist.

Scott was commissioned to paint a 46 foot wide mural for a hospital located in Derry, Northern Ireland. During the unveiling, the reaction was one of "horrified silence" as the audience filtered quickly out of the room after just 20 minutes. 
Scott painted the mural in a simple color palette of dark blue, black, and ochre. He created his own renditions of motifs found in ancient carvings all across Ireland. You can read about the mural here at this link and find out more about the artist's life and history here.
That's all for this week, painters. Thanks for reading, hope the beginning of December has been treating you well. Stay healthy and stay painting.

And now, a few tunes:


100 reasons - kemt
Lone Swordsman - Daniel Avery

Alberto Balsam - Aphex Twin
Leave with You - 2XM ft. Quails
Take Me - DJ Planet Express

See you next time, and happy painting.
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