Friday, March 31, 2006

Painters of the Sublime: Joseph Mallord William Turner and Constable

The Constant Circle of Art

This past weekend I visited the Frick Museum and absolutely fell in love with Joseph Mallord William Turner and Constable.

After doing some research I noticed a couple of interesting things, one of them being that one of his goals in painting was not merely to copy something exactly(nature and objects) but rather to paint the essence or the sublime characteristics of of a particular scence. Truly, abstract painting started prior to the 20th century(Henry Finkelstein).

The day before travelling to the Frick Museum here in New York, I attended an artist critique session with master painter Henry Finkelstein and he quoted Constable, stating that Constable said, "I like to paint moisture." He advised studying Constable for that very purpose of painting atomsphere and even clouds.

I started out writing this specific post with the intention of stating that one of Turner's painting will go on auction next week at Christie's and they expect the painting to fetch the most money for a British painting in the world, they are expecting close to 20 million dollars for that painting.(Deborah Brewster, Financial Times)

If the painting sells for that much, guess which British artist it will surpass as far is concerned: Constable.

Below are paintings by Constable and Turner:

Here is the painting by Constable "The Lock" which sold for $21.3m.(Information source: Financial Times)

-Pete Duhon

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

UPCOMING EVENT: Lecture at Metropolitan Museum of Art

A Conversation:
Andre Leon Talley & Tom Ford

Just got my tickets for the May 3rd event. I am excited about the event and I look forward to reporting on it here at Art Comments...

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Sleeves of Desire: A Cover Story

New Addition to Personal Library

Earlier this week, I recieved my personal copy of Sleeves of Desire: A Cover Story. A book which documents the design aesthetics of the music label ECM.

Here's a quote from one of the essays in the publication:

"One of the secrets of ECM aesthetics lies in sustaining a "poetry of proportions" that contradicts all modish trends. The flagrant flexibility of the space of perception, in the music as well as in the visual design of ECM productions, seems to be a conscious moment of cessation in the midst of the ceaselessly flowing rush of information. The tradegy of optical and aural lives lies in the fact that the images and signs crowding in upon us represent only the superficiality of the referential world." - Peter Kemper

Friday, March 24, 2006

Aesthetic Value

The Artist

"One does not create by adding but by taking away. To develop is another matter. (Not to spread out)." - Robert Bresson

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

The City of Venice and Upper Eastside Manhattan

Venice, Italy and The Others...

To see is often the reason why attends a museum; to see something new, to see something from the past, whether we see and connect is another thing altogether. Lecturer, author, and historian David Lowe enthusiastically made sure that his audience the other night at the Met museum connected with the illustrious heritage of Venice, Italy.

David Lowe touched on many points, one of them being the connection of Venice, Italy with Henry James, John Singer Sargent and James Abbott McNeill Whistler, and their love of Venice, as well as their documentation of it. I thoroughly enjoyed myself even though I had to stand considering it was sold out. After the lecture, my knees were in good condition despite standing for the lecture and I ran to Barnes and Noble to buy a Henry James book!

Friday, March 17, 2006


"Every work of art is the child of its age and, in many cases, the mother of our emotions. It follows that each period of culture produces an art of its own which can never be repeated." - Wassily Kandinsky

Monday, March 13, 2006

International Art Fair

Art Show at the Armory

This past weekend I had a chance to attend the art fair here in New York that was held at the armory, piers 90 and 92. Here's a photo of perhaps my favorite piece of artwork from the show. This piece is by Michael Van Often. Looking closely at the photo, you will notice that he has created depth and dimension right smack in the middle of the picture. Enjoy!

I will post some more pictures from the show on NYC Comments.


Thursday, March 09, 2006

The Eye of an Artist

to make you see

"The artist lets us see the world through his eyes. That he has these eyes, that he knows the inner nature of things apart from all their relations, is the gift of genius, is inborn: but that he is able to lend us this gift, to let us see with his eyes, is acquired, and is the technical side of art." - Schopenhauer

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Best Actor

The Oscars....

Congratulations to Philip Seymour Hoffman for winning the Best Actor award the other night at the Oscars. A well deserved award for a brilliant performance in the film Capote.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Truman Capote and the Oscars

The Oscar Awards

Philip Seymour Hoffman should win best actor award and the film Capote should receive Best Film award - I am hoping. In the next couple of days, I will be attending some events that are "Capote" related and I will post some information about these events if I attend them. Until then, you can read an earlier post where I wrote about an event where PSH was interviewed.

Capote Interview

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Vienna and Carnegie Hall

Further Coverage

Last night while I sat sipping some hot cocoa, and listening to  some live jazz - bass and piano - at a local cafe, I came across an article written in the New York Times paper covering the recital performance by Alfred Brendel that I attended and wrote about here in Art Comments. I recommend the article and later on today, I will post the address so that you can link to the article directly. Additionally, I will post a review and pictures of the cafe where I ate and listened to jazz last night on my other blog at NYC Comments.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Recital at Carnegie Hall

The other night...

Still gleaming about the show the other night, below are the compositions, in the order they were played by Alfred Brendel, along with their respective composers.

Sonata in D Major, Hob. XVI:42
I. Andante con espressione
II. Vivace assai

Sonata No. 18 in G Major, D. 894
I. Molto moderato e cantabile
II. Andante
III. Menuetto: Allegro moderato
IV. Allegretto


Fantasia in C Minor, K. 475
Adagio-Allegro-Andantino-Piu allegro-Tempo I
Rondo in A Minor, K. 511

Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI:50
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro molto