Tuesday, August 29, 2006


Painting from ISE reception.

Here's another painting that's proving to be popular on my other site on Flickr.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Art Reception in Manhattan: Emerging Japanese and American Artists

Originally uploaded by Peter Duhon.

This past weekend I was invited by Don Porcella
to attend a reception hosted by the ISE. There was a mixture of artists from America and Japan who all currently reside in NYC.

If you click on the picture you will be directed to an area where more of the paintings from the show are posted. So go ahead and be daring! Click and travel to the unknown.

I like the painting here for its strong compositional aspects. Right above the fruit you have a couple of objects which subtlety direct your eye to the fruit. Ironically though, the bookshelf that the fruit is on actually is titled downward as if we are viewing the current scene the way a child would see the scene in real life if they were standing next to the fruit not from the view of a tall adult or athlete, for example, Lebron James, the 6 foot 8 inch tall basketball player. Despite the vertical axis which the painting sits, the viewer eye is held within the canvas due to the objects in the bookshelf which serve as an inverted pyramid right under the fruit. The fruit in the painting is not falling off the canvas but rather its stationery which is evident by the lemon right next to the green pear.

There's also a nice rhythm sustained in this painting, right above the green pear there is a circular object that anchors the pear and the table. This circular object is also echoed by the red circular engraving located on the inverted pyramid objects which I mentioned previously. There is a continuous echo with the red scarf on the floor. The rhythm of Veronese and the composition of Cezanne. A mature painting.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Fashion Week and Art Comments

I am excited since I recently learned that I will be attending this year's Fashion Week in Bryant Park here in Manhattan. From September 9 - 15, expect great coverage from Art Comments!

Monday, August 21, 2006

National Design Museum

National Design Museum
Photo by Peter Duhon.

Here's another photo of the Design Museum. I count the visual print designer, Paul Rand, as a leader and major proponent of the thinking that accessible art and design can impact peoples decisions and that good design enables the process of "shared" information to be shared in a way that is simple to understand.

I remember visiting the Design museum several years ago and camping out in their gift shop and reading about Paul Rand. Looks like my interest in the Museum has been rekindled.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Party at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum

Just now leaving the weekly party given on fridays at the National Design Museum here in Manhattan. It ends way too early: 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Although the music played by DJ Rekha was a good enough reason for showing up since she mixed Indian music, disco and hip-hop all throughout the set.

DJ Rekha live at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

DJ Rekha live at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
Photo taken with Palm Treo 700p by peteduhon.

DJ Rekha is playing a unique mix of tribal Indian music and American southern (called "dirty-south" which refers to the southeastern states in the America) Hip-Hop. Visit DJ Rekha's site at www.myspace.com/djrekha.

The party is from 6pm to 9pm so I must go and get some vodka before the party's over and perhaps meet a nice lady who will deeply admire a young blogger like myself!

Party at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum

Party at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum
Photo taken with Palm Treo 700p by peteduhon.

I'm at the Design Museum here on 5th avenue to check their weekly party that happens in their garden on friday night. I am here now and will offer more coverage later.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Claude Charbol's "The Bridesmaid"

Claude Charbol's "The Bridesmaid,"
A film by Claude Charbol.

Just finished watching The BridesMaid at the Angelika film center. Disturbingly dark, sensously fun and lividly shocking, the kind of film one hates to admit that they enjoyed. Since liking the film could suggest that the charcaters on screen are not the only ones with problems. Well, I liked it. I enjoyed the tempered and symphonic approach to the film by Claude Chabrol. An approach that patiently builds up to an end that is more satisfying than climatic. I'm impressed, how can one satisfy and yet leave the audience hungry for more? Mr. Chabrol presents to us his answer to an age old question of art with his film, "THE BRIDESMAID."

German Art Gallery: Too Young To Die

Too Young To Die
Painting by Julien Rouvroy

I would just like to highlight a great gallery that I think people should visit online or in person: white trash contemporary

Monday, August 14, 2006

Constable and Modernity

Constable and the Sublime
Looking at this painting I am reminded of the British painter Constable and a art lecture that I attended where Henry Finkelstein quoted Constable as saying, "I like to paint the moisture in the air."

Friday, August 11, 2006

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Painting by Joshua Marsh

Painting by Joshua Marsh.

In a previous post I mentioned a painting were the object is protruding off the canvas. Here's that painting. It is now on display at the Moti Hasson Gallery.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Final Draft: The Scope Art Fair

Here's an email that I wrote to an artist, whose work I wrote about here on Art Comments. The artist found my blog post via the internet and contacted me via email. I've never met the artist in question. The email below gives an overview of the art fair that I attended and provided coverage of here on Art Comments.

Email response:


Information today truly travels FAST. It is great hearing from you! I was really amazed at your work so its sincerely an honor hearing from you. I came across your work at the recent Scope Art Fair here in NY. The Hamptons to be specific.

It was with the Spanierman gallery - hope I'm not spelling it wrong. They were one of the busier galleries so I actually didn't get a chance to speak with dealers of Spanierman much about you or your work. But your painting was one of the highlights of the show, thus I posted it on my blog.

Overall, I liked the show despite the obvious, laid-back, wealthy vibe (not a bad thing - all shows can't have that intense Manhattan vibe). Not many students, artists or just casual visitors touring the facility but rather sternly focused, disciplined spenders, the type who make purchases for their summer home in the Hamptons, winter Manhattan apartment and estate in Italy.

With that market being targeted, the wealthy who look to support art, I hope that many benefited as a result. From the feedback I received, some dealers did especially well on the last day of the three day fair(Sunday) as some of the pieces were put on hold Friday and Saturday and then purchased in a frenzy on Sunday afternoon just before many of the purchasers went to the beach.

Looks like a couple of the dealers just broke even cash wise which there doesn't appear at the moment to be a clear reason why. The few dealers that did not sell well complained about attendance. Though with the target audience in mind, I don't see the attendance increasing over seven percent at next years Hamptons event but that is not a bad thing in my opinion since sales could increase between twenty to twenty-five percent. My humble opinion.

I am excited about the Scope Fair coming up in London. Will you be going? Looking forward to hearing from you again."

Here's a couple of relevant links:
Francisco Guerrero I
Francisco Guerrero II
Sadie Weis I
Sadie Weis II

Here's the link to the painting that initiated my email response:
Matty Byloos

Monday, August 07, 2006

Art Gallery in the Hamptons: Karin Sanders Fine Art

Sometimes its the mistakes we make
Painting by Aja Apa .

This past weekend was quite eventful. I spent some time in the Hamptons and attended a fundraiser given by the Urban League of Long Island and after the event I went to the StarRoom, reportedly a night club where Paris Hilton likes to hangout. One of the highlights though was a surprise finding, an extremely sophisticated art gallery located in Sag Harbor. Visit the website: www.karinsanders.com

Looking at this painting by Aja Apa, I'm reminded of several paintings: one by Cezanne, Picasso and a recent artist now being shown at the Moti Hassen gallery. In the three paintings just mentioned, the main character or object is falling off the canvas or stepping out of the canvas. In the painting posted here, the three central characters, three women are walking into the canvas. Though judging by the fiery reds, the melancholy mood and the title of this painting, Sometimes it's the mistakes we make, the characters are figuratively walking into an eternal state of torment due to making some mistakes or bad decisions. The old adage is that one can learn from personal mistakes and make a seemingly negative sitaution positive by turning the situation into an educational one, however, this painting is a reminder that some mistakes can be quite costly.

Look closely and you will see the three women with there back turned to the viewer, walking into the figurative space of a red abyss.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Best Espresso in New York

A single shot after too many
Photograph by peteduhon.

Forget about Starbucks. I'm at Aroma Espresso Bar here on Houston street in Lower Manhattan, and they serve absolutely the best espresso I've tasted this side of the atlantic ocean. It's on Houston street between Greene street and Wooster, centrally located between the West and East Village.

But what is the relation between this espresso bar and art? During the creative process, every artist requires an energy boost from time to time. Some of us, like myself, need an energy booster daily. Caffine delivers for many of us. Thus, I consider it paramount to recommend anything that will help the creative process. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Styles and Manners

Light in the Darkness
Photograph by peteduhon.

"A performance ought always to give the impression of a fresh contact with the music, an original approach that respects the work." - Charles Rosen, concert pianist and music critic.

Other relevant blog posts:
Pianist Alfred Brendel at Carnegie Hall
Philip Seymour Hoffman Interview