Tuesday, October 31, 2006

London Frieze Art Fair: Jenny Saville

Rosetta 2, 2005-2006
Oil on watercolor paper, mounted on board
99-1/4 x 73-3/4 inches (252 x 187.5 cm)

This towering painting by Jenny Saville, a painting that I revisited many times while in London and stared at with amazement, was clearly one of the highlights at Frieze , a painting evoking pathos and sardonically questioning traditional expectations of portraiture, though I'm sure that the response to this painting will fall into 3 camps:

  1. Hans Holbein purists who perhaps have serious disdain for the loose, violent and sobering approach here.
  2. Admirers of Lucien Freud who feel that this painting stands for all the great things happening right now in contemporary art.
  3. And the camp, myself included, that simply admires Holbein , Lucien Freud and Jenny Saville.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Upcoming Art Opening: Gavin Brown Gallery

I'm excited about an upcoming event at the Gavin Brown Gallery which will take place this Friday. Will let everyone know how things workout. Also, I'm trying this new feature where if you have a Google Calendar, you can simply update your personal calendar with mind so that it corresponds to the event which I have written about.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Feigen Contemporary Gallery: Elizabeth Huey

acrylic and oil on wood panel
53 1/4 x 101 inches

Article by Don Porcella in New York

Elizabeth Huey's recent paintings on view at Feigen Contemporary Gallery in Chelsea continue to explore the effect architecture had on the mentally ill who were living in American institutions in the 1800’s. Her show, THE KIRKBRIDE PLAN, owes its title to Thomas Story Kirkbride a key figure in the science of Psychiatry. His concept that architecture should provide moral or intellectual instruction laid the foundation for asylum construction in the United States.


Huey and I both have degrees in psychology and to me her paintings are about psychological space. Her work is a perfect view into the mind. We churn images in our mind trying to digest what we see, hear, feel, etc… Using a collage-like approach, Huey presents a mixed bag of visual information. We see that through mental illness we have a more accurate picture of how the mind processes imagery, experiences, etc…

Burned Over District

In Huey’s work one clearly sees these visual and mental conflicts playing out in a somewhat grand but purposefully disjointed narrative. Much the same way one might imagine a mentally ill person trying to deal with their very confusing environment.

Huey’s work offers us insight into mental illness and how we deal with it in our country, but more importantly she shows us the power and beauty of the mind trying to comprehend its surroundings.


Elizabeth Huey
Main Gallery
September 14 - October 28, 2006
Feigen Contemporary
535 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011
Tel 212.929.0500 Fax 212.929.0065

Monday, October 23, 2006

Iconic art magazine leverages New Media

Thought I would draw everyone's attention to a new online offering by the established and respected magazine, ArtReview.

"ArtReview Goes Digital
. Register at www.artreviewdigital.com.

Each year ArtReview Magazine, the leading contemporary art monthly, publishes its list of contemporary art’s most influential individuals – artists, dealers, collectors, curators and directors." - Art Review

Friday, October 20, 2006

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Here's a photo of the LOUISE T BLOUIN INSTITUTE at night. I attended the opening reception of the newly founded institution while in London. Apparently, I was there with all the heavyweights in the art world: art critics, patrons, artists, celebrities and the like. While I was surveying the institute and digesting the light installations of world-renowned artist James Turrell (he wasn't at the show), I met several interesting people and even had to defend James Turrell and contemporary art.

Seems that the dreadful quote "a child can do that" exists on both side of the Atlantic and is commonly used. However, being a champion of the arts, I was able to dispel that notion of "anyone can do that" and the young lady was happy that we spoke. In fact,
after our friendly and obviously insightful discussion she suggested that maybe I could tutor her nine year old child about art history (or something like that). We were all drinking champagne so some of the details are quite fuzzy. But at least I was able to help her see the light but who knows.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Scope Art Fair London

Scope Art Fair
Photo by Peter Duhon.

After getting off the plane in London, I headed straight to the East End of London for the Scope Art Fair. Briefly, I'll just mention that the area chosen for the fair was perfect. The East End area of London reminded me of a nice mixture between both the lower eastside of Manhattan and the vibrant Chelsea area.

Monday, October 16, 2006

London Art Fairs: Scope Fair and Frieze Fair

East End Photo
Photo by Peter Duhon.

Just getting back from an amazing visit to London where I was able to spend time at two outstanding art fairs, the Scope Fair and the Frieze Fair. I have to admit that visiting London for the first time and attending both fairs was joyously overwhelming! Throughout the coming weeks I will post pictures and comments from my visit of London here on my blog and also on my flickr account.

I completely fell in love with London and hated leaving a place where I felt so at home and comfortable. I'm having withdrawal symptoms now and dealing with the fact that I had to leave. I'm not saying that New York is not home but now I would say that I have two loves in my life now, London and New York!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

London Art Scene

Trip to London
Originally uploaded by Peter Duhon.

Regular blog posting will resume Oct 16. I'm on my way to London and upon my return to New York I will blog about my findings there. Check back later!

Monday, October 09, 2006

Grant Krajecki: A Few Words with Art Comments

Fashion Week Spring 2007 Collection: Grey Ant
Photo by Peter Duhon.

Immediately following the Grey Ant show at New York Fashion Week Spring 2007, I spoke designer with Grant Krajecki and applauded him on a nicely done show that combined his California cool style designs with exotic tribunal dances that resonated some distinct and logical African influence. Despite the bizarreness of the dancing, it all made sense and even told some sort of story which is why I'm using the term "logical." But here's a brief excerpt from our conversation:

AC:Your on an island stranded and you can only have one book with you, which book would it be?
GK: The New York Public Library's "Desk Reference."

During the recent New York Fashion Week, I was also able to speak with Martha Stewart which you can read by visiting the following link: Martha Stewart Interview
Additionally, you can see some of the Grey Ant show by clicking the following link: Grey Ant

Upcoming Fashion Event: October 13

Produced by Lovebrigade.

One of the contributors to Art Comments is coordinating this event!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006


buffet 2
Painting by Erin Crowe.

by Don Porcella

The new generation of YBA’s (Young British Artists) are emerging in the Chelsea area of Manhattan, New York at White Box Gallery courtesy of Cottelson Advisors and curator Jennifer Thatcher. It is an eclectic mix of 1st year students from the celebrated Goldsmiths College Graduate School in London, England. This college attracts art collectors like Charles Saatchi and boasts famous alumni like Damian Hirst. Overall this years survey has a do-it-yourself attitude and in certain art works one sees the scope and critique of popular culture.

Erin Crowe is painting portraits of powerful male leaders Warren Buffett and Fidel Castro. Due to their smallish size and unflattering poses, these portraits play with our idea of what portraiture is and pose interesting questions about the power of the artist over her subject. Photographs inform these paintings, but Crowe purposefully imbues the portrait with high key colors and visible brushstrokes giving the paintings an expressive and hand made quality.

Sara Gilder’s Baywatch video presents the artist in a swimsuit made popular on the American TV Show Baywatch waiting on the corner of a busy street after a hard rain. Automobile’s periodically drive by, hit the puddles, and cover her repeatedly in dirty rainwater. Uplifting, with its 1980’s soundtrack, Gilder turns an unpleasant moment into pleasure and at the same time presents a sarcastic spoof on beauty and popular American culture.

Ryan O’Connor poses interesting questions through his choice of materials. O’Connor’s cleverly welds found metal brackets together and in the process transforms the found material into a beautiful and interesting nod to modernist sculpture.

The art pieces mentioned in this article along with other works that were on display at White Box can be seen by clicking the following link: GOLDSMITH PHOTOS

Monday, October 02, 2006

Upcoming on Art Comments: Art Fair Coverage

Currently finalizing travel plans to London to cover two emblematic contemporary art fairs being held simultaneously there: Scope London and Frieze Art Fair. Stay tuned.