Sunday, May 17, 2015

Tom Burchhardt's Arrival by John Yau

courtesy of Huff Post May 17, 2015

Press Release
The gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new abstract paintings by Tom Burckhardt. It marks the artist’s sixth solo show with the gallery.

The exhibition will comprise fifteen small and medium sized oil paintings. Many of the works are painted on cast plastic, a painting support the artist started working on for his last exhibition. The cast plastic supports are made from molds created by the artist. He has painted trompe l’oeil folds of canvas on the sides of the pieces, the effect of which is that the works inhabit a space somewhere between painting and sculpture. The show will also include a recent group of paintings on more traditional stretched canvas.

The paintings are abstract but suggest references to architecture, landscape, and human forms. The paintings invoke a sense of pareidolia, a psychological phenomenon whereby the viewer sees a face or some other familiar image in an abstract pattern. Many of the works are filled with exquisite and precise detail; others are more muted, with broad patterns. They combine unexpected color combination and dramatic contrasts of patterns, image direction, and subtle and broad mark making. 

In conversation with artist and writer David Humphrey, a transcript of which appears in the exhibition catalogue, the artist remarks “A lot of my work has a collage sensibility. I enjoy the friction of different things being put together, things that should not live together but which by declaring them together become a fait accompli.This creates an awkward tension that I like.”

Burckhardt has had over twenty solo exhibitions. In 2014 a travelling exhibition of his FULL STOP (2004-2005), a walk-in version of an artist’s studio made of cardboard at life size, opened at the Columbus College of Art & Design. In 2011 his work was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC. The artist is the recipient of the International Association of Art Critics Award, the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters, and two Pollack-Krasner Foundation grants. The artist lives in New York and spends his summers in Maine.

32 x 40 inches

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Good Riddance #pinterest


Required Reading

The Illuminator and the Guerrilla Girls appear to have joined forces for a Saturday night projection on the new Whitney Museum (via @illuminator99)
The Illuminator and the Guerrilla Girls appear to have joined forces for a Saturday night projection on the new Whitney Museum (via @illuminator99)
This week, Instagram’s impact on art collecting, Chicago’s missing Keith Haring, 50 buildings in 50 cities, privilege at art museums, the largest object in the universe, and more.
 Artsy has conducted a survey of how Instagram impacts art collectors (though there’s no mention of the sample size and methodology). Some extraordinary claims include:
  • … an incredible 51.5% have purchased works from artists they originally discovered through Instagram …
  • … 87% of collectors surveyed check Instagram more than twice a day and 55% open the app 5 or more times a day …
  • More than half (64%) told us that the majority of the accounts they follow are art related.
  • Around 61% of collectors consistently look at an artist’s hashtag (Ex. #DeanLevin or #PetraCortright) before buying—and 42% do so often.
  • Almost one third (31%) of the collectors have purchased specific works they discovered on Instagram.
  • …majority of collectors (73%) believe that Instagram makes the art market more transparent…
  • 51% of those surveyed believed that it promoted art flipping.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Negar Ahkami

          NEGAR AHKAMI @

Negar Ahkami reveals complexity of a space in her paintings. Beautiful work.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Show Closing

I ran into Karen Kosoglad at the Lisa Harris Gallery Sunday morning the last day of our two person  show, "Color Narratives" and "Contour, Gesture and the Figure". Thank you Lisa Harris and staff for arranging the installation.

Karen Kosoglad (L) with Victoria Johnson (R)

Friday, March 27, 2015

Goutam Ghosh

March 27th, 2015  Courtesy of the artist and STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo. Photographer: Vegard Kleven Artist: Goutam Ghosh

Friday, March 13, 2015

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Victoria Johnson: Color Narratives on Artsy

                                                                        On Artsy

Victoria Johnson
Color Narratives
Oil Paint, Dry Pigment dispersed in Resin on Panel
24" x 42"