Month: August 2018

  • Pickett? Really?

    PICKETT? REALLY? Recently, paging happily through “The New Yorker Album of Art & Artists,”* I stopped to enjoy the classic Tobey cartoon after “The Sleeping Gypsy” by Henri Rousseau, c. 1897. I’d admired this many times before, but never bothered to notice the painting on the wall to the left.   It is “Manchester Valley” […]

  • Brooklyn Windows

    BROOKLYN WINDOWS You find these and many similar windows along Carlton Ave in Brooklyn. Informal art of an unassuming, delightful kind: people putting out little plantations and looking after them.                                                    And […]

  • Soutine’s Splash

    SOUTINE’S SPLASH The show of Chaim Soutine (1893–1943) now at the Jewish Museum in New York is full of delights—some pretty standard images in all the art history texts, but other, lesser-known surprises. And one of the nifty things about this show is that very few of the pieces are under glass, so you can […]

  • A Favorite Theophilus Brown

    A FAVORITE THEOPHILUS BROWN Theophilus Brown (1919 – 2012) was a member of the Bay Area Figurative Movement of the ‘50s and ‘60s, and continued drawing and painting into the new century. This undated lithograph ( 8½ x 6” ) lives happily on my dining room wall. I admire the strong, sharp design – those […]