Author Archives: Andrew Werth

After seeing the Miró show, I headed down to the second floor to take in the blockbuster “Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night.”  It’s worth becoming a member of MoMA for this show just so you can avoid the timed-ticket entry and the associated very long lines: just flash your membership card and […]

It’s pretty much peak art season at the galleries and museums in New York City right now and yesterday I managed to view a whole lotta art.  In this post and the next, I’ll cover the first half of my day, spent at the Museum of Modern Art. Wow — there’s a lot to see […]

I just got back from the reception for the Absolutely Abstract 2008 show at the Philadelphia Sketch Club, where my painting Figment received an honorable mention award.  There were 125 pieces in the show, seven honorable mentions, and three top prizes. (Award winners, from left-to-right:  Daniel Buchler (?), Deborah Riccardi (co-chair), Ben Cohen (?), Michelle […]

I’m happy to report that one of my paintings, Figment, has been accepted into the Absolutely Abstract 2008 juried group show at the Philadelphia Sketch Club.  The exhibition is up through the end of November and the gallery is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1-5pm.  The Sketch Club is located at 235 […]

I’m happy to report that I have recently joined Artists’ Gallery, an artists’ co-op in Lambertville, New Jersey. If you’re not familiar with the area, Lambertville is a small town on the Delaware River across the water from New Hope, PA, that features art galleries, antique stores, and other shopping and dining goodies. Artists’ Gallery […]

In between a late dim sum lunch in Chinatown and an early evening jazz concert uptown, I managed to squeeze in a quick visit to Chelsea on Saturday afternoon. I had a list of about eight shows I wanted to visit and several of them are worth mentioning. At Gagosian gallery through October 25 is […]

I’m going to admit to something that might be heresy for a painter:  I went to the Giorgio Morandi show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Thursday and came away rather disappointed.  I had seen a Morandi exhibition in Chelsea back in 2004 and remember being impressed and wowed by paint handling, subtle use […]

My painting, Arising, will be on display in a group show at Gallery 125 in Trenton from September 12 through November 8, 2008.  There will be an opening reception this Friday, Sep 12, from 5-9pm.  I should be there starting around 6pm if you’d like to stop by and say Hi.  Gallery 125, at 125 […]

In the sauna that was west Chelsea last night, a new art season began.  The hot and sticky weather didn’t keep the art-goers away, however, as the streets between 22nd and 27th were packed.  Fortunately, there were quite a few good shows worth mentioning. I began my tour on 22nd Street where Keith Tyson has […]

I have one painting, Having in Mind, in the upcoming group exhibition “Inside/Out” at Ellarslie: The Trenton City Museum @ Ellarslie Cadwalader Park, Trenton August 2 – September 14, 2008 Opening Reception: Saturday, August 9, from 5pm-8pm

To paraphrase an oft-cited (and sometimes misattributed) quote about tourists, “If it’s group show season, why can’t we shoot them?”  Many of the galleries in Chelsea have group shows on display as their final exhibition before August recess.  Not that there’s anything wrong with group shows, but if you go to Chelsea often it does […]

I’ve been trying to post blog entries about shows that I’ve seen before I see reviews of those shows by others.  By doing this, I hope to both calibrate my eye as well as to declare my opinions untainted by the views of professional art critics.  Due to a busy schedule, though, I wasn’t able […]

In Euro-update update, the Cognitive Daily blog addresses the age-old question, “But is it art?”, with an amusing and heated discussion about whether a photo of a person staring at three white canvases is art (a follow-up to an earlier post about whether the three white canvases themselves are art). The discussions are enough to […]

Brooklyn-based artist John Zinsser, whose (highly recommended) New School class on Viewing Art Intelligently I have taken many times, will be giving a lecture this Wednesday on “The Fate of Painting.”  Here’s the info: The Fate of Painting A slide lecture by John Zinsser Wednesday July 2, 2008 6:30 p.m. on the 6th floor Mid-Manhattan […]

I’m happy to report that I have two paintings that will be included in the upcoming TAWA Summer Show at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion, in Cadwalader Park, Trenton.  The show runs from June 28 through July 27, with an opening reception this Saturday, June 28, from 5pm – 8pm.  Hope to see […]

I’ve just finished another painting in the “Strange Loops” series.  In this one, I’ve tessellated an overlapping triangular pattern, turned it into a loop, and then painted it with color progressions in such a way that you might detect a slight rotating motion if you look at the painting’s periphery.  (It’s a very weak version […]

On Saturday I visited the Museum of Modern Art for the stimulating Olafur Eliasson show (up through June 30). The show at MoMA consists of about a dozen separate pieces whose primary medium is light and whose “support” is our perceptual system.  The most memorable piece is called “Room for one color” (1997), which occupies […]

A few weeks ago, a massive branch from one of the trees in our backyard fell down.  After going to work with the chainsaw to clear up most of the mess, I was left with a beautiful piece of wood that I thought might be interesting to work with.  I sliced off a few disks […]

I visited Chelsea again yesterday, both to catch up on the latest shows as well as to attend the opening reception at Walter Wickiser Gallery, where fellow central NJ artist Thomas Kelly is participating in a group show entitled, “Just the Figure.” Along with three other artists, the show focuses on painterly images of the […]