Author Archives: Andrew Werth

On Friday night, after a round of gallery-going in Chelsea, I attended the Curator’s Choice panel of the Artists Talk on Art (ATOA) series at the School of Visual Arts. The panel includes the six winners from this year’s Curator’s Choice juried competition. Although the paintings I submitted weren’t selected, I was interested in learning […]

It wasn’t exactly the trek to de Maria’s The Lightning Field, but getting to Chelsea today was quite a slog: suspended train service and persistent, driving rain lengthened the inbound journey to Manhattan to over 2 1/2 hours. Though my mood was only slightly soured, it did mean I had less time to view all […]

I have just finished a new painting entitled Sheer Doing. The phrase “sheer doing” is common enough, but in this case it comes from the Daniel Gilbert book, Stumbling on Happiness. In this painting, the thumbnail doesn’t have enough detail to really capture what’s going on, so to see more you’ll need to click through […]

I have finally managed to properly photograph my painting Strange Loops 5, which was recently on display at the Mercer County Artists Show at The Gallery @ Mercer Community College. This painting is the fifth in my mini-series of “Strange Loops” paintings. The phrase “strange loop” comes from Douglas Hofstadter, first described I think in […]

In addition to the primarily photo-based exhibitions I described the other day, I also visited a number of painting shows in Chelsea as well, a few of which are worth mentioning here. First up, at Pace Wildenstein’s 25th Street gallery is a show of recent work from Thomas Nozkowski. Nozkowski was born in Teaneck, NJ, […]

Today was a beautiful day to stroll around Chelsea (especially compared to the brutal winds on my last visit). With lots of time and no museum shows to visit, I was able to leisurely work my way from 19th Street up to 26th Street, enjoying quite a few of the exhibitions along the way. One […]

On Saturday morning, Everett Raymond Kinstler kicked off the day with a slide presentation about the portrait artists of the past who had inspired him, including:  Sargent, William Merritt Chase, Joaquin Sorolla, Anders Zorn, Giovanni Boldini, and James Montgomery Flagg. Following Kinstler, Burton Silverman gave a demonstration entitled “Searching for the Truth”, though there wasn’t […]

I just returned from the 3-day Portrait Society of America’s 2008 conference in Philadelphia. Why would I attend this conference, given that I am primarily an abstract painter? Well, I also enjoy painting representationally and every once in a while I paint portraits. So I went to the conference looking for some tips, some product […]

After visiting The Armory Show, I had some time to kill until our dinner reservations and decided to head over to the Scope Art Fair in a tent at Damrosch Park by Lincoln Center. (My wife, who had her fill of art for the day, preferred to spend her time at the Time Warner Center.) […]

Kudos to the folks running The Armory Show for attempting to manage the crush of people attending the annual art fair on the west side of Manhattan. (Last year was a total mess, with lines into the street, shuttle buses canceled, and taxis confused about where to go.) However, they only earn a “C” for […]

I’ve just finished a new painting called Phenomenal Character (acrylic on panel, 30 x 30 in., 2008). The term is one sometimes used in the philosophy of mind or in cognitive science and refers to “what it is like” to have a perceptual experience. In a more ordinary sense, the phrase could imply a narrative […]

It wasn’t the best day to walk around New York City, with gusty, cold winds belying the first day of spring. But I managed to see quite a few shows in Chelsea, several of which are worth mentioning. First up, at a gallery I had never visited before – and one that’s technically not in […]

I’ve just launched a completely new design for — whew! There are still a few kinks to work out (especially here on the blog page, which uses different software from the rest of the site), but I hope you’ll like the new look. It should be cleaner, better looking, and easier to maintain. Most […]

I made it up to the Whitney on member-preview day shortly after the noon opening for the 2008 Whitney Biennial. The first impression that sticks with me was the show’s relative lack of paintings. Since I’m a painter and I like to look at paintings more than anything else, this focus on other media almost […]

While the Color Chart show was practically empty during most of my visit, the other sixth floor exhibition space was completely packed, both with people and with things to look at. “Design and the Elastic Mind” is a fascinating, fun show that deserved more time than I had to give it yesterday. One problem was […]

Yesterday was an art-filled day from start to finish. I took the train in to NYC where my first stop was MoMA to see the “Color Chart” and “Design and the Elastic Mind” shows. From there, I headed north to the Whitney Museum for the preview day of the Biennial. Pushing forward, I hoofed it […]

This afternoon I participated in an artist panel discussion about the “personal landscape” at D&R Greenway, a land preservation non-profit organization in Princeton, NJ. Below is a view of approximately half of the main gallery, with my two pieces hanging along the left wall. Curator Jack Koeppel opened the discussion with an intro to D&R […]

I am very pleased to announce that I have one painting included in the upcoming Mercer County Artists show at The Gallery @ Mercer County Community College.  This year’s juror is Cicely Cottingham, Art Director at Newark-based Aljira (a center for contemporary art).  The show runs from March 5 through April 3 with an opening […]

On Sunday, March 2, 2008, from 2-4pm, D&R Greenway will be hosting an informal panel on their current exhibition, “A Matter of Perspective: Our Personal Landscape.” The panel will be hosted by Mel Leipzig and I will be participating as one of the artists in the show.

I’ve decided to finally enter the blogosphere. In this blog, I expect to focus mostly on the following topics: Upcoming exhibitions that include my paintings New paintings as they’re added to the website Art reviews of other exhibitions (if I’m feeling particularly bold; if not, I’ll just make mention of shows I feel are worthwhile) […]