Marius Bercea in New York, NY

Next door to Ramiken gallery was Romanian artist Marius Bercea’s show Blue Silk. I love portraits and the show at the Francois Ghebaly gallery was right up my alley. “Across the exhibition, Bercea’s subjects quietly and solemnly enact the rituals of interior life. Each figure, cloistered in his corner of the domestic labyrinth, appears petrified in moments of respite or pensive focus. Gestures are inward … Continue reading Marius Bercea in New York, NY

Lukas Quietzsch in New York, NY

I’ve been keeping my eye on Ramiken gallery since seeing the phenomenal Eli Ping show last winter. I thought Lukas Quietzch’s exhibition Parallel Warning in Simple Arrangements was well worth a visit. There were seven paintings by this young Berlin based artist. The three below were my favorite. “The surfaces are primed in a swirling pattern with a chalky mixture. Next, colors are applied with … Continue reading Lukas Quietzsch in New York, NY

Ana Benaroya in New York, NY

Ana Benaroya: Swept Away, at Venus Over Manhattan’s new gallery space on Great Jones Street, was across from the Jay Milder show. Two great shows that could not have been more different. I loved both. Women’s bodies and their relationship to water is Benaroya’s central theme. The show included seven paintings and seven works on paper. “Ana Benaroya’s paintings depict substantial women whose extravagant musculatures … Continue reading Ana Benaroya in New York, NY

Michael Raedecker in New York, NY

Michael Raedecker’s show, now, at GRIMM gallery was absolutely fantastic. I don’t necessarily connect to gallery press releases as I often find them too wordy, and over the top, but GRIMM’s was spot on. “From a distance, the flat and rectangular objects that Raedecker has produced have the appearance of the things we once called paintings. In the studio he has engineered a mechanism of … Continue reading Michael Raedecker in New York, NY

The Whitney Biennial in New York, NY

I’ve been going to the Whitney Biennial for as long as I can remember, and enjoyed my time there on Sunday. It’s always interesting in some way and I’m never sure what to expect. The Biennial began as an annual exhibition in 1932, and as a biennial in 1973. Originally an exhibition of work by young and lesser known artists, it has evolved over time. … Continue reading The Whitney Biennial in New York, NY

Kathy Butterly in New York, NY

I truly love Kathy Butterly’s ceramic work. I arranged the timing of a trip to NYC specifically to be at her most recent opening, Color in Forming, at the James Cohan Gallery on Walker Street. The opening was a full house (exciting in itself), and Kathy was there too! I introduced myself, being all fangirl and all, but I’m sure I was just one among … Continue reading Kathy Butterly in New York, NY

Derek Weisberg in New York, NY

During the past year and a half, I have taken more classes online than I can count. One of the first was taught by Derek Weisberg through Greenwich House Pottery in New York City. I ended up taking every ceramic history course he offered on line, despite them almost always starting at 7 AM Pacific Time (for me). I was genuinely bummed when his classes … Continue reading Derek Weisberg in New York, NY

Fay Jones in Seattle, WA

When my family and I first moved to Seattle in 2006, we began to frequent (and still do) a wonderful restaurant in our neighborhood that had the most stunning paintings. Each time we went, we would talk about how much we liked them. I finally asked who the artist was, and learned it was Fay Jones. I admittedly was a bit in culture shock moving to the West Coast after living on the East Coast my entire adult life, and somehow these paintings always made me feel at home. Continue reading Fay Jones in Seattle, WA

The SF Museum of Modern Art and SFO Airport in San Francisco, CA

I had not been to the newly expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art since it reopened in May of 2016. I was impressed by its beautifully lit gallery spaces, overall size (170,000 square feet of exhibition space) and design. They have over 33,000 works of art in their permanent collection. I was hopeful that they would have one of the two paintings that they own by Bay Area artist Roland Petersen on view, but no such luck. I was enamored nevertheless. Continue reading The SF Museum of Modern Art and SFO Airport in San Francisco, CA

Design Miami in Miami Beach, FL

As the Art Basel fairs have grown, I’ve gotten smarter, and have been staying longer. Even with that, it’s hard to fit everything in. This was my first time attending the Design Miami show, and it was the most beautiful of all of the art fairs. The galleries were obviously carefully selected and the booths were well-curated. Design Miami is not to be missed.

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Meridians at Art Basel in Miami Beach, FL

The Miami Beach Convention Center has been newly renovated, and completed, since last year’s Art Basel. Meridians, curated by Magali Arriola, presented 34 large-scale projects that cannot normally be shown at an art fair. Directly upstairs (via an escalator) from the exhibition hall of Art Basel were large-scale sculptures and paintings, live performances, installations and video projections in about 60,000 square feet of space. Continue reading Meridians at Art Basel in Miami Beach, FL

Art Miami and Context Art Miami in Miami, FL

Art Miami and Context Art Miami are in two adjacent tents located in Miami, FL. They are easy to get to from South Beach, but you have to take into account traffic. It took me an hour to get there, and 12 minutes to get back to my hotel. I went preview night and purposely went to Art Miami first, and to Context with an hour to spare. Art Miami was super… Continue reading Art Miami and Context Art Miami in Miami, FL

Pulse Miami Beach in Miami Beach, FL

Pulse is in a temporary tent, very close to the UNTITLED tent. I got there for the opening VIP brunch, which was actually quite fun. It’s hard to beat the weather in Miami (indoor/outdoor brunch at 11 a.m. in December) and the CBD cocktails and CBD popsicles were quite the hit with the crowd. This is the 15th year for Pulse, with 65 exhibitors. Last year they had 10,000 visitors. Continue reading Pulse Miami Beach in Miami Beach, FL

Scope Miami Beach in Miami Beach, FL

Scope Miami Beach is another fair that makes its home in a tent, right on the beach. Scope has 134 exhibitors, and is in its 19th year. Last year they saw 60,000 visitors. The artwork I was drawn to at Scope happened to all include some sort of cool process or the repurposing of materials. I really enjoyed learning about the artists and their processes, whether from the gallery owners, employees, or the artists themselves. Continue reading Scope Miami Beach in Miami Beach, FL

Aqua Art Miami in Miami Beach, FL

Aqua Art Miami, takes place in a classic South Beach Miami two story motel. The furniture is all removed and each gallery takes over a room. I look forward to going every year but was disappointed this year as some of my favorite galleries from years past were not there, and the work in general wasn’t very appealing to me. Aqua features 47 exhibitions… Continue reading Aqua Art Miami in Miami Beach, FL