Monday, April 6, 2009

Monday Rambles

There's a great essay on Thiebaud by Tyler Green up at Modern Art Notes which makes some very astute comparisons between Thiebaud and Rosenquest with a seque into American consumerism:

Meanwhile, back at the Thiebaud: Just as Warhol's paintings about painting don't need brushes (or knives) to make their points, the Thiebaud doesn't need to go out of its way to play in Rosenquist's or Lichtenstein's game. All three of those '60s stars used or referenced commercial painting techniques so as to tweak painting. Thiebaud has never been interested in jabbing his medium in the eye. Instead, Thiebaud's paintings have always been about the allure of paint, about the temptation of something sweet, familiar and seemingly facile. (Thiebaud certainly tends toward Morandi, but Thiebaud's subjects are more important on their own than Morandi's ever were.)

Over at the Art News Blog (, there's a rather unhappy post by a gallery owner on the rise of the Internet and the artist's ability to directly reach the public, without going through the gallery and paying their fees and commissions. While I am sympathetic to the plight of honest gallery owners, my experience (and apparently that of many of the posters) has not been a happy one. In fact, as a working artist, I'm as unhappy with galleries as thls lady is with the artists who bypass her store. Every gallery that I've been involve with expected me to front all sorts of costs- shipping, framing, insurance, advertising and, in more than a few cases, the cost of the opening reception. Then, they expected -and did - take a 40-60% cut. Now, these weren't "name" galleries and most of them are no longer in business but many of my fellow "no-name" artists have had the same experience. In any case, it's a sign of the changing times for the majority of us who don't belong to the galleries that really do promote our art but still expect the larger share of the pie. Read the comments; it's an education - for those not in the art world - in the reality of the business of art.

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