Helen Frankenthaler – Painter Who Breathed Big Life Into American Abstraction, Dies At 83

I had seen her work in New York, though what I saw was rather narrow in scope compared to what she made throughout her career. Last year, when I was up at Anderson Ranch in Aspen, I sat down in the library and perused a book of Helen Frankenthaler’s complete works. The catalog captured the […]

Power And The Language Of Abstraction

The language of abstraction can address a model of the universe that’s slippery and fluid; exquisitely accurate and irreducible on the one hand but inconceivably colossal on the other. We live in a world wherein the smallest stuff is neither energy nor matter—and yet both. Abstraction can allude to the conceptually unwieldy intersection of these […]

Reflections on New Mexico

If you’ve ever walked the narrow roads of Sante Fe, you’d almost get a visceral sense of the different shoes that have traveled there over the centuries because little has changed in the architecture and the land.  However, your attention to the dusty, narrow sidewalks and scrub pine peeking through fences would soon wander as […]

RISD colleague Nicole Eisenman at the DAM

Today I went downtown to see and support an old RISD colleague, Nicole Eisenman, as she spoke about her work at the Denver Art Museum.  For me it was somewhat of a time traveling experience.  I felt as if  I were sitting in a crit room, only this time, instead of listening to her speak […]