“Painting Abstraction: new elements in abstract painting” by Bob Nickas.

Oregon College of Art and Craft Library:

 “Painting Abstraction: new elements in abstract painting” by Bob Nickas.

 Featured Artist: Michelle Ross

She is well known for her contemporary abstract paintings, which “[traverse] the history of abstraction, design, decoration and the love of language” (here). Her work has been likened to Mondrian, Hans Hoffman, Giorgio Morandi, Agnes Martin, Mary Heilman, and Robert Mangold. Ryan Pierce has stated that “Ross’ paintings are firmly grounded in the tropes and traditions of modernism,” they are “refreshingly free of the gimmicks that crowd a lot of abstraction these days,” and they “link the classical and the modern with grace and reverence, leaving plenty of open space for whatever happens next” (from a 2007 review on PORT).

More images of her recent work can be seen on the Elizabeth Leach Gallery website.


 “Painting Abstraction: new elements in abstract painting” by Bob Nickas.

For this week’s library pick, we have selected a title that showcases many of Michelle Ross’ contemporaries and other artists pushing the limits of abstract painting. The book is Painting Abstraction: new elements in abstract painting by Bob Nickas.

After a prefatory essay on the “persistence of abstraction,” the book is broken up into six parts: “hybrid pictures,” “Rhythm and Opticality,” “Color and Structure,” “Found/Eccentric Abstraction,” “Form, Space, and Scale,” and “the Act of Painting.” About a dozen or more artists have been selected for each section and a short text describes how each particularly addresses some issue related to that section’s theme.

For example, Nickas asks “Is the hand of an artist more visible to us when drawing and line are central to her paintings?” (139). He then demonstrates how this question can be answered in the “affirmative” by a close investigation on the work of Allison Miller. Several large, full-color reproductions of her work follow in order to illustrate his point.

Painting Abstraction is an authoritative compilation that addresses the key issues in the field of abstract painting from the last five years and profiles 80 different contemporary abstract artists including Mark Grotjahn and Amy Sillman. Bob Nickas work is an excellent balance of research, critical analysis, and, what all great art books so often have: art, art, and more art.


British pre-Raphaelite barn owl painting discovery

British pre-Raphaelite barn owl painting discovered
William James Webbe (fl.1853-1878), The White Owl, 'Alone and warming his five wits, The white owl in the belfry sits,' signed with monogram and dated '1856' (lower left), oil on board, 17¾ x 10 3/8 in. (45 x 26.3 cm.) © Christie’s Images Limited 2012

From the Huffington Post:

Attic Owl Painting Sells For Nearly $1 Million At Christie’s Victorian Art Sale (PHOTO)

Posted: 12/17/2012 12:31 pm EST  |  Updated: 12/17/2012 12:31 pm EST

Everyone dreams of finding that one priceless item hiding in the corners of a dust-ridden attic. One UK teacher recently experienced the joy of rescuing such a forgotten antique, all thanks to an old owl painting that turned out to be worth nearly a million dollars.

Jane Cordery, an art teacher in Hampshire, discovered the detailed bird portrait in her attic after attempting to clean the space for a plumber. She’d never seen the ornate owl, but the painting’s intricate brushwork caught her eye and she decided to e-mail a photograph of the find to Christie’s auction house. According to the Daily Mail, One look at the owl and art expert Brandon Lindberg knew that that the work was worth much more than anyone suspected.

The auction house determined that the painting, titled “The White Owl,” was created by pre-Raphaelite artist William James Webbe, and experts valued the work at £70,000 ($113,449). Beyond the British masterpiece’s hefty price tag, it was also revealed that the UK’s Royal Society had exhibited the owl in the mid 19th century, exposing the piece to leading art critic, John Ruskin, who described it as “a careful study” with excellent brown wings.

The attic artwork hit Christie’s auction block last week, far outselling its estimated price — the winning bid was £589,250 ($951,050). Cordery maintains that she had never even seen the painting before her impromptu winter cleaning, while her partner, James Ravenscroft, remembers receiving the work as a present from his mother. “It’s a complete shock,” Cordery told the Daily Pioneer after the sale. “We were not imagining that in our wildest dreams.”

The owl depicted in the painting is a barn owl.

The motto of the painting is inspired by this poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson.

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Denise Burge: Original Dirt (May 14 – September 4, 2011)

Denise Burge: Original Dirt (May 14 – September 4, 2011)

Denise Burge, Louise's Tree's, 1999

Denise Burge, Louise’s Tree‘s, 1999

Cincinnati based artist Denise Burge, approaching quilting from a painting background, views the creation of her work as its subject as well as its medium. Using the storytelling tradition learned in her community while growing up in the foothills of the Smokey Mountains, Burge uses her works as a commentary on everything from her family to the natural environment.
The Appalachian region has a history of folk artists concentrating on storytelling featuring aspects of religion, poverty, and the natural resources of the land. By using the quilt as her medium, Burge interprets what, to her, is a nostalgic and functional form of expression. Exploiting patchwork and sewing techniques as a vehicle for ecstatic pattern, Burge seeks to suggest her compositions as and analog to natural patterns of existence. Her work is constructed with a variety of materials and methods, both recycled and new, suggesting aspects of physical growth and renewal through the process. Shredding, slicing, layering, and turning forms and patterns inside-out, the artists sees her creations as a way to reenact and connect with the transformations that the earth constantly undergoes. Her nostalgia leads her to a romanticized conversation about attachment to our landscape. In the Appalachian landscape, people often see the brutality that can be exerted upon the earth, but also become viscerally connected to land and place as a natural resource and source of vitality. Burge uses her work to contemplate this contradiction and question the complexities of our relationship to our natural world.

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Object Imprint artist, Denise Burge

Object Imprint artist, Denise Burge (Photo credit: a stitch in the ditch)

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White Tiger (Singapore Zoo)

White Tiger (Singapore Zoo) (Photo credit: madaboutasia)

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Leeds Fun Run
A group organised by Claire O’Neill and friend raised £700 at the Fun Run In Leeds in August 2011.

Tara Broughton – £1500
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Rob Edlington
Rob raised £1200 on September 26th 2010 by running a half marathon. Great effort!

 Rob Edlington

Andy Watts and Fern his dog walked from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise funds for Tiger Awareness and Project Era Foundation in Bandhavgarh. Andy raised £4000.

 Andy Watts and Fern his dog

Karl Davies ran the Bath Half Marathon in March and raised £280 for Tiger Awareness.

 Karl Davies

Emma and Pete raised £100 at their wedding, to help our work.

 Emma and Pete

Bob Smith had a passion for helping Tigers – he would watch many documentaries on them. Bob passed away on February 2nd 2010 aged 83. The family collected £370 for our projects in remembrance of Bob.

 Bob Smith

Charity Netball Event 19th July 2009. Big THANK YOU to Claire Brandom and City Tigers for raising £1000.

 Claire Brandom

Philip Elliott ran the Silverstone half marathon March 15th and raised £350.00.

 Philip Elliott

A presentation of a cheque for £1350 from CHOKOLIT for the sales of the BITING BACK Bar.

Drawing from Outwoods Edge School, Loughborough, Leicestershire.

Emma Taylor, aged 9, hopes that her picture will inspire other children to think about the plight of the tiger.

Many thanks to the girls from Queen Elizabeth School in Dorset who raised £30 at the end of June 2008.

 tiger fundraising

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Craig Smith raised £1000 by running the Edinburgh marathon and climbing the two tallest mountains in Tanzania.

Craig did the marathon on May 25th (the time is on the photo!) and he climbed Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro between June 4th and 16th.

Top class from Brentry Primary School who had a Tiger
Day in January 2008 and raised £700.

July 2007 – Claire Brandom and City Tigers had a charity netball tournament and raised £1500.

Jenny Osgood had a good street collection and rasied £110.

 Jenny Osgood

April 2007 – Tom Taylor completed the London Marathon in 3 Hrs 30 Minutes and raised £660.

January 2007 – ICTUS raised £315 by having a gig in Leicester.

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Art in Renaissance Venice, 1400–1515

Bellini Madonna and Child

Art in Renaissance Venice, 1400–1515

Paintings and Drawings from the Museum’s Collections

November 8, 2011–February 5, 2012

 This exhibition of Renaissance Venetian art in the Metropolitan Museum’s collections features approximately fifty paintings and drawings by preeminent artists active in Venice from the late fourteenth to the early sixteenth century. The selection, drawn from the Robert Lehman Collection, the Department of European Paintings, and the Department of Drawings and Prints, unites works by masters such as Giovanni Bellini, the Vivarini, Marco Zoppo, and Vittore Carpaccio.

Paintings and drawings, mostly sacred in subject, illustrate the transition from the Venetian Gothic style of the early fifteenth century to mid-century, when artists began to respond to the Renaissance vocabulary of Florence and Padua. The exhibition presents a comparison of the two primary artistic dynasties, the Bellini and the Vivarini, and explores their workshop practices and specializations in the context of the Venetian art market. The selection also highlights Venetian artists’ increasing use of compositional formulas and formats, which enhance the physical proximity and spiritual communion among the figures portrayed, as well as that between subject and viewer.

Left: Giovanni Bellini (Italian, Venetian, active by 1459–died 1516).Madonna and Child, ca. 1470. Tempera, oil, and gold on wood; Framed: 31 x 26 in. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.81)