Thursday, May 11, 2006

gitcher hot paintings here!

So much wonderful art to see, it makes the head spin... tonight is (AT LAST!) the impatiently-anticipated opening at Feigen Contemporary of new paintings by the lovely and brilliant Jennifer Coates:


Softwall, 2006

These compelling works are mysterious and visionary, luminous and virtuosic. Trees, stones, fizz, tangles, and orifices combine to evoke a place that is both exterior and interior, mind and body.

Then on Saturday, Nicole Eisenman's enormous, landmark, earth-moving diptych, "Progress: Real and Imagined," is finally unveiled at Leo Koenig:


Progress: Real and Imagined, 2006

(click on the image for a larger version.) It was my great fortune to get a preview of this tremendous work in person, and I tell you it blew me right out of my shoes! This absolute masterpiece depicts a sweeping odyssey of epic proportions and cycle-of-life allegory. It functions wonderfully as a whole, but is also many paintings-within-a-painting, with narrative and painterly passages telling a story of humor, pathos, struggle, and hope.

And plus, last but not least, our own beloved HFP (aka Adam Hurwitz) is in a show, too!!! The 181st Annual invitational show opened last night at The National Academy of Design. The galleries and halls of their beautiful mansion are decked out with the works of over 100 artists, including this large, knockout painting by the Hyena himself:


Plug, 2005

Of course you will want to go see the fantastic piece depicted above, but there are also many other excellent works in the show; check out the list of artists on the National Academy site.

24 Comments:

At 3:28 PM, Blogger Chuck said...

You have some really cool posts, I love the pics that you have up for them.

 
At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Mountain Man said...

You are a sweetie, Sloth. xxx

 
At 4:16 PM, Blogger fairy butler said...

A million Fuck Yeahs!! I am so excited to gorge myself on these lovely relics. and congrats to the HFP - that show looks really cool!

 
At 5:56 PM, Blogger sloth said...

Thanks, Chuck. You have a nice lil' blog going there yerself. Michigan is mine own state of origin; it's reassuring to see that there are some actual smart and inneresting peeps still living there!

 
At 6:00 PM, Blogger sloth said...

MM, you and your relics deserve so much celebration... We gonna do every kind of dancing: dork, cut, spaz, etc. etc. etc. 'til the sun raises its sorry head!

 
At 6:00 PM, Blogger sloth said...

FB, a million plus one... cya there, ms. FB!

 
At 11:10 AM, Anonymous pd said...

It was a million and twenty, I say. Congratulations to JC!

 
At 12:47 PM, Anonymous Regi said...

I've fallen on the floor in awe of these relics.

 
At 12:52 PM, Blogger sloth said...

yes Regi. I surround myself with the most brilliant painters, hoping it'll rub off on the sloth-fur...

 
At 1:01 PM, Anonymous peeds said...

Sloth, are you kidding? You are one that inspires and rubs off on others too!

You have chosen some exceptional painters to post about though. Would like to see Hyena's show. Maybe next weekend.

 
At 1:12 PM, Anonymous Mountain Man said...

Agree with PD. You are an amazing painter, a great and witty and incredibly smart writer, and not just that, look how generous Sloth is to post about her friends. Greatness oozes off the Sloth fur and onto others. Sloth looms large.

 
At 1:13 PM, Anonymous Mountain Man said...

ps, Regi, thanks!!!

 
At 1:13 PM, Anonymous PD said...

yes, yes, yes, yes.

 
At 1:44 PM, Anonymous Hyena FP said...

Thanks for pluggin' "Plug." And many thanks for the kind words, all y'all.

Better get on the butt-o-centric yoga tip to prep for the booty-shakin' throw down tomorrow night!

 
At 1:49 PM, Anonymous Mountain Man said...

Hi HFP. I heard your painting looked super.

 
At 1:57 PM, Anonymous HFP said...

Can't complain. It got a nice spot in the main room of the second floor and it's proximity to a table festooned with a panoply of snacks insured that a lot of people would see it.

I Loved your show, by the way. Soft Wall knocked me out. Must go back and re-view without obstructions. Many many congrats!

 
At 2:06 PM, Anonymous pd said...

HFP, if you are as talented on the turntables as you are with the paint...we are in for some serious grooving.

 
At 2:09 PM, Blogger Regi said...

HFP's relics have a theraputic effect on people afraid of operations. Maybe I'll call the doctor for that MRI brain scan he wanted me to have. I see a future hospital decorater in his future. Hospitals need vivid colors.

 
At 2:26 PM, Anonymous HFP said...

If I ran a hospital, surgery would be much more interactive, and lets face it -- HOT!

 
At 5:16 PM, Blogger sloth said...

HFP, you must supply us all with scalpels for the cut dance... we gonna mess the place up!

 
At 5:40 PM, Blogger Heart As Arena said...

hfp's painting gives me funny feelings I don't understand.

 
At 7:57 PM, Blogger Corny said...

Peeds I want to see HFP's show too, maybe we can make a trip out of it together. Thanks for posting a thingy about my stuff. Also yes peeds got it right, you are the inspiration that rubs off on me too, your works are wonders. Also you are all heart, sweet and kind and supportive, thanxs Sloths.

 
At 11:54 PM, Blogger sloth said...

ach Corns, it's easy to be supportive of one as amazing as yourself... pardon the gladhandle.

and let me know if you ladies want to go to the National Academy show sometime; I want to go back & see all the stuff I missed due to the 1,000,000,000 people who were packed into the opening; plus the cosmopolitans they were serving made me lose focus.

 
At 12:04 AM, Anonymous PD said...

Yes, me wants to go. Let's go, go, go.

Corns, I really can't wait to see the show--for reals and stuff.

 

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