Ron Morosan a good friend and artist has just recently written a post on Arteidolia.com. It was fashioned on an interview. He focuses on the fifties through seventies. I was active in those years. There have been many articles lately on that period of art that was overshadowed by OP,POP, Minimal, Colour field and other groups that arrived on the scene. It was not that these groups where not good artists it’s just that figurative expression somehow became ignored. Now galleries and collectors are going back and looking at some very fine art that was ignored.
As a painter I have always thought in terms of space and time. Though space does not exist in painting it is always a thought. Time certainly does not exist in painting unless one goes by the date it was painted. Einstein and Hawking’s feel that time and space are connected. I don’t think that can be so as space can be defined and time cannot be defined. I’m not a physicist and could be wrong about this. On the other hand as an artist space and time are constant thoughts while painting.
Another thing I think of constantly as an artist is the forth dimension. I feel it exists but only can be experienced through constantly being in search of the truth. In art one cannot fake the truth. It is through constant searching one can come upon the fourth dimension. It is often , ( but not always ) while painting a breakthrough can happen . It is as if one breaks through a barrier into another dimension creating something very special, commonly known as a masterpiece. This does not diminish other works as they are all steps to achieving the breakthrough. It is not an easily state of mind to arrive at and not achieved that often. Hence the masterpiece.
What a nightmare Trump is. He scares the daylights outta me. I not only get the feeling he is mad but somehow know he is. I lived through a horrible experience, “The Blitz” of ww 2. and it was no fun believe me. Trump avoided the draft, I only wish he had experienced Viet Nam. He may have had a different approach to war. This painting gives you an idea of how the thought of war makes me feel. I have two children and two grand children at the age I was when WW2 started. Why should they be subjected to the same as their Grand Dad was.
There have been a lot of exhibitions lately that look back at certain periods in art Just recently Roberta Smith did an article called ” Delirious” at the Met Breuer museum. It goes back to the sixties. It includes a lot of artists who are well known but not mega stares. I believe that period opened the doors to the recent influx of artists. Those where the days when there where fewer galleries and fewer artists, but it was difficult to gain access to a gallery. Many of those old timers are still neglected . It seems that today galleries are interested in young artists. But what they miss are some of the older artists that forged the way for them. A group of artists, 12, formed OIA ( Organization of Independent Artists. ) . It was artists like this, Bob Wigand, Geo Sellenrad, Gigi Franklyn, myself and others who helped put Soho on the map. When the city wanted to put the Broome St Expressway through the neiborhood they rose up and marched in protest. Roberta Smith writes about the time artists layed the ground work for what it is today or what it was before it became an upscale shopping center. Artists also broke ground for places like Chelsea and Williamsburg. I am very pleased that Roberta Smith and the curators of “Delirious” have looked back on this very seminal period in art history. How come artists Like Bob Thompson, Emilio Cruz, Bob Beauchamp, Peter Dean , Jay Milder , Joseph Kurharsak are left out in the cold?
Have been watching the endless Trump news. I know he has a plan hatched out between him and the altright. He would love to be a dictator I’m sure. Or be like Putin, his role model, run a democratic country but god help you if you vote for anyone but. This all sounds like fantasy but it is not. It has happened before. I lived through the last such time and it was no fun. Nazi’s hate groups like Jews , Gypsiys,(?) Blacks and most minorities. Trump I believe is a Fascist which makes him a Nazi. Given half a chance and the opportunity and free hand he would run things like Sherriff Joe Appio who called his tent camps concentration camps. Anybody who feels, and Trump has a 9% following, that’s the way to go should check out the Nazi death camps on Netflix it may change their minds. I was stationed in Germany in 1950. Half a mile away was the death camp Belsan. I had a garbage truck detail, three Germans. As we drove by it they told me how the gullies ran with blood and would laugh about it. These guys where in their 40’s I was nineteen. I did not think it funny at all. Lets not see this happen again.
Be aware of art scam. Had someone email me wanting to by a painting. Wanting to send a check that would include a shippers fee. I received the check, $2,000. I was told to deposit it and would later be told were to send the shippers fee,$1,200. I post this to give any artists a heads up and be on the lookout.
Awhile back Trump used the Jewish star instead of the five pointed star for sheriff in the states. He is such a blithering idiot it’s embarrassing to have him as Potus. He is depending on the very fringe elements of the GOP and I feel he would love to just be a dictator. It is a good thing that the Foundling Fathers put up the checks and balances foreseeing idiots like this. I am happy to see that the arts council stepped down due to his support of the nazi element in this country. They say it is only 9% of the country. Looks like a small number, but that is a lot of people who are fascist. Think of it, one out of ten people. Don’t alow it to grow.
Today I lost a close friend. Not to death but to Donald Trump. For years we exchanged E-mail quiet often comical. Today he told me how he believed in Trump and that he was on the right track. I told him that Trump supported fascists and the nazis. I was eight years old in 1939 when w w 2 started. I lived in London. I experienced the Blitz. and numerous evacuations. My Dad went off to war. My uncles to. Was their sacrifice all in vain? One was a prisoner for four years. I told my friend today that if he supported Trump it meant he also supported fascism and the nazis. If that was the case I could no longer befriend him. The irony of all this is that he is Jewish. Here is a portrait of Herman Richter’s father. It’s the face of fascism, he was a nazi officer. Go to YouTube and check out Treblinka or Auschwitz. This is what you get if you want to be a nazi. .