Looking back

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?

Yellow Hand, 42″ x 34″, 1999, oil on canvas


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.

Art scam.

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.

“Massacare of the inocents

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.

The loss of a friend.

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. .

Apology to Gigi.

I would like to apologist to Gigi Franklin for leaving her out of a blog I wrote on the OIA. ( Organisation of independent artists ) I was in charge of publicity and she became my assistant. She was a tremendous asset . She would never take no for an answer and won us so many reviews with the media. I am indebted to her for her help.

Ms Franklin is a great artist and has a fine eye. She went on to curate a show ” Dissonance and Harmony ” at the Lincoln Art Center that was a great success. Once again Gigi, my apologies.

“Three graces”

The female figure divine. The female figure has entered my work so often, it seems to be always present. As I watch my grand daughter grow, now ten, I see the progression from childhood to woman hood. She is becoming tall and slim and willowy.

I grow orchids. One has to be patient . Just this week they came to life and with rapid speed they seek the light. Like my grand daughter they will rapidly grow into beautiful flowers  delight and intrigue the eye.img-0237-id-1837

figurative expressionist artist …………………………………………………………… This is a blog by the artist expressing thoughts on his own paintings as well as experiences with others relating to his daily life and life of painting since the 1950s. …………………………………………………………………. Paintings are posted with words from Bill that are as varied as extolling on the successes of his children, JZ and Liza, to the milestones of his grandchildren and on to his memories of fellow artists, collectors and shows. His art and words touch on things like politics, religion and the weather. ……………………………………………… For Bill, art and life are interwoven. ……………………………………. …………………………………