Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Prince of Irascibles

Click on Post Title for link to Richard Prince's current show at Gagosian Paris. There is something worrying and incongruous, yet connected and timely, about the subject of the show. When you consider the passing of Hedda Sterne last week (see Post below), and the fact that she and de Kooning appear at either side of the back row of the Irascibles photograph, it seems to create a coincidental link with the Prince show. All of it seems to somehow position Sterne even more firmly as 'alone' within the group.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Last of the 'Irascibles'

Hedda Sterne, who died last week aged 100, is perhaps best known as the lone female artist pictured in Life magazine's feature on The New York School in 1951. Click on Post Title for article in NY Review of Books last December.

Monday, 11 April 2011

We Need to Talk About Malcolm

There is less sarcasm intended in this Post's Title (click on it for link to great interview) than the Post below, in as much as Malcolm Morley really was a 'problem child' who found his way out of it all through painting. That said, for altogether different reasons, there appear to be the same uncomfortable 'this is what I'll paint and I don't give a damn' motivations in his work as with Anton Henning below. It's just downright inelegant and awkward, but compelling nonetheless when you get into it. For me, Morley is one of the great intuative and 'intellectual' painters of our time (e.g. Age of Catastrophe, 1976) and maybe it's that sort of track record which has cemented a position from which he can do no wrong. There is much about his current show at Sperone Westwater (and other recent work) which may undo that reputation. But I do feel the need to talk about it....

Thursday, 7 April 2011

We Need To Talk About Anton

Click on Post Title for link to Anton Henning's current show at Arndt in Berlin. Running to April 20th, perhaps NOCM's Berlin correspondents will give a face-to-face view of the work.

The artist came up recently in a conversation I was having with artist and painttube contributor Susan MacWilliam. Curious about his most recent work (it's also coming to The Talbot Rice in Edinburgh sometime in 2011 I've read) I went looking for images and information that can be found on the Arndt website- including a downloadable PDF interview and catalogue. Well.....the images below came to mind immediately- it's a bit like Paul Devlaux meets 'on the cusp of Orphism' Robert Delaunay, with Duchamp's Sixteen Miles of String thrown in for good measure. That is probably the point though....

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Ena Swansea

Ena Swansea's 'gling hunks' has just gone in to NOCM's TOP 10 PAINTINGS. Click on image in Top 10 for link to more works at Arndt Gallery in Berlin. Her current theme has reminded me of A.L. Kennedy's 'On Bullfighting', which is part documentary of the subject and part autobiography of her own troubles at the  time. A short, compelling read...

Monday, 4 April 2011

NOCM links with Paint Tube

Notes on Colour Mixing is pleased to link with Paint Tube, the painting blog of post graduate students and staff at The National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland. Click on Post Title or go to Best Links at bottom of page.