Category Archives: Art I Like

Twelve Postcards

  I like making things and Akram’s drawings often fit perfectly with my poetry so why not make something out of that? In the time of Social Media and the Internet, and also a pandemic, these postcards are something physical that an acquaintance or a […]

A Dozen Paintings by Emily Carr (1931-35)

I wonder if, when Emily Carr went as a young woman to study painting in Paris in 1910, she might have read the sonnet, Vers dorés, by Gérard de Nerval that ends: Souvent dans l’être obscur habite un Dieu caché;Et, comme un oeil naissant couvert […]

Judith Braun: Drawing While Listening

… … From the very first time I saw the art of Judith Braun, I’ve loved it. Though it changes, the remarkable meditative quality remains. Here are a few from the month of May, from her “Drawing While Listening” series. She isn’t telling what she’s […]

The Art of Nicole Peyrafitte

… The thing about a performance is that when it is over, it is over, and if you were not there to experience it, then it’s been missed, but this is not so with Nicole Peyrafitte. I saw her do a performance piece at the […]

Marcel Duchamp at MoMA: Anémic Cinéma

… I was almost caught by a guard filming. You can take photos but no videos. I think like in an old Greek myth, when a god comes, the spirit of Duchamp made me invisible as I held the phone still as a statue. … […]

Sujay Sarkar, drawings and photos from Bangladesh

… Sujay Sarkar is 19 years old and from Barisal, Bangladesh. He helps to edit a little magazine called Tonga. I liked his drawings and photographs when I saw them on Facebook. He says, “I don’t know what I want to do! I do whatever […]

Woodcuts by Francisco Toledo

… Intense, scary, personal, sensual, funny, obscene, off-putting, the work of Francisco Toledo conjures all of those adjectives, and often at the same time, as the observer goes from one moment to the next, back and forth, again and again experiencing them. My attraction was […]

Summer Paintings by Joan Eardley

… I am not sure if these are all really summer paintings, but they all seem to have summer in them. The artist Robert Rhodes introduced me to Joan Eardley; I knew nothing about her—still don’t know a lot—but I find it interesting that she […]

from Nombres de las iguanas por Francisco Toledo

… From Nombres de las iguanas by Francisco Toledo, a book I have of his work without titles, dates, methods or materials, but from 1974 – 2001. Use your imagination; the artist certainly did. Francisco Toledo (1940 – 2019). Descansa en paz. … … … […]

Basil King reads The Green Man Comes to 4th Street, Numbers 1 to 7

… When I was visiting Basil and Martha King recently, BAZ took me upstairs to his studio to see what he has been working on since January, a series called The Green Man Comes to 4th Street, engaging portraits with intense gazes that look at […]

Lines 644-691 from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Book Three with a photo by Stanley Stellar

… When I recently saw the photo by Stanley Stellar of a beautiful painting of a phallic man with a dolphin, I remembered some lines from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, a tale told by the captain of a ship who tries to stop his crew from kidnapping […]

Neddi Heller at Gallery Gaia

… I’ve been a fan of Neddi Heller’s work since I first met her thirty some years ago, and you can enjoy her paintings here on the blog long after the exhibit closes, but there is nothing like seeing her work up close, so I […]