J.M.W. Turner

This Artforum article spoke to me, having recently been in Texas. Wish I had made it to Dallas to see the show but I did get to see below speaking of inspiring sunsets.

Clearly, Turner was not an abstractionist (romantic is the term the canon demands we use). Particularly in his later life, Turner painted many pictures exploring the effects of the elements: wind, rain, snow, sea, and storms.


Speaking of romantics and clouds


Ander Sagastiberri

Artforum says the question posed by the title of Ander Sagastiberri’s solo exhibition “I Do Have Seen Some Objeto Volador No Identificados Do You?” looms over the twenty-one untitled paintings like a garbled transmission from outer space. The disorienting effect of the wonky half-translation extends to the work itself, which is vexingly shrunken.

Algernon Miller

Algernon (like Ellsworth) is a father of Afrofuturist art. Educated at the School of Visual Arts (1965-67) and The New School (1967-68) during America’s cultural revolution, Miller’s Downtown art world included happenings and Pop, Fluxus and Warhol films, the Beat poets and jazz. Uptown, he absorbed African drumming, African-American dance, and Afrocentric fashion.


Ellsworth Ausby

Ellsworth (the subject of the recent show Ellsworth Ausby: Somewhere in Space,” paintings from the 1960s and 70s, at Eric Firestone Gallery) was a significant African American artist whose works were concerned with exploring the “infinite possibilities of two-dimensional space.” He experimented with supports and surfaces, creating multi-part shaped canvas constructions arranged directly on the wall.  His work is connected to Afrofuturism and the music of visionary Sun Ra.