Instructors at Large

An Interview with Wendy Shalen

  • September 19, 2014


Wendy Shalen discusses her recent show Family Matters and describes her use of a wide range of media in this half-hour conversation with G.G. Kopilak, host of the program “Pleasantville Connects to Visual Arts.”

Weiss on Eugene Speicher

  • September 18, 2014


Eugene Speicher, Portrait of a French Girl (Jeanne Balzac), ca. 1924. Oil on canvas, 40 x 36½ in. Woodstock Artists Association and Museum Permanent Collection. Gift of E.G. Jarman, Jr.

Eugene Speicher, Portrait of a French Girl (Jeanne Balzac), ca. 1924. Oil on canvas, 40 x 36½ in.
Woodstock Artists Association and Museum Permanent Collection. Gift of E.G. Jarman, Jr.

Eugene Speicher, who first studied, and then taught at the Art Students League for five years during the 1910s, is the subject of  Along His Own Lines: A Retrospective of New York Realist Eugene Speicher. “At the height of his fame,” writes Jerry Weiss in the October 2014 issue of the Artist’s Magazine (PDF here), “Eugene Speicher was called ‘America’s most important living painter’ by Esquire magazine.” But his exalted reputation declined precipitously over the second half of the twentieth century.

Speicher painted fellow student Georgia O’Keeffe, when both were studying with William Merritt Chase. Speicher’s portrait, reproduced below in the Art Students League’s 1908–09 annual course catalogue, was acquired as a red dot purchase, and remains part of the school’s permanent collection.

O'Keeffe by Speicher

A spread from the 1908–09 annual course catalogue of the Art Students League

Along His Own Lines opens October 18 at the New York State Museum, Albany.

Joseph Peller’s Recent Exhibitions

  • September 5, 2014


Joseph Peller, Wake of the Ferry, undated. Pastel on paper, 15 x 22 in.

Joseph Peller, Wake of the Ferry, 2014. Pastel on paper, 15 x 22 in.

ArtNews critic Mona Molarsky wrote a thoughtful review of Joseph Peller’s recent solo exhibition at ACA Galleries, Circadian Rhythms of the City, that appears in the Summer 2014 issue of ArtNews (PDF here).

Joseph Peller, Winter Promenade, undated. Oil on linen, 11 x 18 in.

Joseph Peller, Winter Promenade, 2014. Oil on linen, 11 x 18 in.

Joseph Peller, Night Shift Union Square, undated.  Oil on linen, 36 x 48 in.

Joseph Peller, Night Shift, Union Square, 2014. Oil on linen, 36 x 48 in.

Joseph Peller, Cassandra, undated. Oil on linen, 88 x 56 in.

Joseph Peller, Cassandra, 1998. Oil on linen, 88 x 56 in.

Joseph Peller, Fireworks, undated. Pastel on paper, 20 x 16 in.

Joseph Peller, Fireworks, 2004. Pastel on paper, 20 x 16 in.

Joseph Peller, Sunday Morning, undated.  Oil on linen, 18 x 14 in.

Joseph Peller, Sunday Morning, 2014. Oil on linen, 18 x 14 in.

Joseph Peller’s etching Aboard the Ferry is included in the group exhibition Span and Dialogue 2014 American Contemporary Print Exhibition, a group exhibition in Guanlan, China. Professor Hugh J. Merrill of the Kansas City Art Institute curated the exhibition for which he also edited a catalogue.

Joseph Peller, Aboard the Ferry, 2014. Etching on wove paper, 15 x 22½ in.

Barnet at William Holman Gallery

  • August 22, 2014


Richard Barnet, Untitled, 1998.  Watercolor, 18 x 24 in.

Richard Barnet, Untitled, 1998. Watercolor, 18 x 24 in.

New York State & Stories, a summer exhibition at William Holman Gallery (65 Ludlow Street New York, NY), features work by fifteen artists, including Richard Barnet. The show closes August 22, but will be open by appointment, August 25 to September 5, 2014. You can also view the show online.

Bastidas at the Mattatuck Museum of Art

  • August 20, 2014


grisaille painters

Hugo Bastidas, Babel, 2012. Oil on linen, 80 x 120 in.

Hugo Bastidas’s solo exhibition at the Mattatuck Museum of Art, in Waterbury, CT, opened August 14 and will run through mid-October. The show focuses on Bastidas’s recent series “Metamorphosis”  in which he uses “depictions of water, passageways, and windows into space to indicate change.” Bastidas also has a show of the works he produced during a six-week stay at Maison Verte Artists Residency in Marnay sur Seine, France. 

    The painting is finished when the idea has disappeared. — Georges Braque