James Kalm motates to the Upper East Side for an intimate viewing of three decades of painting, by Mary Heilman. Some Pretty Colors is a selection of works that display the qualities which have attracted and increasing amount of critical and curatorial attention. With a seeming ease boardering on the nonchalant, Heilman constructs compositions with sophisticated structure and vibrant color. Recognized as a major influence on young abstract painters, shes also inspired artists of all stripes with her long-term commitment. Featuring an interview with Bobby G.
Mary Heilmann's paintings turn the idea of the "tortured artist" inside out. Her joyful paintings seem effortless and spontaneous. Her grids and stripes are unmeasured. She makes big, blowsy shapes with thinned paint and loose brushwork, with seemingly no attempt to do anything about the resulting drips except to let them have a life of their own. Sometimes she paints over vast tracts of the canvas; other times there's a pentimento or perhaps an image intended to be visible beneath the surface. Lines meander ...
It will be permanently archived on my website here as well, but I will put each chapter up on Sharkforum as I finish them. I would love your comments, criticism, tangential thoughts and more! Please be aware that by commenting here, you are giving me permission to use your words, with proper citation including your name, in some fashion in my final dissertation book and exhibition, which I am planning to do. It's your chance to become a part of and liven up an often unduly stodgy process.
I have separated it into sections which repeat the page divisions in my hard-copy manuscript version. This is both for easier reading and for easy reference between the versions.
Each chapter includes an introductory Cover painting, perhaps other painting(s), sequential comic art page or pages and studies as well as the text.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by the Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
The Horror! The Horror!: Torture porn and the state of scary movies
By Tom Lynch
We all have nightmares. For some, it's a dusty leather glove with knives attached to the fingers, a torn green-and-red striped sweater. Others, a hockey mask and the woods, or an eerie white mask shaped in the likeness of William Shatner. The overwhelming buzz of a chainsaw in the dark. For me, it's a little girl spouting obscenities and oozing split-pea soup.
I wish the wonderful patron saint of Chicago and America had lived to see Obama elected. The author-radio host-actor-activist and national treasure has died. "My epitaph? My epitaph will be 'Curiosity did not kill this cat,'" he once said. Studs died Friday afternoon in his home on the North Side. At his bedside was a copy of his latest book, P.S. Further Thoughts From a Lifetime of Listening, scheduled for release this month. He was 96 years old. Studs Terkel was part of a great Chicago literary tradition that stretched from Theodore Dreiser to Richard Wright to Nelson Algren to Mike Royko, as Mayor Richard M. Daley said.