Video: Elaine Grove on Dan Christensen's plaid paintings

In this video clip Elaine Grove and Ira Spanierman discuss Dan Christensen’s Dark Tulip (1970), a painting that was hanging in Dan and Elaine’s loft for many years:
Here is the full video featuring a walk-through of the whole exhibition. We want to thank Elaine again for coming in and talking about her late husband’s work for this video as well as the catalog that accompanied the show. It gives invaluable insight into Christensen’s work and life.

Jasmina Danowski Opens Tonight

Installation photo of Jasmina Danowski: Quite a Little Bit

Installation photo of "Jasmina Danowski: Quite a Little Bit"

Jasmina Danowski: Quite is Little Bit is opening tonight at 6 o’clock.  Please stop by, meet the artist, and enjoy these gorgeous works on paper.  ..and a few panels too!

A tidbit from the exhibition’s press release:

Representing a turning point in her art, the latest works, comprising her third exhibition at the gallery, were inspired by a number of recent trips she took to Eastern Long Island. Initially visiting Montauk as well as the North Fork wine country to relax and vacation for the first time in many years, she was surprised by the beauty of the landscape and its wildness and felt compelled to Continue reading

Jimmy Ernst and The Irascibles

Updates: At Spanierman Modern we have a Jimmy Ernst exhibition on view until February 6, 2010, if you’re interested! Also, read a post about Jimmy Ernst’s autobiography, A Not-So-Still Life.

Earlier this week, Sarah Hardin, head gallery Archivist, found an original issue of Life Magazine from January 15, 1951, which included a photograph of ”The Irascibles”—a group of artists who protested the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s rejection of abstract works, eventually affecting a change in the museum’s plan for its upcoming exhibition, as the caption for the photograph notes.  The group consisted of most of the leading figures in the New York School, and among its members was Jimmy Ernst (1920-1984). This was a timely discovery, as the gallery, which represents Ernst’s estate, is preparing an exhibition of his work that will open January 5, 2010.

A son of surrealist Max Ernst and the art historian Louise Straus-Ernst, Jimmy Ernst spent his childhood in the company of Paul Klee, Alberto Giacometti, Salvador Dali, Man Ray, and André Breton, who were among his parents’ close friends.  After emigrating to the United States in 1938, he worked in the mail room and film library of the Museum of Modern Art and later for Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of This Century Gallery.  He began to paint in the early 1940s, creating works that evolved from surrealist images in the mode of his father to abstract freeform compositions filled with intricate quill-like markings.  Ernst was one of few artists of his time to be embraced by both the Abstract Expressionists and the literate, often elitist artists of pre- and postwar Europe, who frequently saw the younger Americans as upstarts who lacked intellectual rigor.

A scan of the magazine article is shown below. The photograph caption reads: Continue reading

Art Forum Review on Dan Christensen

Jenn McMenemy
In Dan Christensen news, Art Forum‘s November 2009 issue has a great review on the Christensen show organized by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Dan Christensen: Forty Years of Painting was on view at Kemper from May 15-Aug. 30, 2009 and is now on view at Sheldon Museum of Art thru January 31, 2010.
Sheldon has a great podcast (about 5 minutes) with Sharon L. Kennedy, Sheldon’s Curator of Cultural and Civic Engagement, talking about Christensen’s early years in Nebraska and Kansas City. You can download it here or visit their site to listen.
And if you’re a Christensen plaid fan, there’s a show on view thru Nov. 14th at Spanierman Modern featuring 14 of his plaid paintings. My personal favorite is Dark Tulip, 1970. Dan Christensen: The Plaid Paintings