Man in the Mirror

img_4979amirrorsmall

161027a Mirror (2016) oil on canvas 34 x 50cm

I’ve been painting a lot lately, but haven’t had time to blog. I don’t like to write in a hurry because that ends up with me saying stupid things, which is especially bad when it’s about other artists’ work. Anyway, I did this painting today. It’s not typical of what I’ve been working on, but I thought it was a fun one to share.

It reminds me of Magritte, and of the hokey pop surrealists that he probably inspired, like Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, who painted the dogs playing cards. The dog paintings were originally an advertising commission, but at least one of them became one of the most popular posters of the 70s. I saw it when I was very young and completely uncynical, and I found it very exciting and a little sinister. The idea that it was somehow “lower” than other paintings I’d seen (Bacon, Dali, Hopper) didn’t occur to me.

cassiusmarcelluscoolidge

Cassius Marcellus Coolidge A Bold Bluff (before 1909) oil [anyone have details on the dimensions? let me know, thanks!]

I also like mirrors and patterned wall paper in paintings, like in some of Christoph Ruckhäberle’s.

d76c3d7fbee09335745b258531f26910

Christoph Ruckhäberle Abscheid [Farewell] (2004) oil on canvas 190 x 280cm

And although I didn’t think about it until now, I always loved the jarring effect of the mirror in the Ring movie. I looked it up for this blog, and it’s even the same shape as my mirror, so I’ll chalk that up as another act of subconscious referencing.

ring-pngoriginal

Ringu [Ring] (1998) dir. Hideo Nakata

Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Display

001l16024_8wz4b

Martin Kippenberger Untitled (From the series Krieg Bose / War Wicked) oil and spray paint on canvas 250.2 x 300cm

Sotheby’s auctioneers on New Bond Street have extensive galleries, open free to the public, where they display art works due to be sold in forthcoming auctions. These displays aren’t generally reviewed or promoted as exhibitions, but they’re a great way to see privately owned art that might never be exhibited publicly again.

On friday of this week, Sotheby’s are having sales of Contemporary Art and Italian Art, mostly painting. Yesterday I saw the display, which includes paintings by a very broad range of modern and contemporary artists. There’s so much there, I think anyone interested in painting would find something of interest. Here are a few of my favourites.

basquiathann

Jean-Michel Basquiat Hannibal (1982) acrylic, oilstick and paper collage on canvas 152.4 x 152.4cm

821l16024_6b5g6

Albert Oehlen Untitled (2007) oil and paper on canvas 200.3 x 340cm

255l16024_934qy

Gerhard Richter Abstraktes Bild (1986) oil on canvas 120 x 80cm

832l16024_xxxxx_2

George Condo The Pilot (2012) acrylic, charcoal and pastel on linen 177.8 x 165.1cm

008l16024_95svn

Peter Doig Grasshopper (1990) oil on canvas 200 x 250cm

261l16024_xxxxx_wall_1

Sigmar Polke Spirale (1985) oil and lacquer on fabric in 2 parts, each 179.7 x 149.9cm

002l16024_8wz4h

Neo Rauch Spur (1998) oil on canvas 200 x 251cm

102l16025_97brs_1

Michaël Borremans The Swan (2006) oil on canvas 40 x 49.5cm

091l16025_9732t_1

André Butzer Frau Audi (Frau von August Horch) (2005) oil on canvas 250 x 200cm

701l16624_949s2_2_corr_2

Giorgio Morandi Natura Morta (1957) oil on canvas 44.5 x 20.2cm