Artist Reviews

Tula Telfair

There was food for thought as well as much to seduce the eye in “Located at the Edge of a Momentary Convergence: New Landscape Paintings,” a late spring exhibition of fifteen works by Tula Telfair at Forum Gallery in Los Angeles. Her epic-scale vistas, untouched by signs of human presence, clearly allude to the sublime aspect of the... More »

Edward Minoff

New York artist Edward Minoff has followed an increasingly familiar path for a contemporary realist: studying with Jacob Collins at the Water Street Atelier and Daniel Graves at the Florence Academy of Art, then securing a berth with the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco. His summer exhibition there, his fourth solo at Pence, was a... More »

Andrea J. Smith

An exhibition of recent paintings by Andrea J. Smith, at Forum Gallery in New York City, was a highlight of the increasingly lively summer art scene. Smith spent time at the Florence Academy, a bastion of the new realist movement, where she became, in her words, “obsessed with good draftsmanship.” When she founded the Harlem Studio in... More »

Peter Polites

“Eye on the Environment,” at the Sherry French Gallery in New York City this spring, explored the philosophical underpinnings of the landscape genre. The motto for the exhibition was taken from a Kenyan proverb: “Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It was lent to you by your children.” In the nineteenth century... More »

Michael Klein

The premier solo exhibition from Michael Klein, at Arcadia Fine Arts in New York City this spring, was an auspicious debut. The 27-year-old painter trained at academic ateliers in his native Minnesota before apprenticing with Jacob Collins. Klein’s paintings, divided into figure studies and still lifes, demonstrate both meticulous... More »

Ray Donley

A recent exhibition at the Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia, showcased the work of neo-Baroque painter Ray Donley. The title of the exhibition, “The Art of Los Bien Perdidos,” refers to Donley’s dramatis personae of “solitary itinerants,” lost ones or “perdidos,” in Spanish. The painter, who holds two degrees in art history,... More »

Stephen Tanis

The still lifes by Stephen Tanis (b. 1945), recently on view at Jane Haslem Gallery in Washington, D.C., follow a fairly restricted formula: a cluster of natural objects seen in tight close-up against a neutral background, with the table edge neatly paralleling the lower edge of the canvas. Despite the shallowness of the display space,... More »

Kim Cogan

The San Francisco-based painter Kim Cogan (b. 1977 in Korea) had his first solo exhibition in New York City this spring, at Gallery Henoch. Cogan focuses, for the most part, on the small-scale intimacies of urban neighborhoods. Even when he takes the wide view, offbeat subjects trump icons. The epic sweep of Queensboro Bridge (2008) is... More »

Suzanne Scherer and Pavel Ouporov

New Yorker Suzanne Scherer and Moscow-born Pavel Ouporov met at the Surikov Institute of the Russian Art Academy in 1989. Their collaborative art draws on a variety of influences, including icon painting, nineteenth-century Romanticism and Symbolism, and contemporary realism. Now professors at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton,... More »

Daniel Sprick

In November Arcadia Gallery in New York City presented “Works in Progress: From 2001 through 2007,” an exhibition of Daniel Sprick’s lyrical yet unsettling interiors. An admirer of Van Eyck and Vermeer, Sprick uses light and shadow to suggest suspended time, but his stillness is too uncanny to be serene. His debt to seventeenth-century... More »