Artists

Emily Nelligan and Marvin Bileck

In his Theology of Artistic Sensibilities (1986), John Dillenberger said: “Art and theology, different and related, are both rooted in humanity’s transcendent nature. They belong to each other.” Genuine works of art affirm and enlarge our sensibilities, a core component of our humanity. By their instinct for the essential, they...

Ilya Zomb

The Russian-born, New York-based artist Ilya Zomb wants viewers to look at his “paintings as you would travel to some exotic country and stare in amazement at the strange new world.” His October show at Caldwell Snyder Gallery explored the outer reaches of realism, where loving observation of everyday things blends seamlessly with...

Sonya Sklaroff

Whether you approached from Grand Central Station or through chaotic Times Square at mid-day to the Sofitel, you found that you had already experienced at first hand the subject matter of most of Sonya Sklaroff ’s recent show, “New York Portraits.” The paintings, oils on panel, indulge in thickly applied paint with a glossy finish;...

Israel Hershberg

The deep and deliberate impress of the Umbrian landscape on Israeli painter Israel Hershberg yields work that, at its best, comes close to an incarnate elegy. These vistas, clouded by mists of distance and the more enigmatic veils of time, call to mind those lines of Thomas Gray: “Now fades the glimmering landscape on the sight,/ And...

Kirill Doron, Olga Antonova, Janet Rickus, Daniel Greene

In October, Gallery Henoch in New York City presented “Still Lifes,” a group show featuring work by a dozen artists. The seventeenth-century Dutch are often credited with establishing still life as an autonomous genre, and it has become a touchstone of the contemporary realism revival. The artists at Gallery Henoch, however, largely...

A Figural Presence

An exhibition entitled “A Figural Presence” was the centerpiece of an interdisciplinary examination of the human form on view this fall at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Guest curator John O’Hern and Iain MacLellan, Director of Saint Anselm’s Chapel Art Center, put together a firstrate selection of work by...

Akio Takamori

Akio Takamori, a gifted and innovative American ceramic artist, exhibited two groups of large sculptures in fired clay, painted with underglazes, at Barry Friedman Ltd. in New York City this fall. The artist quoted iconic figures from art history in clever, poignant and formally inventive ways. The first group evoked the character of...

Tom Uttech

This fall, Alexandre Gallery in New York City presented a selection of Tom Uttech’s north woods landscapes. Uttech, a veteran artist who was honored with a retrospective at the Milwaukee Art Museum in 2004, finds a pantheistic paradise in the wild places of upper Wisconsin and Quetico Provincial Park in Canada. While he has the keen...

John Pence Gallery

The fall line-up at John Pence Gallery in San Francisco includes a trio of contemporary realists; all work in a variety of genres but seem especially comfortable with still life. Starting off the season was a painter who is a convert to the academic approach. Tony Curanaj began as a graffiti artist in New York City and created...

Javier Marín

The seven beautifully expressive, bearded bronze heads in this exhibition at Nohra Haime Gallery (May 20–June 20, 2009), by the Mexican artist Javier Marín, each stand almost five feet tall, flowing beards included. They are mounted on narrow steel pillars with circular bases, and above these severe geometries their beards proliferate...

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