Artist Reviews

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

“Piranesi and the Temples of Paestum: Drawings from Sir John Soane’s Museum,” at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City, presents the final achievement of an extraordinarily influential graphic artist and anti­quarian. Giovanni Battista Piranesi visited the archaeological site of Paestum, south of Naples, in 1777 and made... More »

Drawing the Line: The Sketches and Scribblings of Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper makes even the inanimate human. Rectangular blocks of sunlight cast on interior walls, the trellised porch of a rooming house, a city block of closed stores, an unpaved road bordered by pines, red gas pumps—all become not just objects on canvas, but ones with character. They are almost as expressive as the human entities he... More »

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 disclose... More »

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... More »

Domenico Tiepolo

Domenico Tiepolo (1727–1804) is best known for his charming images of commedia dell’arte characters and the secular life of Venice. Yet he was also a deeply pious man who created a cycle of 313 large religious drawings, in ink and wash on handmade paper, an ambitious project executed in a relatively short period, between 1786... More »

Edgar Jerins

A recent show at the Tatistscheff Gallery in New York City (May 13–June 26) showed six works by Edgar Jerins that stretched the definition of drawing. There was nothing offhand or intimate about these huge charcoals on sheets of paper often measuring five-by-eight feet. The Nebraska-born artist describes these unsettling interior genre... More »