Paul Behnke posts a surprising selection of paintings by Man Ray. The works demonstrates Man Ray's wide range of approaches and and subjects including moody, modernist landscapes that recall Marsden Hartley's early work, abstractions that call to mind Stuart Davis, and surrealist imagery.
Behnke also posts several quotes from Man Ray about his work including: "I paint what cannot be photographed, that which comes from the imagination or from dreams, or from an unconscious drive."
Joanna Moorhead marks the passing of surrealist painter Leonora Carrington (1917-2011), "one of Britain's finest - and neglected - surrealists." Carrington, whose artistic company included Max Ernst, Picasso, Dali, and Max Ernst, settled in Mexico where she lived and worked until her death. In an excellent 2007 article on the artist Moorhead quotes Carrington: "You don't decide to paint. It's like getting hungry and going to the kitchen to eat. It's a need, not a choice."
Maine Moderns: Art in Sequinland highlights the importance of Maine in the development of American Modernism. Beem notes that the "Modernists who passed through Seguinland include Max Weber, John Marin, Marsden Hartley, Gaston Lachaise, and perhaps most importantly for the history of Maine art, Marguerite and William Zorach."
The Marin exhibition "focus[es] on his late work, paintings in which he translated the dynamic natural forces of Maine's bold coast into increasingly abstract compositions inspired by wind and water, waves, and sunlight."
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