Robert Adams talking to Tyler Green

lovely long interview with robert adams. he's 78 now and can't get out much to photograph so he's photographing his loungeroom and clouds from the balcony.  there's something really touching about that. he swore he'd never photograph clouds.

he has this to say:

"I feel ill at ease with what I see going on in the art world around me... there's not much that lifts the spirit for me. Jasper Johns and artists of that ilk seem to me to have asked too little of themselves in terms of substance. The art world as it is currently before us seems to be the other side of capitalism as a religion; namely a mixture of presumption, vulgarity, cruelty and vacuity."

tyler green is so good at interviewing artists;  he's actually really listening and he gets it.

2016 calendar

this year's calendar was very much inspired by a series of prints david hockney made in 1986 on a xerox machine. i got interested in the challenge of making images of flowers using only black and white with just a few pops of colour.

it's available here.

2016 calendar

2016 calendar 2016 calendar

2016 calendar

2016 calendar

2016 Calendar

no actually this one...


Jordan chose this one in the end. posted it off today.

for jordan

correction tape drawing

this is a drawing a made using correction tape.
i've been doing a lot of exchanges with artists and illustrators lately. this one is going to Jordan Danchilla whose work i really love. 

i think i am moving to a bigger brighter studio. it's going to be less like an office and more like a nice place to be.

betty woodman

it seems she has a way of keeping on asking for what she wants in the face of no agreement. i love her work.

"Even so-called experts haven't always known what to make of her work. "I've gotten negative reactions for 25 years," said Mr. Protetch, Ms. Woodman's dealer and friend, from "narrow, unthinking art world people who are more impressed by superficial things than they are by substance."
With his artist ensconced at the Met, Mr. Protetch can feel that his perseverance was justified. "I'm exonerated, and Betty is recognized for the really important figure that she is," he said. (His gallery in Chelsea has a concurrent exhibition, "Betty Woodman: New Works," through May 27.)
In her private life, part of her charm is her renowned cooking ability, which didn't hurt in securing the retrospective.
"Betty seduces people with food," Ms. Adlin said. A few years ago, she was having breakfast at Ms. Woodman's studio with a museum colleague. "In her wonderful, inimitable style, she asked us when we were going to give her a retrospective," Ms. Adlin recalled, adding, "She was doing these incredible blueberry pancakes."
They talked briefly, but nothing was definite. "The next thing I know, she's calling to follow up," Ms. Adlin said. "It's within Betty's nature to push for what she wants."
Ms. Adlin expected resistance from the museum's higher-ups. But her boss — Gary Tinterow, who directs the department of 19th-century, modern and contemporary art — knew Ms. Woodman's work and loved it. Even the Met's director, Philippe de Montebello, signed on right away. "I was pleasantly shocked that the director wanted to do this show," Ms. Adlin said."

note to self

read this