a tale of a few cities

@jerrysaltz, I’ve added you to my bloggroll

Posted in Art, art criticism, humour, Twitter by petercombe on July 1, 2011



I found this banter amusing. Jerry Saltz is the Senior Art Critic at New York Magazine. Who’d have thought I’d actually get a reply?

Nao Bustamante recommends

Posted in Art, performance art, serious television, Twitter by petercombe on July 21, 2010

Former Work of Art contestant and performance artist Nao Bustamante tweets my post.

Judith Ann Braun, Symmetrical Procedures

Posted in Art, Graphite Drawings, Symmetry, Work on Paper by petercombe on July 20, 2010

1, GCN-19-3, (Lanternals), Graphite on paper, 19 x 19″, 2007
2, Oh May I #3, (Texts), Graphite on Duralar, 25 x 25″, 2009
3, BKI-13-1, (Portals), Graphite on paper, 13 x 13″, 2009


“Symmetrical Procedures”, begun in 2003, is an ongoing series of drawings constrained by four rules: Abstraction, Bilateral Symmetry, Square Format, and Graphite. Abstraction keeps the images free to be anything, while the symmetry resolves that fluidity into something, like when liquid energy crystallizes. This metaphor is reflected also in the soft carbon medium I use, which under heat and pressure becomes a diamond. I like to think I’m drawing with diamond dust. Working within constraints actually prompts infinite possibilities and a self-organizing system of groups and subgroups evolves. Within this confluence of the unintentional and the deliberate, I edit and refine the drawings in search of simple poetic articulations that seem to me, to be both significant and mysterious.

Judith Ann Braun


Yabba Dabba Doozy / Work Of Art, Episode 6

Posted in Art, Conceptual Art, serious television, WTF? by petercombe on July 15, 2010


At left, Neumaton & right, Scales


Bravo’s Work Of Art judge and Senior Art Critic for New York Magazine Jerry Saltz, gallerist, art advisor, independent curator, collector, and tastemaker Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn and judge Yvonne Force Villareal, president and co-founder of the Art Production Fund had much to offer in their public art critiques on last night’s episode of Bravo TV’s ‘Work Of Art’. Waxing lyrical about the art’s poetic nature and comments regarding ‘Scales’ site specificity, lame references to 911 and ‘Neumaton’ being ‘too close to all the bad 60’s and 70’s minimalist works’, seemed way off the mark – episode six seemed to draw all of its inspiration from Hanna-Barbera’s Bedrock City.

UPDATE: Work Of Art contestant Nicole Nadeau, niece to Countess Luann de Lesseps (the star of Bravo TV’s ‘The Real Housewives Of New York City) and Illustrator of the Countess’s book, Class With The Countess:How To Live With Elegance And Flair , is episode 6’s selected winner. Not bad for a mediocre industrial designer (?)/girl about town.

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