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TAKE IT FROM THE MASTERS: ELISE ANSEL RE-READS AND REINTERPRETS THE PAST

TAKE IT FROM THE MASTERS: ELISE ANSEL RE-READS AND REINTERPRETS THE PAST

lise Ansel’s stunning show goes to the heart of the relationship between artists practicing today and those of the past. Ansel investigates the “dialogues” her paintings establish with the great masters and gives new life to a tradition that extends back to Miró’s...

SOUTHWEST

SOUTHWEST

On the local front is Zachariah Ben, a Diné artist who practices sand painting, a medium in which natural materials such as sandstone, turquoise and semi-precious stone are used to create imagery of universal forces that demonstrate the interconnection of all beings....

FOUND IN TRANSLATION

FOUND IN TRANSLATION

“I took this work by Titian and I turned it upside down.” Elise Ansel is sitting in her studio in Portland’s West End, the walls covered with her large-scale abstract paintings. Pinned by some are small reproductions of works by the old masters: Titian, Michelangelo,...

UNA UTOPÍA DESCUIDADA

UNA UTOPÍA DESCUIDADA

Barely 100 yards from La Conquistadora's stronghold in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis, a new statue of Our Lady waits to be burned. This one's made of white wax on the outside, with a wick poking out the top. Her head will someday melt, revealing layers of...

PORTFOLIO: TOMMY BRUCE

PORTFOLIO: TOMMY BRUCE

PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO PORTFOLIO: TOMMY BRUCE DECEMBER 1, 2019 Tommy Bruce, Outside the Castle, 2019. In Outside the Castle (2019), Atmus the deer sits on a lawn outside Disney’s Cinderella Castle. If this were a photo of a standing, front-facing...

GIVE PEACE A CHANCE: “STRANGE BEDFELLOWS” AT ELLSWORTH GALLERY

GIVE PEACE A CHANCE: “STRANGE BEDFELLOWS” AT ELLSWORTH GALLERY

n March of 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged the first of two Bed-Ins for Peace, intended as nonviolent protests against the Vietnam War. The first Bed-In lasted a week and took place in the presidential suite of Amsterdam’s Hilton Hotel. It was how the newlywed...

JOHN & YOKO’S ‘BED IN’ REVISITED AT ELLSWORTH GALLERY IN SANTA FE

JOHN & YOKO’S ‘BED IN’ REVISITED AT ELLSWORTH GALLERY IN SANTA FE

If you wonder what John Lennon and Yoko Ono would be doing 50 years after their radical “Bed In” at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal in 1969… check out “Strange Bedfellows,” an interactive voice-of-the-people exhibit about to launch at Ellsworth Gallery in Santa...

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF LONDON’S ART SEASON

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF LONDON’S ART SEASON

Elise Ansel at Cadogan Contemporary The American painter Elise Ansel takes inspiration from Old Master paintings but translates them into her own, highly contemporary visual language. “I flip the orientation and use abstraction to interrupt a destructive narrative and...

DRESSED TO KILL

DRESSED TO KILL

Dressed to Kill Japanese Samurai warrior armour  Perhaps more than any other, the Japanese culture possesses a seductive, delicate, and yet bellicose sensibility that finds precise expression in the arts. Arising in no small part from its foundation in Zen Buddism,...

HOWL: CHAZ JOHN’S ‘REZ DOGS’ SERIES CONTINUES TO STUN

HOWL: CHAZ JOHN’S ‘REZ DOGS’ SERIES CONTINUES TO STUN

If there's one thing artist Chaz Johns (Winnebago, Mississippi Band Choctaw and European) proved after his residency at the Institute of American Indian Arts last year, it's that fine art need not be humorless. John's series Rez Dogs merged his training from the...

MAKING WORK FOR REZ DOGS

MAKING WORK FOR REZ DOGS

Chaz John (WINNEBAGO TRIBE OF NEBRASKA, MISSISSIPPI BAND CHOCTAW, EUROPEAN) paints a lot of rez dogs. His works have names like Rez Dog Fights Turkey Vulture to Protect Fry Bread and Rez Dog Mother and Puppies. Lately he's been busy at the easel creating dog-themed...

CAPTURING THE ELEMENT OF UNCERTAINTY: “THE RATIO OF PEOPLE TO CAKE”

CAPTURING THE ELEMENT OF UNCERTAINTY: “THE RATIO OF PEOPLE TO CAKE”

Owen Marc Laurion’s front window display at Ellsworth Gallery isn’t full of flashy baubles. There’s nothing to entice you, like an expensive piece of jewelry or fashionable cashmere sweater. It’s a simple display with a rustic, clunky-looking ceramic table, a ceramic...

REPRESENTED PAST

REPRESENTED PAST

ALI EDELSON & JOHN EGNER, SOTHEBY'S INSTITUTE OF ART, APRIL 17, 2019 Sotheby’s Institute of Art is pleased to present Represented Past, a group exhibition curated by Ali Edelson, Master of Art Business candidate class of 2019, and John Egner, Master of...

SOME CALM IN YOUR DAY: JEFFREY POOLE AND PETER HARRINGTON

SOME CALM IN YOUR DAY: JEFFREY POOLE AND PETER HARRINGTON

If one is hoping to come down from stress of daily existence, two concurrent exhibitions at Artspace111 in Fort Worth could do the trick. The works of both Peter Harrington and Jeffrey Poole are meditative and calming. Harrington’s oil-on-canvas paintings pair...

SUBTLE SURREAL, EXPANSIVE ABSTRACT

SUBTLE SURREAL, EXPANSIVE ABSTRACT

Healthy dollops of praise should be lavished on Artspace 111 for providing an enjoyable and efficient primer on the virtues of pure abstraction and its more familiar sibling, whimsically rendered realism. Thanks to 18 pieces by Peter Harrington in An Expansive Moment...

UN-CENSORSHIP

UN-CENSORSHIP

Albuquerque photographer Tommy Bruce, furries, and Ellsworth Gallery's 'Censored!' "It certainly helps with marketing and interest, having the large commercial holiday—but I think, for me, this kind of imagery that deals with sex and its different aspects has always...

IN THE RUINS OF THE ANTHROPOCENE

IN THE RUINS OF THE ANTHROPOCENE

I enter the gallery and see the word “Anthropocene” in vinyl on the wall, and my first thought is: it’s a tired conversation in an art context, but let’s shake the tree and see if anything good comes out. The Anthropocene is a recently coined term to describe the...

ELISE ANSEL: TIME PRESENT

ELISE ANSEL: TIME PRESENT

For her title, Elise Ansel snatches a fragment from the first lines of T. S. Eliot’s “Burnt Norton,” (1936) the first of his Four Quartets: “Time present and time past / Are both perhaps present in time future. / And time future contained in time past.” This melding...

HOW ARTISTS ARE CHALLENGING ALEXANDER CALDER’S MOBILES

HOW ARTISTS ARE CHALLENGING ALEXANDER CALDER’S MOBILES

EARLY 20TH-CENTURY Modernism swiftly kicked aside the starched Edwardian aesthetic, so it was hardly surprising when the art of the time literally began to move. The photographer and multimedia artist Man Ray created “Obstruction” in 1920, a dangling...

SHADOWLANDS: ALIVIA MAGAÑA’S CHEMICAL ROMANCE

SHADOWLANDS: ALIVIA MAGAÑA’S CHEMICAL ROMANCE

Alivia Magaña, an Albuquerque-based autopsy technician found another use for the spectral glow of luminol: art photography. It isn’t so separate from her career in forensics. In fact, Magaña also makes use of all the protective equipment and stainless-steel tools used...

PETER HARRINGTON AT ELLSWORTH GALLERY

PETER HARRINGTON AT ELLSWORTH GALLERY

Peter Harrington’s paintings of symmetric conflations of pagodas and other Buddhist temples and iconography with cacti, vintage cars, cross sections of trees, jet planes, and flowers have a quirky edge but also suggest the transparency of the physical realm of...

TOTEMIC IMAGERY

TOTEMIC IMAGERY

Peter Harrington’s drive to find his perfect symbolic expression through combining geometric forms with organic elements in totemic ways motivates this Jemez Springs painter every time he enters his studio. “I began this series of paintings about 25 years ago,”...

DAVID SYRE AT ELLSWORTH GALLERY

DAVID SYRE AT ELLSWORTH GALLERY

An exhibit of approximately 25 paintings and drawings by David Syre opens on Friday, Sept. 14, with a 5:30 p.m. reception. Guest-curated by Argentine curator Ana Palacio, the show includes a selection of works that reflect Syre’s interest in the Tierra del Fuego...

FRAGILITY AND NATURAL REFLECTION: “NASCENT ATMOSPHERES”

FRAGILITY AND NATURAL REFLECTION: “NASCENT ATMOSPHERES”

For their joint exhibit at Ellsworth Gallery, Amie LeGette and Courtney M. Leonard have created complementary bodies of work that, each in their own way, reflect artistic engagements with the organic world. In LeGette’s work, the engagement with the organic is tied...

CHAZ JOHN AT ELLSWORTH GALLERY

CHAZ JOHN AT ELLSWORTH GALLERY

Chaz John’s exhibition and artist residency continues through April 15. John, a Winnebago and Mississippi Band Choctaw artist who resides in Santa Fe, is the gallery’s first artist-in-residence. His Rez Dogs series are portraits of reservation dogs, which are often...

AND VERY GOOD BOYS ALL

AND VERY GOOD BOYS ALL

The rez dog may be the supreme symbol of reservation life; the dogs, through no fault of their own, are abandoned, ignored and maligned—but not in the hands of artist Chaz John (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska/Mississippi Band of Choctaw). The Institute of American Indian...

SANDS OF TIME: ARTIST ZACHARIAH BEN

SANDS OF TIME: ARTIST ZACHARIAH BEN

Diné singers, or medicine men, have many healing ceremonies, including one known as the Yeii Bichei or Night Chant. Part of the nine-day medicinal ceremony includes the ritual personification of paternal or grandfather gods — with the figure known as Talking God, an...

BATTLE GEAR

BATTLE GEAR

“Back off, buddy, or I’ll end you.” That’s the message behind pretty much everything that falls under the heading of arms and armor. Some pieces shout it louder than others, but the message is clear, no matter if it was designed to kill a foe cleanly and quickly, or...

ALL ART IS CONTEMPORARY NOW

ALL ART IS CONTEMPORARY NOW

During my tour of the L.A. Art Show in January, a glimpse of Elise Ansel’s work from a distance reeled me into the Ellsworth booth about as quickly and effectively as anything I spotted in my tour of the entire fair. It was a small study based on a Poussin painting,...

SAMURAI ARTS

SAMURAI ARTS

THE SAMURAI ARTS EXHIBITION AT ELLSWORTH GALLERY FEATURED pristine relics, regal weaponry, and garments worn by the samurai class are the main features of the Samurai arts exhibition at the Ellsworthy Gallery in addition to photography chronicling the end of one of...

ELISE ANSEL’S AB-EX ANNUNCIATION

ELISE ANSEL’S AB-EX ANNUNCIATION

Aren’t there annunciations of one sort or another in most lives? –Denise Levertov, “Annunciation” One of the highlights of a semester abroad in France during the spring of 1974 was viewing the Joan Miró retrospective at the Grand Palais in Paris. Among my favorite...

A RENAISSANCE RENAISSANCE: ELISE ANSEL REINTERPRETS THE MASTERS

A RENAISSANCE RENAISSANCE: ELISE ANSEL REINTERPRETS THE MASTERS

Classic European paintings - Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo, with images of bacchanals, figures in the landscape, characters from myth, and scenes from Christian llegories - provide source material for Elise Ansel's contemporary abstractions. Her reinterpretations...

SURPRISES FROM ANOTHER UNIVERSE

SURPRISES FROM ANOTHER UNIVERSE

IT HAPPENED OVER A BONFIRE. REPRESENTATIVES OF ELLSWORTH GALLERY, A NEW ART VENUE WITH THE GOAL OF SHOWCASING ANCIENT AND CONTEMPORARY ART, APPROACHED MEOW WOLF MEMBERS GATHERED AROUND THE FLAMES AND ASKED THEM TO CO-CURATE THE GALLERY’S FRIDAY, JUNE 7, OPENING....

EAST MEETS WEST ON EAST PALACE: ELLSWORTH GALLERY

EAST MEETS WEST ON EAST PALACE: ELLSWORTH GALLERY

There’s something unexpected leering from the roof of Ellsworth Gallery, a new establishment on East Palace Avenue. You’ve probably noticed the dragon slithering from the top, grinning down at you on your way to El Palacio for a sandwich or to Nicholas Potter...