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Francis Cunningham "Three Baldwin Apples" (1964) Oil on linen 5'' x 16''

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Spring in the Berkshires by Francis Cunningham

In this slideshow Francis Cunningham returns to the summer house and barn and what surrounds them in the Berkshires. It's interesting to see how he returns with a fresh photographer's eye to the same subjects we know so well from his paintings. But, the spring green is so different from his usual oil palette. Like the apple blossoms, it will last only for a few days.

Early Spring in NYC by Francis Cunningham

Late Fall in the City: photography by Francis Cunningham

After making several videos in a row, we're not quite ready for a new one. Therefore, we're returning to featuring photography by Francis Cunningham which he started just about one year ago. He uses a simple point-and-shoot Lumix DMC-FP1. Here are some of the backlog photos from NYC's Upper West Side Riverside Park, Fall 2010.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Perceptual Painting and Larry Groff art blogs discovery.

Last week this entry on our blog got a comment from Larry Groff who thanked us for putting together a great blog for painters.  We were especially pleased to learn that he likes our videos.

He left us a link to his own blog where he interviews and posts extensively about what he calls perceptual painting.  Many of the painters discussed on the blog are Francis Cunningham's peers such as Israel Hershberg, a former student and teachers such as Robert Beverly Hale, to mention two.

Larry Groff is an avid art blogger, both blogging about perceptual painting in general at and about his own work on his own website and blog

His blog is a goldmine including lots of great links to other art bloggers and blogging painters as well as original writing.

Looking at Simon Dinnerstein's work with Francis Cunningham.

If you've been following this blog from the beginning, you know that we've been covering mostly Francis Cunningham studio work and exhibitions in our videos.  However, recently we've ventured out to cover more.  We started with a group exhibition at Westbeth, Grid/ Off the Grid in this video and this blog entry. We liked our readers' and viewers' reactions as well as enjoyed expanding our repertoire to covering painters Francis Cunningham enjoys. We've been inspired to do this by the tireless efforts of  James Kalm aka Lornen Munk to cover NY gallery scene in video reports. You can find his ouvre as a "reporter on a bike" here and here. We can only dream to be as prolific as him, and while we can't do that, we can cover more of the unchartered territory of more traditional painting, which James Kalm sometimes covers himself.

Here is Francis Cunningham at Tenri Gallery walking through the exhibition of Simon Dinnerstein, a gifted draftsman/ painter, discussing his large scale paintings and drawings. Before you look at the video, here is his website.  And below is our video report. Don't be deceived by the video's top image of Paulus Potter's painting, which is going to change in the next 24 hours,  it's all about Dinnerstein!

Francis Cunningham: One Year in Painting (Full Video)

Today, we are catching up with our blogging, having recently completed a couple of videos.  Weeks ago, we gave you a preview of a longer video we were working on, which was a video about the development of Francis Cunningham's large three figure piece (2009-2011). In the video Francis Cunningham talks about all the stages of the painting's development, ending with how to look at painting. His model makes a brief appearance, too.