Beginning April 2020, in the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic in NYC, I developed the virtual curatorial program for Art in Res. Since then I have had the challenging pleasure of producing weekly virtual curations with the stunning paintings from the amazing stable of emerging artists who are showing and selling their work with Art in Res. I bring together a group of artworks, curating them in virtual spaces to discuss how they work together in theme, and teaching collectors how to consider art in this new virtual age.
There are many paintings that, when we look at them, we are instantly transported to a specific time and place–somewhere that calls on a place we have been or a scene that evokes a memory or experience. In order to achieve this magnificent feat, artists utilize their finely-honed skills in crafting light and color to help place us within a specific moment in time. Bright colors? We understand the sun must be shining. Cool, faded colors? Perhaps we are in dusk, that funky time when the sun has already set yet some light remains. This curation brings together pieces that are all in conversation with understanding time by their strategic and stunning use of color and light.
As the end of the year draws nearer we begin to reflect on where we’ve been and look forward to where we are heading. This past year we’ve seen a lot of turmoil, experienced countless ups-and-downs, so it’s always helpful to reflect on what has been a constant good in our lives... through it all. Throughout the year, ‘Art’ has been that constant good, that constant beacon of light within our lives and we hope it has been for you as well. If not, I highly recommend you make looking at, engaging with, and buying Art your New Year’s resolution – it’s a good one!
Christmas is the season for giving and sharing. Gifting is a wonderful tradition that allows us to be there with our family and friends without actually being there in person. A thoughtful gift, while not as welcome as your physical presence, can come as a pretty close second. I feel strongly that art can be one of the absolute best gifts someone can give and receive. Art has the ability to transcend time and distance, love and tradition. It can share inside jokes or reveal new understandings. Art allows us to gift more than just an object, it allows us to share our love and appreciation for one another.
It’s the most wonderful time of year – Halloween. It’s the season of the spooky and the creepy; spiders crawling through the shadows, witches taking flight. It’s a magical time, inspiring in us all that chill of the unknown. Collectively, we find a thrill in that innocent pleasure of imagined evil, imagined fear. And each fall we take a walk down memory lane to the simple joys of childhood, from pillowcase trick-or-treat bags to handfuls of candy in the darkness with our very best friends. This week, I bring together a collection of Art in Res pieces that celebrate the spooky.
As we approach the long trudge of winter, we get the short, sweet burst of autumn. The days get shorter, while the air is crisp and the breeze has a chill. Fall has officially arrived. When we think of fall we think of new school supplies, changing leaves, apple picking, and haunted hayrides. Is there truly a more delightful time of year? It’s finally time to enjoy sweater weather during the day and snuggled-up cozy nights. And after this long period in quarantine over spring and summer, we get to embrace the joy of staying in. In this curation I bring together a collection of Art in Res pieces that celebrate the new, cooler, color-filled season.
At one point in time, back in the days of soda shops and saddle shoes, there was no greater insult than being square. But we’ll make like Patrick Bateman and Huey Lewis and the News, because we know it’s hip to be square. In art, the square is one of the most pleasing shapes, and, in contrast, often the most difficult to master. I bring together a collection of Art in Res pieces that each approach the square format differently, yet each is successful in their own way.
What happens when we pair two separate works together? How do we craft a collection with coupled pieces? How can they inform and enhance our visual landscape? How does a work change when it’s given a partner? Often when we see two different paintings, we focus on what they don’t share –– differences in color, shape, or subject matter. But, let’s reconsider –– let’s look at work in partnership.