"American Thoroughbred", Acrylic & oil on wood panel
Never was there a more appropriately timed show.
On Thursday, October 2, from 6-8pm there will be an opening at the Art Students League of New York for the exhibit "Art From Anxious Times". While the works in the show draw on a variety of subjects, their common ground is the unsettled world we live in. Artists in the show are:
Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery
The Art Students league of New York
215 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
This summer, I was contacted by the folks at Decca/Universal Records about doing a cover for the legendary bassist Charlie Haden, the jazz great and Liberation Music Orchestra leader who has recorded countless classics with the likes of Ornette Coleman, Keith Jarrett, and John Coltrane. But this record—Rambling Boy—is something of a departure for Haden: a bluegrass album that takes him back to his roots. Charlie grew up in the equally legendary Haden Family Band, whose live country radio show back in the 40's and 50's brought him into the circle of the Carter Family, Jimmie Rogers, and Hank Williams. For this album, he brought together his wife Ruth and his own children, daughters Tanya, Petra, Rachel, and son Josh to record with him, as well as friends like Elvis Costello, Roseanne Cash, Vince Gill and Pat Metheny.The result, which will be released this week, is a beautiful collaboration that's anchored in family and tradition.
Hats off to Fanny Gotshcall and Pat Barry at Decca for being so great throughout, and to Charlie and Ruth for their commitment and dedication to getting this cover just right. I know they're going to have huge hit on their hands with this album.
And by the way: The Sunday New York Times ran a feature on the album in the Music section yesterday, which was pretty exciting to see. And there's also a wonderful profile of Rambling Boy on NPR's Sunday edition, with cuts from the album and a great interview with Charlie and the family. Well worth a listen.
Next Saturday night, September 6th, at Copro Nason Gallery in Los Angeles, there'll be an opening for the BLAB! Show, featuring work by SHAG, Gary Taxali, Gary Baseman, Ron English, Fred Stonehouse, Mark Todd, Ryan Heska, Laura Levine, Travis Lampe, CJ Pyle, Andy Kehoe, Spain, Tom Huck, Kevin Scalzo, Travis Louie, Luke Chen, and myself. Most of the work, including the piece above, will be featured in the upcoming issue of BLAB! 19, Monte Beauchamp's legendary publication.
This piece was inspired by the Renaissance tradition of the "Ill-Matched Lovers", a few examples of which I've posted here (Cranach, Massys). Mine is named "Well-Matched Lovers".
If you're in the area, the vitals are: The BLAB! Show Saturday, September 6th, 8-11:30pm Copro-Nason Gallery Bergamot Station, Bldg. # T-5 2525 Michigan Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404 310.829.2156