Donald Martiny

Donald Martiny

Donald Martiny’s earliest memory of being mesmerized by paint comes from kindergarten, when he lived in Schenectady, NY, and had “a teacher who was really stingy about art supplies,” he recalls. “She would give us only two jars of poster paint, and I remember being...
Confessions of a Closet Painter

Confessions of a Closet Painter

Coming to Grips with “Makee-Doo” I suppose it all begins with the “Sandy Becker Show,” which Boomers may remember watching on little black-and-white TVs in the 1950s and ‘60s. The genial host of this children’s variety program regularly showed drawings sent in by his...
Judy Gelles

Judy Gelles

“Everything I do follows my life and what I’m doing with my life,” admits Judy Gelles, whose many projects, mostly in photography and video, document not only her personal and family history, but touch on the larger social issues of our times. Gelles has been around...
Ripe for Rediscovery: Maggi Hambling

Ripe for Rediscovery: Maggi Hambling

By Jane Barthes  Maggi Hambling’s paintings and sculpture are not entirely new to me, but many outside the U.K. probably have little knowledge of this quintessentially British artist. I discovered Hambling’s work in the early 1990s, five years before I left London,...
Bacchino Malato*

Bacchino Malato*

By Joan Roberta Ryan (After Caravaggio’s self-portrait as Bacchus, in the Galleria Borghese) No wine, and the fruit is scant, softening grapes to hold, and barely a bunch for the table, peaches too hard to ripen, and not a leaf among them. I pull a strand of ivy...