Painter Eric LoPresti’s “An Ocean of Light” at Burning in Water Gallery

A sublime artistic study on nuclear craters, quiet terror and atomic bomb test sites

Hanford Site, a decommissioned nuclear production complex where engineers created plutonium for the Manhattan Project, sits a little more than 30 minutes by car from Richland, Washington—the birthplace of painter Eric LoPresti. Richland may have been an innocuous suburb, but after LoPresti’s move to New York, he took interest in Hanford’s past. Using oil and watercolor, the artist dissected components, compiled pieces and a new …

Artist David Salle’s “How to See” Book

A guide to viewing art as artists themselves would describe it

For some, a work of art in a museum or gallery can require substantial consideration. For others, a passing glance will do. One can choose to read into symbolism, coloration and more—or purely enjoy (or despise) any type of art for aesthetic reasons. For all the aforementioned, and everyone in between, acclaimed painter David Salle‘s forthcoming book “How to See” offers a helping hand. A …

Painter Ryan Hewett’s Preview Exhibition at Unit London

A glimpse at the eerie, impressive work from the South African portrait artist

By Joanna Della-Ragione Muted color palettes, thick impasto and distorted features are all common elements of Ryan Hewett’s recent work, marking a new direction for the South African painter. Best known for his iconic portraits of notable figures from Winston Churchill to Warhol’s poster girl Edie Sedgwick, Hewett describes his week-long preview show at Unit London as a “stepping stone—traversing past, present and future.” The …

Michael Kagan’s “Lights Out” at Joshua Liner Gallery

Oil-on-linen works that evoke great heights, moments and speed

In each and every one of Michael Kagan‘s oil-on-linen works displayed at Joshua Liner Gallery, human triumph is celebrated. Thick, abstract brushstrokes yield figurative images—sometimes of rapid motion, sometimes of thoughtful serenity—that convey accomplishment. This is Kagan’s second solo exhibition at the NYC gallery, and it has progressed beyond the stoic astronauts and nuanced cockpits of his previous show (though, those can be seen here, …

Artist Cole Sternberg’s Boat Voyage from Japan to Portland

A new exhibition, "The Nature of Breathing in Salt," highlights an adventure-inspired process

Late last year, bicoastal American painter Cole Sternberg stepped aboard a bulk shipping vessel at the Shin Kasado port in Western Japan. It was the Ultra Letizia ship’s maiden voyage, headed toward Portland, Oregon. And, while the boat carried no cargo (as it was on a test run) it would provide a home and studio space for Sternberg and his linen, graphite and watercolors. On …