Cara Enteles, "Pollination Series #12", 24" x 24", Oil on aluminum
Doug Trump, "Float, 5.75" x 5.75", Oil, pencil, and ink on panel
Sarah Hinckley, "so hard when it doesn't come easy", 15" x 10", watercolor on fabriano
Cecil Touchon, "Fusion Series 2693", 5" x 4", collage on paper
A few days ago I received a review of an exhibition currently on view at Denver, Colorado's Rule Gallery from an artist friend of mine. Kyle MacMillan's review, entitled "Beauty's Bold Comeback" in the May 22nd edition of The Denver Post outlines and praises a new exhibition of Barbara Takenaga's work recently mounted at the aforementioned gallery. Although Takenaga's work is of interest to me, what really caught my attention was this quote from the author:
"After years of offbeat, conceptually driven art triumphing traditional painting and sculpture, the tide is turning in the contemporary art world. Redefined technique and visual beauty are back."
Although I like to think of myself as hip and try to keep up with most all current cultural trends, I still think art should be inherently beautiful at its core, and have always had a problem truly appreciating art that is hyper-conceptual. This philosophy of collecting art that is aesthetically pleasing is what I have based my gallery upon and am thrilled to hear others are again championing the concept. So, as a tribute to "beauty's big comeback," I thought I would post some beautiful paintings I have been admiring recently at the gallery.
Personally, I hope beauty is here to stay. Frankly, I didn't know it ever left.