Isabel Lark Fine Art

Isabel Lark Fine Art Art advisors and private dealers bringing the New York art scene to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

The Romantic Gestures of 7 Famous Artist Couples
02/14/2021
The Romantic Gestures of 7 Famous Artist Couples

The Romantic Gestures of 7 Famous Artist Couples

Art has long been inspired by love and heartbreak, so it’s no surprise that artists have gone to great lengths to communicate their love.

Hyperallergic
02/12/2021
Hyperallergic

Hyperallergic

The Swann Galleries auction provided insight into some of the varied Works Progress Association projects sponsored by the US between 1935 and 1943.

Why “Flipping” Art Is so Controversial
02/12/2021
Why “Flipping” Art Is so Controversial

Why “Flipping” Art Is so Controversial

From dealers and art advisers to educators and artists, everyone has strong feelings about the practice of “flipping” artworks for a quick profit.

artnet
02/09/2021
artnet

artnet

Rosie Lee Tompkins's quilts gave critic Roberta Smith a 'new standard' to measure contemporary art. What happens to her legacy now?:

Opportunities for Artists in June 2020
06/06/2020
Opportunities for Artists in June 2020

Opportunities for Artists in June 2020

From residencies to COVID-19 relief grants, a list of opportunities that artists and creatives can apply for this month.

The Demuth Museum
05/25/2020

The Demuth Museum

Join us on our next virtual studio tour on Tuesday, May 26 @ 4pm, featuring local artist Rob Evans! An artist and independent curator, Evans’ enigmatic paintings and drawings can be found in more than two dozen prominent public collections across the nation including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, and Library of Congress, among others. Take a glimpse inside his studio and get a look at “Drawing on the Susquehanna: Four Centuries of Artistic Inspiration and Commerce”, a traveling exhibition curated by Evans and currently on view at the Historic Hellam Preserve.

The tour will be held on Google Hangouts Meet, a video conferencing site. To participate, a computer, phone, or tablet with internet capability is required; a webcam and microphone is not required, but recommended. A link to access the meeting will be emailed to participants before 4 pm on Tuesday. Participation is free! Registration required by emailing [email protected].

Images: Rob Evans, (1) “Sunset, Susquehanna”, 2019, pastel (2) “Burning II”, 2020, pastel (3) “Storm Clouds, Chickies”, 2018, pastel (4) Installation of “Drawing on the Susquehanna” at Historic Hellam Preserve; catalog available at https://www.robevansart.org/drawing-on-the-susquehanna-catalog

Titus Kaphar | Gagosian
05/09/2020
Titus Kaphar | Gagosian

Titus Kaphar | Gagosian

Painter, sculptor, filmmaker, and installation artist Titus Kaphar confronts history by dismantling classical structures and styles of visual representation in Western art in order to subvert them. Dislodging entrenched narratives from their status as “past” so as to understand and estimate thei...

Freiman Stoltzfus Gallery
04/19/2020
Freiman Stoltzfus Gallery

Freiman Stoltzfus Gallery

"My wife is a bread-baker. She had a stand outside the old Eastern Market when that started up again. She would tell me about one of her customers, a delightful and polite young man with the most Amish surname and a not-so-Amish forename.

He was an artist, she said. We looked up his work. He’s more than that. Freiman Stoltzfus is the kind of artist a place gets, if it’s lucky, once in a generation.

I’ve been buying my cards from Stoltzfus’ gallery up Prince Street ever since. Stoltzfus is often in his studio store. I once chatted with him while he was touching up the gilding on the frames of his prints.

Stoltzfus is from here, but he has traveled. Many of his works show the interiors of cathedrals. And he loves music; music weaves through his paintings and often is the topic of them. Especially, it seems to me, Bach, that most mathematical of composers, and Beethoven, that ultra-romantic.

Some of his most moving paintings are what he calls “field hymns.”

Farming is the least romantic thing on Earth, as my wife’s market-standholder friends would assure you. But it is the most human; it is who we are, who we all are here in Lancaster County if you peel back a few generations. It is what Stoltzfus was raised in and among.

Here, in a painting, rows of green corn seen close become the piers of gothic architecture, their bent leaves the curves of the vaults. In another, the rows of country corn furl out into staves of pure music; in another the straight stalks continue as ghost-lines into the air as ranged gothic piers, and the summer cloud-heads above them form the tracery-circles of cathedral windows.

In the middle of the 1800s in Austria, a poor farm boy and mediocre monk returned to what he knew: the life from the soil. He chose as his subject the homely garden pea, and from it, by careful observation, Gregor Mendel learned to hear the double helix and unravel the mystery of life.

Don’t call Stoltzfus’ art surrealism; there is no jarring juxtaposition. You see the local trees in season, and the music, and the architectural splendor, and you think, “so it is.”

That power always was there. Out of the mud and dung of a medieval village came the force that through the stone fuze drove the mathematical flowers of the choir window of Chartres or Notre Dame. Beethoven wrote a symphony from a summer thunderstorm; from the human storm that swept Europe in his times he harvested the "Ode to Joy."

In Stoltzfus' best work, you learn what you always knew but never saw until he made it plain: The cathedral and the cantata and the cornfield are one, are one, are one.

DOUG HARPER | LNP COPY EDITOR

Christie's
04/16/2020
Christie's

Christie's

‘This is an artist at the peak of his career, who has the confidence to tackle pointillism and innovate it in his own way.’

Christie's
04/10/2020
Christie's

Christie's

The British Museum, the Louvre, the Uffizi and more are bringing their treasures into your home.

Christie's
03/23/2020
Christie's

Christie's

How great artists of the past communicated their feelings about the world beyond their windows.

The Studio Museum in Harlem
03/21/2020

The Studio Museum in Harlem

Taking a moment to celebrate joy, togetherness, art, and community.

The event pictured is from The Studio Museum in Harlem's chalk-in from 1985. Children gathered at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building to create art , make friends and enjoy the warm weather.
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Photos courtesy of The Studio Museum in Harlem Archive

Christie's
02/27/2020
Christie's

Christie's

A guide to Pop artist Tom Wesselmann.

Why Mexican Modernism Is so Relevant Right Now
02/27/2020
Why Mexican Modernism Is so Relevant Right Now

Why Mexican Modernism Is so Relevant Right Now

A flurry of museum shows are focused on the artists of Mexican modernism and the potent influence they had on artists working in the United States and Europe.

Curbed NY
02/25/2020
Curbed NY

Curbed NY

Prepare to be left speechless. 😮

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