3/24/2006

Hope Atherton

52 comments:

Painter said...

I apologize for this small jpg. I didn’t realize it was so small.
This image also is not from her current show at Bortolami-Dayan.
I will repost a better jpg. if I can find one.

Page Six said...

HOPE SPRINGS
FOXY folk artist Hope Atherton has scored a major coup by landing on the cover of Art Review. The party-hopping blonde is the first actual human we recall gracing the cover of the magazine since it named Larry Gagosian as the most powerful person in the art world. "I had no idea the photo was for the cover or I would have borrowed a Dior gown," Atherton cracked. "No seriously, it's a bit scary. I just hope it drives people to go see my show, which is only up for two more weeks." Her latest exhibition, "Recent Paintings," runs until April 1 at the Bortolami Dayan gallery.

Party Girl said...

http://www.art-review.com/cover_story/


http://www.style.com/peopleparties/search/thumb/person915


It may be hard to find an image of her art work but easy to find one of her. I wish I got invited to that many parties. He life looks fun.

no-where-man said...

artist as fashion

Anonymous said...

I wish her work was as interesting as her outfits.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone actually read 'Art Review' magazine?

yawn said...

I dont really get what is so important about this work or her....?? The rich just keep getting richer. Plus she is very well connected... the work is a dull as dishwater though.

Anonymous said...

At least she won't have to worry about surviving off her artwork.

Anonymous said...

her paintings seem to be really secondary to her sculptural work. does anyone know if these are shown with her sculptures?

Anonymous said...

it is only the paintings, I saw it last week. I like them, but wish the show had a bit more variety. I like what they are getting at, the dreamy-hallucinatory style, but they could be pushed further to me.

Anonymous said...

there was a sameness to all of them. the colors were drab. Antique?? I guess they were supposed to be like Rembrant darkness with bright spotlight. the subject matter was obscured and there wasn't any emotional drama or expressive paint handling.

Anonymous said...

I was shopping in a botique in SoHo once and she was in there with there little toy dog. I should have taken a picure of her and submitted it to the THREE pages devoted to her on style.com!

whoever said her outfits are more interesting than her paintings, right on! I don't want to be mean or anything, but... it's true!

http://www.style.com/peopleparties/search/thumb/person915

no-where-man said...

the unicorn is cute. but kinda ren-fairy
paintings make it somewhat dismissable.

speaking of artist as fashion did anyone else here that sting is opening a strip club near by and bowie is a backer?

no-where-man said...

the unicorn is cute. but kinda ren-fairy
paintings make it somewhat dismissable.

speaking of artist as fashion did anyone else here that sting is opening a strip club near by and bowie is a backer?

Anonymous said...

Here is some work from 2002:

http://www.speronewestwater.com/cgi-bin/iowa/exhibits/related.html?record=140&info=works

Anonymous said...

http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1285/is_3_34/ai_114785779

And an interview. . .

no-where-man said...

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Anonymous said...

Sorry these dont do much, and for this genre Victor Hugo had her beat 100 plus years ago, and he was a writer at that! That show of his at drawing center was great...

Painter said...

bortolamidayan

Thanks no-where-man. I am just practicing links. I am no good at this stuff. I hope it works.

boo said...

Take all your opium-romance gloomy power away!

Anonymous said...

mystical mysticism.. well put!

pants down said...

her outfits are pretty trashy, actually. she's kind of like the nicole richie of the art world. paintings aren't horrible, just formulaic and slick and too big. chairoscuro beetlejuicey. i get a faux goth/rabbit skin gluey/stained with earl gray sort of feeling from them.

no-where-man said...

np. painter. if you have any questions let me know. web pro.

we just talked about her over lunch. is it possible the paintings are more 'sellable' then the other work and that is y she made the move?

i have seen both in life and they don't feel the same.

bb said...

I don't have anything to say about these...

Anonymous said...

fashion, so tired, chicks like this have been around for hundreds of years. married well or born well.either way daddy pays for the vanity paintings.

booagain said...

one more ting-these seem all like"this is me,HOPE ATHERTON,doing paintings-ie a distance,not really in it

apu said...

it tis crap only

Anonymous said...

tis better crap then most of the crap we see here

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white stupid said...

her paintings look like the backgrounds of a number of paintings first that comes to mind is Eric Fishel. Sorta like uta barths photos...the focus is set up and then the subject walks out of the picture. Too thin and lifeless for my taste.
she goes out with Gavin Brown

no-where-man said...

ill take a cosmo.

zipthwung said...

Well if she goes out with gavin brown, i mean, doesn't that commpromise her subversive "shuck n' jive" ass my friend says - in art speak its called possition or strategy - kind of a conflation of the blurred boundary esthetic with the down home double wide of plain ol sentimentality. I mean who here has feelings? This is total bullshit.

Anonymous said...

Is that her strategy? Well here's an interview...

http://www.artnet.com/Magazine/features/honigman/honigman3-24-04.asp

no-where-man said...

wow- white coll. and GB. - gee. is there a conection..!

no-where-man said...

well there is a bigger jpeg

no-where-man said...

well there is a bigger jpeg

JpegCritic said...

Oh shit! Well NOW I like it!

But then I'm only a jpeg critic.
And I did like the smaller jpeg as well.

Jus didn't want to say, cuz I don't really
have time to get into a back/forth with
yall, especially considering there are those
who actually saw it in the flesh, and
ya-got-me there.


I think she's fascile.. Thoughtful with her
markmaking (noo-i-di-ent say markmaking!).
And no its not like rembrandt. More like a
Daumier kind of darkness meets Zak's pal
Sienkiewicz (he's the fascile comic book guy
with a gift for washes).

Hope seems to have washes down --in a good
way (I contrast this with someone who seems
to have washes down in a bad way, like, say,
Dumbass um i mean dumas. And the jpeg,
at least, feels sentimental in a good way, contrasted
again with the sentimentality of dumas. Note
I'm only citing dumas because of the washy
wishy figuration. Hope shows tremendous
control for a partygirl.

And I like these.

Alright what's this anti-brown thing? Don't
see 'drab' at all. It's hard to control this kind
of color subtlety! Especially in an sRGB IEC6166-2.1 colorspace!

Anonymous said...

just so bad its insulting to those of us who are good, and to the person who says her washes are better than Dumas, are you crazy????????empty exercises there is nothing to these paintings

zipthwung said...

I remember seeing this painting and thinking, no, no, no.

I like the composition. In the style of - Durer did some nice etchings one would do well to copy. I have some jpgs on the hard drive somewhere. Caves and robed figures, a demonic goat, that sort of thing.

The "Imagineers" and artists at Disney understood and borrowed the idea (from some famous painters I should be able to roll authoritatively off my toungue)of occluding ones view with a house or a rocky promontory. This sets up a mental space where you imagine an amazing view just beyond. It also saves you from having to paint the whole damn scene.

This occlusion is what we call theatricality - as in theatrical set design. Theatricality is used to great effect, for example, to controll the rabble waiting to see Captain EO. People like their 3d.

THere was a dude Joe "OE" Andoe with the oil rag esthetic - you know the subtractive process where you wipe away or "rag" the paint. Theres a guy in the Modern wing of the Metropolitan by the name of Mark Tansey that does the same thing with tinfoil and such. Hes a fave of Martha "Omnimedia" Stewart.

Now one could argue (I from experience) that there is at once a parallel progression within this realm of thin painting, and either a rejection of the process, or an embrace. Embracing, we fall downward, a feather or a rock, but both, in a vacuum.

While I am fond of Tansey's clever art jokes, and Andoe's moody blues, Hope is young, and springs eternal. How can she defeat these towering male giants, especially the afore mentioned one who is in the afore mentioned museum?

Hope should crop her golden tresses and adopt the more severe atire of her roots, if that is in fact the true story.

Another painter who switches up stain painting with good old dabs of grease was put in the last biennial - I cant remember her name, but her prices were good i think -darling of artnet and Saltz - she got a lot of buzz, but really when you come down to it,

Adobe RGB(1998)all the way!!!!!

JpegCritic said...

Imagineers! Zip it so often seems you have
this strange ability to read one's bookmarks.

Anonymous said...

Zip knows something about colors spaces.

Anonymous said...

24 bit Lab is better, swings all ways

JpegCritic said...

Yeah, there will always be wider gamuts,
just like deeper thinking, or better painting --
but sometimes, ya just have to bring it
down to the common folk. sRGB is like
blogging...or party-talk. it's either all on
surface, or it's simply vapor.

Anonymous said...

Ah, but *Lab is what everything gets compared to.

JpegCritic said...

Like Plato's ideal.

Vlahos Boyiajees said...

Theres nothing wrong with having a fun social life. Now the posing and the "hi paparazzi" sh*t has to go. Whatever. I wouldn't be all posing with rich dudes who dress like me. I'd rather get my props from the paintings. Who cares what you dress like? It's the experience in the space you engage us in that matters. The paintings were crazy dull I'm sorry. I felt completly bored. I have nothing against the girl if you're showing cause you have connections than time will prove your worth. Enough of the Gladiator mentallity. We're lucky to see a women painter in this Deutschland circle-jerk we call chelsea.
I had just gone to Michael Boormans show at Zwirner which was weirdly interesting, uncomfortable, edgy and unstable which is what kept me interested. Of course that light in Zwirner makes everything glow. Unfortunately no edge was around in Hope's paintings. They seemed more like the first layer. This is the stage for the next paintings... Give homegirl a break she's young she'll improve. My opinion.

arty said...

I think you can be social, have money etc and still be a good artist. However, if you go out enough to be in every magazine, I think it can take its toll. Everyone has priorities and either hers are not in the right place or she is not good at making art. I don't see a focus or commitment to art in these works. They are poorly executed and the images are weak. I did see that article in ArtReview and the striking thing is her amazing accessories and then the "cool" stuff she has decorating her studio. I like cool stuff too but the painting in the article is, in contrast, unremarkable. It would be good to strip off all the accessories in the real world, stay in her studio and put that passion into her painting.

Anonymous said...

(from: Vlahos Boyiajees) (forgot my user/password combo - life's true angst!!! argh!!!)

You got it dead on arty. Less time in celebrity rags more with the paint-stained ones. Make me forget I'm viewing objects in a white cube and viewing your imagination- Homey. Time to make the paintings your bitch and not the ass-licking Narcissus' ladder climbers. Those ladders go nowhere...

imageworship said...

Yes yes yes.

Anonymous said...

I just thought they were boring. I was pleasantly surprised at her work in Greater NY. I said to my viewing companion "Oh hey she's more than a fashion plate." But then this show killed it.

DULL DULL DULL

but it goes oh so well with the leather furniture!

mr.wakeup said...

...it will look great above the fireplace...

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