Sylvia Sleigh


Painter said...

Sylvia Sleigh @
557 West 23rd Street

poppy said...

Robert Plant in flip flops?

closeuup said...

This painting is as cool as it gets. Annunciation halo/fro.

This painting reminds me of when I used to go to the lake when I was in high school. The gay guys always wore those shorts and make us girls giggle uncontrollably.

zipthwung said...

Joe Heaps Nelson, Nicole Eisenman, Kelli Williams.

Don't call it a movement.

As a young woman in the 1940s, Sleigh remembers being told at art school, "You have no talent. You're just here to waste time until you get married.

If someone had pushed artists like Grace Hartigan and Sylvia harder maybe they would be graphic illustrators.

anyone want to be in my swastika show? Don't tell me its been done, i allready know that.

We could travel to Darfur and Iraq with a stopover in Central America and some other hot spots. Just get a few gigs and fill in the spaces in between.

I'll have a BBQ to organize and I can make a promotional DVD with 3d visualization and press kit. All legit.

Anonymous said...

Another case of bad painting working to very good ends. If I were her lecturer I would have said ...there is a place for this kind of thing, and one day you will see that place because this thing that you do will be there in that place. And then I'd leave it at that.
Placement, zip, placement, even with the swastika and it's swing.

bakti said...

dumb as the new schutz paintings....just painted better

Martin said...
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Martin said...

i loved this show -

the way the bodies fit in the frame, or don't and are cropped.. how they are cropped.

the bright fresh clean unmuddied color.

all the intense patterning around the naked nerds... their bushes and little hairs.

the sometimes awkwardness of the figures, their physical reality, their pelvic and collar bones sticking out.

the wishful perfect settings, the openness.

really enjoyed.

closeuup said...

great martin--all that. I think its quite representative of the late 60s/70s in a comfortable euro/american boho world. Virgin Suicides without the suicide.

Does anyone paint their friendly circle, documenting the 90s/00s like this? For comparison? Zac Smith, I guess, but he's too narrowly on girls. That woman that paints her snobby college friends in their penguin shirts? I can't remember her name.

zipthwung said...

“I’m not really responding to it aesthetically,” said Brooke Anderson, director and curator of the Contemporary Center at the American Folk Art Museum, “but I’m totally responding from its place of origin. It kind of reminds me of spin art. It feels very psychedelic, like the 1970’s hippie culture.”

Mr. Johnson is working in a rich tradition of art produced in prisons and asylums, Ms. Anderson continued.

“Time and the availability of time,” she said, “has an awful lot to do with an explosion of expression.”

M and M's

closeuup said...

Oh yeah--Sherry Wong. Also at I20. OK, I see what's up.

zipthwung said...

I hear a lot of people skip the painting part of the process and keep to photography.

"Making matters worse, the provincialism of the late seventies set in at the exact moment when far rangier and less dogmatic approaches were appearing. Painters all over the world were beginning to sidestep New York’s dogma and make paintings that were big, brash, figurative, and narrative. The worm turned in New York as well. Numerous younger painters cast aside the rules and were painting on the streets and in nightclubs; others collaged photographs into paintings; still others retuned to the most forbidden things of all, figuration and narrative. As high as the New York painters took painting, they overcoded the medium, made it about competency and catchy hooks, and limited it.


zipthwung said...


Balhatain said...

I interviewed Sylvia a few months ago. You can find her interview on the list,