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Artist of the moment…….Allan McCollum


Allan McCollum is a contemporary artist renown for his solid black paintings surrounded by white matte and a framed in wood. These works are titled “surrogates” by the artist. McCollum works in many mediums and is a painter, printmaker, sculptor, and collage artist.

The artist enjoys working with themes of mass consumption. In many works the artist will produce as many as one thousand or more objects that seem similar, but are in a little different.

McCollum found inspiration for his art by reading from the Fluxus group of artists. The Fluxus group was similar to the D.A.D.A. group in that both groups were anti art. The famed Yoko Ono even took part in some of the groups performance art.


McCollum’s parents both enjoyed acting and his father was a character in the 1930s movie “Reefer Madness.”

Allan McCollum was born in Los Angeles, California  in the year 1944. The artist attended a trade school and studied restaurant management. He found employment as a cook preparing meals for the airplane flights. After a few years he decided to try his luck in the art world.

The artist took a job as a driver and box builder for a an art company based out of Hollywood in California. Here he would go on to make many contacts in the art world.


In this clip we visit the artist in his studio from the wonderful PBS series Art21:



In this clip we visit a show featuring Allan McCollum from 2013:

The artist has participated in the Venice Biennale.

McCollum is now based out of New York City.

Below a link to the website of Allan McCollum:

Price range information: Photographs start at $5,000. Works in other mediums including graphite, acrylics, enamel, and sculpture range from $10,000 to $300,000.

With his focus on mass production its possible that Andy Warhol has a smile right now!  This idea of the mass consumer as a subject is just as popular today as it was when Andy first made his Brillo boxes.

Even the Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei has used the same principle in creating some of his works my favorite being the Ming Dynasty vessels with Coca Cola labels on the side.


Artist of the moment……Howard Hodgkin

Sir Howard Hodgkin was born in the year 1932. For his artistic education Hodgkin attended Eton College and also Bryanston School. In addition Hodgkin studied at the Camberwell Art School and the Bath Academy of Art. Hodgkin works in an abstract manner. He produces paintings and prints.

First solo show in 1962.

Hodgkin burst upon the international art scene in the 1980s after representing the U.K. at the Venice Biennale. He also won the prestigious Turner Award.

Howard Hodgkin became Sir Howard Hodgkin as he was knighted in 1992.

He is the cousin of famed British still life painter Eliot Hodgkin. Below are some examples of Eliot Hodgkin and his still life paintings.

In this clip a short interview with Howard Hodgkin:

Price range information: Etchings and lithographs range from $4,000 to $25,000. Original oils can reach $400,000.

Artist of the moment…..Catherine Murphy

Catherine Murphy  was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the year 1946. Murphy is a renown for her oil paintings of the urban landscape. For me visually her art reminds me of the painter Burton Silverman. Both do a great job of using a wide variety of greys in their work, they control the color as a master painter should. Below an example of a work by Burton Silverman.



Catherine Murphy attended the Pratt Institute of Art earning a bachelors degree. She took additional classes at Skowhegen School of Painting for a year in the mid 1960s.

Winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Two time participant in the Venice Biennale.

Her husband is an artist Harry Roseman. I wrote about this gentleman two days ago. He is also a professor at Vassar College in upstate New York.

The artist works strictly from life, never from photographic references.

price range information: Sorry none available.

Murphy is concerned with every detail in her work. She might work more than one year on one painting. Murphy is part of many collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art.