What art can bring to each of us is a sense of comfort and wonder, something we all can use during this stressful time.
With museums and galleries temporarily closed, in the U.S. and around the world, we’ve become increasingly dependent on technology, especially with stay-at-home restrictions, to fill the need we have to socialize and find solace in creativity. Many of the artists whose works are in our gallery live and work in New York, which has been hard hit by the Corona virus.
Just a few weeks ago, an interview with Frank Stella appeared in The New York Times Style Magazine.
The interview took place in his studio in upstate New York, where he has been making enormous, colorful sculptures, a far cry from the Black Paintings he did in 1959, which became the catalyst for minimalist art and made the 23-year-old Stella a force to be reckoned with in the art world. Stella still lives in the house in Greenwich Village that he bought in the 1960s, along with his wife of more than forty years, pediatrician Harriet McGurk.
Stella is 83, and is still experimenting with colors, materials and new techniques in his work. He has been preparing for a show at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, which was scheduled to open in May. The Aldrich, like all other museums, is closed at this time. Frank Stella is in good health, full of energy and a superstar, but still vulnerable and we hope he and his family (he just celebrated the birth of his fifth grandchild) are safe and well.
The consummate New Yorker, Alex Katz was born in Brooklyn and has been living and working in his SoHo studio since 1968, with Ada, his wife of more than sixty years.
The Whitney, which is temporarily closed, of course, has been preparing to hold a retrospective of the works of the 92-year-old artist in 2022.
In a 2018 interview in the Financial Times, Alex Katz said that he wakes up at 7.30am every morning, works out (“half an hour of callisthenics”), eats, walks over to his studio, and gets to work. When it gets dark, he sleeps.
Hopefully, Alex Katz is sticking to his daily routine and he and Ada are healthy and well.
State of the Arts During the Stay-At-Home Order
We often complain about being too busy to do the things we love, and this might be the time to do some of those things…reading, writing, drawing, painting, listening to music….
Many museums are offering virtual tours and even art lessons. The Boca Raton Museum of Art is hosting a program called Keep Kids Smart with Art. We encourage you to explore our website and hope that you can take comfort in the work of artists who share their experiences with us.
Please feel free to contact us at Surovek Gallery. We hope you, your family and friends, stay safe and healthy during this stressful time and find serenity in art, music and the creative endeavors that can bring us solace in troubled times.
Megan O’Grady. The Constellation of Frank Stella. The New York Times. March 18, 2020.
Lilac Raptopoulos. Artist Alex Katz: ‘I’m 91, for Chrissakes, and I’m cranking out paintings’. Financial Times. November 30, 2018.