American Artist Magazine, November 2011

This issue of American Artist features consummate classicists Jacob Collins and Daniel E. Greene—artists who champion figurative art and its embrace of beauty and humanist thought.

The autumn season is approaching, and the lazy days of summer will soon be a hazy (and humid) memory. Our collective engines ramp up to full throttle this time of year as we cycle through the few remaining months in the calendar. November marks the end of harvest season, and we are reminded to be grateful for the abundance that is provided us. Artistic abundance—the product of sustained study, diligent effort, and a deep appreciation of beauty—overflows in the art world, and we can provide but a small sampling of all there is to see, learn, and create within the context of contemporary practice.

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DEPARTMENTS
6 Editor’s Note

9 letters

10 art mart

12 Quick Sketches

70 Exhibitions
  71 Business of Art

74 Technical Q+A

76 Coming in...

79 Bulletin Board

80 Art for Thought

FEATURES

26 Surfaces: The Groundwork for Beauty
by Rob Zeller
The quality of materials artists employ matters almost as much as the skill set and vision of the artists themselves. The decision of which type of ground to use is one of the most important choices an artist makes when beginning an artwork, because surface texture has a profound effect on the working process and the resulting piece.

32 The Art of the American Twenties, Part 1: The Liberating Figure
by John A. Parks
A major new exhibition revisits the 1920s, one of the most dynamic decades in American history. Our first look at this show reveals how both popular and artistic attitudes to the figure changed dramatically during this time.

38 Daniel E. Greene: Studio Inventions Depicting the Real
by Michael Gormley
This artist’s strikingly lifelike paintings employ highly evolved abstract design principles. His large-scale depictions of subway stations and auction houses are carefully staged studio inventions involving a focused and detailed production process that is cinematic in scope.

46 Jacob Collins: Classical Inspiration, New Vision
by Austin R. Williams
This master contemporary realist combines time-honored painting traditions with a fresh and individual sensibility.

52 Juan Carlos Martínez: Honoring the Past, Firmly in the Present
by Naomi Ekperigin
This realist artist and instructor discovered that the 19thcentury academic method enabled him to not only render the world as he saw it but also honor the Masters who made such expression possible.

60 Pursuing the Classical Dream: American Artist’s Guide to Art Schools








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