The Uncomfortable Art of Seongmin Yoo

In Seongmin Yoo’s collage It’s a New World the artist makes an appearance in the form of a fragmentary self-portrait. She is sleeping—perhaps dreaming the scene—in a weird spotted egg that opens to a broadly brushed landscape. …

Disrupted Realism: Reimagining the Figure at the Stanek Gallery, Philadelphia

Martin Campos painting “Montana”

In Martin Campos’ painting Montaña fragmentary figures overlap and coalesce into an environment conjured from paint. Both engaging and frustrating the image seems provisional, suspended somewhere between the artist’s conflicting urges to create and destroy. Campos apparently knows the human…

The headstone of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

June 26, 2020

Dear Jean-Michel,

Sorry to disturb your rest. Although your work offers instructions on how to repel ghosts, I am seeking yours out to provide some news and updates.

Since you left this world in 1988 there have been some developments that I think you would want to…

Nuances in Abstract Painting at the Stanek Gallery, Philadelphia

Can you remember the days when abstract art was widely misunderstood, ridiculed, and even feared by most Americans? I can.

While visiting a museum in college I once watched an irate mother drag her kids away from a Robert Motherwell painting…


“All my life, my heart has sought a thing I cannot name.”

- Hunter S. Thompson


If you want to freak out painter Scott Jones, here is what you need to do. Just wait for Scott in front of one of his canvases at an opening — sipping…

John Seed

John Seed is the author of “Disrupted Realism.” He has written for the HuffingtonPost, Hyperallergic, Arts of Asia & other fine publications.

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