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Friday, August 9, 2013
Article on my Paintings in Fine Art Today by Allison Malafronte
Allison Malafronte wrote a wonderful background article yesterday about my upcoming show of Hopper-themed interiors in the online newsletter Fine Art Today that is published by Fine Art Connoisseur magazine. Allison was for years the Senior Editor at American Artist magazinebefore taking up the reins at Fine Art Today. The show is titled Inside Edward Hopper's World: Paintings by Philip Koch and will be at Isalos Fine Art in Stonington, Maine. She makes interesting points in her introduction: Edward Hopper has been having a major posthumous moment in recent months, with his current "Hopper Drawing" exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art garnering rave reviews, a life-size re-creation of his 1939 "New York Movie" painting taking center stage at Laguna Beach's famous Pageant of the Masters, and several of his works selling well above their estimated value at important auctions. It's not surprising that so many continue to value and honor Hopper's contributions to culture, as he is indisputably one of the most influential American artists in history. Although several artists working today cite Hopper as a major inspiration, few have had the kind of private access to his personal world as the painter Philip Koch. You can read her entire article here. Isalos Fine Art opens the exhibition Tues. August 13 and will have a free public reception Friday, Aug. 16 from 5 -7 p.m. The show runs through Sept. 2.
Sun in an Empty Room: Orange, oil on panel, 12 x 16", 2013, one of the paintings included in the Inside Edward Hopper's World: Paintings by Philip Koch