Painter and Bad at Sports NYC correspondent Tom Sanford will moderate a panel of five other painters in a discussion about painting. Kamrooz Aram, Holly Coulis, David Humphrey, Dike Blair, and Deborah Kass, representing various generations of New York painters, are all prominent voices among their cohort who enlist a wide variety of approaches to the medium. These "Painters of Painting" will discuss the current concerns in painting as well as painting's enduring relevance as a humanistic and idiosyncratic antidote to the prevailing corporate culture of consensus and commoditization.
Kamrooz Aram was born in Shiraz, Iran, in 1978, and received his MFA from Columbia University in 2003. Aram’s works bring together traditional, modern and contemporary cultural references to create images reflecting the complexity of contemporary life. His work has been shown in museums and galleries around the world and featured and reviewed in numerous publications. In spring 2010 his work will be featured in the group exhibition Self-Consciousness in Berlin at VeneKlasen Werner, co-curated by Peter Doig and Hilton Als. Aram lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Dike Blair is a painter and sculptor who lives and works in NYC and Hortonville, NY. He teaches painting at RISD and has contributed articles to a number of magazines.
Holly Coulis lives and works in Brooklyn. She was born in Canada and received her MFA in Boston. Her work can be seen at Cherry and Martin Gallery in LA.
David Humphrey is a New York artist represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co. An anthology of his art writing, Blind Handshake, was released by Periscope Publishing this year.
Deborah Kass’ paintings examine the intersection of art history, popular culture and the self. She received her BFA in Painting at Carnegie-Mellon University, studied at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, and the Art Students’ League. Her work is in museum collections throughout the U.S. and numerous public and private collections and has been shown nationally and internationally. She is a Senior Critic in the Yale University MFA Painting Program and is represented by Vincent Fremont and the Paul Kasmin Gallery.
Tom Sanford is a New York-based artist whose work is exhibited around the world. His paintings, which range from historical works depicting celebrity assassinations to portraits of gangsta rappers and teen pop tarts to elaborate cosmologies weaved together from Hollywood movies, reflect a deep ambivalence about the American cultural condition. A long-time listener of and sometimes contributor to Bad at Sports, Sanford participated in the execution of Don't Piss On Me And Tell Me It's Raining. Sanford is currently represented in New York by Leo Koenig Inc.; in Copenhagen / Beijing by Galleri Faurschou; and in Brussels by Galerie Erna Hecey.