Artist Emergence and The Art Market

Narrative transcript: “Artist Emergence and the Art Market” from “The Art of Life” with Dr. Jill Thayer, a podcast on Voice of Paso Internet radio on the Central Coast of California. Podcast audio: This subject evolved from my doctoral dissertation, “Artist Emergence in Contemporary Culture: A Dialectic in Social and Material Conditions of Southern California […]

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, The Broad, Los Angeles

“Wit and wonder draw audiences into the existential realm of Yayoi Kusama (b.1929), a visual, installation and performance artist; and leading figure in the Western avant-garde and 1960s counter culture of political activism.” Jill Thayer, Ph.D.

Diego Santanelli – Resilience

By Jill Thayer, Ph.D., Contributing Writer, ARTPULSE Magazine, Miami, June, 2016 8 April – 25 June 2016, Canale Diaz Art Center, Coral Gables “My work is precisely the result of that interaction between the artist and the medium with which he works, between the individual and the world that surrounds him. Through this gesture, I attempt to recount my personal story, presenting it […]

Mario Bursztein – Reveries in Form

By Jill Thayer, Ph.D., Contributing Art Historian/Scholar; book essay for Argentine artist Mario Bursztein. “My oeuvre is a fluid, technological brush-stroke, a studied structure, a virtual geometry tinged by movement. It is the summation of a long, never-ending quest.” – Mario Bursztein Mario Bursztein creates a visual language exploring the formal constructs of art and the […]

The Face of Intrigue: A Conversation with Tabitha Whitley

AV-Summer2015-TabithaWhitley_1 July 2015 Written by Jill Thayer, Ph.D. for ARTVOICES Magazine, Summer Issue “I believe painting something because you enjoy doing it is best reason to.” ~ Tabitha Whitley Growing up in New York City, Tabitha Whitley explores the cultural narratives of identity construction and interconnection. Her aesthetic sensibilities bring a confluence of fashion, science, and anthropology that […]

The Quotidian Landscape: A Conversation with Susan Stillman

June 2015 Written by Jill Thayer, Ph.D. for ARTVOICES Magazine, Summer Issue “Light has always been a major protagonist for me. The most ordinary scenes of everyday life are transformed by its evanescence, and something overlooked can momentarily turn into an image that demands to be captured.”       The landscape paintings of Susan Stillman are a confluence […]

The Aesthetic of Reflexivity – Interview with Helidon Xhixha

Helidon Xhixha_The Aesthetic of Reflexivity by Jill Thayer PhD See also: “Helidon Xhixha–Sculpting Light.” By Jill Thayer, Ph.D. Contributing Writer, ARTDISTRICTS FLORIDA Magazine NO. 33, December 2014 – January 2015 My sculptures react to the different exposure to light. They are influenced by the tone of light they are exposed to. Whether natural or artificial, light plays […]