By Christian Franzen
Earlier this month I visited New York City with ten of my fellow CSULB painting BFA mates and our professor Tom Krumpak. Over the course of the trip we visited all the major museums and hundreds of galleries along the way. We were lucky enough to meet with 8 artists in their studios to discuss their work and how to make “being an artist” a doable thing in contemporary society. The trip was very eye opening to all the different possibilities the art world has to offer young artist. You just have to hustle.
Here we see artist Benjamin Degen talking with us about his process and inspirations behind his paintings.
This is me in front of Willem de Kooning’s famous work, Attic, which is house at the MET. Was great to see this painting in person. It has always been one of my favorites and seeing it up close really lended to the overall worked appeal that it possesses.
My friend and great painter Andrew Hansen admiring some famous soup cans at the Musuem of Modern Art.
Lastly, here is a great painting by Eric Fischl that they had up for the Whitney Museum's Painting From the 1980’s show. A massive painting depicting two desticitivley different scenarios on the Florida coast and seems to be just as relevant today as when it was painted.
Overall it was a fantastic experience and I can’t wait to make my way back to the city.