Art Historians, Curators, and Critics Donald Kuspit, Anthony Haden-Guest, and Bruce Helander form a panel to discuss and review the abstract expressionist Art by J. Steven Manolis, exhibited at the Coral Springs Museum of Art.


Critical Acclaim:

Collectors, Artists, Critics and friends share their thoughts on the artwork of J. Steven Manolis gathered and shared here in this pdf excerpt from Manolis' book "Painting Vermillion Red II" celebrating his solo museum exhibition at the John A. Day Art Gallery at the Warren M. Lee Center For The Fine Arts at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD.


Highlighted Quotes from Critics and Writers:

The splendid art of J. Steven Manolis is exactly that. Each and every piece generates an energy that is at once explosively physical and evidence of a sharp mind at work. Like the birth of a world.
— Anthony Haden-Guest, Leading Art Critic
Indeed, Manolis’ color-saturated abstractions breathe fresh life–fresh feeling–into abstract expressionism... He’s a modern master...
— Donald Kuspit, Leading Art Critic
J. Steven Manolis, following in the path of his teacher, the great colorist Wolf Kahn, uses color ebulliently and expressively in his abstract compositions. Small paintings spur his imagination and initiate his large-scale watercolor and acrylic paintings. Manolis’ work evokes the spirit of nature and a life in which color matters.
— Annette Blaugrund, PHD, Independent Curator, Former Director of the National Academy Museum
We shouldn’t need the Warhol quote to remind us that Bohemia, for all its seductive folklore, is not the only livable workspace in the art world, nor that the art-making brain and deal-making brain may sometimes coexist within the same skill. The J. Steven Manolis story adds a dimension to this narrative. An artist with a business head? No surprise. An artist who creates a radical business model? Surprise.
— Anthony Haden-Guest, Leading Art Critic
When I first discovered the abstract expressionist work of Miami-based painter J. Steven Manolis several years ago, I immediately saw in his art a special gift that seemed to enhance all his other attributes for attaining serious recognition and monetary success. It seems that everything positive is happening to Manolis, as his fast-paced profession skyrockets with accolades and prestigious exhibitions, gaining the thrust, inertia and power that correlates to a rocket ship taking off...
— Bruce Helander, Leading Art Critic
Manolis invites us to immerse ourselves in living nature and vibrant color – passionately perceive them, submit to them, as he does… Manolis is libidinously invested in color, that is, his art bespeaks the pleasure principle, which as Freud said, functions ‘to reduce psychic tension that has arisen from drives pressing for discharge’… Black is another color, as Matisse said, and Manolis’s mastery of black confirms that he is a modern master, more particularly, a modernisty, as his masterful responsiveness to his medium indicates, and with that an abstract expressionist… Indeed, Manolis’s color saturated abstractions breathe fresh life – fresh feeling – into abstract expressionism… They are as forceful as – and less forced than – the embittered gestures of the New York abstract expressionists – indeed, more naturally forceful because they are informed by nature’s spontaneous force rather than human suffering. Manolis’s Miami abstract expressionism is a welcome relief from New York abstract expressionism, and just as authentic.
— Donald Kuspit, Leading Art Critic
J. Steven Manolis is one of the foremost practitioners of Abstract Expressionist today, his brilliant brushstrokes as bewitching as those of AbEx forefather Clyfford Still (originally from North Dakota). Manolis’ REDWORLD is a display of passion, productivity and powerful Technique.
— Elizabeth Sobieski, Leading Art Critic
Manolis shares a common DNA with other successful artists who have achieved great success and recognition and whose works have become valuable, and now are openly traded as investments. I once asked Robert Rauschenberg what was the secret of his success as an artist? He replied that there was no secret. An artist must have a deep inherent natural talent and work like crazy seven days a week. Manolis works eight.
— Bruce Helander, Leading Art Critic