Commission: Lisa Hoke at Lavazza

When Lavazza built a new headquarters in Turin, Italy, they invited New York artist Lisa Hoke, who is known for her ambitious installations of ephemeral materials, to create a site-specific project. Spending more than a month on site, Hoke combined Lavazza’s vibrant packaging materials to create a sensational 51-foot installation in the showroom and lobby. The following interview about the … read more… “Commission: Lisa Hoke at Lavazza”

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Art and Film: Paul Schrader’s risky business

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Like an opaque work of conceptual art, writer-director Paul Schrader’s First Reformed is a high-risk venture, laden with the potential for artistic failure and embarrassment. But sometimes you just gotta say what the fuck. The risk paid off. The urgent nihilism of Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, which Schrader wrote, is on full … read more… “Art and Film: Paul Schrader’s risky business”

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Joan Snyder: The female presence

Contributed by Sharon Butler / A small selection of Joan Snyder’s vigorous prints is on view at Anders Wahlstedt Fine Art in Chelsea through May 24. Made between the 1970s and 2018, the prints combine vivid color, repeated text, incised line, and a love of experimentation that seasoned Snyder viewers will recognize, last seen in … read more… “Joan Snyder: The female presence”

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Barry Schwabsky and “The Divine Joke”

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Poet and art critic Barry Schwabsky curated a group show, on view at Anita Rogers through June 2, in the spirit of a Mina Loy essay in The Blind Man, a 1917 Dada journal of essays and poetry produced by Marcel Duchamp, Beatrice Wood and Henri-Pierre Roché. In the short piece Schwabsky references, Loy … read more… “Barry Schwabsky and “The Divine Joke””

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Angel Otero: Painting and the social landscape

Contributed by Eileen Jeng Lynch / Angel Otero’s paintings revealed new palettes and breadth in his recent exhibition at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. In “Angel Otero: Elegies,” six monumental hanging pieces and three works on paper were installed alongside three of Robert Motherwell’s lithographs and drawings, including Motherwell’s “Elegy”studies and an excerpt of an … read more… “Angel Otero: Painting and the social landscape”

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Katherine Bradford’s night vision

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Katherine Bradford’s latest paintings of swimmers and night skies seem to have a new sense of anxiety and dread. In previous work, she explored the fullness of feeling, wonder, and connection under a starry sky, but now, in work on view through June 2 at Adams and Ollman in Portland, Oregon, Bradford’s imagination seems to have taken a … read more… “Katherine Bradford’s night vision”

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Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / May 2018

  Contributed by Sharon Butler / After classes end (final crits this week!), but before everyone heads out of town for summer (hello Truro in June, Yaddo in July, tent in trunk just in case!), let’s check out some painting shows.  As usual, a more comprehensive, all-media listing, is available at The List on artcritical and in ArtForum’s ARTGUIDE. Excellent phone apps like See Saw … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / May 2018”

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Survey: Dumbo Open Studios 2018

Contributed by Katie Fuller / Dumbo Open Studios afforded me and many others a golden opportunity to catch up with familiar artists and also discover some completely new work. The larger installations ranged from the hive of artists in the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program and Smack Mellon’s Kentucky Derby Benefit Auction  to “Among Friends,” an inventive and widely inclusive group show and fundraising opportunity in Beth Dary’s studio that was inspired by Robert … read more… “Survey: Dumbo Open Studios 2018”

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Art and Film: Juliette Binoche is a painter on the prowl

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / In Let the Sunshine In (an awkward translation of the original title, Un Beau Soleil Interieur), French director Claire Denis’ gently flaying romantic comedy, Juliette Binoche plays Isabelle, a fiftyish divorced painter on the prowl, with her signature blend of obduracy and vulnerability. As an artist, she seems to live … read more… “Art and Film: Juliette Binoche is a painter on the prowl”

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Two Coats of Paint artist-in-residence: Craig Stockwell

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Noted New Hampshire painter  Craig Stockwell will be in residence at Two Coats of Paint from May 6 through May 12. A former resident in the Sharpe-Wallentas Studio Program, Craig is no stranger to DUMBO, and we’re looking forward to having him back for the week. In 2016-17, his work  was selected for the prestigious DeCordova Biennial, as well as the Northeast edition of New American Painting. After … read more… “Two Coats of Paint artist-in-residence: Craig Stockwell”

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