A preview: 2017 Bushwick Open Studios

Bushwick Open Studios takes place this weekend, and we’ve gone through the BOS listings, Facebook posts, and our overstuffed inbox to select a few shows that will be of interest to painters. Our advice is not to worry about following a map–just go wander around and enjoy the day. Look for two posts next week from … read more… “A preview: 2017 Bushwick Open Studios”

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Art and Film: Aronofsky’s Bosch-esque mother!

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Albert Oehlen is perhaps foremost among visual artists seeking to capture the jangled frenzy of the Internet Age, having done so in virtuosic paintings that conveyed its sometimes frightening but often funny digital visitations into daily life and the everyday psyche. When his remarkable exhibition “Home and Garden” appeared at … read more… “Art and Film: Aronofsky’s Bosch-esque mother!”

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Artist’s Talk: Cable Griffith

Contributed by Cable Griffith / While making this work, I’ve tried to remind myself, and hopefully others, of the fundamental connection between everyone and everything. Nature is one word for it. Quantum mechanics describes an aspect of this connection on the particle level as “entanglement.” But we see much larger and more obvious expressions of … read more… “Artist’s Talk: Cable Griffith”

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Calvin Ross Carl’s post-internet confectionary wisdom

Contributed by Sharon Arnold / As I open the front door to Robert Yoder’s SEASON, a gallery housed in his beautifully renovated mid-century home, I’m greeted by a boisterous crowd. Seattle is a friendly arts community, excited by Portland artist Calvin Ross Carl’s new series of paintings. When I arrive, Calvin is holding court in … read more… “Calvin Ross Carl’s post-internet confectionary wisdom”

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Steve Greene’s afterimages

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Beat-up paper, runny ink, and crusty surfaces aren’t so prevalent now that preliminary studies can be more efficiently made on the computer and final images crafted without getting one’s hands too dirty or wasting paint. Steve Greene knows that but doesn’t care. Like a musician who prefers vinyl to CDs or downloads, he is … read more… “Steve Greene’s afterimages”

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Invitation: A Symposium on Contemporary Painting

Contributed by Sharon Butler / On Friday, September 15, the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art in Portland is hosting a symposium in conjunction with  “American Genre: Contemporary Painting,” a sprawling exhibition curated by Michelle Grabner. Please join us for the symposium, which will begin with morning coffee and an introduction by Grabner, and end … read more… “Invitation: A Symposium on Contemporary Painting”

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Gallery crawl in Hudson

Contributed by Suzanne Joelson / In Hudson, New York, among the soap shops and home furnishings boutiques are a few galleries where painting thrives, notably John Davis, Jeff Bailey, September, and Galerie Gris. The oldest of the group, John Davis, has shown esteemed painters such as Amenoff, Bradford, and Brickhouse and is first on my list. I’m curious to see what … read more… “Gallery crawl in Hudson”

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Andrea Belag: Making changes

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Andrea Belag is best known for making dark, stormy abstractions in which fat, translucent brushstrokes swoop and twist around large-scale canvases. In her solo at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, on view through October 15, the new paintings seem to have a sunnier disposition. She has replaced large canvases with midsize wooden panels, … read more… “Andrea Belag: Making changes”

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Openings: Selected exhibitions, September 2017

After a lazy August, we’re ready to get back to the galleries and see some paintings, the kind that are so new and fresh we can still smell the wet paint. This week, plan to go to Chelsea on Thursday (after First Thursday in DUMBO) and Bushwick on Friday. The Lower East Side galleries have openings scheduled every night. Let’s … read more… “Openings: Selected exhibitions, September 2017”

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documenta 14: The emotional thump

Contributed by Loren Britton / Banu Cennetoğlu‘s work in documenta 14 BEINGSAFEISSCARY cleverly rearranges and edits the building text from the Kassel Fridericianum’s façade into a statement that clairvoyantly points to the propositions and challenges of documenta 14. What are the stakes of “safety” when it comes to organizing in Germany a multi-country exhibition that engages … read more… “documenta 14: The emotional thump”

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