Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / January 18, 2018

After a productive winter break in the studio, the time has come to put the canvas down and check out other people’s work. Here’s a list of exhibitions, mostly painting, organized by neighborhood. I’m looking forward to seeing you out there. NOTE: For more comprehensive, all-media listings, readers should check out The List on artcritical and ARTGUIDE at artforum. Excellent phone apps like See Saw Gallery Guide and NYArtBeat allow you to bookmark exhibitions … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / January 18, 2018”

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Art and Film: Dedicated followers of fashion

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / In the brilliantly obtuse Phantom Thread, a paradoxically epic chamber piece, Paul Thomas Anderson explores the way in which romantic union constrains and energizes creativity. Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis, archly perfect in his purported swan song) is a creepily narcissistic and unctuous haute-couture dressmaker. The House of Woodcock caters to … read more… “Art and Film: Dedicated followers of fashion”

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Studio Visit: James Rauchman

Contributed by Sharon Butler / We were born several years apart, but James Rauchman and I have the same severe late-February birthday. Babies born in the northeast during the dark, cold winter months are a hearty breed, and when I stopped by his Morningside studio in December, he and his partner had just bought a house in Vermont, where the … read more… “Studio Visit: James Rauchman”

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Jay Senetchko: A tale of two empires

Contributed by Dion Kliner / Looking from painting to painting at “The Course of a Distant Empire,” Jay Senetchko’s fine solo exhibition at Windsor Gallery in Vancouver, you might begin to recall the distinctly dissonant percussion in Tom Waits’s cheerfully ominous song as he plaintively asks, “What’s he building in there?” And then, “Where in its course does this … read more… “Jay Senetchko: A tale of two empires”

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Undergraduate Sketchbook: December 2017

About the artist: Phoebe Funderburg-Moore uses her sketchbook like a visual diary, reflecting on experiences and collecting her thoughts. Along with the sketchbook practice, Phoebe makes murals, comics, album covers, t-shirts, and more. She grew up in Philadelphia and currently studies music and art at Goucher College in Baltimore. Last year Phoebe went to Italy, where she studied art, learned Italian, and worked as an artist’s assistant. To … read more… “Undergraduate Sketchbook: December 2017”

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Laura Owens: So much fun

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Laura Owens’s mid-career survey at the Whitney Museum features more than 60 paintings, many large-scale and hung salon-style, from the mid-1990s until today. The work is all over the map, but Owens’s primary interest lies in fusing craft, doodling, sentimental greeting card and children’s book illustration, narrative, pop culture, and digital prints into a big happy mess. In the … read more… “Laura Owens: So much fun”

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On file: Leslie Brack at Cathouse Proper

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Offices were once equipped with typewriters, copy machines, and paperclips, and, of course, contained the files that organized and stored “paperwork.” Leslie Brack’s new paintings of well-worn metal file cabinet drawers, on view at Cathouse Proper’s new space in Carroll Gardens, evoke this forgotten past, in which information, rather than existing online forever, could … read more… “On file: Leslie Brack at Cathouse Proper”

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Lisa Beck: So-called opposites

“I am attracted to related visual phenomena like positive and negative, pattern and randomness, color and grayscale, flatness and depth, representation and abstraction. I always want to go in different directions at the same time and much of my work has involved trying to find ways to integrate these so-called opposites.” In her first solo … read more… “Lisa Beck: So-called opposites”

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Good incentive: Beth Dary’s drawing

Contributed by Sharon Butler / From a recent exhibition organized to raise money for  Chef Jose Andres’s World Central Kitchen’s relief efforts in Puerto Rico, I came home with two wonderful pieces, which I’ve decided to use as gifts for contributors to the 2017 Two Coats of Paint Year-end Fundraising campaign. The  first reader who makes a tax-deductible … read more… “Good incentive: Beth Dary’s drawing”

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Art & Film: Liquid asset in The Shape of Water

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Cult film auteur Guillermo del Toro, director and co-writer of the triumphant The Shape of Water, sees 1962, in which it is set, as a historical hinge point. It was the first (and last) full year of Kennedy’s Camelot and the final year of America’s perceived (if delusional) postwar idyll … read more… “Art & Film: Liquid asset in The Shape of Water”

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