Art and Film: Claire Denis’ cosmic noir

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Claire Denis’ stupefyingly smart film High Life, the first she has directed in English, starts ahead of its main events, without any set-piece exposition, in and around a barren spacecraft inhabited by a father, his baby daughter, and zippered corpses that used to compose the rest of the crew. Robert … read more… “Art and Film: Claire Denis’ cosmic noir”

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Zilia Sánchez, surrounded by the sea

Contributed by Katarina Wong / In Zilia Sánchez’s retrospective currently on view at The Phillips Collection, a video shows her on the beach, casting one of her shaped paintings “Soy Isla (I Am an Island)” into the waves. This piece sets the tone for an exceptional exhibition from a fiercely independent artist. Born in Cuba in 1926, and … read more… “Zilia Sánchez, surrounded by the sea”

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Bobbie Oliver’s flood of associations

Contributed by Robin Hill / Stepping into Bobbie Oliver’s solo exhibition “Residuals” at High Noon triggers sensations of spaciousness, familiarity, and equanimity. Initially, the paintings invite narratives of how the residues of saturated, ultramarine pigment on canvas came to be, and to what genomes they belong — architecture, the body, the cosmos, the atmosphere, the petri dish? A flood … read more… “Bobbie Oliver’s flood of associations”

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Past, present, future: Lizbeth Mitty and Dana James

Contributed by Katie Hector / The handsome and evocative two-person show currently at M. David & Co. Gallery in Bushwick is the first public exhibition that Lizbeth Mitty and her daughter Dana James have had together. Yet, in retrospect, it seems to have been inevitable. Mitty grew up in Queens, and James was raised in … read more… “Past, present, future: Lizbeth Mitty and Dana James”

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Book report: Mary Gabriel’s Ninth Street Women

Contributed by Brece Honeycutt and Anne Lindberg / Mary Gabriel’s Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler – Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art (New York: Little Brown and Company, 2018) is a tour de force. The book explores many important phenomena from the period of 1929-1959, including the formation of … read more… “Book report: Mary Gabriel’s Ninth Street Women”

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Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: April 2019

UPDATED–April 14 / I want to give a quick shout out to DUMBO Open Studios, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, April 27 & 28, 1-6pm. Stephanie Theodore of Theodore:Art and I are co-curating an exhibition in the Two Coats HQ (aka my studio) of work made by artists born in 1959. Did you know that … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: April 2019”

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Sarah Slappey: Lurking in the underbrush

Contributed by Julia Monté / After “Night Feeding”, Sarah Slappey’s first solo exhibition in NYC at Crush Curatorial, I caught up with her to discuss her new work, a borrowed baby, and the shadows lurking in the lush, sometimes haunting, environments of her recent paintings. Tangles of arms, legs, and dripping breasts seem to nurture their surroundings, with pockets of light catching evidence of … read more… “Sarah Slappey: Lurking in the underbrush”

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Nancy Graves: Sorting the cosmic haze

Contributed by Jason Andrew / In 1959, British scientist and novelist C.P. Snow, struck by the inability of intellectuals and scientists to communicate and thereby to make sense of and tame nuclear weapons, delivered a lecture at Cambridge arguing that the divide between the sciences and the humanities was intensifying world’s problems. Two Cultures and … read more… “Nancy Graves: Sorting the cosmic haze”

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Interview: Delphine Hennelly at Carvalho Park

Contributed by Sangram Majumdar / A few weeks ago, on a crisp Sunday afternoon, I met Delphine Hennelly at Carvalho Park where her paintings are on display in “History Lessons,” a two-person show that includes woven pieces by Mimi Jung.  We talked about the performative nature of painting, the importance of open narratives, and how, sometimes, … read more… “Interview: Delphine Hennelly at Carvalho Park”

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Rebekah Callaghan: Meditations on light and time

Contributed by Bea Huff Hunter / “I think I’ve been making the same painting for a long time and it just keeps ending in a different place at a different point,” Rebekah Callaghan told painter Aubrey Levinthal in a 2015 interview in Title Magazine. The conversation focused on Callaghan’s process of working from her immediate surroundings – her home … read more… “Rebekah Callaghan: Meditations on light and time”

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