Joan Mitchell Foundation 2017 grants: Artist Images and links

The Joan Mitchell Foundation has recently named the recipients of their 2017 Painters and Sculptors Grant Program. The grant program, consideration by nomination only, awards 25 under-recognized artists $25,000 each year. This year’s roster includes: Leonardo Benzant , Ruth Buentello, Colin Chase, Pamela Council, Solomon Enos, Jes Fan, Ana Fernandez, jonathan paul gillette, Salvador Jiménez-Flores, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Riva Lehrer, Joel Longnecker, Michi Meko, Drew Michael, Arcmanoro Niles, Pat Phillips, Lucy Puls, Analia Segal, Rodrigo Valenzuela, Derrick Velasquez, Michael Wang, Dwayne Wilcox, Amanda Williams, Antoine Williams, Jenifer … read more… “Joan Mitchell Foundation 2017 grants: Artist Images and links”

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Quick study

Things we’ve been reading (besides the horrific news about our shrinking healthcare, the tax overhaul, sexual assault allegations, and the ongoing shit show known as the Trump administration): Gentrification protests at Laura Owens’s Whitney exhibition, Magic Praxis podcast with Susan Bee, art classes at Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba, the most expensive painting in the world, the theme … read more… “Quick study”

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Year-End Fundraising 2017: How you can help

Dear Readers, Two Coats of Paint began publishing in 2007, and this past year, thanks to your generous  tax-deductible contributions, ongoing support from advertisers, and subsidized rent from the Two Trees Cultural Space Subsidy Program, we have been able to continue for another year. Your funding enabled us to produce articles, pay contributors, promote our intern to a paid position, host resident artists, visit artists’ studios, … read more… “Year-End Fundraising 2017: How you can help”

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Warte für Kunst (Waiting for Art) in Kassel, Germany

Contributed by Loren Britton / When artist Melanie Vogel opened Warte für Kunst (Waiting for Art) in 2010 in Kassel, Germany, Vogel wanted to challenge the notion of what “good art” was. Located in a shabby red-walled tattoo studio that had been given a fresh coat of white paint, Warte für Kunst was a platform where Vogel envisioned an exchange between art and artists would take … read more… “Warte für Kunst (Waiting for Art) in Kassel, Germany”

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Email: Stop the sale, save the art at the Berkshire Museum

Peter Dudek, a sculptor who divides his time between Brooklyn and the Berkshires, sent an urgent note this week asking for Two Coats readers to help stop the Berkshire Museum from selling artwork from its collection: Dear Sharon, As widely reported, the attempted auction of the Berkshire Museum’s most important works from their collection has been temporarily paused. The art … read more… “Email: Stop the sale, save the art at the Berkshire Museum”

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Effects of chance: A conversation with Emily Berger

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Brooklyn painter Emily Berger is a masterful scumbler, dragging brushes of dry paint across panels to create scratchy horizontal bands of color. The wood grain of the panel peeks through, creating a sense of immediacy and improvisation. In her new work, the paint is thinly applied, and I get the sense that there aren’t any second … read more… “Effects of chance: A conversation with Emily Berger”

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Of Latino descent: “Radical Women” in LA

Contributed by Katarina Wong / The Getty recently launched Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a highly ambitious and rewarding initiative that explores Latin American and Latino art “in dialogue” with the city itself. More than 70 art institutions are participating, each offering their own take on the topic. One notable exhibition, among a field of exemplary shows, is Radical Women: … read more… “Of Latino descent: “Radical Women” in LA”

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Elizabeth Murray’s magnificent tensions

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Elizabeth Murray (1940–2007) was one of art’s gloriously purposeful paradoxes. Her work is irrepressibly bold yet insistently nuanced; liberated in spirit though domestically grounded in everyday objects; audaciously abstract but rigorously referential; simultaneously affirming and deconstructive; tightly composed while casually gestural. These magnificent tensions emerge in every blooming painting of … read more… “Elizabeth Murray’s magnificent tensions”

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Didier William: The unblinking eye

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Stopping by Didier William’s studio in Philadelphia recently, I was surprised and impressed to find that his colorful abstract paintings had taken a darker, more figurative turn. Born in Haiti in 1983 and raised in Miami, William told me that since the Trayvon Martin killing, he has felt a new … read more… “Didier William: The unblinking eye”

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A three-hour tour: Selected Bushwick galleries

As some readers may remember, I went to the University of Connecticut for my MFA degree, and until last year, I taught an MFA seminar up in Storrs. These days my schedule doesn’t allow taking those beautiful foliage tours up to Storrs each week, so I invited the first- and second-year students for an afternoon tour of galleries … read more… “A three-hour tour: Selected Bushwick galleries”

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