Fiction: The Hidden Masterpiece [Honore De Balzac]

Today marks the beginning of the Two Coats of Paint fiction column, a special summer section featuring short stories about artists, collectors, galleries, and other matters centered in the art world. To kick the series off, we present Balzac’s classic, “The Hidden Masterpiece.” Originally published in 1837 and set in the 1600s, the story is about an old painter named Frenhofer … read more… “Fiction: The Hidden Masterpiece [Honore De Balzac]”

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Invitation: A conversation about online arts writing at the National Arts Club

TONIGHT (May 23, 6pm): ART WORLD BUZZ, The Digital Shift, Where To Find the Latest Art Info; a panel discussion of online arts writing and its influences at The National Arts Club with Sharon Butler, David Cohen, Robert G. Edelman, Anthony Haden-Guest, and Kara Rooney Sharon Butler is a painter, arts writer, and publisher of influential art blog Two Coats of … read more… “Invitation: A conversation about online arts writing at the National Arts Club”

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Email gone wrong: Julian Hatton at Elizabeth Harris

To: Two Coats of Paint From: Julian Hatton Dear Brett: Just wondering how one enjoys a post on Two Coats of Paint?  My show is up at Elizabeth Harris (April 20-June 3) and I am scratching my head about getting the word out. With time I’ll get a handle on it, but am currently scrambling to … read more… “Email gone wrong: Julian Hatton at Elizabeth Harris”

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Update: Ryan McLaughlin

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Last time I saw a solo of Ryan McLaughlin’s endearing, small-scale paintings was in 2013 at Laurel Gitlen, a painting-friendly LES gallery that closed a little over a year ago. His enigmatic work, conjuring the dry, flat surfaces of 1940s easel-size abstraction, incorporates fragmented pieces of text, code, and other symbols. According to a recent email, Gitlen has … read more… “Update: Ryan McLaughlin”

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Images: DUMBO Open Studios

Contributed by Katie Fuller / Even though the weather this weekend wasn’t ideal, Dumbo Open Studios was well worth a visit. For readers who couldn’t make it, I’ve compiled a stack of images, featuring both work-in-progress and completed pieces. My collection, however, doesn’t even begin to cover all the participants, many of whom are established artists who rarely invite the public into their … read more… “Images: DUMBO Open Studios”

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Catalogue essay: Thomas Micchelli on Cordy Ryman

Note: This essay, written by artist and art writer Thomas Micchelli, originally appeared in the catalogue for “Free Fall,” Cordy Roman‘s 2017 solo show at Tower 49 Gallery. The eight-foot-long two-by-fours cascade down the wall from the farthest corner of Cordy Ryman’s double-height Sunset Park studio: wooden lengths in forest green, yellow green, emerald green, with … read more… “Catalogue essay: Thomas Micchelli on Cordy Ryman”

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Sustenance: Physically estranged from the art world, but not disconnected

In Mathews, a small town located on the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia, Justin Hunter Allen and Lucy Kirkman Allen run a small gallery that they call #FFFHEX, after the hexadecimal designation for white. Although they live in a rural area, they graduated from Cooper Union, have had a gallery space in Dallas, and subscribe to what they call “the white cube philosophy” that art should be presented … read more… “Sustenance: Physically estranged from the art world, but not disconnected”

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Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / May 7, 2017

As another semester winds down, some of us may be looking to visit a few outstanding shows before heading into the studio, out to the country, or back home for the summer. Two Coats has compiled a list of recommended exhibitions in New York, primarily of painting and organized by neighborhood, with handy links for those who prefer to do their gallery … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / May 7, 2017”

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Invitation: “Blue State” and “Inflation” at DUMBO Open Studios 2017

Can anyone stop thinking about politics these days? We can’t. For “Blue State,” an exhibition we organized for DUMBO Open Studios, May 13 & 14, 1-6pm, Two Coats of Paint has selected work that reflects our state of mind. Artists include Matthew Deleget (Minus Space Gallery), David Mann (Margaret Thatcher Projects), Helen O’Leary (Lesley Heller Workspace), and Two Coats founder Sharon Butler … read more… “Invitation: “Blue State” and “Inflation” at DUMBO Open Studios 2017″

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Marsden Hartley’s influences and ambition

Contributed by Sharon Butler / In the New York art community of the early 1900s, Marsden Hartley (born Lewiston, Maine 1877; died 1943 Ellsworth, Maine) found success elusive, and discovered, as almost all artists do, that developing a unique voice was a challenging proposition. He worked in New York, spent several years traveling to Europe, New … read more… “Marsden Hartley’s influences and ambition”

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