November 3, 2011

Quick study

Rosemary Trockel, Untitled, 1986, ink on lined notebook paper, 8 1/8 x 5 3/4"


SUPERDIGIT: EJ Hauser blogs about Rosemary Trockel, an artist who challenged concepts of sexuality, culture, and artistic production. I love this drawing (above) she ran with the post.
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From the November issue of The Brooklyn Rail: Phong in conversation with Josephine Halvorson, Stephanie Buhman on Stephen Mueller, John Yau on Barbara Takenaga,  Linnea Kniaz on Tamara Zahaykevich, and plenty more.


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Karen Archey writes about  Toomer Labzda a new gallery on Forsyth Street in the Lower East Side.

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Catching up on old reading: Cabinet summer issue's intriguing theme is forgetting. Kind of ironic that I forgot to read it until this week. HIGHLY recommended.


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Robert Armstrong, "Island," 2006.


Structure and Imagery: Paul Behnke posts images of Robert Armstrong's beautiful landscape paintings from a 2007 show at Kevin Kavanagh Gallery in Dublin (image above).


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Hyperallergic: The 2011 Edition of the 20 Most Powerless People in the Art World. "It was a hard year to figure out who the powerless actually were — there were just too many of them — but don’t worry, we gave it a shot."


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VVORK:  A link to “Buster," a brilliant 2011 Kate Gilmore video that features a lot of broken containers, bare feet and paint.


Grant E. Hamilton, “What We Are Coming To: Judge’s Combination Apartment–House of the Future” cartoon from Judge, February 16, 1895 magazine, courtesy of the Maison d’Ailleurs.


New England Journal of Aesthetic Research: Greg Cook checks out Building Expectation: Past and Present Visions of Architectural Future at Brown University (image above). Great illustrations of skyscrapers and transportation. Let's make drawings of the future.


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My crone role model: Joan Didion, who recently published Blue Nights, a memoir that examines childrearing, illness, and growing old, was everywhere yesterday. Interviewed on both Leonard Lopate and Terry Gross,  Didion stopped by Paula Cooper for a book signing at the end of the day. She says she never realized she was aging until suddenly she was (gasp) old. I think most artists are the same way.


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Sell art books in London?
"You must have the imagination and drive to help transform, a traditional, high end bookshop selling both new and antiquarian art books, into the modern idiom. The right candidate will be encouraged and be expected to take on a significant degree of responsibility. You will be involved in everything from generating sales to the organization of the business. Supervision and delegation of staff and the day to day running of our prestigiousbook shop are all part of this remit."


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 Joan Mitchell's last painting, "MERCI," 1992, oil on canvas diptych, 110 1/4 x 141 1/2."


I finished reading the Joan Mitchell bio, Lady Painter, this week. Talk about a high-functioning alcoholic. Thirteen paintings from her final years (1985-1992) will be on view at Cheim & Read through January 4, 2012. Opening reception tonight from 6-8pm.


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And, finally,  check out two painters' videos recently submitted to Two Coats TV. Nicole Collins creates a stop-motion animation while she paints (embedded above), and Australian-born, Paris-based Anthony White talks about paintings he made while on a residency in Leipzig, Germany.


Note: Please make videos about your process (crappy phone videos encouraged) and submit them to Two Coats TV!


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3 comments:

I want to read Lady Painter. What are your thoughts on her last painting?

Hi Brian--
I love to see a painter's last painting, especially when the painter had a long, productive painting life. Joan Mitchell's is no exception. The biography is excellent.
--Sharon

I'm reading Lady Painter now and think it's very good! It's hard to believe any of those artists back then had any time to paint with all the drinking and carousing going on.
A lot of great (I hope) artists' bios out now that I want to read...Krasner, Neel, and Van Gogh.

BTW thanks very much for the shout for S&I and Robert Armstrong's work---love his landscapes.

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