June 30, 2013

Beach reading for artists

I like artist protagonists, and this year the following three novels and a short, entertaining guide to modern poetry written by David Orr, the poetry reviewer at the New York Times Book Review are on my summer reading list. For readers interested in the connection between poetry and art,  Raphael Rubinstein has contributed an excellent project this month to Art in America, which, unfortunately, isn't posted on the AiA website, but definitely worth a read.

June 29, 2013

Invitation: 1717 Troutman

Reminder: A slew of openings (and closings) will be underway from 6 to 9 tonight at 1717 Troutman, and I'll be playing host in Studio #220 at Parallel Art Space--it's the last weekend to see "What I like About You." 

June 21, 2013

Andrew Ginzel's list of selected NYC shows and events

July1, 2013: SOME but not all NYC SELECTED SHOWS TO SEE  / Listed south to north. Compiled by artist Andrew Ginzel for his students at the School of Visual Arts. Note: Many venues are on special summer hours. Please inquire before going out of your way. Andrew Ginzel is on summer hiatus and will be back in September with another list of exhibitions.

Image at top:  Mira Dancy @ Kansas in Tribecca

June 18, 2013

EMAIL: Jason Irla on Detroit

The other night after I saw Detropia, a moving documentary about post-industrial America and Detroit's dire financial crisis, I advised on Twitter that MFA grads should consider moving there to help revitalize the city because there's plenty of cheap space and grant funding is available. And remember how many artists from Detroit were included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial? Detroit native Jason Irla, a faculty member at the University of Maine, suggested otherwise. After a long back and forth via Twitter, he sent me this note, which he agreed to share with readers.

Image above: Jason Murphy, A Spanish Father and an Italian Mother# 2, 2012, enamel and fabric, 81 x 85 1/2 inches.

June 15, 2013

Road trip: Skateboards and street art in Beacon, NY

A couple years ago while churning out crafting artist profiles for Artsy, I discovered that the Art Center College of Design illustration program is an incubator for talented street artists, so I wasn't surprised to learn this week that recent ACC grad Randy Aragon is having a show at Tastes Like Chicken, Matt Held's new skateboard shop/art gallery in Beacon, NY, specializing in that particular brand of tatoo/street style.

Susan Bee movies

Her game was bright, vivid paintings inspired by film noir stills. She loaded her canvases with swirling Ab-Ex tropes. Casual viewers could take them for cheerful. They’d be wrong. A girl gingerly approaching a man who’s holding a paring knife, a doll slapping a rake in the kisser, two gimlet-eyed dames waiting in a car for trouble—all the color in the world couldn’t stifle the want or the fear in these paintings. That was the point. Look at them, sure, she said, but then drink them in.

June 14, 2013

Art forgery ring specializing in Russian avant-garde busted

I love a good story about art forging.

Catherine Hickley reported on Bloomberg yesterday that police in Wiesbaden, Mainz, Stuttgart, Munich, Hamburg and Cologne raided 28 apartments, business premises, depots and art galleries, seizing more than 1000 items and arresting two people when they busted an international forgery ring specializing in work by Russian avant-garde artists such as Kazimir Malevich and Wassily Kandinsky.

June 9, 2013

The Portrait Tradition

The triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition winners are on display the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, and readers will  undoubtedly recognize work by friends and colleagues. Of more than 3000 submissions, 48 pieces were selected, including a remarkable large-scale drawing by Ray DiCapua, a faculty member at the University of Connecticut. Although the official competition winners have already been selected, the museum is encouraging participation via phone app in the People's Choice Awards through September 21.

Ray DiCapua, Marie, charcoal on paper, 60 x 84 inches.

June 7, 2013

Elena Berriolo: 3-dimensional line

New York-based artist  Elena Berriolo has created many sculptures and installations and, since 2009, she has worked exclusively in the book format, performing while producing books on the sewing machine. The other night at Susan Eley Fine Art, Berriolo recited the thoughtful statement below while sewing on a heavy-duty sewing machine. After Berriolo spoke, poet Mónica De La Torre read a witty essay about line, and by the end of the performance, a new book had been created.

Excerpt: Richard Tuttle on fashion and eternity

"As a collector of [Johann Christian] Reinhart's work, I am aware how he is seen as a transitional figure between the light of the Enlightenment and the dark of Romanticism," Richard Tuttle writes in the Reinhart exhibition catalogue essay he wrote for the show (discussed yesterday here) at Pocket Utopia.

Richard Tuttle, Air in Water, 2012. Drawing element: metallic acrylic paint and graphite on acid free bond paper sculptural element: bass wood, nylon stocking, paverpol and paverplast paint, 58-1/2 x 18-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches, overall installation dimensions drawing element: 9 x 6 inches; sculptural element: 3-1/4 x 1-3/4 x 4 inches.

June 6, 2013

Curated by Richard Tuttle?? Yes.

Pallazzola, Johann Christian Reinhart’s etching posted above, shows the view over Lago Albano toward the convent of Sta. Maria ad Nives di Palazzolo, and, in the distance, the Monto Cavo, the ancient site of a temple of Jupiter. Like all of Reinhardt's beautiful etchings on view through Sunday at Pocket Utopia, this one from 1792 is painstakingly drawn and printed, depicting small figures in a picturesque landscape among ruins and monuments. 

June 4, 2013

Andrew Ginzel's list of selected NYC shows and events

June 4, 2013: SOME but not all NYC SELECTED SHOWS TO SEE  / Listed south to north. Compiled by artist Andrew Ginzel for his students at the School of Visual Arts. [Note: Images  selected by Two Coats of Paint.]

Image above:  Vincent Como @ Minus Space in DUMBO. Como used thin glazest to build up the deep, highly reflective finish in this series that references Milton's Paradise Lost. As the candles burn and the wax drips, it looks like new drawings are created below.

June 3, 2013

More painting IRL: Bushwick Open Studios, part 2

Thanks to the artists who generously opened their studios and also to the galleries that mounted exhibitions and events--I only got to a small fraction this year. If I didn't get to yours, I'll put you on the list for 2014. For readers who haven't had enough 2013 Bushwick Open Studios coverage, check out Part I  as well as the images below.

Lisa Corrine Davis's elegant paintings @ 1717 Troutman are inspired by maps, portraits, and  complexes of digitized information. Image above: Delirious Network, 2013, oil on panel, 48 x 64 inches.

June 2, 2013

Painting IRL: 2013 Bushwick Open Studios

Yesterday I spent the afternoon rambling around Bushwick Open Studios, visiting artists who have been featured in the blog over the past few years, checking out new work, and catching up with friends and readers. After spending the previous day at Real Art Ways in a darkened theater with  Denise Markonish (Curator at MASS MoCA) and Carl E. Hazlewood (Curator, Writer, Artist and co-founder of Aljira: A Center for Contemporary Art, in Newark, NJ) selecting work for the 2013 Step Up series, it was a pleasure to see so much work IRL.

Image above: Painting by Corydon Cowansage, @ Harbor, 1717 Troutman Street

June 1, 2013

Triangular: Andrew Seto and Deborah Dancy

Isoceles, equilateral, scalene, right, obtuse, acute and equilateral. The humble triangles that we all studied in geometry figure prominently in contemporary abstraction, particularly in Andrew Seto and Deborah Dancy's recent work.

 Deborah Dancy, Burned Bridges and Other Misfortunes, 2013, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches.

Andrew Seto, MMM, 2013, oil on canvas, 11 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches.