August 28, 2014

Last chance: Summer shows in Hudson and Beacon


Continuing my roadtrip north of the city, I headed west from the Berkshires to Hudson and Beacon, two more towns that have absorbed many exhausted Brooklyn artists who have decided to join art communities elsewhere. In Hudson, John Davis has notably expressive solo painting shows by Matt Blackwell, Judith Simonian, Kathy Osborn, and Angela Dufresne. Jeff Bailey, settled in his new blue clapboard townhouse down Warren Street from Davis, offers "Tossed," a clever group show co-curated by artists Jennifer Coates and Rachel Schmidhofer. And in Beacon, I finally made a visit to Matteawan, Karlyn Benson's smart young gallery that often features Brooklyn artists.

[Image: Matt Blackwell, Pulling your Leg, 2007-2014, acrylic & oil on canvas, 36 36 inches.]

August 27, 2014

Outside the city: Great Barrington


Last week I took a couple days off and drove up to Massachusetts. In Sheffield, I stopped by the Colonial Farm to catch up with with Brece Honeycutt, then took in two excellent shows in Great Barrington, the next town over, at Susan Jennings and Slink Moss's new gallery, LABSpace, and the esteemed Geoffrey Young Gallery.

[Image: Black Lake, Help Others, 2014, paint, marker, acrylic, lead, glass, colored pencil, foil on board, 14 x 11 inches.]

August 26, 2014

Studio visit: EJ Hauser


One of the best things about spending summer in the city is having more time for leisurely studio visits with other artists. Recently I stopped by EJ Hauser's spacious studio in Sunset Park to check out her new work. Hauser was the artist-in-residence last year at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, where she concentrated on portable media such as drawing, digital imagery and small paintings. Back in Brooklyn, many of the images and ideas she developed during the residency are now emerging on larger canvases.

[Image: Studio snap. At left: small drawings on paper. At right: Sevencup, 2014, oil on canvas, 70 x 70 inches.]

August 25, 2014

North Adams news



Peter Dudek is moving from his longtime Pittsfield studio to a cavernous Beaver Mill space in North Adams, where space is cheap. But before he goes, he's having a big open studio on Saturday, August 30, from 12-5pm. Stop by 2 Fenn Street, second floor, Pittsfield, MA, and say hello. Buy something so he doesn't have to move it. Call 917-568-3712 for more info.

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Speaking of North Adams, Mass MOCA just got a $25.4 million grant from the state and plans to double their space. Clearly Massachusetts understands how supporting and investing in the arts generates economic growth. Perhaps artists demoralized by New York real estate woes should consider relocating to North Adams. Read more  here. 

Image above: Installation of Anselm Keifer's paintings in MASS MoCA's new 10,000 square-foot building dedicated to his work.

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August 16, 2014

Inspired by fiction: Recurrence at Fridman



"In this world where every object was thrown away at the slightest sign of breakage or aging, at the first dent or stain, and replaced with a new and perfect substitute, there was just one false note, one shadow: the moon. It wandered through the sky naked, corroded, and gray, more and more alien to the world down here, a hangover from a way of being that was now outdated," Italo Calvino wrote in "Daughters of the Moon," a short story originally published in 1968 and reprinted in 2009 in The New Yorker. This passage was the starting point for "Recurrence," a thoughtful group exhibition curated by Luisa Aguilar Solis and Georgia Horn at Fridman Gallery that considered cycles of consumption and obsolescence.

[Image: Edgar Arceneaux, A Four Dimensional City Casts a Two Thousand Mile Shadow. Two Wedges and Two Long Shadows, 2014, acrylic, chalk pastel, vinyl, and enamel on paper 23.50 x 29.50 inches.]

ON FILM: Hedge priest as anachronistic hero



Guest contributor Jonathan Stevenson / John Michael McDonagh’s blackly satirical film Calvary, set in rural County Sligo in northwest Ireland, doesn’t lack ambition: it tackles the creeping nihilism of the twenty-first century. The scene that most incisively represents the phenomenon involves a rich Irishman drunkenly peeing on Holbein the Younger’s The Ambassadors (pictured above), which he owns and is worth millions, as Father James Lavelle, the local priest, looks on in bemused disgust. Here, as in many other films, great art is freighted with deep significance. The painting itself depicts a landowner and a bishop separated by an unplayable lute, symbolizing tension between secular and religious authorities. Beyond that, the film casts art as a major casualty of cultural decadence and its denigration as a metaphor for religious and philosophical decay. While the bones of civilization – religions, countries, nations – may appear intact, its flesh is rotting from faithlessness, corrupted ideology, and reflexive default to mere gratification. Hence millionaires urinate on masterpieces.

August 8, 2014

Steve Turner Gallery responds to the post about Jonas Lund's Flip City




I had an idea after posting the "Flip City" update on Tuesday to buy one of Jonas Lund's paintings and put it up for auction. Why, I wondered, shouldn't artists get in on the action? As my dear father Dudley used to say: buy low, sell high.


August 5, 2014

Update: Jonas Lund and Flip City

 

UPDATE: Steve Turner Gallery responds--> http://www.twocoatsofpaint.com/2014/08/steve-turner-gallery-responds-to-post.html

Remember "Flip City," Jonas Lund's June solo exhibition at Steve Turner in LA that featured a series of process-based abstract paintings created as flip bait for speculator-collectors?

[Image at top: Flip City 18, 2014, digital painting on canvas, gel medium and GPS tracker, 50 x 40 inches.]

August 4, 2014

New Image Painters challenge Zombie Formalists


Galleries are trying to spread the news: dour Zombie Formalism is out; pop-inflected, often casualist, representational imagery is in. This summer Jesse Greenberg and MacGregor Harp of Brooklyn's 247365 organized "Don't Look Now" at Zach Feuer, a group show suggesting that a renewed interest in traditional genres--portrait, still life, landscape--is thriving within the painting community. Later this month a similar exhibition titled "New Image Painting" opens at Shane Campbell in Chicago.

[Image above: Torey Thornton]

August 2, 2014

Selected work: Chelsea

Without Andrew Ginzel's List (on hiatus until September) and Facebook (recently deactivated), I've been left on my own to figure out what shows are out there this summer. Recently I've begun using NY Art Beat, an iPhone app that lists galleries by neighborhood. Gallery go-ers can review shows, bookmark them, and then view all the bookmarked locations on a handy map (my map is posted at right), making afternoon planning much easier. Apparently Walter Robinson had the same list of things-to-see on Tuesday because he had signed into all the gallery guest books right before I did. Alas, we never bumped into each other.







Exhibitions featured (Click links for full exhibition statements and images):

"All a tremulous heart requires," co-curated by Brad Hajzak. ZieherSmith,New YOrk, NY. Through August 15, 2014.

"Displayed," curated by Matthew Higgs. Anton Kern, New York, NY. Through August 22, 2014.

"Jeffrey Courtland Jones: Did I See You See Me (In a New Light)," Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY. Through August 29, 2014.

"Justine Hill: Pick and Place,"  Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY. Through August 29, 2014. 

"Paintings on Paper," David Zwirner, New York, NY. Through August 15, 2014.

"Conversations," curated by Sharon Louden. Morgan Lehman, New York, NY. Through August 22, 2014.

"About a Mountain," curated by Holly Jarrett. Asya Geisberg, New York, NY. Through August 15, 2014.

"Carl Ostendarp: Blanks," Elizabeth Dee, New York, NY. Through September 6, 2014.

"Jodie Manasevit and Eric Dever," Berry Campbell, New York, NY. Through August 9, 2014. 

"JJ Manford and Max Razdow: Through Every Leaf," Freight + Volume, New York, NY. Through August 16, 2014.

"Another Look at Detroit, Parts I and II" curated by Todd Levin. Two locations: Marianne Boesky and Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY. Through August 8, 2014.

Gone but not forgotten:

"Franklin Evans: paintingassupermodel," Ameringer McEnery Yohe, New York, NY. Through August 1, 2014.

"Don't Look Now," organized by Jesse Greenberg and MacGregor Harp of 247365. Zach Feuer, New York, NY. Through July 26, 2014. Thanks for letting me have a look even though the show was over.

"Joan Mitchell: The Black Drawings and Related Works 1964-1967," Lennon Weinberg, New York, NY. Through June 28, 2014. Thanks for taking me upstairs to see these drawings even though the show had been down for a month. Time flies in the summer.


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