Yoshiaki Mochizuki’s shifting light

Contributed by Will Fenstermaker / When the light shifts, Yoshiaki Mochizuki’s paintings come alive. Surfaces that seem like dull mirrors shift into prismatic events as light is corralled in the gouged layers of gesso and moon gold leaf. Exhibited at Marlborough’s Chelsea location, the paintings are untitled, but the show itself, “Summer Solstice,” takes its … read more… “Yoshiaki Mochizuki’s shifting light”

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Email: Report from a colonial farm

Brece Honeycutt, a friend and colleague who divides her time between New York and a farm at the foot of the Berkshires in Massachusetts, recently sent a newsy update about what she’s been doing in her barn-studio on the farm. Honeycutt is fascinated by the lives of the people who lived there before she and … read more… “Email: Report from a colonial farm”

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Eric Aho shadows his father at the New Britain Museum

The energetic paint handling in Eric Aho’s work is like a shot of adrenaline for contemporary painters. In a solo exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art, Aho presents a selection of paintings (many of which were shown at DC Moore last year) that fuse portraiture and landscape, as well as a new … read more… “Eric Aho shadows his father at the New Britain Museum”

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MTA Arts Spotlight: Faith Ringgold at 125th Street Station

From the MTA website: “Flying Home: Harlem Heroes and Heroines is a mosaic mural that honors Harlem notables and makes them fly. The mural on one platform depicts performers, painters, and sports figures like Dinah Washington, Sugar Ray Robinson, and Josephine Baker. The opposite platform shows leaders like Malcolm X and writer Zora Neale Hurston, … read more… “MTA Arts Spotlight: Faith Ringgold at 125th Street Station”

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Scrapbook: The Outer Cape experience

Last week I went to Cape Cod, where I had paintings in an exhibition at the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill. I enjoyed participating in a panel discussion that they had organized, and also managed to check out some galleries in Provincetown and visit a couple studios. I put together a scrapbook … read more… “Scrapbook: The Outer Cape experience”

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Berlin postcard: Edmund de Waal’s rich austerity measures

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson /Edmund de Waal’s pensive exhibition, recently up at Galerie Max Hetzler in Berlin, was inspired by the artist’s intensive reading of German Jewish philosopher and critic Walter Benjamin’s Berlin Childhood Around 1900. Benjamin, who committed suicide in 1940 at age 48 while fleeing the Nazis, grew up in the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf borough … read more… “Berlin postcard: Edmund de Waal’s rich austerity measures”

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Cheat sheet: Summer group shows (and what curators are writing about them)

Often curated by artists, summer group shows provide a window into the hive mind. Accordingly, I’ve put together a short list of exhibitions that are organized around the themes and ideas that artists are talking about in current conversations. Excerpts from press releases are included, and in case readers can’t make it to the galleries–summer … read more… “Cheat sheet: Summer group shows (and what curators are writing about them)”

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Lucio Fontana’s ghost: Amy Feldman, Maximilian Schubert, Alan Wiener at 11R

In 1947, Lucio Fontana (Italy, 1988-1968) launched the Movimento Spaziale in Italy. The movement was primarily concerned with the utilization of neon, radio, television to make innovative art, but Fontana’s investigation also led to a series of monochromatic canvases that he slashed with razor cuts. For Fontana, the cuts incorporated a new realism that went … read more… “Lucio Fontana’s ghost: Amy Feldman, Maximilian Schubert, Alan Wiener at 11R”

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Hilma af Klint at Serpentine Gallery: Sustenance and Possibility

Contributed by Barbara Campbell Thomas / I first laid eyes on the work of Hilma af Klint (Stockholm, 1862-1944) in 1999, while an MFA student at the University of California at Berkeley. Towards the end of a particularly fruitful studio visit, that day’s visiting artist gifted gave me with a copy of the catalogue for … read more… “Hilma af Klint at Serpentine Gallery: Sustenance and Possibility”

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Meet the new Bob Ross: Clara Lieu and ART PROF

I recently received an email from Clara Lieu, an adjunct professor in the Illustration program at RISD. Lieu has partnered with Thomas Lerra, a manager at WGBH Digital in Boston, to produce ART PROF: Visual Art Essentials, a video series aimed at teaching traditional art making skills to high school students. They are in the … read more… “Meet the new Bob Ross: Clara Lieu and ART PROF”

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