Miami, Part III: Heather Leigh McPherson attends a Bomb discussion, Untitled

Guest Contributor Heather Leigh McPherson / After a Saturday filled with manic art-spectating energy, I went to Untitled and attended a late afternoon panel at Select Art Fair, which presented a moment of reflection and listening. Moderated by artist, curator, and BOMB contributing editor Legacy Russell, The Artist, The Writer: A Conversation Between Creative Identities … read more… “Miami, Part III: Heather Leigh McPherson attends a Bomb discussion, Untitled”

Miami, Part II: Heather Leigh McPherson Reports on NADA

Guest Contributor Heather Leigh McPherson / I spent twenty-six hours awake in Miami Beach. I gave Art Basel the once-over, had a long look at the NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance) Fair, attended a panel hosted by Legacy Russell at Select Art Fair, and flew through Untitled in the fifty-two minutes before the guards started … read more… “Miami, Part II: Heather Leigh McPherson Reports on NADA”

IMAGES: Heather Leigh McPherson

Obsessive second-guessing, arguments with herself, and indecision all figure prominently in Heather Leigh McPherson’s painting process. A few weeks ago I stopped by her post-industrial-park Providence studio to check out her stunning new series of large-scale paintings. The brightly-colored, hovering mask-like images in her new work speak to the disconnect between who we are, who … read more… “IMAGES: Heather Leigh McPherson”

Email: The deCordova Museum’s 2016 Biennial

The deCordova Museum’s Biennial exhibition in Lincoln, Massachusetts, is one of the most prestigious group shows in New England. Curators Jennifer Gross (soon departing) and Sarah Montross made 120 studio visits throughout the region and chose artists from each of the six states—Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Their aim was to … read more… “Email: The deCordova Museum’s 2016 Biennial”

Big plans: The 2015 Miami fairs

HELL YES, the Miami art fairs are just around the corner! As usual, Art Basel Miami Beach–the biggest of the fairs, with 250 of the most affluent international galleries in attendance–will set up shop in the Miami Beach Convention Center from December 3-6. The smaller fairs–Scope Miami, Miami Project, PULSE Miami Beach, NADA, Fridge, Art … read more… “Big plans: The 2015 Miami fairs”

Rupturing the picture plane, rethinking materials

“PAINTING @ THE VERY EDGE OF ART,” an engaging exhibition at UConn’s Contemporary Art Galleries (CAG) on view through December 4, asks the seemingly perpetual question of what constitutes painting. The selected artists come up with compelling, idiosyncratic answers that curator Barry A. Rosenberg considers near the “edge” of the conventional art practice. For him, … read more… “Rupturing the picture plane, rethinking materials”

Report: “Command-Z” at Improvised Showboat

Improvised Showboat, a curatorial project developed by artists Zachary Keeting and Lauren Britton, mounted its seventh one-night show this past weekend in my new DUMBO studio at 55 Washington Street. I gave Keeting and Britton the basic idea: “Command-Z” would include work that reflected our increasing devotion to digital tools and online life. They combined … read more… “Report: “Command-Z” at Improvised Showboat”

Gratitude, Favorites from 2014, Predictions for 2015

Last 2014 snap from the studio in LIC. Happy New Year! I recently read an article (thanks to Sharon Louden for bringing my attention to it on Twitter) that suggested the most common mistake artists make is forgetting to thank the people who have helped them. Thus, my first task of 2015 is to thank … read more… “Gratitude, Favorites from 2014, Predictions for 2015”

Miami, Part IV: Rebecca Morgan’s eye on the figurative (and a bit of abstraction)

Guest Contributor Rebecca Morgan / The Miami fairs constitute true spectacle. I enjoyed watching it happen from a safe distance, and found it even more exhilarating to be present and in the thick of it all. The general atmosphere across the fairs and social scenes throughout the week was congenial and bright, celebratory and effervescent. … read more… “Miami, Part IV: Rebecca Morgan’s eye on the figurative (and a bit of abstraction)”