Conversation: Jennifer Coates and EJ Hauser at PAFA

Jennifer Coates paints food–fast food, junk food–anything easy to make and portable. On the occasion of “Carb Load,” her compelling solo exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (her alma mater), Coates met with EJ Hauser, another PAFA alumna, to discuss painting, food, gratification, entoptic phenomenon, geometric hallucinations, and more. EJ Hauser: Hello, … read more… “Conversation: Jennifer Coates and EJ Hauser at PAFA”

Food and beverage art: Coates, FOODshed, Honeycutt, Beavers, and more

In the early 1990s, Rikrit Tiravanija began organizing exhibitions around cooking Thai food. A practitioner of what ultimately came to be known as Relational Aesthetics, Tiravanija was interested in the social interaction that revolved around cooking and eating. Today, artists are more likely to be thinking about our complex relationship with food itself–how we produce … read more… “Food and beverage art: Coates, FOODshed, Honeycutt, Beavers, and more”

Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / July 10, 2017

Our mid-summer selected exhibitions list, organized by neighborhood, is, well, blooming with group shows that feature flowers, gardens, and nature. For those of you who are out of town, perhaps tending your own patch of land or painting at an artists’ residency upstate, links are included for online browsing. For a full exhibition listing, make sure to check out “The List” at artcritical. 

A brief history of food as art

The latest issue of Smithsonian Journeys Travel Quarterly, called the “Atlas of Eating,” features travel articles related to food, such as “How Food Became Religion in Peru’s Capital City” and “The Humble Beginnings of Goulash.” Editor Jeff Bartholet invited me to contribute something about art and food, so I put together a short history of food’s appearance in art, but, … read more… “A brief history of food as art”

Interview: Crystal “Kitty” Shimski with Dennis Kardon

Guest contributor Crystal “Kitty” Shimski, widely admired in the art community as a freelance Intuitive Technique Specialist and part-time Trance Inducer. Kitty usually contributes our Horoscopes, but this month she has submitted an interview with Dennis Kardon, on the occasion of his solo exhibition at Valentine. As always, Kitty’s post has been transcribed by guest … read more… “Interview: Crystal “Kitty” Shimski with Dennis Kardon”

The Swerve: When gone-wrong goes right

In The Swerve, a 2012 Pulitzer prize-winning work of non-fiction (subtitle: How the World Became Modern), author Stephen Goldblatt looks at one man’s decision 600 years ago to publish an ancient Roman philosophical epic, On the Nature of Things. The epic poem, the only known work by Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius, suggested that gods … read more… “The Swerve: When gone-wrong goes right”

Final exam: Identify these unpublished images from the archive

UPDATE (February 14): Sorry that I took so long correcting the exams! The reader with the most correct answers is Deborah Brown, a result which doesn’t surprise us given the amazing number of images Debbie posts on Instagram and  Facebook from shows she visits. Congratulations Debbie–we’re looking forward to working with you on a post … read more… “Final exam: Identify these unpublished images from the archive”

Your January Horoscope! by Crystal “Kitty” Shimski

Transcribed by guest contributor Jennifer Coates /  Kitty divides her time between New York City and Montauk. She is a freelance Intuitive Technique Specialist and part-time Trance Inducer. She was recently certified in Trauma Re-alignment and holds a dual Associates Degree in Breath Dancing for Painters and Creative Shock Control from the Online Academy of … read more… “Your January Horoscope! by Crystal “Kitty” Shimski”

Sharp and sardonic: Peter Saul at the Hall Art Foundation

Guest Contributor Joshua Sevits / The Hall Art Foundation in bucolic Reading, Vermont, is located in a faithfully restored stone farmhouse with three large barns, each of which has been turned into exhibition space. The barns now incongruously house a retrospective of Peter Saul’s Day-Glo paintings of giant combustive genitalia, serpentine poop, and uncompromisingly violent … read more… “Sharp and sardonic: Peter Saul at the Hall Art Foundation”

Your September Horoscope! by Crystal “Kitty” Shimski

Transcribed by guest contributor Jennifer Coates / Kitty divides her time between New York City and Montauk. She is a freelance Intuitive Technique Specialist and part-time Trance Inducer. She was recently certified in Trauma Re-alignment and holds a dual Associates Degree in Breath Dancing for Painters and Creative Shock Control from the Online Academy of … read more… “Your September Horoscope! by Crystal “Kitty” Shimski”