Studio visit with Kate Liebman

Contributed by Debbi Kenote / “I see myself as a figure painter,”  Kate Liebman tells me as I sit in her Bushwick studio, where the floor is covered with dirty paint tubes and reckless spatter. She walks me through her process and sources, touching on topics like distance, viewer insight, and political responsibility. One of the sources for her recent paintings includes a drawing … read more… “Studio visit with Kate Liebman”

Studio visit with Lucia Hierro

Contributed by Kate Liebman / On Valentine’s Day I visited Lucia Hierro in her studio in the Bronx where she has been working for more than two years. Nearby, a group of former factory buildings are in the process of being converted into artist studios and lofts. Born and raised in New York City, Lucia also spent a few years in … read more… “Studio visit with Lucia Hierro”

Nicole Wittenberg’s big yellow painting

Contributed by Kate Liebman / Nicole Wittenberg’s second solo show, “The Yellow Kiss,” is on view at the new LES gallery yours mine & ours through October 16. The exhibition features a single seven-foot painting that hangs on the gallery’s main floor. In the basement, like an excavation site, Wittenberg presents all drawings and studies that … read more… “Nicole Wittenberg’s big yellow painting”

Neon and Narrative: Bushwick Open Studios 2016

Contributed by Debbi Kenote and Tyl Will  / Bushwick Open Studios 2016 erupted with color this year. Saturated gallery walls and odd street happenings drew crowds inside and out. Bogart Street and Johnson Avenue boasted full spectacle, with street installations and performances spilling out of the surrounding buildings. As usual, the yearly crawl featured open … read more… “Neon and Narrative: Bushwick Open Studios 2016”

IRL: The Study Room at the Metropolitan Museum

Contributed by Kate Liebman / The Metropolitan Museum’s Department of Drawings and Prints is celebrating its centennial this year, and has devoted a wall to “one masterpiece” per week through April 30, 2017. This week’s masterpiece was a portrait of a church man drawn by Jean Fouquet in the mid-15th century. I stopped by to check … read more… “IRL: The Study Room at the Metropolitan Museum”

Conversation: Harry Davies on the union of material and meaning

Contributed by Kate Liebman / Harry Davies and I met in a painting critique session a couple of years ago when BHQFU was offering classes in the East Village. I visited his studio at Union Theological Seminary at Columbia recently, and we discussed what’s on his mind and in his paintings. [Image at top: Harry … read more… “Conversation: Harry Davies on the union of material and meaning”

A selection from Bushwick Open Studios, 2015

Guest contributor Allison Hale / Both days provided an excellent view into the studio spaces and the community of artists living and working in Bushwick. On Saturday I went to 1717 Troutman, a building packed with young and emerging artists. Julia Bland was the definite highlight. Bland creates wall-assembled pieces imbued with textile design. At … read more… “A selection from Bushwick Open Studios, 2015”