Fiction: The Teddy Bears [Laurie Fendrich]

Our second installment of summer fiction is “The Teddy Bears,” an amusing short story written by artist and arts writer Laurie Fendrich  about a mid-career artist whose gallery closes unexpectedly. The story is loosely inspired by the one we posted last week, “The Unknown Masterpiece” by Honoré de Balzac. Fendrich thinks of “The Teddy Bears”  as a “fable of postmodern art” in … read more… “Fiction: The Teddy Bears [Laurie Fendrich]”

Laurie Fendrich: How critical thinking sabotages painting

“Painting is a medium in which the mind can actualize itself; it is a medium of thought. Thus painting, like music, tends to become its own content.” — Robert Motherwell Guest contributor Laurie Fendrich / During the two and a half decades I was a full-time painting professor before retiring in 2014, followed by the … read more… “Laurie Fendrich: How critical thinking sabotages painting”

George Hofmann and Laurie Fendrich on artists’ writing, and the Duccio Fragments series

 George Hofmann, Duccio Fragment (No. 1), 2011, acrylic on board, 30 x 24″  Recently George Hofmann, a faculty member from 1967 to 2002 in the legendary Hunter College art program,  contributed a post to Art Critical about artists who write. “As an artist I am most drawn these days to reading blogs of other working … read more… “George Hofmann and Laurie Fendrich on artists’ writing, and the Duccio Fragments series”

Laurie Fendrich: Preparing for a retrospective

Last spring Mary MacNaughton invited Laurie Fendrich, a professor of fine arts and the director of the Comparative Arts and Culture Graduate Program at Hofstra University, to mount a retrospective at Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College, in Claremont, CA. In Brainstorm, her weekly blog at The Chronicle Reveiw, Fendrich describes how it feels … read more… “Laurie Fendrich: Preparing for a retrospective”

Revisionaries: Tad Wiley, Laurie Fendrich, and Luke Gray at Gary Snyder

Gary Snyder/Project Space, which has primarily focused on historically rooted abstract art, is having its first exhibition of contemporary painting. In the NY Sun Stephen Maine writes that Snyder’s show offers “the delicious paradox of a tightly curated exhibition attesting to the fecund sprawl of contemporary abstract painting. The show’s title, “?Abstraction,” implies that no … read more… “Revisionaries: Tad Wiley, Laurie Fendrich, and Luke Gray at Gary Snyder”

Laurie Fendrich: Why do painters have to justify being painters?

Fendrich recently returned to New York from a stint as a Visiting Artist at Painting’s Edge, a summer painting workshop in Idyllwild, CA. She reflects on the experience at Brainstorm. “I encountered, firsthand, the intense pressure that’s now on painters to justify why they are painters. When I was in art school in the late … read more… “Laurie Fendrich: Why do painters have to justify being painters?”

Laurie Fendrich: jetlagged visiting artist

For the next few days, Laurie Fendrich and husband Peter Plagens are the visiting artists at Painting’s Edge art colony in Idyllwild, California. They are among the 17 artists and critics scheduled to give lectures and critiques during the two week residency, which, unlike others, is exclusively for painters. Fendrich writes about the experience on … read more… “Laurie Fendrich: jetlagged visiting artist”

Email: Daniel Wiener on art in fiction

Daniel Wiener, who recently presented exceptional new work in “Doubled,” a two-person show at Studio 10 in Bushwick, sent a note in response to our summer fiction series. “Lately it seems that art and artists have been appearing more frequently in fiction, and writers are doing a better job both with contemporary artists and those who are … read more… “Email: Daniel Wiener on art in fiction”

Fiction: Consummate Saturday [Paul D’Agostino]

“Consummate Saturday” A short story by Paul Da’Agostino Mina’s fourth and final bout of existence-racking pre-febrile dry heaves terminated at 4:37 on Saturday morning amid the mildew stains, strewn magazines and pubic squalor that adorned Davis’s loathsomely uncivil shared bathroom in a three-bedroom flat. Her supposedly latent and as-yet-undefined illness blossomed into dreadful self-realization no … read more… “Fiction: Consummate Saturday [Paul D’Agostino]”

Fiction: The Unknown Masterpiece [Honore De Balzac]

Today marks the beginning of the Two Coats of Paint fiction column, a special summer section featuring short stories about artists, collectors, galleries, and other matters centered in the art world. To kick the series off, we present Balzac’s classic, “The Unknown Masterpiece.” Originally published in 1837 and set in the 1600s, the story is about an old painter named Frenhofer who … read more… “Fiction: The Unknown Masterpiece [Honore De Balzac]”