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”

Responses to “Zombie Formalism”

 My last post precipitated several comments about Walter Robinson’s term “Zombie Formalism” and about the type of work discussed, as well as some offline discussion about labeling art movements in general. In an age supposedly marked by an inclusive, anything-goes pluralism, the arguments sparked by recent approaches to painting reveal that our “pluralistic” era isn’t … read more… “Responses to “Zombie Formalism””

Good painting: Tatiana Berg and Sarah Faux

Berg stretches canvas around handmade wooden frames and then paints the surfaces with spray paint, oil and enamel. Comparing their process to Bill Murray’s improv, Sarah Faux and Tatiana Berg think sometimes you die onstage, but eventually you stop fearing death. After several rounds of email regrets and missed appointments (again, sorry Tatiana!), I finally … read more… “Good painting: Tatiana Berg and Sarah Faux”

The Promotion Project at CAA in Chicago

This month I’ll be in Chicago to present The Promotion Project at the College Art Association’s Annual Conference. Please stop by the ARTExchange, free and open to the public, in the Hyatt Regency on Friday, February 12, 6-8pm. Artists from all over the country will be presenting prints, paintings, drawings, photographs, small installations, performance, sound, … read more… “The Promotion Project at CAA in Chicago”