Interview: Aleksandr Blanar, Justin Polera, and “A Strong Desire”

Contributed by Loren Britton / On the occasion of “A Strong Desire,” a sprawling summer group at PS120 in Berlin that explores sexual identity, the body, and their commodification in capitalist society, Loren Britton interviews curators Aleksandr Blanar and Justin Polera. In the curatorial statement, Christina Gigliotti writes that the exhibition, on view through August 26, “sets out to challenge heteronormativity … read more… “Interview: Aleksandr Blanar, Justin Polera, and “A Strong Desire””

Report from Berlin: Ana Mendieta’s Super 8 films

Contributed by Loren Britton / Ana Mendieta’s exhibition at the Martin-Gropius- Bau is exquisite. Born in Havana, Cuba, in November 1948, Mendieta was sent to the United States in 1961, two years after Fidel Castro overthrew the Cuban Government. Her early work, some made while she was a student at the University of Iowa, is on view at the … read more… “Report from Berlin: Ana Mendieta’s Super 8 films”

Artist to artist: An exchange with Cuba

At the official level, the United States has politically and economically ostracized Cuba for the past 60 years, since communist dictator Fidel Castro took power and helped precipitate the Cuban Missile Crisis. But after the Cold War ended, mutual cultural exploration expanded; recall, for instance, the stateside success of Ry Cooder’s 1997 album Buena Vista Social Club, a collaboration with … read more… “Artist to artist: An exchange with Cuba”

Report from Berlin: Judith Hopf’s idiosyncratic vision

Contributed by Loren Britton / Berlin-based artist Judith Hopf, known for idiosyncratic combinations, is invested in post-painting practices coming out of Fluxus conversations between George Brecht and Allan Kaprow. In her sculpture show “Judith Hopf: Stepping Stairs” at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, she moves from sculpture to exhibition furniture and back, the transformed everyday materials in the exhibition … read more… “Report from Berlin: Judith Hopf’s idiosyncratic vision”

Report from Berlin: Anna Uddenberg at Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler

Contributed by Loren Britton / Anna Uddenberg’s “Sante Par Aqua” (Health Through Water) comprises objects that propose spaces adjacent to furniture that bodies might occupy. Shapes are created, stacked like a life-size textural cubist painting. Rounded edges and neon floor illuminations elevate the sculptures into hybrid objects – car seat (for adult and child), shag rug, illuminated i-phone glow … read more… “Report from Berlin: Anna Uddenberg at Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler”

Year-End Fundraising 2017: How you can help

Dear Readers, Two Coats of Paint began publishing in 2007, and this past year, thanks to your generous  tax-deductible contributions, ongoing support from advertisers, and subsidized rent from the Two Trees Cultural Space Subsidy Program, we have been able to continue for another year. Your funding enabled us to produce articles, pay contributors, promote our intern to a paid position, host resident artists, visit artists’ studios, … read more… “Year-End Fundraising 2017: How you can help”

Warte für Kunst (Waiting for Art) in Kassel, Germany

Contributed by Loren Britton / When artist Melanie Vogel opened Warte für Kunst (Waiting for Art) in 2010 in Kassel, Germany, Vogel wanted to challenge the notion of what “good art” was. Located in a shabby red-walled tattoo studio that had been given a fresh coat of white paint, Warte für Kunst was a platform where Vogel envisioned an exchange between art and artists would take … read more… “Warte für Kunst (Waiting for Art) in Kassel, Germany”

Skulptur Projekte orbits Münster

Contributed by Loren Britton / When Skulptur Münster began in 1977, no one expected it to continue beyond its first iteration. In the early 1970’s, artist George Rickey placed his kinetic sculpture Drei rotierende Quadrate in the city, causing a public outcry against the installation of the piece. Attempting to transform public understanding about contemporary art in public spaces, the director of Münster’s Westfalisches Landesmuseum (LWL Museum) organized a series of lectures … read more… “Skulptur Projekte orbits Münster”

documenta 14: The emotional thump

Contributed by Loren Britton / Banu Cennetoğlu‘s work in documenta 14 BEINGSAFEISSCARY cleverly rearranges and edits the building text from the Kassel Fridericianum’s façade into a statement that clairvoyantly points to the propositions and challenges of documenta 14. What are the stakes of “safety” when it comes to organizing in Germany a multi-country exhibition that engages … read more… “documenta 14: The emotional thump”

Examining queer @ Yale University

Contributed by Rachel Farber / What is a queer perspective? How does queerness meet form? Students at the Yale School of Art,  Loren Britton and Res, began asking these questions after seeing the student-run exhibition ” Video Mixer,” curated by Allyn Hughes & Jody Joyner, in 2015. Their conversation precipitated “Queering Space,” a sprawling group … read more… “Examining queer @ Yale University”