Rachel Beach and Julia Gleich: Strength and precarious balance

Pairing artists with choreographers often produces transcendent results, and it has a venerable tradition—Robert Rauschenberg and Merce Cunningham, for instance. Earlier this month, I was fortunate to get tickets to see Counterpointe, a collaborative series developed by Norte Maar that joined seven female artists with seven female choreographers. Fusing the art community and the dance … read more… “Rachel Beach and Julia Gleich: Strength and precarious balance”

In retrospect: Sara Greenberger Rafferty @ Rachel Uffner

Guest contributor Eileen Jeng / Sara Greenberger Rafferty’s exhibition at Rachel Uffner Gallery explored the themes of performance, stand-up comedy, media culture, and gender identity that have preoccupied the artist for almost a decade. With several large-scale wall pieces of irregularly-shaped Plexiglas, screws drilled through acetate into the wall, and a polysilk curtain installation, Rafferty … read more… “In retrospect: Sara Greenberger Rafferty @ Rachel Uffner”

Openings: Selected exhibitions, September 2017

After a lazy August, we’re ready to get back to the galleries and see some paintings, the kind that are so new and fresh we can still smell the wet paint. This week, plan to go to Chelsea on Thursday (after First Thursday in DUMBO) and Bushwick on Friday. The Lower East Side galleries have openings scheduled every night. Let’s … read more… “Openings: Selected exhibitions, September 2017”

Selections: Trestle’s big show of small works

Contributed by Sharon Butler / This year Trestle Gallery’s summer group show, “Small Work,” was curated by Bill Carroll, a painter and the director at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program. Selecting work for this kind of show, defined not by theme but simply by size, is always difficult. Carroll says he was … read more… “Selections: Trestle’s big show of small works”

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. 

New geometries: Embracing narrative and content

Zombie Formalism–innocuous abstraction employing a pastiche of art-historical references and made to fulfill undiscriminating art market demand–has given abstract painting a bad name. Alex Baker offers a vibrant remedy. At Fleischer/Ollman in Philadelphia, where he is gallery director, Baker has curated “New Geometries,” a fine exhibition that showcases geometric abstractionists who take sharp cues from … read more… “New geometries: Embracing narrative and content”

Cheat sheet: Summer group shows (and what curators are writing about them)

Often curated by artists, summer group shows provide a window into the hive mind. Accordingly, I’ve put together a short list of exhibitions that are organized around the themes and ideas that artists are talking about in current conversations. Excerpts from press releases are included, and in case readers can’t make it to the galleries–summer … read more… “Cheat sheet: Summer group shows (and what curators are writing about them)”

Painting Picks: Lower East Side

If you have time to see some exhibitions in New York, here are a few promising shows to check out on the Lower East Side, which Casey Lesser recently called NYC’s most important art district in an Artsy editorial post. “Galleries in the neighborhood have matured greatly, as has the art they present,” she writes. … read more… “Painting Picks: Lower East Side”

Link list: Recommended exhibitions around town

If you have time to see some exhibitions in New York, here are a few promising shows to check out around town. In case you can’t make it IRL, links to the gallery websites are provided. Image at top: Elena Sisto @Lori Bookstein in Chelsea. Loic Raguénès @ Clearing, Bushwick Brooklyn and Queens (Check for … read more… “Link list: Recommended exhibitions around town”