Ideas and Influences: Stephen Truax

Ever since I’ve known artist-writer-curator Stephen Truax he has been in a state of what curator Anne Luther calls “hopeful doubt,” perpetually examining what painting and art might be in the 21st century. On the occasion of “How Will I Know,” his first NYC solo show, Two Coats of Paint invited Truax to share some … read more… “Ideas and Influences: Stephen Truax”

Artists as curators: Stephen Truax

Curating shows has become an integral part of many artists’ practices, and the essays they craft to accompany the shows are often akin to expanded artist’s statements. This week I’ll be posting excerpts from a few essays from recent painting exhibitions that were curated by artists.  Tamara Gonzales In a generously footnoted essay for “Love,” … read more… “Artists as curators: Stephen Truax”

Art and Film: Amy Jenkins hosts death

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / During and after the AIDS epidemic, gay artists like Carlos Alfonzo, Ross Bleckner, Robert Gober, and Keith Haring used visual art to convey the tragedy of mass premature death that gutted the art world, as well as the political injustice of the U.S. government’s refusal to recognize the gravity of the disease. … read more… “Art and Film: Amy Jenkins hosts death”

Joan Semmel: A woman’s body

Donald Trump has made women’s bodies a central campaign issue during the 2016 presidential election. In a speech in New Hampshire today, Michelle Obama responded to Trump’s behavior: The shameful comments about our bodies, the disrespect of our ambitions and intellect, the belief that you can do anything you want to a woman, it is … read more… “Joan Semmel: A woman’s body”

Quick study

Links to Nicole Eisenman’s shows, Morley Safer’s paintings, reviews of recent abstraction shows, a writing competition, and the paintings being called “anti-Catholic” in Virginia –> MUST SEE: The New Museum has mounted a major Nicole Eisenman solo show, “Al-Ugh-Ories,” and she’s also having an exhibiton at Anton Kern through June 25. Both look fantastic. I’ll … read more… “Quick study”

The donut muffin: Uniting two worlds

For Tamara Gonzales and Jessica Duffett, curators of “Donut Muffin,” a lively group show on view at Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Projects through March 10, a donut muffin is a highly addictive muffin-shaped donut. Made from donut batter and dusted with sugar, it looks like a muffin and tastes like a donut. It is both a … read more… “The donut muffin: Uniting two worlds”

Artists as curators: Brooke Moyse

Continuing the “Artists as Curators” series this week, let’s look at “The escape from the banal of everyday life to the world of the ideal,” an exhibition at NURTUREart curated by Brooke Moyse, a Brooklyn-based abstract painter known for vivid color and casual landscape imagery. Moyse begins her essay, which seems like it could be … read more… “Artists as curators: Brooke Moyse”

Artists as curators: Christopher Joy

Christopher Joy, one of the masterminds behind the popular vlog Gorky’s Granddaughter, has curated LOOKOUTOUTLOOK, a show of landscape painting at Giampietro Gallery in New Haven. Trained as a painter, Joy’s recent work is in the casualist, painting-as-sculpture vein, but he clearly marvels at painters who tackle traditional subject matter despite the overwhelmingly claustrophobic presence … read more… “Artists as curators: Christopher Joy”

“Unrelenting analysis” continues to grip art world

Christopher K. Ho 2010 / Hirsch E.P. Rothko 2001 (No. 21), 2010, acrylic, watercolor, graphite and color pencil on linen, 12″ x 16″ Christopher K. Ho 2010 / Hirsch E.P. Rothko 2001 (No. 23), 2010, acrylic and watercolor on linen, 12″ x 16″ Christopher K. Ho 2010 / Hirsch E.P. Rothko 2001 (No. 15), 2010, … read more… ““Unrelenting analysis” continues to grip art world”