Interview: Stephen Westfall in Industry City

Contributed by Rob Kaiser-Schatzlein / On a rainy day in November I visited Stephen Westfall at his Brooklyn studio. Among my young painter friends he has a reputation for being open, generous, and extremely smart, but I was still a little nervous. He warned me in advance that most of his work had been shipped … read more… “Interview: Stephen Westfall in Industry City”

Gregory Amenoff: Inside and Out

Contributed by Stephen Westfall / American abstraction was born in the landscape. Arthur Dove and Georgia O’Keeffe seem to have got there before anyone else, trailing plowed fields, banks of clouds, and zigzag lightning bolts into visual rhythms that verge onto geometric patterning without losing touch with a dream-like memory of forest, field and weather. … read more… “Gregory Amenoff: Inside and Out”

Stuart Davis: The last painting

Stuart Davis, whose uneven but exhilarating retrospective is on view at the Whitney through September 25, is known for his playful fusion of advertising typography, bright color, and bold abstract shapes and lines. The exhibition begins with work from his early years and ends with his very last painting Fin, an image of which appears … read more… “Stuart Davis: The last painting”

Sense and sensibility at Lennon Weinberg

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Though skewed towards this century, the paintings in Lennon Weinberg’s elegantly expansive group show “A Few Days,” from all twenty of the painters the gallery has represented since it opened in 1988, range from 1957 to 2014. In terms of style and school, they are not thoroughly cohesive, embracing as … read more… “Sense and sensibility at Lennon Weinberg”

Quick Study: Reading, links, listings, and looking ahead

This post is a compilation of articles from the internets. Brutalism quiz, color apps, Cady Noland, Art F City’s new curatorial project (FAG, or Fine Art Gallery), Yo/Oy in Brooklyn, and more. But first: What’s going on?? Now that Andrew Ginzel is on hiatus, I recommend checking out the listings at ArtCritical or ArtForum’s ArtGuide. … read more… “Quick Study: Reading, links, listings, and looking ahead”

Last chance: Julian Pretto’s artists, at Minus Space

Back in the 1970s, when impoverished, downtrodden New York City was on the verge of bankruptcy, gallerist Julian Pretto would contact building owners and ask if he could curate exhibitions in their vacant Soho and Tribeca storefronts. Pretto convinced landlords that his exhibitions would bring people to the neighborhoods, raise the profile of their buildings, … read more… “Last chance: Julian Pretto’s artists, at Minus Space”

Artists who curate: “Creating opportunities for felicitous constellations”

 “Reverie,” a group show  curated by Stephen Westfall. Installation view, Zurcher Studio. The other day Austin Thomas, who is feeling overwhelmed with emails from struggling artists,  blogged some career advice. Rather than continually ask other people for career help, Thomas urges artists to simply do something interesting (curate a show, organize a salon, write about … read more… “Artists who curate: “Creating opportunities for felicitous constellations””

Cordy Ryman’s itchy tactility and openendedness

Cordy Ryman, “Dudley!” 2010, acrylic & enamel on wood, 19 x 17 x 1 ¾” Cordy Ryman, “Waiting for Christopher,” 2010, acrylic & enamel on wood, screws – 23 pieces, dimensions variable: 87 x 6 1/4 x 2 3/4″ as installed w/ 17 pieces  Cordy Ryman, installation view. In the summer issue of Bomb, painter/critic … read more… “Cordy Ryman’s itchy tactility and openendedness”

Painters who curate: Summer group shows

For painters like me, curating group shows, although time consuming, helps articulate more specifically what what we’re investigating in our own work. Here are three good examples of shows curated by painters. Please feel free to leave links in the Comments section if you know of others. “Present Tense,” curated by Don Christensen with Mary … read more… “Painters who curate: Summer group shows”

Elizabeth Murray: tributes and obituaries

In ArtForum, Linda Yablonsky reports that the “Elizabeth Murray Praise Day” at the Bowery Poetry Club, sponsored by Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro, “provided a blend of the poignant and the comic that threatened to bring it closer to a Saturday Night Live skit shredding avant-garde performance practice than an actual art-world remembrance….One after another, … read more… “Elizabeth Murray: tributes and obituaries”