Keeting and Grill: Timeless energy

Each month Giampietro Gallery pairs painters for concurrent solo shows, and through October 5 Zachary Keeting and Clare Grill have work on display. Grill, whose paintings were recently included in “Dying on Stage: New Painting in New York,” draws on history, making lovingly eroded small-scale canvases that abstractly illuminate aspects of the simpler life–carving, darning–that … read more… “Keeting and Grill: Timeless energy”

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”

Ideas and Influences: Erika Ranee

Several years ago, Two Coats of Paint encountered Erika Ranee’s paintings during an open studio event at the Marie Sharpe Walsh Foundation. Soaked with vibrant color, her large-scale abstractions were exuberant conglomerations of snippets culled from the overlooked details of everyday life. On the occasion of her “Zip-A-Dee-A,” a solo show earlier this year at the Mazmanian Gallery at Framingham State University, Two … read more… “Ideas and Influences: Erika Ranee”

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”

Bushwick Open Studios 2017– from Bogart to Troutman

Contributed by William Eckhardt Kohler / The printed studio maps were already gone by early Saturday afternoon–a good indication of the popularity of Bushwick Open Studios–so I simply started at 56 Bogart and made my way to 17-17 Troutman, stopping at studios I found along the way. In open-studio walks, the art inevitably ranges wildly from undeveloped … read more… “Bushwick Open Studios 2017– from Bogart to Troutman”

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”

Art and politics: “Broad Stripes and Bright Stars” in New Haven

Aicha Woods and Dave Coon have co-curated “Broad Stripes and Bright Stars,” a thoughtful group exhibition on view at the Ely Center of Contemporary Art through August 13 that focuses how artists are using the American flag as image, object, and symbol. Zachary Keeting, artist and co-founder of Gorky’s Granddaughter, sat down with co-curator Aicha Woods to discuss the artist’s role … read more… “Art and politics: “Broad Stripes and Bright Stars” in New Haven”

Installation view: Drishti, a concentrated gaze

Gallerist Elizabeth Heskin and artist Patricia Spergel, in collaboration with the NURTUREart Registry of Artists and Curators, have assembled a lively exhibition of contemporary abstraction at the 1285 Ave of the Americas Art Gallery. Aptly titled “Drishti: A Concentrated Gaze” after the yoga practice that brings awareness inward through focusing the outward gaze to a … read more… “Installation view: Drishti, a concentrated gaze”

Tuning in: Clint Jukkala and John Newman on animism, spirituality, sensory experience, and consciousness

On the occasion of their current show at FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery in New Haven, Zachary Keeting (co-founder of Improvised Showboat and Gorky’s Grandaughter) interviewed Clint Jukkala (on left) and John Newman (right) about their work. “Many of my paintings have forms that suggest heads, eyes, etc., but I’m less interested in the ‘looks like’ quality of … read more… “Tuning in: Clint Jukkala and John Newman on animism, spirituality, sensory experience, and consciousness”

Report: “Command-Z” at Improvised Showboat

Improvised Showboat, a curatorial project developed by artists Zachary Keeting and Lauren Britton, mounted its seventh one-night show this past weekend in my new DUMBO studio at 55 Washington Street. I gave Keeting and Britton the basic idea: “Command-Z” would include work that reflected our increasing devotion to digital tools and online life. They combined … read more… “Report: “Command-Z” at Improvised Showboat”