Our woman in Havana: Exploring what it means to be Cuban / The Havana Biennial, Part 2

Contributed by Katarina Wong / One of the strongest and most ambitious exhibitions in the 13th Havana Biennial is at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA), which is on view through September in celebration of the city’s 500th anniversary. The ground floor exhibition “Museos interiores (Interior museums)” features new acquisition from some of Cuba’s … read more… “Our woman in Havana: Exploring what it means to be Cuban / The Havana Biennial, Part 2”

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Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: May 2019

To everyone who has struggled through another academic year, final crits are over, so the time has come to get out and see some shows. We don’t usually put museum exhibitions on our list, but don’t miss the 2019 Whitney Biennial, which opens this week. I went to the press preview, and I have to agree with Andrew Russeth (at ArtNews) who … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: May 2019”

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Catalogue Essay: Aubrey Levinthal at Nancy Margolis

Contributed by Samantha Mitchell / In his definition of heterotopia (of which utopia and dystopia are types) Michel Foucault writes about the mirror as an agent of transformative realization of self in place – simultaneously illuminating and falsifying our own image: I see myself where I am not, in an unreal, virtual space that opens up … read more… “Catalogue Essay: Aubrey Levinthal at Nancy Margolis”

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Images: Beth Dary’s studio

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Brooklyn artist Beth Dary thinks about the individual bubbles in which we all live. She was settled in a new house in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit, and her home, which she had been thinking of turning into a residency program, experienced major flooding and mold damage. She and her family evacuated to New York … read more… “Images: Beth Dary’s studio”

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Emilia Olsen: Visions of paint and flesh

Contributed by Katie Hector / Emilia Olsen’s paintings, on view in “There is Another Sky” at Arts + Leisure through May 12,  spark curiosity. Channeling vulnerability through evocative subject matter, the artist leads viewers down a rabbit hole in pursuit of a mysterious female figure who meanders in and out of the picture plane. The woman, her face … read more… “Emilia Olsen: Visions of paint and flesh”

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Vintage 1959

By Jonathan Stevenson / At first blush, if you were born in 1959 – two years after Sputnik, just beyond the outer fringe of the baby boom, but before Gen X kicked in – you could be forgiven for feeling a little left out. You’re too young to have felt the thrill of 1960s radical outrage … read more… “Vintage 1959”

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Studio visit: Lisa McCleary

Contributed by Sharon Butler / While I was a Visiting Artist at the Vermont Studio Center earlier this month, I met Lisa McCleary, an Australian-Irish artist who completed the MFA Program at Parsons in 2018. She was working on a series of intriguing paintings for “Edging,” a solo show that opens on April 29 at MC Gallery … read more… “Studio visit: Lisa McCleary”

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Art and Film: Claire Denis’ cosmic noir

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Claire Denis’ stupefyingly smart film High Life, the first she has directed in English, starts ahead of its main events, without any set-piece exposition, in and around a barren spacecraft inhabited by a father, his baby daughter, and zippered corpses that used to compose the rest of the crew. Robert … read more… “Art and Film: Claire Denis’ cosmic noir”

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Book report: Mary Gabriel’s Ninth Street Women

Contributed by Brece Honeycutt and Anne Lindberg / Mary Gabriel’s Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler – Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art (New York: Little Brown and Company, 2018) is a tour de force. The book explores many important phenomena from the period of 1929-1959, including the formation of … read more… “Book report: Mary Gabriel’s Ninth Street Women”

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Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: April 2019

UPDATED–April 14 / I want to give a quick shout out to DUMBO Open Studios, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, April 27 & 28, 1-6pm. Stephanie Theodore of Theodore:Art and I are co-curating an exhibition in the Two Coats HQ (aka my studio) of work made by artists born in 1959. Did you know that … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: April 2019”

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