This edition of “Quick study” includes good news about how the arts drive economic growth and bad news about MoCA curator Helen Molesworth. Also: Grant Wood’s retrospective at the Whitney, Russian collectors’ hankering to join in the global art world, the future of art fairs, a mural in Parkland, Joan Baez is a painter, and one of my latest pet peeves about the … read more… “Quick study”
As some readers may remember, I went to the University of Connecticut for my MFA degree, and until last year, I taught an MFA seminar up in Storrs. These days my schedule doesn’t allow taking those beautiful foliage tours up to Storrs each week, so I invited the first- and second-year students for an afternoon tour of galleries … read more… “A three-hour tour: Selected Bushwick galleries”
MFA exhibitions invariably must encompass a vast range of disparate material, and it’s a stiff challenge for a guest curator to create a unified show that frames a cohesive experience for the viewer. This year, the RISD MFA Painting Program invited Hrag Vartanian, the talented editor and co-publisher of Hyperallergic, to curate the MFA exhibition for its painting students. Vartanian decided to view the work through … read more… “MFA report: Hrag Vartanian finds “home” in RISD painting studios”
Articles this week concern talented female artists over 60, playwrights tackling the heartbreaking heroin epidemic, the link between smart phones and teenage depression, Donald Trump’s stupid drawing, art dealers’ advice on how to close your gallery, the Seattle Art Fair (!), and, alas, a new Dana Schutz controversy.
Contributed by Sharon Butler / On Wednesday, MarketWatch, a financial blog published by the Dow Jones company, ran a provocative piece suggesting that the time might be approaching for Americans to begin planning an exit strategy from Trumplandia. “To cut to the chase,” Brett Arends, one of their financial columnists wrote, “it is becoming increasingly clear … read more… “When do artists leave the country?”
UPDATE (May 26): Thanks Erin Langner for including the exhibition in art ltd Magazine‘s “Critic’s Picks” section. The show is on view through June 3o: New York artist Sharon Butler’s “Good Morning Drawings” play with expectations of painting’s role to the digital world. Pushing past the oft-revisited inquiry into the medium’s pending death, the ten works on view … read more… “Invitation: “Sharon Butler: Good Morning” at SEASON in Seattle”
When I got to the studio this dreary grey morning, my coat and tote bags were sopping wet. Looking up from the building’s entrance on Washington Street, I saw that the Manhattan Bridge was barely visible in the rain, and the street was, for once, absent of wedding photographers, brides, grooms, and selfie-stick wielding tourists. … read more… “Rainy day in New York”
In March, the art fairs come to New York, and I’ve put together a brief list, with descriptions and helpful links to the individual fairs. Note that many have lectures and panel discussions, so make sure to check out their websites before planning your weekend.
This week: The obituary for prolific New Yorker cartoonist James Stevenson, a review of “Painting Paintings, an exhibition of David Reed’s paintings from the 1970s, and the shitty review of Amy Feldman’s show in Berlin. James Stevenson, a prolific cartoonist at The New Yorker and children’s book author, has died at 87. NYTimes obituary states that Jim “spent nearly 50 years at The … read more… “Quick study”
From the label text at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC: American artist Gilbert Stuart was commissioned to paint this portrait after the success of his first portrait of Washington in 1795. Martha Washington convinced the president to sit again because, according to artist Rembrandt Peale, she “wished a Portrait for herself; he therefore … read more… “President’s portrait”