Artist’s statement: Tamalin Baumgarten

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Tamalin Baumgarten’s haunting paintings are inspired by the landscape, history, and people of Cuttyhunk, a small island off the coast of Massachusetts. As a child, Baumgarten spent summers there with her family, and for the past few years she has been running the Cuttyhunk Island Artists’ Residency out of the family home. “For me, Cuttyhunk is a setting where … read more… “Artist’s statement: Tamalin Baumgarten”

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Roadtrip: The Clark, MASS MoCA, Bascom Lodge in Western Massachusetts

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Several weeks ago I returned to Mount Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts, where I was an artist-in-residence at Bascom Lodge, the inn at the top of the mountain, in summer 2014. Peter Dudek, a NYC-based sculptor who teaches at Hunter and SVA, has been running the inn for the … read more… “Roadtrip: The Clark, MASS MoCA, Bascom Lodge in Western Massachusetts”

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Art and Film: Robert Frank’s will to believe

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Swiss-American photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank is now 94, which means he has been in the midst what he calls a “natural disaster” – old age – for at least fifteen years. Yet when he was 80, as Gerald Fox trailed him for Fox’s 2005 documentary Leaving Home, Coming Home: … read more… “Art and Film: Robert Frank’s will to believe”

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Eric N. Mack and Vivian Suter: How to fill a space

By Kristen Clevenson / Eric N. Mack‘s exhibition “Lemme walk across the room“ at the Brooklyn Museum and Vivian Suter’s eponymous show at Gladstone Gallery are ostensibly similar. Both artists have completely transformed white cube spaces with thoughtfully hung, colorful, unstretched artworks. Mack’s installation, both commanding and purposeful, remains an assembly of individual artworks. Suter, on the other hand, … read more… “Eric N. Mack and Vivian Suter: How to fill a space”

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Barbara Laube’s coexisting states of mind

Contributed by Carol Diamond / What is the difference between being with a person and seeing a picture of her, FaceTime versus a coffee date, eyeing a digital image of an artwork and standing in front of it? Perhaps we assume that we know the answer: one is real and one is not. But the … read more… “Barbara Laube’s coexisting states of mind”

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Roadtrip: Marie Harnett and Kristian Evju at the Albers Foundation

Contributed by Sharon Butler and Stephanie Theodore / This spring, we visited Marie Harnett, a London artist who was in residence at the Josef + Anni Albers Foundation in Bethany, Connecticut, and her visiting guest, Kristian Evju. During a two-month residency, Marie worked steadily on a series of highly detailed graphite drawings based on altered images from films. Unlike other programs, the Albers … read more… “Roadtrip: Marie Harnett and Kristian Evju at the Albers Foundation”

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Legacy of the hand: Paolo Arao’s textile paintings

Contributed by Julia Couzens / Paolo Arao’s exuberant textile paintings radiate a bracing freshness, like nautical flags snapping brightly in a cracking breeze. From a distance clear color and crisp geometry flip space backward and forward, causing the eye to toggle in and out of the paintings’ nuanced, irregularly faceted grids. Seen up close, quavering, irregular … read more… “Legacy of the hand: Paolo Arao’s textile paintings”

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Our woman in Havana: The Construction of the Possible, Part 1

This is the first of two posts that highlight work from the 2019 Havana Biennial in and around Old Havana area. Look for Part 2 next week. // Contributed by Katarina Wong / After being postponed due to hurricane damage from 2017, the Havana Biennial, organized by the Centro de Arte Contemporanéo Wifredo Lam, launched on … read more… “Our woman in Havana: The Construction of the Possible, Part 1”

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Björn Meyer-Ebrecht: Spontaneity rising

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Contemplating Gerrit Rietveld’s furniture, especially the pieces he made from crates, Björn Meyer-Ebrecht realized that utilitarian furniture can be sculpture, and that sculpture in turn can serve as a utilitarian object. He explores this idea in a thoughtful and lively new show at Owen James Gallery in Soho. A series … read more… “Björn Meyer-Ebrecht: Spontaneity rising”

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Interview: Victoria Roth at Brennan & Griffin

Contributed by Sangram Mujumdar / A couple weeks ago, on a rainy spring evening, Victoria Roth and I met up in her studio to continue a discussion that we had started nearly a year ago about her paintings. Over the course of our conversation we talked about her new format, pictorial space, dance, the intense physicality … read more… “Interview: Victoria Roth at Brennan & Griffin”

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