Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / January 18, 2018

After a productive winter break in the studio, the time has come to put the canvas down and check out other people’s work. Here’s a list of exhibitions, mostly painting, organized by neighborhood. I’m looking forward to seeing you out there. NOTE: For more comprehensive, all-media listings, readers should check out The List on artcritical and ARTGUIDE at artforum. Excellent phone apps like See Saw Gallery Guide and NYArtBeat allow you to bookmark exhibitions … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / January 18, 2018”

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Art and Film: Dedicated followers of fashion

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / In the brilliantly obtuse Phantom Thread, a paradoxically epic chamber piece, Paul Thomas Anderson explores the way in which romantic union constrains and energizes creativity. Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis, archly perfect in his purported swan song) is a creepily narcissistic and unctuous haute-couture dressmaker. The House of Woodcock caters to … read more… “Art and Film: Dedicated followers of fashion”

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Studio Visit: James Rauchman

Contributed by Sharon Butler / We were born several years apart, but James Rauchman and I have the same severe late-February birthday. Babies born in the northeast during the dark, cold winter months are a hearty breed, and when I stopped by his Morningside studio in December, he and his partner had just bought a house in Vermont, where the … read more… “Studio Visit: James Rauchman”

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Jay Senetchko: A tale of two empires

Contributed by Dion Kliner / Looking from painting to painting at “The Course of a Distant Empire,” Jay Senetchko’s fine solo exhibition at Windsor Gallery in Vancouver, you might begin to recall the distinctly dissonant percussion in Tom Waits’s cheerfully ominous song as he plaintively asks, “What’s he building in there?” And then, “Where in its course does this … read more… “Jay Senetchko: A tale of two empires”

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Undergraduate Sketchbook: December 2017

About the artist: Phoebe Funderburg-Moore uses her sketchbook like a visual diary, reflecting on experiences and collecting her thoughts. Along with the sketchbook practice, Phoebe makes murals, comics, album covers, t-shirts, and more. She grew up in Philadelphia and currently studies music and art at Goucher College in Baltimore. Last year Phoebe went to Italy, where she studied art, learned Italian, and worked as an artist’s assistant. To … read more… “Undergraduate Sketchbook: December 2017”

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Good incentive: Beth Dary’s drawing

Contributed by Sharon Butler / From a recent exhibition organized to raise money for  Chef Jose Andres’s World Central Kitchen’s relief efforts in Puerto Rico, I came home with two wonderful pieces, which I’ve decided to use as gifts for contributors to the 2017 Two Coats of Paint Year-end Fundraising campaign. The  first reader who makes a tax-deductible … read more… “Good incentive: Beth Dary’s drawing”

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Art & Film: Liquid asset in The Shape of Water

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Cult film auteur Guillermo del Toro, director and co-writer of the triumphant The Shape of Water, sees 1962, in which it is set, as a historical hinge point. It was the first (and last) full year of Kennedy’s Camelot and the final year of America’s perceived (if delusional) postwar idyll … read more… “Art & Film: Liquid asset in The Shape of Water”

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Two Coats resident artist Erin Wiersma returns from Kansas

Since her last residency at Two Coats HQ in DUMBO, Erin Wiersma has discovered the Konza Prairie, a biological research station jointly owned and maintained by The Nature Conservancy and Kansas State University. Wiersma uses the bio-char from controlled burns of prairie tallgrass to create large drawings on site. Traversing the scorched landscape, which is off limits to the general public, … read more… “Two Coats resident artist Erin Wiersma returns from Kansas”

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Lauren Luloff: Drawing (with bleach) from life

Contributed by Eileen Jeng Lynch / Harking back to the Impressionists, Lauren Luloff has begun painting from life, focusing on light, color, and the world around her. The new work has an atmospheric quality, nicely showcased by the light-filled space at Ceysson & Bénétière on Madison Avenue last month. The exhibition comprised paintings and wall-mounted ceramic works that explored the relationship … read more… “Lauren Luloff: Drawing (with bleach) from life”

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Tom McGlynn: Liberating geometric shapes

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Tom McGlynn’s enigmatically reductive paintings are a study in subtle contrasts between systematization and autonomy, order and disarray. Horizontal rectangles of various sizes and colors are rendered on a monochromatic surface, each with immaculately straight edges and carefully painted a solid color. Yet these shapes, while neat and precise in … read more… “Tom McGlynn: Liberating geometric shapes”

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