Fiction: The Hidden Masterpiece [Honore De Balzac]

Today marks the beginning of the Two Coats of Paint fiction column, a special summer section featuring short stories about artists, collectors, galleries, and other matters centered in the art world. To kick the series off, we present Balzac’s classic, “The Hidden Masterpiece.” Originally published in 1837 and set in the 1600s, the story is about an old painter named Frenhofer … read more… “Fiction: The Hidden Masterpiece [Honore De Balzac]”

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Invitation: A conversation about online arts writing at the National Arts Club

TONIGHT (May 23, 6pm): ART WORLD BUZZ, The Digital Shift, Where To Find the Latest Art Info; a panel discussion of online arts writing and its influences at The National Arts Club with Sharon Butler, David Cohen, Robert G. Edelman, Anthony Haden-Guest, and Kara Rooney Sharon Butler is a painter, arts writer, and publisher of influential art blog Two Coats of … read more… “Invitation: A conversation about online arts writing at the National Arts Club”

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Catalogue essay: Thomas Micchelli on Cordy Ryman

Note: This essay, written by artist and art writer Thomas Micchelli, originally appeared in the catalogue for “Free Fall,” Cordy Roman‘s 2017 solo show at Tower 49 Gallery. The eight-foot-long two-by-fours cascade down the wall from the farthest corner of Cordy Ryman’s double-height Sunset Park studio: wooden lengths in forest green, yellow green, emerald green, with … read more… “Catalogue essay: Thomas Micchelli on Cordy Ryman”

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Sustenance: Physically estranged from the art world, but not disconnected

In Mathews, a small town located on the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia, Justin Hunter Allen and Lucy Kirkman Allen run a small gallery that they call #FFFHEX, after the hexadecimal designation for white. Although they live in a rural area, they graduated from Cooper Union, have had a gallery space in Dallas, and subscribe to what they call “the white cube philosophy” that art should be presented … read more… “Sustenance: Physically estranged from the art world, but not disconnected”

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Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / May 7, 2017

As another semester winds down, some of us may be looking to visit a few outstanding shows before heading into the studio, out to the country, or back home for the summer. Two Coats has compiled a list of recommended exhibitions in New York, primarily of painting and organized by neighborhood, with handy links for those who prefer to do their gallery … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / May 7, 2017”

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Invitation: “Blue State” and “Inflation” at DUMBO Open Studios 2017

Can anyone stop thinking about politics these days? We can’t. For “Blue State,” an exhibition we organized for DUMBO Open Studios, May 13 & 14, 1-6pm, Two Coats of Paint has selected work that reflects our state of mind. Artists include Matthew Deleget (Minus Space Gallery), David Mann (Margaret Thatcher Projects), Helen O’Leary (Lesley Heller Workspace), and Two Coats founder Sharon Butler … read more… “Invitation: “Blue State” and “Inflation” at DUMBO Open Studios 2017″

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International job, residency, and curatorial opportunities

Every so often we get an email from e-artnow, an artist-run electronic information service based in Prague that distributes selected e-mail announcements related to contemporary visual arts. This week we got a long one that had a slew of links to international job opportunities, from becoming a registrar for the Adrian Piper Research Archive in Berlin to learning … read more… “International job, residency, and curatorial opportunities”

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Poet Iris Cushing on “There Was,” Robin Hill’s solo at Lennon, Weinberg

Contributed by Iris Cushing / A “cairn” is a group of stones, arranged in some intentional configuration, to mark a place along a trail. To make a cairn is to leave a point of reference in the present for one’s future self to encounter; its message is simply that the builder of the cairn was, … read more… “Poet Iris Cushing on “There Was,” Robin Hill’s solo at Lennon, Weinberg”

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Two Coats of Paint artist-in-residence: Julie Wolfe

April 17th through 23rd, DC visual artist Julie Wolfe will be in residence at Two Coats of Paint. Forming an ongoing research-based practice, Wolfe’s conceptual work explores studies for possible futures, alternative and marginalized ways-of-knowing, salvage practices, and the relationship of human activity to Earth systems. Through reconfiguring and recontextualizing salvaged materials, she assembles images, sculptures, drawings and … read more… “Two Coats of Paint artist-in-residence: Julie Wolfe”

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CounterPointe: From white cube to black box

Contributed by Sharon Butler / CounterPointe, an inspired dance project organized by Jason Andrew and Julia Gleich of Norte Maar, unfurled last weekend at the Actors Fund Arts Center in downtown Brooklyn. In its fifth year, the project comprised a series of dances created collaboratively by female visual artists and choreographers. The artists and audience had … read more… “CounterPointe: From white cube to black box”

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