Art and film: “Detroit” and Faulkner’s truth

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / William Faulkner famously said, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” That is a key truth about one of his central concerns – race in America. Kathryn Bigelow, in her harrowingly compelling film Detroit, uses that truth as a kind of nightstick with which to beat the audience … read more… “Art and film: “Detroit” and Faulkner’s truth”

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Images: Elizabeth Gilfilen

After a period exploring the notion of restraint–paring down her palette and limiting the number of marks–Elizabeth Gilfilen has returned to epic struggle. In her pulsating new large-scale canvases, Gilfilen pits clashing colors against one another in snaking layers and agitated line, filling once pristine areas with murky, mark-cancelling clots of paint. She is a painter who thrives … read more… “Images: Elizabeth Gilfilen”

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Selections: Trestle’s big show of small works

Contributed by Sharon Butler / This year Trestle Gallery’s summer group show, “Small Work,” was curated by Bill Carroll, a painter and the director at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program. Selecting work for this kind of show, defined not by theme but simply by size, is always difficult. Carroll says he was … read more… “Selections: Trestle’s big show of small works”

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Recognition for artists: Sondheim Artscape Prize in Baltimore

Baltimore’s most prestigious art prize is the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, a sizable fellowship awarded to artists who live or work in the Baltimore region. Unlike the DeCordova Museum of Art’s Rappaport Prize, which was recently awarded to Sam Durant, an artist who grew up in the Boston area but now lives in California, the … read more… “Recognition for artists: Sondheim Artscape Prize in Baltimore”

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Film: A strategic retreat’s smirk of defiance in DUNKIRK

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson /In his paradoxically granular war epic Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan assumes viewers know that the British Army’s 1940 strategic retreat from the eponymous French coastal town was crucial to Allied victory in World War II, minimizing narrative exposition and personal back-story and thrusting the audience straight into onslaught, survival, and endeavor. Nolan employs three … read more… “Film: A strategic retreat’s smirk of defiance in DUNKIRK”

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Adirondack idyll: Jay Invitational of Clay, Rockwell Kent, Ausable Chasm & more

Contributed by Sharon Butler and Jonathan Stevenson / Some artists go upstate to get away from the art world in the summer, and others gather an art world around them wherever they go. We went up to the Adirondacks recently to visit the summer outpost of Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts in Jay, New York, where founders Jason … read more… “Adirondack idyll: Jay Invitational of Clay, Rockwell Kent, Ausable Chasm & more”

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Fiction: Light [Rand Richards Cooper]

FOR THIS EDITION of the summer fiction column, my old friend Rand Richards Cooper has contributed “Light,” a poignant story  published in Big as Life, his 1996 collection of short fiction. In “Light” Cooper imagines reconnecting with our old high school art teacher. –SB

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“Painting Not Painting” in Baltimore

Contributed by Sharon Butler /  “Painting Not Painting” is an exhibition at ‘sindikit, the project space run by Tim Doud and Zoë Charlton in Baltimore. Artists include Paolo Arao, Rush Baker, Sharon Butler, Dan Devening, Phaan Howng, Sabina Ott + Kelly Lloyd, and Jo Smail. From the press release: The artists participating in Project 8 are all artists who have worked with abstraction as a … read more… ““Painting Not Painting” in Baltimore”

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Gretchen Frances Bennett’s tenderness

Gretchen Frances Bennett: “Objects that appear in my drawings are pieced together place holders, in an ongoing search for the things that stay. They speak to a fleeting image caught peripherally, that can hold basic significant information. This constellation of related and incomplete fragments continually touches down on this question of what stays, yet, is not overly … read more… “Gretchen Frances Bennett’s tenderness”

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Images: Becky Brown, Annette Cords, and accidental poetry

According to the press release for “Cognition-Stroll,” a collaborative exhibition on view at Project:ARTspace that features Annette Cords and Becky Brown, the hyphenated term is a literal English translation of the German compound word Erkenntnisspaziergang, which means “a practice of going out to gain deeper insight while walking.” Brown and Cords roam the streets of New York City, accumulating ideas from signage, graffiti, and … read more… “Images: Becky Brown, Annette Cords, and accidental poetry”

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