Cathy Quinlan: Arcadian joy

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Cathy Quinlan, whose terrific new paintings and drawings are on view at Centotto in Bushwick, is old-fashioned. Instead of snapping images of paintings at galleries, she takes out her sketchbook and draws them, then posts them in “The Pencil Review,” a column at Talking Pictures, her blog that “explores, comments, … read more… “Cathy Quinlan: Arcadian joy”

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Exhibition essay: Sarah Sentilles on Nancy Bowen at Kentler International Drawing Space

Contributed by Sarah Sentilles / Nancy Bowen calls herself an “artistic archaeologist,” and in her exhibition “For Each Ecstatic Instant,” you can see the fragments of her brilliant excavations: maps, engravings, pamphlets, stamps, glass, picture frames, and pages from books on scientists and language and personalities and enamelware and customs and hopscotch. Bowen reassembles what … read more… “Exhibition essay: Sarah Sentilles on Nancy Bowen at Kentler International Drawing Space”

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Katherine Bradford: Deep image painting

Contributed by Jason Andrew / The art of Katherine Bradford, on view at Canada through October 21, is deep image painting. Her often heroic imagery and surrealist leaps echo a floating world, one that narratively exists between the real and the dream. Each work has a self-conscious spiritualist language that represents a developing poetic stance – a … read more… “Katherine Bradford: Deep image painting”

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Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / September 2018

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Last fall, there was a dearth of solo exhibitions by female painters. This September, a slew of seasoned women have mounted terrific shows. They include Katherine Bradford, Jane Fine (image at top), Elena Sisto, Kyle Staver, Barbara Takenaga, Charline von Heyl, and more. I’ve put together a list of some worthwhile September painting shows, … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / September 2018”

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Two Coats of Paint Resident Artist: Nancy Evans

Contributed by Mary Jones / Veteran Los Angeles artist Nancy Evans is bringing an installation of sculpture, painting and works on paper to Two Coats of Paint during her artist’s residency, which takes place from September 30 through October 6.  Acclaimed for her original, independent vision, Evans combines a homespun sense of craft with a visionary’s quest … read more… “Two Coats of Paint Resident Artist: Nancy Evans”

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Artist Statement of the Day: Jock Ireland

“I don’t like writing artist’s statements. I really don’t know what to say. I’m not even sure at this point what I’ll be showing. Some heads—maybe. I guess I try to get some ‘form’ into my heads—at least I’m less suspicious of form than I am of formlessness. Maybe ‘character’ too—but whose character? I don’t … read more… “Artist Statement of the Day: Jock Ireland”

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Studio visit with Barbara Takenaga

Contributed by Leslie Wayne / Barbara Takenaga has been pitting her skill at painting pattern against the physical constraints of materials for years, and her skill has usually won out. For a long time, bodies of work based on the Mandala were her signature motif. She meticulously painted carefully plotted circular patterns with the devotion of … read more… “Studio visit with Barbara Takenaga”

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Throbbing heart: Queerness and abstract painting

Contributed by Noah Dillon / In Stamford, Connecticut, Franklin Street Works, a non-profit art space with the curatorial vision of a marquis contemporary museum, is presenting “My Vicious Throbbing Heart: Animating Desire in Abstract Painting,” an exhibition of 34 works by a dozen artists. Curated by Risa Puleo, the exhibition aims, in the words of … read more… “Throbbing heart: Queerness and abstract painting”

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Dona Nelson: Exuberant overworking as a strategy

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Dona Nelson says she’s lazy because sometimes she would rather read a book than work in the studio. But “Stand Alone Paintings,” a recent mini-retrospective at Skidmore’s Tang Teaching Museum that includes thirty pieces ranging from the 1980s to the present, revealed an artist who is far from a slacker. Clearly … read more… “Dona Nelson: Exuberant overworking as a strategy”

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Art and Film: Meta’s meta in Madeline’s Madeline

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Writer-director Josephine Decker’s remarkably ambitious avant-garde film Madeline’s Madeline drills towards the molten core of the creative process and its hazards by way of the impressive young actress Helena Howard’s portrayal of the even more impressive eponymous young actress. Given that description, it goes almost without saying that the proceedings … read more… “Art and Film: Meta’s meta in Madeline’s Madeline”

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