Email: Daniel Wiener on art in fiction

Daniel Wiener, who recently presented exceptional new work in “Doubled,” a two-person show at Studio 10 in Bushwick, sent a note in response to our summer fiction series. “Lately it seems that art and artists have been appearing more frequently in fiction, and writers are doing a better job both with contemporary artists and those who are … read more… “Email: Daniel Wiener on art in fiction”

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Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / June 19, 2017

Our late-June selected exhibitions list is organized by neighborhood, and for those of you who are at your friends’ beach shack on the shoreline or stuck in a rustic cabin with the kids, I hope you have decent connectivity, because links are included for online browsing. Don’t forget the sunscreen.

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Medrie MacPhee: Flat-out at Tibor de Nagy

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Medrie MacPhee’s new paintings, on view at Tibor de Nagy (recently relocated to shared space with Betty Cuningham on the Lower East Side) feature sewing notions and fabric pieces—zippers, pockets, buttons, facings, sleeves, and so forth—all harvested from cheap, disassembled clothing. The elements and shapes are flattened out, pasted onto … read more… “Medrie MacPhee: Flat-out at Tibor de Nagy”

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Art and Film: The life and death of a cinephilic boomtown

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / A somewhat film-nerdy set of historical facts gave rise to found-footage maven Bill Morrison’s extraordinarily artful and expansive documentary Dawson City: Frozen Time. Dawson City, Yukon Territory, was the Klondike Gold Rush’s quintessential boomtown, over the course of two years swelling in population from 500 to 40,000 in 1898. Within … read more… “Art and Film: The life and death of a cinephilic boomtown”

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Images: The 2017 Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program Residents

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, one of our neighbors in DUMBO, announced the artists they’ve selected for the 2017 residencies last week. It’s a  highly selective program, and this year they had 13oo applications for 17 spots. We know a slew of talented artists who didn’t make the cut, so we were wondering about the 17 who did, and we’re … read more… “Images: The 2017 Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program Residents”

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Fiction: Consummate Saturday [Paul D’Agostino]

“Consummate Saturday” A short story by Paul Da’Agostino Mina’s fourth and final bout of existence-racking pre-febrile dry heaves terminated at 4:37 on Saturday morning amid the mildew stains, strewn magazines and pubic squalor that adorned Davis’s loathsomely uncivil shared bathroom in a three-bedroom flat. Her supposedly latent and as-yet-undefined illness blossomed into dreadful self-realization no … read more… “Fiction: Consummate Saturday [Paul D’Agostino]”

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Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / June 4, 2017

Our selected June exhibitons list is organized by neighborhood, and for those of you who have already packed up and left town or are holed up in the studio working toward a fall exhibition, we’ve included links for online browsing. My summer plans? Thanks for asking. I love spending summer in the city, and I’m also looking forward to … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / June 4, 2017”

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Art and Film: Wajda’s final word on art and politics

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Wladyslaw Strzeminski, the reluctant hero of Afterimage, the great Polish director Andrzej Wajda’s last film before his death at age 90 last year, was a legendary avant-garde artist in Poland before World War II. He believed the painter’s job was to transform everyday experience into a singular aesthetic expression, an endeavor that was completely … read more… “Art and Film: Wajda’s final word on art and politics”

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Fiction: The Teddy Bears [Laurie Fendrich]

Our second installment of summer fiction is “The Teddy Bears,” an amusing short story written by artist and arts writer Laurie Fendrich  about a mid-career artist whose gallery closes unexpectedly. The story is loosely inspired by the one we posted last week, “The Unknown Masterpiece” by Honoré de Balzac. Fendrich thinks of “The Teddy Bears”  as a “fable of postmodern art” in … read more… “Fiction: The Teddy Bears [Laurie Fendrich]”

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Ginny Casey: Disembodied hands and lumps of clay in Philadelphia

Contributed by Becky Huff Hunter / It’s a common story of contemporary art for artists to describe abandoning the two-dimensional confines of traditional painting on canvas for the more immediate materiality of sculpture, installation, or performance. In her 2016 memoir, for example, academy-trained painter Marina Abramović recalls her decisive moment: “Why should I limit myself to two … read more… “Ginny Casey: Disembodied hands and lumps of clay in Philadelphia”

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