Peter Halley: The new unreality

Contributed by Sharon Butler / In his first solo show at Greene Naftali, Peter Halley contends with the new American reality of an increasingly shameless and authoritarian state under which, despite the best efforts of an overstretched free press and an embattled political opposition, the difference between fact and fiction has become increasingly obscured. Halley has outfitted the cavernous gallery with metallic floor-to-ceiling digital prints, tweaked lighting, a handful of his … read more… “Peter Halley: The new unreality”

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Pierre Coupey: Beyond the borders

Contributed by Dion Kliner / Over the course of more than five decades as a non-representational painter Pierre Coupey has deliberately avoided settling into a signature style. His pursuit is the presentation of a material and its range of application. An explorer’s zeal for discovery is only half the explanation. The other is his distrust … read more… “Pierre Coupey: Beyond the borders”

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Skulptur Projekte orbits Münster

Contributed by Loren Britton / When Skulptur Münster began in 1977, no one expected it to continue beyond its first iteration. In the early 1970’s, artist George Rickey placed his kinetic sculpture Drei rotierende Quadrate in the city, causing a public outcry against the installation of the piece. Attempting to transform public understanding about contemporary art in public spaces, the director of Münster’s Westfalisches Landesmuseum (LWL Museum) organized a series of lectures … read more… “Skulptur Projekte orbits Münster”

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Bushwick Open Studios 2017, Part 2

Contributed by Katie Fuller / Last weekend, Bushwick Open Studios did not disappoint. The mood was uplifting and the studios were full of artistic spirit. I found myself drawn to works with an unequivocal freedom of gesture, and to those that carefully balanced adolescent verve with more seasoned cynicism. I also noticed many artists creating illusionary surfaces with unconventional materials, while … read more… “Bushwick Open Studios 2017, Part 2”

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Leslie Wayne: Beyond painterly

Contributed by Sharon Butler and Jonathan Stevenson / Leslie Wayne, in transcendently clever new work on view at Jack Shainman Gallery through October 21, has encapsulated a significant strand of art history. Renaissance artist Leon Battista Alberti is often credited with the observation that a painting is a window through which to see the world. That … read more… “Leslie Wayne: Beyond painterly”

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A preview: 2017 Bushwick Open Studios

Bushwick Open Studios takes place this weekend, and we’ve gone through the BOS listings, Facebook posts, and our overstuffed inbox to select a few shows that will be of interest to painters. Our advice is not to worry about following a map–just go wander around and enjoy the day. Look for two posts next week from … read more… “A preview: 2017 Bushwick Open Studios”

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Steve Greene’s afterimages

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Beat-up paper, runny ink, and crusty surfaces aren’t so prevalent now that preliminary studies can be more efficiently made on the computer and final images crafted without getting one’s hands too dirty or wasting paint. Steve Greene knows that but doesn’t care. Like a musician who prefers vinyl to CDs or downloads, he is … read more… “Steve Greene’s afterimages”

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Philadelphia conversation: Lovitz, Hoffmann, Granwell at Fleisher/Ollman

Contributed by Becky Huff Hunter / Alchemy, Typology, Entropy at Fleisher/Ollman, Philadelphia, features painting and sculpture by three talented artists who live and work locally: Adam Lovitz, Peter Allen Hoffmann, and Alexis Granwell. The exhibition is one of several fantastic shows curated by Alex Baker this year—including Cryptopictos, Painters Sculpting/Sculptors Painting, and Person, Place or … read more… “Philadelphia conversation: Lovitz, Hoffmann, Granwell at Fleisher/Ollman”

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Unlimited: Painting and political upheaval

Contributed by Sharon Butler / During the 1960s, the world was rocked by massive political upheaval. In May 1968, two weeks of student riots in Paris blasted traditional approaches seemingly across the socio-political board, from government to gender roles to education. Civil rights and anti-war protests roiled the United States. Africa fitfully de-colonized, and Cold War political … read more… “Unlimited: Painting and political upheaval”

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Catalogue essay: Raphael Rubinstein on Drew Shiflett

Raphael Rubinstein wrote the following essay,  “Eccentric Modularity,” on the occasion of Drew Shiflett’s elegant solo show of new collage pieces, on view through June 30, at Lesley Heller Workspace in New York. —— I wonder when the great variety of process entered the field of art. When did certain artists begin to invent their own … read more… “Catalogue essay: Raphael Rubinstein on Drew Shiflett”

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