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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Images: Art and fresh air at Industry City Open Studios

Contributed by Katie Fuller / Industry City’s official website calls itself an “innovation ecosystem,” and from what I saw this weekend at the Open Studios, they aren’t kidding. Located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, Industry City seems to be an artist’s utopia with perfectly sunlit studios, delicious food options, and an environment swelling with creativity. I think you can even begin to see the … read more… “Images: Art and fresh air at Industry City Open Studios”

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Email gone wrong: Julian Hatton at Elizabeth Harris

To: Two Coats of Paint From: Julian Hatton Dear Brett: Just wondering how one enjoys a post on Two Coats of Paint?  My show is up at Elizabeth Harris (April 20-June 3) and I am scratching my head about getting the word out. With time I’ll get a handle on it, but am currently scrambling to … read more… “Email gone wrong: Julian Hatton at Elizabeth Harris”

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Update: Ryan McLaughlin

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Last time I saw a solo of Ryan McLaughlin’s endearing, small-scale paintings was in 2013 at Laurel Gitlen, a painting-friendly LES gallery that closed a little over a year ago. His enigmatic work, conjuring the dry, flat surfaces of 1940s easel-size abstraction, incorporates fragmented pieces of text, code, and other symbols. According to a recent email, Gitlen has … read more… “Update: Ryan McLaughlin”

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Images: DUMBO Open Studios

Contributed by Katie Fuller / Even though the weather this weekend wasn’t ideal, Dumbo Open Studios was well worth a visit. For readers who couldn’t make it, I’ve compiled a stack of images, featuring both work-in-progress and completed pieces. My collection, however, doesn’t even begin to cover all the participants, many of whom are established artists who rarely invite the public into their … read more… “Images: DUMBO Open Studios”

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Marsden Hartley’s influences and ambition

Contributed by Sharon Butler / In the New York art community of the early 1900s, Marsden Hartley (born Lewiston, Maine 1877; died 1943 Ellsworth, Maine) found success elusive, and discovered, as almost all artists do, that developing a unique voice was a challenging proposition. He worked in New York, spent several years traveling to Europe, New … read more… “Marsden Hartley’s influences and ambition”

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Scooter LaForge and the sporadic, subconscious mind

Contributed by Grant Wahlquist / Scooter LaForge is a painter who lives and works in New York City. His current exhibition at Theodore:Art, “Everything is Going to be OK,” features sculptures, works on canvas, and garments incorporating painting. I recently spoke with Scooter regarding the show, his artistic forebears, and his process in the studio. 

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Rounding the corner: Joan Waltemath at Anita Rogers

Contributed by Sharon Butler / In “Fecund Algorithms,” a solo exhibition of new paintings and diminutive sewn-canvas works, Joan Waltemath diverts gently from the quiet perfection of her previous work to embrace small accidents and contingencies. On view at Anita Rogers’s new light-filled second-floor gallery in Soho, Waltemath’s work looks exquisite in the elegantly appointed room, which boasts Greek columns and a long wall of oversized … read more… “Rounding the corner: Joan Waltemath at Anita Rogers”

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On elephant dick: A conversation between Todd Bienvenu and Cynthia Daignault

On the occasion of “Water Sports,” Todd Bienvenu’s solo show on view at yours mine & ours through May 14, friend and fellow painter Cynthia Daignault talked to Bienvenu about learning to paint, art history, and the material reality of painting. “I don’t have to look very hard for ideas,” Bienvenu told Daignault. “My favorite paintings are about really dumb and obvious things. But … read more… “On elephant dick: A conversation between Todd Bienvenu and Cynthia Daignault”

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Quicktime: Fast, casual painting in Philadelphia

Contributed by Becky Huff Hunter / In his influential Art in America article “Provisional Painting” (2009), critic Raphael Rubinstein traced a history—from Joan Miró to Mary Heilmann—of “works that look casual, dashed-off, tentative, unfinished or self-cancelling,” that “constantly risk inconsequence or collapse.” In Rubinstein’s analysis, this attitude provides an easier yoke for artists tired of laboring … read more… “Quicktime: Fast, casual painting in Philadelphia”

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