Lisa Beck: So-called opposites

“I am attracted to related visual phenomena like positive and negative, pattern and randomness, color and grayscale, flatness and depth, representation and abstraction. I always want to go in different directions at the same time and much of my work has involved trying to find ways to integrate these so-called opposites.” In her first solo … read more… “Lisa Beck: So-called opposites”

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Jacqueline Humphries: The Matrix meets Cy Twombly

Contributed by Sharon Butler / In her ninth solo show at Greene Naftali, Jacqueline Humphries presents ten towering canvases that grapple with our relationship to digital technology and the overwhelming nature of the “data surround.” For this new body of work, the artist has translated her earlier paintings into ASCII, a character-based image encoding system developed in the 1960s, and … read more… “Jacqueline Humphries: The Matrix meets Cy Twombly”

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Roy Dowell and Richard Kalina: Standing their ground

Contributed by Marjorie Welish / “Synchronicity: A State of Painting” an exhibition featuring work by Roy Dowell and Richard Kalina, on view at Lennon, Weinberg through December 23, demonstrates that two artists standing their aesthetic ground can produce an uncommonly interesting pairing and debate. Though these two artists both have a schematic approach, their diagrammatic abstractions are situated in … read more… “Roy Dowell and Richard Kalina: Standing their ground”

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Cary Smith’s hand-painted precision

Contributed by Sharon Butler / In his second solo at Fredericks & Freiser, Cary Smith presented a new group of his signature hard-edged abstractions. These feature bold color and variations on two themes: the mandala (geometry) and the portrait (humanism). Made with tiny sable brushes without the aid of masking tape, Smith’s paintings, conjuring an unusual combination of joyfulness … read more… “Cary Smith’s hand-painted precision”

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Laurie Sverdlove: Unsettled in Vermont

Contributed by Dian Parker / Vermont artist Laurie Sverdlove has been painting for four decades. In high school she took classes at the Art Students League in New York City and earned her MFA from UC Berkeley in California, where she studied  with Joan Brown and Elmer Bischoff. After completing her PhD coursework in Russo-Iranian History at the University of Pennsylvania, Sverdlove lived in India for three years, eventually … read more… “Laurie Sverdlove: Unsettled in Vermont”

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Jeremy Hof: The elephant In the room

Contributed by Dion Kliner / A preamble: An elephant in a living room, as unlikely as it is to find one there, would never be mistaken for a couch. That is something of the situation that Jeremy Hof’s work puts one in; forcing the unfortunate necessity of bringing up the question of a particular piece being either painting or … read more… “Jeremy Hof: The elephant In the room”

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Undergraduate Sketchbook: Phoebe Funderburg-Moore

“The practice of making my art public is a new one, because often drawing is a coping mechanism for me. Scanning & posting my drawings feels scary because my sketchbook acts as a visual diary of my life, but ultimately it seems worth the vulnerability.” Phoebe Funderburg-Moore uses her sketchbook like a visual diary, reflecting on … read more… “Undergraduate Sketchbook: Phoebe Funderburg-Moore”

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Effects of chance: A conversation with Emily Berger

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Brooklyn painter Emily Berger is a masterful scumbler, dragging brushes of dry paint across panels to create scratchy horizontal bands of color. The wood grain of the panel peeks through, creating a sense of immediacy and improvisation. In her new work, the paint is thinly applied, and I get the sense that there aren’t any second … read more… “Effects of chance: A conversation with Emily Berger”

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Of Latino descent: “Radical Women” in LA

Contributed by Katarina Wong / The Getty recently launched Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a highly ambitious and rewarding initiative that explores Latin American and Latino art “in dialogue” with the city itself. More than 70 art institutions are participating, each offering their own take on the topic. One notable exhibition, among a field of exemplary shows, is Radical Women: … read more… “Of Latino descent: “Radical Women” in LA”

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Fernanda Fragateiro: Commemorative abstraction

Contributed by Marjorie Welish / The clearest innovation of Portuguese artist Fernanda Fragateiro’s poignant exhibition, on view at Josée Bienvenu through November 4, is the enlistment of industrial design to draw attention to women’s contributions to the arts. Custom-made acrylic boxes containing books hang from the gallery wall here and there. Metal shelving supports an homage … read more… “Fernanda Fragateiro: Commemorative abstraction”

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