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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Interview: Aleksandr Blanar, Justin Polera, and “A Strong Desire”

Contributed by Loren Britton / On the occasion of “A Strong Desire,” a sprawling summer group at PS120 in Berlin that explores sexual identity, the body, and their commodification in capitalist society, Loren Britton interviews curators Aleksandr Blanar and Justin Polera. In the curatorial statement, Christina Gigliotti writes that the exhibition, on view through August 26, “sets out to challenge heteronormativity … read more… “Interview: Aleksandr Blanar, Justin Polera, and “A Strong Desire””

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Jason Stopa: Inside and out

Contributed by Riad Miah /  In “The Gate,”Jason Stopa’s fourth New York solo and his first one-person show at Steven Harvey Fine Arts Projects, the artist has painted a lattice-like pattern on a bright yellow wall and hung his canvases to look as if they are hanging on a chainlink fence. The lively installation, on … read more… “Jason Stopa: Inside and out”

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TEXTING: Julia Schwartz at LA Visitor Welcome Center

Mary Addison Hackett recently caught up with Julia Schwartz on the occasion of Schwartz’s show, “tenderly cradled and lavishly flung” at Los Angeles Visitor Welcome Center, a gallery on W. 7th Street in LA. A few days later they had a frank dialogue through text messaging about family tragedy, the role of biography in understanding an artist’s … read more… “TEXTING: Julia Schwartz at LA Visitor Welcome Center”

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Soberly upbeat: Summer shows at DC Moore

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Summer is irrevocably a time for diversion and good cheer, but how much escapism can be indulged in good conscience is relative to the times, and these are deeply troubled ones. DC Moore’s zingy group exhibition “ZIG ZAG ZIG,” on view through August 10, strikes a fine balance between the sunny seasonal … read more… “Soberly upbeat: Summer shows at DC Moore”

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Facing reality: The Seattle Art Fair

Contributed by Erin Langner / In the center of the 2018 Seattle Art Fair,  Chilean-born artist Alfredo Jaar’s white neon script, hovering in Galerie Lelong’s booth, reads “Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness.” Jaar has appropriated these words, penned by poet W.H. Auden, many times before. But, as the fourth year of Seattle’s international fair opened on August 2, … read more… “Facing reality: The Seattle Art Fair”

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Fiction: The Western Tailor [Shubha Sunder]

Contributed by Shubha Sunder / At seven o’clock Ramesh turns off the sewing machine, slings his leather bag over his shoulder, and says his customary good-bye to his boss, Parul. Usually he walks straight home after work, but tonight he crosses the street and hides behind an old tamarind tree. From here he has a clear … read more… “Fiction: The Western Tailor [Shubha Sunder]”

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