Contributed by Luisa Caldwell and Matt Freedman / Back in December, the uncanny pushed its way into the room of exquisite landscape paintings by David Brody and Elliot Green. Uncanny, as in familiar but incongruous, has become attached to the persuasively surreal in contemporary practice; strange figurations usually, big babies, small grownups, appendages attached to architecture. It … read more… “In retrospect: Post-truth with David Brody and Elliot Green”
The-world-is-falling-apart edition. MoMA protests Trump’s refugee ban, Dore Ashton has died, AFC offers to help to artists affected by Trump’s executive orders, movies about politics, NEA budget, Stock Club update, Welish on Dan Walsh, Tatiana Berg and Mexico City, and more.
At artist-run galleries, the conversation centers on art rather than commerce. Alternative spaces provide a place for unknown and under-recognized artists to mount exhibitions, for curators to organize their first thematic shows, and for established artists to present experimental projects that their commercial galleries aren’t interested in showing. “Inventing Downtown,” an ambitious and densely hung group show at the NYU Grey Art … read more… “History: Artist-run galleries in NYC in the 1950s and 1960s”
For his new series of elegant abstract paintings, on view at Minus Space through February 25, Ken Weathersby drew from seasoned images in old art history books. These books feature simple layouts, often two wide columns illustrated with black and white images. Over time, the paper on which they’ve been printed has darken or yellowed. The paintings … read more… “Ken Weathersby: From sculpture to painting”
Infrastructure: Land, Mind, Country Artists from the Two Coats of Paint Residency Program Opening reception: February 2, First Thursday, at SEMINAR Gallery in DUMBO, 6-9 pm. Two Coats of Paint has the unique privilege of curating an exhibition of the seven artists from across the United States who have participated in the first year of our … read more… “Infrastructure / Feb 2 – 26 @ SEMINAR in DUMBO”
Contributed by Matthew Weinstein / I really hope people get to see Chris Moss‘s show at Theodore:Art in Bushwick. I own a painting of his, and I love it. It makes me laugh. It’s hanging by my front door. It’s a crazy little square face; a sort of impasto emoji that signifies nothing. It’s like a … read more… “Christopher Moss: So not funny”
In her second solo show at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, Tamara Gonzales presents a colorful series of pencil drawings that conjure Peruvian textiles and embroidery. She first visited Peru in 2013 to see Machu Picchu. “Ever since seeing Keep the River on Your Right I’d wanted to visit Machu Picchu,” Gonzales told me recently in an email exchange.
The latest issue of Smithsonian Journeys Travel Quarterly, called the “Atlas of Eating,” features travel articles related to food, such as “How Food Became Religion in Peru’s Capital City” and “The Humble Beginnings of Goulash.” Editor Jeff Bartholet invited me to contribute something about art and food, so I put together a short history of food’s appearance in art, but, … read more… “A brief history of food as art”
Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Elizabeth Murray, who died too young at 66 in 2007, stretched and contorted household scenes and objects into kinetic abstract festivals on baroquely shaped canvases that defied and escaped the presumed domestic tyranny of wifely and motherly duty. That may be what a Guerrilla Girl – fittingly interviewed in her … read more… “Art and Film: Elizabeth Murray and the splendor of the ordinary”
Many self-employed artists have come to rely on the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, for comprehensive, fairly-priced heath insurance. The following article from STAT, a national publication focused on finding and telling compelling stories about health, medicine, and scientific discovery, written by cancer survivors Ben Fishman and Jen Campisano, explains why the GOP proposal to repeal the ACA (and perhaps, down … read more… “How GOP proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act may affect artists”