Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / May 7, 2017

As another semester winds down, some of us may be looking to visit a few outstanding shows before heading into the studio, out to the country, or back home for the summer. Two Coats has compiled a list of recommended exhibitions in New York, primarily of painting and organized by neighborhood, with handy links for those who prefer to do their gallery … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / May 7, 2017”

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Invitation: “Blue State” and “Inflation” at DUMBO Open Studios 2017

Can anyone stop thinking about politics these days? We can’t. For “Blue State,” an exhibition we organized for DUMBO Open Studios, May 13 & 14, 1-6pm, Two Coats of Paint has selected work that reflects our state of mind. Artists include Matthew Deleget (Minus Space Gallery), David Mann (Margaret Thatcher Projects), Helen O’Leary (Lesley Heller Workspace), and Two Coats founder Sharon Butler … read more… “Invitation: “Blue State” and “Inflation” at DUMBO Open Studios 2017″

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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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International job, residency, and curatorial opportunities

Every so often we get an email from e-artnow, an artist-run electronic information service based in Prague that distributes selected e-mail announcements related to contemporary visual arts. This week we got a long one that had a slew of links to international job opportunities, from becoming a registrar for the Adrian Piper Research Archive in Berlin to learning … read more… “International job, residency, and curatorial opportunities”

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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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Poet Iris Cushing on “There Was,” Robin Hill’s solo at Lennon, Weinberg

Contributed by Iris Cushing / A “cairn” is a group of stones, arranged in some intentional configuration, to mark a place along a trail. To make a cairn is to leave a point of reference in the present for one’s future self to encounter; its message is simply that the builder of the cairn was, … read more… “Poet Iris Cushing on “There Was,” Robin Hill’s solo at Lennon, Weinberg”

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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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Invitation: “Sharon Butler: Good Morning” at SEASON in Seattle

UPDATE (May 26): Thanks Erin Langner for including the exhibition in art ltd Magazine‘s “Critic’s Picks” section. The show is on view through June 3o: New York artist Sharon Butler’s “Good Morning Drawings” play with expectations of painting’s role to the digital world. Pushing past the oft-revisited inquiry into the medium’s pending death, the ten works on view … read more… “Invitation: “Sharon Butler: Good Morning” at SEASON in Seattle”

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