Ideas and Influences: Björn Meyer-Ebrecht

In his second solo show at Matteawan Gallery, on view through Sunday, November 5, Brooklyn artist Björn Meyer-Ebrecht (b. Hamburg, Germany) presents abstract drawings and a site-specific installation that expand his ongoing interest in the basic elements of architecture. Readers may remember the unorthodox exhibitions Meyer-Ebrecht organized during Bushwick Open Studios – Communal Table (2014), Common Room (2015), and Open Space (2016) … read more… “Ideas and Influences: Björn Meyer-Ebrecht”

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Art and Film: Ruben Östlund’s bloated indignation

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / The art world and the bourgeoisie are taking a cinematic beating this year. Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) mercilessly exposes the resentments of has-been art stars, and Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a supremely creepy and deeply humorous takedown of the upper-middle class … read more… “Art and Film: Ruben Östlund’s bloated indignation”

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Your November Horoscope! by Crystal “Kitty” Shimski

Transcribed by guest contributor Jennifer Coates / Kitty divides her time between New York City and Montauk. She is a freelance Intuitive Technique Specialist and part-time Trance Inducer. She was recently certified in Trauma Re-alignment and holds a dual Associates Degree in Breath Dancing for Painters and Creative Shock Control from the Online Academy of Spiritual Transit. … read more… “Your November Horoscope! by Crystal “Kitty” Shimski”

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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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Ideas and Influences: Erika Ranee

Several years ago, Two Coats of Paint encountered Erika Ranee’s paintings during an open studio event at the Marie Sharpe Walsh Foundation. Soaked with vibrant color, her large-scale abstractions were exuberant conglomerations of snippets culled from the overlooked details of everyday life. On the occasion of her “Zip-A-Dee-A,” a solo show earlier this year at the Mazmanian Gallery at Framingham State University, Two … read more… “Ideas and Influences: Erika Ranee”

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Invitation: Print project in Bushwick this weekend

Drawing has become an increasingly important part of my art practice, and this weekend, four etching editions produced during a stimulating residency at Counterproof Press (located on the campus of the University of Connecticut at Storrs) will be on display in “Editions+Friends,” a collaborative project organized by Theodore:Art in Bushwick. The etchings – jumbled interpretations of geometric forms observed … read more… “Invitation: Print project in Bushwick this weekend”

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Dragged paintings: ​Studio visit with​​ Margie ​​Livingston

Contributed by Debbi Kenote / Staring at a large pin board in Margie Livingston’s Seattle studio, artist Til Will and I observe a collage of quotes, photos and notes. In the top corner there is a photo of a woman dragging a canvas. One word stands out from the notes: shame. I mull this word over as Livingston … read more… “Dragged paintings: ​Studio visit with​​ Margie ​​Livingston”

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Sahana Ramakrishnan, Atlas Discussion #179

Contributed by Jeff Bergman / I find myself absorbed in detail and affected by the stories that unfold in Sahana Ramakrishnan‘s exotic imagery. Ramakrishnan’s work, on view at Field Projects through October 28,  embraces sculpture, painting, and print, all with exuberant color and crowded images bursting with elusive tales that lead viewers down a path – maybe a forest wood, dark and deep, … read more… “Sahana Ramakrishnan, Atlas Discussion #179”

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Art and Film: Noah Baumbach’s New York state of mind

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) is arguably Noah Baumbach’s best movie since The Squid and the Whale, and seems sure to advance his putative destiny of becoming Woody Allen’s successor as the ranking cinematic chronicler of the artily exasperating New York state of mind. Like the earlier movie, the new one … read more… “Art and Film: Noah Baumbach’s New York state of mind”

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Peter Halley: The new unreality

Contributed by Sharon Butler / In his first solo show at Greene Naftali, Peter Halley contends with the new American reality of an increasingly shameless and authoritarian state under which, despite the best efforts of an overstretched free press and an embattled political opposition, the difference between fact and fiction has become increasingly obscured. Halley has outfitted the cavernous gallery with metallic floor-to-ceiling digital prints, tweaked lighting, a handful of his … read more… “Peter Halley: The new unreality”

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