Radical reorientation: Leaving New York

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Joy Garnett, an artist I met via her formidable art blog NEWSgrist (“where spin is art”) in the early art blogging days, has just left Brooklyn. On social media I discovered that she has packed up her studio and apartment and moved to the high desert in Nevada. Shock and … read more… “Radical reorientation: Leaving New York”

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Quick study: The quiet city

Contributed by Sharon Butler / How’s everyone doing out there? The streets of New York have calmed down in the past few weeks, with far fewer sirens, although the neighbors still hang out the windows to make a racket at 7pm, celebrating the quietly heroic medical personnel and other essential workers. Governor Cuomo announced that … read more… “Quick study: The quiet city”

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On the road: Take five in Buffalo

Contributed by Jason Andrew / It seems only fitting that University at Buffalo, an institution built on the reputation of one of the great female art dealers of the 20th century, Martha Jackson, would be the one to raise the bar that much higher when it comes to “women’s work.” “Take Five” featured the work … read more… “On the road: Take five in Buffalo”

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Two Coats Online Art Guide: Spring 2020

Contributed by Emma Stolarski / With stay-at-home orders and screen times going up, it seems that the art world of the moment is living in social media. Instagram is saturated with live interviews and IGTV studio visits alongside friends’ (or our own) confessions about sanity levels. It’s all a bit overwhelming. To stay creative, it’s … read more… “Two Coats Online Art Guide: Spring 2020”

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Remote: Teaching art online

Contributed by Peter Plagens / Serious studio art classes cannot be taught online. Oh, they can be “taught”—if the professors and students accept, in a parallel to what my father used to say about cheap frozen pizza, a “cheese-like substance” in place of real cheese. That is, if everybody settles for an antiseptic virtual classroom … read more… “Remote: Teaching art online”

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Katherine Finkelstein: On scale, perspective, and upending expectation

Contributed by Luisa Caldwell / A few days before “Babybox” was scheduled to open at Motherbox gallery in Brooklyn, artist, gallery director, and curator Katherine Finkelstein sent out a notice that the show would be physically closed, but that she would be giving individual tours via iPhone. I was intrigued by the invitation, and, while … read more… “Katherine Finkelstein: On scale, perspective, and upending expectation”

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Conversation during lockdown: Alexis Granwell and Aubrey Levinthal

After back-to-back studio visits in late February, Philadelphia artists Alexis Granwell and Aubrey Levinthal started a digital conversation to follow up and ride out the isolation of the social-distancing lockdown. They discuss seismic studio shifts, tarot cards, rotten bananas, and working on the kitchen table. Aubrey Levinthal: Some artists say they feel freed by the … read more… “Conversation during lockdown: Alexis Granwell and Aubrey Levinthal”

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Quick study: How the world is changing

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Here are some articles and online projects that I thought might interest Two Coats readers. I’ve been somewhat productive in working on an artists’ book project during lockdown, but I have trouble tearing myself away from the news and trying to make sense of it all. George Packer wrote “We … read more… “Quick study: How the world is changing”

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Art and Film: Claustrophobia

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / People in lockdown on account of a pervasive but invisible biological enemy might be perversely drawn to movies broadly about pandemics, like Steven Soderbergh’s coolly wise Contagion (2011), Alfonso Cuarón’s elegantly melancholy Children of Men (2006), or the rather silly but occasionally unnerving Outbreak (1995). Some could also resort to … read more… “Art and Film: Claustrophobia”

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Piranesi and the anxiety of modernity

Contributed by Armin Kunz / Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778) created innumerable views of ancient and modern (that is, Baroque) Rome that together formed his monumental print cycles “Antichità Romane” and “Vedute di Roma.” They established his fame and lured generations of travelers to the Eternal City. Today, however, he is best known for the series … read more… “Piranesi and the anxiety of modernity”

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