Artist’s statement: Tamalin Baumgarten

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Tamalin Baumgarten’s haunting paintings are inspired by the landscape, history, and people of Cuttyhunk, a small island off the coast of Massachusetts. As a child, Baumgarten spent summers there with her family, and for the past few years she has been running the Cuttyhunk Island Artists’ Residency out of the family home. “For me, Cuttyhunk is a setting where … read more… “Artist’s statement: Tamalin Baumgarten”

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Art and Film: Argentina’s haunting precedent

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Argentina’s decade-long “dirty war” (1974–83) during which a right-wing military junta “disappeared” about 30,000 left-wing dissidents – that is, executed them without acknowledgement of their deaths – ended over 35 years ago. Yet Argentina’s outstanding contemporary filmmakers continue to revisit the dirty war. In 2009, there was Juan José Campanella’s … read more… “Art and Film: Argentina’s haunting precedent”

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Abby Lloyd’s interview with her Aunt Nancy

Contributed by Joshua Abelow / “Abby’s Room” is a show at Freddy in Harris, New York, featuring Abby Lloyd’s new sculptures and childhood drawings by her Aunt Nancy. “When my grandma died in 2015, my family and I began cleaning out her house,” Lloyd writes in her artist’s statement. “That’s when I found my Aunt Nancy’s ‘family drawings’ … read more… “Abby Lloyd’s interview with her Aunt Nancy”

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Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: July 2019

Here is our selected listing of summer shows, primarily painting, in New York this month. I’ll be at the studio in DUMBO for most of the month (just got a batch of new canvases, follow work in progress here), and then, at the end, I’m off for a road trip to Canada. Give me a shout if you’re in Portland, Halifax, Cape Breton, … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: July 2019”

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Andrew Woolbright: Shrinebeasts

Contributed by Zach Seeger / In Andrew Woolbright’s current show “Expresso Your Depresso,” at ADA Gallery in Richmond, Virginia, the artist creates a series of mixed media pieces that fill the space with exuberant painting and billowing melancholy. Reminiscent of the imagined ghost ships of Fellini’s Juliette of the Spirits, Woolbright’s paintings are amalgams of the untethered, ribbony … read more… “Andrew Woolbright: Shrinebeasts”

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Roadtrip: The Clark, MASS MoCA, Bascom Lodge in Western Massachusetts

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Several weeks ago I returned to Mount Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts, where I was an artist-in-residence at Bascom Lodge, the inn at the top of the mountain, in summer 2014. Peter Dudek, a NYC-based sculptor who teaches at Hunter and SVA, has been running the inn for the … read more… “Roadtrip: The Clark, MASS MoCA, Bascom Lodge in Western Massachusetts”

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Hello Instagram: Mark Dicey in Calgary

Contributed by Giovanni Garcia-Fenech / Initially I resisted Instagram, thinking of it dismissively as a repository of selfies, sunsets, and celebrities, but, soured by Facebook and Twitter, I finally joined. Over the past four years I’ve come to appreciate IG for introducing me to a lot of terrific artists, many of whom never show their work in New York. In “Hello … read more… “Hello Instagram: Mark Dicey in Calgary”

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Interview: Rhia Hurt’s language of transparencies

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Rhia Hurt grew up in Northern California where she studied art and education, earning two Masters degrees–an MA in teaching from UC Santa Cruz and an MFA in painting from San Francisco Art Institute. After teaching public school for many years, she moved to New York, where, in 2012,  she and a … read more… “Interview: Rhia Hurt’s language of transparencies”

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Art and Film: Robert Frank’s will to believe

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Swiss-American photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank is now 94, which means he has been in the midst what he calls a “natural disaster” – old age – for at least fifteen years. Yet when he was 80, as Gerald Fox trailed him for Fox’s 2005 documentary Leaving Home, Coming Home: … read more… “Art and Film: Robert Frank’s will to believe”

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Centenary: Mira Schendel

On the occasion of the centenary of Swiss-Brazilian artist Mira Schendel’s birth (she was born on June 7, 1919), Henry Alsopp, the director of Hauser & Wirth London, visited her daughter Ada and grandson Max. Over the course of two days, they discussed Schendel’s courage during World War II, the challenges she faced during a difficult childhood, and the travails … read more… “Centenary: Mira Schendel”

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