Last chance: Geometrics II

From Joanne Mattera Art Blog:“For “Geometrics II,” curator Gloria Klein selected 12 artists from the Geoform website. Geoform is a fabulous online resource dedicated to abstract geometric art maintained by Julie Karabenick. Gloria and Julie are two of the 12 artists in the show. The others are Steven Alexander, Laura Battle, Mark Dagley, Julie Gross, … read more… “Last chance: Geometrics II”

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I like line, too

McKenzie Fine Art presents “Linear Abstraction,” which examines of a few of the ways in which artists are using line in abstract imagery these days. Here’s an overview: Mark Dagley paints spherical webs of interlaced lines that reference information technologies and social networking sites. Gilbert Hsiao uses optically-charged, shaped canvases, vibrant color and repeating op-art … read more… “I like line, too”

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Mattera looks at shaped canvas: Pousette-Dart and Gorchov

Joanna Pousette-Dart’s show at Moti Hasson is down, but Joanne Mattera Art Blog has recently uploaded some pretty good images. “Pousette-Dart makes paintings that are chromatically gorgeous. The shapes are quirky, almost cartoony—like a Jetson’s version of ‘modern art’—but they’re elegant, with an almost italic flow. Correspondingly, a calligraphic gesture threads its way over the … read more… “Mattera looks at shaped canvas: Pousette-Dart and Gorchov”

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Totally angular

In the Chicago Tribune Alan G. Artner reports that the artists in “Angles in America” at Rhona Hoffman have “found or constructed geometry within the American everyday, and the resulting works prove that geometry can be quirky, personal, unexpected and far from universal.” Thanks, perhaps, to the recent Tomma Abts fanfare, angles are in the … read more… “Totally angular”

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Studio Update: So long, little shack

When I recently vacated my summer studio shack at Habitat For Artists, Simon Draper, creator/curator of the unusual HFA residency project in Beacon, NY, asked me to write a brief essay on my experience. It’s longer than my usual posts, and some of it may sound familiar from earlier Studio Updates, but I thought readers … read more… “Studio Update: So long, little shack”

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Sarah Walker: Layer upon layer upon layer

In the press release, Sarah Walker claims to use painting “as a tool for perceptual recalibration that enables viewers to detect and intuit disparate spatial systems simultaneously.” Well, OK, I guess so, but no need to be so rhetorically oblique and cerebral. Her mostly small, densely-layered compositions incorporate lattice-like structures, which suggest everything from cellular … read more… “Sarah Walker: Layer upon layer upon layer”

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Ary Stillman: Rewriting art history on his behalf

In the Jewish Herald-Voice, Aaron Howard declares that history is harsh to painters. “In certain periods of art history, a few celebrity painters get the recognition, either because their art is appealing or their lives are intriguing. Consider the abstract expressionists, for example. The names Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko come to mind. In contrast, … read more… “Ary Stillman: Rewriting art history on his behalf”

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Rothko’s Chapel: Everyone’s missing the suicidal artist’s point

In The Guardian Jonathan Jones reports that his visit to the Rothko Chapel in Houston left him impressed, but troubled that Rothko‘s project is so clearly misunderstood by all the religious groups who meet there. “Locals use this place. In fact, they love it. They come not just as tourists but to meditate, pray, and … read more… “Rothko’s Chapel: Everyone’s missing the suicidal artist’s point”

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Publishing the unpublished: Coates on Bromirski

At anaba, Martin Bromirski has posted an unpublished review of his 2006 show, Art of This Century, written by painting pal Jason Coates. “When discussing Martin Bromirski’s one person show at Haigh Jamgochian’s wonderfully out of place Markel Building in Richmond, VA, it is quite possible to focus only on the near-perfect matchup between the … read more… “Publishing the unpublished: Coates on Bromirski”

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Geo/Mattera visits MoMA

Joanne Mattera saw the Geo/Metric print and drawing show at MoMA, and reports back with a jpeg-rich two-part post. The show surveys the recurring and widespread impulse toward geometric abstraction in modern and contemporary art. Artists representing various movements and geographical backgrounds are all there: Cubist, Dada, and Russian avant-garde artists of the 1910s and … read more… “Geo/Mattera visits MoMA”

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