Dona Nelson: Exuberant overworking as a strategy

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Dona Nelson says she’s lazy because sometimes she would rather read a book than work in the studio. But “Stand Alone Paintings,” a recent mini-retrospective at Skidmore’s Tang Teaching Museum that includes thirty pieces ranging from the 1980s to the present, revealed an artist who is far from a slacker. Clearly … read more… “Dona Nelson: Exuberant overworking as a strategy”

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Quick study

LINKS: Casualism in Puerto Rico, Kurt Cobain’s paintings, legislation to ease student loan debt for artists, an interview with Brian Belott, artists recommend books, Tatiana Berg picks shows in London, Saul Ostrow on Antoni Tàpies, the best artist-published art blogs, and Franz West’s estate. ////  At Hyperallergic, Allison Glenn covers Beyond the Canvas: Contemporary Art from Puerto Rico,  an … read more… “Quick study”

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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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The gap between: “Unfinished” at the Met Breuer

In recent years, artists have been interested in “slippage.” In painting, that often translates into an exploration of the space between abstraction and representation, or between two and three dimensions. “Unfinished,” the inaugural show at the Met Breuer, examines another important area – the gap between finished and unfinished. [Image at top: Juan Gris (Spanish, … read more… “The gap between: “Unfinished” at the Met Breuer”

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Raoul De Keyser: The loss of certainty

“Drift,” the sublime Raoul De Keyser exhibition on view at David Zwirner through April 23, was organized around a group of 22 small paintings known as The Last Wall. Completed shortly before his death in October 2012, they are hung in the gallery exactly as De Keyser had installed them on the wall of his … read more… “Raoul De Keyser: The loss of certainty”

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Interview: Clare Grill in Sunnyside

Contributed by Rob Kaiser-Schatzlein / In late November, I rode my bike to Clare Grill‘s Sunnyside apartment-studio, where we talked about her technique, the mental space required to paint, and her new-found freedom from having to work a second job. A warm and serious painter, Clare makes abstract paintings that are filled edge to edge … read more… “Interview: Clare Grill in Sunnyside”

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Press release of the day: Giorgio Griffa at Casey Kaplan

In January Casey Kaplan is presenting work from the 1970s by painter Giorgio Griffa (b. Turin, 1936), an Italian painter known for his rigorous approach to conceptual painting. Here is an excerpt from the press release for the show: “In Georgio Griffa’s observations, metaphorical and symbolic imagery exist as an overlay functioning on top of … read more… “Press release of the day: Giorgio Griffa at Casey Kaplan”

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Gedi Sibony’s backwards images in Greater New York

In “Greater New York” at MoMA PS1, Gedi Sibony, known for his early assemblages of carpet and drywall, is represented by nine framed pieces that were made in 2015, but borrow an idea from his previous work. Each piece, seemingly sourced in a thrift shop, consists of an old metal frame — the popular, make-it-yourself … read more… “Gedi Sibony’s backwards images in Greater New York”

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Art and Film: Jem Cohen’s faith in art

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / New York independent filmmaker Jem Cohen’s laconically moving Counting is quintessentially an artist’s movie. It is divided into fifteen segments, and owing to the absence of a script, their logic is obscure. This Delphic quality makes Counting similar to a solo painting or photograph exhibition. A title (e.g., “The Blues”) … read more… “Art and Film: Jem Cohen’s faith in art”

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VERNACULAR: A painterly conversation about abstraction

By Janet Goleas / Shared from the Hamptons Art Hub / The four artists included in “Vernacular”—Eric Brown, Sharon Butler, Andrew Seto and Joyce Robins—at Bushwick’s Theodore:Art, approach abstraction with a shared sense of humility, materiality and ambiguity. Speaking in distinct but related painterly tongues, the works on view connect familiar idioms—minimalism, cubism, precisionism—with a … read more… “VERNACULAR: A painterly conversation about abstraction”

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