Catalogue essay: Thomas Micchelli on Cordy Ryman

Note: This essay, written by artist and art writer Thomas Micchelli, originally appeared in the catalogue for “Free Fall,” Cordy Roman‘s 2017 solo show at Tower 49 Gallery. The eight-foot-long two-by-fours cascade down the wall from the farthest corner of Cordy Ryman’s double-height Sunset Park studio: wooden lengths in forest green, yellow green, emerald green, with … read more… “Catalogue essay: Thomas Micchelli on Cordy Ryman”

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Gregory Amenoff: Inside and Out

Contributed by Stephen Westfall / American abstraction was born in the landscape. Arthur Dove and Georgia O’Keeffe seem to have got there before anyone else, trailing plowed fields, banks of clouds, and zigzag lightning bolts into visual rhythms that verge onto geometric patterning without losing touch with a dream-like memory of forest, field and weather. … read more… “Gregory Amenoff: Inside and Out”

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Catalogue essay: Kirsten Swenson on Peter Soriano’s Permanent Maintanence

Kirsten Swenson originally wrote this catalogue essay for Permanent Maintenance, Peter Soriano‘s wall drawing project, on view through August 21, 2016, at the Colby College Museum of Art. // Drawing on the wall is a natural, immediate kind of expression, even as it remains at odds with the idea of an “art object” that we … read more… “Catalogue essay: Kirsten Swenson on Peter Soriano’s Permanent Maintanence”

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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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Catalogue essay: Raphael Rubinstein on Gary Stephan

Raphael Rubinstein originally wrote this essay for Gary Stephan‘s solo exhibition, on view through April 23, 2016, at Susan Inglett. / Some paintings pick arguments with art history. Some paintings pick arguments with their materials. Some paintings pick arguments with the other paintings around them in the artist’s studio. Some paintings pick arguments with the … read more… “Catalogue essay: Raphael Rubinstein on Gary Stephan”

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Catalogue essay: Robert Storr on Elena Sisto

UPDATE: On Saturday, April 2, at 2 pm, Elena Sisto and Tom Burckhardt, who has a solo show opening at Gregory Lind in San Fransisco on April 7,  will hold a public conversation at Lori Bookstein. Free and open to the public. Today we are fortunate to have another thoughtful essay from Robert Storr. He … read more… “Catalogue essay: Robert Storr on Elena Sisto”

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Catalogue essay: Robert Storr on Rick Briggs

Robert Storr originally wrote the following catalogue essay about Rick Briggs‘s unusual paintings, and he has graciously allowed Two Coats of Paint to republish it. Briggs’s solo show, “Full Circle,” is on view at the Flecker Gallery at Suffolk County Community College through March 18. Some painters just can’t leave well enough alone. Which is … read more… “Catalogue essay: Robert Storr on Rick Briggs”

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Lisa Beck: A Set of Glances, of Extended Duration, Perpetually

The following essay by Bob Nickas was originally published in Lisa Beck’s new monograph, The Middle of Everywhere / The exhibition “The Four Corners of Abstract Painting (From sincerity to sarcasm, from formalism to expression)” may not be the first time that I encountered the work of Lisa Beck, but it’s the first show that … read more… “Lisa Beck: A Set of Glances, of Extended Duration, Perpetually”

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Mailbox: Don Porcaro’s shape of play

I get a slew of exhibition catalogs in the mail, so I’ve decided to feature some of the more interesting ones in a column called “Mailbox.” This week I was delighted to receive “Shape of Play: Sculpture by Don Porcaro,” a catalog that accompanied a  recent exhibition at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, … read more… “Mailbox: Don Porcaro’s shape of play”

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Catalogue essay: COVER THE EARTH by Stephen Maine

Curated by artists Elisabeth Condon and Carol Prusa, “POUR,” an exhibition that examines the use of poured paint in contemporary art practice, opens this week at the Schmidt Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton, Florida. Condon, a painting professor at University of South Florida and Prusa, a painting prof at FAU, tapped Stephen Maine … read more… “Catalogue essay: COVER THE EARTH by Stephen Maine”

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