Contributed by Katie Fuller / Dumbo Open Studios afforded me and many others a golden opportunity to catch up with familiar artists and also discover some completely new work. The larger installations ranged from the hive of artists in the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program and Smack Mellon’s Kentucky Derby Benefit Auction to “Among Friends,” an inventive and widely inclusive group show and fundraising opportunity in Beth Dary’s studio that was inspired by Robert … read more… “Survey: Dumbo Open Studios 2018”
“The sketchbook practice is always something I return to when painting or any other more physical work seems too daunting. The intimacy is healing. It’s a safe space where I can fool around with unresolved ideas that no one ever has to see. My sketchbook also acts as a storage place for scraps I don’t want to lose and for studies … read more… “Undergraduate Sketchbook: Katie Fuller”
Contributed by Katie Fuller / Last weekend, Bushwick Open Studios did not disappoint. The mood was uplifting and the studios were full of artistic spirit. I found myself drawn to works with an unequivocal freedom of gesture, and to those that carefully balanced adolescent verve with more seasoned cynicism. I also noticed many artists creating illusionary surfaces with unconventional materials, while … read more… “Bushwick Open Studios 2017, Part 2”
Bushwick Open Studios takes place this weekend, and we’ve gone through the BOS listings, Facebook posts, and our overstuffed inbox to select a few shows that will be of interest to painters. Our advice is not to worry about following a map–just go wander around and enjoy the day. Look for two posts next week from … read more… “A preview: 2017 Bushwick Open Studios”
Contributed by Katie Fuller / Industry City’s official website calls itself an “innovation ecosystem,” and from what I saw this weekend at the Open Studios, they aren’t kidding. Located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, Industry City seems to be an artist’s utopia with perfectly sunlit studios, delicious food options, and an environment swelling with creativity. I think you can even begin to see the … read more… “Images: Art and fresh air at Industry City Open Studios”
Contributed by Katie Fuller / Even though the weather this weekend wasn’t ideal, Dumbo Open Studios was well worth a visit. For readers who couldn’t make it, I’ve compiled a stack of images, featuring both work-in-progress and completed pieces. My collection, however, doesn’t even begin to cover all the participants, many of whom are established artists who rarely invite the public into their … read more… “Images: DUMBO Open Studios”
Contributed by Katie Fuller / The masterly early paintings of Al Taylor, currently exhibited at David Zwirner, were made from 1971 through 1980, before he began creating his famously sculptural forms. Most of the paintings are rather large and vertical, and adhere to the rule of thirds, though some are split starkly in half by … read more… “Al Taylor, structurally unique”
Contributed by Katie Fuller / “Our Heads Are Round So Our Thoughts Can Change Direction,” the Francis Picabia exhibition at MoMA, tells a story of a curious man with a need to experiment with more than one style, medium, process, or subject. As a result, this retrospective is inspiring, entertaining, and whiplash-inducing.