Past, present, future: Lizbeth Mitty and Dana James

Contributed by Katie Hector / The handsome and evocative two-person show currently at M. David & Co. Gallery in Bushwick is the first public exhibition that Lizbeth Mitty and her daughter Dana James have had together. Yet, in retrospect, it seems to have been inevitable. Mitty grew up in Queens, and James was raised in … read more… “Past, present, future: Lizbeth Mitty and Dana James”

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Sarah Slappey: Lurking in the underbrush

Contributed by Julia Monté / After “Night Feeding”, Sarah Slappey’s first solo exhibition in NYC at Crush Curatorial, I caught up with her to discuss her new work, a borrowed baby, and the shadows lurking in the lush, sometimes haunting, environments of her recent paintings. Tangles of arms, legs, and dripping breasts seem to nurture their surroundings, with pockets of light catching evidence of … read more… “Sarah Slappey: Lurking in the underbrush”

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DISCUSSION: Owning motherhood

Last week I moderated a discussion at the School of Visual Arts called “Taking Custody: The Double Life of the Artist Mother,” which was organized by Cathleen Cueto, an artist who is expecting her first child this year, and included panelists Suzanne McClelland, Katherine Bernhardt, Rachel Papo, Amy Stein, Renée Cox, and Danica Phelps. I … read more… “DISCUSSION: Owning motherhood”

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The Double Life of the Artist Mother

Dear Readers, Please join us for a lively (and I hope brutally honest) conversation this Tuesday at the School of Visual Arts Theater. Taking Custody: The Double Life of the Artist Mother A Panel Discussion moderated by Sharon Butler of Two Coats of Paint Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 7pm SVA Theater UPDATE: Video of the … read more… “The Double Life of the Artist Mother”

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Two Coats urges mothers to apply for art reality show

In late June on Art21, I wrote about the upcoming art reality show that Sarah Jessica Parker and Magical Elves are producing for Bravo, and, as if by magic, casting was announced the following week. I’m sure the usual suspects will apply, but I’m urging older artists, particularly mothers, to take a shot at it. … read more… “Two Coats urges mothers to apply for art reality show”

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Neo-Maternalism: Contemporary artists’ approach to motherhood

The December/January issue of The Brooklyn Rail is online, so go check out my article about contemporary artists’ approach to motherhood. I mean, come on, isn’t the entire messy process of creation, birth, and childrearing the ultimate unexplored content for conceptually-rooted art practice? “Ever since the Abstract Expressionists held forth at the Cedar Tavern in … read more… “Neo-Maternalism: Contemporary artists’ approach to motherhood”

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