Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: May 2019

To everyone who has struggled through another academic year, final crits are over, so the time has come to get out and see some shows. We don’t usually put museum exhibitions on our list, but don’t miss the 2019 Whitney Biennial, which opens this week. I went to the press preview, and I have to agree with Andrew Russeth (at ArtNews) who … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: May 2019”

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Robert Yoder on slowing down the process

Contributed by Sharon Butler / I met Robert Yoder at a fair in Miami a few years back, and, since we have a similar aesthetic, he invited me to show some work at SEASON, the gallery he runs out of his beautiful mid-century modern home in Seattle. This month Yoder has a solo at frosch & portmann, on view through April … read more… “Robert Yoder on slowing down the process”

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Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: January 2019

Contributed by Sharon Butler / The new year brings good news for Bushwick gallery goers: The L Train, which was scheduled for a 15-month shutdown to undergo repairs  beginning this year, is NOT shutting down. This is a welcome decision for the artists and galleries that live and work along the path of the L–Williamsburg, Bushwick, and Ridgewood … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: January 2019”

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The art world’s downmarket retreat

Last year, my first article published in The Brooklyn Rail examined how an impending art market “correction” might affect artists. “In a fairly typical scenario, the gallery an artist has worked diligently to cultivate, having been powered by the bull art market, doesn’t make the rent when it turns bearish. The artist is left without … read more… “The art world’s downmarket retreat”

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Why doesn’t activist art reflect our complex reality?

In New York, Jerry Saltz suggests that activist artists like Martha Rosler should stop recycling the well-worn tropes from the 1960s, move beyond the simplistic polarities of earlier political art, and begin to address our complex, contemporary reality with deeper insight and more nuance. “In the late sixties, Martha Rosler became known for a so-so … read more… “Why doesn’t activist art reflect our complex reality?”

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NY Mag’s fall painting picks

“Giorgio Morandi: 1890–1964,” Metropolitan Museum, New York, NY. Sept. 16–Dec. 14.“When the master of quiet still lifes died, in 1964, he was unfashionable in New York and London yet revered in Italy. Today, Morandi’s pastel paintings of bottles give the illusion of time stilled. The visual equivalent of slow food.” “Alfred Kubin Drawings, 1897–1909” At … read more… “NY Mag’s fall painting picks”

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Shafrazi uses two coats of paint

I’d be a negligent blogger if I didn’t applaud Jerry Saltz’s fabulous article title in this week’s New York,”Two Coats of Painting.” Saltz writes that Tony Shafrazi’s current show, “Who’s Afraid of Jasper Johns,” centers on a collaboration by the two impresario-organizers, gallerist Gavin Brown and artist Urs Fischer. “It is all about memory, morals, … read more… “Shafrazi uses two coats of paint”

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Saltz: Old is gold

In New York, Jerry Saltz writes that the art market bubble has enabled long-overlooked but hard-working artists to move a little closer to the limelight. “One of the good things about the supposedly evil art boom—setting aside for the moment the notion that it may be destabilizing right now— is that underknown mid-career artists are … read more… “Saltz: Old is gold”

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