Contributed by Sharon Butler / Last fall, there was a dearth of solo exhibitions by female painters. This September, a slew of seasoned women have mounted terrific shows. They include Katherine Bradford, Jane Fine (image at top), Elena Sisto, Kyle Staver, Barbara Takenaga, Charline von Heyl, and more. I’ve put together a list of some worthwhile September painting shows, … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / September 2018”
“Painters still look, as Monet looked, but there aren’t many around who look and nothing but. Painting is no longer just painting; now it is always ‘painting after’ something, as in ‘painting after photography…’”Read more at artnet.com.
“Privacy might seem like an odd desire for these professional graffiti muralists whose works adorn everything from bodegas and medical vans to playgrounds and public schools. But they have been serious about controlling their work ever since a number of their aerosol tableaus were photographed — without their permission — for a book and an … read more… “David Gonzalez and the rights of graffiti muralists”
Michael Kimmelman reviews the Rouault exhibition in today’s NYTimes. “At one time Rouault’s reputation rivaled Matisse’s, and his clowns and prostitutes were as ubiquitously reproduced as Ben Shahn posters. He had retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art in 1945 and 1953; when he died in 1958, at 87, the French government organized a state … read more… “The “touchingly strange” paintings of Georges Rouault”
Jerry Saltz reviews the show in New York Magazine. “The main attractions of this exhibition are 50 little happy-faced flower paintings and six large portraits of a haggard-looking Zen patriarch. The flowers are insipid. So are the portraits, although at least with them Murakami is up to his old extreme stylization. But the real content … read more… “The superslick, super-flat, superexpensive paintings of Takashi Murakami”
Roberta Smith looks at German paintings made with a wink and a sneer. “Painting may go in and out of fashion, but its many lifesaving graces always keep it afloat. One is its capacity for what might be called beautiful sarcasm, a sly self-parody while still looking good that is cultivated by many young painters … read more… “NYT art reviews: Markus Lüpertz & Martin Kippenberger”
George Baselitz in New YorkChristopher Wool in Berlin
“D.H. Lawrence said what was good about Moby Dick was that Melville didn’t really know what Moby Dick symbolized. He knew it was a symbol, but he didn’t know what it was a symbol of. In the same way, when you’re thinking about your own motivations and the meanings of your work, the less you … read more… “David Kapp and Robert Berlind interview Wolf Kahn in The Brooklyn Rail”
On artnet, Abraham Orden looks at the “Arcadian world of painting” in current New York gallery shows.
Art Reveiw “The canvas,” Stout wrote, “came not from any remembered form of flowers or flower beds but from a tree outside the door, a tree that the thin foliage of the lower reaches allowed the rising branches to be seen, rising, yet moving sideways, toward each other.” His small, spare, intimate abstractions can be … read more… “Michael Kimmelman NYT review of Myron Stout”