Contributed by Sharon Butler / The semester is over and I’m finally catching up on the news. Here are links to some of the stories that caught my eye: Ceramic Christmas trees, NYTimes critics pick their favorite art books of 2018, John Yau ODs on Mark Grotjahn, Sept Rodney on “Soul of a Nation,” the $200,000 Don Tyson … read more… “Quick study”
This edition of “Quick study” includes good news about how the arts drive economic growth and bad news about MoCA curator Helen Molesworth. Also: Grant Wood’s retrospective at the Whitney, Russian collectors’ hankering to join in the global art world, the future of art fairs, a mural in Parkland, Joan Baez is a painter, and one of my latest pet peeves about the … read more… “Quick study”
Stories about painting in the news include: the return of a stolen Degas, why portrait painting is making a comeback, and the Russian intrigue in Ghent. Also, some reviews are out for “Songs for Sabotage,” the New Museum’s 2018 Triennial.
According to Hauser & Wirth, abstract painter Jack Whitten has died at 78. In 2013 NYTimes review, Holland Cotter praised Whitten for his restless energy: With a career grazing the 50-year mark, Jack Whitten is still making work that looks like no one else’s, which is saying something, given the flood of abstract painting in New York … read more… “Quick study”
The 2016-you’re-killing-me edition: Paul D’Agostino’s art round up at Brooklyn Magazine, Ivanka’s art collection (and Playboy bunny style), heartbreaking story about opioid addiction, and an update on the $50 Stock Club for Artists.
A Friday reading round-up that includes Art Forum on Mira Dancy and Sarah Peters, ArtNews on the Independent, Roberta Smith on Sharon Horvath, Martha Schwendener on Chris Martin, Raphael Rubinstein on Howardena Pindell, Jillian Steinhauer on Ken Johnson’s controversial Grabner review in the NYTimes, Walter Robinson in conversation with Phong Bui, and young artists as … read more… “Quick study”
Greg Allen is making paintings again, and this time he’s painting them himself. According to AnimalNY, Artist, critic and our go-to appropriation expert Greg Allen has turned joke tweets by artist Jayson Musson (and sometimes internet art critic “Hennessy Youngman”) into paintings. Jokes such as, “I think Moby is on the N train rn but you just can’t go … read more… “Quick study: Greg Allen's @TheRealHennessy tweet paintings, MESS,
working conditions, more”
Who knew painting (and art writing) still had the power to evoke such outrage? Some artists and writers, unhappy with the provisional and casualist approach that I’ve been observing for the past few years, have been wondering why this type of work has gotten so much ink and pixels. Abstract Critical, a UK publication that … read more… “Quick Study: Enough already, what’s next, a new painting blog and more”
In line with recent custom, the one painter shortlisted for the Turner Prize–Lynette Yiadom-Boakye–was passed over. Via NYTimes: “The artist Laure Prouvost, whose works combine whimsical objects and drawings in evocative settings with an Instagram-like stream of film images, has won this year’s Turner Prize, the prestigious and often contentious annual award for a British … read more… “Quick Study: Turner Prize, Miami, Zwirner, and, yes, surfing”
As I traipse around the galleries, catch up on the backlog in my InBox, and read the other bloggers via my new Feedly RSS reader (so nicely designed!), I frequently post images and links to the Two Coats Twitter and Instagram feeds. Here’s a selection of posts from the past week. Paul Resika, detail. @ Lori Bookstein instagram.com/p/eN1KV1Jf-i/. Paintings from 1947-48 … read more… “Quick Study: Chelsea snaps, reading links”