Joan Snyder: The female presence

Contributed by Sharon Butler / A small selection of Joan Snyder’s vigorous prints is on view at Anders Wahlstedt Fine Art in Chelsea through May 24. Made between the 1970s and 2018, the prints combine vivid color, repeated text, incised line, and a love of experimentation that seasoned Snyder viewers will recognize, last seen in … read more… “Joan Snyder: The female presence”

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Barry Schwabsky and “The Divine Joke”

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Poet and art critic Barry Schwabsky curated a group show, on view at Anita Rogers through June 2, in the spirit of a Mina Loy essay in The Blind Man, a 1917 Dada journal of essays and poetry produced by Marcel Duchamp, Beatrice Wood and Henri-Pierre Roché. In the short piece Schwabsky references, Loy … read more… “Barry Schwabsky and “The Divine Joke””

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Katherine Bradford’s night vision

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Katherine Bradford’s latest paintings of swimmers and night skies seem to have a new sense of anxiety and dread. In previous work, she explored the fullness of feeling, wonder, and connection under a starry sky, but now, in work on view through June 2 at Adams and Ollman in Portland, Oregon, Bradford’s imagination seems to have taken a … read more… “Katherine Bradford’s night vision”

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Two Coats of Paint artist-in-residence: Craig Stockwell

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Noted New Hampshire painter  Craig Stockwell will be in residence at Two Coats of Paint from May 6 through May 12. A former resident in the Sharpe-Wallentas Studio Program, Craig is no stranger to DUMBO, and we’re looking forward to having him back for the week. In 2016-17, his work  was selected for the prestigious DeCordova Biennial, as well as the Northeast edition of New American Painting. After … read more… “Two Coats of Paint artist-in-residence: Craig Stockwell”

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Theresa Hackett: Melt down

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Climate change is in the air, so to speak. I recently finished binge-watching Fortitude, an ongoing British sci-fi series about a Norwegian research outpost in the Arctic. The permafrost has begun to melt, unleashing unexpected horrors including species-jumping bacteria and a dangerous buckling effect whereby layers of ice melt at … read more… “Theresa Hackett: Melt down”

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Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / April 2018

Contributed by Sharon Butler / There is no lack of painting shows to check out in the NYC galleries this month, but I hope you have better weather than I did when I took my Parsons students to a few shows in Chelsea the other day. As my optimistic sister who likes to garden tells me each year: April showers bring May flowers…and so … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / April 2018”

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Images: Carrie Moyer at Mary Boone

Contributed by Sharon Butler / What you can’t see clearly in online images of Carrie Moyer’s new paintings, on view at Mary Boone (in conjunction with DC Moore) through April 21, is the remarkable fusion of flat, opaque abstract form with a masterful illusion of three-dimensionality. Moyer’s masked shapes, paint pours, and drop shadows, applied with varying degrees of transparency, … read more… “Images: Carrie Moyer at Mary Boone”

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Jennifer Coates: Lullabies for difficult times

Contributed by Sharon Butler / In her second solo show at Freight + Volume, Jennifer Coates presents a series of seemingly playful landscapes that conjure three early abstractionists: Paul Klee, Piet Mondrian, and Wassily Kandinsky. The subject matter is a departure from her last exhibitions, which featured expanded images of junk food, painted with exuberant … read more… “Jennifer Coates: Lullabies for difficult times”

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Laura Blacklow on painterly photo processes

Contributed by Sharon Butler / On the occasion of the Association of International Photography Dealers (AIPAD) sponsored Photography Show that is taking place on Pier 94 in NYC this weekend, I spoke with Laura Blacklow, a Boston-based artist (and once a teacher of mine) who works with alternative photo processes. Exploring the experimental precinct where painting and photography intersect, Blacklow has recently released the fifth edition … read more… “Laura Blacklow on painterly photo processes”

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Rachelle Krieger: Skirmishes between invisible forces

Contributed by Sharon Butler /  In “Of Earth and Sky,” on view at Susan Eley Fine Art, Rachelle Krieger presents a new series of elegant abstract paintings in which winding brushstrokes float throughout tightly-cropped square spaces. Although they have the feel of landscape, they are fundamentally abstract, leanly imparting that impression with shape and line. For contemporary American … read more… “Rachelle Krieger: Skirmishes between invisible forces”

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