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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Melissa Meyer: Close attention to familiar surroundings

Contributed by Sharon Butler / A Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts colleague once told me that taking a new route each day was the most creative approach to commuting, but I firmly believed that walking the same route, from 30th Street Station down JFK Boulevard to City Hall, was more fruitful. Since I didn’t have to think … read more… “Melissa Meyer: Close attention to familiar surroundings”

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Stephen Maine and the ice trade

Contributed by Sharon Butler /  KK Kozik’s novel ICEHOUSE Project Space, located on the quaint town green in Sharon, Connecticut, is an old 10 x 15-foot wooden shed that was once used to store ice from nearby Mudge Pond. Stephen Maine hung his first site-specific painting there this past November. However rustic, the effort was auspiciously … read more… “Stephen Maine and the ice trade”

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Quick study

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”

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Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: December 2018

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Well, hello there December. I just completed a hectic (but energizing) semester teaching three courses–New York Academy of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Parsons at the New School–and I’m eager to head out and see some exhibitions before the holidays.  Tra la la. Don’t forget to give the gift of … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: December 2018”

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Yes, Julian Schnabel painted the Van Goghs

Contributed by Sharon Butler / While watching At Eternity’s Gate, Julian Schnabel’s new film about Vincent Van Gogh, I wondered if Schnabel had made the paintings and drawings himself, and it turns out he did. “When Willem [Dafoe as Van Gogh] is drawing, sometimes my arm is in one sleeve of his shirt…luckily Willem’s hands and mine look … read more… “Yes, Julian Schnabel painted the Van Goghs”

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Interview with Jane Swavely: Toxic glow

  Contributed by Sharon Butler / When Jane Swavely isn’t working in the old-school LES loft where she raised two sons, she is at a cabin in the Catskills or sailing around the northeast on a beautiful, sturdy sailboat that her husband built. The last time we met was on Cuttyhunk Island off the coast of Massachusetts, where she had sailed from Martha’s Vineyard, braving … read more… “Interview with Jane Swavely: Toxic glow”

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Nora Griffin hot take

Contributed by Sharon Butler / In Nora Griffin’s lively new paintings at Fierman, aesthetic tropes from eighties graphics – the stepped rule, the squiggle, artful spatter, bold pastel color – meet calculated painterly excess. She expands on the composition-cover patterns of previous work with great brio, resuscitating action painting and combining it with stream-of-consciousness content. We … read more… “Nora Griffin hot take”

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Brian Dupont and Rachael Nevins: Suffering for something beautiful

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Brian Dupont’s paintings, on view at Adah Rose Gallery in Bethesda, Maryland, through December 31, are uniquely transfixing for several reasons. One is their lean, industrial look – they’re oil on metal. Another is the sense, owing to the stenciled letters and numbers present, that they reveal something randomly profound in the workaday. But … read more… “Brian Dupont and Rachael Nevins: Suffering for something beautiful”

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Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / October 2018 (updated)

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Here is the updated list of October (mostly painting) shows that I promised earlier this month. NOTE: Galleries who would like their exhibitions considered for inclusion in the next Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide should send a note to ExhibitionsatTCOP@gmail.com. Please include a few jpegs and exhibition info (Preferred format: name of gallery/ title … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / October 2018 (updated)”

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