Selections: Trestle’s big show of small works

Contributed by Sharon Butler / This year Trestle Gallery’s summer group show, “Small Work,” was curated by Bill Carroll, a painter and the director at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program. Selecting work for this kind of show, defined not by theme but simply by size, is always difficult. Carroll says he was … read more… “Selections: Trestle’s big show of small works”

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Adirondack idyll: Jay Invitational of Clay, Rockwell Kent, Ausable Chasm & more

Contributed by Sharon Butler and Jonathan Stevenson / Some artists go upstate to get away from the art world in the summer, and others gather an art world around them wherever they go. We went up to the Adirondacks recently to visit the summer outpost of Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts in Jay, New York, where founders Jason … read more… “Adirondack idyll: Jay Invitational of Clay, Rockwell Kent, Ausable Chasm & more”

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“Painting Not Painting” in Baltimore

Contributed by Sharon Butler /  “Painting Not Painting” is an exhibition at ‘sindikit, the project space run by Tim Doud and Zoë Charlton in Baltimore. Artists include Paolo Arao, Rush Baker, Sharon Butler, Dan Devening, Phaan Howng, Sabina Ott + Kelly Lloyd, and Jo Smail. From the press release: The artists participating in Project 8 are all artists who have worked with abstraction as a … read more… ““Painting Not Painting” in Baltimore”

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An artist’s legacy

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Estate planning for artists is complex, but Ellsworth Kelly, who died at 92 in December 2015, seems to have considered his legacy carefully. The artist contributed artwork to museums around the world. During a recent trip to Philadelphia, I had a chance to see a grouping of early paintings, many … read more… “An artist’s legacy”

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Unlimited: Painting and political upheaval

Contributed by Sharon Butler / During the 1960s, the world was rocked by massive political upheaval. In May 1968, two weeks of student riots in Paris blasted traditional approaches seemingly across the socio-political board, from government to gender roles to education. Civil rights and anti-war protests roiled the United States. Africa fitfully de-colonized, and Cold War political … read more… “Unlimited: Painting and political upheaval”

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Medrie MacPhee: Flat-out at Tibor de Nagy

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Medrie MacPhee’s new paintings, on view at Tibor de Nagy (recently relocated to shared space with Betty Cuningham on the Lower East Side) feature sewing notions and fabric pieces—zippers, pockets, buttons, facings, sleeves, and so forth—all harvested from cheap, disassembled clothing. The elements and shapes are flattened out, pasted onto … read more… “Medrie MacPhee: Flat-out at Tibor de Nagy”

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When do artists leave the country?

Contributed by Sharon Butler / On Wednesday, MarketWatch, a financial blog published by the Dow Jones company, ran a provocative piece suggesting that the time might be approaching for Americans to begin planning an exit strategy from Trumplandia. “To cut to the chase,” Brett Arends, one of their financial columnists wrote, “it is becoming increasingly clear … read more… “When do artists leave the country?”

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Update: Ryan McLaughlin

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Last time I saw a solo of Ryan McLaughlin’s endearing, small-scale paintings was in 2013 at Laurel Gitlen, a painting-friendly LES gallery that closed a little over a year ago. His enigmatic work, conjuring the dry, flat surfaces of 1940s easel-size abstraction, incorporates fragmented pieces of text, code, and other symbols. According to a recent email, Gitlen has … read more… “Update: Ryan McLaughlin”

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Marsden Hartley’s influences and ambition

Contributed by Sharon Butler / In the New York art community of the early 1900s, Marsden Hartley (born Lewiston, Maine 1877; died 1943 Ellsworth, Maine) found success elusive, and discovered, as almost all artists do, that developing a unique voice was a challenging proposition. He worked in New York, spent several years traveling to Europe, New … read more… “Marsden Hartley’s influences and ambition”

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Rounding the corner: Joan Waltemath at Anita Rogers

Contributed by Sharon Butler / In “Fecund Algorithms,” a solo exhibition of new paintings and diminutive sewn-canvas works, Joan Waltemath diverts gently from the quiet perfection of her previous work to embrace small accidents and contingencies. On view at Anita Rogers’s new light-filled second-floor gallery in Soho, Waltemath’s work looks exquisite in the elegantly appointed room, which boasts Greek columns and a long wall of oversized … read more… “Rounding the corner: Joan Waltemath at Anita Rogers”

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