Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / January 18, 2018

After a productive winter break in the studio, the time has come to put the canvas down and check out other people’s work. Here’s a list of exhibitions, mostly painting, organized by neighborhood. I’m looking forward to seeing you out there. NOTE: For more comprehensive, all-media listings, readers should check out The List on artcritical and ARTGUIDE at artforum. Excellent phone apps like See Saw Gallery Guide and NYArtBeat allow you to bookmark exhibitions … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / January 18, 2018”

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Studio Visit: James Rauchman

Contributed by Sharon Butler / We were born several years apart, but James Rauchman and I have the same severe late-February birthday. Babies born in the northeast during the dark, cold winter months are a hearty breed, and when I stopped by his Morningside studio in December, he and his partner had just bought a house in Vermont, where the … read more… “Studio Visit: James Rauchman”

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Laura Owens: So much fun

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Laura Owens’s mid-career survey at the Whitney Museum features more than 60 paintings, many large-scale and hung salon-style, from the mid-1990s until today. The work is all over the map, but Owens’s primary interest lies in fusing craft, doodling, sentimental greeting card and children’s book illustration, narrative, pop culture, and digital prints into a big happy mess. In the … read more… “Laura Owens: So much fun”

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On file: Leslie Brack at Cathouse Proper

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Offices were once equipped with typewriters, copy machines, and paperclips, and, of course, contained the files that organized and stored “paperwork.” Leslie Brack’s new paintings of well-worn metal file cabinet drawers, on view at Cathouse Proper’s new space in Carroll Gardens, evoke this forgotten past, in which information, rather than existing online forever, could … read more… “On file: Leslie Brack at Cathouse Proper”

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Lisa Beck: So-called opposites

“I am attracted to related visual phenomena like positive and negative, pattern and randomness, color and grayscale, flatness and depth, representation and abstraction. I always want to go in different directions at the same time and much of my work has involved trying to find ways to integrate these so-called opposites.” In her first solo … read more… “Lisa Beck: So-called opposites”

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Good incentive: Beth Dary’s drawing

Contributed by Sharon Butler / From a recent exhibition organized to raise money for  Chef Jose Andres’s World Central Kitchen’s relief efforts in Puerto Rico, I came home with two wonderful pieces, which I’ve decided to use as gifts for contributors to the 2017 Two Coats of Paint Year-end Fundraising campaign. The  first reader who makes a tax-deductible … read more… “Good incentive: Beth Dary’s drawing”

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Jacqueline Humphries: The Matrix meets Cy Twombly

Contributed by Sharon Butler / In her ninth solo show at Greene Naftali, Jacqueline Humphries presents ten towering canvases that grapple with our relationship to digital technology and the overwhelming nature of the “data surround.” For this new body of work, the artist has translated her earlier paintings into ASCII, a character-based image encoding system developed in the 1960s, and … read more… “Jacqueline Humphries: The Matrix meets Cy Twombly”

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Cary Smith’s hand-painted precision

Contributed by Sharon Butler / In his second solo at Fredericks & Freiser, Cary Smith presented a new group of his signature hard-edged abstractions. These feature bold color and variations on two themes: the mandala (geometry) and the portrait (humanism). Made with tiny sable brushes without the aid of masking tape, Smith’s paintings, conjuring an unusual combination of joyfulness … read more… “Cary Smith’s hand-painted precision”

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Two Coats resident artist Erin Wiersma returns from Kansas

Since her last residency at Two Coats HQ in DUMBO, Erin Wiersma has discovered the Konza Prairie, a biological research station jointly owned and maintained by The Nature Conservancy and Kansas State University. Wiersma uses the bio-char from controlled burns of prairie tallgrass to create large drawings on site. Traversing the scorched landscape, which is off limits to the general public, … read more… “Two Coats resident artist Erin Wiersma returns from Kansas”

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Tom McGlynn: Liberating geometric shapes

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Tom McGlynn’s enigmatically reductive paintings are a study in subtle contrasts between systematization and autonomy, order and disarray. Horizontal rectangles of various sizes and colors are rendered on a monochromatic surface, each with immaculately straight edges and carefully painted a solid color. Yet these shapes, while neat and precise in … read more… “Tom McGlynn: Liberating geometric shapes”

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