Images: NADA Art Fair, 2018

Contributed by Sharon Butler / I  just read a piece by Rachel Corbett in artnet News about Mitchell Algus, a dealer who manages a small second-floor space on the corner of Delancy and Norfolk on the Lower East Side. He’s been mounting shows in different spaces for more than 25 years, all the while holding down … read more… “Images: NADA Art Fair, 2018”

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Images: The Independent Art Fair, 2018

This year the Independent Art Fair showed a slew of conventionally good paintings, which is not necessarily de rigueur for the enterprise that prides itself on being the most “edgy” and “risk-taking” of the New York art fairs. On Spring Studios at 50 Varick Street, just below Canal, the space was full of natural light, and, as the afternoon wore on, visitors and photographers … read more… “Images: The Independent Art Fair, 2018”

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Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / March 2018

Contributed by Sharon Butler / In case readers want to check out some painting shows but aren’t interested in racing around to the art fairs (or paying the entry fees), here are some gallery shows worth checking out this month. More comprehensive, all-media listings, are available at The List on artcritical and ArtForum’s ARTGUIDE. Excellent phone apps like See Saw Gallery Guide and NYArtBeat allow you to bookmark exhibitions and then display the … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / March 2018”


Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam: About a painting

Brad Killam and his wife, artist-writer-educator-curator Michelle Grabner, transcribed the following conversation they had about Airport (2015), one of the terrific small-scale paintings that is included in Killam’s solo at Geary Contemporary. The exhibition, on view through March 17, includes both paintings and sculptures, each focused on the specific materiality of the chosen medium. The paintings revel in color, surface, and brushwork, while the … read more… “Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam: About a painting”

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Email: Judith Braun’s escape to Albany

I recently received a note from Judith Braun, the recognized New York artist and participant in a 2010 art reality TV show, announcing that she had moved from the Rivington Street studio where she lived and worked for years to a house in Albany. I was curious, and wondered why she decided to move upstate, if there was a good art community in Albany, … read more… “Email: Judith Braun’s escape to Albany”


Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / February 11, 2018

Contributed by Sharon Butler / It has taken me a little longer than usual to select shows for the Two Coats February Gallery Guide because there are so many good painting shows out there. That, and the fact that I’m in the  process of packing up and moving the studio to a new space upstairs. The Two Trees Cultural Space … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / February 11, 2018”


Anything but random: Jamian Juliano-Villani

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Last week the Visiting Artist Lecture Series kicked off at Parsons’ Kellen Auditorium with a lecture by Jamian Juliano-Villani, a cheeky, unfiltered speaker who has a painting show on view at JTT through February 24. Highly entertaining, her presentation played as both an edgy artist’s talk and a hilarious stand-up … read more… “Anything but random: Jamian Juliano-Villani”

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Byron Kim’s painting ritual

  Every Sunday, Byron Kim makes a painting of the sky. One hundred of these purposefully unremarkable small canvases are on view at James Cohan through February 17. What makes them unremarkable are their size and the undramatic skies they depict – not the complex, sublime sky paintings made by, say, great Dutch painters like … read more… “Byron Kim’s painting ritual”


Instagram: Evening at Mar-a-Lago

Contributed by Sharon Butler / This weekend, as hundreds of thousands of mad pink-hatters gathered around the world to protest the underhanded, misogynistic, and essentially anti-citizen agenda of the Koch-fueled, Putin-assisted Republicans, a very small segment of humanity who supports the chaotic mafia-style GOP government gathered at Mar-a-Lago to celebrate the completion of Trump’s first, and hopefully last, full year as president. … read more… “Instagram: Evening at Mar-a-Lago”

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