Amy Sillman’s “Suitors & Strangers” in Houston

“Amy Sillman: Suitors & Strangers,” organized by Claudia Schmuckli. Blaffer Gallery, The Art Museum of the University of Houston, Houston, TX. Through Nov. 10. Ulrich Museum Of Art, Wichita State University, Kansas, April 19- August 5.In the Houston Press, Kelly Klaasmeyer reports: “Amy Sillman paints like she’s reincarnated from some squirrelly, third-tier 1950s abstractionist. But … read more… “Amy Sillman’s “Suitors & Strangers” in Houston”

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Morris Louis unveiled

“Morris Louis Now: An American Master Revisited,” Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC. Through Jan. 6. Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, Feb. 17–May 6, 2007. Back in the sixties, Morris Louis developed an innovative method of painting by “staining” his unprimed canvases with thinned washes of acrylic pigments, and was one of the … read more… “Morris Louis unveiled”

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Brad Spence: psychic relief via airbrush

“Brad Spence: Art Therapy ,” Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA. Through Oct. 27 In LA Weekly, Doug Harvey reports: “Spence has created an installation where the viewer stands at the vanishing point of a dozen slightly indeterminate psychological perspectives, resulting in a simultaneously unnerving and amniotic sense of creative suspension and potential. … read more… “Brad Spence: psychic relief via airbrush”

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Hard edge in Grand Rapids

Minimalist painter Ellsworth Kelly has redefined abstraction by examining the shapes and colors found in natural and man-made forms, producing a visually breathtaking and philosophically sophisticated body of work. Of course, not everyone sees it that way. At the soon-to-open Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan, “Blue White,” an Ellsworth Kelly sculpture, has become the … read more… “Hard edge in Grand Rapids”

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Marianne Coutts wins $18,000 Portia Geach Memorial Award

Marianne Coutts’ work ‘Melbourne’ has been selected as the winner of the $18,000 Portia Geach Memorial Award. According to the judges, “Marianne Coutts’ work ‘Melbourne,’ is distinguished by a sense of honesty and directness, as well as an integrity of form and content which is the mark of a gifted artist. Her work balances the … read more… “Marianne Coutts wins $18,000 Portia Geach Memorial Award”

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LATimes reviews: Miller, Pittman, MacConnel, Masullo

“Allison Miller,” Acme,Los Angeles, CA. Through Oct. 20. David Pagel reports: “As Miller’s lines accumulate, almost always by following alongside one another, they form concentric triangles, diamonds and other shapes. They recall cross sections of tree trunks, pebbles splashing in ponds and sound waves echoing toward infinity. The oddness of Miller’s shapes increases as incidental … read more… “LATimes reviews: Miller, Pittman, MacConnel, Masullo”

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Friday NYTimes reviews: Schuyff, Henricksen, Rondinone

“PETER SCHUYFF,” Nicole Klagsbrun, New York, NY. Through Oct. 13. Roberta Smith: “Mr. Schuyff’s efforts extend the appropriation-art strategies of the 1980s, and are nasty but memorable pieces of work. Even nastier are a large group of often quite respectable 18th- and 19th-century drawings by forgotten artists to which Mr. Schuyff has added black and … read more… “Friday NYTimes reviews: Schuyff, Henricksen, Rondinone”

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In the Boston galleries: Fallah, Rydz, Hwangbo, and Laylah Ali

“Amir H. Fallah + Evelyn Rydz,” Rhys Gallery, Boston, MA. Through October 5. “Imi Hwangbo: The Portal Series / Laylah Ali: Note Drawings, 2006,” Miller Block Gallery, Boston, MA. Through Oct. 16. In the Boston Globe gallery reviews, Cate McQuaid describes their artwork: “Both Amir Fallah’s paintings and the fort built in the gallery window … read more… “In the Boston galleries: Fallah, Rydz, Hwangbo, and Laylah Ali”

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Painters’ painters: Thorpe Feidt, John Grillo and Richard B. Lethem

“Belief in Paint,” curated by Timothy Harney. Artists include Thorpe Feidt, John Grillo and Richard B. Lethem. New Art Center, Newton, MA. Through Oct. 28. Painter Timothy Harney believes the current craze for installation and digital media has enabled cleverness and whimsy to trump intensity and conceptual depth. As an antidote, he has curated “Belief … read more… “Painters’ painters: Thorpe Feidt, John Grillo and Richard B. Lethem”

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Spanking young painters at NYC galleries

In The Village Voice, Christian Viveros-Fauné reports that younger artists may be more popular with dealers and collectors, but their work brims with derivative process, lackluster imagery, and cloying self-importance. “In the art world, youth is a prize (price?) commodity. No surprise here. After all, why should the art world be different from the music … read more… “Spanking young painters at NYC galleries”

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