Small work: Fab Fair four

The Armory Show, Pulse and Red Dot had plenty of painting to look at this year, but here are four artists whose work called out to me despite the modest, don’t-look-at-me size.Moyna Flannigan at Doggerfisher, Edinburgh. Last year in The Guardian Flannigan’s work was compared to 18th-century social satirists like Hogarth, but with a peculiar … read more… “Small work: Fab Fair four”

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Art Bloggers @ Red Dot open discussion

Thanks everyone for coming to the art blogger panel discussion. I’m sure the audience had more to contribute, so the panel questions (we didn’t get to all of them) are posted on the event blog. Feel free to post your own responses. If you post them on your own blog, please provide a link in … read more… “Art Bloggers @ Red Dot open discussion”

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Lame review of the week: O’Sullivan reviews Sillman at the Hirshhorn

Arts generalist Michael O’Sullivan ‘s clueless Washington Post review of Amy Sillman’s show proves why more painters and artists must start writing. “There’s something underneath all that paint in Amy Sillman’s new solo exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, one of the museum’s ‘Directions’ shows devoted to up-and-comers. The artist, a rising star … read more… “Lame review of the week: O’Sullivan reviews Sillman at the Hirshhorn”

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Julia Jacquette: “I’m a sucker for house porn”

Ariella Budick reports that Jacquette bases her virtuosically executed paintings on photographs from glossy shelter magazines. “Chandeliers glitter, massive gilt mirrors festoon palatial bathrooms and crystal decanters cast dappled reflections across silver trays. With their voluptuous sheen and creamy glow, the canvases reproduce that sense of money. ‘I’m creating a collection of luxurious homes for … read more… “Julia Jacquette: “I’m a sucker for house porn””

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James Nelson’s coiling, sausagey shapes

In the Philadelphia Inquirer Edith Newhall reports that the faint, lacy pencil-rendered patterns in James Nelson’s drawings of a few years ago have given way to bolder, darker, charcoal ones. “Nelson’s recent drawings from his series ‘Head of a Girl (in play),’ at Gallery Joe, also introduce obvious humor to his work. The series’ title, … read more… “James Nelson’s coiling, sausagey shapes”

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“Mediocre art in expensive frames”

Two Coats of Paint won’t get to the fairs until tomorrow, and I suspect we’ll love the sheer volume of paintings (a good antidote to the Biennial’s lack thereof), but Paddy Johnson at Art Fag City declares the Armory a snooze. “With even more boring art than usual hanging on fair walls, even those who … read more… ““Mediocre art in expensive frames””

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Brian Rutenberg: “I believe in the power of art that has strong ties to a specific place but also has universal berth”

Brian Rutenberg’s recent paintings are influenced by Cubism, which he calls the “delicious conflict between naturalism and abstraction or… bending the laws of nature to fit the laws of art,” but Hans Hoffmann’s influence is unmistakable. In The Village Voice, RC Baker reports that Rutenberg’s canvases may at first recall corporate-lobby paintings, “but he goes … read more… “Brian Rutenberg: “I believe in the power of art that has strong ties to a specific place but also has universal berth””

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Deborah Brown loves animals

At artnet, blogaphobic Charlie Finch writes that his old pal Deborah Brown has captured the feeling of Pier 25 and other natural NYC sites in a new series of paintings at Lesley Heller Gallery. “These paintings arrive none too soon, as tacky glass high-rises obliterate much of the sparse nature of familiar New York. Now … read more… “Deborah Brown loves animals”

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Self-hallucination suggesting a multiple organ transplant performed by a surgeon with a degree in Surrealism: Carroll Dunham’s early work

“Self-hallucination which initially suggests a multiple organ transplant performed by a surgeon with a degree in Surrealism” is how Klaus Kertess described Dunham’s aesthetic back in 1983. In the NYTimes, Ken Johnson writes that many elements seem to arise from an instinctive, quasi-primitive intuition, but other parts suggest a more intellectually sophisticated play with the … read more… “Self-hallucination suggesting a multiple organ transplant performed by a surgeon with a degree in Surrealism: Carroll Dunham’s early work”

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Show of the week: James Siena At Pace Wildenstein

From the press release: James Siena’s new work, completed in 2006 and 2007, includes approximately 20 enamel paintings on aluminum or copper and 60 works on paper created with mixed media, including ink, graphite, gouache, color pencil, and Conté crayon on paper or board. This exhibition includes Siena’s signature abstract paintings but also debuts a … read more… “Show of the week: James Siena At Pace Wildenstein”

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