Writing project for artists

Over at the art blog Thinking About Art, J.T. Kirkland is looking for artists who like writing to participate in the upcoming Artists ‘Review’ Artists Project. According to Kirkland’s rules, artists will submit one jpeg image of recent work. The images will be randomly assigned to other artists without any identifying information, and each person … read more… “Writing project for artists”

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Percival De Luce painting discovered in the closet on the Cape

In Wicked Local Wellfleet Marilyn Miller reports that when Barbara Lovett donated a painting to a charity auction, she was surprised to learn it was actually worth something. “My grandfather was a member of the Salmagundi Club” Lovett said, referring to an art club in New York City that was founded in the 1870s. The … read more… “Percival De Luce painting discovered in the closet on the Cape”

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Painters who curate: Summer group shows

For painters like me, curating group shows, although time consuming, helps articulate more specifically what what we’re investigating in our own work. Here are three good examples of shows curated by painters. Please feel free to leave links in the Comments section if you know of others. “Present Tense,” curated by Don Christensen with Mary … read more… “Painters who curate: Summer group shows”

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Vilhelm Hammershøi in London

The Royal Academy of Art is presenting a retrospective of Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi(1864-1916), who was known for depicting austere interiors in a dour range of grays. Over sixty paintings, borrowed from museums and private collections in Europe, the United States and Japan will be presented. In The Guardian, Maev Kennedy reports that little is … read more… “Vilhelm Hammershøi in London”

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“Defiant sex suddenly mingles with mortality”

Christopher Knight’s review steps lightly describing many of the paintings in Marlene Dumas’ s show at the LA Museum of Modern Art. Does he like Dumas’s work or not? At one point he finally asserts that her seductive paint handling feels repetitive. “Dumas often paints children, for example, but she’s no Mary Cassatt — or … read more… ““Defiant sex suddenly mingles with mortality””

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Art in America gets a makeover

In the NY Times Randy Kennedy reports that the longtime editor of Art in America magazine, Elizabeth C. Baker is stepping down. “Peter M. Brant, a newsprint magnate and art collector, took over Brant Publications, the magazine’s publisher, in January after buying out the 50 percent stake owned by his former wife, Sandra Brant. Mr. … read more… “Art in America gets a makeover”

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Alexis Rockman’s painterly turn at the Rose

In The Phoenix Greg Cook reports that Alexis Rockman, whose earlier work is often compared to the Museum of Natural History’s diorama painting, has adopted an “expressionist action-painting style while holding to the disasters-of-global-climate-change theme. These paintings from 2005 to ’07 are a catalogue of The Day After Tomorrow–style weather calamities: a truck chugging through … read more… “Alexis Rockman’s painterly turn at the Rose”

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Secrets for posthumous success

Am I the only artist who loathes arranging studio visits with dealers? Apparently not. In the NY Times today Dorothy Spears writes about artists who may not have been good at cultivating dealers and collectors when they were alive, but now that they’re dead, galleries are happy to represent them. According to Spears, if you’re … read more… “Secrets for posthumous success”

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Dunham donates his printmaking archive to his alma mater

Carroll Dunham donated his printmaking archive to The Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, his high school alma mater. The Addison Gallery is organizing a traveling exhibition of the prints, which will be the first museum study of Dunham’s graphic work. The exhibition opened at the Allen Memorial Art Museum … read more… “Dunham donates his printmaking archive to his alma mater”

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Protect and preserve: Contemporary art conservation

Issues relating to preservation and restoration are on my mind because I’ve just written an article for the July Rail about Imi Knoebel’s 1977 installation “24 Colors–For Blinky,” which has recently been restored and installed at Dia:Beacon. Check out NPR’s Science Friday to hear a story about painting preservation. “Light, temperature and air pollution can … read more… “Protect and preserve: Contemporary art conservation”

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