Studio Update: Summer progress

Summer is usually a productive season for those of us who teach, but inevitably some things remain unfinished because gauging the time needed to complete certain tasks, especially painting, is impossible. Nevertheless, I got a lot done. Painting:In Beacon, NY, I participated in Simon Draper’s Habitat for Artists shantytown residency project, spending most Mondays working … read more… “Studio Update: Summer progress”

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Laylah Ali: Life of the mind

Laylah Ali’s drawing show, opening at the Decordova Museum today, features flat, seemingly naif drawings of costumed characters, layered with handwritten text. Random thought, overheard conversations and snippets of news stories create complex, enigmatic poem-like narratives. In the Boston Globe, Cate McQuaid visits Ali in her Williamstown, MA, studio. “A slender, striking woman with close-cropped … read more… “Laylah Ali: Life of the mind”

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Mike Bayne says, “I don’t know.”

Two Coats of Paint’s inbox is awash with gallery press releases this week, some more compelling than others. Canadian Mike Bayne, whose first NYC solo show opens on Thursday, declares in his statement that he doesn’t have any idea why he paints the things he does. Could this be one more indication that work motivated … read more… “Mike Bayne says, “I don’t know.””

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NY Mag’s fall painting picks

“Giorgio Morandi: 1890–1964,” Metropolitan Museum, New York, NY. Sept. 16–Dec. 14.“When the master of quiet still lifes died, in 1964, he was unfashionable in New York and London yet revered in Italy. Today, Morandi’s pastel paintings of bottles give the illusion of time stilled. The visual equivalent of slow food.” “Alfred Kubin Drawings, 1897–1909” At … read more… “NY Mag’s fall painting picks”

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Old-timers in Provincetown: Herman Maril, Robert Henry

Boston Globe critic Cate McQuaid reports on a few painting shows in Provincetown. “Herman Maril: An Artist’s Two Worlds,” Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA. Through Oct. 12. “You may not know Maril, who died in 1986. He was an artist who leaned into spare representation when his colleagues reveled in abstraction, so his … read more… “Old-timers in Provincetown: Herman Maril, Robert Henry”

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Guston’s paint still looks wet

At MoMA, installed in the teeming atrium space, I was happy to see seven of Philip Guston’s cartoon paintings from the sixties and seventies. I agree with Village Voice critic RC Baker that the paintings look startlingly fresh. “Guston (1913–1980) began his career in the ’30s, with stolid scenes of Klansmen that combined Piero della … read more… “Guston’s paint still looks wet”

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Brooklyn Rail silent art auction: Buy this painting!

Join me at The Brooklyn Rail Silent Art Auction, hosted by Pace Wildenstein, on September 5, from 6-9pm, where you can bid on my painting (at left, see details below), as well as many other extraordinary pieces donated by well-regarded artworld bigs, including local favorites Chris Martin, James Siena, Amy Sillman, and Joe Amrhein. The … read more… “Brooklyn Rail silent art auction: Buy this painting!”

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Manny Farber: The profundity of existence in its ordinary details

Union-Tribune art critic Robert L. Pincus on painter Manny Farber, who died early Monday morning: “Manny Farber never tired of looking at small things: a flower, a Post-it note or a section of rebar. He never stopped being fascinated with how ‘to get it as I see it,’ as he said one day in his … read more… “Manny Farber: The profundity of existence in its ordinary details”

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Publishing the unpublished: Coates on Bromirski

At anaba, Martin Bromirski has posted an unpublished review of his 2006 show, Art of This Century, written by painting pal Jason Coates. “When discussing Martin Bromirski’s one person show at Haigh Jamgochian’s wonderfully out of place Markel Building in Richmond, VA, it is quite possible to focus only on the near-perfect matchup between the … read more… “Publishing the unpublished: Coates on Bromirski”

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Eva Lake on Hannah Höch

Blogging painter Eva Lake reports today that reading The Photomontages of Hannah Höchhas been both inspiring and depressing. “When I first discovered Dada in the 70s, I read everything I could find. There wasn’t much on Höch at all, no monographs that I could find. And so I bought my books on John Heartfield and … read more… “Eva Lake on Hannah Höch”

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