Clara Fialho loves love

In the Philadelphia Inquirer Edith Newhall reports that Queens-based Clara Fialho is the latest Brazilian artist to bring vivid color back to Brazilian painting in her show this month at Bridgette Mayer in Philadelphia. “Fialho’s fanciful paintings search further back for inspiration than Beatriz Milhazes‘ mash-ups of modernism and psychedelic art or Elizabeth Jobim‘s curvy … read more… “Clara Fialho loves love”

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Katherine Bradford at Edward Thorp

I live in a seaside tourist town (this weekend is the “Cabin Fever Festival”) so I’m surrounded by impressionistic paintings of boats, water, beach, drawbridge and so forth. In the group show of gallery artists on view at Edward Thorp, Katherine Bradford’s paintings prove that ships and the sea are not necessarily the trite, shopworn … read more… “Katherine Bradford at Edward Thorp”

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Me-me-me careerism vs. the new generosity

As the Guest Blogger at ART:21 today, I take a look at a few artists who embody the pragmatism and ingenuity of the new Obama administration. “Artists who garner the most attention in any given time period are those whose work, explicitly or implicitly, reflects the deeper political sensibilities of the era. Right now, contemporary … read more… “Me-me-me careerism vs. the new generosity”

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Peter Schjeldahl’s insouciance

In The New York Review of Books, Sanford Schwartz considers Peter Schjeldahl’s unique contribution to art criticism. “Schjeldahl addresses us in a conversational prose that moves from point to point with the speed and ease of some high-tech instrument. He is a writer whose colloquial approach masks both a rather uncolloquial feeling for the tautest … read more… “Peter Schjeldahl’s insouciance”

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Bloggers Paddy Johnson, Anjali Srinivasan, and Yuka Otani get Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Writing Grants

The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program has announced the grantees for the final round of its three-year pilot phase. Designed to encourage and reward writing about contemporary art that is rigorous, passionate, eloquent and precise, as well as to create a broader audience for arts writing, the program aims to strengthen … read more… “Bloggers Paddy Johnson, Anjali Srinivasan, and Yuka Otani get Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Writing Grants”

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Another Yuskavage show in NYC

A few years ago in the NY Times, Ken Johnson wrote that Lisa Yuskavage’s paintings were sly, soft-porn fantasies of pneumatic women in hazes of auto-erotic reverie. “Some will say that she is subversively toying with the male gaze; others, noting the melting light in her pictures, that she is mainly a fine painter. Still … read more… “Another Yuskavage show in NYC”

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Good drawing show in Culver City

At Kinkead Contemporary in Culver City, “Drawn” examines the role of drawing within an artist’s larger practice. The exhibition features four artists whose works on paper provide a deeper understanding of both their discipline and their process, while inviting the viewer deeper into the thinking behind their work in general. Michael Jones McKean, a sculptor, … read more… “Good drawing show in Culver City”

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Laurie Fendrich: Preparing for a retrospective

Last spring Mary MacNaughton invited Laurie Fendrich, a professor of fine arts and the director of the Comparative Arts and Culture Graduate Program at Hofstra University, to mount a retrospective at Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College, in Claremont, CA. In Brainstorm, her weekly blog at The Chronicle Reveiw, Fendrich describes how it feels … read more… “Laurie Fendrich: Preparing for a retrospective”

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Micchelli: How art can effect political change

At Art:21 Blog, the Flash Points guest blogger series is focusing on art and politics this month. Today, Brooklyn Rail writer/editor Tom Micchelli, after seeing a performance of The Investigation, a 1966 documentary drama by Peter Weiss (1916-1982), considers how art can effect political change. “The question implies an integral, activist role within a progressive … read more… “Micchelli: How art can effect political change”

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Triple Candie reopens: “Because we saw artists as complicit with the problems we were seeing, we were motivated not to work with them”

Shelly Bancroft and Peter Nesbett are reopening Triple Candie this month at 148th Street, just west of Amsterdam. At ArtInfo, Chris Bors sits down with the husband-and-wife team, who are also the co-publishers of Art on Paper, to discuss the future of Triple Candie and its controversial past. “In 2006 the gallery took a provocative … read more… “Triple Candie reopens: “Because we saw artists as complicit with the problems we were seeing, we were motivated not to work with them””

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