Month: February 2009

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Hello Wikipedia, it’s the blogosphere calling

If you have any experience contributing to Wikipedia, you’ll appreciate “Wikipedia Art,” an online project launched today by artists Scott Kildall and Nathanial Stern. Of course, by the time you read this, the whole project may have been deleted by the anonymous band of pedantic Wikipedia editors (see Update below). […]

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Munch: Navigating the messiness of his own present

The Munch exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, curated by Jay A. Clarke, brings together approximately 150 works, including 75 paintings and 75 works on paper by Munch and his peers. It is organized around the following themes: loneliness and solitude, the street, anxiety, love and sexuality, death and […]

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Flashback to the 1960s: The Park Place Group

In the February issue of Art in America, Frances Colpitt writes about the Blanton Museum’s show, “Reimaging Space,” which featured abstract paintings and sculptures created by the Park Place Group artists. Intrigued by the article, which featured several artists I’ve never heard of, and drawn to the installation images, particularly […]

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Bonnard: One tough son-of-a-bitch?

Mario Naves says Bonnard (1867-1947) is an artist beloved by many, but not by all. “His luminous pictures of fruit baskets, breakfast tables and keening, afternoon light have engendered surprising rancor. Only those ‘who know nothing about the grave difficulties of art,’ wrote art critic Christian Zervos shortly after Bonnard’s […]

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Thanks Birdie

Are you familiar with the art blog Dear Ada? I discovered it a few months ago over on Alla Prima’s blogroll, and immediately added it to the Two Coats link list. Maintained by a blogger named Birdie, Dear Ada features images and links to different artists’ work that catches Birdie’s […]

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“Not that the writer’s job was to write a lot, or to register the self with a splash, but to get his or her real experience down”

In the New Yorker Adam Gopnik’s piece about John Updike reminds me how much painting and writing have in common. “John Updike was a fine colleague, a beaming platform presence, a valued contributor, a welcome visitor to the office, a genial supporter of younger writers—just a freelance writer living in […]

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Joan Banach: GeoAb with a shot of vulgarity please

When Tom Micchelli stopped by Small A Projects, he was puzzled by Joan Banach’s dark, virtually monochromatic hard-edged abstractions that looked like they belonged in MoMA, circa 1959. Until he recognized her delight in the vulgar. “Not that her work is crass—on the contrary, it is the last word in […]

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Hofmann’s push-pull at the Rose

This winter the Rose Art Museum presents work that painting guru Hans Hofmann created for architect Josep Sert’s Chimbote Project in Peru. Created for a series of murals, the nine painting studies form a concise example of Hofmann’s strengths as an abstract painter and modernist visionary. All were created in […]