So long Pocket Utopia

Today is my last day of the residency, and Pocket Utopia’s last day at 1037 Flushing Avenue, too. When Austin Thomas opened the space in 2007 as part of her social-space-creating art practice, her commitment to the project was for a two-year period, and now the time is up. As the final artist-in-residence, I feel … read more… “So long Pocket Utopia”

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The nicest guy in Chelsea: Booksigning party

Ed Winkleman, signing books last night in Chelsea. Anyone who reads the art blogs knows that Edward Winkleman recently wrote a book, published by the Allworth Press, called How to Start and Run a Commercial Art Gallery. Yesterday I briefly stopped by the booksigning at Ed’s gallery and chatted with the blogerati (blognoscenti?) who came … read more… “The nicest guy in Chelsea: Booksigning party”

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Last chance: Sadko Hadzihasanovic at Paul Petro

Sadko Hadzihasanovic, Untitled, 2009, oil and pencil on masonite. Through this weekend Paul Petro presents sardonic work by Sadko Hadzihasanovic, a talented painter I met several years ago at the Blue Mountain Center artists’ and writers’ residency in the Adirondacks. Arriving in Toronto from Sarajevo in 1993, Sadko, who has an uncanny resemblance to Antonio … read more… “Last chance: Sadko Hadzihasanovic at Paul Petro”


Twitter notes

Here are some items cut and pasted from the Two Coats Twitter feed. For readers unfamiliar with Twitter, “RT” indicates the item has been repeated, or “retweeted,” from someone else’s Twitter feed. Last chance: Arrangements to Ward off Accidents (at Priska C. Juschka) What’s on your studio wall? (from Minus Space)less than 20 … read more… “Twitter notes”

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Zdenek Kosek: Maintaining universal order

Ballpoint pen, marker/paper, 7.75 x 5.75 in (19.7 x 14.6 cm) In Art on Paper, Lyle Rexer examines Zdenek Kosek‘s ballpoint pen drawings which were recently on view at Calvin Morris. “Born in what was then Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic) in 1949, Kosek worked as a typographer and drew occasional satiric cartoons. At about … read more… “Zdenek Kosek: Maintaining universal order”

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Willa’s Commencement, Chapter Two

In her second installment of “Willa’s Commencement,” Two Coats intern Willa Köerner moves from New York to San Francisco where she looks for a job and considers how to make art on a shoestring. Reinvention and Relocation: The Great Post-Grad Challengeby Willa Köerner The components that contribute to the making of a successful artist are … read more… “Willa’s Commencement, Chapter Two”


Loren Munk: Geographer of the NYC art scene

Loren Munk, “Greater Williamsburg” (2005-08) oil on linen, 48 x 60 inches Loren Munk, “The Bowery Small,” 2006-07, oil on linen, 36 x 24 inches. This afternoon I stopped by Loren Munk’s studio for a visit. Well known for his James Kalm Report videos, Loren has been working on some fascinating paintings that chart the … read more… “Loren Munk: Geographer of the NYC art scene”


Pocket Utopia’s final edition

Adam Simon, Breach, 2009, 5 × 7 inches, acrylic on mylar, Edition of Ten. Courtesy of PU Press. This Thursday, July 16, 6-9 pm, stop by “Business Edition,” a one-night exhibition of artist-produced editions and prints, and a selection from the recently inaugurated Kris Graves Projects – Pocket Utopia Flatfile collection. The evening’s highlights will … read more… “Pocket Utopia’s final edition”

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Two Coats urges mothers to apply for art reality show

In late June on Art21, I wrote about the upcoming art reality show that Sarah Jessica Parker and Magical Elves are producing for Bravo, and, as if by magic, casting was announced the following week. I’m sure the usual suspects will apply, but I’m urging older artists, particularly mothers, to take a shot at it. … read more… “Two Coats urges mothers to apply for art reality show”

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Painter Mira Schor edits a collection of Jack Tworkov’s writing

I wrote another guest post for Art21 last week about Jack Tworkov’s new collection of writing. I’m just getting around to posting it on Two Coats. Sorry for the delay. Here’s an excerpt. “Owing to its timeless insights about artmaking and life, art teachers traditionally assign Ashcan School painter Robert Henri’s 1923 collection of writing, … read more… “Painter Mira Schor edits a collection of Jack Tworkov’s writing”

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