My first article in the New Haven Advocate: Philip Pearlstein

Recently I was contacted by John Stoehr, the new editor at the New Haven Advocate, one of Connecticut’s alt weekies, to write about Connecticut arts.  My first article, online this week, is about the Philip Pearlstein exhibition at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Art. Here’s an excerpt. “The Lyme Academy College of Fine Art … read more… “My first article in the New Haven Advocate: Philip Pearlstein”

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Profile: Tim Doud

Tim Doud, “Materiality,” installation view at PriskaC. Juschka in 2007.   Tim Doud, “None of My Clothes,”2006-07, oil on linen, 30 x 22” Anne Bentzel reports that Tim Doud plays with the notion of artifice. “Branding is artifice,” he says. ‘Wear something with a brand on it and you’re imposing an idea upon everyone who … read more… “Profile: Tim Doud”

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A kind of yoga of learning, looking, focusing, doing, redoing, humbly, pridefully, hourly, daily

Arshile Gorky, “The Liver is the Cock’s Comb,” 1944. Courtesy of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Holland Cotter saw the Arshile Gorky show in Philadelphia and reports in the NY Times that eclecticism rules. “As you move from Gorky playing Cézanne, to Gorky doing Cubism, to Gorky the Surrealist. Constant throughout, though, is an … read more… “A kind of yoga of learning, looking, focusing, doing, redoing, humbly, pridefully, hourly, daily”

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Up for adoption

I recently joined the Fine Art Adoption Network, one of Adam Simon’s ongoing experiments to develop alternative strategies for art distribution. Today I put these two pieces, color studies made during my Habitat For Artists residency, up for adoption: The goals of FAAN are to place artworks by committed artists into deserving homes and institutions, … read more… “Up for adoption”

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Elizabeth Gourlay’s simple means

Elizabeth Gourlay, “Portolano 2.”   Images from a studio visit with Elizabeth Gourlay in August, 2009. My quiet Connecticut neighbor, Elizabeth Gourlay, paints allegories. Her paintings speak of science as they document experiments with Cartesian planes and bar graphs. They speak of music as shapes represent sound and colors represent volume. They also speak of … read more… “Elizabeth Gourlay’s simple means”

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Robin Mitchell: Where ordinary language is difficult

Robing Mitchell, “RM 08 10,”  2008, gouache on paper, 24 x 18″ Robin Mitchell is having her second solo show at Craig Krull Gallery in Santa Monica this month. Obsessive, detailed and intimate, the richly colorful marks of Mitchell’s intricately layered paintings suggest plant forms or other microscopic shapes laid out in symmetrical patterns. As … read more… “Robin Mitchell: Where ordinary language is difficult”

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Abby Leigh: Shut your eyes

 Abby Leigh, “Focus 2,” 2009, 50 x 50″ dry pigment, oil, wax on canvas. Wandering around Chelsea yesterday, I stopped in to see Abby Leigh’s seductive paintings at Betty Cunningham. According to Leigh, the twelve 50 x 50″ paintings reference Cezanne’s description of what the experience of looking at a painting should be: “Shut your … read more… “Abby Leigh: Shut your eyes”

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Think tank forming at Exit Art tonight

Through November 8, artists Daniel Lichtman and David Baumflek will host The Institute for Aesthetic Research (IAR) – a program of public events, talks and discussions focused on Art, Economics and Institutional Critique- at Exit Art on Wednesdays, 6-8pm. Tonight they will discuss the IAR’s mission, and introduce Brooklyn artist Adam Simon, founder of Four … read more… “Think tank forming at Exit Art tonight”

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Are contemporary conceptual projects doomed to be misunderstood historical curiosities?

Denis Dutton, a professor of the philosophy of art at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and the author of The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution, argues in a NYTimes op-ed that conceptual art, situated in the intellectual zeitgeist, will never be able to transcend time the way well-crafted objects do.”One trait … read more… “Are contemporary conceptual projects doomed to be misunderstood historical curiosities?”

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The Art Newspaper and Robert Storr

The Art Newspaper interview with Robert Storr has been circulating online for the past few days. In case you haven’t already seen it posted elsewhere, here’s an excerpt. TAN: The topic of the Frieze panel is “Have Art and Theory Drifted Apart?” What are your thoughts? Robert Storr: I’m not sure that art and theory … read more… “The Art Newspaper and Robert Storr”

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