2009 Top Ten list for painters

Simply put, here are ten eleven exhibitions (and two innovations) from 2009 that I won’t forget. Ten Exhibitions: Cordy Ryman at DCKT Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective at MoMA Pablo Picasso:Mosqueteros at Gagoosian Above: Pablo Picasso, “Personnage,” 1971, oil on canvas, 45 3/4 x 35 inches” Alice Neel at David Zwirner  Mary Heilmann: To Be … read more… “2009 Top Ten list for painters”


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.  Inglenook: Recent Ariel Dill and Christian Sampson installation at Southfirst Old Gold Interview with Ariel Dill and Christian Sampson http://bit.ly/7Yuw2h 32 minutes ago   … read more… “Twitter Notes”

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New space opens in Bushwick this weekend

    Installation views of the inaugural show at Storefront in Bushwick. Jason Andrew of Norte Maar and artist Deborah Brown have announced the opening of Storefront, a new space at 16 Wilson Avenue in Bushwick. “The inaugural show features work of artists we know, the artists we like, and the artists we’d like to … read more… “New space opens in Bushwick this weekend”

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Paul Gauguin, not Vincent Van Gogh, cut off the ear!

In an attempt to stir up some buzz in the blogosphere about their January 4 issue, The New Yorker sent me a PDF of Adam Gopnik’s story, a retelling of the Van Gogh ear-removal myth. “I thought you would be interested in Adam Gopnik’s piece from the Jan. 4, 2010 issue of The New Yorker, … read more… “Paul Gauguin, not Vincent Van Gogh, cut off the ear!”

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NYTimes Art in Review: Volker Hueller

Volker Hueller, “Strohpiefke,” 2009, straw and lacquer. Image courtesy Salon 94.   Volker Hueller, “Drei Halunken und ein Halleluja,” 2009, mixed media on canvas, 94.49 x 70.87.” Image courtesy Salon 94.   Volker Hueller, “Happy Dog,” 2009, etching, watercolours, shellac on paper. Image size: 9.65 x 7.68.” Paper size: 11.81 x 9.45.” Image courtesy Eleven … read more… “NYTimes Art in Review: Volker Hueller”

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Helmut Federle’s facture

Helmut Federle, ” Japanische See im Mondlicht,” 2009, acrylic on canvas, 23 5/8 x 19 5/8″  In ArtForum Ian Bourland recommends Helmut Federle’s exhibition at Peter Blum, which may not be spectacular, but that’s the point. “In an art market in which painting jostles with photography and sculpture in pursuit of epic scale or self-conscious … read more… “Helmut Federle’s facture”

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Craigie Aitchison is dead

Craigie Aitchison, “Still Life with Guitar and Clarice Cliff Sugar Sifter,” 2006, oil on canvas, 15.9×15.9″ Craigie Aitchison, “Cypress Tree with Dog,” print, edition of 75. Craigie Aitchison “Still Life Vase and Flowers(April),” 2009, oil on canvas, 20×16.” Craigie Aitchison, “Bird in Tree, Yellow Background,” 2009, oil on canvas, 5×4″ Craigie Aitchison, an idiosyncratic painter … read more… “Craigie Aitchison is dead”

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Video is dead

Gerhard Richter, “Abstract Painting (894-2),” 2005, oil on aludibond, 11 3/4 x 17 3/8″ In Time Out New York this week Howard Halle begins his Gerhard Richter review with this tired declaration: “It’s a widely held belief in the art world that painting is dead…” Why, I wonder, do artists and critics insist on dragging … read more… “Video is dead”