Month: January 2010

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“Artists are at their most canny and resourceful when backed—or painted—into a corner”

Installation view of “Besides, With, Against, and Yet: Abstraction and the Ready-Made Gesture.” In Artforum, Colby Chamberlain suggests that “Besides, With, Against, and Yet: Abstraction and the Ready-Made Gesture” makes an important proposition. “Arguably the two key artistic inventions of the twentieth century are abstraction and the readymade. Abstraction was […]

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Beth Urdang reopens in Boston

  Olga Antonova, “Blue Striped Teapot,” 24×24″ Olga Antonova, “White Cup Composition with One Yellow,” 24×24 inches Beth Urdang, believing the worst is over, has reopened her gallery on Newbury Street in Boston. In the Boston Globe, Cate McQuaid reports that Urdang’s first show includes Olga Antonova’s exquisitely rendered still […]

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Matthew Langley and Heejo Kim at Blank Space

Installing Matthew Langley’s work at Blank Space.   Matthew Langley, “Everybody Knows,” 2010, oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″ The Matthew Langley / Heejo Kim exhibition opens at Blank Space tonight, 6 – 8pm. In a 2008 Washington City Paper review, Kriston Capps gave Langley extra points for audacity. “His […]

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But what about Deitch Projects' artists?

Here are the artists listed on the Deitch Projects website (the info is out of date, but interesting nonetheless) with its descriptions (edited) of their work. Now that Jeff Deitch has officially accepted the directorship of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, vowed to close his gallery and […]

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Xiaoze Xie in San Francisco

Xiaoze Xie, “Library of Congress (M1470),” 2009, oil on canvas, 32 x 67″   Xiaoze Xie, “Library of Congress (BNP),” 2009, oil on canvas, 24 x 36” In the San Francisco Chronicle, Kenneth Baker wonders if anyone has proclaimed the still life dead. “If not, paintings’ own nature as static […]

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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. Anne Sherwood Pundyk, “Sharpshooter”, oil and acrylic on linen, 63 x 60 inches, 2009 Anne Sherwood Pundyk (Blog […]

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Jonathan Jones: Bad reviews are dangerous

R.B.Kitaj, “If Not, Not, 1975-76, oil on canvas, 60 x 60.” Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh In his blog Guardian critic Jonathan Jones suggests that bad reviews killed RB Kitaj.  “In the expansive entrance hall of the British Library in London hangs a tapestry based on RB Kitaj’s […]

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Kenneth Noland is dead

“And Half,” 1959 “Back and Front,” 1960 “Play,” 1960   “Epigram,” 1961 “Galore,” 1966 “Interlock Color,” 1973 “Verdancy,” 1981 “Refresh,” 1999 Roberta Smith blogs at Arts Beat that Kenneth Noland, who painted some of the great emblems of the postwar American abstract style called Color Field painting, died Tuesday at […]