Sharon Butler, Joy Curtis, Cathy Nan Quinlan at STOREFRONT

Sharon Butler, “Brightly Colored Separates 6,” (detail) 2010, oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″ This month my paintings will be in “On Display,” an exhibition curated by Hrag Vartanian, with work by Cathy Nan Quinlan and Joy Curtis at STOREFRONT. Stop by the opening on Friday, August 6, 6 – 9 pm and say hello. … read more… “Sharon Butler, Joy Curtis, Cathy Nan Quinlan at STOREFRONT”

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Part I: Artists-in-Residence at Rouses Point, New York

Fernand Léger, “Les Loisirs sur fond rouge,” 1949 ©ADAGP, Paris, 2002 This week I attended Camp Pocket U, an experimental artists’ residency/kids’ art camp in Rouses Point, New York. A small town on Lake Champlain on the Canadian border, Rouses Point is completely unlike the wealthy waterfront town where I grew up. It’s a working-class … read more… “Part I: Artists-in-Residence at Rouses Point, New York”

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Guest Judge Will Cotton’s Candy

Will Cotton, “Pastoral,” 2009, oil on linen, 60 x 72 inches Will Cotton, “Rose,” 2009, oil on linen, 34 x 24 inches Will Cotton, “Untitled,” 2003, oil on linen, 80 x 120″ Tonight on episode seven of “Work of Art” the contestants must “reflect on their childhoods and create artwork by utilizing kid-friendly materials.” The … read more… “Guest Judge Will Cotton’s Candy”

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Sarah Morris: Artistic industrial complex

Sarah Morris, Alpine Coil [Knots],” 2009, household gloss paint on canvas, 84.25 x 84.25″ Sarah Morris, “Portuguese Bowline [Knots],” 2009, household gloss paint on canvas, 84.25 x 84.25″  Sarah Morris, “Utility [Clips],” 2009, household gloss paint on canvas, 84.25 x 84.25.” All images courtesy Friedrich Petzel. I wrote about this visit with Sarah Morris so … read more… “Sarah Morris: Artistic industrial complex”

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Sargent’s seascapes: What was he thinking?

  John Singer Sargent, “Atlantic Storm,” 1876,  Curtis Galleries, Minneapolis John Singer Sargent, “Mid-Ocean, Mid-Winter,” 1876, private collection. John Singer Sargent, “Neapolitan Children Bathing,” 1879, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. John Singer Sargent, “Beach Scene,” 1880, private collection. Growing up near the Mystic Seaport, I developed a robust appreciation for marine art and wrote … read more… “Sargent’s seascapes: What was he thinking?”

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Farrell Brickhouse: The slow burn

Farrell Brickhouse, “Struggle 5, Dancing Bear,” 2009, oil on canvas, 18×18″ Farrell Brickhouse has been selected as the grand-prize-winning commenter in the recent Two Coats contest launched to promote the new Facebook page. Thanks to readers Kim Neudorf, Mira Gerard, and Timm Mettler who were our other finalists, and to all FB friends who added … read more… “Farrell Brickhouse: The slow burn”

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Worlds collide: Larry David in Chelsea

The other day I went to Chelsea to check out “Making Sense,” Jen Dalton’s Saltzy exhibition at the Flag Art Foundation, when I ran into comic genius/ conceptual artist Larry David. Completely unprepared for the early-afternoon downpour, I had no raincoat or umbrella, and Larry, wearing gobs of pancake makeup and a hooded plastic slicker, … read more… “Worlds collide: Larry David in Chelsea”

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Where I’ll be today: Famous Accountants

Crystal Wagner in front of her print/drawing/collage installation at Famous Accountants. Crystal Wagner, “Mechanism (detail),” 2010, a drawing and collage.  Crystal Wagner, “Morphotic II,” 2010, screen print.  Rico Gatson in front of Wagner’s wall of screen prints. Today I’m heading for Famous Accountants, a newish Bushwick space known for it’s immersive, obsessive installation projects. The … read more… “Where I’ll be today: Famous Accountants”

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Ab hinc: Camp Pocket U update

I just got a note from Austin Thomas with more details about Camp Pocket U, an artists residency project that I’m participating in at the end of the month. Since Thomas’s Bushwick salon Pocket Utopia, closed last year, she has tirelessly continued to organize events and exhibitions throughout the city and elsewhere. When Jason Andrew … read more… “Ab hinc: Camp Pocket U update”

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Jakub Julian Ziolkowski: A just-paint painter

 Jakub Julian Ziolkowski, “Caligula,” 2010, oil on canvas, 63 x 52 3/4 in Jakub Julian Ziolkowski, “Untitled (King of Israel), ” 2010, oil on canvas, 74 3/4 x 65″ Jakub Julian Ziolkowski , “The Clash,” 2010, acrylic and oil on canvas, 68 7/8 x 82 5/8″ In the NY Times, Roberta Smith reports that young … read more… “Jakub Julian Ziolkowski: A just-paint painter”

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