Jerry Saltz’s burden

James Panero and me discussing social networking media face-to-face over pizza and beer at an exhibition at STOREFRONT in Bushwick. Photo courtesy Jason Andrew. In “My Jerry Saltz Problem,” a spiritedly discursive philippic in the New Criterion about the changing nature of art criticism, James Panero articulates how disgruntled print journalists and traditional art critics … read more… “Jerry Saltz’s burden”


Artist of the day: Imi Knoebel

Imi Knoebel installation at Grasslin/Nagel (Frankfurt) at Art Basel Miami Beach. Image courtesy of Joanne Mattera Art Blog. Ever since I met Imi Knoebel’s work at Dia: Beacon I’ve been interested in his constructed paintings, but I was surprised to see these new pieces in Joanne Mattera’s extensive coverage of the Miami art fairs that … read more… “Artist of the day: Imi Knoebel”


You be the judge

I received a note recently that New American Paintings, a juried painting publication produced annually by Steven Zevitas, has just introduced the New American Paintings Annual Prize. The Prize includes two components: a cash prize of $1,000 awarded to one artist selected from the artists featured in the publication by a panel of curators, and … read more… “You be the judge”

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Conversion Party, #rank

In NY Press, Chase Hoffberger tells the tale of Two Coats of Paint’s loveworthy band: Conversion Party. The story includes long distance love, endless patience, and nose-to-the-grindstone dedication.  Hoffberger concludes that their latest material, tighter than all their previous output, is the “ripe fruit” of their extensive labor. Be sure to check them out tomorrow … read more… “Conversion Party, #rank”

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Life imitates art…or something like that

Roy Lichtenstein, “Thinking Nude 289,” 1994, edition of 40, relief print on Rives BFK. Carl Fudge, “Live Cat” I’m in the middle of An Object of Beauty, Steve Martin’s entertaining new novel about the Upper East Side art world’s auctions, fabulously wealthy collectors, and their dealers’ unregulated, extremely lucrative (and perhaps illegal) business practices. This … read more… “Life imitates art…or something like that”

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Snow day!

Robert Henri’s “Snow in New York.” Robert Henri (1865 – 1929) a charismatic teacher and  leading figure of the Ashcan School,  rebelled against the pretty landscapes being turned out by the American Impressionists by painting dark, gritty scenes of everyday life in the poorer neighborhoods of New York. Henri taught at the New York School … read more… “Snow day!”


New LA Weekly editor Drex Heikes poised to dumb-down art crit

Critic Christopher Miles had his first solo show of 16 oversize “Noggins,” glazed stoneware heads mounted on stainless steel poles (all 2010), at Acme in Los Angeles According to Jori Finkel at the LA Times, critics Doug Harvey and Christopher Miles, both known for a lively sort of intellectual brinksmanship in their writing (and for … read more… “New LA Weekly editor Drex Heikes poised to dumb-down art crit”


A simple passion for painting: Kate Faust

 Kate Faust, “The Apothecary, oil on canvas,  16” x 24.” Images are from the artist’s website. Kate Faust, “Poppies for You,” oil on linen, 18” x 24”  Kate Faust, “The Master’s Closet,” oil on canvas, 24” x 18” In the Town Journal Eileen LaForgia reports that painter Kate Faust is having a show at the … read more… “A simple passion for painting: Kate Faust”


Exhibition of the Week: Steve DiBenedetto’s “Who Wants to Know?”

Steve DiBenedetto,”Quarry,” 2010, oil on canvas, 78 x 116″ Steve DiBenedetto, “Scene Selection,” 2010, oil on canvas, 60 x 48″ Steve DiBenedetto, “Template,” 2010, oil on canvas, 60 x 48″ Steve DiBenedetto’s new paintings at David Nolan have the super-charged jangling energy of previous work, but he’s working looser, scraping down and thinning the paint … read more… “Exhibition of the Week: Steve DiBenedetto’s “Who Wants to Know?””

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“Unrelenting analysis” continues to grip art world

Christopher K. Ho 2010 / Hirsch E.P. Rothko 2001 (No. 21), 2010, acrylic, watercolor, graphite and color pencil on linen, 12″ x 16″ Christopher K. Ho 2010 / Hirsch E.P. Rothko 2001 (No. 23), 2010, acrylic and watercolor on linen, 12″ x 16″ Christopher K. Ho 2010 / Hirsch E.P. Rothko 2001 (No. 15), 2010, … read more… ““Unrelenting analysis” continues to grip art world”