Double feature: Artists and politics

Dan Perjovschi interview at Columbia University. Wall painting in first image: Kader Attia, Untitled, 2010. “Project Europa: Imagining the (Im)Possible,” an excellent and disturbing show at Columbia University’s Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, explores the past two decades in European history. Marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall and the unification of … read more… “Double feature: Artists and politics”

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IMAGES: Louise Belcourt’s place in the world

 Louise Belcourt in her Williamsburg studio. A year ago in The Brooklyn Rail I wrote about Louise Belcourt’s show at Jeff Bailey Gallery, and yesterday, after a quick visit to see the show at Soloway on South 4th, we caught up in her Williamsburg studio. She continues to paint abstract landscapes that reference her childhood … read more… “IMAGES: Louise Belcourt’s place in the world”

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Sean Scully: If you’re plotting art, and trying to make something to get something, you’re not in a state of creative innocence. You’re not making art. You’re doing something else.

“Abstract painter Sean Scully may have been born in Dublin, but for the past few years he has lived in southern Germany – where, he says, the rural scenery has changed forever the urban texture of his art. Guardian filmmaker Laurence Topham is given rare access to his studio, where Scully discusses the intimate struggle … read more… “Sean Scully: If you’re plotting art, and trying to make something to get something, you’re not in a state of creative innocence. You’re not making art. You’re doing something else.”

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Josh Smith: Paints better than he thinks

Josh Smith, “Stage Painting 2,” 2011, wood, paint, fabric, lights and hardware, 96 x 68 x 54 inches   Josh Smith, “Untitled,” 2010, mixed media on panel (6 panels), 120 x 144″  Josh Smith, “Untitled,” 2010, mixed media on panel, 48 x 36″ Josh Smith, “Untitled,” 2010, oil on canvas, 60 x 48″ Josh Smith, “Untitled,” … read more… “Josh Smith: Paints better than he thinks”

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George Condo’s schtick

All images are details from Condo’s paintings at the New Museum. In Jerry Saltz’s “Ask an Art Critic” column, reader Aaron Holtz asks why so many people love the George Condo exhibition at the New Museum. Here’s an excerpt from Saltz’s uncharacteristically dismissive answer along with a few excerpts from other reviews for comparison. When … read more… “George Condo’s schtick”

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The long haul: Ellsworth Kelly

Ever since I saw his 1996 Guggenheim retrospective, I’ve been too much of a fan(atic) to objectively review Ellsworth Kelly’s work–it’s been so important to me over the years. On Thursday night I stopped by the opening of his new show at Matthew Marks, where I finally got to meet the man. Dressed in a … read more… “The long haul: Ellsworth Kelly”

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With or without a dealer

 Found Art (Bowery) Unmonumental 470. Photo: Joy Garnett 2011. Here’s a repost of Joy Garnett’s excellent report on “Making a Living as an Artist: With or Without a Dealer,” the panel I participated in at the College Art Association last Thursday. Garnett’s report was originally published in the CAA Conference blog and at NEWSgrist. Big … read more… “With or without a dealer”

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College Art Association's 99th Annual Conference: Free events for artists, open to the public

Services to Artists Committee members Sharon Louden and Brian Bishop stopped by to check out “The Promotion Project, “ my presentation at the CAA ArtExchange last year in Chicago. This week in NYC, as the 99th College Art Association Annual Conference convenes, art students from across the country will be taking the week off while … read more… “College Art Association's 99th Annual Conference: Free events for artists, open to the public”

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Deborah Brown: An artist grows in Brooklyn

  Deborah Brown telling stories about her neighborhood. Deborah Brown, “Hybrid #1,” 2010, oil on canvas , 36″ x 36″ On the occasion of “The Bushwick Paintings,” her exhibition at Lesley Heller, I met with Deborah Brown in her studio where we discussed painting and her love of Bushwick, Brooklyn’s rising art community. Sharon Butler: … read more… “Deborah Brown: An artist grows in Brooklyn”

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IMAGES: Cathy Nan Quinlan’s studio

  Cathy Nan Quinlan in her Bed-Stuy studio with Lucy. December 2010.  ———- IMAGES is a weekly feature devoted to work by painters who deserve more love. var a2a_config = a2a_config || {}; a2a_config.linkname = “Two Coats of Paint”; a2a_config.linkurl = “https://www.twocoatsofpaint.com”; a2a_config.prioritize = [“delicious”, “email”, “linkedin”, “twitter”, “tumblr”, “stumbleupon”, “facebook”, “blogger_post”, “google_gmail”, “google_buzz”, “digg”, … read more… “IMAGES: Cathy Nan Quinlan’s studio”

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