A few things I saw on Spring Break

 I’ve been invited to organize a show at the quirky Hygienic Art in New London, CT, so when I stopped by to check out the space, I ran into “Canoe Ride Two,” (above) a small piece by Samantha Listorti. The painting looks a little washed-out in my lousy iPhone snap, but the vivid color captures … read more… “A few things I saw on Spring Break”

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Part II: Alternate “Art Madness” lists

Louise Bourgeois, Cell (Glass, spheres and hands) 1990-1993 , Glass, marble, wood, metal and fabric Copyright Louise Bourgeois, 1990-1993/VAGA. Permission of Viscopy Ltd, Sydney 2000 Debate continued today about the male-dominated “Art Madness” competition created by Tyler Green on his ArtInfo blog, Modern Art Notes. Yesterday on Two Coats, artist Brian Dupont’s excellent essay addressed the … read more… “Part II: Alternate “Art Madness” lists”

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Part I: Tyler Green's "Art Madness" prompts outrage in the art community

Carolee Schneeman, “Interior Scroll,” 1975, performance. Jana Sterbak, “Meat Dress,” 1987. Over on Twitter yesterday Jen Dalton started a debate about the male-dominated “Art Madness” competition, which Tyler Green has organized at his ArtInfo blog, Modern Art Notes. I’ve never liked the idea of ranking art and artists, so I won’t participate in Green’s game, … read more… “Part I: Tyler Green's "Art Madness" prompts outrage in the art community”

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Images: Thomas Berding

 Thomas Berding, “By Land and By Sea,” 2010, oil on canvas, 70″ x 76″ Thomas Berding, “Light of Day,” 2010, oil on Canvas, 44″ x 48″ Thomas Berding, “The Lab,” 2008, oil on canvas, 48″ x 44″ Made in response to the post-industrial landscape, Thomas Berding’s recent paintings draw upon the sense of refuse and … read more… “Images: Thomas Berding”

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Frank Stella’s hard-edge sfumato

Frank Stella, “Gray Scrambled Double Square,” 1964, synthetic polymer paint on canvas. “Gray Scrambled Double Square,” detail. When the image is enlarged, the pencil guides and hand-painted, imperfect quality of the lines. are evident. Frank Stella, “Empress of India,” 1965, metallic powder in polymer emulsion paint on canvas, 6′ 5″ x 18′ 8″ “Frank Stella, … read more… “Frank Stella’s hard-edge sfumato”

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Shape, light and line at Storefront

Installation view: Andy Spence and Colin Thompson Andy Spence and Colin Thompson‘s abstract paintings are on display through the end of the week at STOREFRONT. Spence’s measured geometries and optical illusions hung side-by-side with Thompson’s gleefully scrawled characters remind me of siblings who have gone their separate ways but still find plenty to talk about. … read more… “Shape, light and line at Storefront”

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Geometry is real

Rico Gatson, “Mystery Object,” 2011, paint, wood, glitter and plexi-glass. Rico Gatson, “Mask,” 2010, paint wood and glitter. Rico Gatson,”Sojourner Truth,” 2011, oil on canvas. Paul Pagk, ” All tomorrow’s parties,” 2010,  oil on linen 76″ x 74″ Paul Pagk, “Aligned deep down from above on the edge,” 2008-10, oil on linen 76″ x 74″ … read more… “Geometry is real”

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VOLTA Part II: How the work was installed

In my last VOLTA post I showed images of individual paintings. The following installation shots, despite the lousy iPhone quality, are equally (even more?) fascinating. 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”, “aim”];

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Painters at VOLTA

Armory Arts Week is over, but I wanted to share some work from VOLTA, one of the smaller, more interesting fairs. VOLTA is different from the other fairs because the international galleries, selected by a panel of curators, present solo installations by emerging artists. This year more than half of the 90+ artists were painters. … read more… “Painters at VOLTA”

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Twitter Notes

Here are some recent 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. The “@” symbol indicates another Twitter user. Thanks to Loren Munk’s painting (not the one pictured) in “I like the Art World … read more… “Twitter Notes”

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