Craig Taylor: Reviving pentimenti

 Craig Taylor, “Amplifier Artifact,” 2010, oil on canvas, 72 x 54″ Less precious and more physical than previous work, Craig Taylor’s new paintings, both funny and ardent, look great at Sue Scott. The best pieces recall the lush, drippy, heavily-worked abstraction of the 1980s and early 1990s while incorporating the charmingly ham-fisted compositional strategies of … read more… “Craig Taylor: Reviving pentimenti”

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Frans Hals’ spontaneity, hundreds of years later

Frans Hals, “The Smoker,” 1625, oil on wood, octagonal, 18 3/8 x 19 1/2.” Metropolitan Museum of Art, Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1889  Who doesn’t love Dutch painting? Remember that time you were in Amsterdam and stopped by the coffee shop, then spent the afternoon in the Rijksmuseum marveling at those amazing … read more… “Frans Hals’ spontaneity, hundreds of years later”


At home amid the ruins: Eva Struble at Lombard Freid

Eva Struble, “Admiral’s Row 3,” 2011, oil on canvas, 64.8 x 71.1 cm Eva Struble’s third solo at Lombard Freid Projects features paintings of the architectural ruins in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Using vivid color and layered, translucent textures, Struble breaks down the realism of her reference images, creating a brassy surrealism. In Time Out … read more… “At home amid the ruins: Eva Struble at Lombard Freid”

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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 that I’m referring to another Twitter-er. “Gee, Joan, if only you were French and male and dead.” —New … read more… “Twitter Notes”

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How-to video: Dutch artist Iepe Rubingh poured paint in the Berlin streets last year

“The team, made up of friends from Iepe’s chess boxing club, rented official German railway bicycles and rigged them with buckets at the front to carry the paint. They then loaded the bicycles and the paint into a truck and drove them to the intersection. After the bikes’ buckets were filled with the wet stuff … read more… “How-to video: Dutch artist Iepe Rubingh poured paint in the Berlin streets last year”


Michael Berryhill’s tabletops

Michael Berryhill, “Conceiving The Design,” 2011, oil on linen on panel, 16×16″ Michael Berryhill, a painter who still values a good struggle in his work, has several fine small-scale paintings in ‘Monkey Wrench,” a group show at Horton, through July 22. Heavily worked and overpainted (in a good way), the paintings depict tabletop objects in … read more… “Michael Berryhill’s tabletops”


IMAGES: Christian Sampson

 Christian Sampson, Untitled, 2011, plexiglass construction, 24 x 12″ Using polymers, dyes, wood, and plexiglass, Christian Sampson explores how color, light, and shadow, while shifting between two and three dimensions, create form. I saw two of Sampson’s ingenious but humble pieces last week in “itinerant ones,” an exhibition at STOREFRONT that was curated by painter … read more… “IMAGES: Christian Sampson”


Art Guerra: Pigment dispersion + binder + other stuff = an alternate universe

   Art Guerra at Sugar, installation view. In Bushwick last week, I stopped by Sugar to see Art Guerra’s paintings. Guerra is the founder of Guerra Paint and Pigment in the East Village, which, as far as I’m concerned, is the best place for acrylic pigments and binders anywhere. I love the credo posted on … read more… “Art Guerra: Pigment dispersion + binder + other stuff = an alternate universe”

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In Hudson: Pop-up Gallery Portraits and NADA

Pam Lins, “Charles the VI layout and fog,” 2011, oil on panel, 18 x 14″ Austin Thomas is helping Scot Cohen organize “Pop-up Gallery Portraits” at 430 Warren Street in Hudson, NY. The exhibition opens on July 30 and will coincide with NADA Hudson, a large-scale exhibition featuring projects by galleries like Jeff Bailey, Canada, DCKT, … read more… “In Hudson: Pop-up Gallery Portraits and NADA”