NY Art Book Fair: Let’s make books!

Some of the free stuff I collected at the NY Art Book Fair. Last night I went to the preview for the 2011 NY Art Book Fair at MoMAPS1 where I got more cool bookmarks than I’ll ever need. Presented by Printed Matter, the fair features more than 200 international presses, booksellers, antiquarian dealers, artists … read more… “NY Art Book Fair: Let’s make books!”

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Elizabeth Hazan and Jennifer Riley at Janet Kurnatowski

 Elizabeth Hazan, “Untitled (Across the Universe),” 2011, oil on canvas, 2011, 24 x 30″ Elizabeth Hazan and Jennifer Riley present buoyant abstraction at Janet Kurnatowski through October 9. Both painters are interested in shape, line, and the emotional content of color more than the viscous, visceral application of paint. Based on map imagery, Hazan in … read more… “Elizabeth Hazan and Jennifer Riley at Janet Kurnatowski”

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Social practice: Austin Thomas and Julie Torres

I stopped by Austin Thomas’s studio yesterday where she and Julie Torres were deep into a twelve-hour artmaking session.  Austin works on a large sketchbook at her desk, which is cluttered with 3-dimensional collage pieces made with scraps from her sketchbooks.  Julie arranges a grid of paper on the floor then paints them in a … read more… “Social practice: Austin Thomas and Julie Torres”


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. Ann Pibal, “MNGO,” 2010, acrylic on aluminum panel, 12.5 x 17.75″| 2010 … read more… “Twitter notes”

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Painters as storytellers: The Mill and The Cross

Pieter Bruegel the Elder, “The Way to Cavalry,” 1564. Located in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna When I was an art history undergrad at Tufts University, I took Northern Renaissance Art with esteemed art historian Madeline Caviness. Our class spent hours in the small, dank basement classroom looking at slides of paintings by Pieter Bruegel … read more… “Painters as storytellers: The Mill and The Cross”


Stephen Mueller has died of cancer

Stephen Mueller, “Roland,” 2010, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of Lennon Weinberg. According to Roberta Smith in the NYTimes, Stephen Mueller, 63, died on Sept. 16 in Manhattan. His sister Debra Pendleton has said the cause was lung cancer.  “Mr. Mueller’s mature paintings, which took shape in the early 1990s, were cross-cultural hybrids that presaged many … read more… “Stephen Mueller has died of cancer”

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Talking about his art: Fred Valentine

BOMB magazine’s BOMBsite has posted a video interview with painter Fred Valentine. Valentine was a big part of the early Williamsburg art scene and recently opened VALENTINE, a gallery in Ridgewood. Richard J. Goldstein and BOMB’s video crew toured Valentine’s Ridgewood studio and talked about his creative process. Stop by his gallery and check out … read more… “Talking about his art: Fred Valentine”

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Two Coats reviews The Joe Bonham Project @ Hyperallergic today

Victore Juhasz, “Portrait of SGT Jason Ross–USMC (Full Frontal),” 2011 I reviewed “The Joe Bonham Project” @ Hyperallergic today. Curated by New Criterion managing editor  James Panero, the exhibition comprises portraits of injured United States and coalition military personnel made by members of the International Society of War Artists and the Society of Illustrators who … read more… “Two Coats reviews The Joe Bonham Project @ Hyperallergic today”


Guts and Glory?

Jarrett Min Davis, “Ambush at the Pass,” 2011, oil on canvas. On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, ten years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq had produced over 6,200 US military fatalities and more than 45,000 wounded American soldiers, along with tens of thousands of additional casualties among coalition troops, enemy combatants, and unfortunate civilians. … read more… “Guts and Glory?”

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Exhibition notes

Continuing my exploration of alternative venues this fall, I am showing a few paintings from the Brightly Colored Separates series (2010) and a new small painting at Gallery 195, an exhibition space curated and funded by the Greater New Haven Arts Council. If you’re in the area, I hope you can stop by the opening … read more… “Exhibition notes”

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