Joe Fyfe’s studio visit with Bernard Piffaretti, circa 2003

I have a writing deadline this week so posting will be scant, but I came across an interesting 2003 Bomb Magazine interview between Joe Fyfe and French painter Bernard Piffaretti that I had to share. Here’s an excerpt.   Bernard Piffaretti, Untitled, 2001, acrylic on canvas , 59×39 3/8.” Courtesy of the artist and Cheim … read more… “Joe Fyfe’s studio visit with Bernard Piffaretti, circa 2003”

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Renovations underway

I’ve been meaning to give the blog a DIY design overhaul for a while, and the time has finally come–please bear with me while I work out the kinks. The new design, based on a free template that I’ve customized with XML, is cleaner and easier to navigate. You may also notice that the layout … read more… “Renovations underway”

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Free reading: M/E/A/N/I/N/G: A Journal of Contemporary Art Issues

In August I was invited to contribute an essay to the 25th anniversary edition of M/E/A/N/I/N/G: A Journal of Contemporary Art Issues, an extraordinary collaboration between painters Mira Schor, Susan Bee, and their extended community of artists, critics, historians, theorists, poets. I’m still in the process of reading all the essays, but so far this … read more… “Free reading: M/E/A/N/I/N/G: A Journal of Contemporary Art Issues”


Sneaky funny in Ridgewood

Artists Jonathan Terranova and Matthew Mahler opened Small Black Door in late 2010 to mount some interesting shows by emerging artists and make a few friends. Their current exhibition, “The Unfunny Show,” curated by Matthew F. Fisher, features small work on paper by artists whose idiosyncratic humor comes across not just in the images, but … read more… “Sneaky funny in Ridgewood”

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Image of Pat Passlof

I love Alice Sebrell‘s photograph of Pat Passlof that ran with Pat’s obituary in the NYTimes. “A member of the New York school of Abstract Expressionists who was less widely recognized than male colleagues… Ms. Passlof had been immersed since the 1950s in the heady, impecunious cultural ferment of Downtown Manhattan.”

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Quick Study

Podcasts! Check out Tyler Green’s sponsored podcast interview with Charline Von Heyl (one of her paintings is pictured above) in which she explains how there are three distinctive types of artists. FYI, I’m a Type #1. Von Heyl’s mid-career survey at the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia is on display through February 19, 2012. After … read more… “Quick Study”

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Richard Pousette-Dart’s East River studio

Richard Pousette-Dart, “Allemande,” 1951, oil on linen, 42 x 33 1/2″ From 1946-51, as Abstract Expressionism was taking hold of New York,  Richard Pousette-Dart lived and worked in a former brewery on East 56th Street where he painted “Symphony Number 1, The Transcendental,” 1941-42, which now hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Born in … read more… “Richard Pousette-Dart’s East River studio”

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Sadcore: Robert Yoder at Frosch & Portmann

Robert Yoder’s new collages and paintings combined with found papers have a downbeat quality inspired by the sadcore music he’s been listening to lately. The title of his exhibition at Frosch & Portmann, “Beautiful William,” is from a song by the The Handsome Family about a man who goes missing under mysterious circumstances. The texture … read more… “Sadcore: Robert Yoder at Frosch & Portmann”


Elizabeth Gilfilen: Pugilist painter

For Elizabeth Gilfilen painting is a collision, an aggressive search in which the object and maker are intimately, irrovocably entwined. Gilfilen’s exploration of piercing color and gestural abstraction continues in her exhibition of new large-scale work at Gallery Aferro this month. In many of her untitled paintings (sorry I can’t refer to specific ones) Gilfilen wrestles images from a thicker scrum … read more… “Elizabeth Gilfilen: Pugilist painter”


Rico Gatson’s new paintings at Exit Art

 Rico Gatson, a group of small paintings from 2011 at Exit Art. Acrylic paint on wood with glitter, each about 18″ square. Top row: Untitled (Crepuscule), Untitled (Sam Cooke), Untitled (Nigeria). Middle row: Untitled (Time Travel), Untitled (Supernova), Untitled (Starburst). Bottom Row: Untitled (Basquiat), Untitled (Site), Untitled (Portal).  Rico Gatson, “Untitled(Starburst),” 2011, Acrylic paint, glitter, … read more… “Rico Gatson’s new paintings at Exit Art”

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