Rebecca Morris: Stubborn and independent

While out in Los Angeles, I learned about In The Make: Studio Visits with Artists and Designers, a collaborative online project between between photographer Klea McKenna and writer Nikki Grattan. A few weeks ago McKenna and Grattan visited the studio of LA-based painter Rebecca Morris, who is having a work-on-paper exhibition at Harris Lieberman in … read more… “Rebecca Morris: Stubborn and independent”


IMAGES: Frederick Hammersley’s hunches

Is it possible to be an emerging artist when you’re dead? Yes. Frederick Hammersley (American, 1919-2009) worked in Los Angeles for many years, until in the late ’60s when he was nearly 40, he accepted a teaching position at the University of New Mexico and moved to Albuquerque. After teaching there for a few years, … read more… “IMAGES: Frederick Hammersley’s hunches”


Handmade, utopic, urgent and obsessive

I just landed in DC, so I probably won’t get to Airplane before “Facture” closes on Sunday, but the installation shots on their website look intriguing. “Combining a handmade aesthetic with a range of materials, the works in ‘Facture’ manipulate spatial perception and challenge the distinctions between sculpture, painting, photography, and video. Through their formal … read more… “Handmade, utopic, urgent and obsessive”

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Quick study: Psychedelic edition

• Ken Johnson, NY Times art critic and author of Are You Experienced: How Psychedelic Consciousness Transformed Modern Art, gushes over Terry Winters new paintings, calling them “psychedelically thrilling.” Terry Winters, Notebook 5, 2003-2011, collage, 11 x 8 1/2 inches  • Terri Ciccone reviews “What I Know,” in Bushwick Daily. “What we know, or can … read more… “Quick study: Psychedelic edition”

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Art Appreciation quiz

In honor of the College Art Association’s Annual Conference that takes place in Los Angeles this week, I’ve prepared a quiz not unlike the identification portions of the exams we used to take in art history class–but so much more fun when the artists are alive. The following paintings  caught my eye while visiting New … read more… “Art Appreciation quiz”


IMAGES: Michael Bauer

In the fantastic group exhibition at Foxy Productions, “Bauer, Croxson, Lichty, Wood,” Michael Bauer (German, born 1973) presents diminutive paintings that suggest a new direction for abstraction. Dark and enigmatic, they evoke a self-effacing combination of surreal portraiture and Modernist abstraction, unleashing a variety of references both nightmarish and charming. Bauer, who studied at the … read more… “IMAGES: Michael Bauer”


A painter in The Ungovernables @ New Museum: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

The 2012 New Museum Triennial, which opens today, features thirty-four artists, artist groups, and temporary collectives—totaling over fifty participants—born between the mid-1970s and mid-1980s, many of whom have never before exhibited in the US. Called “The Ungovernables,” the exhibition is about “the urgencies of a generation who came of age after the independence and revolutionary … read more… “A painter in The Ungovernables @ New Museum: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye”

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From the DC art community: Tim Doud and Zoë Charlton

Last week I went to Mira Schor’s lively talk, “Voice and Speech,” at American University, where she discussed one of my favorite topics: painting, writing and how the two fit together in an art practice. I’m looking forward to her upcoming show at Marvelli. It opens on March 29 and will be her first solo … read more… “From the DC art community: Tim Doud and Zoë Charlton”

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Two Coats of Paint @ The College Art Association Annual Conference

Best known as the hellish interview hub for hundreds of recent MFA grads, the College Art Association Annual Conference, which takes place February 21-25 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, is kind of like a geeky, intellectual version of Art Basel Miami. The schedule of discussions is dizzying and most university art programs and art … read more… “Two Coats of Paint @ The College Art Association Annual Conference”

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Must read: James Elkins deciphers the Art Critique

After participating in final critiques at Brooklyn College and MICA last semester, I posted some notes for grad students about the critique process, and a reader suggested I check out a recent release from New Academia Publishing called Art Critiques: A Guide. Written by James Elkins, an art history professor who has participated in hundreds … read more… “Must read: James Elkins deciphers the Art Critique”