Quick study: Words, language and ideas

Remember a few months back I visited Vicki Sher’s studio?  Yes/No, her thought provoking solo show at Frosch & Portmann (LES, New York), will be up through April 15, 2012. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, and audio tapes that explore her grandmother’s loss of language. As she aged, Sher’s grandmother lost all her words except … read more… “Quick study: Words, language and ideas”

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Thank you to this month’s sponsors

I would like to take a brief moment to thank this month’s sponsors. These individuals and organizations help support online arts writing and publishing, so please be sure to check them out. A section of the Two Coats bookshelf. 20×200, a great place to browse and buy contemporary art prints at reasonable prices. Artspace. Collect art from … read more… “Thank you to this month’s sponsors”

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Pocket Utopia announces inaugural exhibition and preliminary artist roster

Readers may have read on Hyperallergic and The L Magazine that Pocket Utopia, one of the first galleries to open in Bushwick, is opening a new space on the Lower East Side. Located on 191 Henry Street, between Clinton and Jefferson, the gallery is in the middle of a renovation, but nonetheless intrepid director Austin … read more… “Pocket Utopia announces inaugural exhibition and preliminary artist roster”

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Fundraising news: Auctions with benefits

The enterprising Class of 2013 University of Connecticut MFA students are organizing an auction to raise funds for their 2013 Thesis Exhibition. As readers may know, UConn, my alma mater, is in Storrs, Connecticut, a little less than three hours from NYC, so the students are raising money to create some promotional materials and rent … read more… “Fundraising news: Auctions with benefits”


Jules Olitski compares painting to sex

In an old interview, proto-Color-Field painter Jules Olitski (Russian American, 1922-2007) suggests that looking for meaning in abstract art is beside the point. “Someone looks at an abstract painting and they wonder what it means…well forgive me, but what does anything mean? You go to bed with someone and make love, do you pause in … read more… “Jules Olitski compares painting to sex”


Lost recipes and other stories of painting’s past

Back in Colonial times, before bottles of medium and tubes of premixed paint were readily available in the local art supply store, painters were like mad scientists, grinding pigments and developing secret methods that would make their paintings more lifelike, stable and, thus, more sought after. For early American artists, painting was a competitive business, … read more… “Lost recipes and other stories of painting’s past”


Painting strategies at the 2012 Whitney Biennial

The 2012 incarnation of the Whitney Biennial features (in addition to a huge slate of film and video screenings in a side room and performance on the 4th floor) relatively open gallery space with very few wall partitions, lots of small work hung simply around the open space, some creative (but not pretentious) installation strategies, and … read more… “Painting strategies at the 2012 Whitney Biennial”


Quick study:Individualists’ edition

Carroll Dunham talks with Aimee Walleston about the painting show he curated at his alma mater, Phillips Academy. The show includes Keltie Ferris, Jackie Saccoccio, Billy Sullivan and Alexi Worth. “I had four rooms, and I wanted the exhibition to be very diverse. If I had six rooms, I would have made it even more … read more… “Quick study:Individualists’ edition”

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IMAGES: Martin Bromirski

Martin Bromirski’s diminutive paintings (on display at StoreFront Bushwick this past month) feature circular shapes, clotty paint, bright colors, awkward slashes and gauged holes. At first glance, the paintings have a cheery, decorative quality, but below the shiny veneer, anger and anxiety are festering in the heavily worked surfaces and frustrated cutting. In a recent … read more… “IMAGES: Martin Bromirski”

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Volta shock

I usually like Volta because the size is manageable, each gallery presents a solo exhibition by one artist, and, I admit, I like seeing the Empire State Building, which is right across the street. Unfortunately, this year I was disappointed by sentimental imagery, a surplus of overdetermined paint handling, and the plethora of symbolic realism. … read more… “Volta shock”

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