Thank you to this month’s sponsors

I would like to take a brief moment to thank this month’s sponsors. These organizations and companies recognize the value of online advertising and also support independent arts publishing, so please be sure to check them out. Featured Advertisers: Artspace – Collect art from the world’s best contemporary artists at accessible prices Art Southampton – The Premiere International Contemporary & … read more… “Thank you to this month’s sponsors”

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My neighbors at 117 Grattan Street

All around the neighborhood artists are moving work from space to space, hanging shows, and preparing for Bushwick Open Studios, the enormous art community happening that begins tomorrow. More than 542 events and open studios are scheduled in a fourteen hour period, but Art Fag City, Hyperallergic,  ArtInfo, Norte Maar, L Magazine, Bushwick Daily, and … read more… “My neighbors at 117 Grattan Street”

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EMAIL: A note from Matthew Fisher

Hello Sharon, Hope your trip out to Seattle went safely and the show looked great. Matthew Fisher here, from Unfunny Show and French soldiers. I wanted to let you know that my work has made a major shift: away from the figure, props, historical, and pretty much everything else that defined my “earlier” works. I … read more… “EMAIL: A note from Matthew Fisher”

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Leslie Bostrom: Stop and look (dammit)

In her first solo NYC show since 2006, Brown University art professor Leslie Bostrom presents “Monster Flowers,” a new series of large-scale paintings that feature vivid roadside scenes of flowering invasives, wayward perenials, animals, debris, and, in one painting, mysterious soldiers engaged in battle (discarded action figures? Not sure). Using a low point of view, … read more… “Leslie Bostrom: Stop and look (dammit)”


Ariel Dill: The roots (and limbs) of abstraction

In Williamsburg yesterday, I stopped by Southfirst to see Ariel Dill’s exhibition “Oscillations,” a thought-provoking show of eight small paintings that take early 20th-century experimental abstraction as their point of departure. Southfirst co-founder and director Maika Pollack is the NY Observer’s museum critic, on the Bard faculty, and an expert on painting in fin-de-siècle France, … read more… “Ariel Dill: The roots (and limbs) of abstraction”

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Frieze highlights: Fredrik Vaerslev’s all-over paintings

Fredrik Vaerslev uses carefully applied industrial spray paint and solvents on raw linen to recreate the look of used drop cloths. Born in Norway in 1979, Vaerslev, who graduated last year with an MFA from The Art Academy in Malmö, Sweden, is interested in the relationship between abstraction, representation, and ornamentation defined by Clement Greenberg. … read more… “Frieze highlights: Fredrik Vaerslev’s all-over paintings”

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Sunday stroll in Bushwick

Weekend update: J came up from DC yesterday, so I took him out to see the new Two Coats HQ in Bushwick, then we stopped by a few neighborhood galleries. At STOREFRONT Bushwick we caught the last day of Carol Salmanson’s show and saw Stephen Truax’s abstract paintings in the back room. Trained as a … read more… “Sunday stroll in Bushwick”


An invitation: Two Coats of Paint’s fifth anniversary party @ Bushwick Open Studios

Bushwick Open Studios, considered the best open studio event in New York, is just around the corner. This year, to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Two Coats of Paint, I invited Austin Thomas of Pocket Utopia, one of the first artist-run spaces in Bushwick (recently reopened on Henry Street in the Lower East Side), to … read more… “An invitation: Two Coats of Paint’s fifth anniversary party @ Bushwick Open Studios”

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Quick Study: Geometry, gesture, and get outta town

Five paintings from Joanne Mattera’s beautiful “Diamond Life” series are on view in “Lush Geometry,” a handsome group show at DM Contemporary in New York through June 1, 2012. Other artists include Steven Baris, Richard Bottwin, Carole Freysz Gutierrez, and Louise Sloane. Mattera, who I suspect is frantically preparing for her International Encaustic Conference (June … read more… “Quick Study: Geometry, gesture, and get outta town”

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Merch from the Barnes Foundation Gift Shop

On May 19, the Barnes Foundation opens the controversial new building to the public, but wouldn’t a trip to the gift shop be equally disturbing for old man Barnes, who included a stipulation in his will that prohibited reproducing the paintings in color? Pictured below is some of the merch currently available at the Barnes … read more… “Merch from the Barnes Foundation Gift Shop”