DISCUSSION: Owning motherhood

Last week I moderated a discussion at the School of Visual Arts called “Taking Custody: The Double Life of the Artist Mother,” which was organized by Cathleen Cueto, an artist who is expecting her first child this year, and included panelists Suzanne McClelland, Katherine Bernhardt, Rachel Papo, Amy Stein, Renée Cox, and Danica Phelps. I … read more… “DISCUSSION: Owning motherhood”

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Peter Scott’s two-part disappearance and James Siena’s Sometimes

Part two of Peter Scott’s exhibit “Pardon Our Disappearance” is on view at  Sometimes (works of art), painter James Siena‘s small gallery on a sixth floor space in Chinatown, through the end of the month. Questioning the idealized lifestyle displayed in luxury construction site banner and scaffolding ads, the exhibition examines how the environment has … read more… “Peter Scott’s two-part disappearance and James Siena’s Sometimes”

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How to become an art collector

We all love Barry Hoggard and James Wagner, two friendly, culture-loving guys who not only publish ArtCat, The Opinionated Art Guide to New York,  but have also amassed a large, very personal and diverse art collection over more than twenty years. Through Sunday, October 28, a portion of their 900-piece collection is on view at  … read more… “How to become an art collector”

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Katie Pretti: Ghost in transit

Abstract painter Katie Pretti’s latest exhibition at Neubacher Shor Contemporary is a beautifully expressive meditation on the feeling of being in transit. Her large canvases capture the confusion and displacement Pretti feels as she travels endlessly from place to place, with no opportunity to feel completely at home. The organic line and soft, swirling brushwork project … read more… “Katie Pretti: Ghost in transit”

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Flayed, torn, and punctured at MOCA

After World War II, abstract artists, in the throes of an existential crisis unleashed by the atom bomb,  began assaulting the picture plane, puncturing, stabbing, tearing, gouging, burning, and shredding their canvases. At MOCA,”Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949-1962,” assembles a group of early experimental pieces that explore the materiality of gesture, performance, time-based, … read more… “Flayed, torn, and punctured at MOCA”

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Extending and reducing: Matthew Langley at Blank Space

“Atlas,” the first NYC solo show of Matthew Langley‘s handsome abstractions is on display at Blank Space in Chelsea through November 10. Since my undergrad days I’ve had a weakness for painterly, grid-based abstraction by artists like Harvey Quaytman and Sean Scully, so naturally I’m a Langley fan. A graduate of the Corcoran School of … read more… “Extending and reducing: Matthew Langley at Blank Space”

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A well-lit billboard is not public art: Q&A with Adam Niklewicz

Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development is the mastermind behind City Canvas, a one-time, million-dollar initiative to bring mural-based public art created by Connecticut artists into downtown spaces throughout the state. Participating cities include Bridgeport, Hartford, New Britain, New London, Stamford, Torrington, and Waterbury. Adam Niklewicz, whose proposal was selected for a site in … read more… “A well-lit billboard is not public art: Q&A with Adam Niklewicz”

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Alex Paik: A solo show in Philly and a new gallery in Bushwick

Alex Paik, one of the founders of the Philadelphia art space Tiger Strikes Asteroid, is having a solo show this month, his first at Gallery Joe. Using cut and folded paper to make small-scale constructions painted with gouache and colored pencil. Paik’s work, although seemingly whimsical, is informed by the complex structures found in music, … read more… “Alex Paik: A solo show in Philly and a new gallery in Bushwick”

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The Triton Collection suffers an art heist in Rotterdam

Dutch police say seven paintings stolen from the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam include one by Pablo Picasso, one by Henri Matisse, and two by Claude Monet, Lucian Freud, Paul Gauguin, and Meyer de Haan. The heist, one of the largest in years in the Netherlands, occurred while the private Triton Foundation collection was being exhibited … read more… “The Triton Collection suffers an art heist in Rotterdam”

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