What MFA means in Detroit

Over the past two years that I’ve been working toward my MFA at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, my standard (hackneyed?) retort to artists, critics, friends, janitors, anyone who wants to talk-about-art-in-Detroit, is that artists are going to have a hard time being self-sustaining here, and for reasons we’re all aware of. Some have countered … read more… “What MFA means in Detroit”


Alice Neel’s granddaughter Elizabeth Neel talks about painting

Masking tape and spray paint figure prominently in Elizabeth Neel’s new abstract paintings, on view at Sikkema Jenkins through May 22. Formerly represented by Deitch where she had a solo in 2008, Neel discusses abstraction, subject matter,  and learning to paint with her grandmother in a recent conversation with filmmaker and family friend Michael Auder … read more… “Alice Neel’s granddaughter Elizabeth Neel talks about painting”


Inspired by Guernica: Judy Glantzman

I love it when established artists start something new. After seeing Pablo Picasso’s Guernica for the first time three years ago, Judy Glantzman began moving away from the introspective self-portraits she had been making for many years toward a less self-engaged exploration of the devastation caused by war. Determined that she was done with psychological … read more… “Inspired by Guernica: Judy Glantzman”


Figure painter Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is a finalist for the Turner Prize

The recently announced shortlist for Tate Britain’s 2013 Turner Prize includes painter Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (London, b. 1977), who readers may recall was the only painter included in the New Museum’s 2012 Triennial “The Ungovernables.” Turner Prize jurors select specific exhibitions, and Yiadom-Boakye was singled out for “Extracts and Verses,” a 2012 exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery. … read more… “Figure painter Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is a finalist for the Turner Prize”

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Retro: Let’s make ZINES

Yesterday I saw lots of good stuff at the 2013  Brooklyn Zine Fest, held in a dark Williamsburg bar. Here is a short video I found on the Brooklyn College Zine Collection blog about how to make a simple zine, which shows that all you really need is the desire to tell a story or … read more… “Retro: Let’s make ZINES”

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Opportunities galore

I just received an email from e-artnow that included all these job listings and other opportunities. Have at it. Geneva University of Art and Design is looking for a Department Head (listing below). JOBS (ACADEMICS, ARTISTS, CURATORS): Various job opportunities at the Guggenheim Museum: NYC, USA.Deadline: asap. http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/about/jobs/full-time Current available positions at The Museum of … read more… “Opportunities galore”

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“A short line drawn between sex appeal and a retinal overload gross out”

Clicking through my inbox this morning, deluged with paintings slathered in bright, saturated color, I was reminded of an artists book produced in an MFA seminar I taught last semester at the University of Connecticut. Russell Shoemaker, Lover’s Lane, 2013, acrylic on canvas, large scale. In Formula, painter Russell Shoemaker writes passionately about color, dividing … read more… ““A short line drawn between sex appeal and a retinal overload gross out””


IMAGES: Matt Phillips

A founding member of TSA, a new artist-run space in Bushwick, Matt Phillips cites Alfred Jensen, Marimekko patterns and Gee’s Bend quilts as touchstones for his accident-prone abstractions that combine wobbly geometric shape with distinctive color relationships and casually agitated brushwork.”I’m interested in working with these things that are dumb fundamental components of visual language … read more… “IMAGES: Matt Phillips”

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9 painters receive 2013 Guggenheim Fellowships

Considered mid-career awards, Guggenheim Fellowships recognize “demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.” Between 3,500 and 4,000 applications are submitted each year, and approximately 200 Fellowships, which include a substantial amount of cash depending on the scope of the project and the Fellows’ other resources, are awarded. Here are … read more… “9 painters receive 2013 Guggenheim Fellowships”


Paris: A multiplicity of simple interactions

Today is the last day for Drawing Now in Paris, but “Emergence,” an elegant group exhibition of reductive abstract painting will be on view at Hôtel de Sauroy through April 27.  Curators Katrin Bremermann, Erin Lawlor and Yifat Gat have assembled a handsome show featuring work by an international cohort of painters who invest fairly … read more… “Paris: A multiplicity of simple interactions”