Beach reading for artists

I like artist protagonists, and this year the following three novels and a short, entertaining guide to modern poetry written by David Orr, the poetry reviewer at the New York Times Book Review are on my summer reading list. For readers interested in the connection between poetry and art,  Raphael Rubinstein has contributed an excellent … read more… “Beach reading for artists”


Invitation: 1717 Troutman

Reminder: A slew of openings (and closings) will be underway from 6 to 9 tonight at 1717 Troutman, and I’ll be playing host in Studio #220 at Parallel Art Space–it’s the last weekend to see “What I like About You.”  Please stop by and say hello. Or, better yet, buy one of these lovable small-scale … read more… “Invitation: 1717 Troutman”

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Andrew Ginzel’s list of selected NYC shows and events

July1, 2013: SOME but not all NYC SELECTED SHOWS TO SEE  / Listed south to north. Compiled by artist Andrew Ginzel for his students at the School of Visual Arts. Note: Many venues are on special summer hours. Please inquire before going out of your way. Andrew Ginzel is on summer hiatus and will be … read more… “Andrew Ginzel’s list of selected NYC shows and events”

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EMAIL: Jason Irla on Detroit

The other night after I saw Detropia, a moving documentary about post-industrial America and Detroit’s dire financial crisis, I advised on Twitter that MFA grads should consider moving there to help revitalize the city because there’s plenty of cheap space and grant funding is available. And remember how many artists from Detroit were included in … read more… “EMAIL: Jason Irla on Detroit”


Road trip: Skateboards and street art in Beacon, NY

A couple years ago while churning out crafting artist profiles for Artsy, I discovered that the Art Center College of Design illustration program is an incubator for talented street artists, so I wasn’t surprised to learn this week that recent ACC grad Randy Aragon is having a show at Tastes Like Chicken, Matt Held’s new … read more… “Road trip: Skateboards and street art in Beacon, NY”

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Susan Bee movies

Her game was bright, vivid paintings inspired by film noir stills. She loaded her canvases with swirling Ab-Ex tropes. Casual viewers could take them for cheerful. They’d be wrong. A girl gingerly approaching a man who’s holding a paring knife, a doll slapping a rake in the kisser, two gimlet-eyed dames waiting in a car … read more… “Susan Bee movies”


Art forgery ring specializing in Russian avant-garde busted

I love a good story about art forging. Catherine Hickley reported on Bloomberg yesterday that police in Wiesbaden, Mainz, Stuttgart, Munich, Hamburg and Cologne raided 28 apartments, business premises, depots and art galleries, seizing more than 1000 items and arresting two people when they busted an international forgery ring specializing in work by Russian avant-garde … read more… “Art forgery ring specializing in Russian avant-garde busted”

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The Portrait Tradition

The triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition winners are on display the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, and readers will  undoubtedly recognize work by friends and colleagues. Of more than 3000 submissions, 48 pieces were selected, including a remarkable large-scale drawing by Ray DiCapua, a faculty member at the University of Connecticut. Although the official … read more… “The Portrait Tradition”


Elena Berriolo: 3-dimensional line

New York-based artist  Elena Berriolo has created many sculptures and installations and, since 2009, she has worked exclusively in the book format, performing while producing books on the sewing machine. The other night at Susan Eley Fine Art, Berriolo recited the thoughtful statement below while sewing on a heavy-duty sewing machine. After Berriolo spoke, poet … read more… “Elena Berriolo: 3-dimensional line”

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Excerpt: Richard Tuttle on fashion and eternity

“As a collector of [Johann Christian] Reinhart’s work, I am aware how he is seen as a transitional figure between the light of the Enlightenment and the dark of Romanticism,” Richard Tuttle writes in the Reinhart exhibition catalogue essay he wrote for the show (discussed yesterday here) at Pocket Utopia. Richard Tuttle, Air in Water, 2012. … read more… “Excerpt: Richard Tuttle on fashion and eternity”

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