Painting Toward Happiness: Episode 1: The Landscape

Snarky Jayson Musson, aka Hennessy Youngman from the hilarious Art Thoughtz series, channels Bob Ross in the first installment of his new series “Painting Toward Happiness.” In character as Franklin Vivray (pictured above),  Musson assures viewers that it’s perfectly OK to work from photographs these days–everyone does it. Musing about the art world, he suggests … read more… “Painting Toward Happiness: Episode 1: The Landscape”


Keeting and Grill: Timeless energy

Each month Giampietro Gallery pairs painters for concurrent solo shows, and through October 5 Zachary Keeting and Clare Grill have work on display. Grill, whose paintings were recently included in “Dying on Stage: New Painting in New York,” draws on history, making lovingly eroded small-scale canvases that abstractly illuminate aspects of the simpler life–carving, darning–that … read more… “Keeting and Grill: Timeless energy”

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Remarks to young artists at UConn’s 2013 Art & Art History Convocation

For their 2013 Convocation, the UConn Department of Art and Art History invited New Zealand multimedia artist Shigeyuki Kihara and me to make presentations about emerging trends in contemporary art, how young artists get exhibitions, and the impact of social media on art. Co-sponsored by the William Benton Museum of Art with the support of the … read more… “Remarks to young artists at UConn’s 2013 Art & Art History Convocation”


Allison Miller’s dirty paintings and clumsy relationships

Allison Miller’s paintings strike me as calculatedly–therefore artfully–imbecilic. In her second solo show at Susan Inglett, the Los Angeles artist forces viewers to ask ridiculously simple questions, such as “What is this?” and “What kind of space am I looking at?” Shapes and lines lock in bad relationships, color squeezes into (and out of) unexpected … read more… “Allison Miller’s dirty paintings and clumsy relationships”

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Quick Study: Chelsea snaps, reading links

As I traipse around the galleries, catch up on the backlog in my InBox, and read the other bloggers via my new Feedly RSS reader (so nicely designed!), I frequently post images and links to the Two Coats Twitter and Instagram feeds. Here’s a selection of posts from the past week. Paul Resika, detail. @ Lori Bookstein Paintings from 1947-48 … read more… “Quick Study: Chelsea snaps, reading links”

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Artists’ Residencies: Upcoming deadlines

For many artists, fall is application season, from teaching jobs and exhibitions to grants and residencies. The following is a list of some residency deadlines that might be of interest to readers. Please share recommendations in the Comments section for less well-known residencies that aren’t on the list. If your organization is not listed, please feel … read more… “Artists’ Residencies: Upcoming deadlines”


EMAIL: Wendy White’s studio

In the email  press release for “Pick up a Knock,” Wendy White’s upcoming solo show, I received this studio shot of her new paintings. Hard to tell in a jpeg, but from here it looks like White might be done with the manufactured Fotobilds she was making last year. On the checklist, the materials are listed as … read more… “EMAIL: Wendy White’s studio”


Stephen Maine on Gorky’s Grandaughter

Stephen Maine has always been a favorite critic at Two Coats of Paint, and recently Gorky’s Grandaughter visited his Brooklyn studio to talk about his own paintings, in which accident and imperfection play an important role in the process. “For a while my process was very controlled, I was using a small number of variables….With … read more… “Stephen Maine on Gorky’s Grandaughter”

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Back-to-school at Pocket U-niversity

On August 4th at Pocket Utopia, artist-curator-writer Sarah Schmerler and galler-artist Austin Thomas convened “Session One,” the first of several conclaves dedicated to collaborative learning in which “the gallery serves as the hardware, the art market serves as the software, and the artists provide the content.” An exhibition of the participants’ work opens at Pocket … read more… “Back-to-school at Pocket U-niversity”


Joanne Mattera’s new angle

In 2012 Joanne Mattera turned the 12 x 12 inch square that she had been working with for several years forty-five degrees and began exploring the possibilities of working on a diamond-shaped support. “The grid remains the focus of my formal concerns, but the diagonal allows me a different way to approach it,” Mattera writes. … read more… “Joanne Mattera’s new angle”

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