The view from here

Staying in  Culver City for a few days, overlooking the 405, I couldn’t have asked for a more compelling view. I always forget how much I love Los Angeles. —— Two Coats of Paint is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution – Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. For permission to use content beyond … read more… “The view from here”

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Images: Austin Thomas

 Austin Thomas, Be Nice to Everybody, 2014, print on paper, small scale. Thomas has work included in the star-studded “Seven Year Anniversary Group Show” at English Kills, one of the first galleries in Bushwick. —— Two Coats of Paint is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution – Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. For … read more… “Images: Austin Thomas”

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Cosmic wit at Centotto

Paul D’Agostino’s Bushwick gallery Centotto is an intimate space, presenting itself like the drawing room of an especially erudite and charmingly uncynical hipster. In the gallery’s clever group show “Vapors and Squalls, or Mediums,” comprising work by Kate Teale, Karen Marston, Jonathan Quinn, and Wendy Klemperer, D’Agostino has arrayed paintings depicting water in various forms … read more… “Cosmic wit at Centotto”

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Message to the MFA class of 2014

This year I curated “Possible as a Pair of Shoes,” the Brooklyn College MFA thesis exhibition, which opens this Friday at Show Room in Gowanus. On Saturday, May 3, 3-6 pm, I’ll be hosting a Curator’s Afternoon at the gallery, so please stop by and join the conversation. The exhibition title is borrowed from “Description,” … read more… “Message to the MFA class of 2014”

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April 22: Andrew Ginzel’s list of NYC shows and events

SOME but not all NYC SELECTED SHOWS TO SEE / April 22, 2014  / Listed south to north. Compiled by artist Andrew Ginzel for his students at the School of Visual Arts. Note: Images have been selected by Two Coats of Paint. Annie Lapin in “Dee Ferris, Barnaby Furnas, Annie Lapin” @ Sargent’s Daughters LOWER … read more… “April 22: Andrew Ginzel’s list of NYC shows and events”

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Video: Julian Schnabel, painting en plein air

  “View of Dawn in the Tropics,” an exhibition of Julian Schnabel’s paintings, made from 1989-90, never seen in NYC, is on view at Gagosian (Chelsea) through the end of May. The following video has great footage of Schnabel making mammoth paintings at his outdoor studio on Montauk. Definitely worth watching. [Image at top: Julian … read more… “Video: Julian Schnabel, painting en plein air”

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Art and Social Media Symposium @ CSU Long Beach, April 27

Please join us for an Art and Social Media Symposium organized by Marie Thibeault at California State University Long Beach, Sunday, April 27. I’ll give a lecture at 2pm, followed by a panel discussion featuring Julia Schwartz, Doug Harvey, Kio Griffith, Grant Vetter, and moderated by Dane Klingaman. The event, which also includes MFA Open … read more… “Art and Social Media Symposium @ CSU Long Beach, April 27”

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Responses to “Zombie Formalism”

 My last post precipitated several comments about Walter Robinson’s term “Zombie Formalism” and about the type of work discussed, as well as some offline discussion about labeling art movements in general. In an age supposedly marked by an inclusive, anything-goes pluralism, the arguments sparked by recent approaches to painting reveal that our “pluralistic” era isn’t … read more… “Responses to “Zombie Formalism””

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Speculating on Andy Boot and Zombie Formalism

A few weeks ago, Cary Smith sent me an email with a link to Australian artist Andy Boot’s work. A scroll through his page on the Croy Nielsen website reveals how the Casualist approach can serve a transitional purpose for individual artists. Boot made loosely stretched canvas pieces back in 2008, but by 2013 had … read more… “Speculating on Andy Boot and Zombie Formalism”

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IMAGES: John O’Donnell considers mimesis

It’s hard to tell if John O’Donnell is serious, and he seems to want it that way. Although known for his outlandish performances and kitschy installations that riff on contemporary art making strategies, in a recent show at The Schumacher Gallery at Westover School, O’Donnell presented a series of small paintings that explored contemporary abstraction. … read more… “IMAGES: John O’Donnell considers mimesis”

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