Post-NADA report

The third edition of NADA New York was held in early May at Basketball City on Pier 36. A non-profit and highly selective art fair, NADA invited fewer than 90 international galleries to participate, but plenty of paintings were on view, each worth a conversation. Here are some snaps I took from the show. [Image … read more… “Post-NADA report”

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Images: Theresa Hackett

In my search for a summer studio sublet, I recently discovered Theresa Hackett’s superb abstractions. Full of delicate color combinations and seductive textural contrasts, Hackett’s paintings reference landscape, architecture, textiles and the modernist grid, which she breaks down and idiosyncratically reconstitutes in odd, refreshing, ways. Her paintings present a kind of ordered and winsome chaos, … read more… “Images: Theresa Hackett”

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Clint Jukkala: See and be seen

Clint Jukkala is venturing away from the rectangular frames and window-like forms that he has been making for the past few years. In his new paintings on view at BravinLee Programs, Jukkala incorporates a goofy figurative element that I first saw in his work at Volta last year, fusing architecture, landscape, portraiture, and still life … read more… “Clint Jukkala: See and be seen”

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May 20: Andrew Ginzel’s list of NYC shows and events

SOME but not all NYC SELECTED SHOWS TO SEE / May 20, 2014  / Listed south to north. Compiled by artist Andrew Ginzel for his students at the School of Visual Arts.  Note: Images are selected by Two Coats of Paint. Matt Connors @ Canada LOWER EAST SIDE Anicka Yi / Chapter NY / 127 … read more… “May 20: Andrew Ginzel’s list of NYC shows and events”

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Refuge at Salon Zürcher

Contributed by Art Fair Correspondent Jonathan Stevenson / Taking shelter from the sensory fusillade of the copious Frieze, NADA, and Pulse fairs, I spent an edifying portion of Saturday afternoon on Bleecker Street at the Salon Zürcher mini-fair. It featured a very manageable seven galleries, which offered smartly selected work dominated by painting. [Image above:  … read more… “Refuge at Salon Zürcher”

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An afternoon at Frieze

This year geometry and abstraction dominated Frieze New York, and, as usual, I was drawn to the paintings that didn’t seem as slickly produced. I veer toward the handmade rather than fabricated, the gestural rather than the hard edge. A good example is 303 Gallery’s selection, which included the two small-scale hot pink–and very cool–paintings … read more… “An afternoon at Frieze”

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Unclaimed Space, Sonetto @ Sideshow in Williamsburg this Sunday

Stop by Sideshow in Williamsburg this week and check out “Unclaimed Space,” the 2014 University of Connecticut MFA exhibition featuring work by Micah Cash, Julia DePinto, Jared Holt, Shane Morrissey and Reagen Elizabeth O’Reigaekn. On Sunday, May18, from 3-5 pm, we’ll be presenting and discussing Sonetto, a collaborative book launched last fall in our MFA … read more… “Unclaimed Space, Sonetto @ Sideshow in Williamsburg this Sunday”

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FILM: Sol Lewitt, humble utopian

Guest contributor Jonathan Stevenson / There is something undeniably beautiful about the consuming harmonic elegance of a Sol LeWitt wall painting. But for some viewers, the apparent despotism of his process – his compulsive and exacting instructions, his enlistment of multiple assistants to arduously carry them out – deflates its appeal by calling his own … read more… “FILM: Sol Lewitt, humble utopian”


Pulsing pulse, 2014 New York edition

Contributed by Art Fair Correspondent Jonathan Stevenson / Having started with Frieze’s 200-odd galleries on Thursday and proceeded to NADA‘s 90-plus on Friday, I necked down to the smaller Pulse New York Contemporary Art Fair on Saturday. While the trend towards abstract painting observed of NADA was perhaps gently in evidence at Pulse, the work … read more… “Pulsing pulse, 2014 New York edition”


Part II: Los Angeles Report

Last week, Part I of my Los Angeles Report covered an outing to CB1 in the historic downtown neighborhood. Part II takes me south to San Pedro, a small neighborhood bordering the bustling Port of Los Angeles, east to an industrial area beyond the Los Angeles River, and then west to leafy, lush Santa Monica. … read more… “Part II: Los Angeles Report”