On Film: Space as antagonist, with Liam Gillick and Viviane Albertine in starring roles

  Guest contributor Jonathan Stevenson / Space – for instance, the relationship between negative and positive space – has long presented compositional challenges to artists. In her slyly penetrating and  satirical film Exhibition, Joanna Hogg takes a bold step beyond from that rather bland observation and looks at how space can affect their personal lives … read more… “On Film: Space as antagonist, with Liam Gillick and Viviane Albertine in starring roles”

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Philip von Zweck: Faith, futility and the problem of unexplainable phenomena

Appropriated texts and portraits of scientists, occultists, and historians are the starting points for many of Philip von Zweck’s challenging new paintings on view at Invisible Exports. Based in Chicago, von Zweck is known for a diverse art practice which, besides painting, includes performance, sound, participatory social projects, and Something Else, a radio show that … read more… “Philip von Zweck: Faith, futility and the problem of unexplainable phenomena”

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Roundup: Abstraction in Connecticut

This summer painter Cary Smith takes a turn as a curator, organizing “This One’s Optimistic: Pincushion,” a raucous, salon-style exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art featuring paintings by forty of his favorite artists. Focusing primarily on abstraction, Smith has included a little of everything–hard edge geometric, non-objective, painterly gestural, metaphorical, and more. … read more… “Roundup: Abstraction in Connecticut”

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Jennifer Wynne Reeves: A Prayer for the Art World

Sad news: gifted painter Jennifer Wynne Reeves died yesterday at 51 after a relentless onslaught of tumors in her brain. Represented by BravinLee Programs, Reeves posted this prayer to the art world on her Facebook page in April.   [Image: Jennifer Wynne Reeves, Grace Boat, 2013, gouache, wire, string and cloth on hard molding paste on … read more… “Jennifer Wynne Reeves: A Prayer for the Art World”

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June 17 : Andrew Ginzel’s list of NYC shows and events

SOME but not all NYC SELECTED SHOWS TO SEE / June 17, 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. [Image at top: Michael Wyshock @ Lu Magnus] LOWER EAST SIDE Anicka Yi / … read more… “June 17 : Andrew Ginzel’s list of NYC shows and events”

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Weekend Report: Almost Delancey, Colony Room, Leo, Gatson, Robins, and A Coffee in Berlin

“ALMOST DELANCEYwith Marina Adams, David Rhodes, and Rebecca Smith,” Hionas Gallery, Lower East Side, New York, NY. Through July 6, 2014. With admirably little fuss, three artists exploit simple materials–thin paint on canvas (Adams), masked lines (Rhodes), and metal strips (Smith)–to generate sharply evocative and eye-catching work. Image at top: Marina Adams, Native Life, 2009, … read more… “Weekend Report: Almost Delancey, Colony Room, Leo, Gatson, Robins, and A Coffee in Berlin”

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Brooklyn painters go west

This month I’m pleased to have work included in “Brooklyn Bridge,” a group show at George Lawson in San Francisco curated by Justine Frischmann. The exhibtion features fourteen contemporary painters who work in and around Brooklyn. In her fine catalogue essay, Frischmann, a gifted painter and former guitarist and lead singer of the British post-punk … read more… “Brooklyn painters go west”

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Intaglio Thursday: Art Basel (in Basel)

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve been an artist-in-residence at UConn’s Counterproof Press since January. After spending many sessions with artist and master printer Laurie Sloan exploring various processes, I found that I was drawn to the most uncomplicated prints that featured direct, unadorned line drawing printed in one color. Since etching lends itself … read more… “Intaglio Thursday: Art Basel (in Basel)”

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The backstory: Supports/Surfaces survey at CANADA

In 2011, seeing a relationship to the casualist tendency in contemporary art, I posted about Claude Viallat’s work and the inventive art movement known as “Supports/Surfaces” that took hold in the mid-1960s in the south of France. Expanding the notion of painting, Supports/Surfaces artists stressed the experimental use of non-art materials and valued process over … read more… “The backstory: Supports/Surfaces survey at CANADA”

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On Film: Life in five seasons, plus Edvard Munch

Guest contributor Jonathan Stevenson / French director Sebastien Betbeder’s 2 Autumns, 3 Winters is a deceptive movie. In its easy urbanity and charm, it seems to be poking a little fun at the solemnity of the New Wave filmmakers’ embrace of life’s chaotic fickleness. Yet the film’s substance belies its tone. Narratively as well as … read more… “On Film: Life in five seasons, plus Edvard Munch”

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