Art and race: Through A Lens Darkly, Nick Cave and Jordan Casteel

Guest contributor Jonathan Stevenson / Art and race constitute a delicate and provocative subject. Two recent exhibitions and a documentary film handle it with great intelligence, nuance, and energy. [Image: Jordan Casteel, Sterling, 2014, oil on canvas, 54 x 72 inches.] Thomas Allen Harris’s film Through A Lens Darkly, inspired by Debora Willis’s book Reflections … read more… “Art and race: Through A Lens Darkly, Nick Cave and Jordan Casteel”

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The backstory: Abstraction and Its Discontents

“Abstraction and Its Discontents,” a generous exhibition of abstract paintings opens this weekend at Storefront Ten Eyck. In preparation for an upcoming panel discussion hosted by School of Visual Arts MFA Chair Mark Tribe, I asked exhibition organizer Deborah Brown via email about the title and premise for the show. “I was obviously referencing Freud’s … read more… “The backstory: Abstraction and Its Discontents”

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Weekend Pick: Exchange Rates in Bushwick

Expect to see an influx of Brits and other non-New Yorkers in Bushwick this weekend for Exchange Rates, also known as The Bushwick Expo, an artist-driven gallery exchange and collaboration between Bushwick galleries and artist-run initiatives from Europe and the Pacific Northwest. Conceived by Stephanie Theodore, Paul D’Agostino and Sluice_, Exchange Rates exhibitions will be … read more… “Weekend Pick: Exchange Rates in Bushwick”

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On Film: Mania, serenity and the creative process

Guest contributor Jonathan Stevenson / What brings out the best in artists? In vivid terms, two recent movies, Bird People and Whiplash, respectively illustrate that calm immersion in the ordinary world can do so in some cases, balefully solipsistic detachment from that world in other situations. In Bird People, a hip Silicon Valley executive, deftly … read more… “On Film: Mania, serenity and the creative process”

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Ideas and Influences: Mary Addison Hackett

I have followed Mary Addison Hackett’s blog Process since she left LA a few years ago and returned to Nashville where her mother was in the hospital. Unfortunately, as Hackett drove across country, she received word that her mother had died. Since then, Hackett has been dividing her time between LA and Nashville, where she … read more… “Ideas and Influences: Mary Addison Hackett”

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Colleagues: Judith Schaechter and Eileen Neff

Two of my talented colleagues at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts have solo shows in Chelsea this month. At Claire Oliver, Judith Schaechter presents beautiful but disturbing stained glass lightboxes and kiln-cast glass sculptures about sex and death, and at Bruce Silverstein, Eileen Neff explores perception, mirroring, and memory in an installation of staged … read more… “Colleagues: Judith Schaechter and Eileen Neff”

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David Humphrey’s vantage point

David Humphrey’s extraordinary exhibition at Fredericks & Freiser tells stories about our engagement with the world. It is a tour de force of eclecticism, expansiveness, and integration, unifying ostensibly disparate images through the shared phenomenon of depicted observation.  [Image at top: David Humphrey, Performance, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 45 x 60 inches. All images courtesy … read more… “David Humphrey’s vantage point”

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Quick Study

Links for today include Crossing Brooklyn, Frieze London, Arts Gowanus, Ebola, Cubism, Gavin Brown’s new location, and more. [Image at top: Greg Allen, Study for Untitled (Tanya), 2014, lasercopy and graphite on white paper, 11×8.5 in., ed. 50.] At “Crossing Brooklyn:” Nina Katchadourian (American, b. 1968). Topiary (from the Seat Assignment series), 2012. C-print, 45 … read more… “Quick Study”

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Darren Waterston: Opulence and ruin

Contributed by Hannah Kennedy, Two Coats Intern / Darren Waterston’s paintings and an installation called Filthy Lucre are on view at Mass MOCA through January 2015. Ranging from small canvases to engrossing alien landscapes, Waterston’s paintings evoke otherworldly abstractions: dark and mysterious yet inviting. Filthy Lucre, a re-interpreted interior installation, represents a major departure from … read more… “Darren Waterston: Opulence and ruin”

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Lovable: Chris Martin at Anton Kern

In his first solo show at Anton Kern, Chris Martin presents a bright, shining cosmos that signals a shift from the more visually subdued, densely painted work presented in his final show at Mitchell-Innes and Nash. Many of Martin’s new pieces feature loopy landscape imagery laced with glitter, while lacking the object-image play present in … read more… “Lovable: Chris Martin at Anton Kern”

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