Web world: The New Museum’s 2015 Triennial

Entering the New Museum’s 2015 Triennial “Surround Audience” is like stepping into someone else’s search history. If you’re passionate about the same information that he or she is, you might find the work fascinating. If not, you may feel as though you’re laboring through a reading assignment, or worse, correcting homework. Either way, though, curators … read more… “Web world: The New Museum’s 2015 Triennial”

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Peter Halley: Hyperreal

When I stopped by the Florence Griswold Museum during a snowstorm in mid-March to see Peter Halley’s retrospective, the glowing neon color and interlocking geometric forms – what he has called cells, prisons (that is, rectangular sets of prison bars), and conduits – had transformed the museum into a dazzling chamber of vibrating light. This … read more… “Peter Halley: Hyperreal”

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Your Monthly Horoscope! by Crystal “Kitty” Shimski

Transcribed by guest contributor Jennifer Coates / Kitty divides her time between New York City and Montauk. She is a freelance Intuitive Technique Specialist and part-time Trance Inducer. She was recently certified in Trauma Re-alignment and holds a dual Associates Degree in Breath Dancing for Painters and Creative Shock Control from the Online Academy of … read more… “Your Monthly Horoscope! by Crystal “Kitty” Shimski”

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Diana Copperwhite: I think about what the paintings can’t do and then I try to do it

On the occasion of her solo show at Kevin Kavanagh in Dublin, Diana Copperwhite, born in Dublin in 1969, had the following conversation with Irish artist Helen O’Leary. They discuss Ireland’s literary and visual traditions, the importance of scale, optics, and how technology has taken hold in Copperwhite’s work. “Painting is so physical but has … read more… “Diana Copperwhite: I think about what the paintings can’t do and then I try to do it”


Please join me: upcoming events in April, May, and June

Hello readers, I have a few events coming up and I want to make sure everyone is invited. First: A plug for the Art F City 10th Anniversary Benefit Party and Auction, which takes place on April 13 at Lightbox. Buy your tickets here. I’m on the organizing committee and I hope to see you … read more… “Please join me: upcoming events in April, May, and June”

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The Painter of Modern Life, command-z, and the resurgence of abstraction

The Internet, especially through social media, facilitates a direct and immediate connection between interior and exterior worlds, and I have little doubt that this recent phenomenon has helped propel the current resurgence of abstract painting. MoMA’s Laura Hoptman-curated contemporary painting survey “The Forever Now” showcases artists who comb the Internet for styles both past and … read more… “The Painter of Modern Life, command-z, and the resurgence of abstraction”


Image of the Day: Ellen Siebers

  I stopped by Matteawan Gallery in Beacon yesterday to check out Ellen Siebers’ winsome show before it closes on Sunday. Siebers paints an assortment of objects from memory, some recognizable and some not, on a small scale and using neutral color, recalling the simplicity of Shaker design. “With every moment our limitations and visual … read more… “Image of the Day: Ellen Siebers”

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Craig Taylor: Data bust

   In his witty new paintings, Brooklyn painter Craig Taylor empties traditional portrait bust forms of facial detail and fills the silhouettes with strata of small marks and brushstrokes. The effect is to make visible the unarticulated anxiety behind our carefully crafted facades. [Image at top: Craig Taylor, Self-Portrait of Nobody, 2014, oil on canvas, … read more… “Craig Taylor: Data bust”


Jack Davidson: Snippets and memories

Jack Davidson’s paintings are humble, from their mid-scale size and lightweight stretcher bars to their enigmatic lowercase titles. The paint handling is purposefully inconspicuous, like the uninflected voice of a realist novelist. Davidson wants to show what happens when a painter refrains from using all the jaw-dropping tricks we associate with paint. No sfumato or … read more… “Jack Davidson: Snippets and memories”

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