Lisa Beck: A Set of Glances, of Extended Duration, Perpetually

The following essay by Bob Nickas was originally published in Lisa Beck’s new monograph, The Middle of Everywhere / The exhibition “The Four Corners of Abstract Painting (From sincerity to sarcasm, from formalism to expression)” may not be the first time that I encountered the work of Lisa Beck, but it’s the first show that … read more… “Lisa Beck: A Set of Glances, of Extended Duration, Perpetually”

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Quick study

A few interesting articles: a new acquisition at the Hirshhorn, Andrew Russeth’s year in review, painters’ palettes, last chance to see Barbara Rossi at the New Museum, artist-educators on teaching and learning, gallery moves from Chelsea to LES, Tufts takes over the SMFA, Jacqueline Humphries sparks spontaneous conversation, the Two Coats final exam, and a … read more… “Quick study”

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Video round-up, in celebration of Ellsworth Kelly

Yesterday Ellsworth Kelly, a brilliant painter whose monochrome canvases changed the course of art history, died at his home in Spencertown, New York. He was 92 years old. A prolific painter, drawer, printmaker, and sculptor, Kelly was best known for his enormous shaped, multi-panel pieces that incorporated elements from the natural world. “My work has … read more… “Video round-up, in celebration of Ellsworth Kelly”

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Miracle on 24th Street: Allison Miller, Odili Donald Odita, Cary Smith

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / For all the fine work to be found in New York galleries, even in Chelsea it’s rare to encounter three distinct and extraordinarily fine painting exhibitions within a half-block span on a single side of a street. But three such shows now grace the south side of West 24th Street … read more… “Miracle on 24th Street: Allison Miller, Odili Donald Odita, Cary Smith”

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Quick study

Today’s links concern MFA dreams of superstardom and tenured teaching jobs, disappointing public spaces, under-recognized artists, great Brooklyn shows from 2015, a residency project at Matteawan, and Nancy Spector’s move to the Brooklyn Museum. [Image at top:  Kerry James Marshall, Above the Line, Adjacent to the High Line at West 22nd Street. On view through … read more… “Quick study”

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Press release of the day: Giorgio Griffa at Casey Kaplan

In January Casey Kaplan is presenting work from the 1970s by painter Giorgio Griffa (b. Turin, 1936), an Italian painter known for his rigorous approach to conceptual painting. Here is an excerpt from the press release for the show: “In Georgio Griffa’s observations, metaphorical and symbolic imagery exist as an overlay functioning on top of … read more… “Press release of the day: Giorgio Griffa at Casey Kaplan”

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Becky Suss: The mid-century Modern aesthetic

When I participated in the Review Panel Philadelphia hosted by the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts and artcritical.com last month, one of the exhibitions we discussed was Becky Suss’s eponymously titled first museum solo show, a thought-provoking exhibition at the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. Her beautiful large-scale paintings of … read more… “Becky Suss: The mid-century Modern aesthetic”

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Part 2: For Art Handlers in Miami, the endgame is de-installation

Contributed by Max Liebermann* / The art handler’s endgame is de-installation, and getting there is something of a slog and rather far, in karmic terms, from the glamour often associated with Art Basel. Even some blue-chip galleries pay only $350 a day for set-up and $200 a day for take-down. The day rate may appear … read more… “Part 2: For Art Handlers in Miami, the endgame is de-installation”

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Interview: Stephen Westfall in Industry City

Contributed by Rob Kaiser-Schatzlein / On a rainy day in November I visited Stephen Westfall at his Brooklyn studio. Among my young painter friends he has a reputation for being open, generous, and extremely smart, but I was still a little nervous. He warned me in advance that most of his work had been shipped … read more… “Interview: Stephen Westfall in Industry City”

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Our fundraising thank you: A tote for painters

I’m pleased to announce that we have raised  $10,814.10 toward our $12,000 fundraising goal, and that the new tote arrived from the printer on Friday. THANK YOU to the 177 readers who have made generous contributions already. To those who have not yet contributed (please donate here), keep in mind that no contribution is “too … read more… “Our fundraising thank you: A tote for painters”

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