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 fundraising update…
[Image at top: Mary Weatherford, Engine, 2014.]
The Hirshhorn recently announced that they have acquired Mary Weatherford’s painting Engine (2014) for their collection. “The work relates to color-field paintings in the Hirshhorn’s collection
by Helen Frankenthaler and Morris Louis, as well as to gestural abstract
expressionist canvases by Willem de Kooning and Joan Mitchell and neon
works by Chryssa,” they explained in the press release. Weatherford, born in 1963 in Ojai, CA, lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work was included in “The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World” at the Museum of Modern Art last year.
Andrew Russeth looks back at the year in NYC gallery exhibitions and
then picks his favorite shows from around the world. Oh, all the shows
we miss when we’re working in the studio! I agree that the Whitten show
at the Walker was fantastic.
Last chance: “Barbara Rossi: Poor Traits” at the New Museum is only on view through January 3. The exhibition includes drawings and paintings from the late 1960s and early 1970s. “Rossi’s fastidious approaches to composition and technique emerged from her practice of intense visual observation, her interest in vernacular devotional images, and her appreciation of art as a conduit of complex mental states.” Based in Chicago, Rossi has taught painting and drawing at the SAIC since 1971. Good show.
At Colossal check out images of palettes– Manet, Kandinsky, Chagall and more.
The December Critics Page in The Brooklyn Rail focuses on art education this month. From Chris Martin who writes only that students should not carry guns in art school to Sheila Pepe who believes that “teaching and learning have nothing to do with fame,” critics (mostly educators) give us their take on the state of art education. Lisa Yuskavage is “shocked by how commercial it has all become and by how complicit the schools feel they need to be in order to compete.”
Malcolm Gay reports in the Boston Globe that Tufts will take over the School of the Museum of Fine Arts as of June 30, 2016. “Under the agreement, Tufts would assume operational responsibility for the school — including recruitment and admissions — but the buildings would remain under MFA ownership. The nearly 140-year-old school, which was founded at the same time as the MFA, would become known as the SMFA@Tufts.” When I studied art history at Tufts, I took many studio courses at the Museum School, but we were steered toward the Continuing Education offerings. I hope this arrangement enables Tufts students to have better experiences in their studio classes and to fully participate in the SMFA community.
In the fall, Jacqueline Humphries invited Max Galyon to mount an exhibition of his paintings and sculptures in her Sunset Park studio (image above). “The show was intended to create a setting for spontaneous conversations between artists outside of any commercial context, and was open to the public on certain days,” Humphries writes in the winter issue of Bomb. “Because Galyon’s work took up much of my studio space I spent a lot of time looking at it. I decided to start a dialogue with him, sharing my thoughts and questions in text messages to which he replied.” Check out the texts here.
Don’t forget to submit your answers to the Two Coats of Paint Final Exam. The reader who identifies the most images correctly will get to choose an upcoming project or exhibition for a 2016 post on Two Coats of Paint. Due by the end of the year!
I have a show coming up. Opens January 8. Save the date!
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