Alicia Gibson: The awkward early years

I’m squeamish about revisiting all the sketchbooks and journals from my early years, when I had no idea what art was about but still had a peculiar desire to be an artist. Like Gerhard Richter and Jasper Johns, I’m inclined to take a box cutter to the oldest work and toss it in a dumpster. … read more… “Alicia Gibson: The awkward early years”

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Robert Yoder: How stories became paintings

Notwithstanding his striking show “JAME6,” currently at Frosch & Portmann, Robert Yoder told me he had been angry and depressed last year and that painting didn’t help. “So I collaborated on short stories instead,” he wrote in a recent email from his homebase in Seattle where he runs SEASON. “Writing seemed like a better way … read more… “Robert Yoder: How stories became paintings”

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The gap between: “Unfinished” at the Met Breuer

In recent years, artists have been interested in “slippage.” In painting, that often translates into an exploration of the space between abstraction and representation, or between two and three dimensions. “Unfinished,” the inaugural show at the Met Breuer, examines another important area – the gap between finished and unfinished. [Image at top: Juan Gris (Spanish, … read more… “The gap between: “Unfinished” at the Met Breuer”

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Quick study

This week I’ve got links to articles about the Venice Biennale,  art blogging grants, James Franco, the trilogy of Samuel Beckett plays at NYU, Margie Livingston, project proposal deadline, Prince, and a $50 Stock Club for artists… Great choice! Mark Bradford will represent the US at the next Venice Biennale, which opens May 2017. Image … read more… “Quick study”

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Rachel Beach and Julia Gleich: Strength and precarious balance

Pairing artists with choreographers often produces transcendent results, and it has a venerable tradition—Robert Rauschenberg and Merce Cunningham, for instance. Earlier this month, I was fortunate to get tickets to see Counterpointe, a collaborative series developed by Norte Maar that joined seven female artists with seven female choreographers. Fusing the art community and the dance … read more… “Rachel Beach and Julia Gleich: Strength and precarious balance”

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Raoul De Keyser: The loss of certainty

“Drift,” the sublime Raoul De Keyser exhibition on view at David Zwirner through April 23, was organized around a group of 22 small paintings known as The Last Wall. Completed shortly before his death in October 2012, they are hung in the gallery exactly as De Keyser had installed them on the wall of his … read more… “Raoul De Keyser: The loss of certainty”

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Record Store Day: Amy Feldman, Thurston Moore, and Frank Rosaly

Artists often contribute artwork for album and CD covers–something listeners don’t get when they download music files from the Internet. Recently, Thurston Moore and Frank Rosaly used Amy Feldman‘s paintings on their project, Marshmallow Moon Decorum. According to the Corbett vs. Dempsey website: Guitar hero Thurston Moore and improvising drummer Frank Rosaly met for a … read more… “Record Store Day: Amy Feldman, Thurston Moore, and Frank Rosaly”

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Painting Picks: Lower East Side

If you have time to see some exhibitions in New York, here are a few promising shows to check out on the Lower East Side, which Casey Lesser recently called NYC’s most important art district in an Artsy editorial post. “Galleries in the neighborhood have matured greatly, as has the art they present,” she writes. … read more… “Painting Picks: Lower East Side”

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Art and Film: War and art’s uneasy survival

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Russian director Alexander Sokurov’s Francofonia is a strange and intriguing film – a kind of avant-garde point-of-view documentary. Do not mistake the title for “Francophilia.” With considerable snideness and mockery – including magical realist interventions by a fatuous Napoleon, sardonic intonements of “liberté, egalité, faternité,” and a deadpan delineation of … read more… “Art and Film: War and art’s uneasy survival”

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Newness: Melissa Meyer at Lennon, Weinberg

When artists experiment with a new medium or process, audaciously moving from one that they’ve fully mastered to less familiar territory, new ideas often emerge that inform their work in unexpected ways. So it is with Melissa Meyer’s compelling new paintings at Lennon, Weinberg. [Image at top: Melissa Meyer, Twosome Too, 2016, oil on canvas, … read more… “Newness: Melissa Meyer at Lennon, Weinberg”

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