Agnes Martin: A resolutely solitary endeavor

Running late, I arrived at the press preview for the Agnes Martin retrospective long after all of the other critics and journalists had left. My inefficiency turned out to be a bonus. I had the place to myself, and walking alone up the Guggenheim spiral and following the unwinding of Agnes Martin’s life in art … read more… “Agnes Martin: A resolutely solitary endeavor”

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Michael Ottersen: Logic and intuition

Contributed by Erin Langner / When I walked into Season last week, I almost stepped on Summer Reading, a painting by Michael Ottersen. To be fair, the painting was on the floor. At 18 x 21.5 inches, it was also around the size of a doormat. But, the tilted, pink line that slices through the … read more… “Michael Ottersen: Logic and intuition”

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Art and Film: Kelly Reichardt’s stoic women

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Kelly Reichardt’s unostentatiously virtuosic Certain Women, based on Maile Meloy’s short stories, depicts hardscrabble Montana in angular austerity, with the simple lines of mountains and fences and utilitarian buildings, in the subdued colors of impending snow, through iterations of circumstances that illuminate foibles and strengths. Natural spectacle may not be … read more… “Art and Film: Kelly Reichardt’s stoic women”

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Email: The deCordova Museum’s 2016 Biennial

The deCordova Museum’s Biennial exhibition in Lincoln, Massachusetts, is one of the most prestigious group shows in New England. Curators Jennifer Gross (soon departing) and Sarah Montross made 120 studio visits throughout the region and chose artists from each of the six states—Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Their aim was to … read more… “Email: The deCordova Museum’s 2016 Biennial”

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Suzanne Joelson: How things change

In Suzanne Joelson‘s confrontational new paintings the conflicting forces of order and disruption animate a lively hash of vinyl photographic banners, paint, patterning, hollow-core wood panels, broken bits of debris, fabrics, geometric sequencing, and idiosyncratic markmaking. On the occasion of her solo show Studio 10 in Bushwick, Joelson met with painter Michele Araujo to talk about … read more… “Suzanne Joelson: How things change”

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Examining queer @ Yale University

Contributed by Rachel Farber / What is a queer perspective? How does queerness meet form? Students at the Yale School of Art,  Loren Britton and Res, began asking these questions after seeing the student-run exhibition ” Video Mixer,” curated by Allyn Hughes & Jody Joyner, in 2015. Their conversation precipitated “Queering Space,” a sprawling group … read more… “Examining queer @ Yale University”

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Scott Daniel Ellison: “Every artist is in some way self-taught”

Scott Daniel Ellison’s images of flora and fauna are suffused with  personhood–trees wave bony limbs, bats have human faces, and animals wear jewelry. Working at a small scale and focusing on black and tertiary colors, Ellison conjures Edward Gorey‘s children’s book illustrations and the quirky-creepy characters in many of Tim Burton’s films, but his attention … read more… “Scott Daniel Ellison: “Every artist is in some way self-taught””

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Installation view: Machines of Paint and Other Materials

When artist Jennifer Riley saw a cavernous vacant storefront on Front Street in DUMBO, she thought it would make a good exhibition space, so she contacted the building’s owner (Two Trees Management) and asked if they would be interested in hosting a pop-up show. They agreed, and the result is “Machines of Paint and Other … read more… “Installation view: Machines of Paint and Other Materials”

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Marjorie Welish on Leslie Roberts at Minus Space

Contributed by Marjorie Welish / American artists may over-esteem the vernacular as the only true democratic mode. But occasionally a vernacular mythopoesis really inspires a good body of art. Leslie Roberts is a scavenger of found lexicons—code-able idioms in daily use on commonplace themes. From such source data she transcribes letters into colored graphic marks, then charts these across and … read more… “Marjorie Welish on Leslie Roberts at Minus Space”

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