Studio visit: Frédérique Lucien

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Frédérique Lucien and I met during the Bushwick iteration of “Deux Côtés / Two Sides,” a collaborative exhibition organized by Stephanie Theodore and Emilie Ovaere-Corthay, the director of legendary Galerie Jean Fournier. When I was in Paris for the opening, I got a chance to stop by Lucien’s studio in the 11th arrondissement, not far from the Bataclan Theater that was tragically … read more… “Studio visit: Frédérique Lucien”

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A studio visit with Sascha Braunig

Contributed by Rob Kaiser-Schatzlein / Sascha Braunig, whose solo show “Shivers,” is on view at MoMA PS1 through March 5, recently returned to New York City from Portland, Maine, to participate in the Sharpe Walentas Studio Program. When I stopped by her new space, we discussed her process and the changes that have taken place in her practice over the past five years.

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Recommended: Ongoing and upcoming exhibitions

In the unrelenting year-end swirl of grading, final reviews, impending global upheaval, and extra holiday-related chores, you probably have a nagging feeling that you’ve missed some good shows. And perhaps you’re wondering about the exhibitions that are opening in January. For me, the antidote is putting together a list of exhibitions, checking out some work, either online or IRL, and getting my mind back into painting after … read more… “Recommended: Ongoing and upcoming exhibitions”

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Art and Film: Damien Chazelle comes of age in La La Land

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Whiplash, Damien Chazelle’s remarkably assured and incendiary second feature from 2014, made the case that artistic accomplishment was predominantly a cloistered process of Darwinian nastiness, redeemed only in an evanescent performance that the artist must keep repeating to make good on his dark investment. The final scene – a drum solo … read more… “Art and Film: Damien Chazelle comes of age in La La Land”

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RUMOR: Painter Sylvester Stallone to head NEA

Rumors are circulating that the Trump organization might be thinking about appointing Sylvester Stallone to head the National Endowment for the Arts. Most of us know that Stallone is an actor (Yo, Adrian), but few realize that he also identifies as a painter and is represented by Galerie Gmurzynska, a Swiss gallery that specializes in Russian avant-garde, modern art and classic contemporary. In 2015 Stallone had … read more… “RUMOR: Painter Sylvester Stallone to head NEA”

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Cy Twombly, emotional content, at Centre Pompidou

I was lucky to have a chance to stop by the compelling Cy Twombly retrospective at Centre Pompidou in Paris earlier this month. Spanning Twombly’s entire career, the exhibition comprises three major series: “Nine Discourses on Commodus” (1963), “Fifty Days at Iliam” (1978), and “Coronation of Sesostris” (2000). I’ve always been drawn to Twombly’s drawing, sensual surfaces, and mastery of warm and cool whites, but this show focusesd on another … read more… “Cy Twombly, emotional content, at Centre Pompidou”

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Francesco Clemente: Constantly beginning

In Paris last week I stopped by Galerie Templon near the Centre Pompidou to see Francesco Clemente’s charming new paintings. An Italian artist who travels between New York, Rome, New Mexico and India, Clemente was one of the painters involved in the rebirth of figurative painting and the movement known as Neo-Expressionism during the 1980s.  

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Godward and upward at SLAG

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Ben Godward is at home with bright colors and exotic shapes. The New York sculptor has for some time been producing boldly optic, resolutely asymmetrical pieces that render impressions of roiling urban excess into freewheeling mixed media, abundantly featuring foam, urethane resin, and Day-Glo hues. Much of his work’s appeal … read more… “Godward and upward at SLAG”

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Marjorie Welish: Procedural difference, conceptual consequence

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Followers of post-election news coverage, despairing over rampant voter suppression, are bereft over the Electoral College electors’ unwillingness to cast their votes for the sane candidate who overwhelmingly won the popular vote. The vocal majority, fretting about what to expect after the inauguration of an undisciplined kleptocrat as the 45th president of the United States, will recognize their heartache in … read more… “Marjorie Welish: Procedural difference, conceptual consequence”

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