The fairs! The fairs!

In March, the art fairs come to New York, and I’ve put together a brief list, with descriptions and helpful links to the individual fairs. Note that many have lectures and panel discussions, so make sure to check out their websites before planning your weekend.

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Quick study

This week: The obituary for prolific New Yorker cartoonist James Stevenson, a review of “Painting Paintings, an exhibition of David Reed’s paintings from the 1970s, and the shitty review of Amy Feldman’s show in Berlin. James Stevenson, a prolific cartoonist at The New Yorker and children’s book author, has died at 87.  NYTimes obituary states that Jim “spent nearly 50 years at The … read more… “Quick study”

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A better bonfire at the Whitney: Painting from the 1980s

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / “Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s,” the Whitney’s trenchant exhibition of American work, immediately recalls the Reagan era, when bluffness trumped irony and a turbocharged version of squareness – razor-sharp creases and collar bars, coke-fueled hostile takeovers, money in the service of comfort and status, strategic peremptoriness – shoved aside … read more… “A better bonfire at the Whitney: Painting from the 1980s”

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Studio visit with Lucia Hierro

Contributed by Kate Liebman / On Valentine’s Day I visited Lucia Hierro in her studio in the Bronx where she has been working for more than two years. Nearby, a group of former factory buildings are in the process of being converted into artist studios and lofts. Born and raised in New York City, Lucia also spent a few years in … read more… “Studio visit with Lucia Hierro”

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President’s portrait

From the label text at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC: American artist Gilbert Stuart was commissioned to paint this portrait after the success of his first portrait of Washington in 1795. Martha Washington convinced the president to sit again because, according to artist Rembrandt Peale, she “wished a Portrait for herself; he therefore … read more… “President’s portrait”

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Virtuosity: David Humphrey at Fredericks & Freiser

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / David Humphrey’s visual and intellectual virtuosity – augmented by the smooth surface finality of meticulously applied acrylic paint – is such that he seems to accomplish everything he wants in a given painting. Each one in his current exhibition “I’m Glad We Had This Conversation,” at Fredericks & Freiser, stands … read more… “Virtuosity: David Humphrey at Fredericks & Freiser”

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Quick study

This week: Links to a painting review of Mimi Lauter’s show in LA, the winner of the 2017 White Columns/Shoot the Lobster Award, Anish Kapoor in Brooklyn, Olafur Eliasson’s early paintings, stolen painting resurfaces, rough sketches for the peace symbol, NYTimes goes to Bushwick–but no Trumpistan politics! In the LATimes, Leah Ollman reviews Mimi Lauter’s exhibition at Tig … read more… “Quick study”

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2017 College Art Association Conference intel

This week the College Art Association Annual Conference takes up residence at the New York Hilton Midtown. For non-members, onsite registration costs $595 for the entire five-day event, which features presentations, panel discussions, reunions, and more. This year, CAA has introduced a $150 day-pass, but if readers are interested in attending, they might consider the … read more… “2017 College Art Association Conference intel”

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Quick study

Featuring links to articles about the Painting in the 1980s and Raymond Pettibon exhibitions, distracted by politics, Mother Jones, David Corn, Blue Mountain Center, I Am Not Your Negro, an Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, more… This week “Fast Forward: Painting in the 1980s” opened at the Whitney Museum. The exhibition features many of the artists I loved when I first started painting–Terry … read more… “Quick study”

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Katharina Grosse on canvas

When I first saw Katharina Grosse’s paintings at Gagosian, my reaction was that they were too big, and that the surfaces were too flat–that they looked better on the computer screen than they did at the gallery. Berlin-based Grosse (b. 1961, Germany) is mainly known for large-scale three-dimensional work that features bright, unmixed, sprayed-on color that evokes abstract … read more… “Katharina Grosse on canvas”

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