Stories about painting in the news include: the return of a stolen Degas, why portrait painting is making a comeback, and the Russian intrigue in Ghent. Also, some reviews are out for “Songs for Sabotage,” the New Museum’s 2018 Triennial.
Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / During and after the AIDS epidemic, gay artists like Carlos Alfonzo, Ross Bleckner, Robert Gober, and Keith Haring used visual art to convey the tragedy of mass premature death that gutted the art world, as well as the political injustice of the U.S. government’s refusal to recognize the gravity of the disease. … read more… “Art and Film: Amy Jenkins hosts death”
In this video, watch the unveiling of the magnificent portraits of President Obama and the former First Lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery. Listen to poignant remarks by President Obama and Mrs. Obama, Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton, National Portrait Gallery Director Kim Sajet and artists Wiley and Sherald. Make sure you have some tissues.
Contributed by Mary Addison Hackett / Ask anyone here what initially brought them to the desert and almost everyone will say, “I love the desert,” followed by a brief declaration of prolific love for the community of people they met upon arrival. That’s the standard order. We come for the landscape and stay for the community. But sometimes the … read more… “The Desert is Not Barren, 2: John Plowman and Bernard Leibov at BoxoPROJECTS”
Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / It goes almost without saying that paintings of people need to bring more to the table than faithful visual representations of what the people look like. But what, exactly? There is of course a range of options as to the kinds of enhancements a painter can incorporate. Natural environment, social milieu, and personal activity are some … read more… “Robin Lowe’s exquisitely eerie paintings”
Contributed by Sharon Butler / It has taken me a little longer than usual to select shows for the Two Coats February Gallery Guide because there are so many good painting shows out there. That, and the fact that I’m in the process of packing up and moving the studio to a new space upstairs. The Two Trees Cultural Space … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / February 11, 2018”
“Have you ever wondered how to achieve self-actualization while never having to leave your bed? Well I have a few ideas and if you do too, we should join forces, create a product and go on Shark Tank. “While films have The Bechdel test, my works have to comply with The Brecht test, which starts … read more… “Press release of the day: Lauren Faigeles at Crush Curatorial”
After exploring hard-edge abstraction and unconventional materials for decades, Regina Bogat began incorporating a more gestural approach into her work. These paintings, made in the 1990s, are on view at Zürcher Gallery, NY, through March 2. Her daughter Anna Bogat Jensen wrote the following essay for Bogat’s exhibition catalogue. Contributed by Anna Bogat Jensen / In the 1990s, Regina Bogat found a new … read more… “In transition: Regina Bogat in the 1990s”
“The sketchbook practice is always something I return to when painting or any other more physical work seems too daunting. The intimacy is healing. It’s a safe space where I can fool around with unresolved ideas that no one ever has to see. My sketchbook also acts as a storage place for scraps I don’t want to lose and for studies … read more… “Undergraduate Sketchbook: Katie Fuller”
Contributed by Mary Addison Hackett / When I first moved to the desert, my intention was to be close enough to the Los Angeles art scene without having to deal with traffic, high rents, and apparently in my absence, a dearth of parking. I’ve been to LA exactly three times in the last calendar year. Writing … read more… “The Desert is Not Barren, Part 1”