Haley Josephs talks to Austin Lee about her new paintings

Brooklyn-based painter Haley Josephs makes enigmatic paintings of powerful, archetypal women, often engaged in private activities or rituals that can be both disturbing and absurd. Painted on black canvases, her new images feature rich, saturated color, as if the landscapes are on fire, or infused with the dramatic light of toxic sunsets. On the occasion of her second solo show at Deli Gallery in LIC, “When … read more… “Haley Josephs talks to Austin Lee about her new paintings”

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Mike Cloud: Angst and hope

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Mike Cloud’s seductively playful and complex exhibition, “Quilt paintings,” on view at Thomas Erben through the March 31, features disassembled children’s clothes – not those that his kids have outgrown, but new outfits, some with price tags still attached. The seams are removed, and the pieces are organized into loose … read more… “Mike Cloud: Angst and hope”

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Softly singing “Songs for Sabotage”

Contributed by Sharon Butler / “Songs for Sabotage,” the 2018 iteration of the New Museum Triennial, curated by Gary Carrion-Murayari and Francesca Altamura of the New Museum, and Alex Gartenfeld of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami, features elegantly installed, dimly-lit work by an international group of artists. Many of them have interdisciplinary practices comprising performance, installation, and more, … read more… “Softly singing “Songs for Sabotage””

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Invitations: Upcoming events and discussions

Contributed by Sharon Butler / I’ve got several upcoming events  to share with readers, including: April 17-a panel discussion at the National Arts Club; April 28 & 29-Dumbo Open Studios; May 6-12-Two Coats welcomes Resident Artist Craig Stockwell;  May  18-Two Coats of Paint event at the Metropolitan Museum in May; June 1 – keynote for the Encaustic Conference on the Cape; … read more… “Invitations: Upcoming events and discussions”

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Images: NADA Art Fair, 2018

Contributed by Sharon Butler / I  just read a piece by Rachel Corbett in artnet News about Mitchell Algus, a dealer who manages a small second-floor space on the corner of Delancy and Norfolk on the Lower East Side. He’s been mounting shows in different spaces for more than 25 years, all the while holding down … read more… “Images: NADA Art Fair, 2018”

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Images: The Independent Art Fair, 2018

This year the Independent Art Fair showed a slew of conventionally good paintings, which is not necessarily de rigueur for the enterprise that prides itself on being the most “edgy” and “risk-taking” of the New York art fairs. On Spring Studios at 50 Varick Street, just below Canal, the space was full of natural light, and, as the afternoon wore on, visitors and photographers … read more… “Images: The Independent Art Fair, 2018”

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Report from Berlin: Judith Hopf’s idiosyncratic vision

Contributed by Loren Britton / Berlin-based artist Judith Hopf, known for idiosyncratic combinations, is invested in post-painting practices coming out of Fluxus conversations between George Brecht and Allan Kaprow. In her sculpture show “Judith Hopf: Stepping Stairs” at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, she moves from sculpture to exhibition furniture and back, the transformed everyday materials in the exhibition … read more… “Report from Berlin: Judith Hopf’s idiosyncratic vision”


Quick study

This edition of “Quick study” includes good news about how the arts drive economic growth and bad news about MoCA curator Helen Molesworth. Also: Grant Wood’s retrospective at the Whitney, Russian collectors’ hankering to join in the global art world, the future of art fairs, a mural in Parkland, Joan Baez is a painter, and one of my latest pet peeves about the … read more… “Quick study”

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Art and Film: Red scares

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Two current movies about Russia, both gloriously snide but in different ways, open with discrete artistic performances. In Armando Iannucci’s impeccably sardonic and irreverent The Death of Stalin, it’s a Mozart piano concerto, going out live on radio. The producers of the broadcast have neglected to record it, and, implicitly … read more… “Art and Film: Red scares”

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Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / March 2018

Contributed by Sharon Butler / In case readers want to check out some painting shows but aren’t interested in racing around to the art fairs (or paying the entry fees), here are some gallery shows worth checking out this month. More comprehensive, all-media listings, are available at The List on artcritical and ArtForum’s ARTGUIDE. Excellent phone apps like See Saw Gallery Guide and NYArtBeat allow you to bookmark exhibitions and then display the … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / March 2018”