Art and Film: 2019 Top Ten

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / It’s been a fine year for movies, their demise due to streaming having been greatly exaggerated notwithstanding awkward episodes like the theatrical release of Netflix-backed The Irishman. Here is my inexorably subjective and eminently debatable list of the Top Ten dramatic films of 2019. The Irishman. Still the king of the … read more… “Art and Film: 2019 Top Ten”

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Richard Tuttle sees the light

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Richard Tuttle, who has lived in New Mexico since the late 1980s, recently got an expansive new studio on Mount Desert Island in Maine. Exchanging mesa views for a perch on the ocean, at the very edge of a country on the verge of a nervous breakdown, places him physically … read more… “Richard Tuttle sees the light”

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Allison Schulnik’s glamour magic and illusion

Contributed by Kari Adelaide Razdow / Moths are weird and macabre. Allison Schulnik, in her animated short MOTH in “Suffering From Realness” at Mass MoCA, fully captures their gothic elegance. The moths rhythmically fan eyespots and morph into something new and magical every few seconds, conjuring a resonant line from Mary Oliver’s poem, Sleeping in the Forest: “By morning I had vanished at … read more… “Allison Schulnik’s glamour magic and illusion”

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Susanna Coffey: A life in the studio

Contributed by Sangram Majumdar / In 2015 Susanna Coffey saw “In the Studio: Paintings,” an exhibition of canvases from the 1600s to the present that John Elderfield curated at Gagosian. Susanna was struck by the fact that the exhibition only included three paintings of women, and so she decided to make a series that focuses … read more… “Susanna Coffey: A life in the studio”

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David Diao’s challenge to formalism

Contributed by Adam Simon / The space between 0 and 1 is infinite. I thought of this in relation to David Diao’s exhibition, “Studios and Sales,” currently at Postmasters. The show is an inspired pairing of two works, Studios, Updated and Sales. Sales is an arrangement of twenty-five smallish paintings from 1992 that documents Diao’s painting sales between 1968 … read more… “David Diao’s challenge to formalism”

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Images: In the Cornell Printshop

Contributed by Sharon Butler / This semester, as readers who tune in to my stories on Instagram and are friends on Facebook already know, I’ve been up in Ithaca teaching at Cornell. One morning at the crack of dawn, I ran into printmaking professor Elizabeth Meyer in the Tjaden Hall stairwell. She was heading down … read more… “Images: In the Cornell Printshop”

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Art and Film: Rogue plant

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / The political ascent of Donald Trump and others like him has produced a glut of ominous allegories, and Austrian director Jessica Hausner’s mesmerizing film Little Joe may be the richest yet. With an unabashed nod to Invasion of the Body Snatchers (all three versions), the story’s contours are obvious, but … read more… “Art and Film: Rogue plant”

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Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: December 2019

Post-Miami, our December guide features some new shows and some that have been extended, but keep in mind that many close just before the holidays. Don’t miss Richard Tuttle at Pace, Eric Brown at Theodore:Art (opens on Friday the 13th!), Joanne Greenbaum at Rachel Uffner, and Sonya Kelliher-Combs at Minus Space. Also on the 13th … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: December 2019”

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Carolanna Parlato’s sporting informe

Contributed by Tom McGlynn / Carolanna Parlato, to my mind, has been building up to her most recent show of paintings for about 25 years, since I first became aware of her work. The single-mindedness with which she has maintained her focus on combining gestural pouring and what might be termed “tectonic symbolism” is remarkable, … read more… “Carolanna Parlato’s sporting informe”

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