White, Woll, and the artist’s sense of control

Contributed by Riad Miah / Taylor Anton White and Andy Woll’s solo exhibitions opened at two galleries next door to each other in Tribeca, White’s at Monica King Contemporary and Woll’s at Denny Dimin Gallery. Their bodies of work are outwardly different, but they are both visually as well as substantively compelling and have enough … read more… “White, Woll, and the artist’s sense of control”

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Painting and the anti-Oedipal insurgency

Contributed by Andrew Woolbright / In 1972, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari – a French philosopher and a French psychoanalyst, respectively – published Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. It became something of an intellectual sensation. Among other things, they challenged Freud’s focus on the Oedipus complex as an irrepressible source of human aggression and regimentation. Michel … read more… “Painting and the anti-Oedipal insurgency”

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Art and Film: Dimitri de Clercq’s dark idyll

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Not every filmmaker can emulate Alfred Hitchcock and cue Chet Baker in a feature debut shot on a shoestring budget and avoid appearing shamelessly trite or derivative, but Belgian director and co-writer Dimitri de Clercq pulls it off with his captivatingly twisted, noirish romance You Go To My Head. The … read more… “Art and Film: Dimitri de Clercq’s dark idyll”

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Laurel Farrin’s comedy of errors

Contributed by Cody Tumblin / “Vaudeville,” Laurel Farrin’s solo show at Devening Projects in Chicago, contains an assortment of painted objects that each hold a healthy measure of humor and delight in their making. Although the works are often simple in appearance and construction, they contain intentionally irresolute and sensitive, inquisitive details that are irrevocably … read more… “Laurel Farrin’s comedy of errors”

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Panel discussion: Painting in 2020

On January 16, 2020, artist and curator Jason Stopa invited Katherine Bradford, Sharon Butler, Craig Stockwell and Thomas Micchelli for a panel discussion about the issues abstract painters are addressing today. The conversation took place at Monica King Contemporary, a new gallery in Tribeca where Stopa organized “New Skin,” an exhibition featuring his work, alongside … read more… “Panel discussion: Painting in 2020”

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Art and Film: Surviving the Oscars

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Martin Scorsese directed what was probably the best American movie of the year – The Irishman – and it garnered not a single Academy Award despite ten nominations. The film’s Netflix backing and correspondingly enervated theater release annoyed key players in the Academy and appeared to doom its prospects. Despite those exogenous … read more… “Art and Film: Surviving the Oscars”

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Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: February 2020

Greetings from the Penn State School of Visual Arts in State College, Pennsylvania, where I’ve been invited to give a lecture as part of the John A. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series on Tuesday, February 11, at 11:30. If you’re in the area, the talk takes place in in the Lipton Auditorium at the Palmer Museum … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: February 2020”

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Studio visit: Susanna Heller’s endless strength

Contributed by Medrie MacPhee / Before Susanna Heller’s paintings were wrapped and shipped to Toronto for her upcoming solo show at Olga Korper, I brought Sharon Butler by her studio, which straddles the line between Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Susanna and I moved from Haliifax to the East Village after we graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art … read more… “Studio visit: Susanna Heller’s endless strength”

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On its own terms: “Specific Forms” at Loretta Howard

Contributed by Kim Uchiyama / “Specific Forms” at Loretta Howard Gallery illuminates a particular moment in 20th century art history where works created by a variety of artists occupied the space between the then diverging ideologies of a young Donald Judd and those of the older critic Clement Greenberg. Saul Ostrow has curated a finely-tuned … read more… “On its own terms: “Specific Forms” at Loretta Howard”

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