Ideas and Influences: Adam Simon

Adam Simon could best be described as a conceptual painter. Based in Brooklyn, he has been painting and organizing community projects like Four Walls and the Fine Art Adoption Network for more than 25 years. Lately, though, he’s put community projects aside to work in the studio, where his ironically elegant new abstract paintings riff … read more… “Ideas and Influences: Adam Simon”

EMAIL: “Clouds” exhibition details from Adam Simon

Dear Cloud Artist, Thank you for agreeing to be in the exhibition, “Clouds” at Lesley Heller Projects. I wanted to let you know very far in advance that the dates for the exhibition are December 15th, 2013 through January 26th, 2014. No dimension should exceed 24 inches in any direction. The title of the exhibition … read more… “EMAIL: “Clouds” exhibition details from Adam Simon”

Painting of the Day: “Meeting” by Adam Simon

Adam Simon, “Meeting,” 2010, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 56×80″ This amazing painting (which looks far better on the wall than it does as a jpeg) was recently featured in “Ocketopia” a group show curated by Austin Thomas at Lesley Heller Gallery. Although Simon’s studio is in Bushwick, he isn’t officially participating in the Bushwick … read more… “Painting of the Day: “Meeting” by Adam Simon”

In Hudson: Pop-up Gallery Portraits and NADA

Pam Lins, “Charles the VI layout and fog,” 2011, oil on panel, 18 x 14″ Austin Thomas is helping Scot Cohen organize “Pop-up Gallery Portraits” at 430 Warren Street in Hudson, NY. The exhibition opens on July 30 and will coincide with NADA Hudson, a large-scale exhibition featuring projects by galleries like Jeff Bailey, Canada, DCKT, … read more… “In Hudson: Pop-up Gallery Portraits and NADA”

Two Coats Online Art Guide: Spring 2020

Contributed by Emma Stolarski / With stay-at-home orders and screen times going up, it seems that the art world of the moment is living in social media. Instagram is saturated with live interviews and IGTV studio visits alongside friends’ (or our own) confessions about sanity levels. It’s all a bit overwhelming. To stay creative, it’s … read more… “Two Coats Online Art Guide: Spring 2020”

Jude Tallichet’s sense of the ineffable

Contributed by Adam Simon / Jude Tallichet’s Fire Escape, one of several sculptures in her exhibition ”Heat Map” at Smack Mellon in Dumbo, doesn’t look like something that would help if your building were burning down. It hangs there in all its ineffectuality, abject yet amiable, enormous and out of place (except that nothing is … read more… “Jude Tallichet’s sense of the ineffable”

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”

Amanda Church: The contemporary gaze

Contributed by Adam Simon / One of the under-appreciated aspects of art viewing is the way that a given work establishes a certain relationship with a viewer. Mark Rothko famously claimed that “lots of people break down and cry when confronted with my pictures.” He may have been trying to fend off a formalist reading … read more… “Amanda Church: The contemporary gaze”

Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: November 2019

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Hello November! There are plenty of shows opening this month, and today (November 15) is also the fifteenth day of the 2019 Two Coats of Paint year-end fundraising campaign. This year we’re requesting funding to continue our work supporting artists and arts organizations through 2020. You might think of your … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: November 2019”

Assistants: Connected through circumstance

Contributed by Adam Simon / Lineage is not a concept with a lot of currency these days; too close, perhaps, to its more déclassé kissing cousin, tradition. We look to academia and art history to find precursors for artistic innovators. Typically, the presentation and criticism of art tend to focus on the artist as a … read more… “Assistants: Connected through circumstance”