Book report: Mary Gabriel’s Ninth Street Women

Contributed by Brece Honeycutt and Anne Lindberg / Mary Gabriel’s Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler – Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art (New York: Little Brown and Company, 2018) is a tour de force. The book explores many important phenomena from the period of 1929-1959, including the formation of … read more… “Book report: Mary Gabriel’s Ninth Street Women”

Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: November 2019

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Hello November! There are plenty of shows opening this month, and today is also the first 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 contribution as … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: November 2019”

Art and Books: Joanne Mattera remembers

Contributed by Sharon Butler / How artists apprehend the world is framed largely by their early experiences. Yet, unless artists achieve blue-chip success, we rarely get a firm handle on what those experiences might have been. That’s why Joanne Mattera’s memoir Vita makes compelling reading. Artists like Mattera don’t measure their success by rising auction … read more… “Art and Books: Joanne Mattera remembers”

Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: February 2019

February is a short month, which makes visiting all the shows that much harder, but before the onslaught of NYC art fairs  in March (the 6th through 10th), try to visit some galleries, either IRL or online. After all, we can’t spend every minute obsessing over Adam Schiff’s investigations, the House Committee  hearings, SC Mueller and the Russia probe, team Trump indictments, impeachment progress, … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: February 2019”

Beyond the legend: James Baldwin at David Zwirner

Contributed by Gabriel Fine /  It seems oddly fitting that the exhibition “God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin” begins not with Baldwin’s face but with his eye. Hilton Als, the writer and New Yorker critic who curated this masterful show at David Zwirner, is quick to remind us that the show exists … read more… “Beyond the legend: James Baldwin at David Zwirner”

Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: January 2019

Contributed by Sharon Butler / The new year brings good news for Bushwick gallery goers: The L Train, which was scheduled for a 15-month shutdown to undergo repairs  beginning this year, is NOT shutting down. This is a welcome decision for the artists and galleries that live and work along the path of the L–Williamsburg, Bushwick, and Ridgewood … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: January 2019”

New favorite: Marina Rheingantz

Selected by Sharon Butler / From the press release for her recent solo at Bortolami: Marina Rheingantz is an artist who picks apart and unravels topology into its loosest forms. She references tapestries, carpets, textiles, forests, mountains, soccer fields, skate parks, excavation sites; anyplace where one might traverse. She takes notes with her camera to … read more… “New favorite: Marina Rheingantz”

Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / April 2018

Contributed by Sharon Butler / There is no lack of painting shows to check out in the NYC galleries this month, but I hope you have better weather than I did when I took my Parsons students to a few shows in Chelsea the other day. As my optimistic sister who likes to garden tells me each year: April showers bring May flowers…and so … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / April 2018”

Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / July 10, 2017

Our mid-summer selected exhibitions list, organized by neighborhood, is, well, blooming with group shows that feature flowers, gardens, and nature. For those of you who are out of town, perhaps tending your own patch of land or painting at an artists’ residency upstate, links are included for online browsing. For a full exhibition listing, make sure to check out “The List” at artcritical. 

Art and politics: “Broad Stripes and Bright Stars” in New Haven

Aicha Woods and Dave Coon have co-curated “Broad Stripes and Bright Stars,” a thoughtful group exhibition on view at the Ely Center of Contemporary Art through August 13 that focuses how artists are using the American flag as image, object, and symbol. Zachary Keeting, artist and co-founder of Gorky’s Granddaughter, sat down with co-curator Aicha Woods to discuss the artist’s role … read more… “Art and politics: “Broad Stripes and Bright Stars” in New Haven”