Jennifer Coates: Lullabies for difficult times

Contributed by Sharon Butler / In her second solo show at Freight + Volume, Jennifer Coates presents a series of seemingly playful landscapes that conjure three early abstractionists: Paul Klee, Piet Mondrian, and Wassily Kandinsky. The subject matter is a departure from her last exhibitions, which featured expanded images of junk food, painted with exuberant … read more… “Jennifer Coates: Lullabies for difficult times”

Conversation: Jennifer Coates and EJ Hauser at PAFA

Jennifer Coates paints food–fast food, junk food–anything easy to make and portable. On the occasion of “Carb Load,” her compelling solo exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (her alma mater), Coates met with EJ Hauser, another PAFA alumna, to discuss painting, food, gratification, entoptic phenomenon, geometric hallucinations, and more. EJ Hauser: Hello, … read more… “Conversation: Jennifer Coates and EJ Hauser at PAFA”

Food and beverage art: Coates, FOODshed, Honeycutt, Beavers, and more

In the early 1990s, Rikrit Tiravanija began organizing exhibitions around cooking Thai food. A practitioner of what ultimately came to be known as Relational Aesthetics, Tiravanija was interested in the social interaction that revolved around cooking and eating. Today, artists are more likely to be thinking about our complex relationship with food itself–how we produce … read more… “Food and beverage art: Coates, FOODshed, Honeycutt, Beavers, and more”

Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: August 2019

In August it seems as if everyone is out of town, but a few galleries, such as Fisher Parrish, Equity Gallery, Karma, Sunroom Project Space at Wave Hill, and Art + Leisure,  are holding their shows over to September, and others are on view for another week or two. We’re looking forward to all kinds of new and interesting exhibitions in September, and … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: August 2019”

Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: July 2019

Here is our selected listing of summer shows, primarily painting, in New York this month. I’ll be at the studio in DUMBO for most of the month (just got a batch of new canvases, follow work in progress here), and then, at the end, I’m off for a road trip to Canada. Give me a shout if you’re in Portland, Halifax, Cape Breton, … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: July 2019”

Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: June 2019

UPDATED June 25, 2019 / In June Basel hosts the international art world from Tuesday, June 11, to Sunday, June 16, so beware that NYC openings will be sparse and a slew of #artbasel2019 posts will be flooding your Instagram feed. At the end of the list this month, we’ve added a “Roadtrip” section that includes … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: June 2019”

A quiet roar: Build a house, dig a hole, in Hartford

Contributed by Neil Daigle-Orians / Walking in to Hartford’s Artspace Gallery, the viewer is immediately struck by a large, hand-painted green screen. Merging the analog with the digital, Michael Siporin Levine’s set up for Vision Test lingers outside the context of his performative projection. Looking across, we see paintings by Blake Shirley and Erin Koch Smith … read more… “A quiet roar: Build a house, dig a hole, in Hartford”

Caroline Wells Chandler: Pied Piper of weirdness

Contributed by Jennifer Coates / I met Caroline Wells Chandler when he was an MFA student at Yale, and we immediately connected in a lunatic mind-meld way. Together, our imaginations sparked, and last year we collaborated on “Electric Mayhem,” a two-person exhibition at Crush Curatorial inspired by the band on The Muppet Show. For his current solo at Mrs., on … read more… “Caroline Wells Chandler: Pied Piper of weirdness”

David Humphrey: Facile like a fox

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / It might be tempting to conclude that David Humphrey is too facile a painter for his own damn good – that his command of brush, surface, and pigment across a spectrum from representational to abstract is so assured, his vision so pristinely and confidently realized on the canvas, that he leaves little … read more… “David Humphrey: Facile like a fox”

A Pocket Guide to Painting at SPRING/BREAK Art Show

Contributed by Fay Sanders and Bob Szantyr / New York art fair season is here, and SPRING/BREAK, in its eighth year, has mounted another bold and energized display of contemporary art in an unexpected space. The new location, in a United Nations building, hosts a six-day presentation of work by over 400 artists. More than 100 curators have taken a shot at the timely theme “Fact … read more… “A Pocket Guide to Painting at SPRING/BREAK Art Show”