Legacy of the hand: Paolo Arao’s textile paintings

Contributed by Julia Couzens / Paolo Arao’s exuberant textile paintings radiate a bracing freshness, like nautical flags snapping brightly in a cracking breeze. From a distance clear color and crisp geometry flip space backward and forward, causing the eye to toggle in and out of the paintings’ nuanced, irregularly faceted grids. Seen up close, quavering, irregular … read more… “Legacy of the hand: Paolo Arao’s textile paintings”

Gestures of grace: Carol Saft at Lesley Heller

Contributed by Julia Couzens / Carol Saft’s plainspoken exhibition, “Fallen Men,“ in the project space at Lesley Heller, is a suite of small-scaled, wall-based bronze figures engaged in gestures of vulnerability and support.  They call to mind the bronze sculpture of Bauhaus artist Gerhard Marcks and share his ethic of directness and material honesty.

Assembled but not resembling, at Patricia Sweetow

Contributed by Robin Hill / The works in “Assembled,” an absorbing three-person exhibition featuring Julia Couzens, Helen O’Leary, and Cornelia Schulz at Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco, are defiantly not about anything but are, rather, of many things (of fiber, wood, paint, wire, canvas), and have been realized through many actions (binding, wrapping, stuffing, leaning, interlocking, slathering, skimming, stitching, gluing). The works ask … read more… “Assembled but not resembling, at Patricia Sweetow”

Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / June 2018

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Here is a selected list of painting shows I’m heading out to see this week. For a more comprehensive, all-media listing, check out The List on artcritical and ArtForum’s ARTGUIDE. Excellent phone apps like See Saw Gallery Guide and NYArtBeat allow you to bookmark exhibitions and then display the gallery locations on a neighborhood map. I’ll be adding more to this list before the end … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / June 2018”

Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / May 2018

  Contributed by Sharon Butler / After classes end (final crits this week!), but before everyone heads out of town for summer (hello Truro in June, Yaddo in July, tent in trunk just in case!), let’s check out some painting shows.  As usual, a more comprehensive, all-media listing, is available at The List on artcritical and in ArtForum’s ARTGUIDE. Excellent phone apps like See Saw … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / May 2018”