Sangram Majumdar’s super power

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Many of Sangram Majumdar’s new paintings made of echoing lines, exposed charcoal under-drawings, and pale, often flat, unmodulated, color seem to quiver with expectation. According to the essay that accompanies his solo at Geary Contemporary, Majumdar’s starting point was an 18th-century illustration of the Ramayana, one of two ancient epic Sanskrit … read more… “Sangram Majumdar’s super power”

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”

Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: October 2019

Contributed by Sharon Butler / This month, in addition to the ongoing impeachment inquiry, which seems to expand minute by minute, there are plenty of great exhibitions to see; I also have a few invitations to share. Please join us: Saturday, October 12, 4pm, I hope upstate readers can stop by the Woodstock Artists Association and … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: October 2019”

An ocean of rivers: Esteban Cabeza de Baca

Contributed by Sangram Majumdar / Since I first visited Esteban Cabeza de Baca‘s studio when he was enrolled in Columbia’s MFA Program, his work has evolved, but his restlessness and unwillingness to fit into a visual niche has remained unchanged. In his first New York solo exhibition, “Worlds Without Borders” on view at Boers-Li Gallery through June 15, he has assembled paintings and … read more… “An ocean of rivers: Esteban Cabeza de Baca”

Interview: Victoria Roth at Brennan & Griffin

Contributed by Sangram Mujumdar / A couple weeks ago, on a rainy spring evening, Victoria Roth and I met up in her studio to continue a discussion that we had started nearly a year ago about her paintings. Over the course of our conversation we talked about her new format, pictorial space, dance, the intense physicality … read more… “Interview: Victoria Roth at Brennan & Griffin”

Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: April 2019

UPDATED–April 14 / I want to give a quick shout out to DUMBO Open Studios, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, April 27 & 28, 1-6pm. Stephanie Theodore of Theodore:Art and I are co-curating an exhibition in the Two Coats HQ (aka my studio) of work made by artists born in 1959. Did you know that … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: April 2019”

Interview: Delphine Hennelly at Carvalho Park

Contributed by Sangram Majumdar / A few weeks ago, on a crisp Sunday afternoon, I met Delphine Hennelly at Carvalho Park where her paintings are on display in “History Lessons,” a two-person show that includes woven pieces by Mimi Jung.  We talked about the performative nature of painting, the importance of open narratives, and how, sometimes, … read more… “Interview: Delphine Hennelly at Carvalho Park”

Interview: Magalie Guérin’s multiple endings

Contributed by Sangram Majumdar / Last weekend Magalie Guérin and I met up at her current exhibition, SOLUTE at Chapter NY, to talk shop. We discussed the choices painters make, how paintings are sometimes like people, how colors from the past return unexpectedly, whether marks can be categorized as nouns or verbs, and the importance of looking deeply. Her exhibition … read more… “Interview: Magalie Guérin’s multiple endings”

Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: March 2019

Despite the distraction of the art fairs, March must be a good month to present exhibitions. Several gallerists and former gallerists are stepping out from behind the desk to show their own work. Look for Joe Amrhein (Pierogi, LES) at Postmasters, Deborah Brown (former owner/director of Storefront Ten Eyck, Bushwick) at Burning in Water Art, Fran O’Neill (former … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: March 2019”

Matt Bollinger’s fictional universe

Contributed by Sangram Majumdar / Matt Bollinger’s show, “Three Rooms,” on view at Zürcher Gallery through March 2, comprises paintings, maquettes of interiors, and a hand-painted stop-motion animation that runs nearly twenty minutes. He works up the Hudson Valley and has a full-time teaching position in the painting program at SUNY Purchase, so he’s endlessly busy, but we managed to … read more… “Matt Bollinger’s fictional universe”