Interview: Stephen Westfall in Industry City

Contributed by Rob Kaiser-Schatzlein / On a rainy day in November I visited Stephen Westfall at his Brooklyn studio. Among my young painter friends he has a reputation for being open, generous, and extremely smart, but I was still a little nervous. He warned me in advance that most of his work had been shipped … read more… “Interview: Stephen Westfall in Industry City”

Catalogue essay: Paul Pieroni on Peter Halley’s 1980s painting

The aim of this text, which was originally published as “Facts are Useless in Emergencies” in Peter Halley: Paintings of the 1980s The Catalogue Raisonne, is to provide an in-depth analysis of Peter Halley’s painting as it emerged during the 1980s. I engage Halley’s theoretical writing—which extends his visual language—while also considering the critical reception … read more… “Catalogue essay: Paul Pieroni on Peter Halley’s 1980s painting”

Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / October 2018 (updated)

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Here is the updated list of October (mostly painting) shows that I promised earlier this month. NOTE: Galleries who would like their exhibitions considered for inclusion in the next Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide should send a note to Please include a few jpegs and exhibition info (Preferred format: name of gallery/ title … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / October 2018 (updated)”

Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / September 2018

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Last fall, there was a dearth of solo exhibitions by female painters. This September, a slew of seasoned women have mounted terrific shows. They include Katherine Bradford, Jane Fine (image at top), Elena Sisto, Kyle Staver, Barbara Takenaga, Charline von Heyl, and more. I’ve put together a list of some worthwhile September painting shows, … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / September 2018”

Fiction: The Square Drawing [Laurie Fendrich]

Today marks the beginning of the Two Coats of Paint fiction column, a special summer section featuring short stories about artists, collectors, galleries, and other matters centered in the art world. Laurie Fendrich has contributed the first story, which is about a drawing that goes missing. NOTE: If you would like to  submit a short story, please send it to … read more… “Fiction: The Square Drawing [Laurie Fendrich]”

Gregory Amenoff: Inside and Out

Contributed by Stephen Westfall / American abstraction was born in the landscape. Arthur Dove and Georgia O’Keeffe seem to have got there before anyone else, trailing plowed fields, banks of clouds, and zigzag lightning bolts into visual rhythms that verge onto geometric patterning without losing touch with a dream-like memory of forest, field and weather. … read more… “Gregory Amenoff: Inside and Out”

Stuart Davis: The last painting

Stuart Davis, whose uneven but exhilarating retrospective is on view at the Whitney through September 25, is known for his playful fusion of advertising typography, bright color, and bold abstract shapes and lines. The exhibition begins with work from his early years and ends with his very last painting Fin, an image of which appears … read more… “Stuart Davis: The last painting”

Sense and sensibility at Lennon, Weinberg

  Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Though skewed towards this century, the paintings in Lennon Weinberg’s elegantly expansive group show “A Few Days,” from all twenty of the painters the gallery has represented since it opened in 1988, range from 1957 to 2014. In terms of style and school, they are not thoroughly cohesive, embracing … read more… “Sense and sensibility at Lennon, Weinberg”

Quick Study: Reading, links, listings, and looking ahead

This post is a compilation of articles from the internets. Brutalism quiz, color apps, Cady Noland, Art F City’s new curatorial project (FAG, or Fine Art Gallery), Yo/Oy in Brooklyn, and more. But first: What’s going on?? Now that Andrew Ginzel is on hiatus, I recommend checking out the listings at ArtCritical or ArtForum’s ArtGuide. … read more… “Quick Study: Reading, links, listings, and looking ahead”

Last chance: Julian Pretto’s artists, at Minus Space

Back in the 1970s, when impoverished, downtrodden New York City was on the verge of bankruptcy, gallerist Julian Pretto would contact building owners and ask if he could curate exhibitions in their vacant Soho and Tribeca storefronts. Pretto convinced landlords that his exhibitions would bring people to the neighborhoods, raise the profile of their buildings, … read more… “Last chance: Julian Pretto’s artists, at Minus Space”