The Daily

Contributed by Sharon Butler \ I was recently invited to select work from an Open Call at the Ely Center for Contemporary Art in New Haven. Looking at more than 300 worthy submissions (and reading all the artist statements) I was drawn to work that’s rooted in materiality, ritual, and the structure of daily life. … read more… “The Daily”

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Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: January 2020

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Wake up everyone, the holidays are over! Get back to work! Go out and see some shows! This month, despite the unseasonably warm temperatures, a few galleries seem to be on winter hiatus, but we have plenty of options nonetheless. Dan Walsh at Paula Cooper, Susan Rothenberg at Sperone Westwater, … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: January 2020”

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Kathryn Hart: A feminist in Venice

Contributed by Emma Stolarski / Kathryn Hart’s “New Dawn,” an inventive site-specific exhibition of sculpture and photography, contemplates the simultaneous organic processes of generation, regeneration, degradation, and, finally, documentation. Each wire-and-fiberglass sculpture incorporates the tension between becoming and eroding, renewal and entropy, growth and decay. The pieces glisten with an embryonic presence and almost seem … read more… “Kathryn Hart: A feminist in Venice”

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Susanna Coffey: A life in the studio

Contributed by Sangram Majumdar / In 2015 Susanna Coffey saw “In the Studio: Paintings,” an exhibition of canvases from the 1600s to the present that John Elderfield curated at Gagosian. Susanna was struck by the fact that the exhibition only included three paintings of women, and so she decided to make a series that focuses … read more… “Susanna Coffey: A life in the studio”

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Images: In the Cornell Printshop

Contributed by Sharon Butler / This semester, as readers who tune in to my stories on Instagram and are friends on Facebook already know, I’ve been up in Ithaca teaching at Cornell. One morning at the crack of dawn, I ran into printmaking professor Elizabeth Meyer in the Tjaden Hall stairwell. She was heading down … read more… “Images: In the Cornell Printshop”

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Art and Film: Rogue plant

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / The political ascent of Donald Trump and others like him has produced a glut of ominous allegories, and Austrian director Jessica Hausner’s mesmerizing film Little Joe may be the richest yet. With an unabashed nod to Invasion of the Body Snatchers (all three versions), the story’s contours are obvious, but … read more… “Art and Film: Rogue plant”

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Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: December 2019

Post-Miami, our December guide features some new shows and some that have been extended, but keep in mind that many close just before the holidays. Don’t miss Richard Tuttle at Pace, Eric Brown at Theodore:Art (opens on Friday the 13th!), Joanne Greenbaum at Rachel Uffner, and Sonya Kelliher-Combs at Minus Space. Also on the 13th … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: December 2019”

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Carolanna Parlato’s sporting informe

Contributed by Tom McGlynn / Carolanna Parlato, to my mind, has been building up to her most recent show of paintings for about 25 years, since I first became aware of her work. The single-mindedness with which she has maintained her focus on combining gestural pouring and what might be termed “tectonic symbolism” is remarkable, … read more… “Carolanna Parlato’s sporting informe”

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Los Carpinteros: When citizens outlive their heroes

Contributed by Katarina Wong / “Cuba Va! (Cuba Goes!)” at The Phillips Collection in DC is a small but powerful exhibition of recent work by the renowned Cuban artist collective Los Carpinteros (The Carpenters). Born and raised in post-Revolution Cuba, Los Carpinteros were educated in the Cuban boarding school system, where the collective is valued … read more… “Los Carpinteros: When citizens outlive their heroes”

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Alun Williams: Lest we forget

Contributed by David Humphrey / What is it to have a life? It’s overwhelming to imagine the pile-up of lives that have preceded ours, some documented, even celebrated, but mostly not. Alun Williams seems to say “pick one, and let it intersect with yours for a moment.” It could turn out that unexpected epiphanies will … read more… “Alun Williams: Lest we forget”

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