Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / It would be easy to cast the tireless, unconstrained Raymond Pettibon as the louche trickster demigod of wise-ass artist-snipers. But it would be lazy, even grudging and condescending, to leave it there. As his abundant – in one dose, perhaps overwhelming, albeit thematically arranged – exhibition “A Pen of All … read more… “Raymond Pettibon: Long may he buzz”
Contributed by Sharon Butler / In 1955, two white men brutally lynched Emmet Till, a black 14-year-old boy from Chicago who was visiting relatives in their Mississippi town. The men were arrested, tried, and unjustly, outrageously, acquitted of all charges. At the time, horrifying photographs of Till’s mutilated face, taken as he lay in an open casket with … read more… “Free speech: White artist paints Emmett Till, black artists protest”
Contributed by Sharon Butler / In a lively group show of large canvases at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery, curator Jason Stopa makes a strong case that contemporary painters, particularly those working figuratively, are cultivating a new form of Expressionism. He cites popular culture (cartoons, fashion photography, YouTube videos), personal narrative, and our embrace of online … read more… “New subjectivity: Figurative painting at Pratt Manhattan Gallery”
Contributed by Sharon Butler / Thanks to the ongoing disaster known as the Trump administration, anxiety was in the air at the art fairs this year. Unconstitutional deportation, hate crime, heedless military intervention, political corruption, the impending loss of affordable healthcare for 24 million people, and the failure of GOP will to seriously investigate palpable indications of the Trump team’s treasonous collusion … read more… “Anxiety and the art fairs, NADA edition”
Contributed by Katarina Wong / Alex O’Neal is an artist based in Cooperstown, New York, whose recent show “Hiding Places in a Dream” at Linda Warren Projects in Chicago was a visual knock-out – a dizzying array of hyper-saturated canvases balanced with intimate, small-scale drawings. Throughout the exhibition, O’Neal continues to develop his highly personal … read more… “Alex O’Neal: Hiding Places in a Dream”
This month Two Coats of Paint welcomes Jim Shrosbree to the studio for a seven day artist’s residency. A professor of painting and drawing at Maharishi University in Fairfield, Iowa, Shrosbree uses diverse materials such as ceramic, plaster, wire, aluminum, and suede to create intimately-scaled sculptures and wall-based objects.
Contributed by Sharon Butler / Last year I visited Jayanthi Moorthy‘s studio and suggested she get in touch with Kathryn Myers, a UConn colleague of mine who has facilitated cultural exchanges with Indian artists, curated numerous shows of their work, and participated in many exhibitions in India. The two artists connected, and this year they curated “Cooperative Consciousness,” a group exhibition at … read more… “A.I.R. artists at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India”
Contributed by Katie Fuller / “Our Heads Are Round So Our Thoughts Can Change Direction,” the Francis Picabia exhibition at MoMA, tells a story of a curious man with a need to experiment with more than one style, medium, process, or subject. As a result, this retrospective is inspiring, entertaining, and whiplash-inducing.
Contributed by Sharon Butler / In an exhibition on view at the Housatonic Museum in Bridgeport, wildlife trafficking, environmental conservation, sexuality, religion, gender, and the illusion of domestic bliss are among the issues addressed through a diverse range of printmaking practices. UConn MFA student Kelsey Miller (and one of the winners of the 2016 SPRING/BREAK Quiz) sent me a … read more… “Email from Kelsey Miller: Printmaking at the Housatonic Museum”
Contributed by Elana Herzog / In January I spent a week in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on the island of Java, where I had a glimpse of a lively, burgeoning contemporary art scene. My guides were Sally Smart, an Australian artist based in Melbourne and Yogyakarta, and Entang Wiharso, an Indonesian artist based in Yogyakarta and Rhode Island. The city of Yogyakarta … read more… “On the road: Yogyakarta, Indonesia (Part 1)”