Studio visit with Barbara Takenaga

Contributed by Leslie Wayne / Barbara Takenaga has been pitting her skill at painting pattern against the physical constraints of materials for years, and her skill has usually won out. For a long time, bodies of work based on the Mandala were her signature motif. She meticulously painted carefully plotted circular patterns with the devotion of … read more… “Studio visit with Barbara Takenaga”

The 2018 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships

Contributed by Sharon Butler / This year hardworking panelists Julia Whitney Barnes (Dutchess), Franklin Evans (New York), Elliot Green (Columbia), Sarah McCoubrey (Onondaga), and Mie Yim (Kings) selected the The New York Foundation for the Arts painting fellowship recipients from a staggeringly large pool of 3,071 applicants. Each artist will receive a cash grant of $7,000, and the three finalists — Jordan Casteel, Clayton Schiff, and Don Voisine … read more… “The 2018 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships”

Nancy Baker: Delicate construction

Contributed by Sharon Arnold / In her solo show “No Regrets,” Brooklyn-based mixed-media installation artist Nancy Baker winningly advances her trademark style of accretion, integrating text, found objects, glitter, paint, and ink into large-scale installation and wall sculpture.  When you walk into the light-filled space in Bushwick’s Odetta Gallery, your eye is immediately drawn to … read more… “Nancy Baker: Delicate construction”

Jeremy Hof: The elephant In the room

Contributed by Dion Kliner / A preamble: An elephant in a living room, as unlikely as it is to find one there, would never be mistaken for a couch. That is something of the situation that Jeremy Hof’s work puts one in; forcing the unfortunate necessity of bringing up the question of a particular piece being either painting or … read more… “Jeremy Hof: The elephant In the room”

Year-End Fundraising 2017: How you can help

Dear Readers, Two Coats of Paint began publishing in 2007, and this past year, thanks to your generous  tax-deductible contributions, ongoing support from advertisers, and subsidized rent from the Two Trees Cultural Space Subsidy Program, we have been able to continue for another year. Your funding enabled us to produce articles, pay contributors, promote our intern to a paid position, host resident artists, visit artists’ studios, … read more… “Year-End Fundraising 2017: How you can help”

Openings: Selected exhibitions, September 2017

After a lazy August, we’re ready to get back to the galleries and see some paintings, the kind that are so new and fresh we can still smell the wet paint. This week, plan to go to Chelsea on Thursday (after First Thursday in DUMBO) and Bushwick on Friday. The Lower East Side galleries have openings scheduled every night. Let’s … read more… “Openings: Selected exhibitions, September 2017”

Art and politics: “Broad Stripes and Bright Stars” in New Haven

Aicha Woods and Dave Coon have co-curated “Broad Stripes and Bright Stars,” a thoughtful group exhibition on view at the Ely Center of Contemporary Art through August 13 that focuses how artists are using the American flag as image, object, and symbol. Zachary Keeting, artist and co-founder of Gorky’s Granddaughter, sat down with co-curator Aicha Woods to discuss the artist’s role … read more… “Art and politics: “Broad Stripes and Bright Stars” in New Haven”

Quick study

This week: Coney Art Walls, job postings, Art Basel report, painterly photographs, residency news from Sharpe Walentas and the Elizabeth Foundation Studio Program (residents announced and juries revealed), a new residency program in the Arctic, an unknown Modigliani discovered (maybe), an interview with Françoise Gilot, the painter and mother of Picasso’s kids, on the occasion … read more… “Quick study”

September 23: A selected list of exhibitions and openings

 Maureen Gallace @ 303 Gallery (Chelsea) The following is a short list of exhibitions and openings, organized by neighborhood, that we think are worth checking out, either IRL or online. Note that the submission guidelines are included at the end of the post. Brooklyn Jared Bark Photobooth Works 1969-1976/ Southfirst / 60 N. 6th / … read more… “September 23: A selected list of exhibitions and openings”

Warp and weft: The grid at Mixed Greens

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Mixed Greens’ enterprising group exhibition “Common Thread,” on view through August 28, positions a 1973 Bauhaus grid study by Anni Albers and Ellen Lesperance’s 2009 grid-based gouache deconstruction of her pre-Josef Albers sweater pattern as aesthetic and cultural springboards for work by nine contemporary female artists. Restively contemplating traditional gender … read more… “Warp and weft: The grid at Mixed Greens”