Deborah Brown: A Painterly Trajectory

  Matthew Neil Gehring curated an expansive solo show of Deborah Brown’s recent paintings in the Flecker Gallery at Suffolk Community College. With his endearing adverbial swagger, Paul D’Agostino wrote the following catalog essay that considers Brown’s oeuvre from the past 10 years. [Image: Deborah Brown, Sun King, 2014, oil on canvas 70 X 80 … read more… “Deborah Brown: A Painterly Trajectory”

Cosmic wit at Centotto

Paul D’Agostino’s Bushwick gallery Centotto is an intimate space, presenting itself like the drawing room of an especially erudite and charmingly uncynical hipster. In the gallery’s clever group show “Vapors and Squalls, or Mediums,” comprising work by Kate Teale, Karen Marston, Jonathan Quinn, and Wendy Klemperer, D’Agostino has arrayed paintings depicting water in various forms … read more… “Cosmic wit at Centotto”

Quick Study: Pocket Utopia’s first anniversary, the new neighbor

This Friday, 6-8pm, our favorite gallery, Pocket Utopia, will be celebrating its one-year anniversary on the Lower East Side with  “Club Pocket Utopia,” a big party and pop-up group show. Look for work by Liz Atzberger, Hovey Brock, Sharon Butler, Paul D’Agostino, Kris Graves, Ellen Letcher, Amy Lincoln, Matthew Miller, David Storey (pictured above), Kay … read more… “Quick Study: Pocket Utopia’s first anniversary, the new neighbor”

Most crowded opening of the week, month, possibly the year?

At Small Black Door artist Julie Torres has organized a huge group show that includes many of the founders of Bushwick(and Ridgewood) art spaces, projects, and online undertakings. Due to the number of artists involved and the diminutive size of the basement space, the show promises to be one of the most crowded openings…ever? Calling … read more… “Most crowded opening of the week, month, possibly the year?”

Beyond the Bedroom at Norte Maar

At The L Magazine, Paul D’Agostino selects several must-see exhibitions, including “Beyond the Bedroom” at Norte Maar, a group exhibition that features work from Jason Andrew’s personal collection. I haven’t been over to check out the show, but since my name is on the roster, I suspect this painting, which found its way into Jason’s … read more… “Beyond the Bedroom at Norte Maar”

Pocket Utopia announces inaugural exhibition and preliminary artist roster

Readers may have read on Hyperallergic and The L Magazine that Pocket Utopia, one of the first galleries to open in Bushwick, is opening a new space on the Lower East Side. Located on 191 Henry Street, between Clinton and Jefferson, the gallery is in the middle of a renovation, but nonetheless intrepid director Austin … read more… “Pocket Utopia announces inaugural exhibition and preliminary artist roster”

The thoughts and scrawls we leave behind

In Bushwick, artist and Italian literature Ph.D Paul D’Agostino organizes projects in his apartment that usually involve selected artists’ interpretations of obscure reading materials. His charming curatorial statements (and email blasts) are like a gentleman’s correspondence from the 1800s (or even earlier). Here is the text for his current show, “Dissolution, or Resolutions:“ A simposio … read more… “The thoughts and scrawls we leave behind”

Guilty: Kicking off 2012 in Bushwick

After spending most of December in Washington, DC, I was happy to be back in Bushwick on New Year’s Day drinking mimosas at Jason Andrew’s Norte Maar, Deborah Brown’s new gallery, Storefront Bushwick, and Paul D’Agostino’s Centotto.  Here are some images from “Guilty/(Not) Guilty,”  an excellent show curated by arts writer Sarah Schmerler at Norte … read more… “Guilty: Kicking off 2012 in Bushwick”

Quick Study

Podcasts! Check out Tyler Green’s sponsored podcast interview with Charline Von Heyl (one of her paintings is pictured above) in which she explains how there are three distinctive types of artists. FYI, I’m a Type #1. Von Heyl’s mid-career survey at the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia is on display through February 19, 2012. After … read more… “Quick Study”