Email: Stop the sale, save the art at the Berkshire Museum

Peter Dudek, a sculptor who divides his time between Brooklyn and the Berkshires, sent an urgent note this week asking for Two Coats readers to help stop the Berkshire Museum from selling artwork from its collection: Dear Sharon, As widely reported, the attempted auction of the Berkshire Museum’s most important works from their collection has been temporarily paused. The art … read more… “Email: Stop the sale, save the art at the Berkshire Museum”

A new maximalism? Collecting, typologies, and objects in “The Keepers”

The New York Times Magazine recently ran a column about the tyranny (and ubiquity) of minimalism as a hipster aesthetic. Author Kyle Chayka explored the fashionable trend toward downsizing—purging clutter and embracing fewer and more efficient, if often beautiful, objects. For those longing for an end to the less-is-more movement, an antidote may have arrived: … read more… “A new maximalism? Collecting, typologies, and objects in “The Keepers””

Isa Genzken: Framing and referencing empty space

“I do not want to take away space with my sculptures. I add space.” –Isa Genzken Guest Contributor Peter Dudek / Isa Genzken’s sculpture Two Orchids (image at top) was recently installed at the entrance to Central Park on the corner of 60th Street and Fifth Avenue. Partly in recognition of the occasion, on February … read more… “Isa Genzken: Framing and referencing empty space”

Revitalization by contamination: OBJECT’hood at Lesley Heller

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / The premise of “OBJECT’hood,” a group exhibition at Lesley Heller Workspace curated by Inna Babaeva and Gelah Penn, is that sculpture, though less celebrated than painting, is enjoying a stealthy resurgence. Fueling what they impishly call this “revitalization by contamination” is the willingness of its practitioners to draw on a … read more… “Revitalization by contamination: OBJECT’hood at Lesley Heller”

Two Coats of Paint Artist Residency Program kicks off this week

Before I returned to NYC after a nearly ten-year hiatus teaching at Eastern Connecticut State University, Austin Thomas generously invited me to do a one-week residency at the original Bushwick Pocket Utopia in January 2009. The experience, which led to a longer residency the following summer, changed the way I thought about my work, expanded … read more… “Two Coats of Paint Artist Residency Program kicks off this week”

Architecture as muse at Union College

If readers are up near Union College in Schenectady, NY, please check out “blueprint,” a three person exhibition in The Atrium Gallery curated by Brece Honeycutt, artist and writer of the terrific blog on a colonial farm. In her blog, Honeycutt chronicles life on her colonial-era farm in western Massachusetts, researching and imagining what life … read more… “Architecture as muse at Union College”

Quick study: New Year’s edition with Honeycutt, Winkleman, Viveros-Fauné, Schor, Twitter, and Kohler

2014 is off to a good start. I just returned from Schenectady where I installed paintings (image above of installation in process) for “Blueprint,” a three-person exhibition at Union College curated by Brece Honeycutt. Inspired by Simon Mawer’s 2009 novel The Glass Room, the exhibition features work by Victoria Palermo, Peter Dudek, and me. The … read more… “Quick study: New Year’s edition with Honeycutt, Winkleman, Viveros-Fauné, Schor, Twitter, and Kohler”

EMAIL: “Clouds” exhibition details from Adam Simon

Dear Cloud Artist, Thank you for agreeing to be in the exhibition, “Clouds” at Lesley Heller Projects. I wanted to let you know very far in advance that the dates for the exhibition are December 15th, 2013 through January 26th, 2014. No dimension should exceed 24 inches in any direction. The title of the exhibition … read more… “EMAIL: “Clouds” exhibition details from Adam Simon”

Artist-in-Residence: Bascom Lodge at the summit of Mount Greylock

For the next two weeks I’ll be the Artist-in-Residence at the Bascom Lodge, a beautiful Arts & Crafts style lodge on the summit of Mount Greylock, which, at 3,491 feet, is the highest point in the state of Massachusetts. For several years the lodge was boarded up, but five years ago, NYC artist Peter Dudek, … read more… “Artist-in-Residence: Bascom Lodge at the summit of Mount Greylock”