Anything but random: Jamian Juliano-Villani

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Last week the Visiting Artist Lecture Series kicked off at Parsons’ Kellen Auditorium with a lecture by Jamian Juliano-Villani, a cheeky, unfiltered speaker who has a painting show on view at JTT through February 24. Highly entertaining, her presentation played as both an edgy artist’s talk and a hilarious stand-up … read more… “Anything but random: Jamian Juliano-Villani”

A three-hour tour: Selected Bushwick galleries

As some readers may remember, I went to the University of Connecticut for my MFA degree, and until last year, I taught an MFA seminar up in Storrs. These days my schedule doesn’t allow taking those beautiful foliage tours up to Storrs each week, so I invited the first- and second-year students for an afternoon tour of galleries … read more… “A three-hour tour: Selected Bushwick galleries”

Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / May 7, 2017

As another semester winds down, some of us may be looking to visit a few outstanding shows before heading into the studio, out to the country, or back home for the summer. Two Coats has compiled a list of recommended exhibitions in New York, primarily of painting and organized by neighborhood, with handy links for those who prefer to do their gallery … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / May 7, 2017”

New subjectivity: Figurative painting at Pratt Manhattan Gallery

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”

Stuart Davis: The last painting

Stuart Davis, whose uneven but exhilarating retrospective is on view at the Whitney through September 25, is known for his playful fusion of advertising typography, bright color, and bold abstract shapes and lines. The exhibition begins with work from his early years and ends with his very last painting Fin, an image of which appears … read more… “Stuart Davis: The last painting”

Studio visit: Elizabeth Hazan in DUMBO

Recently stopped by Elizabeth Hazan‘s studio to check out her glowing new abstractions–lyrical paintings that reference the landscape of her childhood. We talked about her process, color strategies, surfaces, and what it was like growing up with notable New York School painters Jane Freilicher and Joe Hazan as parents. They divided their time between Manhattan … read more… “Studio visit: Elizabeth Hazan in DUMBO”

Raoul De Keyser: The loss of certainty

“Drift,” the sublime Raoul De Keyser exhibition on view at David Zwirner through April 23, was organized around a group of 22 small paintings known as The Last Wall. Completed shortly before his death in October 2012, they are hung in the gallery exactly as De Keyser had installed them on the wall of his … read more… “Raoul De Keyser: The loss of certainty”

Jack Whitten: Ready-nows

Jack Whitten (b. 1939, Alabama) makes paintings in which paint application, embedded materials, and evocative titles embody narrative–the story of the artist’s life and his times. While I was in Minneapolis a few weeks ago I was delighted to see the excellent retrospective of his work, organized by curator Kathryn Kanjo and first presented at … read more… “Jack Whitten: Ready-nows”

2015 Residency Awards announced at Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

Seventeen talented artists have been awarded rent-free studio space at 20 Jay Street in DUMBO thanks to the generosity of the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program. The jurors this year, Diana Al-Hadid, Phong Bui, Michael Berryhill, Carl Fudge, and Beverly McIver, made the selection from over 1000 applicants. Obviously, with that many applications, we could use more … read more… “2015 Residency Awards announced at Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program”