Fiction: Consummate Saturday [Paul D’Agostino]

“Consummate Saturday” A short story by Paul Da’Agostino Mina’s fourth and final bout of existence-racking pre-febrile dry heaves terminated at 4:37 on Saturday morning amid the mildew stains, strewn magazines and pubic squalor that adorned Davis’s loathsomely uncivil shared bathroom in a three-bedroom flat. Her supposedly latent and as-yet-undefined illness blossomed into dreadful self-realization no … read more… “Fiction: Consummate Saturday [Paul D’Agostino]”

Fiction: The Unknown Masterpiece [Honore De Balzac]

Today marks the beginning of the Two Coats of Paint fiction column, a special summer section featuring short stories about artists, collectors, galleries, and other matters centered in the art world. To kick the series off, we present Balzac’s classic, “The Unknown Masterpiece.” Originally published in 1837 and set in the 1600s, the story is about an old painter named Frenhofer who … read more… “Fiction: The Unknown Masterpiece [Honore De Balzac]”

Responses to “Zombie Formalism”

 My last post precipitated several comments about Walter Robinson’s term “Zombie Formalism” and about the type of work discussed, as well as some offline discussion about labeling art movements in general. In an age supposedly marked by an inclusive, anything-goes pluralism, the arguments sparked by recent approaches to painting reveal that our “pluralistic” era isn’t … read more… “Responses to “Zombie Formalism””

Good painting: Tatiana Berg and Sarah Faux

Berg stretches canvas around handmade wooden frames and then paints the surfaces with spray paint, oil and enamel. Comparing their process to Bill Murray’s improv, Sarah Faux and Tatiana Berg think sometimes you die onstage, but eventually you stop fearing death. After several rounds of email regrets and missed appointments (again, sorry Tatiana!), I finally … read more… “Good painting: Tatiana Berg and Sarah Faux”

The Promotion Project at CAA in Chicago

This month I’ll be in Chicago to present The Promotion Project at the College Art Association’s Annual Conference. Please stop by the ARTExchange, free and open to the public, in the Hyatt Regency on Friday, February 12, 6-8pm. Artists from all over the country will be presenting prints, paintings, drawings, photographs, small installations, performance, sound, … read more… “The Promotion Project at CAA in Chicago”

The Promotion Project

The Promotion Project is underway. Putting together a successful application for academic promotion is an unapologetically narcissistic undertaking. The process involves sifting through years of paperwork from past projects and attempting to explain their relevance—-without sounding like a egomaniacal blowhard. Where I teach the activities are divided into four categories: teaching, creative activity, professional activity … read more… “The Promotion Project”

Twitter notes

#fullpost{display:none;} A few items cut and pasted from the Two Coats Twitter Feed. RT @fecalface: We got some photos from Clare Rojas show at Kavi Gupta Chicago – Painters scrutinize my Louise Fishman review here: here: RT @aczine: Dannielle Tegeder at Priska C. Juschka: about 1 hour ago I’ll be talking … read more… “Twitter notes”