Quick study

A Friday reading round-up that includes Art Forum on Mira Dancy and Sarah Peters, ArtNews on the Independent, Roberta Smith on Sharon Horvath, Martha Schwendener on Chris Martin, Raphael Rubinstein on Howardena Pindell, Jillian Steinhauer on Ken Johnson’s controversial Grabner review in the NYTimes, Walter Robinson in conversation with Phong Bui, and young artists as … read more… “Quick study”

Quote of the Day: Jack Whitten

“I like the idea that people are suspended while asking questions about process. I like the idea that the viewer might be frozen by wonder. I have developed many conceptual and technical approaches over the past 50 years, and now, all I’m doing is going back into my toolbox and using them… “I am dealing … read more… “Quote of the Day: Jack Whitten”

Andrew Ginzel’s list of selected NYC shows and events

February 4, 2013 / SOME but not all NYC SELECTED SHOWS TO SEE /Listed south to north. Compiled by artist Andrew Ginzel for his students at the School of Visual Arts.  LOWER EAST SIDEMonsalvat, a project by Merkx & Gwynne / Bureau / 127 Henry / thru 2/17Sharon Butler / Pocket Utopia / 191 Henry … read more… “Andrew Ginzel’s list of selected NYC shows and events”

At the University of Washington: Travis Davis Smith and Andrew Dadson

The University of Washington runs the biggest art program in Seattle, and when I was out there last week, first-year MFA student Travis Davis Smith picked me up at the airport and took me to the MFA studios, which are housed in an old navy base. Smith is working on small-scale sculptures created by arranging … read more… “At the University of Washington: Travis Davis Smith and Andrew Dadson”

Lois Dodd and….On Kawara?

The February art section in The Brooklyn Rail is dedicated exclusively to painting. “Because we believe it is necessary periodically to take the pulse of painting, we propose in this issue to use diverse forms of criticism to examine what one can see this month in New York City,” guest art editor Vincent Katz writes … read more… “Lois Dodd and….On Kawara?”

Rockburne’s mural-making at the Queens Museum

In the NY Times, Patricia Cohen reports on the Art in Embassies program. The Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies, a nonprofit group chaired by Robert Storr, works with the State Department to create and donate custom-made artwork for American outposts abroad. They’ve commissioned about a dozen large-scale installations including one that Dorothea Rockburne … read more… “Rockburne’s mural-making at the Queens Museum”

Ellsworth Kelly film arrives in Boston

“Ellsworth Kelly: Fragments,” produced by Edgar B. Howard and Jo Carole Lauder, directed by Edgar B. Howard and Tom Piper. Distributed by Checkerboard Film Foundation. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. Showing Dec. 13, 16, 19, 22, 29. Since the beginning of his career, Kelly’s emphasis on pure form and color, and his impulse to … read more… “Ellsworth Kelly film arrives in Boston”

Venice Biennale: serious and smart

Kim Levin in The Brooklyn Rail: “So many skulls, tibia, ribcages, soldiers in uniform, mortally wounded dolls, and flocks of birds morphing into missiles or warplanes (the way skulls and bones morphed into picks and shovels during the Black Plague) haven’t been seen together in the art world since, well, the Dark Ages….Storr’s show may … read more… “Venice Biennale: serious and smart”

Painter Tony Shore awarded Baltimore’s $25,000 Sondheim Prize

Baltimore Sun art critic Glenn McNatt reports that Tony Shore, whose portraits of family and friends painted on black velvet capture the poignant and gritty flavor of working class life in the city, frequently broke into sobs during his acceptance speech. ‘This award is an amazing thing for Baltimore, Shore said. ‘It not only helps … read more… “Painter Tony Shore awarded Baltimore’s $25,000 Sondheim Prize”