Abstract Friday in Bushwick and the Bronx

Tisch Abelow, Untitled (very tizdayle), 2009, gouache on paper, 68 x 82″ (Note: Images are from the artists’ websites and may not be in the show.)  Martin Bromirski Saira McLaren, “blue mountains,” watercolour on canvas, 48 x 36, 2010  Sheldon Sean Moyer, Untitled (alphapbet #1), 2010, acrylic on panel, 24″ x 30″ Meghan Petras, ceramic … read more… “Abstract Friday in Bushwick and the Bronx”

Part II: Alternate “Art Madness” lists

Louise Bourgeois, Cell (Glass, spheres and hands) 1990-1993 , Glass, marble, wood, metal and fabric Copyright Louise Bourgeois, 1990-1993/VAGA. Permission of Viscopy Ltd, Sydney 2000 Debate continued today about the male-dominated “Art Madness” competition created by Tyler Green on his ArtInfo blog, Modern Art Notes. Yesterday on Two Coats, artist Brian Dupont’s excellent essay addressed the … read more… “Part II: Alternate “Art Madness” lists”

Holland Cotter: Unadventurous painting is everywhere (at least in New York)

Chris Martin, The Record Painting, 2006, Oil, acrylic gel, and collage on paper, 54 x 49 inches, On extended loan from Private Collection “The Jewel Thief,” installation view at the Tang Museum In the NY Times Holland Cotter reviews “The Jewel Thief,” an exhibition that explores new ways to think about and experience abstract art … read more… “Holland Cotter: Unadventurous painting is everywhere (at least in New York)”

The French connection at Cheim & Read

Louise Fishman, “Violets For My Furs,” 2010, oil on jute, 50 x 42″ Jean Paul Riopelle (1923-2002), “Untitled,” circa 1967, oil on canvas, 10 1/2 x 7 1/2″   In the 1950s, while the NYC Abstract Expressionists approached painting like a theoretical chess game, often reducing their investigations to a single trope (Pollock–spatter, Rothko–Sfumato, etc.), … read more… “The French connection at Cheim & Read”

Yigal Ozeri’s paintings

Matthew Bourbon writes in ArtForum that Yigal Ozeri’s paintings of young girls may be problematic conceptually, but they’re somewhat redeemed by his sensitive paint handling. “Taking a page from Carl Jung’s theories on the feminine ‘anima,’ [fond memories of Prof. Bill Parker and grad school just came flooding back –Ed.] Yigal Ozeri approaches realism as … read more… “Yigal Ozeri’s paintings”

Lost in space: Art post-studio

The June issue of The Brooklyn Rail has gone online today. My contribution examines studio space, and how some artists making traditional art objects (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.) are rethinking the studio paradigm. Read how Deborah Fisher, Austin Thomas, Simon Draper, Cindy Tower, and I are moving beyond the romanticized notion of the artist’s loft.“Renaissance … read more… “Lost in space: Art post-studio”

Gouache-apolooza in Chelsea

Gouache, an expensive opaque watercolor-like paint, has been around for millennia. It dries fast, yields a sublime matte finish, and gains in richness over time. For many artists, it’s the favored medium for work on paper. On February 15, Jeff Bailey Gallery and Andrea Meislin Gallery present a huge group gouache-fest curated by Geoffrey Young. … read more… “Gouache-apolooza in Chelsea”

Alberto Burri: surgeon turned artist after WWII

“Alberto Burri,” Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, NY. Through January 19. Alberto Burri (1915 – 1995) was born in Città di Castello, Italy. He earned a medical degree in 1940, before serving as a surgeon during World War II in North Africa where he was captured in 1943 by Allied troops and sent to the … read more… “Alberto Burri: surgeon turned artist after WWII”

Elizabeth Murray: tributes and obituaries

In ArtForum, Linda Yablonsky reports that the “Elizabeth Murray Praise Day” at the Bowery Poetry Club, sponsored by Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro, “provided a blend of the poignant and the comic that threatened to bring it closer to a Saturday Night Live skit shredding avant-garde performance practice than an actual art-world remembrance….One after another, … read more… “Elizabeth Murray: tributes and obituaries”