IMAGES: Michael Bauer

In the fantastic group exhibition at Foxy Productions, “Bauer, Croxson, Lichty, Wood,” Michael Bauer (German, born 1973) presents diminutive paintings that suggest a new direction for abstraction. Dark and enigmatic, they evoke a self-effacing combination of surreal portraiture and Modernist abstraction, unleashing a variety of references both nightmarish and charming. Bauer, who studied at the … read more… “IMAGES: Michael Bauer”

IMAGES: Christian Sampson

 Christian Sampson, Untitled, 2011, plexiglass construction, 24 x 12″ Using polymers, dyes, wood, and plexiglass, Christian Sampson explores how color, light, and shadow, while shifting between two and three dimensions, create form. I saw two of Sampson’s ingenious but humble pieces last week in “itinerant ones,” an exhibition at STOREFRONT that was curated by painter … read more… “IMAGES: Christian Sampson”

IMAGES: Clare Grill

 Clare Grill, “Tape,” 2011, oil on linen, 11 x 11.” Clare Grill, “Gimcrack, 2011, oil on linen, 20 x 19.” This week I saw a few of Clare Grill’s paintings at “A Review,” Edward Thorp’s eclectic group painting show that’s up through July 29. Grill relies on small scale and sensitive brushwork to capture intimate … read more… “IMAGES: Clare Grill”

Images: Thomas Berding

 Thomas Berding, “By Land and By Sea,” 2010, oil on canvas, 70″ x 76″ Thomas Berding, “Light of Day,” 2010, oil on Canvas, 44″ x 48″ Thomas Berding, “The Lab,” 2008, oil on canvas, 48″ x 44″ Made in response to the post-industrial landscape, Thomas Berding’s recent paintings draw upon the sense of refuse and … read more… “Images: Thomas Berding”

IMAGES: Louise Belcourt’s place in the world

 Louise Belcourt in her Williamsburg studio. A year ago in The Brooklyn Rail I wrote about Louise Belcourt’s show at Jeff Bailey Gallery, and yesterday, after a quick visit to see the show at Soloway on South 4th, we caught up in her Williamsburg studio. She continues to paint abstract landscapes that reference her childhood … read more… “IMAGES: Louise Belcourt’s place in the world”

IMAGES: Cathy Nan Quinlan’s studio

  Cathy Nan Quinlan in her Bed-Stuy studio with Lucy. December 2010.  ———- IMAGES is a weekly feature devoted to work by painters who deserve more love. var a2a_config = a2a_config || {}; a2a_config.linkname = “Two Coats of Paint”; a2a_config.linkurl = “”; a2a_config.prioritize = [“delicious”, “email”, “linkedin”, “twitter”, “tumblr”, “stumbleupon”, “facebook”, “blogger_post”, “google_gmail”, “google_buzz”, “digg”, … read more… “IMAGES: Cathy Nan Quinlan’s studio”

IMAGES: Karen Schifano

Karen Schifano, “New House,” 2008, oil on canvas, 20 x 30″  Karen Schifano, “Gangplank,” 2009, oil on canvas, 84 x 40″ Twice in the past few weeks I’ve picked Karen Schifano‘s paintings out of large group shows. Primarily I’m drawn to the metaphorical possibilities presented by linear perspective, but Schifano’s evocative color and palpable sense … read more… “IMAGES: Karen Schifano”

IMAGES: Stephen Maine

Stephen Maine, “Smoke picture (orange/purple),” 2009, acrylic on panel, 12 x 12″ At Sideshow in Brooklyn last week, I saw one of painter/critic Stephen Maine’s small, intensely-colored smoke pictures. “This series is new,” Maine says. “It is called Rauchbilden, or, ‘Smoke pictures,’ and addresses the dubious nature of image-making at the present moment. Touchstones are … read more… “IMAGES: Stephen Maine”