Questioning Canadian painting’s carte blanche

The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art presents “Carte Blanche/Vol. 2: Painting,” a comprehensive survey of contemporary Canadian painting; at Toronto’s Power Plant, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition is underway. In the Globe and Mail, Sarah Milroy suggests that the idea of exhibitions limited exclusively to painting feels dated. “All-painting exhibitions seem, today, like hackneyed holdovers … read more… “Questioning Canadian painting’s carte blanche”

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USA Painting Fellows: Barkley L. Hendricks and Rodney McMillian

Of 50 fellows selected for United States Artists Fellowships this year, only two are painters: Barkley L. Hendricks, and Rodney McMillian. According to Hamza Walker’s summary of the selection process, “there was unbridled zaniness, calculated zaniness, and garden-variety zaniness. There was no-punches-pulled politics, and there was formalism for formalism’s sake. Questions of race, gender, and … read more… “USA Painting Fellows: Barkley L. Hendricks and Rodney McMillian”

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Peter McDonald wins John Moores Painting Prize

Peter McDonald’s painting depicting an artist slashing a canvas has won this year’s John Moores contemporary painting prize. “Fontana,” by the Tokyo-born McDonald, reimagines the working practice of Italian artist Lucio Fontana, who made a series of works featuring canvases with slashes and holes. The painting, chosen from 40 works shortlisted for the £25,000 prize, … read more… “Peter McDonald wins John Moores Painting Prize”

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7 painters tell us their secrets

Next week the 25th winner of the John Moores Painting Prize, the UK’s largest contemporary painting competition with a first prize of £25,000 and total fund of over £35,000, will be announced. The Times’ Nancy Durrant rounded up seven leading painters, including former winner Peter Doig, to “reveal the secrets of their work.“ Peter Doig: … read more… “7 painters tell us their secrets”

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John Moores Painting Prize: Shortlist released

The shortlist for the John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize, the UK’s largest contemporary painting competition with a first prize of £25,000 and total fund of over £35,000, was announced yesterday. Artists Jake & Dinos Chapman, art critic Sacha Craddock, and artists Graham Crowley and Paul Morrison, both former John Moores Prize winners, are the judges. … read more… “John Moores Painting Prize: Shortlist released”

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Fergus Binns wins Australia’s juiciest painting prize

Last week Fergus Binns, 28, was named winner of the $40,000 Judges’ Prize in Australia’s 2008 Metro 5 Art Award for painters under 35.”Winning will mean I can put some money back into my practice as an artist.” Binns said. “I currently work part time in hospitality as well as painting in my studio in … read more… “Fergus Binns wins Australia’s juiciest painting prize”

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2008 Turner Prize shortlist: No painters this year

The Tate today announced the four relatively unknown artists who have been shortlisted for the 2008 Turner Prize. As usual, no painters were selected, although the list is uncharacteristically dominated by women.The jurors: David Adjaye, Director, Adjaye Associates; Daniel Birnbaum, Director, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste; Suzanne Cotter, Senior Curator, Modern Art Oxford; Jennifer Higgie, … read more… “2008 Turner Prize shortlist: No painters this year”

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It’s official: Peter Schjeldahl writes good, er, I mean, well

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute have named Peter Schjeldahl the winner of the 2008 Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing. Established in 2006 to recognize writers who advance public appreciation of visual art in a way that “is grounded in scholarship yet appeals to a broad range of audiences,” the biannual prize … read more… “It’s official: Peter Schjeldahl writes good, er, I mean, well”

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Heath Ledger portrait story sounds fishy to me

Megan Lynn from pagesix.com reports that painter Vincent Fantauzzo has entered a Heath Ledger portrait into the 2008 Archibald Prize competition. The Archibald Prize, sponsored by the Art Gallery of New South Wales since 1921, is given for portrait painting, preferably of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, Science or Politics. In creating … read more… “Heath Ledger portrait story sounds fishy to me”

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