Performance project: Face painting

Twenty years of painting practice will finally be put to good use today when I paint kids’ faces during the fall festival at my daughter’s school. She nixed the idea of painting the kids to look like famous artwork (a Morandi still life, Picasso’s “Weeping Woman,” Ellsworth Kelly’s “Falcon,” etc.) and suggested I practice making … read more… “Performance project: Face painting”


Ellsworth Kelly: Paint for the future, not the market

Mark Rappolt chatted with Ellsworth Kelly about contemporary painting at Art Basel last week. “How does the man inspired by the past feel about exhibiting alongside the stars of today? ‘Art has changed so much over the past 10 or 15 years,’ Kelly says. ‘Young people are making it in a different way. They’re doing … read more… “Ellsworth Kelly: Paint for the future, not the market”

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“All power to the hardboiled intellect”

Peter Schjeldahl writes about the Color Chart show at MoMA: “Predominant are attitudes of ironic detachment that derive from Marcel Duchamp, whose rebuslike canvas of 1918, “Tu m’,” with its represented commercial color samples, begins the show. Is it outlandish—a reductio ad absurdum of the Duchampian, even—to regard color, the most emotionally affecting of visual … read more… ““All power to the hardboiled intellect””

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Matt Connors at Canada

In his first solo show at Canada, Matt Connors presents a predictably sloppy version of modernism. Although I don’t see the “rigor of an Ellsworth Kelly ” that’s mentioned in the press release (are they pulling my leg?), the awkward color, not-quite geometric shapes and flat-footed paint handling have a certain haphazard appeal. Clearly impulse, … read more… “Matt Connors at Canada”

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“A No Paintings Biennial would’ve at least made everyone hysterical”

Jerry Saltz writes that the Whitney Biennial curators obviously have eyes for installation, sculpture, and video only. “There are 81 artists in this show, only seven of them painters by my count. Four of them—Olivier Mosset, Robert Bechtle, Mary Heilmann, and Karen Kilimnik—have been lauded for years. The youngest painter, Joe Bradley, 32, contributes three … read more… ““A No Paintings Biennial would’ve at least made everyone hysterical””


The trouble with JPEGs

Baltimore Museum of Art presents an intimate show of Ellsworth Kelly’s paintings and drawings selected from local collections and the museum’s vault. In the City Paper, Bret McCabe explains why Kelly’s work has to be experienced in person. “Sure, it’s big–not imposing enough to dwarf anybody standing before the rectangles, but sizable enough that you … read more… “The trouble with JPEGs”

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Painting Miami green

Exactly one week ago I was grabbing yet another cup of coffee in Miami, wondering how I could get to all the fairs before my Sunday mid-morning flight. The answer, of course, was I couldn’t. I saw a stunning number of good paintings by unfamiliar artists from all over the country, and left feeling as … read more… “Painting Miami green”

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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”

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Georg Baselitz, Ellsworth Kelly, Giuseppe Penone, and Dorothea Rockburne select

“Drawing Connections: Baselitz, Kelly, Penone, Rockburne, and the Old Masters,” curated by Isabelle Dervaux. Morgan Library and Museum, New York, NY. Through Jan. 6. “Drawing Connections” explores the correspondences between contemporary and old master drawings. Georg Baselitz, Ellsworth Kelly, Giuseppe Penone, and Dorothea Rockburne have been invited to select drawings from the Morgan’s old master … read more… “Georg Baselitz, Ellsworth Kelly, Giuseppe Penone, and Dorothea Rockburne select”

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Amy Sillman’s “Suitors & Strangers” in Houston

“Amy Sillman: Suitors & Strangers,” organized by Claudia Schmuckli. Blaffer Gallery, The Art Museum of the University of Houston, Houston, TX. Through Nov. 10. Ulrich Museum Of Art, Wichita State University, Kansas, April 19- August 5.In the Houston Press, Kelly Klaasmeyer reports: “Amy Sillman paints like she’s reincarnated from some squirrelly, third-tier 1950s abstractionist. But … read more… “Amy Sillman’s “Suitors & Strangers” in Houston”

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