Catalogue essay: Abstract Art Does Not Stop an Hour

Contributed by Laurie Fendrich / The works in “Uncharted: American Abstraction in the Information Age” are, for whatever their reliance on what we call “technology,” first and foremost abstract art. To allow ourselves to be distracted by any “Wow!” factor that might lurk in some of them because they employ modern technology, or to be … read more… “Catalogue essay: Abstract Art Does Not Stop an Hour”

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Moira Dryer: Satisfyingly complete

Contributed by Laurie Fendrich / Moira Dryer (b. 1957; d. 1992) was among the first painters in the 1980s and ’90s to reject minimalism and conceptualism and open things up for painting after what had seemed, to many critics and theorists, to be its endgame. These artists reintroduced references to life and experience, proudly showed … read more… “Moira Dryer: Satisfyingly complete”

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Invitation: Houses in Motion, a tectonic tremor

UPDATE: Saturday, November 23, 3 pm, please join us for “Ask the Artist,” where we will be yakking about the contemporary state of abstraction. Did you see Peter Halley’s show at Greene Naftali? Let’s discuss. If you haven’t been to Bushwick lately, you might want to head out to Theodore:Art to see “Houses in Motion,” a … read more… “Invitation: Houses in Motion, a tectonic tremor”

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Vija Celmins: To fix the image in memory

Contributed by Laurie Fendrich / Anyone walking out of the Vija Celmins retrospective that opened last week at SFMoMA thinking how good she is at copying things might just as well have stayed at Starbucks and googled her name on Wikipedia, where this dumber-than-dumb entry awaits: Vija Celmins is an acclaimed Latvian-American visual artist best … read more… “Vija Celmins: To fix the image in memory”

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Fiction: The Square Drawing [Laurie Fendrich]

Today marks the beginning of the Two Coats of Paint fiction column, a special summer section featuring short stories about artists, collectors, galleries, and other matters centered in the art world. Laurie Fendrich has contributed the first story, which is about a drawing that goes missing. NOTE: If you would like to  submit a short story, please send it to … read more… “Fiction: The Square Drawing [Laurie Fendrich]”

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Fiction: The Teddy Bears [Laurie Fendrich]

Our second installment of summer fiction is “The Teddy Bears,” an amusing short story written by artist and arts writer Laurie Fendrich  about a mid-career artist whose gallery closes unexpectedly. The story is loosely inspired by the one we posted last week, “The Unknown Masterpiece” by Honoré de Balzac. Fendrich thinks of “The Teddy Bears”  as a “fable of postmodern art” in … read more… “Fiction: The Teddy Bears [Laurie Fendrich]”

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Fiction: The Unknown Masterpiece [Honore De Balzac]

Today marks the beginning of the Two Coats of Paint fiction column, a special summer section featuring short stories about artists, collectors, galleries, and other matters centered in the art world. To kick the series off, we present Balzac’s classic, “The Unknown Masterpiece.” Originally published in 1837 and set in the 1600s, the story is about an old painter named Frenhofer who … read more… “Fiction: The Unknown Masterpiece [Honore De Balzac]”

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Laurie Fendrich: How critical thinking sabotages painting

“Painting is a medium in which the mind can actualize itself; it is a medium of thought. Thus painting, like music, tends to become its own content.” — Robert Motherwell Guest contributor Laurie Fendrich / During the two and a half decades I was a full-time painting professor before retiring in 2014, followed by the … read more… “Laurie Fendrich: How critical thinking sabotages painting”

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Laurie Fendrich: Preparing for a retrospective

Last spring Mary MacNaughton invited Laurie Fendrich, a professor of fine arts and the director of the Comparative Arts and Culture Graduate Program at Hofstra University, to mount a retrospective at Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College, in Claremont, CA. In Brainstorm, her weekly blog at The Chronicle Reveiw, Fendrich describes how it feels … read more… “Laurie Fendrich: Preparing for a retrospective”

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Revisionaries: Tad Wiley, Laurie Fendrich, and Luke Gray at Gary Snyder

Gary Snyder/Project Space, which has primarily focused on historically rooted abstract art, is having its first exhibition of contemporary painting. In the NY Sun Stephen Maine writes that Snyder’s show offers “the delicious paradox of a tightly curated exhibition attesting to the fecund sprawl of contemporary abstract painting. The show’s title, “?Abstraction,” implies that no … read more… “Revisionaries: Tad Wiley, Laurie Fendrich, and Luke Gray at Gary Snyder”

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