Shows I’d like to see: “Oranges and Sardines” at the Hammer

Curator Gary Garrels worked with six abstract painters—Mark Grotjahn, Wade Guyton, Mary Heilmann, Amy Sillman, Charline von Heyl, and Christopher Wool—to select one of their own recent paintings as well as works by other artists who have influenced their thinking. The artist’s choices, which are presented in separate galleries, include work by Paul Klee, Felix … read more… “Shows I’d like to see: “Oranges and Sardines” at the Hammer”

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Mary Heilmann: Not such a dumb girl

Mary Heilmann’s exhhibition at Zwirner & Wirth features paintings and works on paper from the last three decades. Heilmann draws inspiration from her own experience, including the Southern California surf culture of her childhood, the San Francisco beatnik era of her teen years, the punk and new wave music scenes of 1970s and early 80s … read more… “Mary Heilmann: Not such a dumb girl”

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NY Mag’s fall painting picks

“Giorgio Morandi: 1890–1964,” Metropolitan Museum, New York, NY. Sept. 16–Dec. 14.“When the master of quiet still lifes died, in 1964, he was unfashionable in New York and London yet revered in Italy. Today, Morandi’s pastel paintings of bottles give the illusion of time stilled. The visual equivalent of slow food.” “Alfred Kubin Drawings, 1897–1909” At … read more… “NY Mag’s fall painting picks”

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Painters who curate: Summer group shows

For painters like me, curating group shows, although time consuming, helps articulate more specifically what what we’re investigating in our own work. Here are three good examples of shows curated by painters. Please feel free to leave links in the Comments section if you know of others. “Present Tense,” curated by Don Christensen with Mary … read more… “Painters who curate: Summer group shows”

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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””


Saltz: Old is gold

In New York, Jerry Saltz writes that the art market bubble has enabled long-overlooked but hard-working artists to move a little closer to the limelight. “One of the good things about the supposedly evil art boom—setting aside for the moment the notion that it may be destabilizing right now— is that underknown mid-career artists are … read more… “Saltz: Old is gold”

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Feminism, painting and New York City in the 1970’s

In the Brooklyn Rail, Deborah Kass remembers how NYC’s Second Wave Feminists changed the course of painting history in the 1970’s: “When I served burgers at the Broome Street Bar and lived in a loft on West Broadway next to Towers Cafeteria, soon to be The Odeon, there were several women artists along with Elizabeth … read more… “Feminism, painting and New York City in the 1970’s”

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Mary Heilmann retrospective: injecting vernacular juice into abstract art

Mary Heilmann: To Be Someone,”curated by Elizabeth Armstrong. Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, CA. Through Aug. 26, 2007; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Nov. 3, 2007-Jan.20, 2008; Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, May 20-Aug. 24, 2008; and New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, Sept. 25-Jan. 25, 2009. Hunter … read more… “Mary Heilmann retrospective: injecting vernacular juice into abstract art”

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