Multitasking painters like me

As if in response to my discussion with hyperallergic Hrag last night about multitasking vs. concentrated monofocus, in the NY Times this morning Holland Cotter reports that most of the painters selected for “Younger Than Jesus” are committed multitaskers. “The artists Tala Madani, born in Iran, and Jakub Julian Ziolkowski, from Poland, do oil-on-canvas pictures … read more… “Multitasking painters like me”

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Wiser than God

If you stop in to see “Younger than Jesus,” the New Museum’s first triennial survey of new art from around the world, check out “Wiser than God,” May 27-July 27, 2009, an exhibition organized by art critic Adrian Dannatt at the BLT Gallery, located across the street. According to Dannatt, “Wiser than God” presents artists … read more… “Wiser than God”

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Roberta and Elizabeth, BFF

In the NY Times Roberta Smith calls Elizabeth Peyton’s portraits girly. “By fits and starts, this exhibition reveals the complicated fusion of the personal, the painterly and the Conceptual that informs Ms. Peyton’s work. Each image is a point on entwined strands of artistic or emotional growth, memorializing a relationship, acknowledging an inspiration or exposing … read more… “Roberta and Elizabeth, BFF”

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Elizabeth Peyton’s status update

Elizabeth Peyton’s paintings, based on photographs, can be read in chapters, each of which feature portraits of friends, family, personal heroes, and, of course, fleeting passions. In October, The New Museum is presenting Peyton’s first big museum survey, “Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton,” which will feature over 100 pieces made over the last fifteen years. The … read more… “Elizabeth Peyton’s status update”

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Abts’ traction

My contribution to the May issue of The Brooklyn Rail is a review of the New Museum’s Tomma Abts show. “For Abts, honesty and sincerity are guiding principles. In a conversation with Peter Doig reprinted in the museum’s exhibition brochure, she unabashedly admits that her process is intuitive, and that she can’t explain why or … read more… “Abts’ traction”

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Abts in heaven

New Museum is presenting the first major U.S. solo exhibition of paintings by London-based artist Tomma Abts (born Kiel, Germany, 1967). Abts creates surprising, small abstract paintings that are being touted as the antidote to the “florid figuration” that has dominated contemporary painting in recent years. In the NYTimes, Ken Johnson writes that Abts’s paintings … read more… “Abts in heaven”

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Chris Martin’s dare at Mitchell-Innes & Nash

“Chris Martin,” Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, NY. Through March 1. Chris Martin investigates color, form and texture, ranging from bold and graphic to gestural and expressionistic. The surfaces are often distressed or collaged with elements including shellacked Wonder Bread, broken vinyl records and papier mâché forms. Martin, thoroughly engaged with the history of abstraction, … read more… “Chris Martin’s dare at Mitchell-Innes & Nash”

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