Gedi Sibony’s backwards images in Greater New York

In “Greater New York” at MoMA PS1, Gedi Sibony, known for his early assemblages of carpet and drywall, is represented by nine framed pieces that were made in 2015, but borrow an idea from his previous work. Each piece, seemingly sourced in a thrift shop, consists of an old metal frame — the popular, make-it-yourself … read more… “Gedi Sibony’s backwards images in Greater New York”

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Gedi Sibony moves beyond the Provisional

Gedi Sibony continues to repurpose and recycle objects, but his new work moves considerably beyond the abject provisionality of earlier work. In Greene Naftali’s bunker-like new ground-floor space on W.26th Street, Sibony presents huge pieces of metal cut from a stash of decommisioned semi trailers. The logos and advertising text are painted out (redacted), and … read more… “Gedi Sibony moves beyond the Provisional”

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The backstory: Supports/Surfaces survey at CANADA

In 2011, seeing a relationship to the casualist tendency in contemporary art, I posted about Claude Viallat’s work and the inventive art movement known as “Supports/Surfaces” that took hold in the mid-1960s in the south of France. Expanding the notion of painting, Supports/Surfaces artists stressed the experimental use of non-art materials and valued process over … read more… “The backstory: Supports/Surfaces survey at CANADA”


The Casualist tendency

This essay, which builds upon an essay about contemporary abstract painting that I wrote for The Brooklyn Rail in 2011, was just published in the January/February 2014 issue of Christie’s Magazine. —– Contributed by Sharon Butler / A few years ago, having operated safely within traditional painting strictures for decades, I found myself embracing a paradoxically purposeful … read more… “The Casualist tendency”


Questions for Casualists

This weekend at Hyperallergic Thomas Micchelli reviews Dying on Stage: New Painting in New York, the Garis & Hahn exhibition curated by Kyle Chayka that was inspired by  “The New Casualists,” a 2011 essay I published in The Brooklyn Rail. Noting that much of the work in the show veers into representational territory and freely … read more… “Questions for Casualists”


VIDEO: Molly Zuckerman-Hartung discusses her deconstructed paintings

In the short video (below) from the Walker Art Center Video Channel, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung discusses her relationship to painting in the exhibition Painter Painter.  “I had to unlearn everything I was doing,” she says about her process.   ——————————————————————– This is a screen grab of Zuckerman-Hartung’s manifesto-style text piece 95 Theses on Painting Zuckerman-Hartung teaches … read more… “VIDEO: Molly Zuckerman-Hartung discusses her deconstructed paintings”


Painting? Painting?

At the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, curators Eric Crosby and Bartholomew Ryan have organized “Painter Painter,” an exhibition comprising work by fifteen artists, some of whom are working with painting materials in ways that are often labeled “painting” but may be more firmly rooted in  Minimalism and Process Art than with the formidable history … read more… “Painting? Painting?”


The donut muffin: Uniting two worlds

For Tamara Gonzales and Jessica Duffett, curators of “Donut Muffin,” a lively group show on view at Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Projects through March 10, a donut muffin is a highly addictive muffin-shaped donut. Made from donut batter and dusted with sugar, it looks like a muffin and tastes like a donut. It is both a … read more… “The donut muffin: Uniting two worlds”

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Medium unspecificity prevails

For artists like Robert Rauschenberg, Claude Viallat, Elizabeth Murray, Blinky Palermo, Rochelle Feinstein, and Michael Venezia, painting has arguably been about the object more than about the image, and in the past decade or so, a slew of artists working with found materials, furniture, lumber, and more have adopted a painting-as-object, amalgamated approach to art … read more… “Medium unspecificity prevails”


Claude Viallat: Exploring Casualist abstraction in 1960s France

I recently stumbled upon old work by Claude Viallat, which strikes me as a precursor to the Casualist aesthetic. Born in Nimes, France in 1936, Claude Viallat used to show at Leo Castelli, and had his last NYC solo show at Cheim & Read in 2002. He attended the Ecole de Beaux Arts de Montpellier … read more… “Claude Viallat: Exploring Casualist abstraction in 1960s France”