Philadelphia conversation: Lovitz, Hoffmann, Granwell at Fleisher/Ollman

Contributed by Becky Huff Hunter / Alchemy, Typology, Entropy at Fleisher/Ollman, Philadelphia, features painting and sculpture by three talented artists who live and work locally: Adam Lovitz, Peter Allen Hoffmann, and Alexis Granwell. The exhibition is one of several fantastic shows curated by Alex Baker this year—including Cryptopictos, Painters Sculpting/Sculptors Painting, and Person, Place or … read more… “Philadelphia conversation: Lovitz, Hoffmann, Granwell at Fleisher/Ollman”

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Unlimited: Painting and political upheaval

Contributed by Sharon Butler / During the 1960s, the world was rocked by massive political upheaval. In May 1968, two weeks of student riots in Paris blasted traditional approaches seemingly across the socio-political board, from government to gender roles to education. Civil rights and anti-war protests roiled the United States. Africa fitfully de-colonized, and Cold War political … read more… “Unlimited: Painting and political upheaval”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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?”

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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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