Alex Katz on supersizing

In The Brooklyn Rail, Phong Bui talks with Alex Katz about his paintings and process. In this excerpt, Katz explains his early decision to scale up. “When I started to paint directly from nature, the paintings were focused behind my head. Somehow I understood how to put paint in focus just instinctively. Also, it may … read more… “Alex Katz on supersizing”

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Phelan: “Its like fuss fuss fuss fuss fuss and then swish”

On the occasion of her recent exhibit “Ellen Phelan Still Life” at Texas Gallery, which was on view from December 11, 2008 to January 24, 2009, Rail Publisher Phong Bui paid a visit to Ellen Phelan’s Upper East Side home to talk about her life and work. Here’s an excerpt of their conversation. Phelan: First … read more… “Phelan: “Its like fuss fuss fuss fuss fuss and then swish””

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Ryman rejects his tidy inheritance

Cordy Ryman’s new abstract paintings, sculptures and installations at DCKT continue his playful exploration of paint, color, two-by-fours and wooden constructions. According to the gallery’s press release, Ryman is “manipulating and reconstituting an inherited visual language, and defining himself in relation to it.” Well, I doubt Cordy thinks that much about his inheritance (Merrill Wagner … read more… “Ryman rejects his tidy inheritance”

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Talking with Terry Winters

On the occasion of Terry Winters’s show at Matthew Marks, Phong Bui, publisher of The Brooklyn Rail, and consulting editors David Levi Strauss and Peter Lamborn Wilson (who are both writing essays on Winters’s work for a forthcoming book from the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin) met with Winters to talk about his … read more… “Talking with Terry Winters”

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Joan Snyder’s new work in Boston

MacArthur Foundation fellow Joan Snyder, 68, presents new paintings at the Neilsen Gallery in Boston, and ten politically-charged photocollages at the Danforth Museum in Framingham. In the Boston Globe, Cate McQuaid reports that Snyder’s paintings at Neilsen don’t merely gush; they have a bristling intelligence. “She’s essentially an Abstract Expressionist with a feminist agenda; in … read more… “Joan Snyder’s new work in Boston”

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Georg Baselitz, Ellsworth Kelly, Giuseppe Penone, and Dorothea Rockburne select

“Drawing Connections: Baselitz, Kelly, Penone, Rockburne, and the Old Masters,” curated by Isabelle Dervaux. Morgan Library and Museum, New York, NY. Through Jan. 6. “Drawing Connections” explores the correspondences between contemporary and old master drawings. Georg Baselitz, Ellsworth Kelly, Giuseppe Penone, and Dorothea Rockburne have been invited to select drawings from the Morgan’s old master … read more… “Georg Baselitz, Ellsworth Kelly, Giuseppe Penone, and Dorothea Rockburne select”

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Amy Sillman’s “Suitors & Strangers” in Houston

“Amy Sillman: Suitors & Strangers,” organized by Claudia Schmuckli. Blaffer Gallery, The Art Museum of the University of Houston, Houston, TX. Through Nov. 10. Ulrich Museum Of Art, Wichita State University, Kansas, April 19- August 5.In the Houston Press, Kelly Klaasmeyer reports: “Amy Sillman paints like she’s reincarnated from some squirrelly, third-tier 1950s abstractionist. But … read more… “Amy Sillman’s “Suitors & Strangers” in Houston”

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