In the absence of knowing

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Theodore:Art has reopened its Bushwick space with a handsome and enigmatic show that reminds me of the series of Bruno Bischofberger ads that has occupied the back cover of every issue of Artforum since April 1987. As a painting student at Mass Art, I subscribed to the magazine on and … read more… “In the absence of knowing”

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Consciousness raising: Social media

Contributed by Sharon Butler / The time has come to leave Facebook and engage in online activities elsewhere. Difficult though it may seem to leave the art community that we’ve established on that platform, and the ease we feel with the software, I’ve decided to  encourage a migration to Tumblr, a microblogging tool that has … read more… “Consciousness raising: Social media”

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Quick study: A new day

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Here is a selection of art articles I’ve gathered from sites around the internet this week, including Painters on Painting, The New Yorker, NY Times, artnet, Hyperallergic, NPR, and Dance Theater of Harlem. At the end, look for a link to a Mother Jones article about Trump’s pathologies, and a … read more… “Quick study: A new day”

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Facts on the ground: Katy Crowe and Coleen Sterritt

Contributed by Sharon Butler / In the exhibition statement for “Evenso: The Common and Curious,” a two-person exhibition at the Los Angeles Harbor College Fine Arts Gallery featuring Katy Crowe‘s paintings and Coleen Sterritt‘s objects, curator Ron Linden quoted a piece Ben Lerner wrote about Michael Palmer’s poetry for Harper’s Magazine. Back in 2018, when … read more… “Facts on the ground: Katy Crowe and Coleen Sterritt”

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Abby Lloyd: Recipes for disaster

Contributed by Sharon Butler / When the lockdown went into effect, Abby Lloyd wanted to curate an online project, but envisioned something more personal than a bunch of jpegs, so she put together a quirky cookbook with recipes by her artist friends. “I came across a school cookbook that I made in 1998,” she told … read more… “Abby Lloyd: Recipes for disaster”

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Quick study: The quiet city

Contributed by Sharon Butler / How’s everyone doing out there? The streets of New York have calmed down in the past few weeks, with far fewer sirens, although the neighbors still hang out the windows to make a racket at 7pm, celebrating the quietly heroic medical personnel and other essential workers. Governor Cuomo announced that … read more… “Quick study: The quiet city”

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Quick study: How the world is changing

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Here are some articles and online projects that I thought might interest Two Coats readers. I’ve been somewhat productive in working on an artists’ book project during lockdown, but I have trouble tearing myself away from the news and trying to make sense of it all. George Packer wrote “We … read more… “Quick study: How the world is changing”

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Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: March 2020

This week the art fairs settle into their New York cubicles. Galleries, of course, also have a robust slate of offerings, which might be a welcome refuge especially for Warren and Sanders supporters who are licking their wounds after Super Tuesday and trying to wrap their minds around a general election featuring Uncle Joe and … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: March 2020”

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Panel discussion: Painting in 2020

On January 16, 2020, artist and curator Jason Stopa invited Katherine Bradford, Sharon Butler, Craig Stockwell and Thomas Micchelli for a panel discussion about the issues abstract painters are addressing today. The conversation took place at Monica King Contemporary, a new gallery in Tribeca where Stopa organized “New Skin,” an exhibition featuring his work, alongside … read more… “Panel discussion: Painting in 2020”

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Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: February 2020

Greetings from the Penn State School of Visual Arts in State College, Pennsylvania, where I’ve been invited to give a lecture as part of the John A. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series on Tuesday, February 11, at 11:30. If you’re in the area, the talk takes place in in the Lipton Auditorium at the Palmer Museum … read more… “Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide: February 2020”

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