The Abstract Zeitgeist in Storrs

Contributed by Stephen Maine/ On view at the University of Connecticut’s Contemporary Art Galleries through November 29 is “Constructed,” a lively exhibition of seventeen works by five distinguished midcareer painters whose handling of color—as a kind of visual armature—is inseparable from structure. The show’s curator, Museum Director Barry Rosenberg, calls on Beverly Fishman, Marilyn Lerner, … read more… “The Abstract Zeitgeist in Storrs”

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Stephen Maine and the ice trade

Contributed by Sharon Butler /  KK Kozik’s novel ICEHOUSE Project Space, located on the quaint town green in Sharon, Connecticut, is an old 10 x 15-foot wooden shed that was once used to store ice from nearby Mudge Pond. Stephen Maine hung his first site-specific painting there this past November. However rustic, the effort was auspiciously … read more… “Stephen Maine and the ice trade”

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Odd but frequent bedfellows, beauty and horror, on Long Island

Artist and critic Stephen Maine sends news that he has curated a show at Alpan Gallery in Huntington, Long Island, “Beauty Marks and Body Parts,” that kicks off the gallery’s guest curatorial program. Alpan, founded by Nese Karakaplan in 1987, is a non-profit space whose stated mission is to support artistic experimentation, multinational discourse, and … read more… “Odd but frequent bedfellows, beauty and horror, on Long Island”

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Painters who curate: Summer group shows

For painters like me, curating group shows, although time consuming, helps articulate more specifically what what we’re investigating in our own work. Here are three good examples of shows curated by painters. Please feel free to leave links in the Comments section if you know of others. “Present Tense,” curated by Don Christensen with Mary … read more… “Painters who curate: Summer group shows”

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Dieter Roth: The radicalism of social disengagement

In the NY Sun, Stephen Maine reports that Dieter Roth’s work possesses some of the neo-Dada characteristics of Pop art, but is “as enmeshed with dissolution and decay as his American contemporaries were smitten with antiseptic consumerism. Today, Roth’s greatest notoriety proceeds from olfactorily transgressive works confected of fugitive materials, notably chocolate, sausages, and cheese. … read more… “Dieter Roth: The radicalism of social disengagement”

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Matt Connors at Canada

In his first solo show at Canada, Matt Connors presents a predictably sloppy version of modernism. Although I don’t see the “rigor of an Ellsworth Kelly ” that’s mentioned in the press release (are they pulling my leg?), the awkward color, not-quite geometric shapes and flat-footed paint handling have a certain haphazard appeal. Clearly impulse, … read more… “Matt Connors at Canada”

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Bold and brainy: John Zinsser and Ruth Root

In the NY Sun, painter/critic Stephen Maine usually provides an entertainingly illuminating read. This week, Maine considers abstract painters Ruth Root and John Zinsser. “Creative maturation is a tricky business. While no one talks about ‘developing a style’ anymore, many artists do look to refine their approach to core material and intellectual concerns, to take … read more… “Bold and brainy: John Zinsser and Ruth Root”

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The backstory: Poons and Taylor

In the NYSun, Stephen Maine writes that the absence of an artistic vanguard makes everything old new again. “Among the wildly disparate features of today’s art-world landscape, two modes of pictorial thought with venerable lineages have recently re-emerged: materials-oriented abstract painting, and a linear approach to the investigation of the third dimension that may conveniently … read more… “The backstory: Poons and Taylor”

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The Thrust is abstraction

“Freeze Frame,” curated by Elizabeth Cooper. Thrust Projects, New York, NY. Through February 17. Artists include Lisa Hamilton, Jasmine Justice, Joyce Kim, Alisa Margolis, Carrie Moyer, Veronica, Tyson-Strait, Wendy White. According to the curator’s statement, “Freeze Frame” explores a moment in abstraction at which there is no dominating style or agreed upon direction in painting, … read more… “The Thrust is abstraction”

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Parlato and Saccoccio: retooling gestural abstraction

“Jackie Saccoccio: Interrupted Grid,” Eleven Rivington, New York, NY. Through Feb. 9.“Carolanna Parlato: Nature Games,” Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY. Through Feb. 2. In the NYSun, Stephen Maine reports that art is work, but these painters seem to have a good time doing it. “Now on view, two exuberant solo shows by accomplished, mid-career … read more… “Parlato and Saccoccio: retooling gestural abstraction”

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