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Art fairs: Satellite and NADA, 2016

Contributed by Sharon Louden / On Friday, I spent almost three hours at the Satellite Art Fair and returned for another half hour on Saturday. It was like having about 20 studio visits; all of the conversations were substantive. At Satellite,...Show More Summary

Interview: Max Maslansky’s porn-painted sheets

Contributed by Rob Kaiser-Schatzlein / Max Maslansky is a Los Angeles painter who makes acrylic paintings on stretched pillowcases and bed sheets using imagery culled from vintage pornography. They depict stylized and often-dreamlike...Show More Summary

Bring a Friend to the Workshop, Get $50

If you're thinking of taking one of my Paint Sedona workshops this winter, I want to give you something to encourage you. If you sign up by December 25th, I will give you $50 for each friend you bring. Here's how it works. The workshop is regularly just $300 – still inexpensive by most standards! – but if you bring a friend, it's only $250. Show More Summary

Miami: A different place than last year

Contributed by Sharon Louden / Thank you, Sharon Butler, for giving me the opportunity to be a guest contributor from the art fairs in Miami Beach this week. I started with Pulse, Untitled and Art Basel Miami Beach. Like many in the art community, given the current political climate and all that’s happening in the world, my … read more... Show More Summary

New Painting: Autumn's Turn

Autumn's Turn24x36 oil/canvasAvailable through Goldenstein Gallery, Sedona, Arizona928-204-1765info@goldensteinart.com This winter, I'm spending more time in the studio, working on larger projects. I want to share with you the result of my latest project.One of my very favorite spots on the planet is Red Rock Crossing in Sedona, Arizona. Show More Summary

Invitations: Miami and Paris

I have two shows opening this week: A solo show (S-105) curated by Robert Yoder/SEASON at the PULSE Contemporary Art Fair and the Paris iteration of  “Deux Côtés / Two Sides,” at Galerie Jean Fournier.  This exhibition is the second of a two-part collaboration, presented with  Theodore:Art in Brooklyn. Show More Summary

Pius Fox: Visual Echoes

Contributed by Mira Dayal / Pastel balloons pregnant with helium shimmer in front of angular shadows cast from unseen objects in a photograph of a small room. In a nearby painting, these shapes morph into colorful arcs and elbows that playfully mimic the photograph’s composition. Show More Summary

Jacob Kassay: Familiarity superseding reflection?

Contributed by Sharon Butler/ In “H-L,” Jacob Kassay’s second solo show at 303 Gallery, the artist has left behind the silver-covered canvases for which he is best known. In the new work, he contemplates space, introducing white aluminum...Show More Summary

Of note: Eric Brown, Suchness

Eric Brown, co-director of Tibor De Nagy Gallery, has been a secret painter for years, and this month he had his first NYC solo show at CRUSH Curatorial in Chelsea. We’ve shown together  at Theodore:Art in Bushwick several times, and I’ve always loved his matt surfaces, rich color relationships, and endearingly hand-drawn geometric shapes. Show More Summary

Thoughts on Artist Web Sites

I'd rather be doing this than building web sites. Wouldn't you? The title of this blog post may have you thinking that I am offering my thoughts on web sites for artists. But actually, I'm asking for your input. My own web site (www.MichaelChesleyJohnson.com) has been up and running for about 15 years. Show More Summary

Paint Sedona Adding Studio Workshops

I don't know about you, but it seems like everyone's painting en plein air these days. And now there are plein air conventions, plein air magazines, plein air festivals and plein air competitions. This might be a good thing, but many of us who paint en plein air exclusively are forgetting that the studio is where creative synthesis happens. Show More Summary

Thank you, Shirley

The following text is Raphael Rubinstein‘s moving remembrance of  Shirley Jaffe, which he read during the October memorial service for Jaffe at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The images are courtesy of Tibor de Nagy, Jaffe’s NYC gallery. Show More Summary

Artists under duress: Max Beckmann

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Esteemed in Germany during the Weimar Republic but branded a “degenerate artist” by the anti-modern Adolf Hitler, the great expressionist painter Max Beckmann fled Nazi Germany to Amsterdam and continued to paint. Show More Summary

Zach Seeger’s surveillance

I asked Zach Seeger, artist and co-director of This Friday Or Next Friday, a small gallery space in DUMBO, why he paints eyes. “I began painting the eye paintings following a series of collages that were inspired by the threat (real or imagined) of an all formatting eye: the eye of surveillance which serves as omnipresent … read more... "Zach Seeger’s surveillance"

Our Year-End Fundraising Drive: How you can help

Two Coats of Paint began publishing in 2007, and this past year we saw tremendous growth thanks to tax-deductible contributions from more than 200 readers, support from new advertisers, and a generous follow-up grant from the Creative...Show More Summary

Quote: Kerry James Marshall

“I don’t believe in hope,” Kerry James Marshall said in a recent interview with Wyatt Mason in the NYTimes. “I believe in action. If I’m an apostle of anything: There are always going to be complications, but to a large degree, everything...Show More Summary

2016 Holiday Sale!

Every year about this time, I go through my studio inventory and try to pick out a few, select paintings that I want to offer at a special price for my loyal followers. This year, I have both oil and pastel paintings, going anywhere from $120 up to $200. Show More Summary

Reading David Salle

Contributed by Rob Kaiser-Schlatzlein / David Salle, in the 1980s an enfant terrible of painting, has published How to See, a collection of essays on art and artists written over the course of some thirty years. While many people do not know Salle as a writer, recently he has had a regular column in Town and Country and has … read more... "Reading David Salle"

Albert Handell Mentoring Workshop Wrap-Up

High Desert Juniper 12x18 pastel by Michael Chesley Johnson "I've always dreamed of coming to Sedona's Red Rock Country and working under a master painter like Albert Handell," one participant said. For six days, she and 15 other participants enjoyed a rigorous but extremely satisfying schedule of demonstrations, painting time and evening critiques. Show More Summary

After Donald Trump’s victory, a struggle ahead

After a shocking upset in the presidential election, David Remnick writes in the New Yorker that the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism. Show More Summary

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