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Catalogue essay: Raphael Rubinstein on Drew Shiflett

Raphael Rubinstein wrote the following essay,  “Eccentric Modularity,” on the occasion of Drew Shiflett’s elegant solo show of new collage pieces, on view through June 30, at Lesley Heller Workspace in New York. —— I wonder when the great variety of process entered the field of art. Show More Summary

Email: Daniel Wiener on art in fiction

Daniel Wiener, who recently presented exceptional new work in “Doubled,” a two-person show at Studio 10 in Bushwick, sent a note in response to our summer fiction series. “Lately it seems that art and artists have been appearing more...Show More Summary

Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / June 19, 2017

Our late-June selected exhibitions list is organized by neighborhood, and for those of you who are at your friends’ beach shack on the shoreline or stuck in a rustic cabin with the kids, I hope you have decent connectivity, because links are included for online browsing. Show More Summary

Going from Oil Field Sketch to Studio Pastel

Passage 24x18 pastel by Michael Chesley Johnson Available The other day, I wrote about taking a pastel sketch made in the field and using it as a reference for a studio oil painting. This time, I want to address the reverse. EarlierShow More Summary

Medrie MacPhee: Flat-out at Tibor de Nagy

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Medrie MacPhee’s new paintings, on view at Tibor de Nagy (recently relocated to shared space with Betty Cuningham on the Lower East Side) feature sewing notions and fabric pieces—zippers, pockets, buttons, facings, sleeves, and so forth—all harvested from cheap, disassembled clothing. Show More Summary

Art and Film: The life and death of a cinephilic boomtown

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / A somewhat film-nerdy set of historical facts gave rise to found-footage maven Bill Morrison’s extraordinarily artful and expansive documentary Dawson City: Frozen Time. Dawson City, Yukon Territory,...Show More Summary

When do artists leave?

Contributed by Sharon Butler / On Wednesday, MarketWatch, a financial blog published by the Dow Jones company, ran a provocative piece suggesting that the time might be approaching for Americans to begin planning an exit strategy from Trumplandia. Show More Summary

Going from Pastel Field Sketch to Studio Oil

The June 2017 of The Artist's Magazine features my article on greens for the oil painter ("Going Green(s): Tubed and Mixed"). In the article, I show an oil demonstration in which I use just about every green from Gamblin I could layShow More Summary

Giant of the Valley: A Commission

"Giant of the Valley"12x24 oil by Michael Chesley Johnson I lived among the rolling hills and farms of Vermont's Champlain Valley for many years. Back in those days, I was a runner, and I enjoyed a variety of scenery in every town IShow More Summary

Images: The 2017 Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program Residents

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, one of our neighbors in DUMBO, announced the artists selected for the 2017 residencies last week. It’s a  highly selective program, and this year they had 13oo applications for 17 spots. We know aShow More Summary

Fiction: Consummate Saturday [Paul D’Agostino]

Mina’s fourth and final bout of existence-racking pre-febrile dry heaves terminated at 4:37 on Saturday morning amid the mildew stains, strewn magazines and pubic squalor that adorned Davis’s loathsomely uncivil shared bathroom in a three-bedroom flat. Show More Summary

Thinking Ahead to Fall and Winter: New Program for New Mexico

You will still have red rocks to paint in New Mexico! Right now, most people in the northern hemisphere are looking forward to the long, warm days of summer. On Campobello Island, the lilacs have just started to bloom and the lupines are showing the first hint of color. Show More Summary

Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / June 4, 2017

Our selected June exhibitons list is organized by neighborhood, and for those of you who have already packed up and left town or are holed up in the studio working toward a fall exhibition, we’ve included links for online browsing. My summer plans? Thanks for asking. Show More Summary

Art and Film: Wajda’s final word on art and politics

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Wladyslaw Strzeminski, the reluctant hero of Afterimage, the great Polish director Andrzej Wajda’s last film before his death at age 90 last year, was a legendary avant-garde artist in Poland before World War II. Show More Summary

Fiction: The Teddy Bears [by Laurie Fendrich]

Our second installment of summer fiction is “The Teddy Bears,” an amusing short story written by artist and arts writer Laurie Fendrich  about a mid-career artist whose gallery closes unexpectedly. The story is loosely inspired by the story we posted last week– “The Unknown Masterpiece” by Honoré de Balzac. Show More Summary

Slowing Down Time: A Painter's Perspective

Wild Apples16x20 oil/canvas, en plein airAvailable - Contact Michael As I grow older, I notice something alarming. An hour doesn't seem like an hour any more, and a year, not like a year. Instead, they seem far shorter than they should be. Show More Summary

Ginny Casey: Disembodied hands and lumps of clay in Philadelphia

Contributed by Becky Huff Hunter / It’s a common story of contemporary art for artists to describe abandoning the two-dimensional confines of traditional painting on canvas for the more immediate materiality of sculpture, installation, or performance. Show More Summary

Doug Dawson Plein Air Workshop in Sedona October 2017

I feel like I toot my own horn sometimes a little too much here. So, I'll take this opportunity to talk about an upcoming workshop that isn't mine. I'm proud to announce that Master Artist Doug Dawson will be teaching a plein air painting workshop October 30-November 3, 2017, in Sedona, Arizona. Show More Summary

Art and Film: Stefan Zweig and the artist’s abdication

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / If poet Pablo Neruda weaponized his talent and his plight to stand against authoritarian forces in his native Chile and elsewhere during his peripatetic exile, the prolific writer Stefan Zweig, a Jew who left Austria in 1934 as Hitler rose to power, was his timorous opposite. Show More Summary

Landscape in Seattle: Cable Griffith talks to Peter Scherrer

Cable Griffith, a painter and professor at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, caught up with Peter Scherrer, a 2016 Two Coats of Paint resident artist, to check out Scherrer’s paintings at Salon Refu in Olympia. Both painters work...Show More Summary

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