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Art and race: Through A Lens Darkly, Nick Cave and Jordan Casteel

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Guest contributor Jonathan Stevenson / Art and race constitute a delicate and provocative subject. Two recent exhibitions and a documentary film handle it with great intelligence, nuance, and energy. [Image: Jordan Casteel, Sterling, 2014, oil on canvas, 54 x 72 inches.] Click for full story / links

The backstory: Abstraction and Its Discontents

"Abstraction and Its Discontents," a generous exhibition of abstract paintings opens this weekend at Storefront Ten Eyck. In preparation for an upcoming panel discussion hosted by School of Visual Arts MFA Chair Mark Tribe, I asked exhibition organizer Deborah Brown via email about the title and premise for the show. Show More Summary

Weekend Pick: Exchange Rates in Bushwick

Expect to see an influx of Brits and other non-New Yorkers in Bushwick this weekend for Exchange Rates, also known as The Bushwick Expo, an artist-driven gallery exchange and collaboration between Bushwick galleries and artist-run initiatives from Europe and the Pacific Northwest. Show More Summary

Sedona Plein Air Festival: Day 6

Afternoon at Alcantara Vineyards Thursday morning came, and went. So did the painting I made. It doesn't happen as often as it used to, but now and then a painting just doesn't work out. One of the hallmarks of the mature artist is knowing...Show More Summary

On Film: Mania, serenity and the creative process

Guest contributor Jonathan Stevenson / What brings out the best in artists? In vivid terms, two recent movies, Bird People and Whiplash, respectively illustrate that calm immersion in the ordinary world can do so in some cases, balefully solipsistic detachment from that world in other situations. Click for full story / links

Quick Study

Links for today include Crossing Brooklyn, Frieze London, Arts Gowanus, Ebola, Cubism, Gavin Brown's new location, and more. [Image at top: Greg Allen, Study for Untitled (Tanya), 2014, lasercopy and graphite on white paper, 11x8.5 in., ed. 50.] Click for full story / links

Sedona Plein Air Festival: Day 5

New this year is painting at local vineyards. What, you didn't know Arizona has vineyards? We have wineries, too, and they are winning awards. On Wednesday, artists were invited to paint at Page Springs Cellars.But first, I stopped by the Sedona Arts Center to "refresh" my wall of paintings. Show More Summary

Sedona Plein Air Festival: Day 4

The View from Cellar 433 in Jerome Tuesday was the traditional "Jerome Day." This is always a popular day with the artists, partly because they get fed. The Sedona Arts Center sets up a tent in the middle of town with bagels, doughnuts and coffee; and then for lunch, each artist gets a coupon good for a meal at one of the fine restaurants in town. Show More Summary

Sedona Plein Air Festival: Day 3

Scott and Me Monday morning came with a noticeable chill in the air. It is fall, after all. I was planning to meet Scott Gellatly (Gamblin Product Manager) just after dawn to go up Oak Creek Canyon to paint. It can be cool up the canyon, so I hunted for my down vest and red wool cap. Show More Summary

Sedona Plein Air Festival: Day 2

I don't think it was in the forecast, but I woke before dawn yesterday to lightning and rolling thunder. The rain fell steadily through breakfast. By 7:30, I decided to head up Oak Creek Canyon to paint at Midgely Bridge. What was I thinking? The rain continued to fall as I made my way up the hill and into the parking lot. Show More Summary

Sedona Plein Air Festival: Day 1

Sunset at the Sedona Arts Center It sure was good to see all my plein air painting buddies at the orientation for the Sedona Plein Air Festival. Although 10 a.m. was the official start time for hanging the paintings that we'd brought with us, many of us were there at 9:30 or even earlier. Show More Summary

Sedona Plein Air Festival: Pre-Game

Me painting at the 2012 Sedona Plein Air Festival(Photo: Carl Judson) After a long haul of over 3600 miles and nearly three weeks, we have made it to Arizona. It's great to be able to sleep in my own bed now. But there's no time to rest...Show More Summary

Ideas and Influences: Mary Addison Hackett

I have followed Mary Addison Hackett's blog Process since she left LA a few years ago and returned to Nashville where her mother was in the hospital. Unfortunately, as Hackett drove across country, she received word that her mother had died. Show More Summary

Counting Down

Feel the approaching deadline of November 21 like a physical squeeze. Of the six paintings I’m planning to show, three are done, including varnished. The other three are very close to completed. Yesterday I worked on Sweet Sixteen, adding the bird graphic to the cartridge box, the brass caps of the shot gun shells and, […]

Colleagues: Judith Schaechter and Eileen Neff

Two of my talented colleagues at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts have solo shows in Chelsea this month. At Claire Oliver, Judith Schaechter presents beautiful but disturbing stained glass lightboxes and kiln-cast glass sculptures...Show More Summary

David Humphrey's vantage point

David Humphrey's extraordinary exhibition at Fredericks & Freiser tells stories about our engagement with the world. It is a tour de force of eclecticism, expansiveness, and integration, unifying ostensibly disparate images through the...Show More Summary

This Leads to That

Target Practice was inspired by LightGrid, a painting of the view from The Walking Dead‘s crew parking lot, down in Senoia. The dirt road and the pasture remind me of my daddy’s farm, where he and his brothers went hunting, and I flew kites with my cousins.

Darren Waterston: Opulence and ruin

Contributed by Hannah Kennedy, Two Coats Intern / Darren Waterston’s paintings and an installation called Filthy Lucre are on view at Mass MOCA through January 2015. Ranging from small canvases to engrossing alien landscapes, Waterston's paintings evoke otherworldly abstractions: dark and mysterious yet inviting. Show More Summary

Lovable: Chris Martin at Anton Kern

In his first solo show at Anton Kern, Chris Martin presents a bright, shining cosmos that signals a shift from the more visually subdued, densely painted work presented in his final show at Mitchell-Innes and Nash. Many of Martin's new...Show More Summary

Gedi Sibony moves beyond the Provisional

Gedi Sibony continues to repurpose and recycle objects, but his new work moves considerably beyond the abject provisionality of earlier work. In Greene Naftali's bunker-like new ground-floor space on W.26th Street, Sibony presents huge pieces of metal cut from a stash of decommisioned semi trailers. Show More Summary

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