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Scotland Painting Retreat Wrap-Up: Part 1

At the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow I'm still overwhelmed by the beauty and hospitality I found in Scotland. Wordsworth wrote that poetry is emotion recollected in tranquility, and my soul is still working at such a fever pitch from the trip that there's little tranquility for me to do any recollecting in, so I promise not to wax poetic. Show More Summary

Studio visit with Greg Drasler

Visiting an artist's studio before a new body of work is packed and shipped off for a solo show can be a stirring experience. The artist is anxious, perhaps, but by the same token brimming with anticipation and eager to discuss the new paintings and explain the process and ideas behind the work. Show More Summary

Street Smarts: Charles Goldman at Songs For Presidents

Guest Contributor Mary Addison Hackett / I went to graduate school in Chicago with Charles Goldman and still remember one of the first pieces he showed at a crit. It was a thin red line cut from paper, crossing the gallery floor. If I recall correctly, it represented the interstate highway he had driven from his home town of San Francisco to Chicago. Show More Summary

Miniatures of Acadia National Park – Gallery Opening

"Shady Overlook" 6x8 oilby Michael Chesley Johnson As you may recall, I spent some time this past winter painting a series of 6x8 oils to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Acadia National Park. I'm proud to announce that this series will be on exhibit and for sale at Argosy Gallery in Bar Harbor from July 1-30 this summer. Show More Summary

Quick study

This week: Coney Art Walls, job postings, Art Basel report, painterly photographs, residency news from Sharpe Walentas and the Elizabeth Foundation Studio Program (residents announced and juries revealed), a new residency program inShow More Summary

Still in Scotland

Yes, I am still in Scotland. The painting retreat has ended, but I'm here another day. It's been a great trip, with visits to Glencoe, Loch Earn, Stirling and other beautiful locations. I'm already planning for the next retreat!I'll have a full report on this trip after I get home, but in the meantime, here are a few photos. Show More Summary

Nicole Eisenman and the triumph of painting

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Just about every piece in Nicole Eisenman’s nobly minatory exhibition “Al-ugh-ories” at the New Museum, up through June 26, pulses with aesthetic energy, turbocharged by a peripatetic erudition that darts assuredly from one caustic historical (sometimes art-historical) reference point to another. Show More Summary

Scotland Interim Report

Yes, I am still alive. I have been in Scotland for four days now, caught up in a whirlwind of good Scottish hospitality. I landed in Glasgow Saturday morning after an easy flight from Halifax, Nova Scotia; although I napped very little...Show More Summary

Chicago: Adam Scott at Julius Caesar

Contributed by Robin Dluzen / Adam Scott’s latest exhibition, "Silent Running" at Julius Caesar in Chicago, is a kind of Helen-Frankenthaler-color-field-painting-meets-Gram-Parsons-desert-pilgrimage experience. The works are arguably Scott’s most pared-down and abstract to date, devoid of all but a suggestion of the representational. Show More Summary

Rethinking Howard Hodgkin

For decades, Howard Hodgkin (b. 1932, London) has been known for turning his memories and experiences into brushy, colorful paintings on old wooden panels. He is a painter I'd always wanted to love, but I had never fully understood or been moved by his chunky brushwork and vivid color. Show More Summary

Storage or dumpster? Organizing the archives

Readers who have been following Two Coats of Paint since the beginning know that for ten years I taught at a state university in Connecticut and kept my studio in the attic of an old Victorian house in downtown Mystic. In 2010 I moved...Show More Summary

Installation view: Drishti, a concentrated gaze

Gallerist Elizabeth Heskin and artist Patricia Spergel, in collaboration with the NURTUREart Registry of Artists and Curators, have assembled a lively exhibition of contemporary abstraction at the 1285 Ave of the Americas Art Gallery. Show More Summary

Art and Film: Robert Cenedella’s legitimacy

Victor Kanefsky’s effervescent documentary Art Bastard casts 76-year old New York painter Robert Cenedella as a kind of aesthetic Robin Hood who robs from hallowed art tradition to give ordinary people bravura paintings that don’t require them to plumb art history or some other arcane discipline to appreciate. Show More Summary

Packing for Scotland

Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument In a few days, I'll be flying across the pond to bonnie Scotland where I'll join several other artists for a painting retreat. I'm a little embarrassed to say that this is my very first trip abroad. Show More Summary

David Rhodes: Events and incidents

I met David Rhodes (b. 1955, Manchester, UK) in a Greenwich Village loft where his black and white paintings, both large and small, leaned against walls and were propped on all bookshelves and tabletops. The three largest were aboutShow More Summary

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David Reed: A painter's life

At Peter Blum, the looping brushstrokes and open surfaces of David Reed’s remarkably spare site-specific installation are anything but casual. Entering the gallery, the viewer is faced with a 40-foot long multi-panel horizontal piece along the far wall. Show More Summary

Art and Film: Eva Hesse’s enduring disruption

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Eva Hesse, as portrayed in Marcie Begleiter’s superlatively penetrating Eva Hesse, sadly but exquisitely zoned in on mortality as the paradoxical stuff of life and art. She was a vexed woman, her life a tragic mid-century opera. Show More Summary

Adjusting a Photo for Painting

"Why They Paint Doors Blue"12x16 oil/panel by Michael Chesley JohnsonFor Sale - $1200, includes shipping and frame As many of you know, Trina and I just recently returned to the summer studio for the season. There's always tons to do...Show More Summary

Brushwork: Philip Guston 1957-1967

Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. May everyone get a bit of time in the studio! Here's a quote and some images by Philip Guston to think about: "I do not see why the loss of faith in the known image and symbol in our time should be celebrated as a freedom. Show More Summary

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