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Scotland Painting Retreat Wrap-Up: Part 5

Footpath near Comrie Everyone enjoyed the trip to Scotland so much that I am planning another retreat for 2018. This one will be held instead in two locations: first, the seaside villages of East Neuk and Fife, followed by the Isle of Skye. Show More Summary

Scotland Painting Retreat Wrap-Up: Part 4

Did I mention haggis? Or black pudding? I was a little surprised at the prevalence of these two dishes, especially the haggis. In my part of Canada, poutine (a type of gelatinous gravy served over fries) is more joked about than seen. Show More Summary

Men curating women

Last week "The Female Gaze, Part 2: Women Look At Men," an exhibition that includes many rich and inventive paintings, opened at Cheim and Read. The first edition, "The Female Gaze: Women Look at Women," took place in 2009, and the new installment, featuring work by 32 women who depict men, focuses on gender and sexuality. Show More Summary

Scotland Painting Retreat Wrap-Up: Part 3

Many kinds of green I should probably mention greens. Scotland is, if anything, green. Although I'm told color changes with the seasons, in summer green dominates. Although it's spiced here and there with the magenta of rhododendrons and foxgloves, and the orangey yellows of gorse and broom, the land speaks green. Show More Summary

Scotland Painting Retreat Wrap-Up: Part 2

Clouds over Loch Earn Historically, June is one of the driest months in Scotland. We had, however, a number of misty, mizzly, drizzly days with intermittent dry breaks and rare moments of sun, including one full, glorious day at the end. Show More Summary

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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