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Images: Art and fresh air at Industry City Open Studios

Contributed by Katie Fuller / Industry City’s official website calls itself an “innovation ecosystem,” and from what I saw this weekend at the Open Studios, they aren’t kidding. Located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, Industry City seems to...Show More Summary

Fiction: The Hidden Masterpiece [Honore De Balzac]

Today marks the beginning of the Two Coats of Paint fiction column, a special summer section featuring short stories about artists, collectors, galleries, and other matters centered in the art world. To kick the series off, we present Balzac’s...Show More Summary

Invitation: A conversation about online arts writing at the National Arts Club

TONIGHT (May 23, 6pm): ART WORLD BUZZ, The Digital Shift, Where To Find the Latest Art Info; a panel discussion of online arts writing and its influences at The National Arts Club with Sharon Butler, David Cohen, Robert G. Edelman, Anthony...Show More Summary

Email gone wrong: Julian Hatton at Elizabeth Harris

To: Two Coats of Paint From: Julian Hatton Dear Brett: Just wondering how one enjoys a post on Two Coats of Paint?  My show is up at Elizabeth Harris (April 20-June 3) and I am scratching my head about getting the word out. With time I’ll get a handle on it, but am currently scrambling to … read more... "Email gone wrong: Julian Hatton at Elizabeth Harris"

Update: Ryan McLaughlin

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Last time I saw a solo of Ryan McLaughlin’s endearing, small-scale paintings was in 2013 at Laurel Gitlen, a painting-friendly LES gallery that closed a little over a year ago. His enigmatic work, conjuring...Show More Summary

My Inventory System for Paintings

Lifting Fog at Dawn11x14 Oil by Michael Chesley JohnsonAvailable! A reader asks, "How is it that you track and label all of your works?" This is a great question, because keeping accurate inventory records is crucial for a professional artist. Show More Summary

Images: DUMBO Open Studios

Contributed by Katie Fuller / Even though the weather this weekend wasn’t ideal, Dumbo Open Studios was well worth a visit. For readers who couldn’t make it, I’ve compiled a stack of images, featuring both work-in-progress and completed pieces. Show More Summary

Catalogue essay: Thomas Micchelli on Cordy Ryman

Note: This essay, written by artist and art writer Thomas Micchelli, originally appeared in the catalogue for “Free Fall,” Cordy Roman‘s 2017 solo show at Tower 49 Gallery. The eight-foot-long two-by-fours cascade down the wall fromShow More Summary

On the Road: New York Plein Air Painting Workshop

Painting along the Wallkill River Some time ago, when I was looking for new places to teach workshops, I came across the Wallkill River School in Montgomery, New York. What I liked about it was their mission: Wallkill River School has...Show More Summary

On the Road: Ohio Plein Air Painting Workshop

"Out the Window" oil demonstration(Photo by Nancy Vance) It's hard for me to believe, but it's been almost a month since we hit the road on our annual spring trip east. Right now, we're in Vermont. After weeks of cloudy, cool weather in the Champlain Valley, the sun returned yesterday. Show More Summary

Sustenance: Two artists physically estranged from the art world, but not disconnected

In Mathews, a small town located on the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia, Justin Hunter Allen and Lucy Kirkman Allen run a small gallery that they call #FFFHEX, after the hexadecimal designation for white. Although they live in a rural area,...Show More Summary

Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / May 7, 2017

As another semester winds down, some of us may be looking to visit a few outstanding shows before heading into the studio, out to the country, or back home for the summer. Two Coats has compiled a list of recommended exhibitions in New...Show More Summary

Invitation: “Blue State” and “Inflation” at DUMBO Open Studios 2017

Can anyone stop thinking about politics these days? We can’t. For “Blue State,” an exhibition we organized for DUMBO Open Studios, May 13 & 14, 1-6pm, Two Coats of Paint has selected work that reflects our state of mind. Artists include Matthew...Show More Summary

Marsden Hartley’s influences and ambition

Contributed by Sharon Butler / In the New York art community of the early 1900s, Marsden Hartley (Born Lewiston, Maine 1877; died 1943 Ellsworth, Maine) found success elusive, and discovered, as almost all artists do, that developing a unique voice was a challenging proposition. Show More Summary

International job, residency, and curatorial opportunities

Every so often we get an email from e-artnow, an artist-run electronic information service based in Prague that distributes selected e-mail announcements related to contemporary visual arts. This week we got a long one that had a slew of...Show More Summary

Zion National Park 2017 Painting Retreat - Final Report

Big Bend I 9x6 oil by Michael Chesley Johnson Some readers have been curious about what colors I used for my painting retreat at Zion National Park this week. Well, in addition to my usual split-primary palette, I added a few "convenience"...Show More Summary

Zion National Park 2017 Painting Retreat - Another Midterm Report

The Watchman 9x12 oil by Michael Chesley Johnson Two things you can't get from a photograph are depth and color. To get a real sense of the depth of the landscape, you need to be looking at it with two eyes. Stepping back and forth in...Show More Summary

Scooter LaForge and the sporadic, subconscious mind

Contributed by Grant Wahlquist / Scooter LaForge is a painter who lives and works in New York City. His current exhibition at Theodore:Art, “Everything is Going to be OK,” features sculptures, works on canvas, and garments incorporating painting. Show More Summary

Zion National Park 2017 Painting Retreat - First Midterm Report

Court of the Patriarchs The best thing about Zion National Park—and also its most challenging—is its bountiful offering of both beautiful vistas and more intimate scenes. Every turn in the road gives you endless possibilities. The question...Show More Summary

Rounding the corner: Joan Waltemath at Anita Rogers

Contributed by Sharon Butler / In “Fecund Algorithms,” a solo exhibition of new paintings and diminutive sewn-canvas works, Joan Waltemath diverts gently from the quiet perfection of her previous work to embrace small accidents and contingencies. Show More Summary

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