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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

Ideas and Influences: Helen O'Leary

Helen O'Leary grew up in rural Ireland in the the 60s and 70s, where her mother's philolsophy was "if you can't make it, you can't have it." In her 2010 Guggenheim application she wrote that this spirit of creativity and "making do"Show More Summary

A Good Student Passes Away

Yellow Daylilies Recently, I sent out my bi-monthly newsletter with news about workshops, shows and travels. I always get some nice notes in return, usually from students and collectors with some wonderful news of their own. This week, however, I received a sad note. Show More Summary

Christopher Deeton's symmetries

In Bomb, Raphael Rubinstein wrote about Christopher Deeton's big, fluid, black abstractions on view at MAKEBISH through the end of the month. The paintings evoke Morris Louis's Color Field paintings, but Rubinstein, long an admirer of Deeton's work, says there's more to it than that. Show More Summary

Melissa Meyer's FASCINATION

Over the summer Melissa Meyer and I exchanged leisurely studio visits, first at my studio in DUMBO and then at hers on West 39th Street. On the second floor of an unassuming office building in the fabric district, Meyer's space has a...Show More Summary

Printmaking Monday: I'm a steamroller baby

  This weekend the Garrison Art Center celebrated their 50th Anniversary with "Rollin on the River," a woodblock printing event that featured a steamroller, a parking lot, a lovely view of the Hudson River, and a bunch of 8 x 6 foot sheets of plywood. "We had a beautiful day," artist Leslie Kerby reported. Show More Summary

Monadnock Workshop Report

I just finished up a two-day plein air painting workshop for the Monadnock Area Artists Association - a really "together" group! Everything was well-organized, the thirteen students were eager and patient, and even though the first day we had torrential rain and were forced indoors, everyone stayed cheerful. Show More Summary

Acadia Workshop Center Workshop Report

One of my very favorite places to conduct a plein air painting workshop is Mount Desert Island, Maine. Home to Acadia National Park, it can offer some spectacular fall foliage. This week, I taught a four-day workshop through Acadia Workshop Center, which is located in Bernard, on the "quiet side" of the island. Show More Summary

Richard Tuttle reviews I, Augustus, Emperor of Rome

This month in The Brooklyn Rail Richard Tuttle contributes "Augustus," a long form essay/free writing exercise in poem form that seems to emulate a writing style that might have been prevalent in ancient Rome. The piece is about I, Augustus,...Show More Summary

TBT: Old New York

John Sloan, The City from Greenwich Village, 1922, oil on canvas, 26 x 33 3/4 inches. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Gift of Helen Farr Sloan in 1970. From the National Gallery of Art's website:The City from Greenwich Village is a lyrical celebration of the vitality and excitement of life in lower Manhattan. Show More Summary

Politics and abstract painting: Matthew Deleget at OUTLET

In the beginning, when Malevich and El Lissitzky were making some of the first abstract paintings,  abstraction was infused with politics and ideas. The connection continued through European art movements in the 1960s and 1970s, such as Arte Povera, ZERO Group, and Supports/Surfaces. Show More Summary

Video Previews for My Three New Painting Instruction Videos

Good news! Previews are available for my three new painting instruction videos from North Light Shop and ArtistsNetwork.tv. Here they are, along with links to the order pages and also a link to a page where you can buy all three in a kit. Show More Summary

Arrived at Acadia Workshop Center, Bernard, Maine

We made the short trip from Campobello Island to Bernard, Maine, and Acadia Workshop Center where I'm teaching a four-day plein air painting workshop this week. I'll try to post over the next few days as the workshop progresses. I think this is my eighth time teaching for AWC. Show More Summary

Arizona-Bound - Again!

I'm fresh back from the Grand Canyon plein air painting event and now on Campobello Island, packing up for the drive west. I've had a few minutes to cull through the thousands of photos I took at the Celebration of Art to create a short movie. Show More Summary

Art and Fiction: Donald Antrim’s dark art

Guest Contributor Jonathan Stevenson / Artists populate a number of Donald Antrim’s ominous short stories. In some, their status as artists makes the story tick. One such story is “The Emerald Light in the Air,” which appeared in the...Show More Summary

Deborah Brown: A Painterly Trajectory

  Matthew Neil Gehring curated an expansive solo show of Deborah Brown's recent paintings in the Flecker Gallery at Suffolk Community College. With his endearing adverbial swagger, Paul D'Agostino wrote the following catalog essay that...Show More Summary

It's good to be lonely: Jason Tomme at Theodore:Art

Stephanie Theodore gets the prize for press release of the day for her five deceptively simple takes on Jason Tomme's exhibition. The show is a compelling mix of different media, from wood and stone sculptures and found objects to finely...Show More Summary

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