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Inspired by fiction: Recurrence at Fridman

"In this world where every object was thrown away at the slightest sign of breakage or aging, at the first dent or stain, and replaced with a new and perfect substitute, there was just one false note, one shadow: the moon. It wandered...Show More Summary

ON FILM: Hedge priest as anachronistic hero

Guest contributor Jonathan Stevenson / John Michael McDonagh’s blackly satirical film Calvary, set in rural County Sligo in northwest Ireland, doesn’t lack ambition: it tackles the creeping nihilism of the twenty-first century. The scene...Show More Summary

New Locations for Plein Air Painting in the Paint Sedona Program!

Although it is only mid-August, time is flying. I'm already looking forward to another season in Sedona and to my Paint Sedona plein air painting workshops. For the 2014/2015 season, I've located a number of new painting spots. If you've...Show More Summary

Why I'm Not in Many Galleries

Once people learn I'm a painter, the inevitable question is: "What galleries are you in?" I often feel that my answer will validate - or invalidate - me as a professional.To be honest, I'm in only two galleries today, both of them artist-run. Show More Summary

Book Available: Fifty Paintings

Today, August 9th, 2014, is the official celebration day for the 50th anniversary of the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park. Everyone who enjoys the Park should thank those who donated the Roosevelt Cottage and its 2,600 acres of natural beauty to the people of the US and Canada. Show More Summary

Steve Turner Gallery responds to the post about Jonas Lund's Flip City

I had an idea after posting the "Flip City" update on Tuesday to buy one of Jonas Lund's paintings and put it up for auction. Why, I wondered, shouldn't artists get in on the action? As my dear father Dudley used to say: buy low, sell high. Click for full story / links

Starting Sweet 16

Now that Collateral Damage is set aside to dry, Game Over is nearly done, and the rabbit is coming along nicely, I started the Sweet 16 painting. Spent Monday adding a dove to the original composition and mixing paint. Today I started painting, beginning with the target, then the shadow, and finally the birch-grained background. […]

Update: Jonas Lund and Flip City

  Remember "Flip City," Jonas Lund's June solo exhibition at Steve Turner in LA that featured a series of process-based abstract paintings created as flip bait for speculator-collectors? [Image at top: Flip City 18, 2014, digital painting on canvas, gel medium and GPS tracker, 50 x 40 inches.] Click for full story / links

Road Trip Report: Miramichi and St Andrews, New Brunswick

Ritchie Wharf, Miramichi NB I apologize for my long absence since the Castine Plein Air Festival, but I have been on the road, teaching workshops. If you're not from New Brunswick, Canada, you may not have heard of Miramichi. It is about two hours north of the provincial capital of Fredericton. Show More Summary

New Image Painters challenge Zombie Formalists

Galleries are trying to spread the news: dour Zombie Formalism is out; pop-inflected, often casualist, representational imagery is in. This summer Jesse Greenberg and MacGregor Harp of Brooklyn's 247365 organized "Don't Look Now" atShow More Summary

Selected work: Chelsea

Without Andrew Ginzel's listings or Facebook, I've been left on my own to figure out what shows are out there this summer. Recently I've begun using NY Art Beat, an iPhone app that lists galleries by neighborhood. Gallery go-ers canShow More Summary

Quick study:'s @TheRealHennessy tweet paintings, MESS, working conditions, more

Greg Allen is making paintings again. Or, rather, um, he's selling paintings again. According to AnimalNY,Artist, critic and our go-to appropriation expert Greg Allen has turned joke tweets by artist Jayson Musson (and sometimes internet art critic “Hennesy Youngman”) into paintings. Show More Summary

Castine Plein Air Festival - Day 3

Honorable Mention: "Severe Weather" 9x12 oil MorningAs I write, I'm sitting on the cool porch of our "summer cottage," enjoying the breeze and the sublime sense of release that comes after a hard morning and a hot shower. I was up early - others were today, too - and down to the waterfront by 6. Show More Summary

Food and beverage art: Coates, FOODshed, Honeycutt, Beavers

In the early 1990s, Rikrit Tiravanija began organizing exhibitions around cooking Thai food. A practitioner of what ultimately came to be known as Relational Aesthetics, Tiravanija was interested in the social interaction that revolved around cooking and eating. Show More Summary

Castine Plein Air Festival - Day 2

This morning's sunrise at the waterfront. Looks to be a hot one! After the first day's rocky start, all of the painters vowed to get up early to make for lost time. Friday was predicted to be sunny and mild - perfect plein air painting...Show More Summary

On film: Richard Linklater’s school of life

Guest Contributor Jonathan Stevenson / Richard Linklater’s acclaimed movie Boyhood is as good as advertised – a forceful and mesmerizing story about growing up in America. Perhaps not incidentally, the movie also shows how an eventful and emotionally challenging childhood might yield an artist. Click for full story / links

Castine Plein Air Festival - Day 1

No, I'm not painting "edgier" for this event - this is the view from my car window. After teaching a plein air painting workshop on Wednesday, I dashed home, wolfed down lunch, threw my art gear in the car, and pointed the car toward Castine, Maine, for the Second Annual Castine P\lein Air Festival. Show More Summary

A Gift from the Muse

Had another great day working on the painting formerly known as Uncle Wiggily, currently called Oakland. Deepened the dark shadows of the shrubbery, the tombstone on the left, and scumbled the urn and marble. Spent most of the time on the patterns of the rabbit’s fur. Next round, I’ll be painting individual hairs. Good times! […]

EMAIL: Mike Cloud's shopping list

I recently received an announcement for "Bad Faith and Universal Technique," Mike Cloud's September solo show at Thomas Erben Gallery. Cloud, born in 1974 in Chicago, graduated from Yale MFA in 2003 and is an assistant professor at Brooklyn College. Show More Summary

Snaps from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Last week I went to Philadelphia to visit the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where I'll be teaching an MFA Seminar and serving as a Visiting Critic this fall. Program director and painter Clint Jukkala gave me a tour of the school facilities and the museum, and it was a grand one indeed. [Image: Ashley Wick, Funny Guy, 2014. Show More Summary

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