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Images: The 2017 Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program Residents

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, one of our neighbors in DUMBO, announced the artists selected for the 2017 residencies last week. It’s a  highly selective program, and this year they had 13oo applications for 17 spots. We know aShow More Summary

Fiction: Consummate Saturday [Paul D’Agostino]

Mina’s fourth and final bout of existence-racking pre-febrile dry heaves terminated at 4:37 on Saturday morning amid the mildew stains, strewn magazines and pubic squalor that adorned Davis’s loathsomely uncivil shared bathroom in a three-bedroom flat. Show More Summary

Thinking Ahead to Fall and Winter: New Program for New Mexico

You will still have red rocks to paint in New Mexico! Right now, most people in the northern hemisphere are looking forward to the long, warm days of summer. On Campobello Island, the lilacs have just started to bloom and the lupines are showing the first hint of color. Show More Summary

Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide / June 4, 2017

Our selected June exhibitons list is organized by neighborhood, and for those of you who have already packed up and left town or are holed up in the studio working toward a fall exhibition, we’ve included links for online browsing. My summer plans? Thanks for asking. Show More Summary

Art and Film: Wajda’s final word on art and politics

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Wladyslaw Strzeminski, the reluctant hero of Afterimage, the great Polish director Andrzej Wajda’s last film before his death at age 90 last year, was a legendary avant-garde artist in Poland before World War II. Show More Summary

Fiction: The Teddy Bears [by Laurie Fendrich]

Our second installment of summer fiction is “The Teddy Bears,” an amusing short story written by artist and arts writer Laurie Fendrich  about a mid-career artist whose gallery closes unexpectedly. The story is loosely inspired by the story we posted last week– “The Unknown Masterpiece” by Honoré de Balzac. Show More Summary

Slowing Down Time: A Painter's Perspective

Wild Apples16x20 oil/canvas, en plein airAvailable - Contact Michael As I grow older, I notice something alarming. An hour doesn't seem like an hour any more, and a year, not like a year. Instead, they seem far shorter than they should be. Show More Summary

Ginny Casey: Disembodied hands and lumps of clay in Philadelphia

Contributed by Becky Huff Hunter / It’s a common story of contemporary art for artists to describe abandoning the two-dimensional confines of traditional painting on canvas for the more immediate materiality of sculpture, installation, or performance. Show More Summary

Doug Dawson Plein Air Workshop in Sedona October 2017

I feel like I toot my own horn sometimes a little too much here. So, I'll take this opportunity to talk about an upcoming workshop that isn't mine. I'm proud to announce that Master Artist Doug Dawson will be teaching a plein air painting workshop October 30-November 3, 2017, in Sedona, Arizona. Show More Summary

Art and Film: Stefan Zweig and the artist’s abdication

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / If poet Pablo Neruda weaponized his talent and his plight to stand against authoritarian forces in his native Chile and elsewhere during his peripatetic exile, the prolific writer Stefan Zweig, a Jew who left Austria in 1934 as Hitler rose to power, was his timorous opposite. Show More Summary

Landscape in Seattle: Cable Griffith talks to Peter Scherrer

Cable Griffith, a painter and professor at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, caught up with Peter Scherrer, a 2016 Two Coats of Paint resident artist, to check out Scherrer’s paintings at Salon Refu in Olympia. Both painters work...Show More Summary

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

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