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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

Zion National Park 2017 Painting Retreat - Day 0

Dawn in Zion Canyon - Angel's Landing Trina and I are now on our way back to Campobello Island, New Brunswick, for our summer season. But first, we have a few stops along the way. Right now, we are in Springdale, Utah, for a painting retreat.It's been three years since our last retreat in Springdale, the "gateway" to Zion National Park. Show More Summary

Poet Iris Cushing on “There Was,” Robin Hill’s solo at Lennon, Weinberg

Contributed by Iris Cushing / A “cairn” is a group of stones, arranged in some intentional configuration, to mark a place along a trail. To make a cairn is to leave a point of reference in the present for one’s future self to encounter; its message is simply that the builder of the cairn was, … read more... Show More Summary

On elephant dick: A conversation between Todd Bienvenu and Cynthia Daignault

On the occasion of “Water Sports,” Todd Bienvenu’s solo show on view at yours mine & ours through May 14, friend and fellow painter Cynthia Daignault talked to Bienvenu about learning to paint, art history, and the material reality of painting. Show More Summary

Quicktime: Fast, casual painting in Philadelphia

Contributed by Becky Huff Hunter / In his influential Art in America article “Provisional Painting” (2009), critic Raphael Rubinstein traced a history—from Joan Miró to Mary Heilmann—of “works that look casual, dashed-off, tentative,...Show More Summary

Invitation: “Sharon Butler: Good Morning Drawings” at SEASON in Seattle

Please join me on Thursday, April 20, at SEASON in Seattle for a solo exhibition of paintings based on the daily drawings I post on Instagram. While I’m out there, I’m looking forward to giving a presentation to the students at Cornish...Show More Summary

Two Coats of Paint artist-in-residence: Julie Wolfe

April 17th through 23rd, DC visual artist Julie Wolfe will be in residence at Two Coats of Paint. Forming an ongoing research-based practice, Wolfe’s conceptual work explores studies for possible futures, alternative and marginalized ways-of-knowing, salvage practices, and the relationship of human activity to Earth systems. Show More Summary

April Newsletter from Michael

Plein air painting season is here! If you are new to plein air paintingor just need a refresher, check out www.PleinAirEssentials.com. April 2017Sedona, ArizonaSpring has hit northern Arizona with a vengeance. Wildflowers on the hilltop...Show More Summary

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