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Road Trip, West to East - Batavia, Illinois

Fox River, 9x12 pastel We left Zion, as always, with bittersweet feelings. We were reluctant to leave that place of beauty, but eager to move on to our next location and thus ever closer to home.Our planned route was north to I-70 and through the Rockies, but a spring snow storm pushed us south instead. Show More Summary

Possible as a Pair of Shoes: Curator's Afternoon

On Saturday, May 3, 3-6 pm, I'm hosting a "Curator's Afternoon" at Show Room Gowanus (Image above courtesy Joshua Bright for NYTimes) where the 2014 Brooklyn College MFA exhibtion is on view. We'll have food, wine, and a panel discussion...Show More Summary

An invitation: REDACTED, at the Islip Art Museum

Please join me on Sunday, May 4, at the Islip Art Museum at the reception for "REDACTED," a group  exhibition curated by Janet Goleas that includes a couple of my paintings as well as work by Josh Blackwell, Jonathan Callan, Eric Dever,...Show More Summary

The view from here

Staying in Culver City for a few days, overlooking the 405, I couldn't have asked for a more compelling view. I always forget how much I love Los Angeles. ------Two Coats of Paint is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution - Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. For permission to use content beyond the scope of this license, permission is required.

Images: Austin Thomas

Austin Thomas, Be Nice to Everybody, 2014, print on paper, small scale. ------Two Coats of Paint is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution - Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. For permission to use content beyond the scope of this license, permission is required.

Cosmic wit at Centotto

Paul D’Agostino’s Bushwick gallery Centotto is an intimate space, presenting itself like the drawing room of an especially erudite and charmingly uncynical hipster. In the gallery’s clever group show “Vapors and Squalls, or Mediums,”...Show More Summary

Road Trip, West to East - Zion Canyon, Part 5

Falls to Lower Emerald Pool Saturday morning dawned with steady rain. The rain, which had begun in the night, came down hard enough to wake us. At breakfast, fog shrouded the mountain tops, but as it parted, we saw snow at the highest elevations. Show More Summary

Road Trip, West to East - Zion Canyon, Part 4

Painters from Maine and Massachusetts Friday we went down to one of my favorite spots - Canyon Junction. This is where the shuttle buses depart the main road and head up into Zion Canyon to follow the river. A large bridge spans this spot, and the paved Pa'rus trail runs under it. Show More Summary

Road Trip, West to East - Zion, Part 3

Warm, pleasant weather continued Thursday as we prepared to head out to the ghost town of Grafton. Last time we were here, our group went there on the very last afternoon not with the intention to paint - all the gear had been packed up as we prepared to depart Zion - but to explore. Show More Summary

Road Trip, West to East - Zion Canyon, Part 2

Painter from New Hampshire Wednesday dawned mostly clear and about 60 degrees. Much of the dust from the afternoon before had settled, and from the house we could see the Watchman clearly. Painters woke early for coffee and scrambled eggs. Show More Summary

Road Trip, West to East: Zion Canyon, Part 1

We arrived in Springdale, Utah, on a glorious day filled with air so crisp it was like biting into a good apple. I imagine it was the kind of day that the first Mormon settlers experienced when they pulled their wagons into Zion Canyon. Show More Summary

Message to the MFA class of 2014

This year I curated "Possible as a Pair of Shoes," the Brooklyn College MFA thesis exhibition, which opens this Friday at Show Room in Gowanus. The exhibition title is borrowed from "Description," a 2012 poem by Christopher Stackhouse: Click for full story / links

April 22: Andrew Ginzel's list of NYC shows and events

SOME but not all NYC SELECTED SHOWS TO SEE / April 22, 2014 / Listed south to north. Compiled by artist Andrew Ginzel for his students at the School of Visual Arts. Note: Images have been selected by Two Coats of Paint. Annie Lapin in...Show More Summary

Video: Julian Schnabel, painting en plein air

  "View of Dawn in the Tropics," an exhibition of Julian Schnabel's paintings from 1989-90 that have never been seen in NYC, is on view at Gagosian (Chelsea) through the end of May. The following video has great footage of Schnabel making monumental paintings at his outdoor studio on Montauk. Definitely worth watching. Click for full story / links

Art and Social Media Symposium @ CSU Long Beach, April 27

Please join us for an Art and Social Media Symposium organized by Marie Thibeault at California State University Long Beach, Sunday, April 27. I'll give a lecture at 2pm, followed by a panel discussion featuring Julia Schwartz, Doug Harvey, Kio Griffith, Grant Vetter, and moderated by Dane Klingaman. Show More Summary

Journey 2014W2E: Lee's Ferry and Kanab

The Colorado River at Lee's Ferry As many of you know, we travel cross-country twice a year. Each May and October, we spend days making lists, carefully packing and cleaning house before we lock the door and say goodbye. In order toShow More Summary

Responses to "Zombie Formalism"

 My last post precipitated several comments about Walter Robinson's term "Zombie Formalism" and about the type of work discussed, as well as some offline discussion about labeling art movements in general. In an age supposedly marked...Show More Summary

Speculating on Andy Boot

A few weeks ago, Cary Smith sent me an email with a link to Australian artist Andy Boot's work. A scroll through his page on the Croy Nielsen website reveals how the Casualist approach can serve a transitional purpose for individual artists. Show More Summary

Driftin' Back: Heading East

"The Three Graces" 16x12, pastel It's hard to believe, but it's that time of year again. In a couple of days, we'll be driftin' back east. I say "driftin'" because we'll be taking a very leisurely pace. First stop will be Kanab, Utah,...Show More Summary

Overselling the National Forest - Bad News for Teachers of Plein Air Painting & Photography

Painting at the Mescal Trailhead in the Red Rock Ranger Districtof the Coconino Forest Last week, I was informed by an enforcement officer of the US Forest Service's Red Rock Ranger District here in Sedona that I can't take my painting workshops onto Forest land without a permit. Show More Summary

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