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Interview: Carrie Moyer in Long Island City

Rob Kaiser-Schatzlein / I met Carrie Moyer in her new-ish Long Island City studio. The space is generous, and it's her first studio with north-facing windows. Moyer knows that artists and northern light are clichés, but she concedes, with some surprise, that she does love the quality of the light. Show More Summary

Quick study

Articles to read this week include a guide to the art fairs, gallery closing news, a reconstructed Barnett Newman painting, many thank yous, a painting looted by Nazis is returned, database of public art in the UK, and Francis Bacon's last painting... [Image at top: Francis Bacon's last painting, Study of a Bull, 1991. ]   Click for full story / links

Body parts: Clarity Haynes, Catherine Haggarty and Ginny Casey

The galleries are teeming with body parts this month. At Stout Projects, Clarity Haynes presents a series of bracing, carefully observed, truncated torsos of older women--the type of nude bodies we rarely see on public display. LessShow More Summary

Interview: Leslie Smith III in Madison, Wisconsin

I took a trip to Madison, Wisconsin, in December, when the sky was gray but before the temperature had turned bitter. My guide was Leslie Smith III, a 2009 Yale MFA graduate with a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art who will have paintings on display at VOLTA next week with beta pictoris gallery / Maus Contemporary. Show More Summary

Catalogue essay: Robert Storr on Rick Briggs

Robert Storr originally wrote the following catalogue essay about Rick Briggs's unusual paintings, and he has graciously allowed Two Coats of Paint to republish it. Briggs's solo show, "Full Circle," is on view at the Flecker Gallery at Suffolk County Community College through March 18. Some painters just can’t leave well enough alone. Show More Summary

Two Coats of Paint Resident Artist: Peter Scherrer

I'm pleased to announce that West Coast painter Peter Scherrer is arriving on March 11 for a seven day artist's residency at Two Coats of Paint. I first saw Peter's lush, mysterious landscape paintings in SEASON's presentation at VOLTA last year. Show More Summary

Paul D’Agostino’s pictorial discursiveness

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Given the demonstrated capability, energy, and ambition of Bushwick artist, gallerist, and all-purpose cultural maven Paul D’Agostino, that he would invent his own visual alphabet – as he has for his new show of paintings “Scriptive Formalities” at Life on Mars – isn’t surprising. Show More Summary

More Paintings on the Pumphouse Studio Gallery Blog

Wake of the Flood 9x12 oil #1249by Michael Chesley JohnsonAvailable at Pumphouse Studio Gallery Blog In case you missed my post, I am now offering for sale demos and sketches from my Arizona inventory in my Pumphouse Studio Gallery Blog. Show More Summary

The Swerve: When gone-wrong goes right

In The Swerve, a 2012 Pulitzer prize-winning work of non-fiction (subtitle: How the World Became Modern), author Stephen Goldblatt looks at one man's decision 600 years ago to publish an ancient Roman philosophical epic, On the Nature of Things. Show More Summary

IMAGES: Susan Smith @ Junior Projects

Susan Smith's timeless constructions, on view at Junior Projects through February 27, fuse the detritus of urban demolition with a Minimalist aesthetic, making order out of chaos and wittily evoking the Modern masters of De Stjil and later monochromists, such as Robert Ryman and Brice Marden. Show More Summary

Plein Air Painting Workshop at Scottsdale Artist's School

Plein air color studies by Michael Chesley Johnson If you've been keeping up with my blog, you'll remember that I'm the award judge at the annual Arizona Plein Air Painters exhibition this April. This year, the show will be in Scottsdale...Show More Summary

See my friends: Owen James Gallery

Editor's note. Our new column, “See My Friends," serves a dual purpose: to share information about young/small/hungry/idealistic galleries doing ambitious and interesting things in lesser known corners of New York and elsewhere withShow More Summary

Art and Film: Thief’s incomparable visual grit

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Michael Mann’s brilliant 1981 neo-noir film Thief – showing in BAM’s February 5-16 Mann retrospective – is paradoxically celebrated for being under-appreciated. Substantively, he makes the one-last-score...Show More Summary

Artist-in-Residence for Goldenstein Gallery and L'Auberge de Sedona

Thunder Mountain Shadows, 11x14 oil by Michael Chesley JohnsonAvailable at Goldenstein Gallery As part of my new relationship with Goldenstein Gallery in Sedona, I'll be participating this year in its Artist-in-Residence program. The...Show More Summary

Sweet direction for Carolanna Parlato

An exploration of color, light and gesture are the core of Carolanna Parlato's new paintings on view through Saturday at Elizabeth Harris. The dense geometric spaces, sloppy translucency, and highly saturated color of previous work have...Show More Summary

Peter Dudek on Presentational Sculpture

Guest Contributor Peter Dudek / Lately a presentational mode of sculpture has been popping up all about. The hallmarks are a casual yet formal arrangement of sculptural elements. The constituent parts vary from the made-from-scratch, to the merely found, to the found but altered object. Show More Summary

Painting the Ocean While in the High Desert – and a Poll!

Choice A:"Et in Arcadia Ego"12x24 oil/panel by Michael Chesley Johnson Choice B:"Toward Otter Point"16x20 oil/canvas by Michael Chesley Johnson Vote for your favorite of the two! Scroll down to the end of this post for the poll. This...Show More Summary

Gyan Shrosbree: Open Studio at Two Coats of Paint

On Thursday, February 11, 5 pm - 9pm, I'm hosting an Open Studio for Two Coats artist-in-residence Gyan Shrosbree. A 2000 graduate of the MFA Program at Cranbrook, Gyan is an assistant professor of painting and drawing at Maharishi University in Fairfield, Iowa, and will be in town through Saturday, February 13. Show More Summary

Quick study

This edition of "Quick study" includes the inaugural show at the Met Breuer, Spring/Break's roster of curators,  New American Paintings Northeast selection, Amy Sillman, Martha Tuttle, Robert Straight, and Patrick Neal's  thoughtfulShow More Summary

Sculptural objects around town

The return of the sculptural object that was highlighted so beautifully in "Greater New York" at MoMAPS1 continues this month in many of the galleries. Some pieces are freestanding, others wall-mounted, and most rely on their relationship to the sculptural tradition (rather than painting) for meaning. Show More Summary

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