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On the road: Yogyakarta, Indonesia (Part 1)

Contributed by Elana Herzog / In January I spent a week in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on the island of Java, where I had a glimpse of a lively, burgeoning contemporary art scene. My guides were Sally Smart, an Australian artist based in Melbourne and Yogyakarta, and Entang Wiharso, an Indonesian artist based in Yogyakarta and Rhode Island. Show More Summary

New! Online Painting Course: Outdoor Study to Studio

New Online Course! As many of you know, I've developed a series of books and videos over the years that bring my plein air painting methods to folks who can't attend my workshops in person or who would like a supplement to the material I teach. Show More Summary

Douglas Witmer’s simplicity

Contributed by Becky Huff Hunter / It is timely that Douglas Witmer’s solo exhibition, “Dubh Glas” at Tiger Strikes Asteroid (TSA) in Philadelphia, opened shortly after the Guggenheim’s Agnes Martin retrospective closed to the public. Show More Summary

The fairs! The fairs!

In March, the art fairs come to New York, and I’ve put together a brief list, with descriptions and helpful links to the individual fairs. Note that many have lectures and panel discussions, so make sure to check out their websites before planning your weekend. Salon Zürcher | New York / 33 Bleecker St / Feb 27 – … read more... "The fairs! The fairs!"

Quick study

This week: The obituary for prolific New Yorker cartoonist James Stevenson, a review of “Painting Paintings, an exhibition of David Reed’s paintings from the 1970s, and the shitty review of Amy Feldman’s show in Berlin. James Stevenson, a prolific cartoonist at The New Yorker and children’s book author, has died at 87. Show More Summary

New Online Course for Plein Air Painting Coming Soon - Plus Coupons!

Not everyone can fly out to Arizona or Maine to take a plein air painting workshop with me. For those who are unable to travel because of cost or obligations, I've created a series of books and videos. I've also created three onlineShow More Summary

A better bonfire at the Whitney: Painting from the 1980s

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / “Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s,” the Whitney’s trenchant exhibition of American work, immediately recalls the Reagan era, when bluffness trumped irony and a turbocharged version of squareness...Show More Summary

Studio visit with Lucia Hierro

Contributed by Kate Liebman / On Valentine’s Day I visited Lucia Hierro in her studio in the Bronx where she has been working for more than two years. Nearby, a group of former factory buildings are in the process of being converted into artist studios and lofts. Born and raised in New York City, Lucia also spent a few years in … read more... "Studio visit with Lucia Hierro"

President’s portrait

From the label text at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC: American artist Gilbert Stuart was commissioned to paint this portrait after the success of his first portrait of Washington in 1795. Martha Washington convinced...Show More Summary

Virtuosity: David Humphrey at Fredericks & Freiser

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / David Humphrey’s visual and intellectual virtuosity – augmented by the smooth surface finality of meticulously applied acrylic paint – is such that he seems to accomplish everything he wants in a given painting. Show More Summary

Quick study

This week: Links to a painting review of Mimi Lauter’s show in LA, the winner of the 2017 White Columns/Shoot the Lobster Award, Anish Kapoor in Brooklyn, Olafur Eliasson’s early paintings, stolen painting resurfaces, rough sketchesShow More Summary

2017 College Art Association Conference intel

This week the College Art Association Annual Conference takes up residence at the New York Hilton Midtown. For non-members, onsite registration costs $595 for the entire five-day event, which features presentations, panel discussions, reunions, and more. Show More Summary

Some New Small Plein Air Paintings - Plus a Coupon!

"Beaver Creek Ledge" 9x12 oilWhen the sun hits the water, it creates a beautiful, luminescent olive glow. I wanted to share with you some of my latest small plein air paintings. These were done over the last few weeks either as workshop demonstrations or while painting with my local group. Show More Summary

Paintings for Acadia Inviational III at Argosy Gallery, Bar Harbor, Maine

As I mentioned in my last newsletter, I took some time off from teaching workshops this winter to work on a few special projects. One of these projects was painting for the upcoming Acadia Invitational III exhibit. It's a little strange,...Show More Summary

Quick study

Painting in the 1980s and the Raymond Petition exhibitions, distracted by politics, Mira School on I Am Not Your Negro, an Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, opioid recovery programs and Obamacare. This week “Fast Forward: Painting in the 1980s” opened at the Whitney Museum. Show More Summary

Katarina Grosse:

When I first saw Katharina Grosse’s paintings at Gagosian, my reaction was that they were too big, and that the surfaces were too flat–that they looked better on the computer screen than they did at the gallery. Berlin-based Grosse (b. 1961,...Show More Summary

Snow day reading

Stack of reading: Two issues of Shifter (edited by Sreshta Rit Premnath and Avi Alpert); exhibition catalogues from Claude Tétot, Frédérique Lucien, Corinne Laroche; Pin the Tail on the Tiger–a Norte Maar publication featuring a collaboration...Show More Summary

Marina Adams: Radically soft and optimistic

Contributed by by Danielle Wu / Given the influx of politically oriented exhibitions lately, “Soft Power,” Marina Adams’s solo at Salon 94 offers an ethereal mind space that provides relief from all the strain and strife. Wavy blocks of bright color, from lemony yellows to saltwater blues, nest together, embracing each other’s outlines. Show More Summary

February 2017 Newsletter from Michael Chesley Johnson

"Acadian Summer" 12x24 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson Available through Argosy Gallery in Bar Harbor, Maine, As Part of Acadian Invitational III, July 2017-October 2018 February 2017 Sedona, Arizona Here in Arizona, winter draws to a close. Show More Summary

In retrospect: Post-truth with David Brody and Elliot Green

Contributed by Luisa Caldwell and Matt Freedman / Back in December, the uncanny pushed its way into the room of exquisite landscape paintings by David Brody and Elliot Green. Uncanny, as in familiar but incongruous, has become attached...Show More Summary

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