Blog Profile / Two Coats of Paint

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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Melissa Meyer's FASCINATION

Over the summer Melissa Meyer and I exchanged leisurely studio visits, first at my studio in DUMBO and then at hers on West 39th Street. On the second floor of an unassuming office building in the fabric district, Meyer's space has a...Show More Summary

Printmaking Monday: I'm a steamroller baby

  This weekend the Garrison Art Center celebrated their 50th Anniversary with "Rollin on the River," a woodblock printing event that featured a steamroller, a parking lot, a lovely view of the Hudson River, and a bunch of 8 x 6 foot sheets of plywood. "We had a beautiful day," artist Leslie Kerby reported. Show More Summary

Richard Tuttle reviews I, Augustus, Emperor of Rome

This month in The Brooklyn Rail Richard Tuttle contributes "Augustus," a long form essay/free writing exercise in poem form that seems to emulate a writing style that might have been prevalent in ancient Rome. The piece is about I, Augustus,...Show More Summary

TBT: Old New York

John Sloan, The City from Greenwich Village, 1922, oil on canvas, 26 x 33 3/4 inches. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Gift of Helen Farr Sloan in 1970. From the National Gallery of Art's website:The City from Greenwich Village is a lyrical celebration of the vitality and excitement of life in lower Manhattan. Show More Summary

Politics and abstract painting: Matthew Deleget at OUTLET

In the beginning, when Malevich and El Lissitzky were making some of the first abstract paintings,  abstraction was infused with politics and ideas. The connection continued through European art movements in the 1960s and 1970s, such as Arte Povera, ZERO Group, and Supports/Surfaces. Show More Summary

Art and Fiction: Donald Antrim’s dark art

Guest Contributor Jonathan Stevenson / Artists populate a number of Donald Antrim’s ominous short stories. In some, their status as artists makes the story tick. One such story is “The Emerald Light in the Air,” which appeared in the...Show More Summary

Deborah Brown: A Painterly Trajectory

  Matthew Neil Gehring curated an expansive solo show of Deborah Brown's recent paintings in the Flecker Gallery at Suffolk Community College. With his endearing adverbial swagger, Paul D'Agostino wrote the following catalog essay that...Show More Summary

It's good to be lonely: Jason Tomme at Theodore:Art

Stephanie Theodore gets the prize for press release of the day for her five deceptively simple takes on Jason Tomme's exhibition. The show is a compelling mix of different media, from wood and stone sculptures and found objects to finely...Show More Summary

Invitation: A good-bye party and the DUMBO ARTS FESTIVAL

The annual DUMBO Arts Festival takes place this coming weekend, Friday, Sept. 26, through Sunday, Sept. 28, which, sadly, will also be my last weekend in the neighborhood. [Image at top: A snap from my first week in the studio back in June] Please stop by our open studio reception at 68 Jay Street, Studio 510A on Friday, Sept. Show More Summary

September 16: Andrew Ginzel's list of NYC shows and events

SOME but not all NYC SELECTED SHOWS TO SEE / September 16, 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.  LOWER EAST...Show More Summary

Tamsin Doherty asks "What is a creative life?"

In the September issue of The Brooklyn Rail, Tamsin Doherty contributed a book review of Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, a book of 40 artists' essays (one of which I wrote) edited by artist Sharon Louden. The book has been widely...Show More Summary

Perfection: Tomma Abts and Helene Appel

Is perfection making a comeback? In exhibitions at David Zwirner and James Cohan, Tomma Abts (b. Germany 1967) and Helene Appel (b. Germany 1976) certainly make a case that focus and exactitude are still meaningful approaches. [Image: Tomma Abts @ David Zwirner] Click for full story / links

Eric Wesley's daily status updates

I like reading other people's diaries, especially artists, and so naturally I was drawn to Eric Wesley's new work at Bortolami. The show features paintings of his daily progress status reports--a combination of to-do lists and daily calendar entries. [Image at top: Eric Wesley, slideshow of paintings in the show at Bortolami]  Click for full story / links

Cheat sheet: Recommended shows

Traditionally, the fall season, following the summer doldrums, is the time for big, audacious exhibitions that garner attention and big crowds. This fall is no exception. Exhibitions I'm looking forward to seeing (and participating in) are noted below in chronological order. [Image above: Ralph Fasenella @ American Folk Art Museum Click for full story / links

The New Museum’s “Here and Elsewhere:” Arab artists’ grim pride of place

Guest contributor Jonathan Stevenson / The New Museum’s abundant exhibition of Arab art “Here and Elsewhere,” named for and inspired by Jean-Luc Godard’s searching 1976 documentary, suggests that Middle Eastern artists in some ways have an advantage over others. Show More Summary

September 2: Andrew Ginzel's list of NYC shows and events

Welcome back from summer hiatus. Oh, how I've missed Andrew Ginzel's list. SOME but not all NYC SELECTED SHOWS TO SEE / September 2, 2014  / Listed south to north. Compiled by artist Andrew Ginzel for his students at the School of Visual Arts. Show More Summary

Last chance: Summer shows in Hudson and Beacon

Continuing my roadtrip north of the city, I headed west from the Berkshires to Hudson and Beacon, two more towns that have absorbed many exhausted Brooklyn artists who have decided to join art communities elsewhere. In Hudson, John Davis has notably expressive solo painting shows by Matt Blackwell, Judith Simonian, Kathy Osborn, and Angela Dufresne. Show More Summary

Outside the city: Great Barrington

  Last week I took a couple days off and drove up to Massachusetts. In Sheffield, I stopped by the Colonial Farm to catch up with with Brece Honeycutt, then took in two excellent shows in Great Barrington, the next town over, at Susan...Show More Summary

Studio visit: Ej Hauser

One of the best things about spending summer in the city is having more time for studio visits and exchanges with other artists. Recently I stopped by EJ Hauser's spacious studio in Sunset Park to check out her new work. Hauser was the...Show More Summary

North Adams news

Peter Dudek is moving from his longtime Pittsfield studio to a cavernous Beaver Mill space in North Adams, where space is cheap. But before he goes, he's having a big open studio on Saturday, August 30, from 12-5pm. Stop by 2 Fenn Street, second floor, Pittsfield, MA, and say hello. Show More Summary

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