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Blog Profile / Two Coats of Paint

Filed Under:Arts / Painting
Posts on Regator:629
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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Artist-in-Residence: Bascom Lodge at the summit of Mount Greylock

For the next two weeks I'll be the Artist-in-Residence at the Bascom Lodge, a beautiful Arts & Crafts style lodge on the summit of Mount Greylock, which, at 3,491 feet, is the highest point in the state of Massachusetts. For severalShow More Summary

Forming questions: James Hyde

On a trip to a few Bushwick galleries last weekend, I was drawn to a couple of small pieces by James Hyde in "Solid Pull," a group exhibition of contemporary ceramics whose "entry point is the practice of painting." (Image: James Hyde, mixed media piece, small scale) Click for full story / links

Retro book review: NYC art scene in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s

At the thriftshop recently, I picked up a hardcover edition of Anthony Haden-Guest's True Colors, The Real Life of the Art World for two bucks. Published in 1996, the book is an amusing account of the1970s-1990s NYC art world, and makes...Show More Summary

Upcoming show: Dense Surveillance

Good news: I just got the proofs for the brochure for "Dense Surveillance," my upcoming solo show at Westchester Community College. The space at WCC is roomy--the longest wall is 47 feet--and lit by a glorious wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. Show More Summary

Philosophy and art: Dennis Kardon

In a 2004 NYTimes review of a solo exhibition at Mitchell Algus,  Ken Johnson described Dennis Kardon's paintings as "generously painterly, voluptuously creepy narrative pictures of familial conflict, sexual angst and infantile yearning."...Show More Summary

Rejecting the New: Abstract painting in the 1980s

This month New York painters and critics are talking about "Reinventing Abstraction," an exhibition of paintings from the 1980s curated by Raphael Rubinstein. His incisive selection includes one painting each by Carroll Dunham, Louise Fishman, Jonathan Lasker, Mary Heilmann, Bill Jensen, Stephen Mueller. Show More Summary

Assembly line paintings at Klaus Von Nichtssagend

At Klaus Von Nichtssagend, Sara Greenberger Rafferty has organzed "Work," an amusing exhibition of 50 small-scale paintings made by 16 artists exploring issues about labor, value and authorship. Originally conceived in 2012 as a studio...Show More Summary

TONIGHT: Panel discussion on Casualism (and other forms of abstraction)

Please join me from 6:30 – 8:30 PM, at Garis & Hahn for artist presentations and a roundtable discussion of contemporary abstraction with curator Kyle Chayka. Artists include Tatiana Berg, Ariel Dill, Sarah Faux, Clare Grill, and Kristina...Show More Summary

Heather Guertin Ha

A group exhibition comprising work made by the nine organizing artists is currently on view at Essex Flowers, a new space in the small basement of a florist's shop on the Lower East Side. Heather Guertin's delicate painting, Children of Paradise, pictured above, is a stand-out among the many compelling pieces in the show. Show More Summary

Weekend report: Studio pop-in with Leslie Wayne and Don Porcaro, Doppler, Crystal Fairy

Despite the heat, humidity, and overall stink, I love summer in New York City. For everyone who has decamped for more temperate climes, here are a few highlights from the past weekend. At Parallel Art Space, I stopped by the jammed opening...Show More Summary

Press release of the day: The Decline and Fall of the Art World

In the press release for their current exhibition, Freight & Volume sardonically deploys an old favorite, the mention-use distinction: If this were a typical press release, for a typical summer group show in NYC, we might pontificate...Show More Summary

The stories we tell: Four paintings at Regina Rex

In the second installment of their "Four Paintings" series, Regina Rex presents four huge figurative paintings, one each from accomplished artists Hannah Barrett, Linda Gallagher, Becky Kinder and Summer Wheat. Walking into the square-shaped...Show More Summary

Weekend report: Casualism's hereditary, Visit to The Brooklyn Museum, Museum Hours

At Hyperallergic, Thomas Micchelli still has Casualism on the brain. In his excellent review of "Reinventing Abstraction," an exhibition of 1980s abstract painting curated by Raphael Rubinstein, Micchelli suggests that "the genome of...Show More Summary

Fred Valentine: "I make pictures"

Last week I met Fred Valentine at Sometimes (the gallery is only open on Wednesdays and Fridays) where he has an exhibition of remarkably inventive and sophisticated new work. A painter for more than forty years, Valentine isn't interested...Show More Summary

Questions for Casualists

This weekend at Hyperallergic Thomas Miccelli reviews Dying on Stage: New Painting in New York, the Garis & Hahn exhibition curated by Kyle Chayka that was inspired by  "The New Casualists,” a 2011 essay I published in The Brooklyn Rail. Show More Summary

Beach reading for artists

I like artist protagonists, and this year I have the following three novels on my summer reading list as well as a short, entertaining guide to modern poetry written by David Orr, the poetry reviewer at the New York Times Book Review. Show More Summary

Invitation: 1717 Troutman

Reminder: A slew of openings (and closings) will be underway from 6 to 9 tonight at 1717 Troutman, and I'll be playing host in Studio #220 at Parallel Art Space--it's the last weekend to see "What I like About You."  Click for full story / links

Andrew Ginzel's list of selected NYC shows and events

 June 21, 2013: SOME but not all NYC SELECTED SHOWS TO SEE  / Listed south to north. Compiled by artist Andrew Ginzel for his students at the School of Visual Arts. [Note: Images  selected by Two Coats of Paint.] Image at top: Clare Grill, Game, 2012, oil on linen, 16 x 15 inches. Show More Summary

EMAIL: Jason Irla on Detroit

The other night after I saw Detropia, a moving documentary about post-industrial America and Detroit's dire financial crisis, I advised on Twitter that MFA grads should consider moving there to help revitalize the city because there's plenty of cheap space and grant funding is available. Show More Summary

Road trip: Skateboards and street art in Beacon, NY

A couple years ago while churning out crafting artist profiles for Artsy, I discovered that the Art Center College of Design illustration program is an incubator for talented street artists, so I wasn't surprised to learn this week that...Show More Summary

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