Blog Profile / Two Coats of Paint

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Quick study

This week: Coney Art Walls, job postings, Art Basel report, painterly photographs, residency news from Sharpe Walentas and the Elizabeth Foundation Studio Program (residents announced and juries revealed), a new residency program inShow More Summary

Nicole Eisenman and the triumph of painting

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Just about every piece in Nicole Eisenman’s nobly minatory exhibition “Al-ugh-ories” at the New Museum, up through June 26, pulses with aesthetic energy, turbocharged by a peripatetic erudition that darts assuredly from one caustic historical (sometimes art-historical) reference point to another. Show More Summary

Chicago: Adam Scott at Julius Caesar

Contributed by Robin Dluzen / Adam Scott’s latest exhibition, "Silent Running" at Julius Caesar in Chicago, is a kind of Helen-Frankenthaler-color-field-painting-meets-Gram-Parsons-desert-pilgrimage experience. The works are arguably Scott’s most pared-down and abstract to date, devoid of all but a suggestion of the representational. Show More Summary

Rethinking Howard Hodgkin

For decades, Howard Hodgkin (b. 1932, London) has been known for turning his memories and experiences into brushy, colorful paintings on old wooden panels. He is a painter I'd always wanted to love, but I had never fully understood or been moved by his chunky brushwork and vivid color. Show More Summary

Storage or dumpster? Organizing the archives

Readers who have been following Two Coats of Paint since the beginning know that for ten years I taught at a state university in Connecticut and kept my studio in the attic of an old Victorian house in downtown Mystic. In 2010 I moved...Show More Summary

Installation view: Drishti, a concentrated gaze

Gallerist Elizabeth Heskin and artist Patricia Spergel, in collaboration with the NURTUREart Registry of Artists and Curators, have assembled a lively exhibition of contemporary abstraction at the 1285 Ave of the Americas Art Gallery. Show More Summary

Art and Film: Robert Cenedella’s legitimacy

Victor Kanefsky’s effervescent documentary Art Bastard casts 76-year old New York painter Robert Cenedella as a kind of aesthetic Robin Hood who robs from hallowed art tradition to give ordinary people bravura paintings that don’t require them to plumb art history or some other arcane discipline to appreciate. Show More Summary

David Rhodes: Events and incidents

I met David Rhodes (b. 1955, Manchester, UK) in a Greenwich Village loft where his black and white paintings, both large and small, leaned against walls and were propped on all bookshelves and tabletops. The three largest were aboutShow More Summary

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David Reed: A painter's life

At Peter Blum, the looping brushstrokes and open surfaces of David Reed’s remarkably spare site-specific installation are anything but casual. Entering the gallery, the viewer is faced with a 40-foot long multi-panel horizontal piece along the far wall. Show More Summary

Art and Film: Eva Hesse’s enduring disruption

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Eva Hesse, as portrayed in Marcie Begleiter’s superlatively penetrating Eva Hesse, sadly but exquisitely zoned in on mortality as the paradoxical stuff of life and art. She was a vexed woman, her life a tragic mid-century opera. Show More Summary

Brushwork: Philip Guston 1957-1967

Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. May everyone get a bit of time in the studio! Here's a quote and some images by Philip Guston to think about: "I do not see why the loss of faith in the known image and symbol in our time should be celebrated as a freedom. Show More Summary

Picks: Sharpe-Walentas Open Studios

Two years ago the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Space Program joined forces with the Walentas Family Foundation, the philanthropic element of Two Trees Management Company (my landlord). Two Trees owns the Brooklyn building that houses the Sharpe Foundation, which since 1991 has provided free studio space to selected artists via one-year residencies. Show More Summary

Art and film: David Hockney's world

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / David Hockney, in Randall Wright’s rather breezy documentary Hockney, appears to be a thoughtful hedonist, in thrall to beautiful moments. He admits to a fairly happy working-class childhood in Yorkshire and seems to have encountered relatively little friction over his emerging homosexuality. Show More Summary

Jane Swavely: Admiration for the jungle

Contributed by Mira Dayal / There is a sense of unease in the series of paintings that comprise of "Espial," Jane Swavely's latest show at A.I.R. Gallery. I enter the space — not of the gallery, but of the painting itself. Hovering just...Show More Summary

Trudy Benson: Cheerfully kinetic, but

In her solo show at Half Gallery, Trudy Benson presents easel-size paintings that continue her riff on the digital imagery of early paint software like Painter and Corel Draw. Working in layers with pattern and line, and using saturated color, Benson creates abstractions that seem to jump off the canvas. Show More Summary

Quick study

Links to  NIcole Eisenman's shows, Morley Safer's paintings, reviews of recent abstraction shows, a writing competition, and the paintings being called "anti-Catholic" in Virginia. Happy weekend everyone! MUST SEE: The New Museum has...Show More Summary

Blurring the boundary between painting and photography

SPONSORED ESSAY /  For the exhibition "Chemistry: Explorations in Abstract Photography," curator Karlyn Benson, director of Matteawan Gallery in Beacon, NY, has selected six photographers who push beyond traditional photographic processes in search of new definitions of what a photograph can be. Show More Summary

Ideas and Influences: Adam Simon

Adam Simon could best be described as a conceptual painter. Based in Brooklyn, he has been painting and organizing community projects like Four Walls and the Fine Art Adoption Network for more than 25 years. Lately, though, he's putShow More Summary

"Bill and Ted" at Freddy (new location)

The mysterious Baltimore gallery Freddy has relocated to an old church in Harris, New York, a small town between Liberty and Monticello of Route 17. I recently received a press release about the gallery's inaugural show, "Bill and Ted," which features work by Bill Adams and Ted Gahl. Show More Summary

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