Blog Profile / Two Coats of Paint

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Diana Copperwhite: I think about what the paintings can’t do and then I try to do it

On the occasion of her solo show at Kevin Kavanagh in Dublin, Diana Copperwhite, born in Dublin in 1969, had the following conversation with Irish artist Helen O'Leary. They discuss Ireland's literary and visual traditions, the importance of scale, optics, and how technology has taken hold in Copperwhite's work. Show More Summary

Please join me: upcoming events in April, May, and June

Hello readers, I have a few events coming up and I want to make sure everyone is invited.First: I want to put in a plug for the Art F City 10th Anniversary Benefit Party and Auction, which takes place on April 13 at Lightbox. Buy your tickets here. Show More Summary

The Painter of Modern Life, command-z, and the resurgence of abstraction

The Internet, especially through social media, facilitates a direct and immediate connection between interior and exterior worlds, and I have little doubt that this recent phenomenon has helped propel the current resurgence of abstract painting. Show More Summary

Image of the Day: Ellen Siebers

I stopped by Mattaewan Gallery in Beacon yesterday to check out Ellen Siebers show before it comes down on Sunday. Siebers paints sections of objects from memory, some recognizable and some not, in a small scale and neutral color that recall the simplicity of Shaker design. Show More Summary

Craig Taylor: Data bust

In his witty new paintings, Brooklyn painter Craig Taylor empties traditional portrait bust forms of facial detail and fills the silhouettes with strata of small marks and brushstrokes. The effect is to make visible the unarticulated anxiety behind our carefully crafted facades. Show More Summary

Jack Davidson: Snippets and memories

Jack Davidson’s paintings are humble, from their mid-scale size and lightweight stretcher bars to their enigmatic lowercase titles. The paint handling is purposefully inconspicuous, like the uninflected voice of a realist novelist. Davidson...Show More Summary

Studio update: Preston Hand Built

Having just moved into my new studio at 55 Washington Street in DUMBO, I've started a batch of new work, none of which is ready to share yet. Moving from sublet to sublet for the past five years, I've come to expect a few unproductive...Show More Summary

Suface prep at Centotto: Dunlap, Mahler, D’Acunto, DaWalt

Guest contributor Jonathan Stevenson / “Something Naught,” the new group show at Centotto, Paul D’Agostino’s redoubtable Bushwick salon, gathers four abstract artists who take very different approaches to resolving surfaces. The fact that surfaces themselves have aesthetic value in paintings sets painting apart from, say, digital work. Show More Summary

Answers to the Spring/Break quiz

One submission to the Spring/Break Quiz included this fantastic jpeg, and they have also been added to the original post here. I had a tie: two artists (you know who you are!) submitted all the correct answers. Thanks, everyone for participating. Show More Summary

On Kawara: Carpe Diem

Little about On Kawara’s life is evident from looking at his work. Much of his exhibition at the Guggenheim consists of compilations of journal-like data, which unfold like life itself – one day at a time.[Image at top: "On Kawara—Silence" at the Guggenheim. Show More Summary

The Asymmetric Armory Show

Guest contributor Jonathan Stevenson / The Modern section of the Armory Show was like an unruly museum-quality exhibition, showcasing one anointed (and usually dead) artist after another, but in no particular order. If that dispensation...Show More Summary

Alien terrain at Storefront Ten Eyck

Guest contributor Peggy Cyphers / “New Narratives,” a large group show of recent representational painting at Storefront Ten Eyck, includes KK Kozik’s Orion’s Belt, an image of a traditional farmhouse, covered in snow and illuminated by a deliciously starry blue-black sky. Show More Summary

March 17: Andrew Ginzel's list/ St. Patrick's Day Edition

SOME but not all NYC SELECTED SHOWS TO SEE / March 17, 2015 / 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.[Image at top: John Junek, Leprechaun Painter, 2012, digital painting, 16 x 20 inches. Show More Summary

Political violence and abstraction: Suzanne McClelland

Recalling Warhol’s 13 Most Wanted Men project, which debuted controversially at the 1964 World’s Fair, Suzanne McClelland in “Call With Information,” her latest show at Team Gallery continues her series about a kindred subject: Americans citizens wanted by the government for domestic terrorism. Show More Summary

Channel surfing with Tomas Vu

I was watching House of Cards last night, Season 3, Episode 3--the one in which the coarse and cagey Russian President Petrov makes a state visit to the White House. At one point (spoiler alert), before his relationship with the Underwoods...Show More Summary

Quick study: Mini fair, the Triennial, Saltz gets the boot, Edith Schloss

If you want to support artists but can't face visiting 199 booths in one go at a mega-fair like the Armory, I recommend stopping by Salon Zürcher on Bleecker Street (image above) where gallerist Gwenolee Zürcher always invites a handful of galleries to mount exhibitions in her space during fair week. Show More Summary

Picks from VOLTA NY, 2015

This year VOLTA has taken up residence at Pier 90, a lovely spot on the Hudson right next to The Armory Show, which sprawls across Piers 92 and 94. A more manageable size than many of the other fairs, VOLTA is selective, and galleries that have been invited to participate present curated exhibitions of single artists. Show More Summary

Art Fair Quiz: Spring/Break

Although the Spring/Break Art Show is known more for installations, dimly lit rooms and video projections, there were a fair number of paintings on the walls this year. Can you identify these? Send your answers to with SPRING/BREAK QUIZ in the subject line. Show More Summary

Joan Waltemath: Sew

After painting with acrylic pigment and binders for the past few years, I recently returned to oil, mostly because I like the way oils darken and age over time. Working with oil paints involves forethought about layering, drying, and mixing mediums—even the brand of paint can make a difference in the stability of the surface over time. Show More Summary

Richard Aldrich on "progress"

The February issue of Art in America features a Ross Simonini interview with Richard Aldrich in which the artist discusses the notion of artistic progress. Here is an excerpt in which Aldrich deflates the traditional idea that an artist...Show More Summary

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