Blog Profile / Two Coats of Paint

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Reading David Salle

Contributed by Rob Kaiser-Schlatzlein / David Salle, in the 1980s an enfant terrible of painting, has published How to See, a collection of essays on art and artists written over the course of some thirty years. While many people do not know Salle as a writer, recently he has had a regular column in Town and Country and has … read more... "Reading David Salle"

After Donald Trump’s victory, a struggle ahead

After a shocking upset in the presidential election, David Remnick writes in the New Yorker that the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism. Show More Summary

Gentrification: Congressional District party makeovers?

The House of Representatives has 435 seats from the 50 states. Currently, 246 seats are held by Republicans, 186 are held by Democrats, and three seats are vacant. In order to get a majority, the Democrats would have to gain 31 seats. Show More Summary

Studio visit: John Zinsser

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Two Coats of Paint recently stopped in at John Zinsser‘s sunny Greenpoint studio. Zinsser moved to New York in the ’80s and has been making mostly-monochromatic, rule-based abstract paintings ever since. Show More Summary

Agnes Martin: A resolutely solitary endeavor

Running late, I arrived at the press preview for the Agnes Martin retrospective long after all of the other critics and journalists had left. My inefficiency turned out to be a bonus. I had the place to myself, and walking alone up the Guggenheim spiral and following the unwinding of Agnes Martin’s life in art … read more... "Agnes Martin: A resolutely solitary endeavor"

Michael Ottersen: Logic and intuition

Contributed by Erin Langner / When I walked into Season last week, I almost stepped on Summer Reading, a painting by Michael Ottersen. To be fair, the painting was on the floor. At 18 x 21.5 inches, it was also around the size of a doormat. But, the tilted, pink line that slices through the … read more... "Michael Ottersen: Logic and intuition"

Art and Film: Kelly Reichardt’s stoic women

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Kelly Reichardt’s unostentatiously virtuosic Certain Women, based on Maile Meloy’s short stories, depicts hardscrabble Montana in angular austerity, with the simple lines of mountains and fences and...Show More Summary

Email: The deCordova Museum’s 2016 Biennial

The deCordova Museum’s Biennial exhibition in Lincoln, Massachusetts, is one of the most prestigious group shows in New England. Curators Jennifer Gross (soon departing) and Sarah Montross made 120 studio visits throughout the region...Show More Summary

Suzanne Joelson: How things change

In Suzanne Joelson‘s confrontational new paintings the conflicting forces of order and disruption animate a lively hash of vinyl photographic banners, paint, patterning, hollow-core wood panels, broken bits of debris, fabrics, geometric sequencing, and idiosyncratic markmaking. Show More Summary

Examining queer @ Yale University

Contributed by Rachel Farber / What is a queer perspective? How does queerness meet form? Students at the Yale School of Art,  Loren Britton and Res, began asking these questions after seeing the student-run show in 2015. Their conversation...Show More Summary

Scott Daniel Ellison: “Every artist is in some way self-taught”

Scott Daniel Ellison’s images of flora and fauna are suffused with  personhood–trees wave bony limbs, bats have human faces, and animals wear jewelry. Working at a small scale and focusing on black and tertiary colors, Ellison conjures...Show More Summary

Quick study

Links to the story about the art history professor who is charged with forgery and her difficulties in the Franklin Pierce art department (lawsuits, etc.), the decline in MFA applicants, and a new book about painting from David Salle. There’s been a charge of art forgery in New Hampshire and the alleged perp is no … read more... "Quick study"

Installation view: Machines of Paint and Other Materials

When artist Jennifer Riley saw a cavernous vacant storefront on Front Street in DUMBO, she thought it would make a good exhibition space, so she contacted the building’s owner (Two Trees Management) and asked if they would be interested in hosting a pop-up show. Show More Summary

Marjorie Welish on Leslie Roberts at Minus Space

Contributed by Marjorie Welish / American artists may over-esteem the vernacular as the only true democratic mode. But occasionally a vernacular mythopoesis really inspires a good body of art. Leslie Roberts is a scavenger of found lexicons—code-able idioms in daily use on commonplace themes. Show More Summary

Elise Ferguson: Courting imperfection

In order to fully apprehend Elise Ferguson’s sensational new paintings, viewers must make a trip to Greenpoint this weekend; looking at JPEGs just won’t do. Crafted from pigmented plaster on MDF panels, Ferguson’s work, which she begins with images drawn on the computer, has the flat, porous surface of a plaster wall and the warmth … read more... Show More Summary

Joan Semmel: A woman’s body

Donald Trump has made women’s bodies a central campaign issue during the 2016 presidential election. In a speech in New Hampshire today, Michelle Obama responded to Trump’s behavior: The shameful comments about our bodies, the disrespect of our ambitions and intellect, the belief that you can do anything you want to a woman, it is … read more... "Joan Semmel: A woman’s body"

Nicole Wittenberg’s big painting

Contributed by Kate Liebman / Nicole Wittenberg’s second solo show, “The Yellow Kiss,” is on view at the new LES gallery yours, mine & ours through October 16. The exhibition features a single seven-foot painting that hangs on the gallery’s main floor. Show More Summary

Karen Pence’s hobby: Watercolor painting

Indiana’s First Lady Karen Pence likes to paint.  Pence told the Indy Star that she studied art at Butler, where she majored in teaching and minored in art. “I thought, gosh, ‘I’d like to learn more about art.’ I pulled it out of the air.” The Indy Star article continues: When they had their first … read more... "Karen Pence’s hobby: Watercolor painting"

Update: Peter Soriano’s observations

Readers may recall that last May I held a public conversation with Peter Soriano on the occasion of his installation, “Permanent Maintenance” at the Colby College Museum of Art. Hosted by Skowhegan, we talked about Soriano’s processShow More Summary

The act of making: Ryan Wallace at Susan Inglett

Ryan Wallace’s paintings are shaggy collages, pieced together from canvas strips, screens, tiles, metallic tapes and found objects. His new work, on view at Susan Inglett through October 15, features the odd shapes of the light refractions that appear on the walls. Show More Summary

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