Quick Study: Chelsea snaps, reading links

As I traipse around the galleries, catch up on the backlog in my InBox, and read the other bloggers via my new Feedly RSS reader (so nicely designed!), I frequently post images and links to the Two Coats Twitter and Instagram feeds. Here’s a selection of posts from the past week.

Paul Resika, detail. @ Lori Bookstein instagram.com/p/eN1KV1Jf-i/. Paintings from 1947-48 that depict the world around him with a loose, geometric abstraction. Still life, architecture, and the figure all undergo Resika’s energetic transformation from object to pulsating image.

Kerry James Marshall @ Jack Shainman instagram.com/p/eNy5elJf6r/. Marshall has moved away from the heroic figurative paintings for which he is best known toward a more self-consciously conceptual mode that combines abstraction, text, neon, and sculptural installation. Focusing on money power, agency, and value, Marshall cynically exploits recent stylistic tropes in an effort to reveal the “real-politic of the art making enterprise.”

Barry McGee @ Cheim & Read instagram.com/p/eNw1gmpf3U/. Several artists have included small ceramic figurative work in their shows this season, including Barry McGee who is generally known for big colorful graphic panels painted with a skateboarder’s aesthetic. This is his first NYC show in eight years and his first at  Cheim & Read. Yes, there are surfboards.

William Pope.L @ Mitchell-Innes and Nash. His sprawling exhibition, Colored Waiting Room, combines sculpture, installation, and a wall of text paintings that explore our ideas about color. Both funny and poignant–this is a great show.

The other Matt Miller @ BravinLee instagram.com/p/eNtiExpfy2/. Not the one who shows at Pocket Utopia. This one, also from Bushwick, takes a far more casual approach to paint handling and object making.

In the group show (Matthew Miller and Stacy Fisher, too)  at @BravinLee,  Leslie Baum has a way with the accidental and inadvertent gesture. instagram.com/p/eNtdqrpfyu/

Tree protector on W 29th street instagram.com/p/eNrY3RJf_Y/. God bless trees.


Ugh: Wasn’t attending endless sporting events enough when the kids lived at home? Now parents have to go to bring-your-parents-to-work days, too?  More ways for helicopter parents make the rest of us look like slackers—> RT @TheLMagazine: Parents tag along on job interviews. bit.ly/181YEr3

A man in plaid observing Charline von Heyl @Petzel. At the NYTimes, Karen Rosenberg thinks some of von Heyl’s new paintings “coast on a deliberate sketchiness.”


More about WATER @ Proteus Gowanus // via @joygarnett http://newsgrist.typepad.com/underbelly/2013/09/opening-at-proteus-gowanus-water.html


Noted therapist (and my childhood friend) Gary Greenberg blogs about psychiatric-drug industry @NewYorker, then amusingly responds to reader comments on his blog


“Motherhood, A Novel Approach,” at Frosch & Portmann, Lit Crawl TONIGHT, LES. Check out “Always Bring Flowers,” Vicki Sher’s show of backwards paintings, while you’re there.


Paul Behnke: An artist who collects art http://structureandimagery.blogspot.com/2013/09/on-walls-in-new-apartment.html


Day Glo! Justine Frischmann in SF http://contemporarydrawingsalon.blogspot.com/2013/08/justine-frischmann-san-fransisco.html

“The lavish surface textures and oil paint mixed with other media [in “Reinventing Abstraction”] make today�s abstract paintings seem especially anemic…” http://www.artcritical.com/2013/08/31/reinventing-abstraction/


“Does it need holes?” On trypophobia, or the fear of holes http://hyperallergic.com/82735/hole-y-terror-and-evolution/


“The gallery is an outmoded construct, serving collectors at the cost of artists. Collectors are an outmoded construct, viewing artists through the diminished lens of commodity and lobbying to protect the equity in their…” From @PostArtPoets MT @museumnerd: Very interesting manifesto. THE PAP MANIFESTO http://www.postartpoets.com/

Remember the flash flood warnings on Wednesday night? “Just got back from the opening in Westchester,” I tweeted. “My clothes are a sopping heap on the floor.” #torrentialdownpour / Image above: Corner installation of small paintings at “Dense Surveillance.”

Peter Schjeldahl: “It’s like reality never stops, but he’d prefer that it did.” #Hopper via @whitneymuseum. Note: Hopper Drawing, the first major museum exhibition to focus on the drawings and creative process of Edward Hopper (1882�1967), is only up through October 6, 2013. Truly obsessive observational drawing (image above).


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