Contributed by Sharon Butler / In his second solo at Fredericks & Freiser, Cary Smith presented a new group of his signature hard-edged abstractions. These�feature bold color and variations on two�themes: the mandala (geometry) and the portrait (humanism). Made with tiny sable brushes�without the aid of masking tape, Smith�s paintings,�conjuring an unusual combination of joyfulness and rational exactitude, reflect�an extraordinarily�high but certainly welcome level of focus and directness in�this�period of “alternative truth”�and distraction.�These paintings, as well as an elegant series of smaller drawings displayed in the back room, make sense, and�nowadays�that�s no small accomplishment.
�Cary Smith,��Fredericks & Freiser, Chelsea, New York, NY. �October 19 through�November 30, 2017.
Bonus:�Cary Smith talks to Brian Alfred about his paintings on �Sound and Vision�podcast.
Contributed by Kay Whitney / There is a fundamental paradox at work in Elisa D'Arrigo's...
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Latest post, link in profile / NYC Selected Gallery Guide: October, 2023 / A selected, painting-centric guide to the galleries in New York. Galleries that would like their exhibitions considered for inclusion in the next Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide should send a note to ExhibitionsatTCOP@gmail.com. Please include a couple jpegs and exhibition info (preferred format: Name of gallery/ Street address, New York, NY / Name of artist, title of exhibition / dates of show. Thanks! Link in profile.
Latest post, link in profile / Pop Gun Gallery: What’s in a name? / Contributed by Jared Hoffman / “Various Artists,” Pop Gun Gallery’s current group show, ostensibly invites art fans to glimpse the future in works by some rather big names: Jordon Wolfson, Kim Gordon, Joe Bradley, and Mike Kelley. But not all is what it seems. The show, organized by Jacob Patrick Brooks and Gunner Dongieux for the artist-run, DIY gallery, starts by gently wrong-footing viewers. Four of Brooks’s large, slick oil paintings appear, each riffing on the phrase: “Glamour, it’s back.” In successive iterations, Brooks eases the phrase into abstract scenes, pushing large brush strokes into soft forms. A bit of Lois Dodd is felt in his color palette. The paintings give me the feeling of sipping tea in a Danish wood. Link in profile
Latest post, link in profile / ArtBank7: No stranger among us / In ArtBank7’s first group show, “No Stranger Among Us,” the artists group celebrates the profound power of community connection through creative expression. Using a variety of artistic mediums, six artists tell their unique stories in a collective spirit. They interweave personal narratives with universal truths, often giving voice to the marginalized or amplifying stories that have been overlooked or silenced. The exhibition aims to serve as a springboard for further conversation that dismantles the barriers that can divide us and advances wider empathy. Link in profile
Latest post, link in profile/ Closely guarded turbulence: Amy Feldman in Stockholm / Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Simple and blithely inviting though they may seem at first, Amy Feldman’s new abstract paintings, on display in her solo show “Heart Arts” at Anna Bohman Gallery in Stockholm, are full of tension and nuanced emotion. They are quietly beguiling. In Jolly Squall, one of six large-scale works, she frames roiling silk-screened shapes in neat ribbons of acrylic paint, configured like an hourglass, that segregate the visual agitation from a background of shaded gray horizontal lines on which edges of similar agitation encroach. There’s a lot going on there. Link in profile
Image: Amy Feldman, Jolly Squall, 2023, acrylic, silkscreen ink, impasto on canvas, 201 x 201 cm
Please join us: Two Coats of Paint is hosting our first Hudson Valley Gallery Crawl on Oct 14 + 15. 💥 To kick off the weekend, @sharon_butler (publisher of Two Coats of Paint) will be hosting an Opening Reception on the evening of Friday, October 13. A map and details about expanded hours, exhibitions, and special activities to come.
Participating galleries include: Analog Diary Art Sales & Research Artport Kingston Buster Levi Collar Works D’Arcy Simpson Art Works Susan Eley Fine Art Elijah Wheat Showroom Front Room Gallery Galerie Gris Garage Gallery Garrison Art Center Geary Joyce Goldstein Gallery Alexander Gray Associates Carrie Haddad Gallery Headstone Gallery Hudson Hall Jeff Marfa Art @ Hands on Main LABspace Lightforms Art Center Lockwood Gallery Mother Gallery Opalka Gallery Private Public Gallery The Re Institute SEPTEMBER Pamela Salisbury Gallery Turley Gallery Visitor Center Woodstock Artists Association & Museum
Obituaries & Remebrances at Two Coats of Paint / The Blind Swimmer: Gordon Grant Fraser (December 2, 1975 – November 1, 2020) / Two Coats of Paint has recently learned of the death of Gordon Fraser, a talented artist and art blogger who penned the now defunct The Blind Swimmer, of a heart attack after undergoing a series of treatments for colon cancer. Gordon was an early and interesting contributor to the art blogging community, and…Link in profile
Image: Gordon Fraser, Half Moon Bay, 2020, pages from his chemo sketchbook
Latest post, link in profile / Steve Greene’s crafty agitation / Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / In an adventurous departure from drawing and collage, Steve Greene now offers intriguingly acerbic abstract paintings in his solo show “News From Nowhere,” on view at Frosch & Co. They are rich with sharply drawn shapes and robustly differentiated visual content, yet they require little deliberation to be appreciated. They penetrate immediately. This quality stems from the thematic cohesiveness produced by trenchant cultural and art-historical tropes distributed among the paintings. Judging by the fluidity of his marks and line, Greene generates these allusions intuitively, with minimal contrivance. Link in profile
Sirius Namazi “Pending” @magasin3, curated by Tessa Praun / Namazi, born in Kerman, Iran, in 1970 and based in Stockholm, teases out ideas about memory, loss of information and exclusion. Meticulously produced exhibition, featuring enormous projected video on a stretched canvas, a series of machine-made embroideries based on details from the sculptures, 3-printing from handmade ceramic sculptures, and more. Not for the casually inclined.
@_lisa_tan knows how to fill a space. The waiting room entrances with framed prints of Klee, Matisse, etc, the room framing, the large letters, a video viewing room with chairs for an audience @acceleratorsu in Stockholm.
Two Coats of Paint has recently learned of the death of Gordon Fraser, a talented artist and art blogger who penned The Blind Swimmer, of a heart attack after undergoing a series of treatments for colon cancer.