Author: Sharon Butler

Interview

An ocean of rivers: Esteban Cabeza de Baca

Contributed by Sangram Majumdar / Since I first visited Esteban Cabeza de Baca‘s studio when he was enrolled in Columbia�s MFA Program, his work has evolved, but his restlessness and unwillingness to fit into a visual niche has remained unchanged. In his first New York solo exhibition, “Worlds Without Borders” on view at Boers-Li Gallery through June 15, […]

Quick Study

Quick study

This edition of �Quick study� includes good news about how the arts drive economic growth and bad news about MoCA curator Helen Molesworth. Also: Grant Wood�s retrospective at the Whitney, Russian collectors’ hankering to join in the global art world, the future of art fairs, a mural in Parkland, Joan Baez is a painter, and one of my […]

Gallery shows

A three-hour tour: Selected Bushwick galleries

As some readers may remember, I went to the University of Connecticut for my MFA degree, and until last year, I taught an MFA seminar up in Storrs. These days my schedule doesn’t allow taking those beautiful foliage tours up to Storrs each week, so I invited the first- and second-year students […]

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MFA report: Hrag Vartanian finds �home” in RISD painting studios

MFA exhibitions invariably�must encompass�a vast range of disparate material, and it�s a stiff challenge for a�guest curator to create a unified show�that frames a�cohesive�experience for the viewer. This year, the RISD MFA Painting Program invited�Hrag Vartanian, the talented editor and co-publisher of Hyperallergic,�to curate the�MFA exhibition for its�painting students. Vartanian […]

Thomas Berding
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Rainy day in New York

Thomas Berding, Sunrise Sunset Die Cut, 2016, oil, acrylic and flashe on canvas, 70 x 62 inches. When I got to the studio this dreary grey morning, my coat and tote bags were sopping wet. Looking up from the building�s entrance on Washington Street, I saw that the Manhattan Bridge […]

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The fairs! The fairs!

In March, the art fairs come to New York, and�I’ve put together a brief list, with descriptions and helpful links to the individual fairs. Note that many have lectures and panel discussions, so make sure�to check out their websites before planning your weekend.

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Quick study

This week: The�obituary for�prolific New Yorker cartoonist James Stevenson, a review of “Painting Paintings, an exhibition of David Reed’s paintings from the 1970s, and the shitty review of Amy Feldman’s show in Berlin. James Stevenson, a�prolific�cartoonist at The New Yorker and children’s book author, has died�at 87. �NYTimes�obituary states that […]

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President’s portrait

From the label text at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC: American artist Gilbert Stuart was commissioned to paint this portrait after the success of his first portrait of Washington in 1795. Martha Washington convinced the president to sit again because, according to artist Rembrandt Peale, she �wished a […]

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2017 College Art Association Conference intel

This week the College Art Association Annual Conference takes up residence at the New York Hilton Midtown. For non-members, onsite registration costs $595 for the entire five-day event, which features presentations, panel discussions, reunions, and more. This year, CAA has introduced a $150 day-pass, but if readers are interested in […]

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Quick study

Featuring links to articles about�the Painting in the 1980s and Raymond Pettibon exhibitions, distracted by politics, Mother Jones, David Corn, Blue Mountain Center,�I Am Not Your Negro, an�Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon,�more… This week “Fast Forward: Painting in the 1980s” opened at the Whitney Museum. The exhibition�features�many of the artists I loved […]