Author: Sharon Butler


Katharina Grosse on canvas

When I first saw Katharina Grosse’s paintings at Gagosian, my reaction was that they were too big, and that the surfaces were too flat–that they looked better on the computer screen than they did�at the gallery. Berlin-based Grosse (b.�1961, Germany) is mainly�known for large-scale three-dimensional work that features bright, unmixed, […]


Marina Adams: Radically soft and optimistic

Contributed by by Danielle Wu / Given the influx of politically oriented�exhibitions lately, “Soft Power,” Marina Adams’s solo at Salon 94 offers an ethereal mind space that provides relief from all the strain and strife.�Wavy blocks of bright color, from lemony yellows to saltwater blues, nest together, embracing each other�s […]


In retrospect: Post-truth with David Brody and Elliot Green

Contributed by Luisa Caldwell�and�Matt Freedman / Back in December, the uncanny pushed its way into the room of exquisite landscape paintings by David Brody and Elliot Green. Uncanny, as in familiar but incongruous, has become attached to the persuasively surreal in contemporary practice; strange figurations usually, big babies, small grownups, […]


Quick study

The-world-is-falling-apart edition. MoMA protests Trump’s refugee ban, Dore Ashton has died, AFC offers to�help to artists affected by Trump’s executive orders, movies about politics, NEA budget, Stock Club update, Welish on Dan Walsh, Tatiana Berg�and�Mexico City, and more.


Ken Weathersby: From sculpture to painting

For his new series of elegant abstract paintings, on view at Minus Space through February 25, Ken Weathersby drew from�seasoned images in old art�history books. These books feature simple layouts, often two wide columns illustrated with black and white images. Over time, the paper on which they’ve been printed has […]


Infrastructure @ SEMINAR in DUMBO

Update: The show has been extended through March. Note: The artists talk scheduled on�March 16 has been cancelled. Infrastructure: Land, Mind, Country Artists from the Two Coats of Paint Residency Program Opening reception: February 2, First Thursday, at SEMINAR Gallery in DUMBO, 6-9 pm. Two Coats of Paint�has the unique […]


Christopher Moss: So not funny

Contributed by Matthew Weinstein / I really hope people get to see Chris Moss‘s show at Theodore:Art�in Bushwick. I own a painting of his, and I love it. It makes me laugh. It’s hanging by my front door. It’s a crazy little square face; a sort of impasto emoji that […]


Drawing portfolio: Tamara Gonzales

In her second solo show at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery,�Tamara Gonzales�presents�a colorful�series of pencil drawings that conjure�Peruvian textiles and embroidery. She first visited Peru in 2013 to see�Machu Picchu. “Ever since seeing Keep the River on Your Right I’d wanted to visit Machu Picchu,” Gonzales told me recently in an […]

Jennifer Coates
Ideas about Painting

A brief history of food as art

The latest issue of Smithsonian Journeys Travel Quarterly, called the “Atlas of Eating,” features travel articles related to food, such as “How Food Became Religion in Peru’s Capital City” and “The Humble Beginnings of Goulash.” Editor Jeff Bartholet invited me to contribute something about art and food, so I put together a short history of […]