Catalogue Essay

Catalogue Essay

New geometries: Embracing narrative and content

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Zombie Formalism–innocuous abstraction employing a pastiche of art-historical references and made to fulfill undiscriminating art market demand–has given abstract painting a bad name. Alex Baker offers a vibrant remedy. At Fleischer/Ollman in Philadelphia, where he is gallery director, Baker has curated “New Geometries,” a fine […]

Catalogue Essay

Catalogue essay: Raphael Rubinstein on Gary Stephan

Raphael Rubinstein originally wrote this essay for Gary Stephan‘s solo exhibition, on view through April 23, 2016, at Susan Inglett. / Some paintings pick arguments with art history. Some paintings pick arguments with their materials. Some paintings pick arguments with the other paintings around them in the artist�s studio. Some […]

Catalogue Essay

Catalogue essay: Robert Storr on Rick Briggs

Robert Storr originally wrote the following catalogue essay about Rick Briggs‘s unusual paintings, and he has graciously allowed Two Coats of Paint to republish it. Briggs’s solo show, “Full Circle,” is on view at the Flecker Gallery at Suffolk County Community College through March 18. Some painters just can�t leave […]

Catalogue Essay

Michael Voss: Beyond the absolute

The following is an interesting catalogue essay that critic Carter Ratcliff wrote for Brooklyn painter Michael Voss’s 2014 solo show at George Lawson in San Francisco. Ratcliff rightly suggests that painters aren’t resigning themselves to imperfection, but rather cultivating it. Abstract painting was born from a yearning for absolutes. In […]