Contributed by Vittorio Colaizzi / The first plate of Barnett Newman?s Notes, a series of etchings from 1968 that are on view at Craig Starr alongside Brice Marden’s “Suicide Notes,” contains an outlandish concentration of marks in the lower left of the central column. With this plate, as with his painting Achilles (1952), it seems as if he was pushing the limit of his own format, to see how much incident he could include without, in Donald Judd?s terminology, ?weakening? the composition.
Contributed by Sharon Butler / This month many of the February shows will be on view for another week or two, so if you missed any, such as, for instance, Rochelle Feinstein (Candice Madey and Brigette Donahue, LES) or David Diao (Postmasters, Tribeca), you have a little more time. Recently opened shows include Zachary Keeting at Underdonk in Bushwick, Harriet Korman at Thomas Erben in Chelsea, and Kathy Butterly at James Cohan in Tribeca. We’ll update mid-month when the next wave of openings takes place.
Contributed by Sharon Butler / What’s up February? I’m looking forward to stopping by Ortega y Gasset in Gowanus to see “Surface Tension,” a group show featuring work by Dexter Ciprian, Rachel Granofsky, Christina Graham, Kirstin Lamb, Caitlin Macbride, and Sarah Pater, artists who seem to cast the picture plane as an unreliable narrator. In Tribeca, I’ll be checking out David Diao’s new Berlin Chair paintings on view at Postmasters. On the Lower East Side, Rochelle Feinstein, another painters’ favorite, has a show across two venues, Bridget Donahue and Candice Madey. 106 Green, long located on Green Street in Greenpoint, has reopened at 75 East Broadway. They have a charming two-person exhibition with sculptures by Keiko Narahashi and paintings by Erin O�Brien on view through February 19. In Chelsea, McEnery is showing Roy Dowell’s loose geometric pictures and Erin Lawlor’s dramatic brushy gesturals. More news: Hannah Traore has opened a space at 150 Orchard Street and Marinaro has moved to a new space on Broadway in Noho.
Contributed by Sharon Butler / If January feels dreary, cheer up. Take a look at this long, interesting list of exhibtions that are opening in NYC.
Well, it’s December, and this is the last Two Coats Selected Gallery Guide for the year. I love you, NYC art community, for making this the best art town on the planet.
Contributed by Leslie Wayne / Visual artists who also write criticism and reviews are not uncommon. Rarer are curators or museum directors who are also practicing artists. They face implicit pressure to stay in their lanes. But I would argue that, as critics, they hold a unique and valuable advantage […]
Contributed by Dion Kliner / Situated in Vancouvers original Chinatown, the Sun Wah Center has been an artistic hub housing a diverse cross section of the cultural community since 2016. In the Centers windowless basement, the Canton-sardine Gallery is isolated from street noise and has no natural light. For Kristin Mans, A-MARE to love-to sea, the gallery had been submerged in a deep violet-blue light and the sound of water that spilled into the hallway….
Welcome to the Two Coats of Paint painting-centric guide to gallery exhibitions in New York City. This month look for Jim Condron and Ilsa Murdock at Platform Project Space in DUMBO, and William Eckhardt Kohler’s solo at The Catskills in Tribeca (curated by Kyle Staver and Janice Nowinski)….
UPDATED OCT 23 / Welcome to the Two Coats of Paint painting-centric guide to gallery exhibitions in New York City.
Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Painting is persistently and emphatically alive and well. Indeed, the notion that it is dead — or, more kindly, moribund — is so vapid and hidebound that merely saying that the notion is a cliche is itself a cliche. Yet in putting the lie to it one more time, the Bushwick gallery Transmitter’s succinctly penetrating group show “Material Mutations, part one: The Canvas” brings fresh insights in what might otherwise be an eye-rollingly redundant conversation.