Guest contributor: Jonathan Stevenson / In �Showing A Little Leg� in the November issue of Harper�s, novelist Dan Keane offers a clever, peripatetic piece that delves into the history of particular paintings by New York-based Ellen Altfest, which appeared with other of her paintings at the 2013 Venice Biennale, and […]
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Guest contributor: Jonathan Stevenson / Casualism � the explicit basis for Garis & Hahn�s group show �Dying on Stage� this past summer � is merely the implicit one for two intriguing exhibitions at Dodge Gallery around the corner on Rivington. Jane Fox Hipple�s solo �Corresponding Selves� tugs the strand of […]
Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson Some paintings have to be seen in person, up close, and without distraction to be fully appreciated. That is probably why Austin Thomas felt compelled to frame the maiden showing of Matthew Miller�s stunning new painting (pictured above) as a solo �unveiling� this week at her […]
Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Like an eccentric Brooklyn character in a Paul Auster novel, Paul D�Agostino � writer, curator, Italian literature scholar, and resolute insomniac � thinks in the cadences of Dante. In his exhibition �Twilit Ensembles� at Pocket Utopia, he combines jangled fictional cartoon narratives inspired by paint […]
Installation view at kork. Sharon L. Butler, Habitat (artist’s book on shelf), 2010, “Siding 6,” 2008, and “Siding 7,” 2008, oil on wood, 12 x 9.75″ Sharon L. Butler, Habitat, 2010, cover, 32 pages, 7 x 7″ paperback. Designed by Sofia Nicander, edited by Jonathan Stevenson, with an introduction by […]
Contributed by Guest Blogger JONATHAN STEVENSON A corner in Matthew Miller’s Bushwick studio. Miller’s collection of well-worn brushes. Reading material: Frank Stella’s Working Space, Wyndham Lewis Portraits, and a book about Phillip Guston’s late work. Matthew Miller self-portrait (no information available). Last December, Sharon Butler wrote in The Brooklyn Rail […]
Here are some items cut and pasted from the Two Coats Twitter Feed. For readers unfamiliar with Twitter, “RT” indicates the item has been repeated, or “retweeted,” from someone else’s Twitter feed. Hey Blake Gopnik! How about recommending some NYC shows by WOMEN? http://bit.ly/5JUN2w 8:17 PM Nov 20th Getting in […]
Taking a little break from painting, I’d like to recommend Jonathan Stevenson’s new book, Thinking Beyond the Unthinkable, which was just released by Viking today. Stevenson explores the intellectual virtues of the civilian strategists of the Cold War, and thinks about how to apply some of their genius in the […]
This month we’re recommending all the excellent group shows, especially the ones where old favorites hang next to younger artists who weren’t on our radar.
Contributed by Sharon Butler / I just read a piece by Rachel Corbett in artnet News about Mitchell Algus, a dealer who manages a small second-floor space on the corner of Delancy and Norfolk on the Lower East Side. He’s been mounting shows in different spaces for more than 25 […]