Monday, March 26, 2018

Abstract and geo-abstract are in!

I noticed alot of abstraction and geo-abstraction at the NY art fairs. Here's the NY gallery suggestions for March from Two Coats of Paint which highlights alot of that work in shows:

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Volta NY 2018

     With an initial slow start due to the winter nor'easter that blew in, Volta, like the other fairs, was back up to speed on Thursday. Each booth had solo projects. This could be "putting all your eggs in one basket" financially for some galleries but it also avoided the cacophony of images at other fairs.
     Volta had alot of surface play and materials play. There was quite a bit of what I'll call "controlled abstraction" and very little concept work. Paintings on view leaned to the less academic side. Little to no tight, rendered realism.

     Probably my favorite work from the fair was at Jan Kossen (NY). These pieces by Troy Simmons mixed concrete w colorful acrylic/plastic stripes. An unusual and very effective pairing. The piece above was in the 3x5'+ range, and they had a few smaller ones to the side. I want one!

     These Tomashi Jackson pieces at Tilton (NY) reflected the mixed media prevalent at Volta, playing with material, imagery, shape and texture.

William Bradley at Unix Gallery, NY

Didier William at Anna Zorina Gallery, NY

Jeong Yun, Choi at Bien Gallery, Korea

Myung Nam, An at Bien Gallery, Korea

John Cheatwood at Beers (London)

John Cheatwood at Beers (London)

Takato Yamamoto at Gallery Kogure (Tokyo and NY)
Aubrey Levinthal at Nancy Margolis Gallery, NY

William Buchina at Slag Gallery, Brooklyn

William Buchina at Slag Gallery, Brooklyn

Starsky Brines at Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt, Germany

Not a great photo, but this little portrait caught my eye. Rendered in purple, loaded with paint on the face but better appreciated in person. Looks a bit like a violet Willem DaFoe, eh?

Friday, February 23, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

5Pointz verdict (

A verdict was reached in the controversial 5Pointz graffiti building. As much as the owner has the right to make a living, the judge stated that had he waited til he got the permits and communicated with the artists to whitewash the building, this could have been averted. Artists and developers should take heed: if you want to uplift a building or area with art, and artists are willing to do it, just be clear with eachother before the project(s) begin about expectations. The artists should know beforehand that it's finite until re-development begins, and that they'll be notified in a timely manner to allow for photos and documentation. The artists need to be clear about that, perhaps get something in writing about a timeframe before demo. Both can benefit from a situation like this, and both can avoid legal hassles, heartache and disappointment.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Artnet News: Best Works of 2017

What do you think? Several folks from Artnet assembled this Best of 2017 article:…/best-art-i-saw-all-year-1182602…
From Anne Imhof's remarkable pavilion in Venice to Chris Burden's dirigible in Basel, here's the art we'll remember most from 2017.