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Michael Berryhill: Basement States at Horton & Liu in New York, September 10-October 10, 2009.  More Michael Berryhill.

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Cecily Brown for the Guardian: “I take things too far when painting”. (via Two Coats of Paint)  In May, Neoteric Art published some thoughts on Cecily Brown’s exhibit at the Des Moines Art Center (where Half-Blind, above, is on view currently).

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Amy Casey: New Paintings on view at Zg Gallery in Chicago,  September 11-October 17, 2009.

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Glenn Goldberg, untitled, 2006, mixed media on paper,  15″ x 11″

As a part of its exhibit of rarely seen works by Lester Goldman, the Kansas City Public Library is hosting a discussion between local art historian Elisabeth Kirsch and painter Glenn Goldberg, moderated by exhibit-organizer Sean Kelley.  The talk is scheduled for Friday October 2, 2009 at the Central Branch of the Kansas City Public Library.  In anticipation of the panel, we asked Glenn Goldberg to discuss his connections, personal and painterly, to Goldman.

How did you come to be involved in the panel discussion?

I came to be a part of this discussion because I was a friend of Lester’s,  know his wife Kathrin,  admire his work, have been to Kansas City many times,  have always been treated kindly by Lester and Warren Rosser at the Art Institute, and did the first project at Grand Arts with Sean Kelley and Margaret Hall Silva in 1995.

My show at Grand Arts afforded me the chance to meet my friend Sean Kelley, the former director of Grand Arts, who is chairing the panel taking place at Lester’s exhibition and now curating at the library.  I am honored to participate in this event that surrounds Lester’s exhibition.

What do you see as exciting, influential or relevant about Goldman’s work?

I feel that Lester was an authentic artist who had a lot of heart and courage. His ability and understanding of painting, drawing and sculpture is unquestionable, but it is his adventurous and generous spirit that I always valued. I would refer to Lester as a “form and vision” artist.  His understanding and respect for form became wedded to his passion, questions and beautifully wild vision.  I am certain he influenced scores of young artists that he came in contact with.  Lester was a great inspiration to artist colleagues both in the midwest and on the east coat.  He was discussed and was part of a group of serious painters that had a bond and shared mutual interests despite their differences.

Do you feel there’s any connection between your work and Lester Goldman’s?

I feel like I share the interest in “form and vision” that I referred to earlier with respect to Lester.  I opted for more non-Western influences while Lester seemed to be more European and American oriented.  I did work non-representationally for a long time and have returned back to images that have overt reference.  I feel like we were both picture and image oriented even in paintings that lacked literal associations.  It doesn’t seem like either of us were only engaged in the organization of shapes and colors.

Any other plans for your trip to Kansas City?

I plan on meeting with some people while I am in Kansas City to organize a glass sculpture project and/or a print project. I enjoy making work in Kansas City and haven’t been able to do that for some time due to family, teaching and generally making my work in New York.

Thanks.  We’re looking forward to the discussion.

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Caleb Weintraub: New Work at Peter Miller Gallery in Chicago, September 11-October 17, 2009.  Caleb says  “the new work- is a lot splashier than the work from the past… this stuff is all painted by dropping paint and pouring it from above…using cake detailers for the tighter parts.”

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Artists from the Midwest Paint Group are exhibiting at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, in St Joseph, MO, Sept. 12 – Nov. 8. Includes works by Bob Brock, Glen Cebulash, William Foust, Philip Hale, Timothy King, Barbara Lea, Jeremy Long, Michael Neary, Ron Weaver, and Megan Williamson.

Here’s a link to the catalog. [update: the catalog PDF only links directly from the MPG site]

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Thanks to Merry Day for letting us know:

An exhibit of recent paintings by George Rose is on view at Farnham Galleries, Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa, Sept. 23-Oct. 16, 2009. George will take questions at a public event on Thursday, Sept. 24, 5 to 6 p.m. in Farnham Galleries.

For those unfamiliar with Rose’s work, you might visit MWC’s post from a while back.

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Khalif Kelly: Metamorphosis

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Khalif Kelly: Metamorphosis at Thierry Goldberg Projects in NYC, September 9-October 11, 2009

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Lester Goldman, Untitled, 1996, oil on canvas, 40″ x 40″, photo by EG Schempf

Lester Goldman:  Flights of Fancy is at the Central Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, September 18-October 31, 2009.  An event is planned for Friday, October 2, 2009:  artist Glenn Goldberg and art historian Elisabeth Kirsch will take part in a discussion moderated by the library’s Sean Kelley.

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Speck was an arts-devoted magazine printed in Kansas City in 2001.  Only one issue made it into print.  Publisher Dan Curtis is now in Texas, involved in a marketing solutions company, Speck Communications.  He describes Speck as a ‘labor of love.’  The little treasure in that one issue, to me, was an interview with Lester Goldman conducted by a young Eric Sall.  It’s been out of print for several years now.  Goldman passed away in 2004.   Sall left Kansas City and has become an amazing and successful painter.  This month in Kansas City, art lovers have a chance to see exhibits by both artists—Sall has a show at Dolphin Gallery and the Public Library is exhibiting never-before-see works by Goldman.  We thought that this would be the time to bring that interview out into the light of the world wide web. I want to thank Goldman’s family, Eric Sall and Dan Curtis for granting permission to reprint the interview.

ERIC: The first thing I wanted to ask you is where you’re from and where you went to school.

LESTER: I’m from Philadelphia, and I want to art school in 1960 at the University of the Arts in Philly—and then out to Aspen, Colorado, during the summers.  I studied with a lot of people like Leland Bell and Larry Day, and a number of people that were excellent out in Aspen.  Then I went to Indiana University, first going to Iowa University, then went to Indiana and got my MFA there.

ERIC: So then, had art become pretty serious for you?

LESTER: Yeah. (more…)

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Adam Ekberg is showing at Mt. Comfort in Indianapolis, September 4-25, 2009.

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