Archive for February, 2010

Joseph Noderer: Twelve Hundred Miles Down the Street

Michael StillionMore Michael Stillion on MWC.

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Kristin Musgnug‘s recent paintings of invasive species are at the University of Arkansas’s Fine Arts Gallery, through March 11.

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I grew up in a small town in southern New Jersey.  Although I definitely wanted to be an artist by the time I went to college, I ended up not liking the extremely conceptually-oriented art program where I was (Williams College) so I majored in Art History instead. I did spend a lot of time out in the woods of the Berkshire mountains, which probably had something to do with why I ended up being drawn to landscape painting. (more…)

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Robert Eugene Smith, outsider artist, writer, amateur folklorist and fixture at art openings, parades or almost any event in the Ozarks that offered a chance to dance a jig, passed away on February 13, 2010.

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Susan Rothenberg:  Moving in Place, at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Sante Fe, NM, until May 16, 2010.

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Almost missed this one: Midwest Paint Group’s showing at Spiva Center for the Arts, in Joplin, MO, through February 21. Includes work by Bob Brock, Glen Cebulash, William Foust, Barbara Lea, Jeremy Long, Michael Neary, Ron Weaver, Megan Williamson.

(shown above: Bob Brock, Grounds at Linda Hall)

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Buoyantgravity, featuring the work of Stephanie Pierce, Sarah Norsworthy, and Heidi Leitzke, is on view at the Washington Art Association, in Washington Depot, CT.  MWC interview with Stephanie Pierce here.

(above: Heidi Leitzke, Sheboygan, oil on canvas, 45×38″, 2009)

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A couple of great posts at Two Coats of Paint this past week:  Reassessing Mercedes Matter and The Slaves to Facture vs. Tentative Doubters.  Two Coats should be required reading in art schools.  I just too many reviews, artist statements and interviews that try to pass off as new ideas that David Hockney, Gabriel Laderman, Studio School people or any number of other artists brought into the dialogue decades ago.  There’s always a broader perspective at Two Coats, and over there a lot of credit gets rightly placed with the names of a lot of under-recognized artists.

More on the subject of cultural amnesia:  Luc Tuymans in the NY Times.

A little bit on being memorious:  Jonah Lehrer on Borges’ Funes and Wilkins.

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GR2, Franklinite, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 14″x18″

What follows is a remarkably generous and thoughtful interview with painter Melissa Oresky.  We will just get right to her words without a lengthy introduction.  See more of her work at Western Exhibitions website.

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I am originally from Maryland, near Washington D.C. I came to the Midwest in 1992 to go to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and I stayed here to get my MFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I currently teach painting at Illinois State University in Normal, IL, and live and work between Bloomington-Normal and Chicago. I always feel a distinct pull back towards the east coast though I realize I have now (more…)

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