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Archive for October, 2010

Kim Piotrowski : Beds and Guns at the Hyde Park Art Center.  More Piotrowski.

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From an interesting article on NPR’s 13.7 blog: “Language-based cultures are continuously evaluated and modified; hence humans are by definition born into unanticipated contexts. The stress engendered by this feature of our niche is minimized when a culture is stabilized by “tradition,” and maximized when cultures are amended in increasingly rapid timeframes, as is currently the case.”

…Just had kind of a ‘woah’ moment thinking about painting relative to that paragraph.  Full article here.

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Playing Fields, through November 19, 2010 at Indiana University’s SoFA Gallery.  Paintings by Melissa Oresky and Jered Sprecher (works by both can be seen in the image above) as well as Patrick Berran, Ryan Schneider and Olivia Schreiner.  Playing Fields intends to be a ‘glimpse at the state of painting’ mini-survey rather than a curatorial statement.  Says curator Tyson Skross, “The overarching idea is that each of the artists is working in a unique way that is relevant in the larger field of contemporary painting. The artists are living and working in a variety of cities in the U.S. and their work has never been previously exhibited together. We feel it is important for the SoFA gallery to be able to bring this work to Bloomington to provide a glimpse of the current state of contemporary painting for our audience and our students.”

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Raychael Stine.  (via BaS).  A review of the show from New City.

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Hans Baluschek ( 1876-1935), Proletarierinne, 1900.

If Howard Zinn got into art history, I wonder if it wouldn’t look something like the UK-based blog Art Inconnu. From the site itself:

Collected here are works by artists who are forgotten, under appreciated, or little known to the mainstream. There is incredible quality to be found out there beyond the big name artists in the big shows, whether it is one exceptional painting, one area of an artists oeuvre, or an entire career worth re-examining. The focus here is primarily painting by 19th and 20th century artists but everything is fair game.

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I’m way behind on this one:  Last month, Painting Perceptions posted some thoughts on working with color by Ken Kewley. Here’s a quote: “It is like describing an apple with your hands, forming the shape in the air with your hands, by enclosing an imaginary object with two hands.  You do not try to make your hand look like an apple. Paint takes over the role of the hands and does not hide the fact that it is paint. Painting is talking with hands made permanent.”  There’s more.  It’s well worth checking out.

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