Archive for February, 2015


Many of you know that Brett Baker is the sort of like the glue that holds together an unfathomably huge amount of the dialogue about painting on the internet together.  That’s through his online magazine, everyone’s go-to, Painter’s Table.  He’s also a painter.  A really good painter, of thick, material-centric  paintings.  The paintings tend to use a controlled set of marks, usually parallel and evenly space.  Because the paint is applied thickly and saturated with pigment, the surface undulates–both literally and visually–and allows for the eye to rove over the surface, forming and reforming the Gestalt.  In my mind, this kind of puts Baker’s paintings in line with the best, most essential human rituals, like the Catholic Rosary or Native American ceremonies, just without the dogma.  Baker has a show that just opened at Elizabeth Harris Gallery in NYC.    See more of his work at his own website.

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Zurburan’s little “St. Francis Contemplating a Skull” from the St. Louis Museum of Art.

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The interview Kathy Liao did for us was one of our most popular posts last year.  Now she’s recorded a skype lecture for Northwest Oklahoma State University.  Watch above.

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Kansas City based writer and critic Blair Schulman has a piece on Huffington Post about Travis Pratt’s series “The Joplin Paintings”.  Pratt painted these works in response to the the aftermath of the tornado that destroyed much of Joplin in 2011.

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Back in 2008, MW Capacity went on a hunt for images of George Rose’s artwork.  Though Rose is an artist who is well-regarded by other artists, the quintessential “artist’s artist”, it was almost impossible to find images of his work online.  For our 2008 post on Rose, we had to publish scans of 30 year old slides.  Rose’s work has been shown several times over the years since, at Simpson College and as part of a travelling exhibit curated by the Midwest Paint Group.

Currently, Wright State University’s Art Galleries are exhibiting a collection of Rose’s self portraits.  The gallery has shared with us a number of images of the paintings, slowly adding to the number of images of Rose’s work available online.

All images are courtesy of Robert & Elaine Stein Galleries.  MW Capacity would like to thank the gallery, and Director Tess Cortes, for allowing us to share these images.





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