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Stefanie Gutheil: Dreckige Katze at Mike Weiss Gallery, September 8-October 8, 2011.

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Gideon Bok is having 2 concurrent solo shows at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects in NYC.  Both record store at SHFAP’s main space and andywarholbobdylandavidbowie 1971  at a smaller upstairs space feature smallish paintings of LP record covers painted from observation as still lifes, one LP per painting.  Both shows are open until October 8, 2011.

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Kimberly Trowbridge: Open-In at the Painting Center, June 8-July 3, 2010.  More Kimberly Trowbridge.

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Plow, 2009, enamel and chalk on paper, 96″ x 52″

Seeing it live.  There’s nothing like it.  The latest reminder came from seeing a painting by Mequitta Ahuja in person at the Ulrich Museum in Wichita, KS last month.  It was only after I got home and did some research that I realized the artist who made this painting—this painting that was more than holding it’s own in a room with works by Kerry James Marshall, Kara Walker, Mark Bradford, Julie Mehretu and Donald Odili Odita—was actually someone who’s work I had seen before, in the magazines and online.  Seen before, but never getting a feel for the presence or a sense of the energy the work contains.  This reminder about the physical person-to-object-to-person nature of painting is fitting that the physical act of painting seems a major concern for Ahuja herself, who in the interview that follows refers to a component of her method as “body-sensing”Read on to learn more. (more…)

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Ed Paschke at Gagosian, March 18-April 24, 2010. Personally I’m very-very happy to see Paschke in a place to get the attention, and any bump in status, that getting shown in this blue-chip brings..

It also puts me in mind of a question I ask myself occassionally (off on a tangent):  what happened to all the gnarly figure under-duress painting that used to happen in the Midwest?  Seems like you can trace back this great tradition of wild figurative/narrative painting in the Midwest—Mauricio Lasansky, Ivan Albright, some of the wackier Regionalists, Peter Saul, the Imagists, AfriCOBRA, Donald Roller Wilson, James McGarrell, and on and on.  Through most of the last hundred years, there’s almost nothing like this on the East Coast, where much cooler, more refined tendencies held sway through major and minor movements.  Richard Lindner being one of the few exceptions I can think of (someone I associate closely with Paschke in spirit, even if there isn’t any direct connect between the two).  There might have been some concurrent tendencies during Neo-Expressionism’s moment.  But even then, Paschke and Peter Saul really do make Basquiat and Carroll Dunham look artsy and ivory-tower.  At some point, the situtation reversed.   New York has plenty of unruly, blush-inducing figurative painting (think John Currin, Lisa Yuskavage, Jason Fox, Inka Essenhigh, Will Cotton, Steve DiBenedetto) while, as far as I can tell, dominant trends in the Midwest are Geometric Abstraction and painterly landscape.  Landscape especially makes sense, but I still wonder why the figurative oddballs have gotten fewer and further between.

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A few moments of entertaining craziness at Stefanie Gutheil’s show, Kopftheater at Mike Weiss Gallery in NYC, until February 20, 2010.

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Vincent Desiderio, Soaking, 2005, oil on linen, 71.5″ x 78.5″, in the collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City.  The painting can be seen in the exhibit Volunteer Voices:  Selections from the Collection of the Kemper Museum until April 25, 2010.  More Vincent Desiderio.

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