Painting

Best of 2013 – AFRICOBRA at the Logan Center for the Arts

Happy New Year! For the last day of our Best of 2013 series, we bring you Randall Miller‘s review of AFRICOBRA at the Logan Center for the Arts in Chicago. This review was originally published on July 23, 2013, and as a consideration of art, activism, race, class, and collectivism, it bears a second look as we move forward into the new year. What changes—in[.....]

Veronika Rónaiová/Julián Filo: Shape of the Gesture

Veronika Rónaiová/Julián Filo. Shape of the Gesture, 1989/2012; acrylic and oil on canvas, 104 x 104 cm.

Today’s article comes from Slovakian curator and art critic Richard Gregor, who takes us through a recent work by Veronika Rónaiová/Julián Filo that features the members of the band Pussy Riot. Two days ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he will free Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 24, and Maria Alyokhina, 25, who were jailed after performing an anti-Putin “punk prayer,” at Moscow’s Christ the Savior cathedral in February last[.....]

Fan Mail: Jeff Depner

Jeff Depner. Reconfigured Grid Painting No.18, 2012; acrylic on canvas; 50” x 43” inches. Courtesy of the Artist.

Jeff Depner’s commitment to one medium, in this case to painting, is rare in the current climate, in which artists work across increasingly varied platforms and often combine mediums. Depner’s paintings simultaneously explore paintings’ storied and experimental past and burgeoning future. Most of his richly layered acrylic works systematically investigate the possibilities of the medium by following a similar internal logic that in turn gives[.....]

Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938 at MoMA

René Magritte. La clef des songes (The Interpretation of Dreams), 1935; Oil on canvas, 16 1/8 x 10 5/8 in. © Charly Herscovici. Photo: Jerry Thompson

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, pays homage to the quintessentially Surrealist decade in the career of Belgian painter Rene Magritte with Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-38. Surrealism flourished as the preeminent art movement between World Wars I and II in Europe. The MoMA exhibition, traveling to Houston and Chicago in 2014, showcases Magritte’s prolific Brussels and Paris years and proves the[.....]

Anoka Faruqee: Substance and Accident at Hosfelt Gallery

Anoka Faruqee. 2013P-34, 2013; acrylic on linen on panel; 33.75 x 33.75 in. Courtesy of the Artist and Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco.

From our partners at Art Practical, today we bring you a review of Anoka Faruqee‘s paintings at Hosfelt Gallery in San Francisco. Author Rob Marks notes that critics of Op art who characterize the genre as superficial are ignoring the possibilities that lie beneath the surface: “Faruqee’s 2013P-29, 2013P-32, and 2013P-34 (all 2013), for example, could appear as little more than decoration, gimmickry, or novelty…. But such easily drawn conclusions—the[.....]

An Interview with Leeah Joo

Leeah Joo. Flight of Crane Wives, 2013; oil on wood panel; 16 x 20 in. Courtesy of the Artist.

In her most recent collection of paintings, Dokkebis and Other Tales, Leeah Joo conjures myths by way of textiles. Joo, who was born in Seoul, South Korea, immigrated to the U.S. at age 10. She received her MFA in Painting from the Yale School of Art, and her work has been featured nationally. Next year, Joo’s work will be featured in February at Artspace in New[.....]

Lindsay Benedict: dirty domestic at Martina }{ Johnston Gallery

Lindsey Benedict. I'm Drinking My Hand (Roughing Up The Lips) 2010/2013.16 mm film transferred with live-Foley sound. 9 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.

Shotgun Reviews are an open forum where we invite the international art community to contribute timely, short-format responses to an exhibition or event. If you are interested in submitting a Shotgun Review, please click this link for more information. In this Shotgun Review, Susannah Magers reviews Lindsay Benedict’s dirty domestic at Martina }{ Johnston Gallery in Berkeley, California. dirty domestic’s premise benefits from its location in the home gallery of Indira[.....]