Painting

Fan Mail: Susan Cantrick

Susan Cantrick. Sbc 177, 2014; mixed media (acrylic, pastel, and pencil) on paper; 26 x 29 inches. Image courtesy of the Artist.

Though Susan Cantrick’s paintings are composed mostly of abstracted planes of color, they defy any notion of flatness. The more one looks at Cantrick’s rich fields of color and intricate sections of textured patterning, the more her uniquely layered perspective comes into view. Cantrick regularly employs many of the traditional elements of painting: scale, shape, color, tone, line, perspective, and texture. However, she mixes these traditional[.....]

Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties at Brooklyn Museum

Sam Gilliam. Red April, 1970; acrylic on canvas, 110 x 160 in. Courtesy of the Iowa Museum of Art, Gift of the Longview Foundation.

As someone born two decades after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, I received visual access to the civil-rights era predominantly through photographic documentation. Black-and-white photos in history books, documentary films, and microfilm of front-page newspaper stories shaped my understanding of the period, suggesting a more or less linear sequence of events. Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, now at the Brooklyn Museum,[.....]

Etel Adnan at Callicoon Fine Arts

Etel Adnan. Untitled, 2012; oil on canvas; 9.5 x 11.75 in. Courtesy of the Artist and Callicoon Fine Arts, New York.

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, Bansie Vasvani reviews Etel Adnan at Callicoon Fine Arts in New York City. On the heels of Etel Adnan’s inclusion in Documenta 2012, and concurrent to her inclusion in[.....]

Michael Riedel: Laws of Form at David Zwirner, London

Michael Riedel. Laws of Form, 2014; installation view, David Zwirner, London. Courtesy the Artists and David Zwirner, New York/London.

“There’s no content being produced, because I’m in the first generation that grew up digital…. We are just transferring all the time: tape, CDs, and now the clouds.”[1] Something radical has been happening for a while in art that has been evading easy classification. The digital fold has facilitated a giant mash-up of layers upon layers of information composed from fragments of fragments. Sound bites, video[.....]

Carrie Marill:
 Domesticated at Lisa Sette Gallery

Carrie Marill. Dishberg, 2014; acrylic and graphite on linen; 44 x 58 in. Courtesy of the Artist and Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale. Photo: Michael Lundgren.

Perhaps the best-known artist to explore the realm of motherhood in conjunction with art making is Mary Kelly. Her 1976 Post Partum Document was a six-year exploration of the mother-child relationship that included relics, observations, and charts. While there are many contemporary artists who are also mothers, motherhood as a subject remains relatively off-limits. This is the very terrain that Carrie Marill navigates in her[.....]

Fan Mail: Brooke Reinhold Richard

Brooke Reinhold Richard. Descending Forms, 2012; oil on canvas; 18 x 12 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.

While some artists might shy away from encouraging an open-ended, potentially endless string of associations, Brooke Reinhold Richard seems to embrace it as she leads viewers through her paintings with a loose architecture of visual clues. Her work includes motifs not unlike the tropes and symbols used in the Surrealist tradition of painting, which created numerous meaningful, often personal, associations. Richard paints serially, creating one[.....]

China Syndrome: Six Exhibitions in Beijing

Wu Jian'an, Transformations, installation view, courtesy Chambers Fine Art

Beijing is exhausting, exhilarating, infuriating, appalling, and wonderful, all at the same time. The energy of the city, undefeated by its weight of imperial and revolutionary history, or by the dead hand of contemporary politics and power struggles, is encapsulated in the lively diversity of its art scene. In the late 1990s and the early years of this century, Chinese artists were rock stars, earning[.....]