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Deux Côtés / Two Sides

September 9 – October 16, 2016
RECEPTION Friday September 9, 6-9 PM  

Theodore:Art is pleased to present "Deux Côtés," the first of a two-part exhibition presented in collaboration with Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris.  The second part will take place at Galerie Jean Fournier in December 2016.
By means of a series of conversation that Emilie Ovaere-Corthay, Director of Galerie Jean Fournier, and Stephanie Theodore had in front of paintings, both in real life and on computer monitors, an idea was born, of a presentation of work of mature painters with strong local followings who each in his/her own way push the practice of painting as a means to an expressive, subjective end.   The language of painting transcends national identity and geopolitical boundaries.  The concerns of painters–-color, gesture, texture, form, expression–-can suggest heretofore unknown communities among painting practitioners.  This exhibition is an attempt to foster further collaboration and dialogue in the circles of painters on two sides of the Atlantic. 

Theodore:Art / 56 Bogart Street / Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY

For more information and images please contact Stephanie Theodore at 212 966 4324 or

Image at top: Sharon Butler, Clipping Path, 2016, oil on canvas, 38 x 32 inches.

The Conversion of Things

SEMINAR @ New York Studio Residency Program/AICAD
20 Jay St, Suite M10 (mezzanine floor) Brooklyn
F to York St. or A & C to High St.

The AICAD Studio Practice Residency is pleased to announce "The Conversion of Things," our first exhibition of works by resident artists Gabriel Hopson, Rebecca Connolly, Zhijie Chang, Jill Taffet, and their mentors Sharon Butler, Aaron Johnson, and Esperanza Mayobre. The exhibition brings together a range of practices linked together by the dialog between the artists and their different translations of visual, cultural, and formal languages.

"The Conversion of Things" opened Thursday, September 1st from 6 - 9 pm as part of Art in Dumbo’s First Thursdays. This is also the first in a new series of monthly exhibitions at the New York Studio Residency Program’s project space, SEMINAR, is open to public on Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 6pm and by appointment during the week.

Image at top: A wall drawing made for the show, based on the digitial "Good Morning" drawings I post on Instagram each day. Image via Kate Gavriel and Art in DUMBO. Link to the drawing series:

Common Room

September 7 - October 16, 2016 / Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 7, 6-8pm

Curated by Björn Meyer-Ebrecht, with work by William Eric Brown, Sharon Butler, Paul Gagner, Jule Korneffel, Esperanza Mayobre, David McBride, Adam Parker Smith, Jenny Vogel

Common Room is an installation of a room within a room. It is both a sculpture as well as a piece of architecture functioning to exhibit the work of eight artists: Eric Brown, Sharon Butler, Paul Gagner, Jule Korneffel, Esperanza Mayobre, David McBride, Adam Parker Smith, and Jenny Vogel.

The room’s structure consists of a wooden platform as a floor and painted plywood wall elements. Each wall, painted with a thick border and in two distinct colors, serves as a frame for one or several artworks. Each individual artwork in turn functions as a window and offers a connection to the world outside the room.

Lesley Heller Workspace / 54 Orchard Street / New York, NY 10002 / 212 410 6120 / Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 11 – 6, Sunday 12 – 6 /

Image at top: Sharon Butler, Gas Grill 3, 2014, pigment, binder, thread, pencil on linen tarp and canvas, 72 x 84 inches.

Machines of Paint and Other Materials

Studio 1046 Productions is delighted to present "Machines of Paint and Other Materials" at 72 Front Street in Dumbo Brooklyn, a temporary exhibition space / Opening September 10th, 6-9pm.
"Machines of Paint and Other Materials" is a non-thematic group show featuring large and small abstract  painting and sculpture. The exhibition will present work by established and emerging artists who share in possessing a directed passion fed by their art.

Artists include: Sharon Butler, Cora Cohen, Elizabeth Hazan, Kathleen Kucka,Doreen McCarthy, Marcie MacGuffie, Laura Newman, Erin O'Brien, Nakima Draper-Ollin, Lisa Stefanelli, Jennifer Riley, Patrick Burns, Nathaniel Flagg, Craig Fisher, Michael Geshwer, Julian Hatton, Erick Johnson, Russell Roberts, Steve West, Kelly Wilson
Gallery Hours: Friday 3-6 / Saturday,Sunday 12-6,  And By Appointment / An artist will be present during these times.
(212)203-5055 For Appointments and Inquiries
Image at top: Sharon Butler, Untitled (Double Stroke), 2016, oil on canvas, 68 x 80 inches.

PostPrint Magazine presents "Expensive Poetry"

Expensive Poetry
Postprint Magazine Issue 001
August 5 – 21, 2016
Curated by Julian A. Jimarez Howard in collaboration with Postprint Magazine
Opening Reception: Friday August 5th | 7pm-10pm
Featuring artwork by: Sharon Butler, Paul D’Agostino, Gary Gissler, Julia Madsen, An Authentic Skid Mark (Kaleigh Moynihan), Giovanna Olmos, Charles Shields, and Seldon Yuan
OUTLET Fine Art is pleased to present ISSUE 001: EXPENSIVE POETRY, the first issue of Postprint Magazine, a space for poetry that lives beyond the printed page, IRL. The first issue dilates the concept of a printed periodical of poetry wide enough to take in also color, form, and the systems of commerce that hold them. By collapsing the limits of the printed page, so too, the distinction between reading and seeing may also be collapsed, allowing for the fulfillment of a new poetics. The process of perception every artist in this issue carries us through, from place to place in the gallery, describes an answer to the question: if poetry is a process of perception, what is the limit of poetry, if not words? 

By reforming old notions of publication and its platforms, by translating them to a more 3d space, Postprint Magazine stands as a vivid response to the life and the limits of the printed page.

Image at top: Sharon Butler, The Animated Reader, 2015, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches.

Time Out New York names Two Coats of Paint one of the ten best art websites

Art critic Howard Halle recommends ten websites: "These 10 art websites will keep you on top of the latest trends in contemporary art, whether you‘re a fan or an expert. If your exposure to art is limited to the occasional trip to Chelsea’s galleries, the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Museum of Modern Art, it may be because you simply don’t have the time to really get into it. But say you’re still curious about the latest art-world goings-on. What to do? Well, like pretty much everything these days, that information is as close to you as the nearest keyboard or smartphone. ...."

Websites include:
Art F City
The Art Newspaper
The Architect's Newspaper
Two Coats of Paint

"Two Coats of Paint is run by blogger Sharon Butler, a Brooklyn painter who devotes her widely read site to painting, with reviews and profiles of other practitioners of the medium. Given the resurgence of painting that’s currently underway, Butler’s blog is more relevant than ever."

Thanks Howard!

"Elementary" at the Truro Center for the Arts

Elementary: Paintings by Sharon Butler, Sharon Horvath and Patricia Miranda
July 11 - 22, 2016

This exhibition highlights the work of three artists who focus on the basic components of painting. Sharon Butler’s paintings illuminate process and materials. Sharon Horvath makes intimate works that ponder the mysterious alchemy  of imaginary forms and material color. Patricia Miranda uses organic dyes and pigments to reconstruct and recontextualize enigmatic objects. Individually and collectively, these artists plumb the basic elements of art, taking contemporary painting in intriguing new directions.
Opening Reception: July 14th from 4 - 6pm

Image at top: Courtesy of Patricia Miranda

The Guerrilla Girls: Art, Activism & the 'F' Word

Join us for The Salon at The Benton
The Guerrilla Girls:  Art, Activism & the 'F' Word
The Guerrilla Girls are still relevant after all these years. Is their message art? It is politics? Both? Join us for this exciting and timely dialogue.
"We try to be different from the kind of political art that is angry and points to something that says 'This is bad.' That's preaching to the converted.  We want to be subversive, to transform our audience, to confront them with some disarming statements, backed up by facts - and great visuals - and hopefully convert them." The Guerrilla Girls 
Friday, April 29, 2016, 5 - 7 pm
Sharon Butler and Mary Banas. Moderated by Cora Lynn Deibler
Admission to the Salon is free. Donations are gratefully accepted.
5 - 5:30 pm  Wine and Light Hors d'oeuvres 
5:30 - 7 pm  Panel Discussion & Conversation
Visit the museum's website for more detail and for information on the exhibition.

Multiple Impressions: Printmaking Exhibition at Real Art Ways

Press release:

Through April 21, 2016
Multiple Impressions: 5th Connecticut Printmakers Invitational

Curated by John O’Donnell

Multiple Impressions is an exhibition of 23 artists who make prints using a variety of printmaking processes, ranging from traditional (intaglio, relief, lithography, and screen printing) to experimental (textile, sculpture, and installation). Their works address a variety of topics concerning design, representation, and abstraction. Some artists in this exhibition are painters who make prints, while others are designers who use printmaking to execute ideas.

The following artists are participating: Michael Angelis May Babcock Sharon Butler Julia DePinto Paul DeRuvo Jenni Freidman Brad Guarino James Kimura-Green Ryan King Nathan Lewis AJ Masthay Guz Mazzocca Sarah Mikolowsky Kelsey Miller Jeff Mueller Neil Daigle Orians Hartford Prints! Thomas Radovich Nicolas Ransom Kennedy Thomas Reilly Jacob Rochester Sydney Roper Stephanie Sileo Tim Wengertsman Mark Zurolo

Real Art Ways
56 Arbor Street
Hartford, CT 06106

Image at top: Sharon Butler, Pipes, 2016, etching, 15 x 18 inches. Created at Counterproof Press during my artist's residency.

Geometrix: Line Form Subversion

Press Release:

GEOMETRIX: Line, Form, Subversion (January 14 – April 16, 2016)  is a large mischievously educational exhibition that explores how artists use the vocabulary of geometric abstraction to explore ideas far beyond the purely formal.Admittedly eclectic, the exhibition is a big beta version of what will become an annual ser ies of focused thematic shows. The a rtists included in this exhibition allude to such diverse inspirations as music, physics, occult studies, racism, social issues, gay aesthetics, incarceration data, textile design, interactive computer design, memorials, the environment and perverse homages, to name but a few.

Artists include  Lisa Beck, Lori Ellison, Kendell Geers, Jason Gubbiotti Raymond Salvatore Harmon , Warren Isensee, Linn Meyers Gary Petersen, Eduardo Santiere , Jo Smail Andrea Way, Andy Moon Wilson, Patrick Wilson, Joan Belmar, Brian Dailey, Tim Doud, Tom Downing Tom Green, Logan Grider, Jason Hughes, Warren Isensee Paul Laffoley, Sharon Louden, J.W. Mahoney, Gary Petersen W.C. Richardson, Eduardo Santiere, Jered Sprecher, Don Voisine Andrea Way, Andy Moon Wilson, John Zinsser, Seth Adelsberger, Joan Belmar. Sharon Butler, Travis Childers Charles Cohan, Paul Doran, Alex Ebstein Peter Fox, Ted Gahl, Robert Gutierrez, Eric Hibit, J.T. Kirkland, Amy Lin, Maggie Michael , Thomas Müller, Betsy Packard, Jefferson Pinder

Three venus:
Curator's Office @ Home
5706 Newington Rd
Bethesda, MD 20816

Curator’s Office @ Gallery 2112
2112 R Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

Curator’s Office @ Edgewood Studios
703 Edgewood St NE
Washington, DC 20010

Image above: Sharon Butler, Blue Fences, 2013, pigment, binder, pencil, staples, stretcher, linen tarp, 16 x 18 inches. On view in the Edgewood Studios edition of the exhibition.

I'll be giving a talk at Trestle Gallery on Tuesday, January 12

Trestle is a contemporary art space in Gowanus, Brooklyn, whose mission is to foster creativity and community by offering exhibition, education, and networking opportunities for contemporary artists and curators. They provide a place for creative people to focus on the development of their art and their career. Their four core programs are Contemporary Exhibitions, Professional Development, Community Classes, and Residencies.

I'll be giving a talk on
Tuesday, January 12th, 6:30PM

Please join us.

$5 suggested donation
(Pay donation ahead online to reserve your seat)

trestle: 168 7th st, brooklyn, ny 11215 - trestle gallery & office will be closed between 12/16/15 & 1/2/16. normal hours will resume January 4, 2016. - trestle projects: 400 third ave, brooklyn, ny 11215 - by appt  
trestle: 168 7th st. is wheelchair accessible during gallery hours - must enter through 125 8th street entrance and call 718-858-9069  

Solo exhibition at Theodore:Art opens January 8, 2016

January 8 – February 14, 2016
Reception for the artist - Friday January 8, 6-9 PM
Gallery Hours Friday 1-8, Saturday-Sunday 1-6 PM

Press release:

Theodore:Art is pleased to present an exhibition of recent work by New York-based painter Sharon Butler. This will be Butler's first New York solo show since 2013.

Moving from sublet to studio share to Yaddo and other residencies over several years, Butler has incorporated the migrational spatial experience of a contemporary painter into shifting imagery, material, and process, reflecting the transient and often tenuous existence of artists in New York.

Now settled into a permanent studio overlooking the Manhattan Bridge, Butler has moved her practice to a more fixed ground on which to build firm structures that investigate painting and its discontents more thoroughly. Accordingly, Butler has dispensed with earlier casual installation strategies, which transitional circumstances necessitated. Working on stretched canvas with oil paint, Butler has time to prime, to wonder, to revise. Time to watch paint dry.

Through her blog Two Coats of Paint, Butler has been connecting the dots of the larger conversation about contemporary painting, from temporary workspaces to the institutional canon. Butler teaches in the MFA programs at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Connecticut. She has lectured as a visiting critic at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Brown University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Maryland Institute College of Art, and others.

56 Bogart Street (Bushwick)
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Contact: Stephanie Theodore
(212) 966-4324 

Image at top: Sharon Butler, Stanzer, 2015, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches.

The Conversation Project

Thanks Brett Wallace for including me The Conversation Project, an archive of interviews with "influencers in the contemporary art world." We met in my studio a few months ago to discuss art, social media, my work, and more. Click here to read the transcript.

Sharon Butler | Paintings

A selection of stream-of-consciousness easel-sized oil paintings.

On view October 12 – October 25 , 2015
EBK Gallery [small works].
218 Pearl St.
Hartford, CT

Reception: Saturday, October 17, 6-8pm. 

Image at top: Sharon Butler, Back Fat, 2015, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches.

Invitations for upcoming events: Minneapolis, St. Paul, Hartford, Greensboro

I have a few upcoming events in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Hartford, and Greensboro that I'd like to tell readers about. I hope you can join me if you are nearby.

 On September 30, 6pm, at the Burnet Gallery, in Minneapolis, I'll be having a public conversation with Sharon Louden, artist and editor of the popular book of artists' essays, Living and Sustaining a Creative Life. Sharon (Louden) has organized a whirlwind tour of the Twin Cities for me, including a visit to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she is part-time faculty and an MFA mentor, and a presentation there at 1pm. It's free and open to the public, so if you're in Minneapolis, please join us. The next day, after visiting students' studios at MCAD, Sharon and I will have another conversation, at 6pm, in St. Paul at Golden’s Deli in conjunction with Springboard for The Arts. Believe it or not, I've never been to Minnesota, so I'm looking forward to this trip. Big thanks to Sharon for bringing me out there!

In October, I'll be presenting some new work (see image at top) in a brief solo show at the progressive EBK Gallery at 218 Pearl Street in downtown Hartford, Connecticut. The Wadsworth Atheneum is just a few blocks away, so I'm eager to see its galleries, recently reopened after a major overhaul. My show at EBK runs only from October 12 through October 20, and we'll have a reception on Saturday, October 17. Look for details on the EBK website. (Note that artist digital artist Carla Gannis has the slot after mine.) With luck I'll encounter a few from the old Connecticut crowd.

I'll also be in Greensboro, North Carolina, in October visiting the Department of Art at the University of North Carolina. On Friday, October 15, at 6pm, I'll be at the university's Weatherspoon Art Museum for "Building on Maud Gatewood's Legacy: Place and Being an Artist," participating in a conversation with Brett Baker (publisher of Painters' Table). Gatewood, who died in 2004, was an important member of the North Carolina arts community, and the museum has mounted a selection of her work, much of it borrowed from nearby museums. I'm hoping to learn more about the contemporary art community in North Carolina, so if you are down that way, please join us.

 Image at top: On view at EBK Gallery in October: Sharon Butler, Cybercave, 2015, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches.
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