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Please join me for the ArtCritical Review Panel on Friday, April 17

Ill be joining David Cohen, John Yau, and Noah Dillon to discuss the New Museum's Triennial and the Invitational at the American Academy of Arts and Letters at The Review Panel, a popular critics’ forum, now in its tenth year at the National Academy Museum.

From the press release:

The two shows are a contrast of medium proclivity: while new technologies predominate at the Triennial, an international survey of early-career artists filling all floors of the New Museum’s Bowery headquarters, the Invitational has a bias towards painting and artists of all career stages. The Triennial has been curated by Lauren Cornell of the New Museum and artist Ryan Trecartin while the Invitational is selected by a committee of academicians.

John Yau, the eminent poet and respected critic, has been a regular guest of The Review Panel. Our other two speakers are newcomers: Sharon Butler is the veteran blogger at Two Coats of Paint, while Noah Dillon has been Associate Editor at since last summer.

Free and open to the public.

Time: 6:30 pm

The National Academy Museum
1083 5th Avenue at 89th Street
New York, NY

To make a reservation, please call 212-369-4880 x 201

The Painter of Modern Life, command-z, and the resurgence of abstraction

I recently wrote a new post about the Internet and how it has affected painting.

"The Internet, especially through social media, facilitates a direct and immediate connection between interior and exterior worlds, and I have little doubt that this recent phenomenon has helped propel the current resurgence of abstract painting. MoMA’s Laura Hoptman-curated contemporary painting survey “The Forever Now” showcases artists who comb the Internet for styles both past and present to ape, reference, and revere. In contrast, “The Painter of Modern Life,” a group show organized by Bob Nickas at Anton Kern, is a visual essay that seems to focus directly on the mind space created when we are on the Internet. Many of the artists in this show may still refer to art historical-materials found on the web, but what makes their work so distinctive is their effort to visualize how it feels to spend so much time in a virtual world..."

Click here to read the entire post.

NOTE: Parts of the post are taken from a statement I'm crafting about some new paintings, one of which is pictured above. The ideas will also be teased out in a curated one-night group exhibition with Improvised Showboat. The exhibition is Saturday, May 2 at Two Coats HQ, 55 Washington Street in DUMBO. Details to come.

Image above: Sharon Butler, Vague Recollection, 2015, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches.

Paintings From Paris @ MAKEBISH

Opens Friday, November 14, 6pm. More info here.

Fall Update

Exhibitions: First up is the DUMBO ARTS FEST, September 26-28. Teri Hackett and I are putting together a show in the studio at 68 Jay Street, so please save the date. Toward the end of October I have a few exhibitions on the calendar including "Exchange Rate" with Robert Yoder/SEASON at Theodore:Art and "Abstraction and its Discontents" at Storefront Ten Eyck, both in Bushwick. (More details and links to come.)

Teaching: I'm looking forward to teaching two MFA seminars, one at my alma mater, the University of Connecticut in Storrs, and the other at the venerable Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia where I'll also serve as a Visiting Critic. In November, I'm heading north to spend a couple days at Maine College of Art in Portland. I'll give a presentation about my own work and visit the painting studios. I hope it doesn't snow.

With several writing projects and panel discussions lined up, too, I should be pretty busy, but I plan to see plenty of exhibitions in both Philadelphia and NYC--and I hope to see everyone there.

Image above: Photographing small work in the studio at 68 Jay Street, August 2014.

"Brooklyn Bridge" @ George Lawson in San Francisco

curated by Justine Frischmann

June 7 - July 12, 2014
Reception Saturday, June 7, 4:00 - 7:00 PM

Press Release: For exhibit 39 we are pleased to present Brooklyn Bridge, a group show of fourteen contemporary Brooklyn painters, guest curated by painter Justine Frischmann, and showcasing works by Andrea Belag, Katherine Bradford, Farrell Brickhouse, Sharon Butler, Clare Grill, Clinton King, Chris Martin, Saira McLaren, Paul DeMuro, Mike Olin, Paul Pagk, Jason Stopa, Julie Torres and Wendy White.

Frischmann draws parallels between her experiences with the London Punk revival of the '90s and the current resurgence of raw painting in New York neighborhoods such as Bushwick and Red Hook, making a case for a community-driven aesthetic.

As Frischmann states, "They are closely knit, talking, arguing, listening, competing, supporting each other. Working and living and partying together. They have nothing to lose because no one is listening to them anyway. And then, one by one, they start 'breaking' and all of a sudden, the critics start writing about a movement. And it has power because it didn’t just come from the journalists or the advertising execs, it comes from the streets, from grass roots, from something that had been forming and gaining power for years. It has the advantage of multiple view points and shared experience, a large and complex network of people behind it."

A color 42-page catalog with commentary by George Lawson and Justine Frischmann accompanies the exhibition.

315 Potrero Avenue (at 16th St.)
San Francisco, CA 94103
415.703.4400 /

Image at top: Sharon Butler, Agnes Martin, 2013, pigment and binder, pencil on canvas, 14 x 14 inches.

At NADA New York, May 9-11, 2014


NADA New York 2014
booth 209

May 9-11, 2014
Pier 36 at Basketball City
299 South Street on the East River
New York, NY 10002

SEASON is excited to participate in the third edition of NADA New York with new work by Sharon Butler and Elisabeth Kley.

The fair will take place May 9–11 on Pier 36 at Basketball City located at 299 South Street on the East River.

Friday, May 9: 10am–2pm

Friday, May 9: 2-7pm
Saturday, May 10: 11am–7pm
Sunday, May 11: 11am–5pm

Admission is free and open to the public

Image at top: Sharon Butler, Gas Grill Assembly, 2014, pigment and binder on canvas with graphite, 66 x 84 inches

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