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Sharon Butler: New Paintings

Sharon Butler: New Paintings
56 Bogart Street
Brooklyn, NY 
September 7 — October 8, 2018

Opening reception, Friday, September 7

From the press release:

"Butler just spent a month at Yaddo, and used the time to, among other things, ruminate and transform ideas developed in her daily Good Morning Drawings, her digital sketches uploaded to Instagram. The Good Morning Drawings reflect the peripatetic experience of a contemporary painter with a complex life—teaching, traveling, parenting, working. In her Dumbo studio, Butler stops to digest the actions and surroundings of her days as depicted in the Good Morning Drawings, to build firm structures that investigate painting and its discontents more thoroughly in the context of a complex and chaotic world." 

Please contact gallery for images and information.

Stephanie Theodore
Phone: 212.966.4324

Image at top: New paintings, work in progress at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, Summer 2018.

A collaboration of collaborators in Amagansett, May 5

Untitled Projects
Curated by Catherine Haggarty and Karen Hesse Flatow

May 5, 2018, 4-8PM
68A Schellinger Road, Amagansett, NY
Inquiries:  info@crush-curatorial

CRUSHCURATORIAL is pleased to present, 
UNTITLED PROJECTS, a one-day exhibition bringing artists and curators from New York and the East End together for a weekend retreat and one day exhibition.   There is an overwhelming number of singularly strong artists that work tirelessly to promote and advocate for other artists in New York City and the East End. This one day only exhibit highlights their work and their ventures to echo the importance of both their work as artists as well as culture producers.  The wave of artist-run is shifting the way artists work both professionally and personally.  New more flexible arts platforms are emerging.  New channels of distribution are proliferating giving more power to artists and a more open structure.  UNTITLED PROJECTS is proud to present its inaugural exhibit and weekend.  Projects range from formal gallery systems, artist-run collectives, on-line exhibition spaces and social media driven sales platform. 

Artists Featured:  Scott Bluedorn (Neoteric), Sharon Butler (Two Coats of Paint), Jess Cannon (Far x Wide), Courtney Childress (Yours, Mine and Ours)  Vince Contarino (Present Company) Nick Cuevas (Couples Counseling, Underdonk), Courtney Childress (Founder, Yours, Mine and Ours), Jess Cannon (Far x Wide), Nick Cuevas (Couples Counseling, Onderdonk) Hilary Doyle (NYC Crit Club),  Karen Hesse Flatow(CRUSHCURATORIAL), Devra Freelander (Material Girls), Janet Goleas(JMG Projects), Jesse Greenberg (JAG Projects) Catherine Haggarty(Ortega Y Gasset, NYC Crit Club)  JJ Manford (Onderdonk), Kimia Kline(Curator, Wythe Hotel),  Calli Moore (See You Next Thursday), Leeza Meksin(Founder, Ortega Y Gasset), Andrew Prayzner (Tiger Strikes Asteroids),  Sara Salamone & Tyler Lafreniere (Mrs. Gallery), Zach Seeger (Couples Counseling), Elise Soliven (Onderdonk), Emily Wiener (Soloway)  Almond Zigmund (Artist’s and Writers) 

Image at top: Sharon Butler, 2017 (SS), 2018, fabric trim, thread, pigment, gommets on linen tarp, 70 x 60 inches. 


DUMBO Open Studios

April 28 & 29, 1-6 pm
55 Washington Street #454 Brooklyn, NY 11201

"On April 28 + 29, 2018, artists in DUMBO will open their doors to the public as a part of DUMBO Open Studios, giving visitors a look into studios and workspaces across the Brooklyn waterfront."


Art Auction / March 29, 2018 / Bushwick

Truro Center for the Arts Fundraising Auction
On Thursday, March 29, I’m participating in a fundraising auction for The Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, a vibrant community arts organization on the east end of Cape Cod.  

David & Schweitzer Contemporary
56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY
March 29, 6:00pm 
The exhibition will be on view Thursday March 29th through Sunday April 1st.

Artists include Joan Snyder, Richard Baker, Sarah Lutz, Mira Schor, Diana Horowitz, Anne Gilman, Andre Gregory, Barbara Cohen, Ying Li, Melissa Meyer, Dorothy Cochran, and 20 others,  many of whom have taught workshops at Castle Hill.  

Image at top: Sharon Butler, Free Your Mind, 2014, fabric, pigment, binder on canvas, 18 x 24 inches. Minimum bid $200. 

To see (most) of the artwork that will be in the auction, click here.

Invitation: Editions + Friends

"Edititions + Friends" at Theodore:Art, 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY / October 27-29, 2017 / RECEPTION Friday October 27, 6-9 PM

Drawing has become an increasingly important part of my art practice, and this weekend, four etching editions produced during a stimulating residency at Counterproof Press (located on the campus of the University of Connecticut at Storrs) will be on display in "Editions+Friends,” a collaborative project organized by Theodore:Art in Bushwick. The etchings, jumbled interpretations of geometric forms observed in everyday life, are beautifully printed by master printer and amazing artist Laurie Sloan, and have never been shown in New York. Four copies of the Good Morning Drawings, an artist book created in conjunction with a summer exhibition at SEASON in Seattle, will also be available I'm excited to show my work alongside editions by talented friends Michelle Vaughan, Oliver Wasow, Christopher Moss, Andrew Witkin, Alastair Duncan, and Richard Pauland.

Organized by self-described print geek Stephanie Theodore, this fantastic weekend event will feature curated collections of independent art editions and publications publishers. Jane Simpson of Galerie Simpson, Swansea (UK), Russell Calabrese and Tom Jones of Editions Fawbush, New York, and Markie Speyer and Jacqueline Cantu of Ginger have all been invited to participate. 

Read more here. 

“Editions + Friends,” Theodore:Art, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY. October 27-29, 2017 / RECEPTION Friday October 27, 6-9 PM  / Special hours Friday-Saturday 1-8 PM, Sunday 1-6 pm / For information and images, please contact Stephanie Theodore at or (212) 966-4324.

Image at top: Sharon Butler, Taillight, 2016, etching, 15 x 18 inches (paper size) edition of 10. Printed by Laurie Sloan at Counterproof Press.

Gallery talk with Eric Brown and Sharon Butler

"Eric Brown will discuss his exhibition, his painting and practice with Sharon Butler, artist and editor of Two Coats of Paint."

Sunday, September 24, 3-4 pm

56 Bogart Street, Bushwick
Brooklyn, NY


“American Genre: Contemporary Painting,”

On Friday, September 15, the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art in Portland is hosting a symposium in conjunction with  “American Genre: Contemporary Painting,” a sprawling exhibition curated by Michelle Grabner. Please join us for the symposium, which will begin with morning coffee and an introduction by Grabner, and end with an afternoon panel discussion and a closing reception. I look forward to seeing the show and participating in the 2 pm panel discussion, moderated by Barry Schwabsky, that includes painters Angela Dufresne, Shara Hughes, painter-writer Roger White, and art historian-curator Christopher Stiegler. The discussion is intended to be a community event, so the audience will be encouraged to take part during an extended (and, I hope, lively) Q & A session.

Here is the full schedule of events:
10:00 – 10:30  |  Coffee in MECA lobby
10:30  | ICA
Welcome from Gail Spaien
Introduction: Why Genre: Michelle Grabner, Curator
10:55 – 12:30  | ICA
Keynote: Contemporary Genre Painting: Animating the Intimate
Marie Shurkus, PhD, Associate Professor, Chair Academic Studies, MECA
12:30 – 2:00  |  Lunch
Options Include: MECA Cafe and Local Eateries
2:00  |  ICA
Introduction: Gail Spaien
2:15 – 4:30  |  ICA
Panel Discussion
Moderator: Barry Schwabsky
Sharon Butler, painter, writer
Angela Dufresne, painter
Shara Hughes, painter
Christopher Stiegler, art historian, curator
Roger White, painter, writer
5:00  |  ICA
Closing Reception
Institute of Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art

“Blue State,” curated by Two Coats of Paint for DUMBO Open Studios 2017

“Blue State” curated by Two Coats of Paint / Sharon Butler
May 13 & 14, 12- 6 pm.
Artists: Matthew Deleget, David Mann, Helen O’Leary, Sharon Butler
Can anyone stop thinking about politics these days? I can’t. For “Blue State,” I selected work that reflects my restive state of mind.

Matthew Deleget
Matthew Deleget  and his wife Rossana Martinez are the founders of Minus Space, a gallery on Main Street in DUMBO that specializes in reductive abstraction. Matthew’s art practice encompasses several modes of working, including installations, accumulation, and painting. “My work absorbs, digests, and reacts to what I see and hear around me … urban culture, corporate government, news propaganda, unwinnable wars, religious fundamentalism, unconscionable materialism, and more.” In Deleget’s hands, art may be abstract and reductive, but it can still be political.
David Mann
David Mann lives in Brooklyn and has maintained a studio in DUMBO for over thirty years. His dark, mysterious paintings walk a nuanced line between abstraction and representation, between the illusion of photographic effects and painterly materiality. He and I share an interest in the character of the painted surface and how it can convey meaning. Here he gaslights viewers into wondering what they are perceiving – a photograph or a painting, a record of something real or imagined.
Helen O’Leary
After many years in Brooklyn, Irish painter Helen O’Leary recently relocated to Jersey City.
Her new work is about her own history as a painter, rooted in ruin and failure. “I have disassembled the wooden structures of previous paintings—the stretchers, panels, and frames—and have cut them back to rudimentary hand-built slabs of wood, glued and patched together, their history of being stapled, splashed with bits of paint, and stapled again to linen clearly evident.” To paraphrase Beckett, we can’t go on, we must go on.
Sharon L. Butler
Sharon Butler has been making abstract drawings on a phone app called PicsArt and posting them on Instagram each morning. She says the drawings are like worry beads—working on them keeps her from checking Twitter obsessively for news that impeachment proceedings against the 45th president have begun. She is the publisher and founder of Two Coats of Paint.
About Two Coats of Paint
Two Coats of Paint is a NYC-based art project founded in 2007. It includes an award-winning art blogazine, artist residency, small press, and other special initiatives, such as curating this exhibition. Two Coats gained fiscal sponsorship two years ago and has received funding from Creative Capital, the Warhol Foundation, blogazine reader donations, and an ongoing advertising initiative. Two Coats of Paint is a participant in the Two Trees Cultural Space Subsidy Program.

Two Coats of Paint
55 Washington Street #321
Brooklyn, NY 11201
 Image at top: Sharon Butler, digital drawing, 2017, on Instagram.

Dumbo Open Studios 2017, May 13 & 14

"Sharon Butler: Good Morning Drawings" in Seattle

SEASON is excited to present a solo show of recent oil paintings by Sharon Butler, available for viewing from April 1 to June 30 with an opening reception on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

“In March 2016 I began making digital drawings and posting them on Instagram each morning. I had planned to continue the ritual for one month and then use the images for a book project, but I find that, more than a year later, I’m still drawing and posting them each day. Initially, they were inspired by the common artists’ practice of showing images of paintings to one another by phone. I wanted to make original work that was actually intended to be seen exclusively on the phone, and practically could not be seen in any other way. I make the drawings directly in a phone app, using simple geometric shape tools. Sharing them on Instagram creates a layer of confusion. “How big are these? What is the medium? Where can I see them?” Are questions viewers often ask. “On the phone,” I always tell them. “They are made on the phone, to be seen on the phone.” --Sharon Butler
1222 NE Ravenna Blvd
Seattle, WA, 98105
(206) 679-0706

Image at top: Sharon Butler, Stepped Rule, 2016, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches.
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