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Painters' Table: Top 10 Best Posts: May 2012

(2) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 11:57 AM

Artists are growing more ambitious about their part in the art conversation. They're blogging about exhibitions that matter to them, filming studio visits, and engaging each other in critical dialogue on blogs and social media. The painter Jeffrey Collins is working on a feature-length film that...

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Painters' Table -- Top 10 Best Posts: April 2012

(1) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 12:35 PM

In a recent, engaging series of articles for Hyperallergic, writer John Yau proposes a re-examination of artists outside the mainstream narrative, a narrative he finds to be "based on the rather flimsy, narcissistic assumption that the art world got it right the first time, with its own obsession...

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Painters' Table: Top 10 Best Posts: March 2012

(1) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 2:23 PM

March meant art fairs in New York and the debut of the 2012 Whitney Biennial. Unsurprisingly, people were curious -- not only about what art was on view, but specifically, what kind of painting they could expect to see. Fortunately, art bloggers provided a virtual window into the...

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Painters' Table: Top 10 Best Posts: February 2012

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 12:55 PM

The February painting blogosphere in a word: Thoughtful. No matter the subject, provisional painting, painters' paintings, or plein-air painting, the depth of thought devoted to the art of painting was uniquely evident.

February began with Raphael Rubinstein's essay "To Rest Lightly on Earth," a follow up to...

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Painters' Table: Top 10 Best Posts, January 2012

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 10:39 AM

Painting blogs have been loaded with images and mentions of the many fantastic exhibitions that opened last month, with much attention paid to new paintings by Bill Jensen at Cheim & Read and Joyce Pensato's Batman paintings at Friedrich Petzel. Shows by Martha Clippenger,...

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Painters' Table: 21 Great Painting Posts from 2011

(10) Comments | Posted January 1, 2012 | 9:28 PM

2011 was a year of loss but also renewal and new discovery in painting.

It was sad to see so many great painters pass away -- from under-known artists Gabriel Laderman, Pat Passlof, Hedda Sterne, George Tooker, and John Hoyland...

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Painters' Table: Top 10 Best Posts, November 2011

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 4:40 PM

In November, Painters' Table celebrated our first year of highlighting the best daily painting content on the web. It's been a great year to cover painting, and we are now in the midst of the best painting exhibition season in recent memory. This past month saw fascinating exhibitions...

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Painters' Table: Top 10 Best Posts, October 2011

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2011 | 9:31 AM

In 1941, the painters who would become known as the Abstract Expressionists were working in their studios, forming the artistic identities that would create some of the most significant works of the twentieth century. Seventy years later, their work still captures our imagination. This month New York remains under the...

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Painters' Table: Top 10 Best Posts, September 2011

(3) Comments | Posted October 16, 2011 | 10:32 PM

Painting dominated the art scene in September, anchored by MoMA's Willem de Kooning retrospective exhibition. As Art in America editor Lindsay Pollock noted in the September edition, the show "rallied our attention to painting." Indeed, de Kooning's work has never before been seen in such depth. The retrospective,...

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Painters' Table: Top 10 Best Posts, August 2011

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 6:15 PM

The fall season is upon us. Important, much anticipated exhibitions, such as de Kooning at MoMA and Milton Resnick at Cheim and Read, promise to make us wonder how anyone thought painting could possibly be dead.

With the new season come openings and opportunities to see...

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Painters' Table: Top 10 Best Posts, July 2011

(2) Comments | Posted August 19, 2011 | 11:54 AM

In July 2011, painting news was dominated by the double loss of two irreplaceable old masters. First, Cy Twombly passed away at age 83 on July 5. Perhaps the greatest living abstract painter, his death came just days before the opening of his latest exhibition, a...

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Painters' Table Top 10 Best Posts, June 2011

(3) Comments | Posted July 16, 2011 | 3:06 AM

From an exhibition of new landscape and portrait paintings by Leon Kossoff, who works for years on each canvas, to an exhibition of "Unfinished Paintings" at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) - the depth and breath of contemporary painting were evident in June.

In Unfinished...

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Painter's Table: Top 10 Best Posts, May 2011

(3) Comments | Posted June 18, 2011 | 12:24 AM

If painting articles and blog posts from the past month are any indication, our interest in abstraction and figurative painting has never been more vigorous - and the boundary between the two has been the subject of two actively blogged about exhibitions.

In his essay on Abstract Critical...

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Painter's Table: Top 10 Best Posts, April 2011

(9) Comments | Posted May 13, 2011 | 2:09 PM

Artist interviews were popular in April, particularly those between artists - painters talking to painters. Interviews in a variety of formats are some of the most interesting posts on art blogs these days. Some artist blogs focus specifically on interviews. Gorky's Grandaughter, a video blog, records studio visits,...

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Painter's Table: Top 10 Best Posts, March 2011

(3) Comments | Posted April 8, 2011 | 2:17 AM

March 2011 featured many wonderful painting blog posts on diverse topics ranging from hard-edged abstraction to the Danish Golden age of figure painting and by a mix of established art writers and artist bloggers. Sadly, March also saw the passing of Gabriel Laderman, in my mind one of the most...

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Top Ten Best Painting Posts in February on Painter's Table

(2) Comments | Posted March 10, 2011 | 9:09 PM

February 2011, a month that saw a preponderance of painting exhibitions in New York also produced some instantly classic painting blog posts. Don't miss David Reed's riveting remembrance of Philip Guston at the New York Studio School, painter Sean Scully filmed at work in his studio, a collection...

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February NYC Exhibitions: New York Overflows With Painting

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2011 | 1:40 PM

If, when the eye is impressed with visionary images that last for a while, we look on colored surfaces, an intermixture also takes place; the spectrum is determined to a new colour... --Goethe, Theory of Colours

In New York, in February 2011, the diverse possibilities of painting are alive and...

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Clyfford Still: An Artist's Vision Comes to Life in Denver

(2) Comments | Posted February 13, 2011 | 6:57 PM

[VIDEO] Clyfford Still: A Life in Paintings source: clyffordstillmuseum.org Produced and directed by A bark K Productions and the Milkhaus.

"I give and bequeath all the remaining works of...

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Top Ten Best Painting Posts in January on Painter's Table

(2) Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 9:12 PM

Snowbound January days, it seems, were good for painting, reading, and blogging, at least if the painting blogosphere is an indicator. Painters' Table features posts from artist bloggers alongside more mainstream arts media to create a unique mix of painting coverage from across the web. What was popular...

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